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PTCG: Week 4 of new format, results in local leagues & Pro Circuit update, and my Pokebeach tourney update

Yup I’m jumping to Week 4 of the 2018-19 format since I went to only one event the week before as I was busying enjoying the F1 2018 Singapore Grand Prix weekend. So for this week I went to the 4 possible places I could play games with one casual league, two leagues with Pro Circuit points up for grabs and the first League Challenge of the new season.

And this time around I’ll post the top 8 finishers as we’ve been seeing a rise in players at all places! So it’s good to see more players joining the Pokemon TCG community here and joining us for some games, be it the serious ones for the Pro Circuit or the casual games (which I still prefer).

19th September – Sanctury Gaming (24 players)

1) Zexuan (Empoleon/Swampert)

2) Marcus (Buzzwole/Garbodor/Weavile)

3) Vincent L (Metagross/Ultra Necrozma)

4) Jaryl (Zoroark/Decidueye)

5) Nizel (Rayquaza/Vikavolt)

6) Shanisse (Blaziken/Marowak)

7) Kash (Zygarde/Lycanroc)

8) Che Yu (Banette/Weavile)

My Deck: Zygarde/Lycanroc

Round 1 vs Buzzwole/Lycanroc WW (Had the quicker set-up both times)

Round 2 vs Empoleon/Swampert LL (Horrible matchup, prize trade wasn’t fair for me and he kept getting a Turn 2 Swampert!)

Round 3 vs Marshadow/Malamar WW (Close game in the first round, opponent was stuck in the second game with no energy to accelerate)

Yup. Empoleon/Swampert took the win that day. I still don’t get how that deck was able to set-up so quickly. Very mixed top 8, all different style of decks! That is always nice to see rather than the same old decks finishing at the top (spoiler alert, it’s coming soon).

21st September – Project EXT (17 players) Pro Circuit Points

1) Rauf (Buzzwole/Lycanroc)

2) Syafiq R (Dusk Mane/Magnezone)

3) Titally (Goomy/Magcargo)

4) Luke (Marshadow/Malamar)

5) Zexuan (Zoroark/Golisopod)

6) Jun Hao (Marshadow/Malamar)

7) Harry (Ho-oh/Reshiram)

8) Nicholas (Tapu Bulu/Vikavolt)

My Deck: Ultra Necrozma/Malamar

Round 1 vs Dusk Mane Necrozma/Magnezone (LWL) My two loses were due to a Turn 2 Magnezone, can’t do much about that.

Round 2 vs Tapu Bulu/Vikavolt (LL) Nothing going on for me both games and I was smashed

Round 3 vs Zygarde/Lycanroc (LWW) First game I was stuck. Second game my opponent was stuck. Third game my opponent Judge me into everything I needed to take the win.

It’s the first day that Dragon Majesty set is legal and only one of the new decks was represented in the top 8, which was also the only new deck to show up. More of the Philly regional 2nd place finishing deck Marshadow/Malamar saw play today. But the biggest surprise had to be the Goomy deck that finished 3rd! The combo of Goomy’s ability, rainbow energy and hustle belt was hard for a few decks to deal with.

22nd September – Metagame (17 players) League Challenge

1) Kenneth (Zoroark/Lycanroc)

2) Titally (Buzzwole/Lycanroc)

3) Jeremy (Passimian/Tapu Koko)

4) Rauf (Buzzwole/Lycanroc)

5) Shafiq (Buzzwole/Lycanroc)

6) Wei Kit (Ho-oh/Reshiram)

7) Kash (Zygarde/Lycanroc)

8) Bertrand (Zoroark/Golisopod)

My Deck: Zygarde/Lycanroc

Round 1 vs Buzzwole/Lycanroc (WW) My opponent whiffed his beast ring twice and I got to take advantage of it.

Round 2 vs Metagross/Solgaleo (WW) Killing off his sole Solgaleo-GX in the field pretty much won me the game. Donked my opponent’s sole Beldum in Turn 2 in game 2.

Round 3 vs Passimian/Tapu Koko (LL) Horrible match-up for me, couldn’t keep up with the prize race. Misplayed in attaching the fighting energy on the wrong person which cost me a possbile win in that 2nd round.

Round 4 vs Buzzwole/Lycanroc (WLW) Close games all 3 times, last game my opponent whiffed his energy which won me the game. His late game Judge also helped me.

Round 5 vs Buzzwole/Garbodor (WLL) Game 1 I KOed all of his pokemon with ease. Awkard start in Game 2, never recovered. Game 3 I whiffed my energy to get me the win. Yeah I got beat by a kid, costing me a top 4 finish.

It was a fighting domination. 16 of the 24 decks all had fighting type attackers and once again Zoroark and Buzzwole ruled the roost with Lycanroc the MVP for many decks, including mine with Zygarde! I will say even though I was disappointed to miss out on a top 4 finish, I’m still very happy to get that 7th place finish, because it meant for the first time since playing the game over 2 years ago, I’ve scored championship points from a top finish. Finally something happened for me. Hopefully the first of many.

23rd September – Brick’s Play (20 players) Pro Circuit Points

1) Eujun (Empoleon/Swampert)

2) Walter (Zoroark/Lycanroc)

3) Kenneth (Zoroark/Lycanroc)

4) Zexuan (Zoroark/Lycanroc)

5) Joey (Buzzwole/Lycanroc)

6) Wei Kit (Ho-oh/Reshiram)

7) Nicholas (Marshadow/Malamar)

8) Shanisse (Blaziken/Marowak)

My Deck: Tapu Bulu/Vikavolt

Round 1 vs Zoroark/Lycanroc (LL) No turn 2 vikavolt set-up and once I started with Lele.

Round 2 vs Zoroark/Banette (LL) Again no turn 2 vikavolt and both times I started with Lele.

Round 3 vs Zygarde/Lycanroc (WW) Type advantage for me despite missing the turn 2 vikavolt and starting with Lele yet again in game 1. Game 2 finally got a proper start and had to be the last damn game that it happened.

The one day I decide not to play Zygarde, I get all the Zoroark decks. I was going to give my Metagross/Ultra Necrozma deck a try but then all the pro players showed up and well I panicked and switched to Bulu at the last minute not realizing by Zygarde deck was sleeved up too. D’oh. My friends and I also got a few games of Mario Kart in, which is always fun. I won. 😁

Once again Lycanroc dominates with the Zoroark variants taking the top spots. Yes I know the Empoleon/Swampert deck finished 1st but from what I saw, the player asked his opponent to give him the win after he lost because he needed the points so yeah not a legitimate 1st place in my view. He might have done the same in the last game too since his opponent was safely in the top 8 as well.

Another week done and yet again the meta is changing, I still have no idea what I should look out for the most. The old favorites have risen again while the Shrine decks and Rayquaza has fallen out of favour for a bit. We’ve got another 4 more games coming up this week for the Pro Circuit league days and of course the usual casual game on Wednesday so I might be playing 5 times in 5 days this week! So here’s the updated points standings after Sunday’s games.

Sep 25 Ext

Not many may know but I’ve also joined Pokebeach’s monthly online tournament since last month, mainly to test myself and this month I went with the Zygarde/Lycanroc deck I created while on my holiday in Japan and it has served me really well in this tourney, as it did on Saturday’s League Challenge too. At the moment I have a 5/1/0 record with a good chance to get in the top cut of 8 players. Depending on who I draw next in round 7, I could find myself in a position to ID my next match (agree to a draw) or find myself in a must win match against someone who might not be safe too. 12 guys are left in the running to fight for the top 8 spots, this is what I believe the standings looks like.

The top 2 guys are quite safe to get away with an ID while the bottom two guys have to play out a win. Not counting their games, we’d find ourselves in a situation where 8 players are fighting for 6 spots so not all IDs are safe if one were to go that route. Never been in quite this situation myself but I suppose that’s how it goes in these Regionals and International events. I hope I get SquirtleRules haha.

And this is my Zygarde/Lycanroc deck that I’ve been using for the whole of this month’s tourney and a few of my league games. The idea was to go aggressive right off the bat, mainly with Zygarde. The combination of Diancie, Prof Kukui, Choice Band and even a flying flip or two from Tapu Koko to help make a few pokemon more easier for me to knock out. Also I experminated with a 1-1 line of Magcargo which has saved me in many games but may not be that important to be fair. I’m still working on improving my list and if anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears. Have fun playing Pokemon TCG this week!

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PTCG: Second week of new format, results in local leagues & a win-a-box tourney, Singapore Pro Circuit update, and some fun Worlds stats

It’s the second week and yeah nobody still has any idea of how to approach the new format but with results coming out of Australia and Brazil, we’re starting to have a little idea of what the meta might be for the next few months. Australia saw VikaRay dominate (as I thought it would) and in Brazil it was Buzzwole/Garbodor’s turn to shine with Shrine of Punishment.

We had a win-a-box event this past weekend at the STGCC event at Marina Bay at the GGXP area of the exhibition. Win a free box for someone like me who can’t afford one box? Might as well give it a go. Did more league games than usual too and I played in 5 events for 5 straight days. Fun eh? Here’s a short recap of the league games and what happened at the win-a-box tourney.

5th September – Sanctury Gaming (18 players)

1) Anselm (Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX/Magnezone)

2) Liang Jun (Rayquaza-GX/Vikavolt)

3) Andy (Rayquaza-GX/Vikavolt)

4) Harry (Rayquaza-GX/Vikavolt)

5) Jaryl (Gardevoir-GX/Swampert)

My deck: Zygarde-GX/Lycanroc-GX (6th)

R1 vs Gardevoir/Swampert (Yeah bad matchup, Garde just eats up on my heavily energized Zygardes and even my Lycanroc). LWL

R2 vs Gardevoir/Sylveon (Another Garde but this time my opponent had a tough time to set up unlike the previous opponent). LWW

R3 vs Buzzwole/Lycanroc (Two close games, managed to escape the beast ring both times. My sole Magcargo was my MVP in this round).

Yup. Rayquaza domination, what a surprise. More Zoroark decks were showing up again but of the 4 VikaRay decks in action, 3 of them were in the top 4, need I say more? Gardevoir saw more play too but other than my friend Jaryl, the rest struggled.

6th September – Metagame (5 players) Pro-Circuit Points

1) Kash (Ultra Necrozma-GX/Malamar)

2) Irvin (Naganadel-GX/Stakatak-GX)

3) Joey (Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX)

4) Bobby (Metagross-GX)

5) Reuben (Rayquaza-GX/Vikavolt)

R1 vs Buzzwole/Lycanroc (Interest matchup with this new version of BuzzLycan, won’t say it to keep the surprise for others. Thankfully the psychic weakness helped me out.) LWW

R2 vs Metagross (First match I had no real set-up. Second match Ultra Necrozma killed all the Beldums. Almost the same story game 3. It also did a one-shot on a Metagross). LWW

R3 vs Naganadel/Stakataka (Good matchup for me because my opponent was heavily reliant on his Naganadel and yup, it has psychic weakness). WW

Only 5 of us here so can’t say much. But at least now I can say I’ve topped a league game at Metagame for once! Was also my first time there in a long while, was always nervous to go there because of how good all the players are but a good place to test myself against the pros.

7th September – Sanctury Gaming (18 players)

1) Mason (Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX)

2) Bertrand (Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX)

3) Sean (Gardevoir-GX/Sylveon-GX)

4) Eugene (Rayquaza-GX/Vikavolt)

5) Che Yu (Banette-GX/Weavile)

My deck: Tapu Bulu-GX/Vikavolt (7th)

R1 vs Rayquaza/Vikavolt (Pretty much whoever got a Vikavolt up first won. I lost because I whiffed my last grass energy) WLL

R2 vs Dusk Mane Necrozma/Magnezone (Both times my friend had troubles setting up his Magnezone and I took advantage of it both times) WW

R3 vs Scizor/Raticate (Weird deck but luckily for me my opponent had no answer to my constant strong charges) WW

Zoroark is back apparently. This event was set-up as a warm-up for those of us going for the win-a-box tourney so I played my back-up deck VikaBulu just to see how it’d do and it went alright, all 3 matches were winnable. Zoroark took the top 2 spots and was the most popular deck that day. Lots more metal decks showing up, and two other Malamar decks showed up, been a while since I saw a few more. Gardevoir had a strong showing too with two different versions of the deck even though there was only one VikaRay deck that day.

8th September – GGXP Win-A-Box Tournament (19 players)

1) Suikai (Zoroark-GX/Garbodor)

2) Titally (Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX)

3) Wei Kit (Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX)

4) Rauf (Buzzwole/Garbodor/Weavile)

5) Kian Chong (Zoroark-GX/Oranguru)

6) Irvin (Naganadel-GX/Stakataka-GX/Pheromosa-GX)

7) Syafiq R (Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX/Magnezone)

8) Joey (Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX)

9) Richard (Zoroark-GX/Banette-GX)

10) Keith (Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX)

11) Kash (Zygarde-GX/Lycanroc-GX)

12) Liang Jun (Rayquaza-GX/Vikavolt)

13) Hong Jhun (Metagross-GX/Solgaleo-GX)

14) Bobby (Metagross-GX)

15) Edwards (Garchomp/Lucario)

16) Rizduan (Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX/Magnezone)

17) Aidyl (Buzzwole/Garbodor/Weavile)

18) Seth (Metagross-GX/Garbodor)

19) Nelson (Metagross-GX/Scizor-GX)

Zoroark is still good apparently. Of the 5 Zoroark players we had that day, 3 of them made the top cut and the other 2 just missed out on the top cut. But even more stranger, only one Rayquaza in a field of 19 players and ZERO Gardevoir decks. I was expecting more of the previous two but that didn’t happen. In fact, there were 7 metal decks in the field and yeah when I told them there were no Gardevoirs around, the look on their faces said it all. Only one of them made the top cut too but it was the Dusk Mane who can get a one-hit KO on a lot of Pokemon.

It was a fun event but on my part I had a miserable time. First match went alright, everything went perfectly for me against my friend Aidyl. Bad matchup for him too. Second match against Irvin was actually alright even though he had TWO Pheromosa in his deck! Of course I meet the one deck that had a grass attack when the other 17 decks bar one had any grass attackers.

It still was a winnable match but I whiffed the last Guzma for the win. I took three turns looking for it and it never showed up. Third game I just crumbled, still bothered by my last game and I couldn’t handle the power of Buzzwole. Both times I fell for the Beast Ring trap. First event I got a 1-2 record and it had to be the one with the bigger prize. All that playtesting and testing online only to scrub badly. Still not good at this game.

Got to see most of the top cut matches. The Buzz/Garb/Weavile deck looked really good, well played by Rauf. He was just really unluck against Suikai. Whiffed a choice band when he needed it and then that last rainbow energy to take the win. The Buzzwole/Lycan vs Zoro/Goli was another good match and yeah Zoroark won that one, not bad at all.

9th September – Sanctury Gaming (14 players) – Pro Circuit Points

1) Walter (Metagross-GX)

2) Liang Jun (Rayquaza-GX/Vikavolt)

3) Wei Kit (Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX)

4) Kash (Tapu Bulu-GX/Vikavolt)

5) Syafiq (Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX/Magnezone)

R1 vs DM Necrozma/Magnezone (I got my set-up going up first in games 1 and 3, those won me the round. No set-up on my part in game 2) WLW

R2 vs Metagross (Horrible match-up, Bulu’s worst of any deck) LL

R3 vs Banette/Weavile (My opponent’s Shrine of Punishment actually helped me get some big KOs, so that didn’t work). WW

Including a Zoroark-Decidueye deck that finished 6th, 5 of the top 6 were all Stage 2 decks! Who says they’re a horrible play? And on top of that, Metagross finished 1st! Walter’s version was able to set-up really quickly which puzzled me. I’ve tried every sort of list for my own Metagross deck and I could never have it set-up as consistently as he did in both our match. By turn 3 there were 3 Metagross up and ready both times! Of course this was also the event we saw the first Lugia/Malamar and the Buzz/Garb shrine deck saw more play but still they didn’t do as well as I thought.

So after two weeks, we still have no idea what’s the meta like, who really are the best decks and what will be the most popular decks (it keeps changing). One thing is for sure, I’ve settled on my lists for my main decks and since I’ll start classes again, I probably won’t be trying new ideas out for a bit. And here’s an updated points for the Pro Circuit, not counting the results from Metagame on Wednesday since I wasn’t there and no update from EXT so this isn’t official but the best I could draft up.

Ext Points 10 Sep

Got a few more useless stats, this time from Worlds. I was bored and curious on where and how the Day 2 players were doing from their individual regions and to see which decks did well. I know it’s a bit redundant since we’re in a new format but what the heck.

Worlds top 123

123 players made it to Day 2 of worlds, mainly made up of players from the United States (48), Japan (12), Australia (10), United Kingdom (7) and Germany (5) to name the ones with at least 5. And big congrats to the 4 Singaporeans Klive, Clifton, Joey and Reuben for making it to Day 2. The four most popular pokemon in decks were Buzzwole (50 decks), Garbodor (40 decks), Zoroark (36 decks) and Lycanroc (34 decks).

The Zoroark-GX variant had the most representatives, 36 players with 17 of them going with the Garbodor version, 8 being the “control” version with Oranguru and the rest being Golisopod (4), Lycanroc (2), Gallade (2), Missmagius (2) and Lucario (1).

The Lycanroc-GX variant was the next most popular with 33 players, almost all but 2 of them going with Buzzwole-GX. One being Lucario who was the last placed of the 123 players and the other of course was Zygarde at the other extreme, 3rd place!

The Shrine variant made it’s debut at Worlds and 22 players was not a bad showing, 19 of them going with the Buzzwole from Forbidden Light and the other 3 with Banette-GX. The other new variant making it’s debut was the most hyped card from Celestial Storm, Rayquaza-GX with 15 players in Day 2 going with it. It also had the most representation in top 8 cut with 3 players. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next Worlds championship.

PTCG Singapore League Cup & Challenge: My first major event & learning from my mistakes

The time has come, my first real test as a Pokemon TCG player, a League Cup. Yes ok I have been to our local league challenges before with rubbish deck but this would be my first as a proper player and also my first actual League Cup with championship points up for grabs. Not that I’m in it for that since I’m not aiming for Worlds for the next 2 years.

 

Before the weekend, I had been testing out 2 different decks, Golisopod/Zoroark and Gardevoir/Zoroark. I knew whichever deck it was, I wanted to make use of the new Zoroark GX because it’s too good but on which deck. My choice was made even harder when another Golisopod/Zoroark deck won the London Internationals (completely different apporach to mine) which meant everyone will try to counter it. Not good news for me.

I had planned to play the Golisopod version on Saturday for the League Challenge and Gardevoir on Sunday for League Cup. On Friday night I changed my mind many times, first going with Gardevoir before switching back to Golisopod. Now thinking back, I probably should have gone with Gardevoir for Saturday after all.

 

League Cup didn’t go really well for me. My Golisopod/Zoroark deck was way different to the one Tord Reklev had (which means everyone else too since a lot of people here just like to copy whoever is doing well and not coming up with their own ideas). For mine, Golisopod-GX was the main attacker with Zoroark-GX as the back-up and I even added Necrozma-GX as a secret sweeper.

R1 vs Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX – LWT (0/0/1) – 1 point

First match my opponent had me good. His 3 Guzmas were used to good effect. Second match it was equally matched, I used Ninja Boy on my Tapu Lele which had 3 energies on it to get Necrozma-GX out and hit Black Ray GX to pick up 4 prizes in one shot. We had no time to finish game 3 which was also equally matched. Probably my best game of the whole tourney, everything went downhill from here.

R2 vs Decidueye-GX/Zoroark-GX – LL (0/1/1) – 1 point

Both games I started with Tapu Lele so my set-up was compromised and I never recovered from it. I got too nervous and misplayed a lot. My opponent was too quick in both games to set-up his Decidueyes. He would end up finishing 1st out of 67 masters, can’t  say I’m surprised with how smoothly his deck worked.

R3 vs Gardevoir-GX/Max Potion – LL (0/2/1) – 1 point

Yup the so called broken Gardevoir deck showed up here too. Again I got nervous and misplayed both games. First one I took out the wrong target. Second one I took a Zorua and not a Wimpod out during my Brigette move when I had two Golisopod-GXes in my hand.

R4 vs Drampa-GX/Garbodor – LWT (0/2/2) – 2 points

So by this point with no wins out of 3 points, I was just staying on to gain the experience of playing against guys who were serious players, some of them coming from Malaysia or Indonesia to win points here while some of my friends left. Yes Garb is still a thing apparently. I made the mistake in not realising it was Drampa when I did flying flip. Played it safe in Game 2 by just attacking Drampa the whole time. Not enough time to finish game 3, my stall tactic of switching my pokemon around saved me from another loss.

R5 vs Darkrai-EX/Darkrai-GX – LWT (0/2/3) – 3 points

Let’s just say I was surprised to see Darkrai. The first match I made the mistake of trying to attack with Necrozma and pick up 6 prizes in one shot, didn’t work. Didn’t notice my opponent was set-up very quickly and took easy KOs. I won game 2 on the last turn after time was called with Crossing Cut gx. I will say my opponent was playing unnecessarily slow which really irked me.

R6 vs Gardevoir/Sylveon – LL (0/3/3) – 3 points

The deck I’ve been testing against the most for the last 2 weeks so I knew what I could do against it. But of course both my games went horribly. And I had just beaten this same opponent the day before with the same deck! Game 1 my opponent was quicker to set-up. Game 2 was horrible. ALL 3 of my Golisopods were prized so I could only rely on my Necrozma and Zoroark BREAK. Both were knocked out with little effort so I scooped that round.

R7 vs Gardevoir/Sylveon – WW (1/3/3) – 6 points 

Finally a win! This time I got lucky. My opponent couldn’t set-up in the first game. In the second one I was quicker to set-up and beat him to the punch in the prize race.

Even though I only finished with 1 win out of 7 matches, I did learn a lot from all of my matches, stuff I wouldn’t notice if I were to play in my local friendly weekly tournaments as I was playing against some of the best players in South East Asia. 44th out of 67 masters is nothing to brag about but I suppose it’s a start.

  • Game 1 – Keep track of what resources my opponents have used
  • Game 2 – Don’t get flusterd by a bad start. Keep calm, work around it
  • Game 3 – Aim for the right target, keep track of what I have in my hand
  • Game 4 – Play around my opponent’s strategy
  • Game 5 – Don’t act smart and try a risky play. Don’t give opponent easy prizes
  • Game 6 – Find more ways/add more cards to have outs from a bad start. Check to see what is prized.

 

With all that, I decided to give the League Cup a try with a completely new version of my Gardevoir deck, and hopefully play a better game than I did the day before. I had originally paired it with Slyveon and Octillery but I liked the idea of using Zoroark better so I gave that a try. I stayed up till 2 to build the deck from scratch. I was toying around the idea of including Puzzle of Time but at the last minute I switched it out for Evosoda and a few additional cards to make my deck more consistent. Unlike the previous day where I didn’t really know all of my opponents, this time I knew all 5 of my opponents. And 5 different decks too unlike the day prior.

R1 vs Raichu-GX/Magnezone – WLW (1/0/0) – 3 points

Yes I’m already doing better in my first match than I did after 4 rounds yesterday. I knew about my friend’s Raichu deck as I was helping him out filling out his deck. Gallade was the MVP in the match because of Raichu’s weakness to it. The second game his field was set-up quickly and I only had one Gardevoir out, it wasn’t enough. Next game I had two of them ready and they cleaned house. I quickly realized in this match how powerful the combo of Premonition & Trade abilities of Gallade and Zoroark-GX can really be.

 

R2 vs Greninja – LL (1/1/0) – 3 points

Yup it’s the dang Ninja. I’ve played my opponent many times before, our match last month decided who would make top cut in a mini win-a-box tourney and in that one I messed up my trade ability and cost myself a win and 3rd place. This one, I couldn’t do much. My friend got his Greninja’s break set-up really quick in both games. I tried to knock out his Staryu both times but it came back both times haha. I tried my best to drain him out with my 2 Max Potions but it wasn’t enough. I would say it’s my best match against a Greninja deck, I’d easily lose to it most of the time.

 

R3 vs Weavile/Zoroark-GX – LWW (2/1/0) – 6 points

Fun fact, I was toying around the idea of playing a Weavile/Golisopod deck for this tourney but I went against it. So of course I ended up playing a Weavile deck. I fell for it’s trap in the first game so I played a slow and safe game in the next two games and it worked nicely. Gallade again was the saviour and even Zoroark helped me get some big KOs. The match was actually going to be a tie but my friend decided to give me the win since he already has gotten his points from the day before. Thanks boss!

 

R4 vs Volcanion-EX – ID (2/1/1) – 7 points

So me and my friend didn’t play this match out because we both realised with a draw, one of us had a very real possibility of finish 3rd or even 2nd if results went our way in Round 4. I was alright with the intentional draw, I’ve never beaten his Volcanion deck even with Gardevoir.

 

R5 vs Gardevoir-GX/Zoroark-GX – WLW (3/1/1) – 10 points

I was abit nervous of who my opponent could be, I had worked out that it may have been one of two guys, both really good. It wasn’t either one of them, it was someone I was not even expecting to play against because there’s just no way it should happen. It was Metagame’s owner Joey who I’d usually see from time to time at his store and get my stuff from him. Yes, the same Joey who finished 14th at Worlds this year. Holy crap I’m playing against not just one of the best players in Singapore but in the whole world too! Worlds top 16 player vs…well little old me!

 

Yup the final match of the weekend, after many tiring hours, was to be in a proper mirror match. The exact same attackers with similar strategies. Gardevoir and Zoroark vs Gardevoir and Zoroark. I’ve already seen how good he’s done with this deck before and I will admit my choice of Zoroark with Gardevoir was somewhat inspired by him with a few additions of my own. First match was equally matched and I just beat him in the prize race. I stopped his Zoroark with Gallade which turned the tide my way. Second match again was equally matched but he got the better of me. He had two Gardevoirs set-up against my single Gardevoir. Check-mate, he got me there.

 

I was really nervous about the third game, so much so my cards fell from my hands just from shuffling it haha! Third game was just as equally matched as the other two, Gallade helped me again. My Zoroark was killed off my his Gallade, which got my Gardevoir to kill it off, which got his Gardevoir to kill mine off. He played Sycamore in the hopes to get the 2nd one ready and lucky for me he never drew into it.

 

I used Premonition in the hopes of finding one Fairy Energy and DCE for the win and luckly for me the DCE for the 5th card, I put them up as the first two, used trade, put it on Gardevoir with a choice bad for the win. Oh man I just beat a Worlds top 16 player. Easily my best match in Pokemon TCG so far. 

That win put me 6th out of 21 players. Not as many as the other time but hey that’s still pretty good for a newbie like me in a competitive environment. Really enjoyed the 2 days of playing, learned a lot from all these guys and hopefully it’s the start of something good. 12 games and I ended up with 4 wins, 4 losses and 4 draws. Very consistent eh haha! And hey, whenever it’s about Pokemon, TCG or the video game, it’ll always be fun. 🙂

 

So for those wondering who did well for the League Cup, these were the top 8 decks:

  1. Gardevoir-GX/Max Potion
  2. Decidueye-GX/Zoroark-GX
  3. Decidueye-GX/Zoroark-GX
  4. Decidueye-GX/Zoroark-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  5. Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  6. Decidueye-GX/Zoroark-GX
  7. Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  8. Decidueye-GX/Zoroark-GX

 

And for the League Challenge thesse were the top 8 decks:

  1. Gardevoir-GX
  2. Decidueye-GX/Zoroark-GX
  3. Decidueye-GX/Zoroark-GX
  4. Volcanion-EX
  5. Volcanion-EX
  6. Gardevoir-GX/Zoroark-GX
  7. Greninja
  8. Decidueye-GX/Zoroark-GX

PTCG first proper tournament: Gengar stars in the Creep Show

Back to some Pokemon trading card game fun and for once there is an event I can actually go to and not the usual pre-release events. This one was a mini tournament, which was supposed to be 16 guys in a knockout style battle but we ended up with a 12 player tournament with a swiss round style tournament. At least I can play more games haha.

Big thanks to the friendly folks who set this tournament up at Brewlings in Serangoon Gardens (not been there in ages). Nice play they got there, good place for a drink I suppose. It was good seeing some familar faces again there and some new ones, and all there for the fun of playing Pokemon trading card games. What’s better than that (apart from many other options of course)? Prizes were the new Sun & Moon blisters, but only the top 3 gets it.

I wasn’t feeling too confident going into this. I knew I was going to play my Gengar deck but I wasn’t sure if I’ll get murdered by those guys with the EX decks. My deck is a bit slow to build up but when it gets going, it really goes. I didn’t really have the top trainer cards that everyone else seemed to have too so I thought I might end up being the jobber of the tournament (aka make everyone else look good). Here’s how my deck looked.

So the plan is simple, get either Mewtwo EX, Trevenant Break or even Haunter itself (with it’s ability to do double confusion) to get the 3 damage counters to anyone and everyone (in Trevenant’s case) and then have Gengar come in for the kill with the awesome Creep Show move. 3 damage counter on the opponent and it’s a straight knock out, doesn’t matter if it’s a normal pokemon or a Mega EX pokemon. Lugia was a last minute addition (funnily enough in place for a Lugia EX I thought of using) because my feeling was I’d run into many EX opponents and as it turns out, that was the case. Four rounds and I was just hoping I can sneak one win out of it.

Round 1: vs Flareon EX/Houndoom EX

So my first match was against a kid so yeah…..I had to control my swearing (it just happens, I can’t help it). We started off with a Houndoom EX vs Phantump. Yup I wasn’t feeling good about it. It was only when I had Haunter that I had some hope. The earlier poision from Gastly had Houndoom up to 3 damage and then….here comes Gengar via a rare candy! Creep Show city and two prizes for me, back to 4-4. And then I got murdered by Flareon EX. I tried a Haunter double confusion but my opponent rolled a heads and bye bye Haunter. I tried to make a late comeback with Mewtwo EX but he got Lysandre-ed. 0-1

Round 2: vs Mega Gardevoir EX

My next opponent was a familiar face, I’d seen him in pre-release and at Project EXT before. I thought I might have a real hard time especially since Gardevoir EX’s move powers up if both pokemon had the same energy and my Trevenant would have to have the same energy so I went for a back up plan. I used Teammates to get Lugia and a DCE. I had to go for it and set it up as my opponent only had EX pokemons and Lugia’s move goes from 60 to 120 against them. Lugia did some big damage those those EXes so my late inclusion of it paid off nicely in this match. My opponent having troubles getting energy was a big help.

Another Gardevoir would be switched over but now I had a Haunter ready for the double confusion and this time the dice rolled in my favour, my opponent hit tails, 30 for self confusion, energy retrieval, get Haunter up to 2 psychic energies and evolve it to Gengar for the Creep Show!  At this point, my opponent had another Gardevoir who had about 80 damages on it and luckily I had Lysandre in my hand so then came a second Creep Show for another two more prizes. A win for me! I really was no expecting that and against a Gardevoir deck which is really strong. The match just went my way thankfully. 1-1

Round 3: vs Volcanion EX

I really wasn’t looking forward to this match. I knew this would be the deck to beat of all the decks and it should be straightforward, another loss to me against someone who was undefeated so far. I tried every trick in my book. Gastly poison, opponent uses float stone. Lysandre another Volcanion out and use Haunter’s double confusion and again my opponent had a float stone waiting. At one point he was running out of energies which gave me a small hope but of course he got one back and killed the game off. I was a bit surprised that I managed to last as long as I did in that match, was a pretty good game against a near unbeatable deck. 1-2

Round 4: vs Zygarde EX

And I got from facing the joint #1 ranked player to the other #1 ranked player. I had seen his match the previous round and his Zygarde deck looked really dangerous. Good thing that my deck is all (except Mewtwo) resistant to fighting type so some glimmer of hope. Gastly got the first Zygarde poisoned but it got knocked out. A nicely timed Teammates got me Haunter so the second Gastly evolved for the double confusion. A quick switch to Mewtwo kept me going before Gengar showed up. I went for a big risk with Sycamore and it worked nicely and I got the Gengar I needed for the Creep Show on the first Zygarde. Then I noticed the second Zygarde had 3 damage counter on it.

I just so happened to have a VS seeker on me and a Lysandre I discared for that Sycamore so that worked really nicely. At this point I had Lugia and Trevenant Break all set up and ready to go too. The second knockout of his Zygarde gave my opponent all sorts of problems so I made a switch to get Trevenant to hit Silent Fear to get his active and three of his benched up to 30 damage but before I could get Gengar back to work, my opponent forfeited the match. Oh wow I actually beat one of the best decks in that tournament and as it turns out, I played spoiler to my opponent, he ended up 3rd and not 1st because of that loss. Sorry about that man! 2-2

So that was really fun, my Gengar deck did way better than I expected it to. It was nice to know that apparently my deck ended up being one of the decks people didn’t want to play against because of Gengar’s Creep Show move. Of the 12 or so guys there, apparently only 3 of us played a deck completely different to the rest, me being one of them.

I knew if I wanted to stand a chance, I had to try something different so why not give my Gengar deck a try just to see if it was good or not. I do like playing a slower paced game and I do like playing those sniping decks. Plus, Gengar is one of my favourite pokemons so I was always going to make a deck around it.

I should really go for more of these pokemon tournaments, this one was really fun. I didn’t win any prizes but it’s all good, I had a good time anyway. It’s good to be around the pokemon community again although I didn’t have anything to trade with this time. But I did buy two Zoroark cards for my next deck, an Yveltal/Zoroark deck. If I had more strong trainer cards, maybe my deck could be even better. There is a league challenge going on next week, maybe I’ll give that a go.

Oh and after the event I went the Project EXT to get me 10 Sun and Moon booster packs ($45 for 10, I might as well) and since I have to start revision I won’t have time to buy cards anytime soon. Turned out to be the worst 10 boosters I ever bought. No holo foil, no GXes, nothing. I have now found out that I got cheated by this new thing of them defaulting the booster boxes, after every two bad pack will be a good pack. Whoever came up with this idea is a stupid idiot, now people can easily cheat others of buying packs. Packs should always be a random chance, that’s the fun of it. Not calculated chance. Here’s my proof of it. I’m never buying Sun and Moon loose packs ever again. 😦

Back into Pokemon TCG: Evolutions Pre-Release

I’ve been meaning to post this for some while but I kept forgetting to do so. But anyway here it is! This happened near the end of October so I’m a month late with this.

I used to be a huge fan of Pokemon Trading Card Game. I would play and collect the cards back in the day when it first showed up in 1999 up to around 2006-2007 when most people here stopped playing it for some so I followed suit too. I’ve always liked playing TCG games, the main two for me being Pokemon and WWE’s RAW Deal.

After a long while, my brother finally got me back into playing Pokemon TCG a few months ago. I forgot how much fun it was to collect those cards, opening those boosters and hoping to get a rare card and just playing the game itself. It sure helped that Pokemon TCGO was a thing too, playing the online version of the game on my laptop sure helped with my “addiction” of Pokemon TCG. In fact that might be the game I’ve played the most since August.

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So now I’m fully back into Pokemon TCG and looking for anyway to join in the fun and have matches here around Singapore and the first one I found was the pre-release tournament for the latest Pokemon TCG set, Evolutions. One of the main reasons why I wanted to try it was just to see the old base set cards being re-printed in the newest set with the updated stats.

I think I was the 3rd person to sign up to it so you can tell how keen I was to give this a try. After all I never got to play against other players in TCG too so why not? The way the pre-release works is that we get a box containing 1 promo card (either Gyarados, Charizard, Machamp or Mewtwo), 22 aditional cards and 4 booster packs of Evolutions to help us build our decks.

Once we got the signal we had to build a 40-card deck from the cards we got inside our pre-release box and the energy cards provided by the organizers. I was hoping to get the Charizard card and luckily for me I did! It was the one most wanted to get out of their pre-release set at the Battle Bunker, which I now know is a great place to play card games.

I ended up making a fire and psychic deck because of the 22 cards I got from the set. I did pull some good cards from the 4 Evolutions boosters, including Pidgeot EX, a holo Cleafairy and two Brock’s Grit. I didn’t put Charizard in my deck as I only had the 1 Charmander and 1 Charmeleon so I couldn’t risk them. Here’s my deck for my pre-release tourney:

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Not the greatest of decks but still something I could work with. My main attackers would be Nidoking and Pidegot EX, with Arcanine and Mew as the back-ups. It was my first pre-release tourney or any kind of tournament for a Pokemon game of any kind, I was just excited to be a part of it! The way it went was that we’d play 4 matches, and the people with similar records would play against each other.

My first match was also my first “win”. I say that because my opponent never showed up! I was one of the lucky 4 or 6 who got a bye in their first match so I decided to have a friendly match against the guy I was sitting next to during our deck buildings while we waited for Round 2. I was a close match, I did some damage with Arcanine but I got beat by Arcanine too.

The second match was the worst, it was over after 2 turns! I only had Clefairy to go with and since it had just the 40 HP, that wasn’t helpful. It didn’t help to go up against Mewtwo. I made the mistake of trying to put him to sleep with one energy and that meant Mewtwo’s psychic move now would hit me for 40 damage, one hit KO!

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The third match went a bit longer but again I got beat by not having a good hand. The fourth and final match was the closest I got to winning. Nidoking was doing early damage for me and I was 1 prize away from winning. I read Pidgeot EX’s Mirror Move wronly and that ended up costing me the win. And yes, I got beat by Nidoking! Not again. Oh well.

So I ended the pre-release tourney with a 1-3 record but realistically, it was a 0-4 record so in my head, I’ve not gotten a competitive win in a Pokemon TCG match so far. I will try to change that sometime soon as I plan on giving a Pokemon Draft Night a try, a format somewhat similar to the pre-release and the shop is near my place so why not?

It turns out that everyone who participated in the pre-release would end up getting 3 additional Evolution booster pack. I got some good pulls out of that too, holo Hitmonchan and Charizard EX! Two EXes in my first 7 Evolutions boosters! Unfortunately, it has stayed that way, the next 14 Evolutions booster’s I’ve opened so far only has gotten me 2 Holo cards (Gyarados and Poliwrath). No luck for me in Evolutions yet but I still like it so much! Those retro cards all look awesome! I want more!

I really did enjoy that pre-release tourney. It was so much fun even though I lost all my matches. It was great to meet and talk to many other players who all had the same interest about Pokemon TCG or just Pokemon in general. Those guys were also helpful on giving tips to build a good deck, what cards I should add to my decks and what other stuff to get. Hopefully this is just the start of something more. I’m just glad I got a nice reminder of how awesome Pokemon Trading Card Game and the Pokemon TCG community really is.