by balasar ~ April 24th, 2013
Esa Juntunen from The Deck Out at the 2012 Top Cut Invitational
I’ve decided to start a new series to hopefully breathe life into this site again. I will be interviewing major players in the Pokemon community, asking them anything from their opinions on the metagame to what their favorite sport is. First off is Esa Juntunen, winner of Finnish Nationals a grand total of six times! Before I start, I would like to say that this interview took place over email in early October, 2012, so some things may seem a little dated. So without further ado, let’s get this started.
OneHitKO: A lot of people disagree on how to pronounce your name. How should it be pronounced?
Esa: That’s a question, I get asked a lot and in fact, I answered to that question in one of my blogs’ entries (right before World Championships). If you click this link: http://translate.google.com/#fi|en|esa The google translate will pronounce my name as close to the real pronunciation as artificially possible. However, in the 7 Worlds, I’ve been, I’m so used to misspelling my name that I don’t really mind it.
OneHitKO: On to some more serious stuff, what made you want to play competitively?
Esa: The competitiveness is in my nature. No matter what I do (sports, school etc.) I have always been competitive. I get the most out of any hobby when I do it competitively and aim to the top. As I’ve become older I have noticed that I’m not as competitive as before, but I still enjoy winning, so I’m still pretty competitive. I was in my first tournament in 2002 when I was 11-years old and in my first official tournament I was in 2004.
by coolestman22 ~ March 19th, 2013
Hey OneHitKO people, it’s me again. I’m sorry for the delay in between articles, but my free time lately hasn’t been all too plentiful due to testing for the tournaments I’m writing about now. I had the privilege to attend two States this year, and I feel like writing about them, so I’m writing about them.
First things first, I had started testing a bunch of decks. I was fairly comfortable with my PlasmaKlang build until I learned that so many people would be teching against it. I also liked my Darkrai/Lasers build, but not enough to warrant playing it. I had built a Blastoise variant to test against, and although the list wasn’t very good it worked quite nicely in testing. After some tweaking I decided to play Blastoise for Week One. This was the list I used:
- 3 Keldeo EX
- 4-0-3 Blastoise BCR
- 1 Black Kyurem EX PLS
- 1 Moltres NXD
- 4 Rare Candy
- 4 Energy Retrieval
- 4 Pokemon Catcher
- 3 Ultra Ball
- 1 Level Ball
- 1 Heavy Ball
- 1 Computer Search
- 4 Professor Juniper
- 4 Skyla
- 2 N
- 1 Colress
- 1 Bianca
- 2 Tropical Beach
- 13 Water Energy
- 2 Lightning Energy
- 1 Fire Energy
Continue reading "Coolestman22′s Double States Report with Blastoise"
by coolestman22 ~ February 21st, 2013
Hey OneHitKO, it’s been awhile since I did a deck analysis article, so I decided to write up an article about a deck that I feel is amazing in this format, which is Landorus/Lugia. This article is mostly just me overhyping the deck, but I have tested it and it is amazing. The article may just lead you to believe it is more amazing than it actually is.
Before you start wondering if this is just another big basic deck, well, it pretty much is. However, it has a much different
strategy than many big basics do. With this deck, instead of just attacking with whatever you draw into, your goal is to use Landorus EX’s Hammerhead the first few turns to put 60 damage on two of your opponent’s EX’s. Then, use Lugia to kill both of them for three prizes a piece, and win when you kill both of them.
Now, there’s plenty of things that can go wrong with this plan. Eviolite, Aspertia City Gym, and your opponent not dropping an EX in the first place can mess with your strategy. However, winning by Turn Four is not always necessary, even if it is possible. Your gameplan …
Continue reading "Landorus EX/Lugia EX: The Ultimate Speed Deck?"
by Ed ~ February 8th, 2013
Well guys, we haven’t had much for new articles lately. I wanted to come up with something fun for the people that still stop by here, so I rounded up a bunch of in-browser games for you to play. Leave a comment at the bottom, and let everyone know which game is the best one!
Descriptions of each game:
Multiplayer Empire Game
- Category: Action, Multiplayer, Strategy, Roleplay, Adventure, Game for Boys, Simulation, Middle Ages
Description: Goodgame Empire is a great strategy title by Goodgame Studios. Build your own castle, create a powerful army and fight epic player versus player battles on a dynamic world map. Crush your enemies, conquer land and rise to the ruler of a mighty empire!
Multiplayer Farm Game
- Category: Simulation, Multiplayer, Game for Girls, Game for Boys, Roleplay, Time Management, Fun, Farm Game, Strategy
Description: Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. Using business skills and the help of your neighbors, family and friends you can turn the overgrown barnyard into a beautiful and prosperous farm again. Plant the right crops, harvest and process them, care for your animals and make sure that your workers are happy – this is how your farm will grow successfully.
Multiplayer Galaxy Game
- Category: Action, Multiplayer, Strategy, Galaxy, Adventure, Game for Boys, Simulation
Description: Become the commander of your own space station. Utilize the galaxy’s resources and enlarge your base. Research futuristic technologies and demonstrate your grasp of tactics. Ally yourself with other players from all across the world and rule the galaxy!
Multiplayer Mafia Game
- Category: Action, Multiplayer, Strategy, Adventure, Game for Boys, Crime, Simulation
Description: Goodgame Gangster is the brand new title from Goodgame Studios. Live the life of a gangster in a big city. Do missions for the godfather, duel with other players from all over the world and get new items at the black market to improve your character. Start your career right now and become the biggest gangster of all time.
Multiplayer Poker Game
- Category: Cards, Multiplayer, Action, Social Games, Texas Hold’em
Description: Goodgame Poker presents a whole new poker experience to players. Goodgame Poker combines all the strategy, skill and excitement of Texas Hold’em with customisable avatars and a fresh and modern style. Raise the stakes, bluff with the best and look good while you do it! Buy exclusive items, send gifts to your buddies and raise your rankings. True Texas Hold’em rules with a new twist – GoodGame Poker.
Continue reading "OneHitKO.com Now Hosting Fun Browser Games To Play"
by coolestman22 ~ February 1st, 2013
Hey OneHitKO people, I decided to write another article. Since it was a month between the last two, I decided to actually sit down and write something.
First of all, I’ll give you guys a recap of how my Regionals went. I played Ho-oh with 3 Mewtwo, 2 Tornadus, 2
Terrakion, and 2 Sigilyph. I won my Round One match pretty easily against Hydreigon, played an amazing game against Blastoise round two and narrowly won, and beat VileBox round 3 (The deck was legit somehow, but the reason I beat it was because it didn’t have energy acceleration and I was able to KO their attackers because I had previously attacked them with Tornadus EX).
From there I then proceeded to lose the remaining four games (Two of them I would’ve won if I had hit a Rebirth flip) to Blastoise, Darkrai/Mewtwo/Bouffalant, Blastoise, and Darkrai/Landorus, and whiff prizes all together. I don’t feel like I misplayed at all in the first three games, my deck just failed me. In the game against Darkrai/Landorus I was tired and upset and decided that it was a good idea to discard two Catcher with Computer Search, then needed a Catcher to win late …
Continue reading "Is It Playable? Victini EX"
by coolestman22 ~ January 12th, 2013
Hey OneHitKO people, it’s been more than a month since this site had an article, so I figure I should get something out before Regionals. I’m sorry for not getting something out sooner, it completely slipped my mind. This article is mostly about what decks you should consider based on playstyle and what types of decks you have the most experience
First of all, I want to start by saying that these are pretty much just things to try out, they are by no means official guidelines for you. I’m just throwing ideas out for you if you’re completely unsure of what to play, like I am.
I also want to do a little Cities recap and mention what I think the Tier system looks like right now. These are just my opinions, so you shouldn’t base any big decisions off these, I just wanted to give a bit of a guideline for you so that you have a guideline for your own opinions.
Blastoise/Keldeo. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory, actually, Blastoise is a deck that has both a good early game and a good late-game. Blastoise has the ability to go off on Turn Two …
Continue reading "What Should You Play For Regionals – A Metagame Analysis Article"
by coolestman22 ~ December 6th, 2012
Hey OneHitKO people, it’s getting to be time where you guys need to see another article, so I thought I may as well do a tournament report like Pikkdogs used to do (Except these will be somewhat successful reports) even though I usually don’t write reports (Although the purpose of the reports are more to show you more about playing the deck), and then so you have something interesting to read about I’ll do a deck analysis of the deck I believe is the BDIF of this format, Hydreigon/Darkrai. Anyway, I feel like getting this started, so here are the reports:
Saturday, November 17th: Cameron Park, CA
I wake up early, make my decklist, and wait for the people who I promised a ride to to show up. Once they both get here, we start the two hour drive to Cameron Park.
When we get there we are greeted by cabd from the SixPrizes forums, and I play some fun games with the people I came with. It turns out that 15 Seniors show up, 1 short of a Top 4. I wait a bit for pairings and I am already paired against someone I’d rather not play early.
Continue reading "Double Cities Report with Hydreigon plus Hydreigon Deck Analysis"
by SGT Pokedad MD ~ December 4th, 2012
Hello it’s me, Prof. SGT Pokedad MD again. Like I mentioned in my very first article, I’m not the best writer, but thought that this might be an interesting topic to discuss. Also in my first article, I made it VERY clear that I am not a very good deck builder or player so bear with me on this. In this article, I’d like to share with you a deck that I am running right now that I really like. I will share my deck list, why I chose the cards I did, and then share my thoughts on why I am not running a particular card that quite a few people say I should.
I started the year playing the Darkrai-Hydreigon deck list from Japan. I liked that deck, but it didn’t quite suite my play-style. I played Zekrom-Eelektrik last year. My son played the Darkrai deck and loved it, so I traded him the vast majority of my Darkrai deck and decided to move back to Eelektrik. Starting with the Zekrom-Eelectrik pieces, I looked at the available cards and read through the forums. It appeared that many were looking to play Rayquaza EX, Rayquaza and a litany of other Pokemon. I researched the other available Pokemon and came up with the list
Continue reading "Why You No Run Rayquaza?"
by coolestman22 ~ November 19th, 2012
Hey OneHitKO people, it’s me, coolestman22 again, here with another article to try to help keep the site going. I said in my last article that I would try to write about the techs Ditto brings to the table, and I decided to do just that.
Anyway, Esa wrote a neat article about how good Ditto is on his blog (Which I recommend reading if you haven’t), but
he didn’t go over the usefulness of the techs you could set up via Ditto. He mentioned a few, and he did a bit of reviewing them, but he didn’t go that much in detail.
So without further ado, I guess I should start the article. Please do note that these are not ranked, they’re just there in the order they came to my head in.
Dusknoir is probably going to be the most popular Ditto tech. The Ability is just so powerful that if you manage to get a Dusknoir out, it will probably lead to a few prizes by itself. You could also use it to take out your opponent’s all-important Stage Two Energy accelerator, or use the damage from the EX they retreated to kill their active …
Continue reading "Working With Ditto: A Review of 1-1 and 1-0-1 Techs"
by coolestman22 ~ November 11th, 2012
Hey OneHitKO, it’s me, coolestman22, trying to get another article out for the site because I have some free time and an idea. I figured I may as well write about my predictions for the format created by the new set, and we’ll see how many of them end up being legit.
I had to sit down and think for a bit about these before I actually wrote anything, but there might be a couple that slipped my mind. If I remember anything, I’ll edit it into the article.
Prediction 1: Darkrai/Hydreigon is BDIF
Of the decks we had in BW-DRX, Hydreigon is probably the one that benefits the most from new cards. Skyla is great for searching out Rare Candies or Ultra Balls that get you the Hydreigon right away, and Computer Search benefits Hydreigon more than anything else because you can Junk Hunt for it and create a chain of Computer Search.
It also has easy access to Sableye DEX (Which most decks don’t because they don’t run Darkness Energy), probably the best starter in the game right now, which can turn bad hands into T2 set-ups and bait N’s that get you a brand new, better hand. …
Continue reading "Bold Predictions for Cities Format"