pokebeach.comHey guys, Captain here with a short little Battle Roads Report (MD-on). Let me preface this quickly by saying that this report isn’t as much about how I did and is more about what was there and what it means for deck builders and the format.
I decided to play ReshiBoar because that’s a powerful but easy to play deck that I happen to be quite familiar with already. Unless something drastically changes, it’s the deck I plan to run next season. I am, however, going to also test Reshiram with Typhlosion instead of/with the addition of Emboar.
I suppose I’ll start off with my slightly unorthodox ReshiBoar list. Unlike most other lists I’ve seen that focus on the mid to late game, this one is all about consistency in the beginning. I’ll need to make some modifications down the line, but so far it’s pretty solid and also fast.
The reason I like this list it that it consistently sets up on the 3rd turn. Occasionally it will be set up on turn 2, and occasionally you get unlucky, but turn 3 is the average. I actually put that list together rather quickly, and it happened to set up very well in solitaire testing.
|Pokémon – 21||Trainers – 20||Energy – 19|
Now time for the tournament report itself. It was a fairly small tournament (can’t expect a ton from a Battle Roads, though) with 22 people in the Masters Division. There were several “Poké-parents” there, and I may have actually been the youngest person in the division (I barely made the cut being born in December of ’95).
Game 1 vs. Tyranitar
pokebeach.comTyranitar was a matchup that I was a bit worried about because of the fact that I can’t 1-shot Tyranitar in any way. The only way I would be able to would be with theme deck Emboar and PlusPower, and I didn’t run PlusPower. So as soon as I noticed that I was playing against a Tyranitar, I became a bit worried.
There actually isn’t a ton to say about this game. I had a solid turn 3 start, and ended up ripping through my opponent’s Pokémon, many of which had low HP to start with (I recall Knocking Out a Spiritomb early on, and I think I also Knocked Out a Sableye).
My opponent only got 1 Tyranitar set up, and I beat it with 2 hits, without it being able to do a ton of damage. I felt pretty good after winning this game with a 3-Prize lead.
Game 2 vs. Forretress/Emboar
Let me first say that this deck is a super cool deck. I imagine that it and Magmortar/Emboar (which works similarly) would both be a lot of fun to play. Anyway, there was an article written about this deck recently, but I’m just going to briefly describe how it works.
There’s an HGSS Promo Shuckle that has a Poké-Body, which allows you to draw a card every time you attach an energy to it. You basically use Emboar to attach a ton of energy and draw a ton of cards. Then you get those energy back in your hand somehow and attach them to Forretress. Every time you attach one to Forretress, you flip a coin. If you flip tails, all Pokémon except Forretress take 20 damage.
Anyway, this ended up being a pretty close game. I was ahead by 2 Prizes when my opponent finally set up his Forretress with and starting attaching energy to it. He cleared the field of Pokémon except for my Emboar, his Emboar, and his Forretress. I had 1 Prize to go and was insanely close to winning, but he used his Emboar’s Heat Crash to clear my field and win. I think I should mention that he actually placed in the top 4 with the deck.
Game 3 vs. ReshiBoar
pokebeach.comThere’s not a ton to say about this game. My opponent got incredibly unlucky and couldn’t set up. After me taking 2 Prizes and almost clearing his field, he scooped.
Game 4 vs. FlyChamp
This was it. This was the defining game. I just needed to win this and I would make top cut.
While my opponent and I were drawing cards, he had to mulligan 2 times. However, even with the 2 extra cards I got to draw, I had a terrible start. I started with 2 Reshiram and it took me a while to get going. The problem is that Machamp would 1-shot my Reshirams. I was down by a lot because of this, but managed to still pull something together.
I started making a large comeback, but the game ended with my opponent winning and me having 2 Prizes to go. Theme deck Emboar was seriously helping me out, and Reshiram still took some prizes. If I had a good start, I could have very possibly won this game. And with that, I just barely missed top cut.
I finished the tournament with a record of 2/2 and placed 10th out of 22.
- Overall doing well. One match I lost was very close, and the other would have probably been a victory if I had a good start.
- Tournament for being very well run.
- Making some good trades on the side.
- Coming so close to winning Game 2, then losing by running out of Pokémon on the field.
- Bad luck in Game 4.
- I played my opponent from Game 4 again just for fun and had a terrible starting hand again.
6 Things I Learned
- Masters Division was about a 50/50 split between MD-on and HS-on decks.
- There were a lot of ReshiBoar, but I (surprisingly) don’t recall seeing much DonChamp or Zekrom in any division. My suspicion is that DonChamp was a bit too expensive for most people, and Zekrom seems questionably good, plus takes more skill to play.Therefore, being able to play well against ReshiBoar might be very important down the line. I should also mention that I saw at least 1 MagneBoar there, as well as the Emboar/Forretress I played, so Ampharos Prime might end up being a largely useful tech.
- I also didn’t see much Sabledonk. I know there was one in the Junior Division, and there may have been one in Masters. Thing is, because it didn’t make a massive showing, chances of early rotation might be somewhat lessened.
- 2 Energy Retrieval is enough for ReshiBoar, but PlusPower is definitely something to work in. I imagine that 2 might be enough, but if you can successfully fit in 4 without losing speed that would be great. Don’t forget that Pokémon Catcher will probably prove very useful later on, though.
Switch is also something that will be good, but maybe Dodrio is a better choice if you can work that in. It will help massively if you ever have to retreat an Emboar and don’t have the energy to spare. Dodrio would help a lot with the Beartic/Vileplume matchup, which is predicted to be fairly strong when Beartic is released.
Also, the theme deck Emboar is something I really like keeping around since it almost helped pull off an epic comeback in the last game.
- Energy and energy recovery isn’t immensely important in ReshiBoar. I used Outrage more than I expected.
- Now is the time to trade. People have their own values assigned to certain cards that they think will either be big next season, or a part of their future (or even current) deck, and so you can sometimes get very good “deals”.I traded an assortment of cards worth maybe $10-15 total several times and ended up with a Donphan Prime, 2 Vileplumes, and the contents of a BW booster pack, among a few other potentially useful cards (total value about $20-25).
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