Well this year has been an interesting one to say the least. I really did not plan on going to Regionals until I found out that a store would be there buying commons/uncommons for 3 cents a piece. So I decided to count up all my cards and take them with us. This is my last tournament or now, and I really have enjoyed the time spent playing and the people I have met along the way.
Anyway my group got up at 5 a.m. so we could make it to the venue in St. Louis. We get there right as registration really starts happening and I feel pretty confident about my Donphan list. I get registered sell my cards and then it is a waiting game until the first round. (I also entered the art contest and won YAY!! hehe) **also if I forgot your name I am sorry I am awful with names please let me know thanks!**
Here is the list:
4 Donphan Prime
2 Uxie LA
1 Uxie LV.X
4 Bebe’s Search
4 Roseanne’s Research
4 Pokédrawer +
4 Broken Time Space
4 Expert Belt
4 Pokémon Reversal
3 Professor Oak’s New Theory
1 Palmer’s Contribution
1 Luxury Ball
Round 1-Not sure of his name-(Scizor Cherrim)
He is a newer player to the game and is playing Scizor Cherrim. I get off to a rampant start and really did not look back. He was a nice guy but it just wasn’t close. GG
Round 2-Alan(sorry if I misspelled it)-Luxchomp/Dialga tech
His start is pretty good against my mediocre one. He takes a few prizes and goes up like 2 maybe even 3 Prizes. At this point I was kind of flustered because I really didn’t want to lose to the deck mine was designed to beat. Well I get set up and get a Donphan with 3 energies on it and a Belt. At one point he promotes Dialga and levels up so I can’t one shot him. Luckily I have a PlusPower in hand and return the k.o. From there he was unfortunate because he ran out of energies. I then took it home from there. GG
I started with a Uxie and yet again for the 3rd time today I go first. I draw Phanpy and bench him, attach the energy, and pass. He gets a Belt and a PlusPower and Fades Out for Knock Out on Uxie. I promote Phanpy and evolve into Donphan attach Expert Belt and hit a Reversal to bring up his Slowpoke. I attach another energy and Knock Out his Slowpoke. From there on I really had control of the game, and I hit all 4 Reversals so that really helped. He did Knock Out a Donphan but I recovered and hit my last Reversal for game. GG
Round 4-Can’t remember name-T-Tar
I got excited to see Larvitar because as you all know T-tar is weak to fighting. Anyway to start this game off he forgot to put out his prizes so I got a prize for that and then from there I went to town with Donphan. I hit some Reversals and really just ran through T-tar. He finally got a T-tar out with a Belt and five energies out but could not k.o. my Donphan, so I don’t even lose a Donphan the entire game. GG
Well unfortunately I missed two Reversals early game to bring his Garchomp C active and from there it wasn’t really close. I would always come up 10 short of Knocking things Out and Skuntank G did some work on my Donphan. GG
Round 6-Jeff-Garchomp SV/Queen/Dusknoir
This game started out as not the greatest. Yet again I manage to lose the coin flip and get to go 1st. I attach and pass with my Phanpy. He attaches Call to Gible and before calling he plays Lookers, sees that I have no supporters and he shuffles, (thank goodness hehe). He Calls and ends his turn. I draw and it makes me happy, the second Drawer I need for 2 and I am in the driver’s seat now. I play Pokédex and draw into an Expert Belt.
I then attach it to Phanpy as well as another energy and play double Drawer for Donphan and Uxie. This turn was a great one and I just used Donphan to run though him. Luckily he could really never do much the entire game because I crippled him so early on. GG
Before round 7 I realize that I pretty much have to win this round because my resistance is not the greatest.
I start first again (big shocker!) and attach to Phanpy and pass. He starts with Uxie looks at me and attaches a Double Colorless and says Psychic Restore. At this point I am smiling because I have fighting, Belt, and Bebe’s in hand for the turn two donk! GG (He tops too so he doesn’t mind losing to a friend.)
So I know I have top cut and feel pretty good about my chances. There are some Palkia lock decks in top cut and one Gyarados. Other than that it doesn’t look to bad. I just wait until I find out who my top 16 opponent is.
I find out that I am the 7 seed going in and have to play against Michael who is a close friend of mine. He is playing his Gengar C deck that he won one states with and took 4th in another.
Top 16-Michael-Gengar C(Gengar/Garchomp C)
This game is a weird one and I really don’t want to drop Uxies unless I absolutely have to. I Reversal up his Gastly early game and really try to avoid Gengar because I know that is something that should be avoided at all cost against Donphan. Prize trading goes back and forth, and he does k.o. two Uxies and I have a slight advantage in prizes with a Donphan active with a belt and three energies attached.
He has an active Gengar and I look at him, muttered something about sometimes you have to get lucky to win, and I used Heavy impact. He flips for Fainting Spell and misses and I am super pumped GG.
Reversal plays a key role in this one as I have to do what I can to take quick easy prizes and keep him from setting up. Again I am up 2 Prizes to 1 and I attack his Gengar to Knock it Out. He flips for Fainting Spell and hits tails yet again. At this point I am up 2-1 in prizes and I know that I am going to top 4! He promotes Uxie and levels up. Attaches Double Colorless energy and thinks about his options for a while trying to get another Gengar out, but cannot draw into the needed cards. He then attacks with Uxie, and I then attack Uxie with Heavy Impact for the game. GG
So over all right now I am 7-1
I know his list is list doesn’t run Mime so I feel pretty confident about this matchup. I get an early Donphan and start wrecking havoc with it. I hit some Reversals and take easy prizes while playing around his active Fainting Spell Gengar. I look at his board and am up 4-6 in prizes an realize he has no way to recover if I Knock Out his active Gengar (no energy on the field).
So yet again I drop two plus powers and Heavy Impact his Gengar. He flips for Fainting Spell and misses! He then says if he can’t get a Gengar SF out that he will scoop and go to Game 2. He doesn’t and so I take game one within 15 minutes. GG
I go first and I start with Relicanth for the second strait game. He starts with Baltoy and does not seem to like his hand. I attached to Relicanth and pass. He attaches a psychic to Baltoy attaches Expert Belt and attacks for 30. I top deck Phanpy, but I have Roseanne’s in my hand, and proceed to drop Broken Time-Space and play Phanpy, Donphan from my hand, Roseanne’s for energy and drop the PlusPower onto Donphan and take Game 2 that fast. GG (sorry about the donk man)
I am now 8-1 overall
I go first and start with Relicanth for the 3rd straight game. To be honest this game was more of a formality, because he wrecks me this game and I miss on burn flips like no other person can. GG
I choose to go second and start with Uxie. He calls on his first turn, so I try and get Donphan going as quickly as possible. I get two Donphans and this game at first looked like it was going to go similarly to Game 1. Also, I missed 3 Pokémon Reversals in one turn that would have really crippled him had I hit just one. Anyway I get Double Drawer and go for Expert Belt and Copycat. I play Copycat and then draw 9 or so off of it.
This game gets really close and I reversal up his Bronzong G level up Uxie X Drop an Expert Belt and PlusPower and bottom deck Uxie for the k.o. At this point I really feel like I have a shot at this game. I Knock Out his Garchomp C’s and the game is tied 1-1 in prizes. I need an Expert Belt to Knock Out his Crobat G that is active because I have two PlusPowers in my hand. I draw and wiff. Attack for 40 with my full health Donphan that I had just switched out my other Donphan for that had 120 damage on it.
Final Record 8-2
So I would say that I performed well considering I played Donphan. I had a blast playing and met a lot of cool new people. This is my best finish at a major event, and I have had a lot of fun playing this game competitively. For now I must call it quits though, because I have to focus on getting ready for school etc. Thank you to everyone that I have met and played against in the past few years.
Getting 4th at Regionals with Donphan
Winning the art contest.
My 12 year old brother for top 16
Hanging with friends and playing the game we love.
Vince for putting on a wonderful tournament
Playing spoiler for people’s rankings LOL
Thanks again to everyone that has made this game worth playing for the last 3 years but for now, I must say goodbye!