Archive for December, 2010

Pikkdogs top 10 Cards of 2010

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

A big hello to all members of Omar-Nation.  This is Pikkdogs here, and I am counting down the top 10 cards that were released in 2010.  I will rank them based on their current playability, their past usage, and my predicitons on how the card will fair in the future.                 

But before we get to that we have a couple of announcements to talk about.  There is still time to register for the Team Omar 1st Anniversary contest, but you must get your answer into us before midnight on the 31st of December.  That means that if its 2011, you will be too late.  There have not been a lot of entries, so if you hurry up and enter, you have a decent chance at winning a prize.  Also, all of us at the website would like to wish you guys a Happy Newyear.  Hopefully you guys will have fun on New Years Eve, but remember to be safe.                                         

Okay onto the rankings, there have been 4 sets released in 2010.  All of these sets belong to the HS block, the individual sets are: HGSS, HS: Unleashed, HS: Undaunted, and HS: Triumphant. The first two sets of 2010 were playable in the 09-10 format, while the last two were not.  This year is the first year without Lv.X cards, we have gotten Prime and Legend cards instead.  Some of the Prime cards have been playable, while the Legend cards have seen a minimal impact on the format. So with those thoughts out of the way, lets rank the cards of 2010. 

10.  Gengar Prime

The list starts off with Gengar Prime.  This Gengar was released in the Triumphant set and has not had a significant impact on the format yet.  It has seen some play in Trainerlock decks with Gengar SF.  It is mostly used to send Pokemon in your opponents hand to the Lost Zone.  This is mostly effective against Gyarados decks.  If you can send a Magikarp to the lost zone, you will have a huge advanatge in the game.  But as I said this card has not made a huge impact on the format.  It has made it on my list because of its potential.  If the U.S. ever gets the card Lost World, Gengar Prime will become a lot more important.  This is because Lost World is a stadium card that lets you win the game if your opponent has 5 or more Pokemon in the lost zone, and Gengar Prime can easily put Pokemon in the lost zone.  So the future looks bright for Gengar Prime.

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Fun with Magnets: A Magnezone Deck.

Monday, December 27th, 2010

A big hello to all members of Omar-Nation.  This is Pikkdogs here with a deck analysis of a Magnezone deck that I made up.

Before I get into the article, I have a couple of announcements to make.  First, Ed and I at teamomar.com would like to wish you and yours a great Christmas, even though it is a couple days late.  I hope you guys could meet with family and friends and have a good time.  Second, our first ever contest is currently running.  So far the entries have been scant, so if you enter the contest before the deadline, you should have a decent chance at getting a prize.  Okay announcements are over, time to get to the article.

I must issue a disclaimer first, this deck isn’t very good and won’t win a tournament but can be comeptitive against almost any deck.  If you don’t care if you win a tournament or not and just want to win a couple games, this deck could be for you.

I got this idea the day before the first City Championship that I went to this year.  I had been struggling all week to perfect my Gyarados deck, and wasn’t having any success.  So I decided I should either fix the deck quick, or think of something else to play.  After doing some thinking, I took a jog.  On that jog I thought of ways to play a shuppet donk deck, and how to put together a Magnezone deck.  When I came back from the run I was sure that I came back with a consistent Magnezone list, all I had to do was put it together.

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TeamOmar.com 1 Year Anniversary Contest

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Well, its been an entire year.  December 20th 2010 marked the one year anniversary of www.teamomar.com.  The site has came a long way in a year.  It has grown from a site that organizes information for a small amount of people, to being a global website that is known for its Pokemon knowledge.  Ed and I are really excited to see the website grow into what it is today.  So a big happy birthday celebration goes out to all of our readers and all of our freinds who have came and written articles.  I don’t wanna leave anyone out, but I’ll try to give a good shoutout to those who have given us articles: Thanks to Bittyboy, Andrew, Andy, Ava, Pokemon Dan, Omar, and Jona. 

To celebrate our 1st birthday we are giving back to you guys, the readers that have chosen us one of your favorite sites.   We are instituting a contest, winners of this contest will win one of four prizes.  The contest is a bit of a treasure hunt, but we will get back to that later.

We originally had the contest idea last summer, we were just days away from starting the contest, but because of …

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Return of the Base Set?

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Hey all members of Omar-Nation.  This is Pikkdogs here.  Over the weekend our freinds at pokebeach.com posted scans of the cards from the new Black and White Collection set in Japan.  There was a theme in this release and the cards will be very impactful on next years format, so I thought I would post some of my reviews of the cards here.                                                                          

But of course since these are Japanese cards, I have to issue a disclaimer.  I do not read Japanese and am not sure that the person who translated these cards can read it properly either.  So there are possibily translation errors, and it is likely that wording on cards will change as they reach America, so don’t take this wording as the final wording.  Also, it is a personal rule of mine to not believe that a single Pokemon card that was released in Japan will be released in the U.S. until I actually pull it from the pack.  Japan does get a lot of different cards that we don’t, so there is a chance that we will not get some of these cards.

So with that out of the way we will look at some of …

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PokemanDan’s PokeClass Episode 15 – Top 10 of 2010!

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

This episode is the last one before Christmas so I thought I’d do an episode counting down the best cards from 2010 in the current format.
Please post your lists as I’d love to see what you all think!
This list may be totally different to other peoples so please respect that it’s just my opinion.

Thanks for watching,

PokemanDan…

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How to use Seeker

Monday, December 13th, 2010

A big Hello to all members of Omar Nation.  This is Pikkdogs here with a strategy article.  As you can see, this article will be about the card Seeker.

Well to start out, Seeker has a simple effect.  Both players pick up a Pokemon from their bench, the person who plays it chooses first.

It may be a simple effect, but the many ways that it can be used make it a card that is complicated to use.  It also is a pivotal card, that can easily change the fate of the game.  That being said, it is important that every player know how to play the card.  First we must look at how this card is played.

  1. The first way that this card is used is to heal a benched Pokemon.  This is fairly simple, just setup two main attackers, when one is damaged beyond repair, you retreat or warp it out and then use Seeker and throw those damage counters away.  This use makes it useable for almost any deck.   If you use this strategy, be sure to have Broken Time Space in play, so you can lay down the Pokemon back down again.
  2. Another way to use this card is to use it to re-use a coming into play Poke-Power.  For example, if you only have Seeker in your hand, you can play Seeker and pick up your Uxie La, and then use “Set-Up” again for 7 cards.  This card is also useful for cards like Crobat G, Mespirt La, and Azelf La.

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Like Jerry Seinfeld, Pikkdogs is Even Steven, Rochester Hills Cities Report

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

My fellow Seinfeld fans will appreciate the reference to the episode where Jerry continually loses things and then gains things back again.  This is how I felt today at the Rochester Hills City Championships. No matter how hard I fight to break away from the crutches of mediocrity, it pulled me back in, but then I was reminded that it wasn’t that bad.                            Austino's Gyarados

The story of the 2010 Rochester Hills Michigan City Championship begins on Friday afternoon.  I got back from my jog and fired up the computer.  I got a message from Derek, our tournament organizer, saying that he expects a record draw to the next cities and reccomends that we all show up early.  I decided to pass that info on to my buddy Jona, and hope to make it there when registration starts, at 11.  I end up making it by 11:10, the parking lot was full, but I was able to register.  At about 11:20, they begin turning people away, because the fire code only lets 70 people in the building.  This left several players, including last years state champion, away from the tournament.  When I saw this I thought I might have a better shot …

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A Tale of Two Cities (winning LuxChomp Report)

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Luxray GL Reverse HoloIt was the best of times… and then the next day it was the best of times again.  Ugh, what a start.  Sorry about that

Ed asked me to write a tournament report about my weekend at the Source and Dreamers.  I usually tweet updates as the tournaments go on (www.twitter.com/wiem0014) so those notes helped a lot in writing this report.  Sorry if I don’t remember names or all of the details.

The previous weekend Emmanuel, Lukas, Nick and I traveled to Madison and LaCrosse for the first weekend of Cities.  I performed extremely sub-par that weekend, mostly due to bad luck, but also due to a costly misplay on Saturday.  I ended up 2-3 Saturday (after starting 0-3) with Luxchomp  This was the deck I was most comfortable with, winning States with it last year, and testing it heavily for Regionals and Nats.  It was the right deck in a field of Gyarados, but I started against two Machamp decks and couldn’t recover.  I finished 3-2 on Sunday while playing a Machamp deck focused on the Prime more than most.  Jay Hornung (from IA) ended up winning both days with Luxchomp and going 13-1 on the weekend.…

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Second Best or First Loser? Gyarados vs. Luxray

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Austino's GyaradosThis past Saturday (12-04-10), I went up to The Source to play in their city championships. 25 masters showed up, giving us 5 rounds of Swiss with a cut to top 4. I brought Gyarados with me, but I left my sick daughter, Ava, at home. Hopefully she can join me this weekend.

Fire ArceusRound 1) Justin K. with Lefeon/Flareon/Arceus
I don’t know why, but I’ve played Justin in just about every tourney we’ve both participated in. Heck, I even got matched against him at regionals. Well, at least he’s used to playing against me. He started with a fire Arceus on his bench. I think I Regimoved it active, and he ended up belting it. I used the 2X water weakness to my advantage and went up 2-0 in prizes. After that, he couldn’t recover.
1-0

Machamp PrimeRound 2) Emmanuel D. with Machamp SF/Prime and Kingdra Prime
I’ve played against this deck before. You might think it’s heavily weighted in my favor, but it’s not that bad for him. What is bad is prizing like all his primes and 2 Bebe’s. I am pretty sure he used Seeker to use Azelf’s Time Walk 3 times. In theory, he should be able to set up Machamp Prime and Kingdra Prime to get OHKOs on Gyarados (which is impressive, because Gyarados is resistant). In practice, it didn’t work out for him. He was on the ropes the entire game. I think this was his only loss in Swiss.
2-0

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PokeClass Episode 14 – Machamp, Back At The Top!

Monday, December 6th, 2010


I don’t know what happened to Dan this week. He usually posts his vids here, but maybe he fell asleep at the wheel. Anyway, I noticed that he had a new one up, so I’ll post it for him.

This week is another deck analysis on one of the top decks appearing at City Championships at the moment, Machamp. This deck used to fail to keep up to speed with everything that wasn’t SP or Regigigas, but with Machamp Prime for Triumphant, this deck is slowly crawling its way back to the top spot!

Watch for analysis and skeleton list!
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