Archive for July, 2011

Pikkdogs Pikks Three: Zekrom, Metapod HGSS, and Recycle

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with a Pikk Three article.  Of course this article like all the other Pikk Three articles, it will review three cards.  One card will be a card that is played a lot, another will be a card that I think is under-rated, and the third is from a new or yet-unreleased set.

Before we get to the article, I have an announcement to make.  The announcement is that there will soon be a big announcement about the site.  I know some of you might know about it,  but I will wait until this coming week to make the announcement.  The only thing I will tell you is that the announcement is big and will make the site really cool and really fun.  Stay tuned for more details.

Card #1 The Staple: Zekrom Black and White

Description– Zekrom is a basic Lightning Pokemon with 130 HP and a 2 retreat cost.  He is weak to fighting.  His first attack, “Outrage”, does 20 damage (for CC) plus 10 for every damage counter on this Zekrom.  His second attack, “Bolt Strike”, does 120 damage for LLC and does …

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Deck Analysis: FloatZone

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there, this is Pikkdogs here with a post Pokemon Catcher deck analysis.

The subject of this article will be a deck that features Magnezone Prime and Floatzel.  One of the most popular decks going into Battle Roads will be Prime Time (Magnezone Prime and Yanmega Prime), this deck is a little different.  I consider this deck to be the spirtual successor to Mangeboar.  I am unsure if this a tier 2 deck or a fun league deck, maybe you can help decide.

Since Pokemon Catcher will make it more difficult to run a deck with bench sitting Pokemon, I decided to try a deck that had energy acceleration and free retreat from the bench sitters.  Now, you can still run Magneboar but in the Post Catcher (PC) format, the deck that started out a little shakey is about to get even shakier.

The decks main goal is to use Magnezone Prime’s “Lost Burn” attack to get a One Hit Knock Out each turn.  To get more energies on the field, Floatzel is used.  His “Water Acceleration” Poke-Power lets you attach a water energy to each Floatzel you have in play per turn, that does not include the 1 energy you can attach for your turn.

Of course this deck is very similar to Magneboar, so lets look at the pro’s and con’s of using this deck over Magneboar.
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Post-Pokemon Catcher impressions and a Mew Prime/Yanmega Decklist

Monday, July 25th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there, this is Pikkdogs here with another article for you guys.  For the top 40 players in North America and the players in Southern California all eyes are on World Championships.  All these people are thinking about is either countering the format or making a deck that will be consistent enough to grind into the main event.  But, for the rest of us, we have our eyes on Battle Roads and the new season.  And the new season means dealing with Pokemon Catcher.

Pokemon Catcher is a trainer card that lets you pick a Pokemon on your opponent’s bench and switch it with the active.  The last time this card was released, as a card named Gust of Wind, it was the best card in the format.  It ushered in an era of dominance for a very fast deck with all basic Pokemon.  The question was will Pokemon Catcher have the same format changing effect as Gust of Wind did?  To answer these questions I decided to test multiple decks in the PC (Post Catcher) format.  The testing yielded some surprising results.  To start this article off I will begin by …

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Contest Winners

Monday, July 25th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with a quick article to announce the winners of the contest.

First, Ed and I would like to thank all of you who entered.  There were a lot more entrants this time then there were for our last contest, so thank you.  Also, we love the suggestions and comments you had about the site.  We have already started working on improving the site based on some of your suggestions. 

Now, onto selecting the winner.  The 2 winners will each receieve a t-shirt, just like Team Omar wore during Nationals this year.  This is an exclusive design that was never open to the public. 
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Pikkdogs Pikks Three: Magnezone Prime, Bellsprout, and Max Restore

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  Its Pikkdogs here for another Pikk Three article.  Because there is not a lot of news going on right now, I have decided to do a couple Pikk Three article.  I have just started my testing for Pokemon catcher, and I think I have a really cool deck to share with you soon, so look out for that in the next week.  Also look out for the announcement of the contest winners either Monday or Tuesday.  If you still have not entered, than you have until the end of the day on Sunday June 24th.

If ya guys forgot, a Pikk Three article is like a big card review article.  One card is a card that is used a lot, another is a card that I feel is under-rated, and the third is from a new or yet un-released set.  So lets get on to the article.

Card #1 The Staple: Magnezone Prime

Description– Magnezone is a Stage 2, 140 HP Lightning Pokemon.  It has a fighting weakness, metal resistance, and a 3 retreat cost.   It’s Poke-Power, “Magnetic Draw,” lets you draw until you have 6 cards in your …

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Pikkdogs Pikks Three: Yanmega Prime, Pidgeot Tm, and Beartic EP

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with another Pikk Three article.  I haven’t done one of these in a while, so I’ll explain some stuff.  These articles are like a big card review.  One card is a card that is used a lot, one is a card I feel is under-rated, and and another one is a card that is from a new or yet un-released set.

Before we get to the article, just wanna let you know the contest is still going on.  I have explained the contest in the last couple articles, so go to the last couple articles and read up on what it takes to enter.  The contest will end at the start of the day on Monday, so the time you have to enter is slowly passing away.

The Staple- Yanmega Prime

Description: Yanmega Prime is a 110 HP Stage 1 Grass Pokemon.  It has free retreat, a lightning weakness, and a resistance to fighting.  It’s Poke-Body”Insight” lets you ignore the cost of all attacks if you have the same hand size as your opponent.  It’s first attack, “Linear Attack”, does 40 damage to any of …

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Etiquette for A Pokemon Tournament.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Hey all you OHKOers out there, this is Pikkdogs here.  Today’s article is about etiquette at a Pokemon tournament.  We get a lot of new players here at and tournament etiquette is one thing that isn’t easy to pick up.  Some players are rude without even trying to be, so I wrote this article to help you be more freindly at your next tournament.

Before we get to the article, this is just a heads up that my 100th post celebration contest is still going on.  Just write an email and send it to me at, and tell me what you like or don’t like about the site.  If you do that, you will be entered in a contest to win 1 t-shirt.  There will be 2 winners, so make sure to register by the 25th of July.  Now back to the article, here are some polite things to do at a tourney.

Etiquette is a french word for a small card or sign.  It comes from when the French Monarchy threw big parties at the palace of Versailles.  The palace guests would do rude things like run on the lawn and go into private rooms.  …

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Reshiram Emboar (ReshiBoar) Nationals Deck Analysis

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Alright, let’s get this out of the way right off the bat. I did not do well at Nationals. Well, I didn’t do terribly. My record was positive (5-4). One of those “wins” was a BYE, so I was actually even on the day. If I had won my final match, I’d have been in the top cut. All that makes it sound better than I felt like I did, though. This isn’t about Nationals so much as it is about my deck, though. If you want to read more about my Nats experience, you can do that here, here, or even here.

First of all, I’d like to point out that I think that there really is (at the moment) multiple ways to build a Reshiram deck. To me, any deck that focuses on using Reshiram as the main attacker can be lumped together. The main 2 Reshiram decks now are Reshiram/Emboar and Reshiram/Typhlosion. Both decks strive to achieve the same main goal, but they go about it slightly differently.

When I built my deck, I was of the opinion that Typhlosion was unnecessary, and I was concerned that there would be many others running Reshiram, Zekrom, or Zoroark. Therefore, I did not want to put extra damage on my own Reshiram (which would make it easily OneHitKO-able by anyone that could do 120 damage). Ultimately, the Nationals field did not feature so many Reshiram or Zekrom based decks, so Typhlosion’s damage placement wasn’t as big of a concern as I first thought it might be.

Let’s jump right into the deck I ran at Nationals.

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A Look at Two National Championships

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Hey all of you at OHKO! Today, I bring you two of my episodes covering everything about the past two weeks in both Canada and the US.

Canadian Nationals Recap:

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This episode covers all of the very interesting results we received from Canada two weekends ago. We have a very nice range of decks making the Top 16 and I go over some of the most interesting ones.

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Introducing Pokemon Catcher

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with a discussion about the card Pokemon Catcher.  This card will come out in the Black and White: Emerging Powers set.  Its effect is simple, switch one of your opponent’s benched Pokemon with the active.  This makes it like Gust of Wind from the base set.  This article will tell you what this card means for the format.  This article will also speculate what the format will be like for this card, and what type of counter the new high HP Pokemon will be to Pokemon Catcher.

Before we start the article, just a little reminder about the contest.  The contest that celebrates my 100 articles is still going on.  All you have to do to enter is send an email to “”  In the email just tell us something you like or don’t like about the site.  When you enter you will be in the running to win one of two official t-shirts.  To see the complete rules, just read my 100th article celebration post here.  Okay, back to the article about Pokemon Catcher

What it does

Pokemon Catcher allows you to do …

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