A Tale Of 2 Roads (The Battle Type)

by Ed ~ October 3rd, 2010.

Blaziken FBEh, there’s not much to say, but I figure that I ought to write something up. This weekend, there were 2 BRs in the area. Ava, Abdi, and I went to the first one. Abdi played Machamp, I played “Hot TOSSED” (as it was dubbed), and Ava played Donphan. Ava and Abdi couldn’t make Sunday’s tourney, so Gyarados and his pals accompanied me.

We had a higher than normal turnout at both events, thanks in part to a group of guys that road tripped it from South Dakota. It seems that the Sioux Falls league is poorly run, and they never receive their proper promos or prerelease swag at the events there. Someone ought to do something about that, because if these guys are that into the game attending a mismanaged league, just think how well things could be going (and how many people they could get into the game) if league and other events were run properly.

Well, on to the reports.

Saturday, Misty Mountain Games
As I mentioned, I played “Hot TOSSED” which features the Blaziken FB tech to try and shore up some concerns with Dialga and Vileplume matchups.

Round 1: Jon Nichols (aka Jake Long) with Chenlock
I really had nothin’ going in this game. My hand sucked. He Impersonated Cyrus’s Initiative early on, and my hand was so bad that he chose an Energy Exchanger. That’s all that’s worth mentioning.
0-1

Round 2: Girl (maybe her name was Amanda, but I could be totally wrong) playing VileTomb/Bellossom
There was really one thing that happened in this match: Luring Flame. Actually, I think I took out a Spiritomb early on with my Uxie, and then proceeded to Lure up anything with a high retreat. I think she took 1 prize, and I ended up taking a second from the burn damage. Time was called, and I won on prizes. I guess that speaks to the inclusion of Blaziken for the Vile matchup, but it still wasn’t pretty.
1-1

Round 3: Lukas with DialgaChomp
So, here was my other problem matchup. I think I got Blaziken out, but I really couldn’t do anything with the trainer lock. I didn’t get any help, but I faked putting up a fight for a while. Good Game, Lukas.
1-2

Round 4: Nick D. with Sablock (IIRC)
I started Ambipom. I think he started Sableye. He donked. We played again for fun, and I ran through his field. That’s the game of Pokemon.
1-3

Round 5: Matthew Y. with Charizard
Matthew started Charmander and used the Call For Friends to get another on his bench. I used Shuppet and Crobat to KO the ‘Mander. He brought up Char off the bench, and used Call again. I KO’d again. This went on until he had 1 Charmander left, and he didn’t bring it active. Garchomp took care of that one. I think I got 6 prizes in 6 turns. This is how TOSSED was built to work, but all the trainer lock has forced me to tech the deck in ways that drop its consistency.
2-3

Sunday, Dreamers
If you want to win, I think SP is the (or at least A) way to go. The problem is that I don’t usually have that much fun when I play SP. I built TOSSED to look like an SP deck, but play much differently. The more it’s been teched for the current meta, the more SP-like it has become. This was our last BR of the season, and I wanted to play something else. I had Gyarados almost ready from the previous seasons, so I threw it together. I had talked to Austin about his current list, so I went with something like that. Volkner replaced Felicity, and the rest isn’t really worth mentioning.

Round 1: Baqi
Uhhh, there’s not much to report here. Baqi Psychic Restored.
1-0

Round 2: Radu with 2 Spiritombs
Radu can not beat Gyarados. It’s a proven fact. He started Spiritomb, and I almost had the donk. He benched another Tomb, but I slowly set up Gyarados and KO’d both.
2-0

Round 3: Jon N. (aka Jake Long) with Chenlock
I could have donked if I could have retreated or SSU’d Azelf on turn 1. I went for a bunch of Uxie type action, but I never got SSU. Starting Azelf active also sucked, because I had a prized Karp. After missing the donk, there wasn’t much more fight to put up. I put up some lame fight for a while, but really had nothing.
2-1

Round 4: Michael A. with Sablock
Michael got a first turn Cy’s Initiative on me, but he rolled 2 tails. If he’d gotten 1 heads, I wouldn’t have had a Collector. I slowly built a Gyarados over time, and once it was set up, I just got KOs.
3-1

Round 5: Andy W. with BLG (Blaz/Lux/Garchomp)
I was kinda burnt out by this time. On my first turn, I searched with Collector, and I think my mind turned off. I knew I had some problems due to prizing, and I just didn’t care enough to figure it out. I’m truly not making excuses. I played it out, but I didn’t really have a chance due to Andy’s good deck/play, and my bad luck/play. I’m actually glad that Andy won and made top cut because of it. I’d rather have him there instead of myself at that point.
3-2

So, Gyarados without Felicity is kinda junk, as we already knew. Volkner is a sorry replacement. Speaking of junk, that’s what I’m waiting for. The Junk Arm will make my day.

That’s it. If you guys know how tops went in either day, please comment.

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  • Anonymous

    Yeah throw in Junk arm and the new energy from the next set and you’ll be 4-1 if not 5-0.

    • Ed

      I just wonder where the space for that comes from. I would already run 7 or 8 energy, so 4 more is too much. Also, Junk Arm is great for the Karp discard, but the deck needs a good draw engine. Felicity did both. It will take some revamping.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah throw in Junk arm and the new energy from the next set and you’ll be 4-1 if not 5-0.

  • The finals was Jake Long against myself. He pretty much ran through a bad hand that I had. No excuses though, he gave me both my losses today

    • Anonymous

      Congrats to you both on top 2. And sorry for running out after rd 3 without saying goodbye to anyone–Andy W’s crushing defeat of what I’ll call “Undaunted Theme Deck Rejects” was too demoralizing to continue. (Or Paul finished 2-2 in juniors and we decided we might as well go home.) Paul & I learned a lot our first tourney!

      P.S. Andy W actually played his entire board upside down to make it easier for me to read the cards. (Well, for the three minutes it lasted.) Thanks!

  • Also, I spent a few minutes with the SD group after the tourney. Nice group of guys and it’s a real shame that their league is so poorly run. I told then to confront him then let me know. Not sure what I could do but a few emails wouldn’t hurt. Glad to hear we will see them for cites and states as well.

    • Ed

      Andy, did you get an email from me? I’m wondering if I have your correct addr.

  • Anonymous

    I am the Pokemon Champion. That is all.

    • Ed

      Yes, please continue your quest to teach people how cool you are. The shades and loud shirt won’t do it on their own.

      • Anonymous

        Why would i have to teach people what is obvious. I just said that so everyone that didn’t get to go knows who the poke’mon champion is.

        • Ed

          This is obvious to you, but that doesn’t make it obvious to everyone else. It’s probably better than a lot of people that have the opposite self-esteem problem, though.

  • Anonymous

    Haha thanks for mentioning us in your report It was a great experience to get a chance to play with such high quality players and meet some great people.
    Haha Ed your first game (Dreamers) was hilarious I still don’t know why he did that but a wins a win ha. It was great taking to you to man glad we could get to know each other and thanks for those Calls!
    And Andy it was great taking to you after the tournament, we had a bunch of laughs man hope to see you during cities hopefully we can make some more trades, and nice job judging the first day.
    The tournaments you guys have there are really great though, I was beyond happy by going 4-1 (Dreamers) even though I was the only 4-1 not to top, that was a bit disappointing but I not a really that big of a deal. And you guys will definitely see us for cities and probably states. Yeah its a shame with what we have to go through here but its whatever :P

    – Rahim

    • Ed

      Rahim. Yeah, it was good meeting you guys. If you come for Cities, it’ll be even more impressive. The turnout is much higher for those, and the competition is too. States is even a step up from that.

      I’ll try to look you guys up if I’m in Sioux Falls for any amount of time, but usually if I’m nearby, I’m hanging out with family.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah for sure Ed well be up there. You gonna be up there, and any more of Team Omar?

  • Anonymous

    Yeah for sure Ed well be up there. You gonna be up there, and any more of Team Omar?

    • RAFUCKINDU

      Learn to not be a terrorist please. I dont want our ____ getting bombed by you Rahim…

      • Ed

        Dude, you are so weird. I’m pretty sure you’re the only terrorist here, Radu.

        • RAFUCKINDU

          Dude i think there were like 3 rahims on the 9/11 planes

    • Ed

      I will probably play in the Cities tourneys. I wouldn’t count on anyone else from “Team Omar” being consistent attendees around here, though.

      • RAFUCKINDU

        What what

        • Ed

          I don’t understand the question (or questionS).

  • Anonymous

    St. Louis Park, MN 10/3/10

    Masters (22 Players, 5 rounds, top 4)
    1. Jon N: Sableye/Blazekin/Garchomp
    2. Andy W (me): Luxchomp
    3. Lukas G: Dialgachomp
    4. Michael S: Gengar C w/Dialga G

    ———- Post added 10/03/2010 at 10:54 PM ———-

    Burnsville, MN 10/2/10
    24 Masters, 5 Rounds, Top 4

    1. Radu C: Vileplume/Gengar (7-0)
    2. Thomas V: Luxchomp
    3. Aubre V: Kingdra
    4. Lukas G: Dialgachomp

    I would like to point out how team Busted is so good that in all the events we have managed to fill three of the four spots in each one. I’m still the Pokemon Champion. That is all.

    • Ed

      I would like to point out how large team Busted is now, so that in both of the events they have managed to fill approximately half of the masters division. I still find it entertaining that you feel the need to point it out.

      But, I do see where you’re coming from. We did the same last BR season when Busted sat back and claimed that BRs meant nothing.

      • RAFUCKINDU

        niether 5/30(on sat) nor 5/24(on sun) = 1/2. Math fail is fail, it might seem like we are half only because jake long makes half the noise in the room at any given time, but still.Or lets see at source3 Team busted members played 2 top cut2/3at outpost 2 Played 2 top cut2/2at misty 5 played 3 top cut3/5at dreamers5 played 3 top cut3/5I think i can say it(again), we are the _______ ____, we’re broken.

  • Anonymous

    Approximately half of the master division? If 5 is close to half of 22 or 24 i guess so? But at the last Br season, all of team Omar which was like six or seven people at the Brs, Parts of team busted went to one Br. But thats besides the point. I am still the Pokemon champion. That is all.

    • Ed

      I can think of 2 meanings for “That is all,” but your verbosity eliminates one of them.

  • Digging the avatar, Radu.

    Team Busted is pretty good I heard.

    The only reason Team Omar won was because the Jew sucks and he stacked against the jew that tournament (and probably many others).

    Also I really like the site layout Ed.

    • Ed

      Thanks. It ain’t 2EZ to just throw a website together.

      • Ed

        Actually, it is fairly easy. Sorry. I was really reaching for that bad pun. I’m tired.

  • I wish I had that loud of an ego lol. I probably would have gotten shot after last seasons spring BRs.

  • Anonymous

    Radu you make so many insightful and accurate posts, I wish there was more people on the forums like you.

    • Ed

      There’s a reason there’s not more people like him on most forums. Most forums ban Radu.

      • Anonymous

        Really? I find him refreshingly honest much like Simon on American Idol.

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