Archive for November, 2011

Stupid Deck Idea: Unfezant/Mew/Vileplume Lock

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with a Stupid Deck Idea for you.  I am also joined by my extra-dimensionary sidekick Pedro. Say “Hi” Pedro.

Hi Pedro

Really, we did that joke?  We must be hitting the bottom of the barrel, that’s like a 1st grader joke.


Anyway, Pedro why don’t you tell people about Ed’s challenge.

Okay.  Well you guys have probably been reading the articles about Ed trying to come up with a deck made by you guys, the community.  What happens is people send him some of their spare cards (usually more rogue cards) and we all come together to help him make a deck that he will play at the City Championships.  Well, Cities are very close for Minnesota people like Ed, so there is not much time to get your cards into Ed.  He does need your help to get a good deck that we can all have an input on and grow as a community.  So if you have some rogue cards like Switch, Professor Elm’s Training Method, or some random Pokemon; please pass them on to Ed so we can add them into

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Monday, November 28th, 2011

I got an email today informing me that Pikkdogs sent in an envelope for the Challenge. It seems that he was waiting for me to announce the theme deck I’d be using as a base for the card pool. Well, in a way that’s why I waited to announce it. I wanted the donations to drive the deck instead of the donations being driven by the choice of theme deck.

I’ll take what I can get, though, and Pikkdogs has already informed me about what I’ll be getting. I figured that I’d take the opportunity to discuss what he sent, how it will help form the initial decklist, and maybe you’ll get a glimpse of my thought process that will go into these sessions. First of all, let’s look at the list of cards he sent. If you missed the last installment, you may also want to see the Ember Spark theme deck cardlist.

3-Raichu Prime
2-Black Belt
1-Victini (Fire Version)

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Deck Analysis: TCE-Terrakion, Cobalion, and Electrode Prime

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with a deck analysis for you. I am also joined by my extra-dimensionary sidekick, Pedro.  I had a hard time trying to decide if this should be a stupid deck idea or a regular deck analysis.  I did try the deck, and it does work, but it does not work all that well.  So I’m not sure if I got everything that this deck offers, or if there is more that can be sucked from this deck idea.  I will let you guys decide for yourself.

So, Regionals and Battle Roads are all over and Cities are well under way.  Football is winding down and basketball is starting up.  It seems that Fall has worked its way into Winter.

That’s usually the order. 

Yes it seems to be a pattern.  Do you like the Winter Pedro?

Oh Hell Yeah!  Love the winter. 

What’s your favorite part about winter?

Snowball fights.

How come every time I ask you about something the conversation ends up being about you wanting to fight with people?

Well I guess I’m just a confrontational person.  You know my dad is Mogor the conqueror.

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Saturday, November 26th, 2011

In an attempt to “spark” your interest, I’m going to announce the preconstructed theme deck I plan to add to the card pool. My daughter, Ava, has offered to let us use her Ember Spark deck. Please understand that I do not want to base a deck around this. It’s not meant to be a basis for the deck I play.

Please don’t look at this and think, “He needs this Fire/Lightning Pokemon to go with that list.” If you want to send fire/lightning types, great, however I’d rather just trash all these Pokemon listed here and build something entirely from what you provide. I also need to make sure I have a tourney legal deck, and that’s the reason I’m adding this theme deck to the card pool. I have no allegiance to red or yellow at this point. It’s ultimately the donation-based card pool that will dictate which Pokemon will make the cut. If you want to help out with that send an email to or fill out the form over here.

When I discuss these cards in the Challenge, I will have a different perspective than I’d normally use for discussing tournament-viable cards. One main difference is that, in a tourney-ready deck, you would not choose a card that had an obvious “better.” For example, you wouldn’t play Pokemon Reversal over Pokemon Catcher. Catcher is clearly better. Most similar cards are less obvious, but players get into a consensus leader sort of mentality. For example, for draw supporters, most people would use PONT or Juniper over Bianca.

Who Wouldn't Pick Peyton? But Eli's not bad.

The point is that this does not make Reversal, Bianca, or any other cards with a better “bigger brother” bad cards. It just means that there’s generally a better choice available.

Well, when there’s not a better choice available, then the “not bad” choice becomes, well, not bad. It may even the best available.

That’s the way I will have to evaluate the cards in the Challenge. No longer are cards rated against the overall modified-legal pool. They’ll have to be evaluated on their general usefulness. Once the card pool is further along, then the cards can be weighed against each other.

So, let’s look at the cards in the “Ember Spark” deck. I can’t rightfully compare these against each other, but I can comment on their general usefulness in a yet-to-be-built deck.

Here’s the card list.

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An Introduction to Cities 2011-2012.

Friday, November 25th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs and his extra-dimensionary sidekick Pedro here with a short article about this years Cities tournaments.  It seems like I just got back from Regionals, but yet Cities will be starting this week!  Besides having no time to prepare for Cities, there are new cards in the format.  So let’s slow things down a little bit and look at what’s going on in the format.

Before we get going, I should announce that has a new sponsor,

Someone actually is giving you money to promote their site? 

It appears that way.

So you’re like a whore now, you pimp yourself out for money? 

I thought we already established that.

Oh yeah, forgot about that.  I smell a part of the article where you are about to sell your soul to the man and give them a cheesy commercial, so go ahead. 

Alright. Is a great place to get deck lists and different tricks and tips for the format.  They always have some cool free articles, but, they are now changing the game by offering you premium articles from the best players on a  per article …

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Deck Analysis and Testing Results: The Durantula

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there, this is Pikkdogs here with a deck analysis.  I am only joined by my extra-dimesnionary sidekick, Pedro.

Before we begin the article Pikkdogs, I gotta stop you and wish you a 25th Birthday. 

Well, Thank You Pedro.

Oh you’re welcome, we gotta celebrate your birthday, 25 years is a big milestone for a guy as big as you.

You mean penis wise?

No, I don’t.  I mean a 300 Lb guy doesn’t get too many birthdays, we could be looking at the halfway point for you. 

Well, Thank You Pedro I appreciate the care you show.

You’re welcome, now finish up the article before your heart fails. 


The Durant deck has one main Pokemon, any one care to guess?


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Pikkdogs Pikks Three: Pachirisu Cl, Electrode Prime, and Eviolite

Friday, November 18th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with another Pikk Three article for you. This Pikk Three article will be a normal article, but it will be about cards that will be impactful at Cities.  Of course, today I am joined by my extra-dimensionary sidekick, Pedro. Pedro, what’s going on today? .

Hey Pikkdogs, well today I don’t have any news for you but I can bring you what happened this day in history.  On this day, November 18, 1886, former U.S. President Chester Alan Arthur died of Bright’s disease. 

Sounds like a cheery way to die.

It does, but I doubt it was that fun.  Say Pikkdogs, Arthur was one of our more obscure Presidents, who is your favorite obscure President?

I guess I would say William Howard Taft.  As a fat guy, I gotta support my fellow portly gentlemen.

Did you know he was so fat that he got stuck in his bath tub? 

I did.

You’re over 300 pounds, have you gotten stuck in your bathtub yet?

I can’t say that I have.  I would think it would be hard to get stuck in the bathtub, since you can always water …

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Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Pokemon ReversalThe Motivation: Okay, so maybe announcing the idea without discussing the plan wasn’t the best. I know that some people are very skeptical, but I’m hoping that you stick with me and hear me out. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you might want to read the Challenge: Announcement before continuing.

Before I go further, let me dispel some obvious (as in I understand why you’d make them) misunderstandings. I’m not expecting people to build me a top-tier deck. I’m not doing this to save time, and I’m definitely not doing this to save money. I’m doing this as an experiment to build community around something new that I hope will be exciting and enjoyable for all participants.

I keep using the word “experiment,” because I feel very unsure about all of this. At times, I’m very excited about trying something new and crazy. At other times, like now, I feel fairly down, because I wonder if anyone will care to become part of this thing I’m hoping we can create together.

The main problem is that it’s a crazy idea, and I don’t know anything like this that has been attempted before. I’m hoping that makes it unique and intriguing, but only time will tell. I really want to find people that are willing to help me create something new and build a community that works together to make something out of nothing. I hope that is enough motivation for some to take the initial leap. Then maybe others will see how it’s working and join in later.

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Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Prologue: This is not a charity. This is a community-building experiment. I have plenty of cards, and I’m not poor. I’m not begging for handouts. I’m hoping that we can team up and work together to build something new and exciting.

Me, Pedro (dressed as Pikachu), and Pikkdogs

Intro: I woke up one Saturday morning a few weeks back, and instead of getting out of bed right away, I had an unusual chance to hang out and be lazy for a bit.  While I was slowly waking up, I had an idea.  I’ve been thinking about it ever since, and I think it’s finally time to start implementing it.  I’m excited to try it.  Once you get what’s going on, I hope you will be too, because it heavily involves you.

Before we get into the idea itself, I want to give a bit of background.  I feel that this is important to add credibility to my part in all of this, so here’s a quick overview of my Pokemon experience.

Background: When the game first came out, I got into it quite a bit.  I mainly just played at one shop named Mirkwood, but I attended many of the weekly tournaments there.  I also helped run their Pokemon league, and I was appointed as the gym trainer for a while.  Well, that lasted until just after Fossil came out.  I won some tourneys back then, but I kinda feel like they don’t count.

I re-entered the game around this time 2 years ago.  I started with the City Championships, attended 4 in the area, and didn’t do particularly well.  Leading up to States, I decided to build a real top-tier deck.  At that tourney, my first States, I dropped after Swiss.  I didn’t really think much of dropping, as Pokemon wasn’t a huge thing to me at the time.  In retrospect, it seems a bit crazy.  Had I stayed, I was 5th going into top cut.
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Pikkdogs Great Lakes Regionals Report.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

A big hello to all you OHKOERS out there, this is Pikkdogs here with a tournament report from the 2011 Fall Great Lakes Regionals.  Just a note for you guys, we have been having a lot technical problems with our server lately.  So we apologize for that stuff, Ed is trying to figure out what the problem is and if it will be fixed soon.  We ask that you bear with us with the delays, this article was delayed two days, so we are sorry for the delays.


                After Zekrom ended the Battle Road season very strong, I was not very excited about the format.  So I did not get a lot of practice in, in fact, I did not decide on my deck choice until about half an hour before the tournament started.  So when I decided to go to regionals, I knew very well that I was never going to cut.  The night before, I decided to make a Gothitelle deck because I thought it would be fun to play.  I didn’t get much chance to play-test it, but the testing I …

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