Using Insight, you can succeed.

by Michael ~ October 11th, 2011.

Last weekend, I played Yanmega Magnezone with a Jirachi, but no Kingdra. It was a weird list. It worked, though it probably shouldn’t have. I didn’t test it much either. This time, I didn’t even touch the deck, and had it built for me. It was Yanmega Magnezone with Jirachi, but this time, I ran a 2-1-2 Kingdra line. Here’s the report. I remember some and some I don’t. It was a looooong day.

Round 1: VS Mike Juhl playing Whirlipede(I think that’s what it was)/Roserade

The deck was all about poisoning, but he just couldn’t get set up. Multiple Yanmegas allowed for a swarm he couldn’t seem to overcome, as I catchered his basics and one-shot them with Sonicboom. Relatively easy. GG man.

1-0

Round 2: VS ??(forgot name, sorry) playing Scolipede/Gothitelle/Darmanitan

He didn’t get set up much, and I took 4 prizes with Yanmega without having to play a single evening supporter. Then, when I was a prize away, I intentionally waited 9 turns to get 9 energy stacked on Magnezone to do 900 damage to his Sigalyff(whatever this thing is called, the dream eater thing). It was 10 away from dying. Some say overkill, I say kill time. XD. GG.

2-0

Round 3: VS Thomas Djerf playing mirror.

He gets set up quickly cause I’m drawing awful, stay asleep with Cleffa a lot longer than liked, before starting up on the assault. When I did start up though, I started with a vengeance, and my Magnezone beat all of his Pokemon into submission. Kingdra allowed me to remove a single energy for OHKOs on Yanmegas, which helped supremely.

3-0

Kingdra Prime - ULRound 4: VS Nick Streit playing mirror.

This game was a well played match. He gets up on prizes, and as we trade Catcher/Yanmega prizes, it comes down to 3-3 prizes, where I eventually take the lead at 2-3. I wanted to make a twins play, but we were tied(it was at 3-3). He gets a ton of energy on the board using Pachi, so he can kill a Magnezone and still have 2 on his active Magnezone. It comes down to a final play where I can either A) Twins, grab a rare candy/Kingdra to set up the 2 Kingdra, or B) play Judge, get rid of my big hand in hopes of nabbing something. I Linear Attack his Yanma on the bench to set up for the next turn. I hope there isn’t a Yanmega in his deck, so I gamble. There was 1 rainbow left in my deck, so my play was to grab Kingdra, spray splash his Yanma on bench(40 damage on it), then play catcher, drag up Pachi and hit it for 60, winning the game.  He, of course, has a Yanmega in his deck, so the entire play fails. Instead, I drag up a Magneton in hopes he doesn’t have a switch, because if he didn’t he’d have to waste the attachment for turn, giving me the ability to Jirachi devolve 2 Pokemon next turn. He has it, and it’s GG. Twas close though. GG Nick. Will see you again.

3-1

Round 5: VS Calvin Chang playing Gothitelle Reuniculs.

This matchup is super easy. He starts bad, I don’t. Most decks can’t beat Gothitelle because they can’t one-shot it. Lol, Magnezone can. BOOM. BOOM. BOOM. Snipe the Pichus/Solosi(plural, there were 3) on the bench, and destroy his Gothitelles. It’s super easy.

4-1

So I slide into top4, playing Nick again.

Game 1: I start off broke, he starts of all right. I quickly get a big lead, taking like 2 prizes. He scoops to conserve time.

Game 2: It’s like game 1, but the exact opposite.

Game 3: Game 3 involves me getting broke off of a 1st turn Eeeeek. I get a crazy set up, and pull up a Magnemite to kill with Sonicboom. He tells me that if I kill it with Magnezone, he’ll scoop. I happily oblige. Moving on to the finals.

5-1

Top 2: VS Andy playing mirror.

Game 1: Involves us both starting kinda bad but setting up, each trading prizes. At one point he drops a Pachi to self generate, though he cant attack with a Magnezone until next turn. I pull up the Pachi, kill it with Sonicboom, and scoops to move on to game 2.

Game 2: He donks my Yanmega with Pachi.

Game 3: I get an incredible set up, and he’s singing about how his is awful. It is pretty bad. I get some bad draws here and there, but he manages to stay in the game with some ridiculous top-decks (he had a hand consisting of 3 Junk-Arm and he tops a Twins XD). I have to kill a Magnezone with my own, stranding it active. My next turn, I top-deck Switch XD. He takes the 1st prize, but I take 4 consecutive prizes without him taking a single one. He realizes he cant win so he just scoops.

6-1

And with that, I win the Outpost 2000 battle roads! Yay! Bummed that I had to win a Pokeball for all of my efforts, but at least I can sell it. All in all, it was a fun day. Sabrina got 2nd in seniors, which was also good, as I managed to bring in 2 Victory Cups today. 4 packs were garbage (Andy pulled the catcher). Lukas was playing with 61 cards in his deck the entire tourney (judges didn’t catch it) so in top4 (he was supposed to play against Andy), he got automatically DQed, and Andy automatically moved on to T2. Bummer though, he didn’t even get to play for it.

Afterwards, we went to Checkers for some delicious food.

Props:
Winning
Kingdra
Magnezone
Yanmega
Andy’s singing
Sabrina getting 2nd
Checkers

Slops:
Pokeball-err-Victory Cup
Lukas getting auto-DQed

I really used a lot of insight today. Literally. Lots of insight. A lot of my plays were using insight.

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  • Ed

    Nice work, Michael!  Congratulations on the 2 points, the useless (besides selling) card, and the 4 packs.

    Thanks for the report.  Sorry that I wasn’t hanging around with you guys at the top tables.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks. Nah, don’t worry about it. It went by a lot faster than expected, what with T4 only being a single game instead of two.

  • Anonymous

    congrats,  You should have video taped Andy singing, would have liked that. 

    • Andy Wieman

      If you are going to be at Indiana Reguonals I’m sure you will get to hear me sing there. It really puts people on tilt sometimes. It’s outstanding.

      • Anonymous

        You’re coming to Indiana?  Cool,  should be fun. 

      • Anonymous

        “I just made such a haaauuuuuuuge misplaaaaay! I aammmm so baad at this game-”
        “-so bad!”
        “-So bad!”

  • Insight FTW

  • Aron Figaro

    Where the heck are all the Typhlosion and ZPST decks in your reports, lol…you’ve been having GREAT matchup luck!

    • Anonymous

      I would have loved to play against either of those, especially Typhlosion. There was very little big fire there at all, and, except for Ed, the ZPSTs were having poor luck or just not winning, and were at the lower tables.

      As for GREAT matchup luck, I say this. 2/5 of my swiss rounds were mirror, and my entire top cut was mirror as well. So 4/6 of my rounds in total that day were mirror matches. I feel that the Yanmega Magnezone mirror, when both decks are set up decently, is similar to the SP mirror matches of last format and the format before. It really is crucial how you go about attacking, and choosing what to attack. The 2 other Yanmega Magnezone decks that I played in top both ran a Pachi as opposed to my Kingdra/Jirachi playstyle. This meant that they could obviously put energy on the board a lot faster than I could, which really changed the way I had to play the matches. I may have had luck on the matchups themselves, but I do believe it still came down to skill in the matches, and I played against a good chunk of competent, intelligent skilled players. I didn’t just slide into 1st place easily. Both games in top cut went to the 3rd game, which meant that anything could happen.

      • Aron Figaro

        Fair enough, but given how skewed and luck based a lot of matchups are in this format, when playing Megazone I’d RATHER play mirrors all day. It doesn’t give you that “flip a coin, if tails ZPS kills you” feel.

        • Anonymous

          My deck was pretty decent when giving opening hands as far as basics go, so again, ZPS wasn’t necessarily the problem. I remove one to kill with Magnezone on Tornadus, and I feel that a constant string of Judges can really cripple the deck.

          Yeah, the format is luck based, but any format would be given just how limited the pool is, at least how it is right now. It’s definitely better than at Nats.