Xander Pero

Author Archive
  • Joined Oct ’16
  • “Purple Princess”

Bio: I started playing in December of 2009 after hearing about PokΓ©mon tournaments from a friend. Before then, I casually collected cards and showed them off during recess. My initial 2.5 years in the Junior Division has led to me to Masters now, where I’m in the middle of my fourth year. I started writing for 6P Free in November, 2016, before fatefully winning Dallas and joining the UG team in February. Outside of PokΓ©mon, I’m a freshman at University of Illinois studying Systems Engineering.

Major Accomplishments:
T4 Worlds ’17 (M)
T32 Worlds ’15 (S)
T8 Worlds ’14 (S)

1st D.C. Open w/ Checkmate! ’19
T16 LAIC (M)
T32 NAIC & OIC (M)
T64 EUIC (M)
T8 Nats ’15, ’13 (S)
1st Nats ’11 (J)

2nd Daytona Beach Regionals ’20
T4 Madison Regionals ’19
T4 Philly Regionals ’19
T8 Madison Regionals ’18
1st Roanoke Regionals ’18
1st Portland Regionals ’18
T4 Vancouver Regionals ’17
T4 Mexico Regionals ’17
1st Dallas Regionals ’17
J/S Regionals Stuff

Offseason’s Maintenance

Philosophies for Becoming a Better Player During the Offseason (or This Unexpected Break in Organized Play)

From A to Z

My Final ADP/Zacian V List for OCIC, Expanded in a Nutshell, and Shock Lock w/ SSH

The Crowned Card

Sword & Shield Set Rundown, ADP/Zacian V the BDIF, and Concept Lists for Hammertime and Fire Box

The Sylver Bullet

Closing the Book on RoxieChomp in Standard, and GardEon for Dallas

Toxic Gas

Exploring Expanded Garbodor Variants: Zoroark-GX, Ultra Necrozma, and Rogue Giratina-EX/Welder
It emits psychic power strong enough to cause headaches as a deterrent to the approach of others. (Hatterene)

That Which We Call a Rosa

Recapping My 2nd Place Rosa ADP List from Daytona Beach

Story Arc

A Quick Recap on Perfection from LAIC and ADP for Daytona Beach

Beak of the Finch

UPR–CEC Meta Developments, Updating Pidgeotto Control, and Asides on Checkmate and Oranguru UPR

Big Brain Birds

Dissecting and Improving Pidgeotto Control from AC/Cologne for Knoxville

Check Check, Is This Thing On

Shifts in Standard, Malamar: the Squid-surgence, Sequencing, and a Checkmate Update
Most of its body has the same composition as coal. Fittingly, this PokΓ©mon was first discovered in coal mines about 400 years ago. (Rolycoly)

Advanced Strategies for Taking 6 Prizes

A Complete Guide to Naganadel-GX Checkmate w/ the DC Open Winning List

Ear Kitty Kitty

Psychic Malamar, On Using Spell Tag, and the Pitfalls of Naganadel-GX Control

The Endgame Manual

Checkmating in UPR-on with Naganadel-GX Control, Worlds/DC Open Meta Overview, and a Peek at Meganium/Nidoqueen

Culminating w/ Coulombs 4 Columbus

A Complete Guide to PikaRom for NAIC, Including Matchups + Lists, and a Different Take on ZapBeasts

Tag Bolt, You’re It

EUIC Tournament Recap, Innovations, Our PikaRom List, and Vespiquen Honed for Hartford
If a job requires serious strength, this PokΓ©mon will excel at it. Its copper body tarnishes in the rain, turning a vibrant green color. (Cufant)