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 top-decks Dual Ball for a 2nd Mewtwo, retreats, and KOs my Zekrom.
I draw and use Outrage with Zekrom. He top-decks 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 top-deck Catcher, use it to bring up his Eel, and I attach to my active Eel and pass. He top-decks 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 top-decks 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.)