I’m hanging out at the local league, brooding over not being able to attend Cities. Suddenly, the league leader announces that we will be having a mini CC today. 1st place will get a Clash of Legends box, 2nd a Legendary Dogs tin, 3rd Pokémon Rumble and 4th, a World Championship deck.
We are all quite excited, and I fill in my decklist, anticipating a good record. I’m playing Smorgasgar, a Gengar deck with disruption. We will have 4 rounds of Swiss and a top cut of 2.
Round 1 VS. Matt with Vilepluff
pokebeach.comI have a mediocre start with a Spiritomb, 2 Poké Turn, 2 Psychic and 2 Uxie. He gets an okay start with Skuntank G and Spiritomb but is forced to go first. He passes with nothing to “Darkness Grace.” I topdeck a Judge, and play it without haste.
I hit gold with Gengar SF, Gastly, Pokémon Collector, and Psychic. I attach to Gastly and “Darkness Grace” up to Haunter. He appears to also have hit the jackpot and by the end of the turn he has both a BTS, Sunflora and a Jumpluff in play. I topdeck an Unown Q and then notice his Jumpluff has no energy attached to it, and he has no cards in his hand.
I perform a rather risky move and Collector for 2 Crobat G and a Chatot G. I “Quick” the Tomb, double “Flash Bite” the Sunflora, and “Disrupting Spy” to give him nothing to work with. I then KO the Sunflora for my first Prize. After that, its “Shadow Room” to the finish.
Round 2 VS. Rose with Donphan
I go first and Donk her lone Unown Q with my lone Unown Q. I hate Donking, in fact I really, hate Donking. The game I just played was down to a coin flip. I would have been donked as easily as I donked her. I really hated doing it, but I wasn’t gonna give up a win. After Donking her, we played again. She steamrolled me when I started with 4 Spiritomb and 3 Psychic. LOL ;)
So, at this point, I’m really pumped. I know if I get lucky with my pairings I can pull through. The pairings are up and I am facing a G-DOS! It’s an okay matchup, but one I’ve barely tested.
Round 3 VS. ??? with Gyarados
pokebeach.comThis game is pretty interesting. I know my strategy will be to spam with Giratina and Judge, but I’m not sure if I can take a loaded G-Dos 1 on 1.
I start with my Spiritomb and benched Gastly. Him with his Sableye. He “Impersonates” for a Collector and fetches 2 Karp and a Regice. I realize I need to take the early lead and Collector for a Giratina PL, Gastly and Mesprit. I play down all 3, and shuffle away his hand.
I draw an okay hand, attach and “Darkness Grace” into Haunter. He studies his hand while I study his face. I can tell he has a good hand and my prediction is accurate. He Plays BTS, slaps down a G-dos, Bebe’s for an Uxie and “Impersonates” for 2 Karp and a Regice.
I evolve to Gengar SF, SSU up the Mesprit and play it back down. I then use Judge. I draw into a Warp Energy, Warp my Tomb to the bench, and use “Shadow Room” on the Sableye. He tells me has 2 Uxie, 2 Mesprit and a Rescue Energy in hand, so he attaches the rescue to G-Dos and “Impersonates” PONT…
Fast-forward till we are tied at 1 Prize remaining. His G-dos is Belted and has no damage on it. He seekers his Mesprit and I bring back my Crobat G. He doesn’t play down the Mesprit because, he knows I’ll snipe it for the game. My Gengar SF is belted, and he’s exhausted all his Crobats, Pokéturns, Junk Arm ETC. He uses “Tail Revenge” for 110.
I’m unsure what to do, and I’m nearly ready to consider scooping, then I have a sudden idea. I play down my Crobat G and use Lucian’s Assignment to move all energy to it. I Warp Point my Gengar and bring up my Crobat G. His field consists of only G-dos and Regice. He is forced to bring up Regice, and I bring up Crobat G. I use “Toxic Fang” and that seals it. GG
I’m really excited at this point. I know if win the next round I’ll at least get a Legendary Dog tin.
Round 4 VS. Axle with Jirachi Spam
pokebeach.comThis is a really fun deck me and Alex (Axle) have discovered. (Disclaimer: I like to say we discovered the deck, others have already discovered Jirachi Spam. I have not discovered Jirachi Spam. We have however, created this deck. If you don’t think so, feel free to tell me in the comments.)
It’s basically where you Spam with Jirachi RR & Judge, and use Mightyena PL to cleanup. Your hand is constantly getting refreshed, so you can pick and choose what you need from it, and let the rest get shuffled away. All while throwing your opponent off. By the time they’ve set up, they have to deal with 80 damage per turn and poison. Defiantly cool. I knew I would have a slight advantage, as it has a very trainer based engine.
I start Gastly, which is good. He starts Jirachi, which is bad. He goes first, attaches Rescue Energy, and passes. I draw, Rare Candy into a Gengar AR, Collector for Gastly, Unown Q and Spiritomb, retreat Gengar, attach, and “Darkness Grace” into Haunter.
He plays BTS, slaps down a Mightyena, plays Judge, puts down a Smeargle and “Detours” I draw an Energy, attach that, and “Darkness Grace” into Gengar SF. By the end of his turn, he has 2 Mightyena, a Skuntank G, and a Jirachi active. I Bring up my Gengar AR, (Cursegar) attach my 3’rd Energy, slap on the Belt I got from “Detour” and “Shadow Skip” into my Spiritomb.
He uses “Final Wish” to fetch a Pokémon Collector, uses it to get an Uxie, an Unown Q and a Mesprit, uses them all, and attacks with Mightyena. Unfortunately for him, I can 1 shot his Mightyenas while I am above in the Prize trade. He once gets his Blaziken FB out, but he can’t put it to good use. GG!
So, I made cut! I’m really excited, till I find out I’m playing the guy playing “Four Corners” His variant is basically a mash between a Sabelock, Gyarados, Machamp, and Dialgachomp. It has a small SP engine with a 4-2 G-Dos line, a 2-2-2 Machamp SF/Prime line and a 1-1 Dialga G LV.X with a 2-2 Garchomp C LV.X!
On the bright side, I know his deck will be very “Clunky” and not as well rounded as the average “Four Corners.”
Top 2 VS. ??? With Four Corners
So, I ended up winning, it was a lot of fun! I got great pulls in my Clash of Legends box and I had a great time!
Okay, so I decided to do this as a split article, I’d like to talk about a deck I (with Axle) have created. I use the term “created” loosely, as I may not be the first to have had these ideas.
The deck I’d like to talk about is Jirachi Spam. I mentioned it in my above article, and its a really a fun deck to play. The idea is to use Jirachi RR to “Detour” Judge. Because of all the trainers you pick up off the Judge, you set up quite fast.
When your Jirachi dies, you use “Final Wish” too search for whatever you need. An example would be if your opponent has a Dialga G LV.X in play, searching for a Cyrus’s Conspiracy to set up your Blaziken FB LV.X. One of my favorite things to do is search for a Black Belt and make a big revenge KO. It all depends on the situation your in. Here is the list:
|Pokémon – 23||Trainers – 31
2 Black Belt
|Energy – 6|
The list looks rather inconsistent, but works quite well. I recommend playing it in a low Trainerlock meta, as it is quite inconsistent with low portions of various supporters. Great Ball could easily be replaced for Dual Ball, or something similar. Mightyena LA is for SP’s, and is also an amazing Regigigas counter. The Blaziken FB LV.X is to counter Dialga G LV.X or Vileplume, and the Regice for Spiritomb.
I don’t want to go into detail, but the strategy is really straight forward. You spam Judge with Jirachi, and use the trainers you pick off of it. When your Jirachi dies, you use “Final Wish” to search for a Supporter of your choice. After that, rush them with your Mightyena. Its a really great league deck, and quite fun to play against.