pokemon.comHey 6P it’s Rahul back again with a report for you guys. Now, I know what you guys might be thinking, “This guy doesn’t have an invite and didn’t make it through the grinder, so how does he have a Worlds report?” Well, I pulled a few strings and I asked a couple of my friends to take a few notes so I could pump out a nice article from some world class players. I don’t have all the information from all of my friends just yet, but I am able to get out one of the many articles from Worlds I have planned for you guys.
The first article I have planned puts my good friends Jimmy Pendarvis and Henry Prior in the spotlight. This was Jimmy’s last season as a Senior and his first time playing in the World Championships. Last season he missed out on his invite by placing 41st. From the information that I received from him, he decided to play Zekrom/Eelektrik/Terrakion. Without further ado, let’s get to his games.
(Note: From this point on it’s in his words, not mine.)
Pokémon – 16
1 Tynamo NVI 48
2 Mewtwo EX
Trainers – 33
2 Random Reciever
4 Junk Arm
Energy – 11
Round 1 vs David McNamee (Canada) w/ CMTT
He starts the Mewtwo war and I take cheap prizes on Celebis. I kill Mewtwo to put us at 3-2. He kills my Mewtwo after using an N to put me at 1 card… which is Mewtwo. I do triple Dynamotor to Mewtwo and use X Ball for the game.
Round 2 vs Aaro Limpinen (???) w/ Eels
I go first and get a T2 Retaliate and kill 3 Tynamos in a row while he begins loading up a Mewtwo. I KO a Smeargle with Zekrom then he kills my Zekrom with his Mewtwo and I kill his Mewtwo with mine for the game.
Round 3 vs Isaac Calmroth (???) w/ Nance Eels
He goes first and kills Tynamo with Mewtwo. I have a dead hand, but I drop two Tynamos and get an Energy on my Zekrom. He kills Tynamo again. I uneventfully draw into a PlusPower, aaaaand he proceeds to kill a Tynamo, yet again! I topdeck into an N and put him to 3. He draws absolutely nothing from what I can see.
I draw possibly the best I drew all day with Shaymin, Switch, Mewtwo, PlusPower, Fighting Energy. I KO his Mewtwo and he simply passes. I Super Rod and eventually get triple eels set up while he just passes. He scoops when I get to 1 Prize.
Round 4 vs Dean Nezam (US) w/ Darkrai/Mewtwo
He gets T2 Night Spear on Tynamo. I whiff so hard on a lot of things and I just get rolled.
Round 5 vs Henry Prior (US) w/ Mew/Accelgor/Vileplume/Chandelure
He uses Playground with Pichu but does not get a Mew Prime. He can’t get Accelgor into his hand to use Relicanth’s attack to put his Accelgor in the Lost Zone until he has two cards left in the deck. I never took a prize. I just loaded up Mewtwo on the bench and passed the entire game with a plan of decking him out cause he didn’t play Seeker. It surprisingly worked. He decked out trying to get Accelgor into his hand. He would’ve never been able to use Deck and Cover.
Round 6 vs ??? (???) w/ Accelgor
He actually benches Mew and I can’t do anything cause he gets the lock off pretty fast. He just rolled me.
Round 7 vs ??? (???) w/ Quad Terrakion
I get down paired so I was kinda bummed out at this point, but knew I had to win this round to make cut. Turns out he plays Super Scoop Up, Potion, Exp. Share, Max Potion, Switch, and PlusPower. Every single one of those. I try to avoid Retaliate, but he plays 3 Shaymin so I got Catcher and attack, he goes Shaymin and Catchers Tynamo, KO. This happens for the next two turns as well. He uses Super Scoop Up and such to keep the Land Crush going. I lose.
The following is Henry Prior’s T16 Worlds report, posted of course with his consent. I met Henry last year at Nationals through Jimmy Pendarvis and we became friends. I respect him as a player which is why I asked him for a report.
Pokémon – 27
3 Litwick BLW Promo BW07
2 Darknessrai EX
1 Munna MCD
1 Pichu HS
Trainers – 23
Energy – 10
2 Darkness – Basic
touchmeimsick.wordpress.comI couldn’t sleep at all Wednesday night so I decided to stay up until I had to leave for the airport at 6 AM. I meet up with the people that are on the same flight as me when i get to the airport. Our connection was in Phoenix, and a lot of Pokémon people were on our flight to Hawaii including Tom Dolezal, Dean Nezam, Jimmy McClure, Jimmy Pendarvis, Ryan Sablehaus, and a lot of VGC people that I didn’t know. Thursday night I tested a lot and traded for a few cards that I needed to finish up my deck.
Mostly relaxation and a little testing. I went swimming a lot and watched some of the grinders. I also tried out the new PTCGO and it’s amazing. They had unlocked versions with 4-of every card in format so you could build anything. Sami Sekkoum helped me with some interesting plays with Accelgor that ended up helping me in the main event.
Round 1: Ravyn Pollock (US) CMT
First round I’m against an amazing player from the US. We chat a bit in the beginning and get set up. I have a great start with Pichu, Mew, Sages, and Twins in hand. I win the flip so I feel even more confident. I think he started with a Smeargle. After my Sage my hand is even more perfect, but I’m really afraid of an N. I Playground for 2 Oddish, Litwick, and Relicanth. He gets an Eevee along with a few other things, great.
He Junipers and gets a DCE for the Mewtwo he got off of playground and KOs my Pichu. Turn 2 I get Vileplume, Lampent, and Prehistoric Wisdom to get an Accelgor in my Lost Zone. After a few turns I’m fully get up but really worried about the Eevee. Two turns of Cursed Shadow get rid of it and I feel like I’ve dodged a huge bullet. After that the deck does what it does best and I keep the lock going for the win. After the game he flips over his prizes to show me the Espeon.
Round 2 vs Nils Probst (DE) w/ Smeargle/Terrakion/Hitmontop
pokemon-paradijs.comI’ve never heard of him, and he told me that this was his first year at Worlds. He wins the coin flip but starts lone Terrakion and draw passes. I get Vileplume out before he even takes a prize and the game was basically over at that point.
Round 3 vs Adler Pierce (US) w/ Zekeels
Of course I have to play the one person that I’ve been testing the deck with since Nationals. I get set up with the absolute nuts. I get T2 Chandelure + Vileplume and Relicanth an Accelgor into the Lost Zone. He gets a T3 Eelektross on my Vileplume, but I Shaymin an Energy onto it and DCE a Mew to get the lock started. He’s about to scoop when he looks through my discard and realizes that I’ve discarded all of my Rare Candies through Juniper or Sages. He breaks the lock for a turn by sacrificing a Tynamo and Raikou snipes my Vileplume. Great. After that I just lose.
Round 4 vs Christopher Kan (AU) w/ Darkrai/Shaymin
His deck was so weird. He ran NO Smeargle, his only Pokémon were Darkrai and Shaymin. He also ran Exp. Shares and Dark Claw. I got off to a pretty slow start, but fully set up with him at 1 Prize left. I just kept the lock going for the rest of the game and won.
Round 5 vs Jimmy Pendarvis (US) w/ Terrakion Eels
This game was by far the stupidest thing that’s ever happened to me. I Playground to fill my bench and get all set up, but he isn’t taking any prizes. I start thinning my deck and get an Acclgor in the Lost Zone, but he still isn’t taking prizes. I realize that he’s just stalling me because I don’t have a Mew on the field, but it’s too late because I only have a few cards left in deck.
(I have to win out at this point.)
Round 6 vs Isaiah Rufus (US) w/ Darkrai/Mewtwo
pokemon-paradijs.comWe both sit down at the table and let out a deep sigh. Of course i have to play against a friend in a round that decides if wither of us can make cut or not. I don’t remember too much about the match except him making a huge misplay at the end of the game that lost it for him. He could’ve sent up a Mewtwo after I knocked something out and given himself a turn to take his last prize, but instead he sends up a Darkrai which allows me to keep the lock going and win.
(One more and I’m in cut.)
Round 7 vs William Compere (US) w/ Darkrai/Mewtwo
We sit down and he tells me about how this is his first Worlds and he really wants to make cut. He continuously talked to his father before the game which kind of threw me off my game a little bit. I had to call a judge so many times and the judge was watching him like a hawk. I was pretty angry because he was obviously trying to stall me out. It didn’t work and I got the full set up by the time he was at 1 Prize and kept the lock going the rest of the game.
I go around and ask all my opponents their records. My resistance sucks. My friend gets to the standings first and runs over and tells me that I’m 15th. I flip out and scream and double high five him and a bunch of other stuff.
After that I get in line to hand in my deck and Andrew Murray is there managing the line so we talk for a bit. They made a few of us stage a picture and act like we were playing a game, so Murray tells me to do something hilarious because the photographers don’t know anything about the game. I end up putting a lone Shaymin with 4 DCEs and a Rainbow active with 1 Prize left.
When I get there I find out that my opponent had marked Smeargles for Swiss, they were his only RHs and were extremely bent. All they made him do was replace them, but 7.2.2 says otherwise. Game loss. I wasn’t going to fight the judges for risk of a penalty for interfering with something that isn’t a part of my game, but it kind of sucks.
Top 16 vs Chase Moloney (CA)
pokemon-paradijs.comHe gets absolutely nothing for the first few turns which allows me to get set up and get the lock going. Don’t remember too much about the game, but he didn’t take very many prizes.
I’m really mad at myself for this one. He took a prize turn 2 and I played Twins to get a Rare Candy and a Twins instead of a Vileplume and Twins with the Rare Candy I had in hand. :/ I got the Plume the next turn, but it put me too far behind with him being able to play trainer for that extra turn.
I get all set up and so does he. This game is pretty blurry, but in the end of the game I Playground for a Mew and get double tails on Sleep which allows him to snipe the Mew. That was my 3rd Mew and my last one was prized, so I decided to try to put him to sleep with my Munna and hope he stays Asleep along enough for me to Cursed Shadow and hope i get the mew off a prize. He gets heads right away and takes his last prize.
If the judges had ruled on the Smeargles I would’ve advanced, but I can’t do anything about it now.
I hope you guys enjoyed these reports, I look forward to providing more insight from Battle Roads all the way up to Worlds this season for you guys. I’ll most likely be going to a Battle Road this weekend so be on the lookout for a report from there. I also should have an interview from my friend Dean Nezam about his T4 performance at Worlds this year. Thanks again for reading this and good luck to all you guys at Battle Roads.