Sometimes Not Unlucky

Evaluating My PikaRom Play, Combo Blacephalon, Techy Dragapult, and General Thoughts from Playing in the Various Online Tournaments

Hello 6P readers! Thanks so much for your continued support throughout these past few months!
The Players Cup leaderboards grind is over for me—I just want to qualify for July at this point.

We are a mere week away from the regional qualification period for the Players Cup, and over half of my Tournament Rep is still missing. I’ve basically given up on the system being updated and run properly, so I’m just keeping an eye out on how many points 256th place in LATAM has (as of writing this, 22) and trying to stay well above that, with at least a 30 point margin. I wanted to do a “Tournament Grind” video series, but with tournaments counting randomly, I don’t care anymore whether I’m 1st or 256th, as long as I get to play in the tournaments in July.

I’m sure some of you saw that I was invited to the Players Cup Kickoff Invitational, in which I placed 3rd with PikaRom, narrowly losing the Winners Finals to Tord Reklev’s hyper-consistent Dragapult VMAX deck, and falling to Andrew Mahone’s Baby Blowns in the Losers Finals. For those of you who didn’t watch, I took the first game off of Tord and was essentially 1 Electropower away from defeating him in Game 2.

This is the list I settled on for the Kickoff Invitational, which focuses on consistency rather than techs:

Pokémon (12)

3 Dedenne-GX

2 Boltund V

2 Pikachu & Zekrom-GX

1 Eldegoss V

1 Marshadow UNB

1 Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX

1 Tapu Koko p

1 Zeraora-GX

Trainer (34)

4 Volkner

3 Boss’s Orders

3 Professor’s Research


4 Electropower

4 Quick Ball

4 Switch

2 Electromagnetic Radar

2 Energy Switch

2 Reset Stamp

1 Great Catcher

1 Stadium Nav

1 Tag Switch

1 Wait and See Hammer


1 Air Balloon


1 Thunder Mountain p

Energy (14)

10 L

4 Speed L


Copy List

****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******

##Pokémon - 12

* 3 Dedenne-GX UNB 57
* 2 Boltund V RCL 67
* 2 Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 33
* 1 Eldegoss V RCL 19
* 1 Marshadow UNB 81
* 1 Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX UNM 54
* 1 Tapu Koko p TEU 51
* 1 Zeraora-GX LOT 86

##Trainer Cards - 34

* 4 Volkner UPR 135
* 3 Professor’s Research SSH 178
* 3 Boss’s Orders RCL 154
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 179
* 4 Electropower LOT 172
* 4 Switch SSH 183
* 2 Electromagnetic Radar UNB 169
* 2 Energy Switch SSH 162
* 2 Reset Stamp UNM 206
* 1 Great Catcher CEC 192
* 1 Tag Switch UNM 209
* 1 Stadium Nav UNM 208
* 1 Wait and See Hammer LOT 192
* 1 Air Balloon SSH 156
* 1 Thunder Mountain p LOT 191

##Energy - 14

* 10 L Energy Energy 4
* 4 Speed L Energy RCL 173

Total Cards - 60

****** via SixPrizes: ******

It went unused, but it was not useless.

As you can see it’s a pretty standard PikaRom with the exception of the Wait and See Hammer. The tournament was held with open decklists, so my opponents were able to see the card in my list every time. I believe seeing it prompted both Nathália and Tord to allow me to go first when they won the coin flip. This meant I never actually got to use the card. However, going first with PikaRom dramatically increases your chances of attacking on turn two, rather than having to piece everything together going second on your first turn. Just for that psychological reason alone, i.e., my opponents being cautious of Wait and See Hammer, I believe it was a worthy inclusion, even if I never got to play it. (I would’ve had a chance to play it vs. Andrew in Game 2 of our Losers Finals series, but he was drawing so badly he actually whiffed an Energy on turn one.)

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