50states.comHey 6P community, I am here today to tell you guys how my Virginia State Championship run went, and what decks I saw there.
The morning of the tournament, I built ZekEels for the first time and I had never played it before, but I was so confident that Durant would be the best deck that I didn’t want to use anything else. However, I thought about what to play on the very long, hour-and-a-half car ride there.
Once there, I saw that 90% of the field was playing ZekEels and there was some Durant, Chandelure, and CMT lingering, but mostly people were playing ZekEels. I made a last-minute audible, sleeved up ZekEels, and got deck checked with a deck I had never played before. I was so nervous and kept wondering why I did that, but I am glad I did.
There were 93 Masters, so we got 7 rounds and cut to top 16. We got these really cool commemorative dice that I thought were amazing. Pairings went up and I was ready to roll.
Round 1 vs Ben Potter (The Great White Hope)
He mulligans and shows me a Vileplume UD and Tropical Beach, so I know what I’m up against. He opens Oddish UD to my Tynamo and I go first. I use Level Ball to get Tyrogue HS, play PlusPower, and donk him.
Round 2 vs Sam Estes (ZekEels)
Round 3 vs Michael Pramawat (ZekEels)
I sit down and I know this match is going to be tough no matter what. We setup and throughout this game we each took 3 Prizes with Tyrogue. He flips tails on a crucial turn where I needed his Tyrogue awake to win the game the turn, especially since I had garbage in my hand. He wakes up the next turn and uses N to put me at 1 card and him at 3. I get an N myself off the 1 card.
He retreats and kills my Thundurus. I draw, attach, and use N. I draw into another energy, but I misplay here by Dynamotor-ing to Zekrom instead of my lone Eel, because I should have expected a potential Catcher. I use Outrage with my Zekrom that already had 80 on it to his Mewtwo. He topdecks Dual Ball for a 2nd Mewtwo, retreats, and KOs my Zekrom.
I draw and use Outrage with Zekrom. He topdecks Catcher to bring my Eel up and hits it for 40. It already had 30 on it from Tyrogue, so it had 70 on it now. I draw and topdeck Catcher, use it to bring up his Eel, and I attach to my active Eel and pass. He topdecks the DCE to retreat and win the game. It was the 2nd most exciting game of the day; most exciting in Swiss.
Round 4 vs Johnny Rabus (ZekEels)
I walk into this game nervous, but ready to go. I don’t remember all the details, but I here’s how we finished. He had 3 Prizes left and I had 2; he had a Zekrom-EX on bench with 120 damage on it, and an active Zekrom. He Knocked Out my Zekrom and I promoted Tyrogue. I PONT’d and I have Mewtwo on my bench with DCE, and luckily I drew into 3-of my 4 Catcher on that PONT to win the game.
Round 5 vs Westin Lee (ZekEels)
I’ve known Westin for a while now, so this game was more for fun than serious. I outsped him and took all my prizes when he had only taken 3. I misplayed for some reason, assuming that Mewtwo EX was RDL and I put way too much energy on it to take a prize, and thought it was GG (good game). But he dropped his own Mewtwo and killed mine, and even though I had the response, it was a crucial misplay nonetheless.
Round 6 vs William Copeland (ZekEels)
Round 7 vs Alex Lear (Durant)
I go first and Charge with Thundurus because my hand is garbage. He goes gets 4 Durant and has no energy so he passes. I go, attach, and use N because I know he has Twins in his hand. I bench Zekrom and 2 Tynamo and KO his active.
From here it was a landslide victory for me. He played Skyarrow Bridge down and whenever he catchered my Eels, that only helped me retreat.
[Editor’s Note: By Eels I think Rahul means Tynamos.]
I find out I’m going into cut as the 4th seed, and Curran Hill’s crazy Terrakion NVI/Exp. Share deck is doing so well, he went in as the 3rd seed. I learned I was playing a friend from league in the top 16, and knew that we would have fun while we played.
Then I ordered the 2nd cheapest thing on the hotel menu for dinner; it was a massive sandwich for $11. So worth it though, because it helped me keep up my energy for the final games. At this point the three Seniors in my car are all in Top 8, 2 of them playing against each other. For those of you who know me personally and are reading this, it was Jimmy vs Jimmy. I then get called over to my table to sit down and shuffle up.
Top 16 vs Bryan H (ZekEels)
This guy was the nicest opponent I had all day. We were joking around and had an overall good time.
He started well and proceeded to sweep me, but I kept playing to see what was in his deck. (0-1)
I open better. I remember he Portrait-ed twice with Smeargle UD in one turn for 2 Junipers, and used one of his own, but whiffed on resources to thin my prize lead. (1-1)
We both have the most horrendous starts of our lives, but I open Zekrom to his Shaymin and begin attaching manually. By the time he got Mewtwo out, I had already taken 4 Prizes and he Knocked Out my Zekrom for his first. I drop the Mewtwo with PlusPower and DCE for the game. (2-1)
Top 8 vs Westin Lee (ZekEels)
I meet my friend Westin again, and he is coming into this game beating the most awesome person I know, LJ Widget (who on a side note elegantly donked him twice with Tyrogue). LJ and I were playing almost identical lists, so I was worried Westin found a way to beat me.
We both started well, but I used Tyrogue to take 3 Prizes on his Tynamos and he had no response. (1-0)
I had a rocky start, but discovered that he wanted to initiate the Mewtwo wars, so I calmly responded with my own and his other Mewtwo was prized, so he had no response to my Mewtwo rampage. Fun game with a good friend. (2-0)
Top 4 vs Michael Pramawat (ZekEels)
This game went down to the wire. I had a Mewtwo prized – my last prize – so I couldn’t respond to his Mewtwo. He took 4 Tyrogue prizes. (0-1)
We both opened well, but I opened better and I used Tyrogue to take a bunch of prizes of my own to win this game fast. (1-1)
This game came down to the wire as well with him needing to take 2 Prizes and me needing to take one and he uses N. I draw into a Juniper, and he takes a hit on me. I draw into energy and I have garbage in my hand after the Juniper, so I Catcher the Eel and hope for 2 more turns in hopes of a Mewtwo. He draw and kills my Tyrouge and we are both at 1 Prize left and he has an active Mewtwo with 2 energy on it.
Did I mention he N’s me to one again? I have Eelektrik and Dual Ball in hand. I use Dual Ball and get Mewtwo and I use double Dynamotor and retreat into Mewtwo and hit his Mewtwo for 160. I may be wrong here, but according to onlookers he topdecks the energy to win the game. Fun and really close once again. I’ll get my revenge at the next one. (1-2)
In the end, I finished 3rd place and got an awesome looking trophy thing. I got my 18 packs, opened just 2 there, and I got myself my first Mewtwo EX (I was borrowing 2). The 3 Seniors in my car were Jimmy McClure who took 1st, Dean Nezam who took 2nd, and Jimmy Pendarvis who finished in the top 8.
I got 6 Championship Points which isn’t bad for this only being my 3rd Masters tournament, but I only have 11 now which means unless I win the next two States, Regionals, and a bunch of Battle Roads, Worlds is probably out of the question for me.
I met a lot of great people there and if I met you and talked to you, just post something below like, “Dude that was a sick play in Round X.” I would also like to thank the amazing judging staff and David Tuskey for putting everything together so smoothly. I thought it was done very well.
Final shoutout goes to Tim Copeland and Javier Sanyer for watching our intense game in Top 4 and not missing a beat, even with the fast play that we both did. Thanks to all you guys and Delaware is what I will hopefully be conquering next week. Until then, Rahul “Rahizzle Swaglicious Bambino” Reddy is out. (Credits to Jimmy Pendarvis for my 3 middle names.)