Battle Roads: Dreamers, St. Louis Park, MN

by Ed ~ June 7th, 2010.

Saturday saw Team Omar take 3 of the top 4 spots in MN’s second Battle Roads. Sunday brought us a new opportunity to claim a Victory Medal. This time it was at Dreamers. My daughter, Ava, had birthday parties to attend both days, so she couldn’t attend. Here’s how my day went down. This will be somewhat of a mini-report, because Omar is going to come along and give full coverage of the weekend’s events.

Austino's GyaradosRound 1: Radu Ciocan – Sabledonk/SPionage/Sablelock
Radu starts Uxie. I donk him with my Sableye.
1-0

Round 2: Thomas Veazie – DialgaChomp
It wasn’t a super-quick battle, but Thomas never got anything set up for long. Most of the game was me bringing up his 110HP Pokemon and one-shotting them with Gyarados.
2-0

Round 3: Mark – BLG (Blaziken, Luxray, Garchomp)
This was a pretty good battle. I donked Mark the previous day when I played Shuppet and he played Jumpluff. Today was a tougher battle. Garchomp uses up a lot of energy, and if they can’t take prizes each turn, it’s tough once I get Gyarados set up. He got desperate near the end, and I recall having to use many Warp Energy and Super Scoop Up to get Regice and Claydol out of the way. In the end, it’s was all that Warping that won me the game.
3-0

Round 4: Sudi/Soari Phomma- BLGDU? (Blaziken, Luxray, Garchomp, Dialga, Uxie, maybe)
Sudi has topped each BR this season while running this deck. It has answers for almost everything. I remember this being rather close. Again, Garchomp uses a lot of energy, and a couple times, Sudi got pretty low. Timely KOs on Luxray and Garchomp helped seal the deal.
4-0

Round 5: Omar – Gengarchomp
Omar is a noob that lucksacks everything. We’re both 4-0, so both of us will make top cut. Even though we both made it in, I felt that I needed to teach this kid a lesson, so I let him think he had a chance against me. When he was at 3 prizes left to my 1, I allowed him to KO a belted ‘dos. I just set up another for the KO. Next please.
5-0

Top 4 are Omar, Michael (you know, the short one), Sudi, and myself. Top cuts are single games today, because the judge can’t stick around all day.

Top 4: Michael Slutsky – Gengarchomp
I start fairly strong with Sableye. I go first, attach special dark, and impersonate. I want to save my in-hand Uxie for my first trainer turn, so I leave an empty bench. I do, however, put an energy on just in case he can Ambipom G (plus Crobat or whatever due to resistance) or something which also gives me a future retreat option. It leaves me vulnerable, but I don’t think he can KO my Sableye. In fact he can’t, and I am able to Warp Point and Overconfident KO his Uxie on my next turn. Hindsight being 20/20, I should have probably gone for another Impersonate. In retro-retrospect, maybe that KO was the right move, because I may have been 6-0’d on prizes otherwise. So that foreshadowing should let you know that Michael proceeds to take 6 prizes without me taking another.

Gengar has this nice little attack called “Shadow Room.” The deck is pretty much built around that and Garchomp C’s “Dragon Rush.” Anyway, Shadow Room can put 3 damage counters on anyone. Magikarp has 30HP. Any way you do the math, it means that I need BTS to get Gyarados set up. One BTS is prized. That leaves 2 in the deck. I pretty much Impersonate every supporter in my deck thinning and drawing to get BTS. I get through about 2/3 of my deck, but BTS never comes. I recall one draw where I got like 3 Gyarados, but no BTS. Ick. Out of frustration I make a couple bad plays along the way, but there’s nothing other than BTS that can help me. In desperation, I try bringing up Baltoy a couple times just to see if I can keep a Karp in play for a turn. I can’t. You know it’s bad when I have to Rescue a Sableye just so I can impersonate more Felicity. There’s no hope. You knew where this was going all along. LOSS

Just like the previous day, I make top-4 and lose to Gengarchomp. This time, though, it’s a different pain. It’s not “Pitch-Dark” killing my draw/search. It’s my draw/search killing my chances of evolution. And now, in retrospect, after looking over my opponents, I think I faced SP all day.

Stay tuned for Omar’s double-header report covering Saturday’s stunning victory and the exciting conclusion to Sunday’s action.

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  • Ryan2013

    who won?

  • Ed

    You'll just have to stay tuned. I think Omar will cover the rest of the day in his report (which he claims will be posted tonight).

  • Michael

    I'm excited for Omar's report. But anyways. Our T4 game. Just gonna come out and say it. I wanted revenge for Saturday. I knew that attacking any Gyrados would be a misplay, because you would knock me out regardless, so I would let Fainting Spell do the work. If I could just kill the Magikarps, I would be in the clear. I did that, thankfully. I was nervous at first but then I took a look at my original opening hand. It was looking semi-bleak, but of course I top a wonderful Cyrus XD

  • Ed

    Well, you played it right. I knew I had to risk a Karp, but I also knew you could just KO it. I could only hope you might think you could pick it off later, but that hope only came from the fact that it was my only chance (not because I thought you'd misplay). I spent most of the game trying to stall with a Karp+Gyarados in hand. That's not the way to have to play Gyarados.

  • Michael

    No, I guess not. In retrospect, I played it a lot more aggro than I initially intentioned. I was going for the same effect, but my strategy was to KO other things besides Magikarp if they weren't on the field, and focus my efforts on picking off everything else(Bats, Sableye, Regice), but instead, I instantly focused all efforts the moment I saw it hit the field. My entire thinking strategy changed in an instant to kill that thing XD. But it was revenge for donking me XD. But no. It was a fun game. I was worried about it at first, but now for nats I wont be anymore.

  • Ed

    Worried about your Gyarados matchup, you mean? Don't expect them to go like that most of the time. If the Gyarados player knows what you're playing, they can often keep PokePowers off the field and use a BTS to set up in a single turn. I'm in no way saying that you should be worried about the matchup, but don't use our game as any indication of how it would normally go. From what I've seen, the matchup is about 50/50 if both players know what the other is going for. It seems to come down to Fainting Spell flips.

    When I played Emmanuel in Regionals, I didn't know how to play the matchup, and I tried to work around the spell. It's not a bad tactic if you can pull it off, but I was afraid of playing down my ExBelt. Depending on the prize race, it might be the right move to just risk the flip.