Graham “Poteet24” Poteet
Yea, it’s a little late, I had a majority written down since Sunday, just so busy.
Leading up to States, I had been super confused on what to play. I had built and tested, LuxChomp, Gyarados, and a Rogue SP variant…I finally decided on a Gyarados list, which I’ll share, because unfortunately I was a break or two from the top cut. I thought the meta would have a little more Donphan then I saw, and while I saw LuxChomp, I didn’t play against a single SP all tournament.
Here’s the list.
| 4-4 Gyarados SF|
4 Sableye SF
1-1 Luxray GL
1 Combee SF
1 Regice LA
1 Crobat G
| 4 Call Energy|
3 Warp Energy
| 4 Broken Time-Space|
4 Pokémon Rescue
4 TGI Poké Turn
4 Super Scoop Up
3 Pokémon Collector
3 Felicity’s Drawing
3 Expert Belt
2 Pokémon Communication
2 Bebe’s Search
1 Luxury Ball
1 Palmer’s Contribution
1 Cynthia’s Feelings
So the wife and I head on up to Fort Wayne, she’s playing Jumpluff/Luxray with limited practice, and meet up with Dustin Z, Kyle L, Alex L, and many mores and shoot the junk, while waiting for it all to start.
We both get a relatively slow start. I start first with a Sableye start, and get online T3. He manually gets to an Ampharos from PL and hits Gyarados for 100. Next turn I drop Crobat G to hit Claydol to Bind his Cosmic Power, hit for 90, and get KO’d the next turn. I return KO, and from there it’s relatively easy. After killing his draw power, I get Luxray up, and jump around killing Mareeps as they hit the board.
Round Two – Bob N. – Torterra, Meganium, Sceptile, Shaymin
Probably the single most disappointed I’ve ever been with myself after a game is this one. I open super quick, and jump out to a huge lead. I Bright Look/KO a second Claydol midgame to get prizes to 4-1 in my favor and feel good. All that’s left after my KO was a Torterra, Meganium Prime and a Sceptile GE with a Bench Shield. The only problem was his board was clean of damage. His turn he KOs Gyara, and this is where my problem starts. After I Cynthia’s and Cosmic, I can’t recover a Gyarados, so I mid-game Palmer’s when we’re at 3-1. He got Torterra X out of his prizes, levels up, uses Forest Murmurs to pull up Regice, and KO’s that and does 30 to Sableye to get it to 2-1.
During his turn however to prevent my KO next turn he attached an Expert Belt to Sceptile. Somehow I did not notice this, until well, as I was standing up, which obviously, is unfortunately entirely on me. It completely wrecked my plan of Bright Looking Sceptile and using an Expert Belt for the win. I still Bright Look Sceptile and get a Gyarados online. Sceptile who has 20 resistance to Water, and now 120 HP (with 10 Damage on it, so 110) is not in OHKO range yet. I need to get to either my last Turn or my last Super Scoop Up essentially.
I send Gyarados active, Pokémon Rescue my Crobat G, drop it to do 10, dump my hand, and get to my last Super Scoop Up, flip, and it lands tails. Still, even with it active I’m not noticing it has two tools on it. I attach my Expert Belt, and as I do he goes, Oh man I had you til that. I immediately (knowing I’m not hitting for KO) think time was called, and felt kind of bad, he then stated that I was now doing enough damage to KO Sceptile. I point out Sceptile’s resistance to which he says “Wow” I hit for 90, and he retreats Sceptile next turn, Forest Murmurs Crobat G, and gets 2 KOs with Vigorous Dash for the win.
So now I’m super frustrated with my self as I immediately realize what had happened. But figure I can go 5-2 still and possibly make it.
Round Three – Jayme C. – Kingdra
We draw, and I get what (at the time) looks like a good start. Felicities, Luxray GL Lv.X, Sableye, Call Energy, Pokémon Collector, Broken Time Space, Claydol. She mulligans and I see Kingdra, so I immediately know I am going to use Call Turn 1 to avoid getting donked. So we start, I attach Call and use it to look for Luxray and Baltoy. So while I call for these lovely characters I see that THREE Magikarp are prized, along with Luxray. Excellent.
I grab Baltoy and Regice, and get ready to cry. She gets a Turn 1 Kingdra and KOs my Sableye. Next turn I use Collector for Azelf, Magikarp and Crobat G. I Time Walk for a Karp, discard it with Regice, and get a belted Gyarados up, which essentially makes Gyarados a 3HKO. I hit for 50. Problem for her though is she had seemed to already stalled, with two Kingdras and 2 Uxies on the board. She can’t discard and hits for 40.
I drop Crobat and double PokéTurn it for enough damage to get the KO. I grab a Karp. Next turn she hits for 60. I successfully Scoop Gyarados next turn, and hit for 80. She again next turn pass/hits for 40. I KO Kingdra, and grab Luxray from prizes. She has completely dead drawn still, and hits with Psychic Restore for 20. I put Lux GL on bench, and KO Uxie to grab my finally Karp, she appears to top deck Baltoy with Uxie up front, but Baltoy gets Bright Looked next turn, and I finalize the comeback sweep two turns later.
At this time Kyle L is 1-2 Alex L is 2-1, Dustin is 3-0 and Megan is 2-1.
Round Four – Conner N. – Magnezone/Spiritomb
This is a relatively short game to explain. A key moment comes after he Cyber Shocks to discard two of his four energy. I Warp Energy to Lux, Bright Look the other Magnezone I’ve already hit for 90 that has his other two energy on the field, and complete s Luxray GL/Gyara sweep from there.
Round Five – Alex L. – CurseGar
Ugh, of course I get paired against Alex at probably what is the most crucial game of the tournament for me. He starts Tomb, but with almost nothing else. We get a good laugh when I Turn 2 Time Walk and see a Magikarp, my Luxray Line, and a Gyarados in there. He doesn’t get a Ghastly going until around turn three. I had already taken 2 prizes by the time he finally gets the Shadow Skipping into Mr. Mimes going. I get Luxray going though, and Bright Look/KO Claydol.
I continue to Bright Look around his field until all that’s left is two Cursegars, and 2 Mr Mimes. I believe its 2-1 in my favor at this time. I whiff for a turn on a bunch of scoops and other various outs. I leave Luxray out knowing he’ll Level Down and KO it next turn, planning to Rescue it. I unfortunately completely miss the fact that my Claydol now has only 10 HP left. I whiff horribly on a Cosmic Power again drawing multiple Sableyes and such. I attach a Belt to Claydol, and attempt the only Scoop I could get too.
I miss and he Compound Pains for the game. May not sound super intense from description, but as our games in Premier Events seem to go it goes down to 1-1 and is always a GREAT game.
Round Six – Matt K. – Dusknoir/Honchkrow SV
This deck is essentially a guaranteed autoloss. Let me essentially give you an idea of what happens. If I don’t fill my bench, he uses Darkness Restore to pull Karps out, making them near impossible to re-discard, AND lowering my damage output. AND if I do fill my bench, he dark palms Luxray or Claydol or Gyarados, and then Restores a Karp anyway! It’s a great idea obviously, I just ran into it at the wrong time.
I take a quick lead taking 2 prizes, but he gets the chain going, and puts my damage output at zero, because even if I try to build a Luxray, he Dark Palms it. After getting a few laughs as I loudly attempt Sea Spray about 25 minutes into the round I scoop.
Round Seven – Paul S. – Jumpluff
I start T1 with a Magikarp with Call Energy. I call for Baltoy and Sableye, he gets a turn one Jumpluff, but seems to have over extended, as I get a turn three Gyarados and sweep two Pluffs and a small bench for a very quick game.
So Kyle ends up being a 5-2 that misses, Megan 4-3, Alex goes 6-1 in Swiss and finishes in the T8, and Dustin goes 5-2 in Swiss, but beats Fulop in T2 to win the Indiana State Championship.
All in all, I was pretty happy with my deck choice, and build, unfortunately I think I had a decent amount of “bad bounces” that kept me out of where I wish I could have been (top cut).
Thanks for reading. See you at Regionals!