OHKO Budget Challenge: Round Two (Fight!)

by Eric ~ October 15th, 2014

Hello, readers of One Hit KO! Today I’m going to decide to go on the budget challenge, as what Ed did. As I’m pretty sure I can’t accept donations, I want to somehow try it out. This time, you comment on what you want ME to run. Those cards can be any ten cards of your choice. Here are a couple rules to make it more interesting:

No EX Pokemon with over 130 HP.

This is probably the most important rule. Since I’d rather go with an actual challenge rather than storming with a
ridiculously overpowered deck, I’ll just go without the EX decks.

I’m looking at you, Genesect and MANY others…

I will supply my own basic energies.

Simple. As I don’t want to be running a two energy deck, I’ll just do that.

Each card only counts as one.

ex: If you said you wanted me to play Colress Machine, it only counts as one. If you want me to run 2 or more of a card, that would count for your ten cards. ex: If you wanted me to play 4 Colress Machine, that is 6 cards left.

Now here’s a list of reminders!

-If you want …

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Decks To Play If You Forgot to Prepare for Regionals, and a Brief Argument to the RPS Format Opinions

by Eric ~ October 1st, 2014

Hello, everybody! I’m finally back with another article! The Pokemon Regionals are coming quick and you still have no idea what to play! No worries, the unorganized, unprepared, terrible senior with zero accomplishments will help you out today! Let me get straight in the article. (Side Note: I HATE most of these decks with a passion, but they are simple and easy… So…)

Yveltal/Garbodor

Why I chose this deck: I chose this because of how simple the deck is, how it would most likely not be teched against, and how it can easily fight Pyroar decks. Here is a quick list of what I would do for a Yveltal/Garbodor deck.

24/7 Evil Ballin'

24/7 Evil Ballin’

POKEMON-13
3 Yveltal EX (XY)
4 Yveltal (XY)
2 Darkrai
2 Trubbish (PLS)
2 Garbodor (LTR)

Trainers-40

DRAW/SUPPORTERS- 22
4 Professor Juniper
4 N
3 Colress
2 Lysandre
2 Skyla
2 Pokemon Fan Club
3 Bicycle
2 Roller Skates
ITEMS/STADIUMS- 18
2 Pokemon Catcher
3 Ultra Ball
2 Virbank City Gym
3 Hypnotoxic Laser
1 Sacred Ash
2 Muscle Band
2 Startling Megaphone
1 Dowsing Machine
2 Float Stone
ENERGY-7
7 Darkness

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Tiny Report From Tiny Tourney

by Ed ~ November 23rd, 2013
Curse You Tiny Tourney!

Curse You Tiny Tourney!

For almost a month, I’ve been working on a Flareon deck.  I chose it due to economics and the fact that I like decks that play fast and loose.  I had it almost built in the Cofagrigous Six Feet Under configuration.  It was something of a “Turbo Flareon” build if you will.

There was a tourney coming up, and I didn’t think that version gave me enough chance against all decks.  I looked around and found Pooka’s decklist online, so I built that version.  I kept playing solitaire and tweaking it, but I never felt comfortable with it.  Basically, his build is a metagame counter, and I wasn’t very confident that the meta here would be anything like that of the real world.

The final straw was that, on Friday night, I played a game against my daughter, Ava, and she beat me.  The tourney was Saturday, and I didn’t have another deck.  I was REALLY kicking myself for not building the deck I had lots of experience with (Darkrai), due to not owning any Darkrai.

As it turned out, I did trade for a Darkrai EX the week before at league.  On the downside, that same day, I traded away all my Dark Patch, because I knew I wasn’t playing Darkrai.  On Friday night, I was really bugging Omar about this via text.  Could I get away with just 2 or 3 many Darkrai?  How many Dark Patch would I need,  minimum?  If I could trade/buy/borrow some Darkrai and Dark Patch, I might switch decks.

On Sat morning, I looked up a decklist for it, and the first one that popped up was Jason Klaczynski’s Worlds list.  I printed it off, stopped at the cash machine on the way, and hit up Who’s Game House.

When I arrived, the Tournament Organizer had a box of commons and uncommons.  I looked through it and came up with 2 Dark Patch and some other useful stuff.  Then I started asking around for Darkrai EX.  I thought maybe the only ones that existed in the town were in Brad’s deck.  That was almost true.  I was able to trade for one from Austin (the same guy that traded me one the previous week, actually).  Zach, yet another player, offered to lend me his full-art copy for the day.  The final piece fell into place when Ken offered up 2 Dark Patch and a couple Virbanks.

I had what I needed, and I had about 15 minutes to build the deck and write the decklist.  It was VERY hectic, and Zach ended up writing my decklist as I tossed newly-sleeved cards at him.  As the entry deadline was called, we realized I was 10 cards short, and I started tossing in Crushing Hammer, Energy Switch (LUCKILY), and something else.  I made it.
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The Revival of Empoleon

by Eric ~ November 11th, 2013

empoleonHi guys! Today I would like to go look over Empoleon variants.

Before that, I would like to say thanks to Plus Four, Alex, and Jeff C. Because I do not know how to respond to things using this account,(Hit me with your best shot technology lovers.) I would like to respond to your comments here.

Jeff C:
Thanks for the thumbs up on the VGC comment! Also, I forgot to add catchers.Whoops. Four catchers are good catchers!

Alex:
I forgot rare candies too. Oh well. We all make mistakes.

Plus Four:
Thank you very much! I will try to make this and other articles as long as possible, Also, Ed decides who writes on what date. If Tyler, Ed, Owen, and Mike could write again, that would be amazing! Right now, as I write this on Thursday, I am the only active writer. It’s much harder than your think for a seniors player to do this.

Now we return to your regularly scheduled article.

Empoleon Thoughts

I believe Empoleon is a very good deck. It can abuse Max Potion, has amazing draw power, benefits from the new rules, and can make your opponent struggle bench wise. Here is my first deck list for Straight Empoleon.
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Pokemon Analysis: Blastoise

by Eric ~ November 3rd, 2013

BlastoiseHello guys! Today I have a nice little article for you guys! This article will cover both competitive sides of Pokemon. However, I need to go over something pretty important to the future of this website.

I do understand that we have gotten a shout out from both the Deck Out and SixPrizes. I believe we can scratch off the Deck Out off the list, unfortunately. It looks like Esa took down the domain. I believe we can “replace” the Deck Out as your #2 source for Pokemon tcg. (SixPrizes for the win!)

If we want to succeed as a fanbase of pokemon, then we need your help. As it said in Balasar’s article, ever since Pikkadogs left, we were left in the dust. We need you guys to comment on our articles, even if you are not logged in, tell your friends, and keep reading, no matter how stupid our articles are.

Although some of our writers are new, still tell your friends about this website! I cannot force you, only beg. Now anyways, moving on…

FOR NOOBIES ONLY

TCG

Blastoise, the energy machine. Surprisingly, most Blastoise cards have to do with a fat retreat cost, and energy. If …

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Preparing for Regionals, and a Look at Genesect/Drifblim/Virizion

by Mike Lesky ~ October 8th, 2013

Hellooooo readers of OneHitKO, I am back once again with a new article full of great content for your reading pleasure!   This time around I would like to touch a little bit on what you can do to get ready for Fall Regionals, and then we will take a look at one of the New Upcoming decks for the Regional format.

The best way to prepare for a large event like Regionals is to playtest, playtest, and playtest some more.  I cannot stress how important it is to play game after game with a deck to know all of its strengths, weaknesses, and options.  I often found last season I did not do enough play testing for an event, so I would usually just fall back on Darkrai which I had piloted to top 32 at the World Championships in 2012.  Also, you need to find the perfect deck list not only for the tournament, but for you.  And nothing can help you out more with this than play testing to see what works and what doesn’t.  Deck choice can also make a huge impact at a large event like Regionals.  Predicting the metagame for your Regionals is a huge …

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A Piggyback Ride! Suicune/Terrakion Deck Workshop

by Eric ~ October 7th, 2013

Hello once again One Hit KO community! If you saw the last article, there was a pretty interesting deck idea. However, all that Mike did was giving the decklist. So here you are reading this article, while you lazy bums are just waiting to decknet.
Anyways, here is the decklist, as shown in Mike’s mini-article:

7 Pokemon
4 Suicune PLB
3 Terrakion NVI
39 TSS
4 Professor Juniper
4 N
4 Skyla
2 Bianca
2 Tropical Beach
4 Pokemon Catcher
4 Switch
4 Silver Mirror
4 Evolite
2 Ultra Ball
2 Energy Search
1 Super rod
1 Tool Scrapper
1 Dowsing Machine
14 Energies
5 Water Energy
5 Fighting Energy
4 Double Colorless Energy

Alright guys, let’s take a look at the strategy!

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New X and Y Rule Changes, And a Possible Contender for Regionals

by Mike Lesky ~ October 4th, 2013

Hello OneHitKO!  This article is a little later than intended, but I did get around to it and did not forget!  Some very big changes are in the works and have been announced by Pokemon International recently, and we certainly need to talk about them as they affect us come November 8th.

First off, the player going first can no longer attack on their first turn.  This absolutely takes away all advantages big basic decks had in the past over evolution decks by going first.  If the big basic player goes first and cannot put pressure on the field, this is huge for anything on your field that needs to evolve.  Also, now when a player playing an evolution deck goes first, they get a turn to get their basics out that need a turn to evolve and also abuse Tropical Beach.

 

Now I know that this could cause some problems as not many people have access to Tropical Beach, mainly because the card is easily reaching prices over $150 right now and will continue to rise in price.  However, most players who take this game seriously will find the resources to gain access to these cards, whether …

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Some Old Deck We All Used to Know: Emboar/Reshiram

by Eric ~ September 29th, 2013

emboar113-reshiramHello One Hit Ko community!

My name is Eric, and I am a new writer for One Hit KO. I write every Sunday, so expect an article on that day!

Here is my article, and please add suggestions in the comment section below.

This article is supposed to be about an old deck that pretty much everyone forgot about. That’s right, ReshiBoar.

Today on this fine Sunday, I will show you Reshiboar, the deck most of us hate. Let’s get started, shall we?


15 Pokemon
3 Tepig BCR
1 Pignite BCR
3 Emboar NXD
4 Reshiram NXD
4 Virizion PLB
14 Supporters/Stadiums
4 Juniper
3 N
4 Skyla
3 Virbank
20 Items
3 Catcher
4 Rare Candy
1 Ace Spec Card
2 Silver Mirror
4 Energy Retreival
3 Hypnotoxic Laser
4 Superior Energy Retreival
10 Energy
4 Grass
6 Fire


As you see, this deck is a little out of place, especially Hypnotoxic Laser. Let’s review, shall we?
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Opening the Emerald Toolbox

by Tyler Lindsey ~ September 27th, 2013

VirizionWhat’s up everyone!

I hope everyone is as stoked for X & Y as I am. They’ve really been slow-rolling the final evolutions of the starters in particular, and I for one am anxious to see what they look like so I can finally figure out which one I want to use (at the moment I am leaning towards Fennekin, like many others, but I am still undecided).

Anyways, we’re back, this time with a new rogue strategy article for you to ingest! Much like my second article (http://www.onehitko.com/2013/09/06/unveiling-b-side-plasma/), I will be delving into my thought processes as I was developing the deck, as well as giving you a card-for-card list with detailed explanations, and an in-depth matchup guide to boot. We’re closing in on Regionals season, so preparedness is of the utmost importance, regardless of what deck you’re looking to play!

 

The Discovery

 

Much like the Plasma alternative I spoke of in my second article, my quest to create this deck began during my testing of the Virizion/Genesect archetype, not long after the Plasma Blast set was released. Players have a tendency to evaluate strategies found in the Japanese metagame and compare them to our …

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