Adam’s Delaware States Report 2010

This report may be a little hasty…I’ve got a lot of things going on this week, but I wanted to make sure I got this up while everything was fresh in my head.

I played in the Delaware State Championship yesterday (Saturday). There were 64 entrants in the Masters Division and 101 people total. Quaziko and I made the 50 minute drive down to America’s smallest state together and met up with Ian and Josh F. to pick up cards we needed. Ian hooked me up with Luxchomp because he thought it would be solid against most decks out there. I honestly wasn’t very comfortable using an SP deck because it was the one type of deck I tried to avoid testing myself…I just didn’t feel like learning how to play it. I only knew how to play against it.

Either I played SP or I played nothing, so I went with it. This was the list I ended up going with, if I can remember correctly:

3 Luxray GL RR
1 Luxray GL LV.X RR
2 Garchomp C SV
1 Garchomp C LV.X SV
2 Crobat G PL
1 Dialga G PL
1 Dialga G LV.X PL
1 Toxicroak G Promo
1 Bronzong G PL
1 Lucario GL RR
2 Uxie LA
1 Azelf LA
1 Unown G GE
3 Roseanne’s Research
4 Cyrus’s Conspiracy
4 TGI Poké Turn
3 TGI Power Spray
3 TGI Energy Gain
2 SP Radar
3 VS Seeker
2 Bebe’s Search
2 Premier Ball
1 Expert Belt
1 Department Store Girl
1 Aaron’s Collection
4 Call
4 Double Colorless
3 L
1 P
1 M

I think that’s the list…originally there was a Chatot G in the list instead of Department Store Girl, but I didn’t like the Chatot idea. It would have been there just to grab Expert Belt.

I met some really cool people during the day…Lamar, Zack, Ryan Vergel and also got to see some people who I hadn’t seen in a while…Josh F, Josef B, Brian B, Kyle M, Brandon M, Drew G, Doug M, the Sauks, and anyone else…sorry if I forgot to mention you!

Anyway here’s how things went:

Round 1 vs Zack (Straight Machamp)

If my inexperience with SP wasn’t enough, I was lucky enough to be paired against a straight Machamp deck round 1. Sweet.

I was able to Unown G my Garchomp early on, but by turn 3 Zack had 2 Claydol and a Machamp out. I hit the Machamp for 80, but then he dropped a Double Colorless and did “Rage” for a ton of damage. There went my sole Unown G and I had no way of getting it back. Zack won very handily.


Ok…not too good of a start, but at least I was able to kinda figure out how the deck worked.

Round 2 vs Eeveelutions with Spiritomb

I felt kind of bad when I played this match because it made me realize how annoying SP can be. I Power Sprayed her Azelf turn 1 or 2, then Bright Looked her Claydol after she got it out with Spritomb and dropped a Crobat G and Poké Turn to 1HKO the Claydol with Flash Impact.

She was able to get a Glaceon LV.X out which was somewhat troublesome, but even with my sure misplays throughout the match, I was able to win.


Round 3 vs Garchomp SV / Gengar SF

I for sure misplayed this match. I went for my Dialga G LV.X with Expert Belt which would be really good against Garchomps if I could just load some Energy onto it. My opponent however got a really fast start thanks to starting with Sableye SF and was set up only a few turns in.

He had both Gengar LV.X and Garchomp LV.X out. I tried to just do Deafen for a few turns, but eventually let it up and tried to KO his Gengar LV.X. For some reason I thought it was crucial that I kept Dialga G LV.X in play and I didn’t want him to devolve me. He flipped heads on “Feinting Spell” and that was pretty much game.

If I was smarter I would have been more patient and tried to KO his Gengar with Uxie or a Crobat drop. The problem was that he used Garchomp LV.X’s Poké Power and hit 1-of 3 heads, so all my benched Pokémon had damage on them. I had a full bench and his Gengar was sniping stuff. If I were to just Deafen the whole time, he might have been able to snipe everything and “Compound Pain” before I could win.


Round 4 vs Donphan Prime / Nidoqueen RR

I started with a lone Bronzong G. He started with a lone Phanpy. “This should be quick,” I thought. I won the toss, attached a basic metal from my hand to Bronzong and passed. He attached an Expert Belt to Phanpy and passed. Seeing weakness in his hand, I attached a Double Colorless to Bronzong, dropped a Crobat G, played Uxie to get some cards, and did “Psychic Pulse” for 40 (yes, Bronzong has an attack).

Next turn my opponent passed again and I won…I guess it was a quick game. ;)


Round 5 vs Luxray GL / Infernape 4

I was not looking forward to this match because I had no clue how to play against SP using SP. Luckily for me, my opponent did not draw a Cyrus until like turn 10, so I was able to get ahead in prizes. I did have some trouble because I had a couple Energy prized, and was forced to Aaron’s a couple turns in a row to get Energy of out my discard.

I think I misplayed at one point by KOing his Baltoy on the bench with my Garchomp C LV.X when it was midgame and it wouldn’t have really mattered if he got Claydol out. I probably should have just tried to KO an Infernape 4 or Infernape 4 LV.X which he swarmed with early to mid game. Either way I came out on top. It really helped that he only played 2 Power Spray and never got one to use against me.


Round 6 vs Donphan Prime / Nidoqueen

This game was pretty bad…I couldn’t draw a Cyrus for a dozen turns or so, but my opponent had even worse luck. He couldn’t draw a F Energy the WHOLE GAME. He had turn 2 Donphan, but no Energy for it. I slowly took 6 Prizes with a Garchomp C LV.X. I Power Sprayed away any chances my opponent had of drawing into Energy with Uxie or Claydol.

I was hoping to Toxic his Donphan with my Crobat early on, but my inability to draw into Roseanne or Cyrus quashed that hope. It would have been nice to be able to do that, I just couldn’t pull it off. I still won though.


I ended up finishing 22nd, last out of all the 4-2’s. Overall I had a great day as I became somewhat comfortable using Luxchomp and my friends all did really well. Quaziko got 2nd, Brian B and Kyle M made top 4, Ryan V and Josh F made top 8, and Ian made top 16. Hopefully quaziko will write about his 2nd place finish (hint hint).

Thanks for reading and be sure to send in your States reports this week! I will get them posted, but may only be able to include 1 or 2 pictures max.

Reader Interactions

12 replies

  1. Scnappy

    Well 4-2 Isn't bad and especially seeing as you hadn't tested the deck this is an awesome article thanks.
    I will submit my experience if I end up going to a UK states but I somehow doubt that, maybe it's because I don't have a proper deck xD.

  2. Michael Randolph

    Hey man I went 4-2 as well, and I think you did fine given the fact you didnt fully test the deck. Exceppent report and may your next Tournament merit you more success. Keep up the great work Adam.

  3. Michael Randolph

    It won't allow me to correct the typo due to technical difficulties but “Exeppent” is supposed to be “Excellent” lol!

  4. Brandon Bittinger

    4-2 isn't bad at all! That Garchomp/Genger sounds interesting I had a friend who went to Delaware yesterday to and he was talking about that Garchomp/Gengar combo!

  5. debramiller

    I'm a grandmother in California and my 12 year-old grandson, who's really into Pokemon, is in Texas. His computer is broken but we spend hours on the phone researching strategies. I just wanted to thank you for your posts. He listens to every word as I read them to him and take notes.

    I just wanted to let you know that your hard work is really appreciated, and not just by the younger-set.

    Good Luck at your next tournament and keep us posted!!


  6. Scnappy

    Best. Grandmother. EVER!!

    but thats so awesome to hear that a grandmother play's and helps their grandchild with pokemon too :D

  7. Adam Capriola

    Thanks for the kind words Debra! I wish all the best for your grandson, that's awesome that you two are able to discuss strategies over the phone together…seriously that's too cool! You are a super grandmother. :)

    I will definitely post another report after next weekend and hopefully I'll try a different deck out to report back on.



  8. Eelis Peltola

    The 3-1 Luxray is a bit surprising, how did that work out? I'm working on a LuxChomp list atm, but I'm not really sure of the lines, especially with the Chomp and Lux, and the Supporters. :P

  9. Adam Capriola

    Quaziko played 3/1 Chomp and 2/1 Luxray and did well. I didn't make the list, just played it. :P 3/1 Luxray was ok I guess.

    I know one good player at the tourny was using Mismagius and Ambipom techs. I also PlusPower being discussed as a tech vs Gyarados to OHKO them with Luxray plus Lucario, but Belt might be better.

  10. Tony Bryan

    Wow, I've never heard of a PokeGrandma. You have to be the coolest grandmother of all time!!!

  11. peine

    Not to be that guy, but you know that Delaware is the second smallest state in the country, Rhode Island is the smallest (yes, we are a state and not part of New York).

    Besides my ranting, nice job, 4-2 w/ SP on your first time using it is pretty good!!

  12. peine

    Not to be that guy, but you know that Delaware is the second smallest state in the country, Rhode Island is the smallest (yes, we are a state and not part of New York).

    Besides my ranting, nice job, 4-2 w/ SP on your first time using it is pretty good!!

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