Hello beautiful people!
This is my first SixPrizes article so I guess an introduction would be in order. My name is Mathias Lunnan Bjørnstad, I am 18 years old and a Pokémon TCG player from Norway. I started playing seriously in February 2012 and I’ve been steadily grabbing good tournament placements for a while now.
I ended up being 7 Points short of the Worlds invite last season, so I really wanted to do well this year. So far I have won a Battle Road and gotten third at another, which gives me 25 Points to work with already.
en.wikipedia.orgNorway is a country quite easily forgotten, but I would like to change that. In 2008 the player who finished second to Jason Klazynski at Worlds was Norway’s Khan Lee. At the 2012 ECC Norway’s Benjamin Behrens took second place, Tord Reklev grabbed 4th, and Stian Nilsson snatched 5th. Three of the top eight players in the tournament were Norwegian.
Through the years, Norway has always done well at Worlds, but the placements have usually been top 16 or so, and people usually only watch the winner of the tournament. Still, Norway has a lot of great players and we should never be underestimated. The 4 best players are:
- Benjamin Behrens (two time National champion and second at the ECC in 2012)
- Tord Reklev (reigning National champion and 4th at the ECC in 2012)
- David Wiken (Norway’s point leader last season, and a sick tournament player)
- David Jensen (3 time Senior National champion)
geektyrant.comWe are usually always a little bit behind the rest of the world here up in the north, so our Regional tournaments have the Boundaries Crossed format. Unfortunately though, hurricane Sandy delayed the card shipments, so not too many people had gotten the new cards before the first regional tournament in Oslo.
I really wanted to play Blastoise, but unfortunately I couldn’t get enough Keldeo-EXs, so I was forced to improvise. After two weeks of testing, the deck I decided to go with was my Empoleon/Dusknoir/Mewtwo EX/Roserade/Landorus-EX deck, which I decided to name Empire.
This seems like a weird and inconsistent deck to use, but that’s not the case. You will always attack T1 or T2 with something, the deck covers all the weaknesses in our current format, and people seem to have a hard time playing against Dusknoir.
This made the deck quite strong, but I was still nervous as all heck when I entered the tournament, not knowing how many of the players had acquired some of the new cards.
Here is the list I used:
Pokémon – 19
Trainers – 32
Energy – 9
Let the games begin!
Round 1 vs. Hammertime (I go second)
This is a terrible matchup for me since I play nearly only Special Energies. I am fortunate though because he goes full on attack and used only Crushing Hammers instead of Enhanced Hammer. Because of this, I set up a large Mewtwo EX and take out his first Darkrai EX T3.
After that my opponent can’t do much else, and I win by moving 70 damage do his Sableye with Dusknoir and knock his Darkrai EX with Mewtwo EX.
Round 2 vs. Empoleon/Stunfisk (I go first)
He misses a critical Energy drop T2, which results in me getting in two attacks before he did. Yet again, I win the game with the help of Dusknoir, who moved 60 damage to a Piplup and after that I Knocked Out an Empoleon, leaving my opponent with no Empoleon or Piplup in play. With no draw power, he lost the game.
Landorus-EX (I go first)Round 3 vs. Darkrai EX/
This was against one of my best friends Mikael, and he had a terrible matchup here. I got a quick Empoleon and put a lot of damage on his field.
He decided to take out my Duskull so I couldn’t move the damage, but I just ended up Knocking Out a Darkrai EX with Mewtwo EX and two Landorus-EX with Empoleon for the win. He also tried to N me to 2 cards, but triple Empoleon gave me all I needed.
Round 4 vs. Mewtwo EX/Eels (I go first)
This is one of my worst matchups, but he didn’t really know how to play against my deck. Within the first 2 turns of the game he had 160 damage on his field thanks to my own Mewtwo. Landorus and Dusknoir were the MVPs of this match though, Knocking Out three Pokémon in one turn by moving damage around.
I actually won this game using Land’s Judgment with Landorus-EX on a Mewtwo EX with 20 damage. Empoleon was more or less only draw power this game.
Landorus-EX) (I go second)Round 5 vs. Empire (no
This player is another friend of mine, and he had seen me play this deck at league once. He decided to try it out and now he was 4-0 at Oslo Regionals. We were both going through to the top 8 cut, so this match was fairly relaxed.
He made a lot of obvious misplays, which he realised himself, and I ended up winning a very straightforward game in the end. The match wasn’t really that interesting, and we both have a good laugh about it afterward.
With a total of 35 people participating, the top cut consisted of 8 players:
- Me (Empire) 5-0
- Magnus (Empire) 4-1
- Mikael (Darkrai EX/Landorus-EX) 4-1
- Tord Reklev (Mewtwo EX/Eels) 4-1
- Stian Nilsson (Empoleon/Terrakion) 4-1
- Jan (Darkrai EX/Garbodor) 4-1
- David Jensen (Zebstrika/Garbodor) 3-2
- Daniel Chan (RayEels) 3-2
Top 8 vs. Daniel Chan with RayEels (He wins the coinflip)
My start is pretty bad, and I can’t get much going. He played a Thundurus EPO tech, which completely destroyed my Empoleon. I end up being unlucky and have a 12 card hand with only Items and Supporters, and really nothing useful. I cannot draw into a Pokémon for 4 turns, even with Empoleon’s Ability.
I get out an early Landorus-EX and completely sweep his team. I just keep Knocking Out his Tynamo, and eventually I set up my Dusknoir and start moving damage around and he scoops.
His start is terrible and I win within 4 turns of the game by just attacking over and over again with Empoleon.
Top 4 vs. Tord Reklev with Mewtwo EX/Eels (I win the coinflip)
I go full on aggro with Landorus-EX early, and my Empoleons are usually only used for their great Diving Draw. Tord had difficulty playing with no Eels available and was forced to send out a Mewtwo with 6 Energies, which I immediatly Knocked Out with my own Mewtwo.
He tried to N me, but three Diving Draws later and I was back at full strength and a Game 1 win.
This was the toughest game of the tournament for me. I have T1 Landorus-EX and start going for Tynamos early, but Tord paralyzes me with his Raikou-EX, and I have a problem setting up Empoleon. I drop a Mewtwo, which my opponent 1HKOs with a 5 Energy Mewtwo and I am in a deep hole early.
I decide to go out with Empoleon, since they are only worth 1 Prize, and 2-shot his Mewtwo. Tord snipes my Duskull and he is down to 1 Prize versus my 3. I take a while to think and eventually come up with a plan.
I use 2 Diving Draws and get the N I wanted. I put the third Energy on Landorus-EX, N Tord to 1 card and 1HKO his Raikou-EX with Land’s Judgement. In order to win, Tord is going to need a DCE and a Catcher, but he ends up whiffing and I win by Catchering out an Eel for my last prize.
Landorus-EX (I win the coinflip)Top 2 vs. Mikael with Darkrai EX/
I hit a triple head on Fury Attack with Piplup and deal 60 damage to a Landorus-EX T1. He can’t get any other Basics into play and I deal 120 damage with an Empoleon the next turn and win the first game.
pokemon-paradijs.comMikael make a couple of misplays and targeted the wrong bench Pokémon. This was a great example of how scary Dusknoir can be, since he constantly targeted my Duskulls. I set up a Mewtwo EX with 4 DCEs and 1HKO three straight EXs for the Game 2 win.
He had a terrible matchup against my deck, so the finals were naturally not to interesting.
I end up winning Oslo Regionals and right now I have around 150 Points, which is always nice. I was very happy that my deck worked out and that not only me, but also Magnus got top cut with it. I believe it was the right deck to play, since it really has no bad matchups in the current format. Empoleon takes Landorus-EX, Mewtwo EX takes Keldeo-EX and other Mewtwos, Landorus-EX takes Eels, and Dusknoir is just a boss Pokémon.
Roserade helps the consistency and makes the deck fast and hard hitting. You are not even required to set up Empo or Dusk T2, since Mewtwo EX and Landorus-EX does the early dirty work for them. When the big decks in the format are Eel variants, Landorus variants and Blastoise, I highly recommend playing Empire.
Mathias Lunnan Bjørnstad aka The Lumpymeister