Machampion

by Austino ~ September 20th, 2010.

Throughout this budding season, the format has undergone a massive fluctuation in speed. Some decks have sped up while some have slowed down. Claydol (or lack thereof) is mostly to blame.

With Stage 2 decks getting the shaft by relying on trainers such as Rare Candy, Pokemon Communication, Luxury Ball, etc, Stage 1 and Basic pokemon are picking up rapidly. The format is starting to clutter with sablechomps, luxchomps, dialgachomps, Legends, and a few fiery stage 1’s such as scizor and donphan. These SP decks have picked up massive popularity lately simply because they work! Why not run a deck that does everything you want without having to evolve your pokemon? The real question is “What can I do to topple these giants?” Here’s your answer:

Take Out

Get your pick-up lines ready ’cause you’re about to take SP’s on a date they won’t forget (and you won’t return their calls later). Machamp (Stormfront) is once again a deck to be reckoned with, and yes, I’m talking about “straight” Machamp. The ability to win a game on the first turn is still a strong possibility as well as “super-effective” to gaining the points or Victory Medals you’re after. Many may call it a cheap win, but if you can design your deck to win on the first turn 9/10 games, then your skill is still there, but more in your deck building rather than playing (Yes, there is a difference!). In this article I want to share with you how you can take Machamp and turn him into an SP-smashing, turn 1 donking, late-game killer of a deck. After the list, I will give a brief strategy on how the deck works, followed by a tournament report.

The List:

4-3-3/1 Machamp
4 unown r
3-1 uxie
1 unown q

4 judge
3 collector
2 bebe
1 palmer
4 rare candy
4 poke drawer+
4 pokedex
2 warp point
3 communication
2 dual ball
1 lux ball
3 BTS

2 dce
5 fighting

The deck purely focuses on setting up Machamp turn 1 for Take Out, but also boasts 4 judges to disrupt your opponent and keep them from setting up their field as fast. Your goal as the operator of the deck is to take 2-4 prizes before your opponent is set up. Typically, you can get them to sacrifice a few prizes to machamp while they do. With the new 30 minute time limit, it’s much more important to hold onto a prize lead this season, so any chance you can jump out with a 3 prize lead, you’re *likely* going to win. Machamp will tend to “fizzle-out” late game if you’re playing against a Stage 1 or Stage 2 deck, so Machamp Lv. X, Warp Points, and DCE come in handy later in the game when you’re ready to Level Up for extra damage, Rage, or warp point a couple of prizes to finish off your opponent.

Oklahoma City Battle Roads – Sep 18th, 2010

Round 1: Gengar/Vileplume
He flips over lone uxie to my machop with him going first. He attatched and psychic restored. I play my hand out and end up with the rare candy/machamp/fighting energy for the donk.
1-0

Round 2: Sablelock
He starts with sableye and impersonates a Cyrus Conspiracy to start setting up. I collector for my Q, Machop, and an Uxie and pull the T1 Machamp again for the donk.
2-0

Round 3: Machamp
I’m playing Taylor who agreed to play Machamp with me today (almost the same exact list save for 2-3 preference cards). We’re both undefeated and we know it comes down to whoever goes second. He goes 2nd and gets the T1 champ as I managed to still set up my Machamp but he leveled up and hit the 3 heads to OHKO my machamp.
2-1

Round 4: Sablelock
He opens sableye to my lone machop, attaches SP Dark and overconfidents my machop for 20. I guess he didn’t think I had the ability to evolve or grab another poke, but either way I lux ball/rare candy into machamp, judge, and attach fighting energy for the Take Out. After 2 more turns of Take Out he scoops.
3-1

I tied for 2nd place in win% opp. win% and opp.opp. win %, but TOM gave the other player the spot in top 2, so I watched Taylor take the Victory Medal with our deck. All in all, it was a great tournament with the deck going a combined 8-1 with it’s only loss being to itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Hey Austino

    Thanks for writing the article, and good job at the BR.

    Only losing the mirror is pretty awesome.

    If you can get a T1 machamp, straight machamp is a thing of beauty. In the trainer lock matchup you might have to use Uxie X to attack, so those DCE’s might come in handy.

    • Anonymous

      “Only loosing mirror is pretty awesome” he played 4 games and the only game he didn’t donk he lost.

      • Anonymous

        I’m not saying he is a bad player but I can’t give Props to a guy who went through a tournament only winning by donks.

  • Ed

    I like the style both in the deck choice and the writing. Nice work on both.

    • Anonymous

      agreed he does write well.

      • Austino

        Thanks guys, looking forward to contributing as much as possible!

        • done

          play some recovery for the unown r.

  • RA-FUCKIN-DU

    I play toxitank. You scoop. I start Spiritomb. You scoop. I turn 1 deffan. You scoop. I don’t play sp. You scoop. ____ matchamp was mediocre when you had claydol, now its ____. You’re a sacky player, you’re ____. Go ____ yourself.

    • Ed

      It’s called a metagame choice, and it’s obvious that they made the right one. I don’t recall seeing any Machamp players scooping in his report.

      • Anonymous

        Ed you forget that Radu only plays perfect decks that never ever lose. And he always plays the deck that is the exact counter to the deck your playing.

        • Ed

          Unless his opponent is playing Gyarados.

    • Austino

      Ha ha, you’re right, if genplume had started with tomb OR gastly I’d have lost. Had someone run a thick toxitank line, I’d have lost. Had someone run dialga AND gotten T1 deafen, then I’d have lost.

      HOWEVER….I knew my meta and knew the deck would be a good counter to it, making it a solid play for the event.

      • done

        Your dialga players must suck. I get T1 deafen 75% of the time, and if i don’t that is because i either don’t start it or i go first(extra special metal). rethink ur decks.

        • Ed

          Most of the time, the coin flip to see if you go first is 50/50.

        • Austino

          You get t1 deafen 75% of the 50% of the times you go first (actually about 37% if you actually knew what you were doing), and that’s barring them starting with gastly or spiritomb. Your stats are skewed and completely irrelevant. All it takes is one Judge to keep you from playing out your hand and KOing a benched machoke before I evolve it and Take Out your entire field once you’re forced to actually attack.

          You obviously can’t read very well or you’d have known that there wasn’t any trainer lock around aside from a VileGar. There is a REASON we played machamp, not because it looked cool. Our meta was completely un-prepared for “Take Out” and it was a solid call for the tournament.

          I’m in no way, shape, or form stating that Machamp is BDIF or the best play for BR’s, but simply showing how you can dominate an SP-based meta with it. Also, Deafen can smfd once a machamp is up.

          • Michael

            Thats true. And then your Machamp can get on his knees and suck Toxitank’s d.

          • Austino

            Still going to take more than one croak to do much to machamp. Lv. Up and hit ONE heads on hurripunch for the KO, then go back to swarming champs.

          • Michael

            Your absolutely right! Because you one-shot my croak(provided I don’t have a Dialga G on the bench, in which case, your ______), and then I use that neat supporter Aarons Collection, return Croak and energy, slap gain, then continue to physically rape your Machamp in the ___.

          • Ed

            Wow, mini Radu (You know, the short one) is really on to something here. His theory and Victory Medal make Machamp worthless.

            And so eloquent. It’s good to see that Team Busted has been teaching you well.

          • Jon

            Dont get mad that are team is good

          • Ed

            I find this quite laughable on multiple levels.

          • Jon

            Why is that

          • RA-FUCKIN-DU

            He is clearly bitter, please continue to antagonize him by flaunting our clear and obvious superiority to your hearts content.BUSTED

          • Ed

            You mean obvious SENSE OF superiority.

          • Jon

            LOL PWNED

          • RA-FUCKIN-DU

            If your meta is just SP, almost nothing else, then this is an decent play, not great tier1.5. You still should expect to win because at best your match ups are(assuming no counter) 75-25 against luxchomp and 60-40 against dialga and sablelock. And if they play anysort of toxitank line or counter they all go to like 35-65 for you. Take that along with the fact the there are other decks in the meta this seems like a joke of a play. Or at least to write a ____ing article about. Fuck last year i won a ____ing brs with MAMOSWINE, MAMOSWINE. It was a joke deck, no one should have ever played it given any other options, and no one should ever write an article about its non-existent merits as a deck. Ok how about this change the ____ing title from Machampion to “Machokeson____: Here’s a Deck that Unless Your Meta is Complete ____ You Should Never Play”

          • Ed

            Actually, Radu, in the past, you made a call for interesting articles that analyze the metagame such as this. I can’t say that I’m surprised at your hypocrisy, but I have to assume that it stems from the desire to antagonize more than an actual belief that such an article shouldn’t be written.

            I would contend that writing about how you could win a BR with Mamoswine is interesting content that people would want to read. That doesn’t mean that people will flock to Mamoswine thinking that it’s the BDIF. It just means that people are interested in how you can win with a rogue or whatever.

            As for Machamp, I think it’s a valid play in today’s meta. Even in our BRs, a Machamp deck would have a fair shot at the VicMedal. Every match I played on Sun had me matched against a Garchomp C, and I never saw a Toxitank. Oh, and the one opponent that did have evolutions started them out with basics. :) I would welcome some Machamp in our meta. It would cause deckbuilders to put a bit more thought in, and I don’t think that’s ever a bad thing.

            One thing I would like to point out is that even while you’re being an ass, you often still raise valid and interesting points. I’m not sure if it’s a lack of maturity, intelligence, tact, etc., but the people trying to emulate you really miss the mark on that piece of the equation.

          • Austino

            So a meta filled with the decks that won BOTH Nats and Worlds is complete shit?

            Now you’re just contradicting yourself.

          • RA-FUCKIN-DU

            A meta which doesn’t expect people to try to counter sp with things like matchamp/mewtwo, and doesn’t play outs is ____. Its cool though, the MN meta is complete crap too, ____ing Utah is better than us.

          • Austino

            HA HA, don’t get me started on Utah, my boys and I went up there for regionals last year and we filled 3/4 of Top 4. I took home 2nd to B. Brander on a coinflip.

  • Mariocurintianu

    Great article! but sorry, I did not understand why you use Unown R ?
    Can you explain?
    Thank’s

    • Austino

      Unown R lets you “Retire” putting unown R in the discard and allows you to draw a card. 4 unown r, 4 pokedex, and 4 drawer+ are quick ways to thin your deck to get to the cards you need.

  • Mariocurintianu

    I understand thank you, my list is very similar to this, but I use Donphan 2-2 instead of Unown R, I’ll change mine to test.

  • Anonymous

    Jon, our not are. Use proper grammar, this is the internet. Its “____ing” important /b/ro. And getting the stadium, the croak, and the skunk out isnt hard to do short of prize r___(ends with ape). Once you get those 3 out(aka set up your bench for anyone apparently not on team busted, as they are the only good players ever), machamp will die. The next few probably will as well, between leap away poketurns poison palmers or any card with a similiar effect. If you cycle the toad, machamp will lose. Even with, though, machamp will always have a chance. And chances are you may run into some trash deck with no champ counter, so you get your free auto win. Or they could prize their 1 croak and 1 skunktank or even the stadium, in which case they could lose if they cant grab those prizes fast enough(provided they run 1-1 like my current deck, or play wrong and prize a 2-2 line(failnoob)). End of story, either deck has a chance. I am impartial, not flaming, nor taking sides. Outside party. P.s. Sp has the higher win percentage in a deck that is good and played by a skilled player. But then again, part of this is sarcasm and part is random guessing, so just go ahead and disregard it. Quote of the Day: Jon: LOL PWNED. (i just wanted to be included)

    • Michael

      …for someone complaining about grammar, you didn’t provide such a prime example of “good” grammar. Also, Nick, just stop.

      • Ed

        Have you now grown out of your previous title?
        Michael (You know, the condescending one)

    • Ed

      I like this guy more and more all the time.

      • Anonymous

        Hey Michael, I wasn’t aware this was your post. Or forums. Sorry for butting in, I’ll stop posting right away. And obliviously, if you weren’t actually TRYING so hard to put everyone else down, maybe you would notice it was a joke. Also, finish 11th grade then talk to me about grammar, because unless you’re doing SAT prep or some form of studying, you know practically nothing outside of spell check and school. I was just weighing in my two cents, if you don’t like it, ignore it or correct me. That’s what this forums is about last I checked. I see no Pokemon related correction in your reply to my post, so I’m going to say PLEASE show me where the facts of my paragraph are incorrect, misled, or downright stupid as not only was I agreeing with you, but if I went wrong somewhere id love to know and expand my knowledgeable horizons. You know more about Pokemon and are better than I am in every way, shape, and form at the game as is everyone on this forums. Posting will help me learn more about the game, even if i get flamed for it, and i lose nothing. So its a win-win. Unless any forum moderator asks me to stop, in which case i will. Good luck bro.

        • Ed

          Well, I own the site, and I haven’t seen a problem with your posts. Well, the only thing I’d say is that you might want to hit the reply button right under the post you want to reply to. If you do that, then I think Michael would get notified when you reply. BUT, if you don’t wanna do it that way, it’s fine, too.

          How about we all just agree that Michael, Jon, Thomas, and Radu are the awesomest Pokemon players in the World? Then maybe they can stop trying to prove their superiority. Busted wins at life. Game over.

          • Michael

            Good point, thats pretty much a fact. I mean why deny it. Its the truth.

            In any case Nick:
            1) Its not promocraok that is used to counter Machamp, its Toxicroak G(PT).
            2) No one runs 2-2(except Sudi).
            3) Azelf is run in decks to prevent that whole prizing thing.
            4) If you run Toxitank, you don’t run a single stadium.
            5) Of course SP is better if it is in the hands of a good player. Thats like saying I’m better with Gengar than you are. Its a fact, I have more “skill” playing Gengar, so I beat Dialgachomp all the time with it, whereas you have yet to beat Dialgachomp with it. Same thing.

            Also, tell me how skilled you are in grammar and then re-read your last post and tell me it is grammatically correct.

            “Even with, though, machamp…” Great sentence structure right there. :P

  • Andy T

    Boy I hope we’re done with the whole grammar discussion now.

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t there supposed to be a comma after the word boy in your sentence? But chyea i think we are done as it was a joke from the start.

  • RA-FUCKIN-DU

    I grasped this game faster than you did

    • Anonymous

      Its my first card game, but im in no way trying to compete with you Radu. As i said above, team busted>me

      • Ed

        I still think Radu’s reply is funny.

        • Anonymous

          Almost all his reply’s are funny, he is a pro troll. I have rarely seen anyone as talented as him. Its actually kinda cool. Trolling is an art.

          • RAFUCKINDU

            No its not, you find some say “____ you,” find someone else say “____ you,” then start saying “____ you” in more creative ways. Simple. Oh and ____ you!!

      • RAFUCKINDU

        Ill give you lessons $40 an hour +expenses(and i do require a meal at restaurant whose average entre price is at least $24)

  • Anonymous

    Nice list (personally I wouldn’t have maxed out Judges, but that’s me!) and very nice job at the tournament, going 3-1 and 2nd is awesomeness.

    • RAFUCKINDU

      No playing in a BR with 4 rounds and cut to top 2 is far from “awesomeness.” I mean wow i could even out skill 13 people repping yourselves on winning BR’s

      • Anonymous

        but with Machamp?