Kenny’s Wisdom #10: New Year Resolutions + Miscellaneous Musings + A Decklist

Never fear, adoring fans, I am back. All apologies for not submitting more content in the past few weeks, the Holiday season is not only one of my busiest and most stressful times personally, but as I work in the shipping industry, it’s also pretty hectic on that front as well. Unfortunately I haven’t got a whole lot of relevant info for you today, but I do have some new years resolutions to share, as well as some random thoughts. Enjoy!

Firstly, I figured it would only be right to ring in the New Year with a couple of New Years resolutions. Mind you, these are only Pokémon-related resolutions, so I’ll spare you the “lose weight fatty” and “read books dummy” that these lists usually entail.

Build SixPrizes and other communities

Probably my biggest Pokémon-related resolution this year is to be more active in the direct growth and prosperity of SixPrizes and other communities that I’m apart of. I’d like to think I do a pretty good job of promoting 6p already, as I wear my 6p shirt at every event I attend, and will go on and on about the greatness of this site given the slightest bit of anyone’s attention.

Still, I feel like 6p is still under-appreciated by a large section of the community, and this year I’m going to work my hardest to change that.

Another site that I’ve never really taken the time to be involved in, but that I think is a fantastic resource is Poképedia.net. Ryan Vergel already wrote a great piece on it that you should go and read now, so I won’t rehash anything that’s already been said.

What I will say, however, is that Poképedia is an even MORE underrated resource/website than 6p is, and that’s a darn shame. Without t-shirts I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to promote Poképedia, as it’s kind of a difficult concept to explain on the fly, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out.

And then of course there is the motherland, HeyTrainer.org, but with the explosion in popularity of that site in recent months I don’t think it really needs my help in succeeding. :D

Win more events

“If only it were that easy”

I know this resolution is kind of silly, but all I mean by it is that I want to start pushing myself to take first place more. Too often I get comfortable with top eight, four, or two, that I forget that I could very well win the tournament if my keep my head in the right place.

Obviously this is easier said than done and there’s quite a few situations where I’ve simply been bested on a skill level, but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t stop going for the ultimate goal whenever possible.

Grow my local league more

For those of you who don’t know, I run a league at the best store in the universe, Olympic Cards & Comics in Lacey, WA. We hold league on Sundays from noon to 6 PM, and generally it’s pretty awesome. However, it’s sometimes difficult between tournaments (especially Cities, being nearly ever weekend and all), and real life occurrences to attend every week, and put my all into when I do.

Don’t get me wrong, we consistently have league every week except for Cities/other major tournaments, but sometimes I feel like the stretches where we don’t have league really hurt the non-tournament attending playerbase.

Anyway, as I’m sure this is something that very few of you actually care about, I’ll digress.

Grow my team more

I know some players find it lame, but I’m a huge believer in the team dynamic in single-player games. I think that testing with a team and having people to bounce ideas off of, as well as just having people to hang out with at events and feel a sense of community with is HUGE.

I formed Team B-Side last year and although it’s been a success, I’d really like to start improving our consistency as players and friends. I’d love to organize more testing sessions and really just brew more as a team in general.

Sometime soon I’ll be writing a bigger article about the team dyanmic and how I feel it affects success, so I’ll leave you with that little bit of info for now.

That’s about all the resolutions I’ve got for today. I know it’s a little late, but what are yours? Feel free to share both Pokémon and non-Pokémon related resolutions in the comments!

Miscellaneous Musings

Just gonna throw out a few rapid fire, stream of consciousness bullet points here, just based on what I’ve been thinking about and chatting with other players about lately. Randomness ahead!

1. Please don’t buy Gengar Primes until Lost World is announced.

pokebeach.comThere’s really no point. Let’s say that you need a playset, okay? They’re holding steady at $15 on eBay at the moment. So you go and buy your $60 playset, and come to find out, Lost World isn’t in the set~! That’s $60 you’ll never get back, as Gengars price is destined to fall if it’s confirmed that Lost World won’t be making it’s way anywhere but Japan.

Now, think about your alternative, you wait until Lost World comes out, and maybe you pay $20 per Gengar, maybe even $25, but at least you have the peace of mind that your investment is actually going to pan out.

Or maybe you’ve just got money to blow and don’t care if it’s a poor investment. In which case, more power to you!

2. Aren’t those Dialga/Palkia boxes such a great deal?

I mean, a Dialga G LV.X, a Palkia G LV.X, 4 relevant packs, and a cool decoration for $15? That’s madness. I’m not sure why more people aren’t going nuts about these. This is the best product Pokémon has put out since Garchomp tins. If you can find them for even $20 in your area, I highly suggest you pick one up. I bought one, and I already had 5 each of Dialga and Palkia.

Why did I do this, you ask?

Well, firstly, because I like wasting my money and I like opening packs. Sue me. Secondly, though, I want to encourage Pokémon to print more things like this in the future. Who knows, maybe if this sells well we’ll be getting Gengar Primes packaged with foil versions of Lost World for $10 in the near future. Vote with your wallet etc.

Oh, and don’t buy that Darkrai/Cresellia one. Dreadful.

3. Speaking of all this financial talk, why isn’t there a dedicated financial writer or two for Pokémon?

Jonathan Medina, one of my favorite MTG writers, writes nearly exclusively about the financial side of Magic, and he’s insanely successful. I understand that Pokémon doesn’t have at much as stake, and often doesn’t have as expensive of cards as Magic, but it’s still got to be worth someones time to write about this kind of thing, right? If you think that person is you, I urge you to submit something to 6p! Definitely a niche that needs filling.

4. I successfully foiled out my LuxChomp deck for the 2011 season.

Feels good man. Anyone else into spending ridiculous amounts of money to have shiny pieces of cardboard as opposed to regular pieces of cardboard? Let me know in the comments!

5. Now that the GA Marathon is over, I’m really interested in seeing what it’s done to a few players rankings.

Too bad rankings are down for what seems like the forseeable future. Speaking of rankings, my “friend” David Cohen is at 1800+. eighteen hundred. That is ridiculousness on levels I’ve never quite seen before.

Soo, that’s all I’ve got for the random musings. Sorry so many of them were about finances, I didn’t really think about that going into it. Hope reading them wasn’t too painful for you!

I guess I should catch you up on how I’ve been doing in tournaments, eh? Well, after I took 1st Place at the Spanaway, WA City Championship, I scrubbed out at 4-2 in my home shop, Olympic Cards & Comics in Lacey, WA. Luckily my boy Andrew stole that win from David Cohen, so all was right in the world.

We took a week off for Christmas, and then I proceeded to scrub out at 3-2 at both of the events on New Year weekend. Part of it was luck (donked twice, and had a completely dead hand once), and part of it was that I just didn’t prepare enough. I ended up losing 3 points on the weekend which hurt, but hopefully with my deck re-tuned and my mind in the right place I’ll be able to pick up a win or two during this weekend, the last weekend of Cities for me.

Lastly, because I know you want it, here’s the decklist that I’ll hopefully win a tournament with this weekend (or last weekend, depending on when this gets published. Either way I mean the weekend of the 8th)…

Pokémon – 192 Luxray GL RR
1 Luxray GL LV.X RR
3 Garchomp C SV
1 Garchomp C LV.X SV
3 Uxie LA
1 Uxie LV.X LA
1 Azelf LA
1 Unown Q MD
1 Dragonite FB SV
1 Ambipom RR
1 Toxicroak G Promo
1 Crobat G PL
1 Bronzong G PL
1 Lucario GL RR
Trainers – 284 Cyrus’s Conspiracy
3 Pokémon Collector
2 Bebe’s Search
1 Aaron’s Collection
4 Poké Turn
4 Energy Gain
2 SP Radar
3 Power Spray
2 Junk Arm
1 Pokémon Communication
2 Premier Ball
Energy – 134 Double Colorless
4 Call
3 L
1 Psyschic
1 Rescue

Aaaaand that’s all I’ve got. Quite a bit different from the last few LuxChomp lists I’ve posted. Wish me luck, and as always, thanks for reading!

Reader Interactions

28 replies

  1. Dakota Streck

    Great read! The Dialga/Palkia boxes are an insane deal, especially if you have neither. Not only for the Dialga, but if Lost Zone is released, palkia lock will probably come back as well, so it’s a great investment.

    I find your LC list very interesting, you play both Dragonite FB and Ambipom G as well as a Rescue Energy without any Energy Exchanger. I’m really curious to see how you did.

    • Kenny Wisdom  → Dakota

      Good point about the Palkia Lock, forgot to mention that.

      Yeah, Energy Exchanger is really something I’d like to fit in. off the top of my head, Energy Exchanger, Roserade, VS Seeker, Pokemon Rescue, and Expert Belt are all cards I’d like to try and have gone in and out of the deck, but there’s simply not enough room.

      I went 3-1 on Saturday, losing to a Gyarados, the eventual winner. I then went 3-3 on Sunday, beating 2 Mewperiors and a Dialga, and losing to 2 LuxChomps and a Vilegar. Meh weekend overall. =

  2. Olliver Barr

    yay, my decks foiled out to. i would consider joining team b-side, but do you let Oregonians in?

  3. Adam Capriola

    Great article Kenny! You are really a great ambassador to the game man, just keep doing what you’re doing. :)

  4. Sebastian Hunter

    Nice article.

    How’d you do at Seattle yesterday?

    Nice meeting you in rl btw!

    • Kenny Wisdom  → MikeL

      Very nice. I could do any SP deck, but I’m not sure about the Stage 2 stuff. Most of the trainers I’ve got but I haven’t gotten around to getting many of the non-rare (aka Haunters, etc.) cards of most stage 2 lines.

  5. Perry Going

    haha my luxchomp and vilegar are fully reved out lol… working on gdos and steelix right now

  6. Matthew Tidman

    Dang, Dakota already beat me to the comment about PalkiaLock. What amazes me about to Clash boxes is that you’re not getting a promo version of Dialga G X and Palkia G X. Those are the exact same down to the set symbol in the bottom right. Really messes with the value because with Garchomp you still have people who want the et image instead of “TinChomp.” It gives me hope that some day (probably after rotation) they will release a Luxray GL X box. Can you imagine a box with Luxray GL X and Uxie X in it? Of course, with Uxie/Uxie X gone after rotation that wouldn’t be so awesome, but still.

    RE Gengar PRIME: I think $15 is a decent price for the card, though $10 is much better. I keep expecting Pokémon to formally announce Lost World, but they still haven’t. I do think that after Lost World is released, the price of Gengar PRIME will shoot up about $40 for a bit, especially once Lost World decks begin to dominate the Meta. That said, a 3-set of PRIME should be sufficient as Gengar X is still in the format and it will be very useful in these kinds of decks… maybe. Man, I don’t even want to imagine how expensive Gengar X might become if Lost World is released…

    • Anonymous  → Matthew

      My friend actually noticed a very slight difference between the pack and Clash-box DGX’s. I’m not sure if it was just a printing error or something, but the pack one has a little glow around Dialga’s chest-diamond and the one I got from the box doesn’t.

      I would be really, really happy if they released Uxie X and Luxray X, even as promos. They’re absurdly expensive. =/

  7. L M

    Hey I was curious how the Rescue Energy was working out? Also I’m surprised your list does not contain a VS Seeker, but then again I don’t run Dragonite FB, which I should really give a fair shot sometime. Great article!

    • Kenny Wisdom  → L

      I’m pretty set on Rescue Energy. It and 2 Premier Balls really helps to justify the 3-1 Garchomp X line in anything but the mirror.

      And on the topic of VS Seeker, if I could go back I would take out the Promocroak and put in a VS Seeker. Definitely a solid card.

      Thanks!

  8. Anonymous

    Is the Georgia Marathon just a bunch of CCs in a couple of days or weeks?

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