I knew long ahead of time I was going to play Sabelock for my first Battle Road. After some extensive play testing, about 120 games I had my list as clean and consistent as I wanted it. I arrived at the store right as registration was starting. I registered then played a couple practice games. We only have 14 people so there will be 4 rounds with a top 2 cut.
2 Garchomp C
2 Garchomp C LV.X
2 Honchkrow G
1 Toxicroak G Promo
3 Crobat G
1 Ambipom G
1 Chatot G
1 Giratina (Let Loose)
4 Cyrus’s Conspiracy
3 Pokémon Collector
2 Cyrus’s Initiative
1 Aaron’s Collection
4 Energy Gain
3 Power Spray
2 SP Radar
4 Super Scoop Up
1 Expert Belt
4 Special Dark
4 Double Colorless
Round 1 Vs Sue with Gyarados
pokemon-paradijs.comI don’t like this matchup at all, I know if they can get their Gyarados out fast it’s hard for you to combat it so I was feeling nervous. Also, I knew she knows how to play Gyarados well because she beat me at States. I start with Sableye active and a Garchomp C on the bench to her Luxray GL, I Impersonate for a Cyrus’s Initiative and flip double tails. She gets a turn 1 Gyarados out, but with only 1 ‘Karp in the discard. She drops a Crobat and uses 2 Poké Turns and then attacks with Gyarados to Knock Out my Sableye.
I Pokémon Collector for Uxie, Honchkrow G, and Chatot G. Bench Honchkrow G and Chatot G, attach a Double Colorless and an Energy Gain to Garchomp C then use Uxie to Set Up. I hit the Garchomp C LV.X and from there we trade prizes back and forth until were both down to 1 Prize. I have a Garchomp C LV.X active with an energy Gain on it and a Honchkrow G, Uxie, and Chatot G on the bench to her active Gyarados with Luxray GL, Crobat G, and Regice on the bench. I attach an Energy and Claw Swipe for 30 to her Gyarados.
Her Luxray X and 4 Pokémon Rescues are in the discard from Felicity’s so she either has to Regi Move or Cyclone Energy for the win. She announces Regi Move and I Power Spray it. I ask her if she has the Cyclone Energy and she says she doesn’t, then she Tail Revenges for 90. I attach another energy to Garchomp C LV.X and Dragon Rush her Luxray GL for the game. Great game.
Round 2 Vs Andrew S with Charizard
I start with Sableye and from turn 1 I disrupt him. I steal 3 straight knock outs with Honchkrow while I give him bad top decks with Chatot G. He gets an Uxie and tries to use Set Up but I Power Spray him. He eventually gets a Typhlosion Prime out with 3 Energy and a Belt and takes 2 Prizes. I Dragon Rush his Typhlosion to leave it at 10 HP. He whiffs on the energy and passes. I flash bite his Typhlosion to Knock it Out then Knock Out his Vulpix with Honchkrow G. Good game Andrew.
pokemon-paradijs.comYou can always expect a crazy deck when playing Frank, and somehow they work. I start with Sableye to his Spiritomb. I Impersonate a Cyrus’s Initiative and get 1 heads, he has 2 Pokémon Collector so it’s not much use. He collectors for Gligar, Gligar, and Baltoy and then Darkness Graces to get out a Gliscor. I attach a Special Dark to Sableye and Knock Out his Spiritomb. He gets out a Claydol the following turn, I then Knock it Out with Garchomp C LV.X. I get ahead 3 Prizes, but then he starts to come back locking me with Gliscor and then scoops up 2 Prizes with Cresselia.
He continues to repeat the same process and eventually takes 5 Prizes and I scoop because I can’t do anything.
Round 4 Vs (?) with Kingdra/Gengar
We both start with Uxie. He goes first attaches and uses Psychic Restore for 40. I go Collector for 2 Crobat G. I Flash Bite him with both Crobats, use a Poké Turn and Flash bite again. Attach the energy to Uxie and Psychic Restore for the game, Sorry.
I end up coming in 4th place which is alright for my first ever Battle Road. In my two packs I pull the bottom half of Entei & Raikou LEGEND and sell it to Frankie Durso.