Archive for May, 2011

Opinion: Why Stage 2 Pokemon Will Not Work

Monday, May 9th, 2011

A big hello to all your OHKOers, this is Pikkdogs here with an article that looks at Stage 2 Pokemon in the HGSS-on format.  While we do not yet know when the HGSS-on rotation will take place, it is likely that it will occur after U.S. Spring Battle Roads.

With the rotation, a lot of people are salivating on all the good stage 2 Pokemon that will be in the format.  But, with recent rule changes and the loss of certain cards I think it will be very hard to consistently get more than 1 stage 2 Pokemon out in time.  This article will look at why I do not think that Stage 2 Pokemon will be effective. I will concentrate on five points.

1.  The Loss of Broken Time Space

BTS was released in the Platinum set, and has been a best friend to all stage 2 Pokemon ever since.  It allows you to skip the 1 turn waiting period, and let you evolve to a stage 1 or 2 Pokemon when ever you want.  In short, BTS let Stage 2 Pokemon compete with all other Pokemon.  Now without BTS to make Stage 2 decks faster, they will …

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PokemanDan’s PokeClass Episode 26 – Time for Change!

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

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After a short break I’m back with the newest episode of PokeClass!
In this episode I talk about the news of rotation and how it’s going to affect us now and in the future. There’s big things happening and they are very exciting for the game.
The next few weeks of episodes will be all about the Nationals build up which we should all be excited about! Lots of work to be done :)
Hope you enjoy the episode, Dan
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Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes? Pt 2. 25-1

Friday, May 6th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs with the second part of my article on the top 50 cards that are leaving the formaFlygon - RRt.  The list is based on how good I feel the card is, and how well the card has preformed in tournaments.  So without further delay, lets finish off the list.

#25. Unown R

Throughout its time in the format, Unown R has always been “the other Unown”.  At first R took the backseat to Unown G.  Once G was rotated out, Unown Q gained a lot of popularity.  Unown R was always seen as a card that was played in inferior speed decks.  But, it was a great card that greatly sped up some good decks.  It was mostly used in speed decks like Shuppet and Uxie, but has seen play in other builds like Gyarados and Machamp.  It was a great versatile card that had an impact on the format.

#24. Toxicroak G Promo

Once Luxray Gl came out Toxicroak G was released to try to keep him in check. It is weird to think of one card being used only to counter one other card, but that is …

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Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes? Pt 1 50-26

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

A big hello to all of you OHKOers out there, this is Pikkdogs with a list of the top cards that will soon be leaving the format.  A week or so ago we heard that it is likely that we will get a late-season rotation of HGSS-on.  While I think the rotation is great for the game, losing seven sets makes a huge effect on the game.  This rotation will see about half of the format disappear.  Some of the best cards in the format are officially leaving.  So, just for fun I decided that I will be ranking the top 50 cards that will be leaving the format.

Cards will be ranked based on their overall playability within their life in the many formats.  For example, Regirock was used a lot in the past couple months, but not used at all in the prior 2 years.  While Abomosnow SF has never been super popular, but has always been a card that has received moderate play.  So, Regirock and Abomosnow would have similar rankings. Also, basic cards and their Lv.X’s will be combined together in one ranking.  Its hard to seperate Luxray Gl from Luxray Gl Lv. X.  You …

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Feedback Needed: Website Design

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Hey guys. When we changed the website to the new name/URL, I also created a new look for the site. Now, the new look was not something that we originally discussed as being a part of the change. I mostly just felt that it would be fun to have a new look and feel to accompany the new name, so I took it upon myself to create the new design. After a weekend of getting used to the new look, what do you guys think?

I would really like feedback on this, because I’m not necessarily attached to the new layout. I could be persuaded to go back to the old, stick with the new, come up with something in between, or try something entirely new.

I’m no graphic artist here, so I know that my artistic abilities and tastes are (well let’s lay it out there) virtually nonexistent. I could use some help. If you’re into designing stuff like this, maybe you want a shot at it. Maybe you just want to voice your opinion. Maybe you’re like me and don’t have a strong opinion, but that’s important for me to know, too.

Here are a few options that are on the table. Any of these are ready to roll. New designs are definitely doable, too (but maybe not by me?). At any rate, please comment and let’s figure this out together.

Old Theme

Old Theme + New Background/Title

New Theme

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Opening Black & White Zekrom and Reshiram Tins

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Hello everybody! Here are some videos of the new Black & White Zekrom and Reshiram tins.

I probably will never stop saying this, but I absolutely love this set. At first, after having a set like Call of Legends with 22 holo rares, 11 shiny legends, and 8 reverse holo energies, I thought it would be so nice to have a set with 12 holo rares, 2 ultra rares, and 1 secret rare. Perhaps this would be a nice, easy set to collect. Despite my trouble pulling the ultra rares (which you’ll hear about in the videos), I almost feel like it is more difficult to collect all of the holos. Now that I have started this set, I’m glad that it’s not as easy as I anticipated, because the best thing about collecting is the challenge. So bring it on!

Oh, did I mention that I love this set?

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