Archive for August, 2011

How to Pick a Battle Roads Deck

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with kind of a strategy article. 

 It may seem like the fourth of July was just a week or two ago, but the summer is now coming to an end.  With the end of summer comes some of my favorite things: cooler weather, cool colored trees, American Football, and Battle Roads.  Although I feel like writing an entire article about fall and how its the best time of the year (except bikini waxing day), I think we should get to the Battle Roads.

Setting the Stage

If you were not able to make it to Nationals, you must feel really out of the loop.  The last time you played you were looking at Garchomp C’s and stuff like that, Battle Roads will be a whole nother animal.  Those of us who made it to nationals, and those that went to world’s, basically know the format.  Stage 1 Rush is good along with decks like Reshiphlosion, Reshiboar, ZPS, and Primetime (Yanmega Prime and Magnezone Prime).  But, thanks to the release of Emerging Powers, Battle Roads will be a little different.  So before you start getting your deck …

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The Structure of the New Season. A News and Opinion Article.

Monday, August 29th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is kind of a news/opinion article about the upcoming season.

The Past

The structure of the tournament season has been pretty stagnant for the last couple of years.  The season starts in September and October with Fall Battle Roads, a small local tournament with a small ratings value.  Next we have Cities starting in November and continuing in December.  We then all celebrate Christmas and the New Year, and get ready for State Tournaments in March.  Next we go to one day in April which hold the Regional championships.  Battle Roads show up again in May and June, while Nationals are usually in June or July.  And of course, the World Championships are in August.

So that is what we have been doing for the past couple years.  It seems like a good schedule, lots of events but not too many where people would be spending an excess amount of time and money going to tournaments.  A lot of other card games have more tournaments, but this schedule seems to be pretty good for emphasizing local metagames.  So what’s the problem?

The problem is that when it comes to the …

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Pikkdogs Pikks Three: Typhlosion Prime, Ruins of Alph, and Durant

Friday, August 26th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with a Pikk Three article for you.  If you are not a frequent reader of this site I will explain this article series for you.  I will review three cards for you, one card is a commonly used card, another card is one that I think is under-used, and the third is a card that is from a new or yet un-released set.  Does anyone need to go the bathroom?  If not, we can start the show.

Card #1-The Staple-Typhlosion Prime

Description– Typhlosion is a stage 2 140 HP Fire Pokemon with a weakness to water and a 2 retreat cost.  Its Poke-Power afterburner lets you attach an energy card from the discard pile, and a damage counter to any of your Pokemon.  Its attack, called “Flare Destroy” does a lackluster 70 damage for FFC, but it has the awesome effect of requiring a discard from each of the active Pokemon.  The best part is that you get to choose which energy goes in both circumstances, that means you can discard the DCE on pesky Pokemon like Zoroark and Boufallant.

Analysis– Typhlosion saw a heck …

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Deck Analysis: What a Rush! (Donphan Prime, Yanmega Prime, and Zoroark BW)

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with a deck analysis for you guys.  This deck has been called many things: Megazord, Stage 1 Rush, and others.  I call my deck “what a rush” because it is an easier take off of Stage 1 Rush, and of course who doesn’t like the Legion of Doom?  The deck was popularized at Nationals by Kyle “Pooka” Sucevich, a tournament at which he narrowly lost in the finals.

The three attackers featured in this deck make the deck versatile, and add a toolbox like quality to the deck.  Here is a basic over view of the deck.  Donphan Prime is a great primary attacker.  It is tough to knock out, and can attack for just 1 energy.  It also has a type advantage over Mangezone and Zekrom.  Yanmega Prime is a versatile attacker that can snipe for 40 damage or attack for 70 damage.  The best part of Yanmega Prime is that he can attack for free (if you and your opponent have the same hand size) because of his “Insight” Poke-Body.  Yanmega is both disruptive and versaitle.  Zoroark BW is a card that I don’t really …

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PokeClass Episode 39 – Worlds 2011 Recap

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

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This week we finally saw the 2011 World Championships come to a close and there were some very interesting results indeed. The Top 2 consisted of two interesting deck choices which I will go into detail about in this episode and I will also talk about why certain other decks did so well at the tournament.


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Deck Analysis: Reshiphlosion

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with a deck analysis.  The deck we will be spotlighting is Reshiphlosion, a very consistent and hard hitting deck in the current format.  Some are wandering if it can stand up to Pokemon Catcher, so lets find out.

I had realized a couple days ago that this website has not had a Reshiphlosion list on it.  So I thought I would change that.  I will be happy when this article is published because people always come up to me and shout, “Hey,when are you going to write a Reshiphlosion article? and stop staring down my shirt!”  Sometimes even girls say this.

Anyway, The deck was popularized at U.S. Nationals.  It seemed like everybody was going to play Reshiboar, and then everyone showed up with Reshiphlosion.  The deck is really powerful and really consistent because it can manipulate energies very well.  Just about every energy that you draw will be used and re-used thanks to Typhlosion Prime.  Its that energy manipulation that makes Reshiphlosion really good.

If you do not know the deck I will try my best to explain it.  The first goal of the deck …

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The Top 10 Impactful Cards of Emerging Powers

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Hey all you OHKOers!  Yes, it is finally time for Pikkdogs to release his list of the top 10 impactful cards of the next set.

Emerging Powers is your 2nd Black and White Set.  It is made up of cards that were in the Japanese Black and White sets, along with cards from the “Battle Strength Decks” and random Promotional cards.  A lot of people are a little upset about this set because the current Japanese set seems to be a lot better than our Emerging Powers set.  But, there are some good and impactful cards in this set. It is not one of the better sets we have seen in a while, but at least it’s better than Call of Legends.  The thing I hate most about this set is that there is that it has another rare Unfezant that is useless.  It seems like I pulled just about all of the BW Unfeazants, and now I feel like I’m about to get 150 more crappy Unfezants.  But enough about my hatred of Unfeazant, let’s take a closer look at the set to get at the best cards.

Honorable Mention (#12) Thundurus

Our first honorable mention of the countdown …

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Pikkdog’s Tips for Winning your Emerging Powers Pre Release

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there, this is Pikkdogs here.  Believe it or not, Emerging Powers pre-release tournaments are just around the corner.  Although most people go to these tournaments for the cards and trading, its always nice to win; plus a lot of organizers give an extra pack to the winner.  This article will hopefully give you all the advice you need to make the most of your pulls.

Of course the biggest goal of the event is to have fun and get the cards you want.  One of the biggest advantages of being at a pre-release is that a lot of people will trade you a good older card for a decent new card.  Values of these new cards are kind of high before and after the release the set, but they will eventually fall.  So make sure you get out there and get the best value for your trades.

Now, lets focus on the swiss rounds that are played.  Of course each player gets 6 packs and makes a 40 card deck complete with energies provided by the tournament organizer.  These decks are usually not nearly as fast as modified decks, so you need …

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PokeClass Episode 38 – Emerging Powers Set Review

Monday, August 15th, 2011

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This week, I debut a brand new format of bringing you PokeClass. I have added video content to make the presentation of the information a lot more ‘viewer friendly’ and hopefully you will all enjoy the changes.

Note: I’ve had a lot of feedback about the ‘live video’ additions with pretty much all of them being positive. I have taken into account that people like the full screen video better than the bottom-left corner so that will be a change for the next episode. I can assure you I’ve ironed out most of the creases from this episode, so bear with me ’til next week where I think I’ve got it mastered ;)

Emerging Powers is set for release in just a few weeks and we have just had the full set list released to us, so this week, I’m tackling all of the most interesting cards from the set and analysing each one of them. Stay seated for a fairly long episode!

Enjoy and comment below what you think of the changes :)
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Recapping Pokemon TCG Worlds 2011

Monday, August 15th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there. This is Pikkdogs here with a recap of worlds.

Before we start with what happened at worlds, lets take a look back at last week. Last week was the first ever guest writer week. We saw 6 writers give us some great articles. I feel that we got a lot of cool different information last week, and it was generally a great thing for the site. We would like to thank all of our writers that were in action last week, you all did a great job. Hopefully in the future you will be able to drop by and give us another article. Ed and I would also like to ask all of our readers to tell us what you thought about Guest Writer week. Please tell us if you think it was a good thing for the site by placing your thoughts in the comment box.

Last Chance Qualifier-Day 1

World’s weekend started off Friday night with the Last Chance Qualifier. The LCQ (known as the grinder) was full of a lot of players vying for just 16 spots at the main event.  There were no swiss rounds, instead …

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