Archive for May, 2011

Baby Sitting- A Review of the HGSS Baby Pokemon

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there, this is Pikkdogs here with a kind of card review article.  This article will give a special review of the Baby Pokemon from the HGSS sets.

When they first were released, most players were not very happy about a lot of the Baby Pokemon being rare cards.  They were viewed as “crap rares” and most people did not want them.  The only exceptions were possibly Pichu and Mime Jr, who did receive some hype, but little play.   Now that the format will soon be HGSS-on, a lot of great players are talking about using Baby Pokemon.  This article will tell you everything you need to know about Baby Pokemon.

What Are They

Baby Pokemon were introduced along with the Gold and Silver Game Boy Games.  They are Basic Pokemon that are somehow un-evolved versions of other Basic Pokemon, I know it makes no sense.  In the TCG, they are usually known for there low HP, bad attacks, but wacky effects of an attack.  Both Cleffa and Tyrogue have been playable cards in the past.

All Baby Pokemon of this generation have 5 things in common.  First, they all have the lowest HP ever seen in Pokemon, 30.  Second, they all have attacks that put them to sleep.  Third, they all have the “Sweet Sleeping Face”
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Pikkdogs Pikks Three- Donphan Prime, Weavile Ud, and Victini

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with a true Pikk three article.  In this article we will look at three Pokemon cards.  One that is a popular card, one that I feel is under-rated, and one from a new or yet un-released set.

I hope your first weekend of BR’s went well, and you are ready for week 2.  It is possible that last weekend’s BR might be my last.  This weekend we don’t have much going on because our tournament orgainizer Derek is whimping out cause his wife just had twins.  Its not like they had eight kids or something, that would be a good reason (just kidding Derek, all your Michigan players love ya and are thinking and praying for your two new additions!).  Then the weekend after that I am being forced to “volunteer” at a graduation ceremony at the seminary that I work at.  I might still be able to make something on Sunday of that week, but I probably will be really tired.  If you do not have a victory medal, I would encourage you to hit all BR’s possible.  A lot of people are refusing to play with the current format, so you have a good chance at getting a medal.

Anyway, back to the Pikk Three.  The reviews in this article will assume that we are playing under a HGSS-on format.   Lets jump right into the article.

The Staple- Donphan Prime
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Deck Analysis: Can You do the Fandango? Reshiram and Emboar (Reshiboar).

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Ok, this is just another Reshiboar deck, but I think the Reshiboar name is, well,  a little Reshi-boring.  The Queen Reference is much better.

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there, this is Pikkdogs here with another deck analysis.  This deck is one of the most popular in the new format.  In this article I will analyze the deck and share my list.

The Goal of the Deck?

Well the goal is obvious, you have a 130 HP Pokemon in Reshiram, and it can do 120 damage a turn, the goal of this deck is to get Reshiram out as fast as possible and keep him hitting for 120 for as long as possible. Reshiram does discard 2 fire energies a turn with his “Blue Flame “attack.  To replace those fire energies this deck uses Emboar BW.  Emboar has the “Inferno Fandango” Ability, which lets you attach as many fire energies as you want to whatever Pokemon you want.  The strategy of this deck is simple.  Get an Emboar quickly to load up Reshiram.  Then keep using the fire energies to replace the ones that Reshiram that discarded.

If Reshiram has absorbed a hit, there is no need …

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PokeClass Episode 27 – What to Expect at UK Nationals

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

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Hey OneHitKO-ers! Not sure how many International players (MD-CoL format) visit this site, but if you are one of them then this is the video for you!

This week is all about what you should be anticipating coming up to UK Nationals! I cover almost every deck you will come across so that nothing will take you by surprise on the day. I also cover how to deal with random decks that may catch you off guard when it comes to the tournament!

Even if you aren’t an International competitor, this video will still give you some vital info on meta decks for events like Battle Roads that are still left for the season.



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Pikkdogs Spring Battle Road Report- Tecumseh, Mi

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Hey all you OHKOers out there, this is Pikkdogs here with a tournament report.  This Sunday I was fortunate enough to head to a SpSableye - SFring Battle Road in Tecumseh.  I like going to Tecumseh because it is a smaller town that takes me away from the urban sprawl of Detroit.  The tournaments there used to be held at a boy scout cabin, they are now held at a Masonic Temple.  It is a pretty cool place, nice and big, it even overlooks a lake.  The turnout this day was not very good, there was only around 20 masters.  Because of the stale format a lot of players decided not to come today.  This led to only 5 rounds, and a top cut of 4.  Anyway, lets get to the good stuff.

I wasn’t really into this format so I didn’t prepare for the tournament very much.  Instead, I spent most of my time with the HGSS-on format.  Before the new rules came into effect I played Uxie Donk.  I loved playing Uxie Donk because it is a deck that requires a lot of skill and experience, and has a good matchup against SP decks.  But because of the rule changes regarding Plus Power,  Uxie Donk is no longer playable.  Instead of using Uxie Donk I decided to play Sabledonk.  It is not the same deck, but it is similar.  It has a higher donking ability, but is worse later in the game.  I wanted to play another deck like Gyarados, but there wasn’t any deck that I tried that could consistently beat Sabledonk.   I knew that with some luck, Sabledonk could get me a Victory Medal.
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Deck Analysis: Miss Plume- Mismagius Cl and Vileplume Ud

Friday, May 20th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there, this is Pikkdogs here with a deck analysis.  This is a deck I tried out last weekend and I have grown to kind of like it.  It is a natural evolution of the Vilegar Trainerlock of the last format.  Of course, this deck is for the HGSS-on format.


The goal of this deck is to disrupt your opponent by locking trainers, and then using the trainers in their hand to hurt them with Mismagius’s “Poltergeist” Attack.   Thanks to the rotation, Spiritomb Ar is no longer in the format, so trainerlocking the entire game is no longer possible.  This makes it impossible for trainerlocking to disrupt an early setup.  Even though Vileplume is not as disruptive as it could be, trainerlocking is still effective.  It is hard for any deck to recover without using cards like Pokemon Communication and Rare Candy.

Your main attacker in this deck is Mismagius Cl.  This card has the “Poltergeist” attack that Gengar SF had.  In the past format Gengar was a better attacker because the Level X could counter Dialga G Lv. X.  Now that Dialga G is gone there is no need for …

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Lost World Deck HGSS-On- Mew Prime, Mime Jr. and Gengar Prime.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

As you can see I got really creative with the name of this deck. 

Hello all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with a deck idea for the HGSS-on format. I spent most of last weekend working on some HGSS-on decks.  I tried a lot of good decks, one deck that was unexpectedly good was my lost world deck.

Before we talk about the deck, we have to mention that Battle Roads start this weekend!  This is the time where you can go and prove that the Md-BW format is pretty terrible.  Although most people are not excited about the format, it could be just the time for you to go and steal a Victory Medal.  So go and have fun with your Pokemon friends, and hopefully you can pull down a medal.

How the Deck Works

Anyway, lets go back to the deck.  Like all Lost World decks, this decks only purpose is to get 6 of your opponent’s Pokemon in the Lost Zone.  Unlike the popular Lostgar deck, this deck has no way to grab 6 prizes if needed, but thats not really something you need to do.

The main way you will get Pokemon in …

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Pikkdogs Pikks Three: Ditto Triumphant, Plus Power, and Relicanth Cl

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there, this is Pikkdogs here with another special Pikk Three article.  This special edition of  “Pikk Three” will feature Pokemon that were not used in the previous format but could be great in the HGSS-on format.  The upcoming rotation will drastically change the face of the game.  Not only will we see new decks, some cards from previous sets that were not very good will now be really important.  Here are some cards that could possibly fit this category.

Before we get into the article, I would like to go a little bit of a P.S.A.  If you guys hit up, you will have seen that there is an article about a young girl who plays Pokemon, who was just diagnosed with Leukemia.  Friends from her Pokemon league are calling on all Pokemon players to come together to donate some Eevee cards and merchandise (Eevee is her favorite Pokemon).  Even though Eevee cards are not very valueable, I think it would be a cool thing if we could show our support by sending her a couple thousand Eevee cards.  It would be cool because she would know there are a lot of people out there who are praying for her and supporting her.  To donate Eevee cards and merchandise to her, follow the instructions in the original Pokegym article that you can find at this link:

Now lets get to the article:

Card #1 Ditto Triumphant
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Pikkdogs Pikks Three: Cleffa HGSS, Stantler Unleashed, and Shuckle Promo

Friday, May 13th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there, this is Pikkdogs here with another Pikk three article.  Before I get into the article I would like to congratulate Ed and all the other writers on the site.  We have now reached 200 published posts on teamomar/  200 articles is a cool feat, and I hope we can do at least 200 more.

This article will review three cards that are being talked about as good tech cards in the new format.  These tech cards either help you setup or they help you draw cards.  With the eminent rotation of cards like Uxie La, Sableye Sf, and Spiritomb  Ar; the format will lose the best draw and support Pokemon.

The only other Pokemon that fits this bill in the current format is Smeragle Ud.  Smeargle Ud will be better after the rotation because of the fact that other people will play more supporters, which means that it will be easier to copy a supporter with “Portrait”.  Although Smeargle will have to be used differently because of the loss of Unown Q.  Smeragle will now be used as a starter, instead of a tech card used in the recovery process

But, this article is not about Smeargle, it is about three other Pokemon that has seen no play, but will probably see a lot more rotation after the rotation.

Card #1 Cleffa HGSS
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Preview of U.S. Spring Battle Roads

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs with a preview to the upcoming spring Battle Roads.  The Battle Roads this year will be very different this year, than all other tournaments.  This is because we are using new rules, such as those that allow you to use trainers on the first turn.  The format will be MD-BW, meaning that we expect a lot of donk decks that feature Sableye Sf.  A couple of weeks ago Play Pokemon announced that there will possibly be a rotation after Battle Roads, this news over shadowed Battle Roads, and a lot of people have only been thinking about the HGSS-on format.  So to get you guys ready, here is your Spring Battle Roads preview.

I admit, that like other people I have been thinking more about the new format than the one in Battle Roads.  Because of this, we could see record low numbers of people at the event.  We could also see a lot of bad decks that aren’t tested well against the donk decks that will be successful.  So be ready for not a lot of people, and for some people that aren’t really ready to …

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