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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. 😦
Yup I’m back at it again. My second pokemon pre-release tournament but this one was a must go for me, it was the pre-release for the new Sun and Moon base set. New card designs and all the Gen 7 pokemons finally on trading cards so why not go for it and after all, it’s all for fun anyways right?
I made sure I got my name on the list the moment one of the two shops hosting a pre-release here in Singapore announced that registrations was open. The other shop? Well I tried my luck there first but apparently it was already full a day or two Maxsoft announced the whole thing so that was quite disappointing. Not sure how that was even possible but oh well. Back to my old hometown of Bugis and to Battle Bunker for me then.
For this one, I was hoping to get either the Oranguru pack or the Shiinotic pack and luckily for me I got Oranguru. The people around me mostly got Shiinotic and the guy sitting next to me, funnily enough the same guy I sat next to at the Evolutions pre-release, got the Passimian one. Turns out the Oranguru one was what I really wanted as there was an evolution line for Zubats meaning I’ve got a Crobat! Woohoo! That’s one of my favourite pokemons of all time along with Hitmonlee, Charizard/Charmander and Gengar.
We had the four packs inside the pre-release box and I did managed to pull some good ones out of there, namely a foil Vikavolt (one guy was desperately looking around for it but I need Vikavolt too). I also had a Dragonite, Arcanine and Rare Candy reverse holo foils, which looks really cool in the new Sun and Moon set. I did pull one GX card out, Tauros GX, one of the better ones for sure. But before that, the guy opposite me pulled a Gumshoos GX. Not just anyone though, not even a full art but the brand new hyper rare card. It looked amazing!
So once again my deck, like the previous pre-release, had Psychic pokemons in it. Then again my main deck is a Psychic deck so I’m more than happy to use them. This time it was with the Fighting pokemons. But I learnt my lesson from the last pre-release of having a bit too many pokemons so I cut it down to 2 evolution lines, one troll pokemon in case of weakness and the two foils of Oranguru and Tauros GX. Whatever I had pulled, I knew right away I wanted my deck to be mainly about Crobat.
So the strategy for me was simple, get my Zubats evolving quickly with the help of Timer Ball or Nest Ball or Great Ball, have at least a Crobat and a Golbat and make use of their free retreat to increase Crobat’s Suprise Strike. Oranguru would be the back-up in case of any big energy users (and there were some) and also for his ability (a mini Shaymin EX if you will). Hariyama would be used mainly as my staller and the big dog (or bull in this case) Tauros GX would be the ultimate comeback hitter if I were to get it.
The main thing I wanted out of today was well….JUST ONE WIN! The last pre-release, had a 1-3 record but my win was a bye because my opponent never showed up. I played a friendly game and well, I lost so technically I went 0-4. And the first match didn’t go so well too. I had to take a mulligan 5 times! What a bad start. Nothing went my, I had a hard time dealing with my opponent’s Butterfree and Pinsir combiation. Oranguru came in to knock Butterfree out for my one price but a combo of Cloyster and Prof Kukui killed me. 0-1 already. Dang. That match ended really quick.
I knew I had a potentially good deck, I just needed to get things right and as it turns out, that first match was really the only match I had nothing going for me. My second match was against a guy I had faced the last pre-release so that was cool! Luckily for me he was struggling as he kept getting energy cards while I managed to build up my Crobat, Oranguru and Tauros GX! My big three hitters. So yup Crobat knock my opponent out easily one by one to give me that match. Woohoo, my first win in a “competitive” Pokemon TCG game! End of Round 2, 1-1!
The third match was a really tight game. It could have gone either way. The guy I was playing had just gotten back to Pokemon TCG so I knew how he felt being back at it for the first time so it was nice that I could help someone out this time around.
This was the first match that Tauros GX finally had some action and I was feeling confident about my chances in that match but I messed up a bit having my Makuhita knock out his Pyukumuku. I should have Tauros GX knock it out to get the 6 damage counter from it’s ability which would in turn help two of Tauros’ moves.
My opponent had a Lanturn and a Kangaskhan and I was trying to think ahead and keep the big GX move for Kangaskhan and for the win but as it turned out, my opponent got the “water energy” he needed to increase Lanturn’s move from 60 to 120, in the form of Rainbow energy. One move later and Tauros GX was done. I probably should have done that GX move. End of Round 3, 1-2! That same losing feeling.
The fact that my opponent had Espeon GX out in the first turn already out in my fourth match made me think I was heading for another defeat. Like the previous matches, he got rid of my Rare Candy and Crobat from that irittating bugger of a supporter Illima but for once it worked in my favour, I got the six cards, he got three. I did get my Golbat out and things started happening.
Did I mention how irritating Ilima was? It feels like a new N card but it can either help you or hurt you. Hence why I only played one of him. Twice I had a Rare Candy and Crobat ready to evolve onti my Zubat only to get Ilimaed. At least drawing 3 wasn’t bad for me as I had Oranguru to help with his ability.
I had my double colourless energy and Crobat was ready for action. Golbat was confused but no worries, free re-treat, as was my plan and in came Crobat. 60+60 for switching in that turn and as Espeon GX had weakness to Psychic type,(60+60)x2 = 240 damage! And not to forget, my Crobat had survived Espeon’s GX attack so maybe my opponent’s mistake was putting all 100 damage on Crobat and not trying to kill of Golbat. Kukui came in next to kill the game for me. That was a sweet comeback and so far my best win yet. End of Round 4, 2-2!
Then came the surprise, we were going to have a round 5! Usually it ends at Round 4 but with the turnout, I guess they had to go for it. My opponent had seen me beat his friend previously so he was worried about Tauros GX. And yes I did get him ready along with one Crobat up.
My game winning move was actually using Repel, getting rid of my opponent’s Butterfree and switch with Lanturn and luckily my confused Hariyama did get his big move in to get me my first prize. I retread him (four energies too) but it was worth it as Crobat was ready for action and swiped my opponent’s Butterfree. From there it was easy going, Crobat doing the damage.
So at the end of the fifth and final round, I had a 3-2 record! More wins than losses, I wasn’t expecting that! And I avoided the two really good Pamissian decks so it was a good day for me. Not that I was worried about it, I had Crobat waiting to pounce anyway.
So with 3 wins that meant I would get 3 extra Sun and Moon booster along with 2 that everyone would get for participating in the pre-release. Now for the fun part, everyone opening up their winning packs and some had pullled some top cards. One of the girls managed to pull the hyper rare Lunala GX which looked really cool.
A few minutes later I heard a roar from the other side of the play area, because someone pulled the full art Lille card! No secret rares though. As for me, all I got was an Espeon GX but a full art one so that was pretty cool but for it being the only one from the five packs, a bit of a shame but I can’t really complain.
I had a lot of fun in this pre-release, probably more than I did than the first one I was in. I wasn’t expecting more wins than losses, let alone 3 wins! Everyone was cool and friendly there again, you can’t beat the pokemon community really, some really cool people there. It won’t be my last pre-release for sure. I think I will probably get my first booster box for the Sun and Moon base set, I really like it so far. Those of you who can make it to a pokemon TCG event or a pre-release, go for it! Even for those who may not play it often, it’s a lot of fun. What better way than to take time off from my revision than to have fun and play some cards?
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.
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:
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!
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.