Adam's Quick Philly Regionals Report 2013

Discussion in 'Organized Play Information & Tournament Reports' started by Adam, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. Adam

    Adam Noice bruv, innit.

    I was stressing out SO badly before the tournament because I was unsure of my list since I didn't get to test enough and was contemplating last minute changes. I ended up making a change or two and settled on this list.

    Pokémon - 10

    4 Deoxys EX
    4 Thundurus EX
    2 Lugia EX

    Trainers - 35

    4 Professor Juniper
    4 N
    4 Skyla
    3 Colress

    3 Float Stone
    3 Switch

    4 Team Plasma Ball
    4 Pokemon Catcher
    4 Colress Machine
    1 Energy Search
    1 Computer Search

    Energy - 15

    3 Lightning
    4 Prism
    4 Plasma
    4 Double Colorless

    Original list can be seen in my Underground article.

    I had Tool Scrapper in the deck but thought I could get away without it since I didn't expect much Garbodor or Silver Mirror. Prism Energy were a recent addition too since I wasn't expecting Drifblim to be too popular. Enhanced Hammers were still going to be out there, but Plasma Energy or Double Colorless are more enticing discard targets, so it isn't too big of a deal. I thought there would be Mewtwos out there and I wanted the option to attack with Deoxys.

    After adding the Prisms I should have probably contemplated adding 1 Kyurem PLF, but I didn't think of that in time.

    343 Masters, 9 Rounds of Swiss, Cut to Top 32

    I won the opening flip only twice out of my 9 rounds I think. I didn't take very good notes so this is going to be a little bland.

    Round 1 vs. Jeffrey w/ Darkrai/Garbodor

    Game 1 I get a good start and am able to hold on for a win somehow. Game 2 I get wrecked. Game 3 doesn't get completed in time. I'm relieved to have not lost to this bad matchup.

    0-0-1

    Round 2 vs. Isaiah Rufus w/ Kyurem/Deoxys

    Game 1 I am winning but make a several misplays and Isaiah wins a fairly long game. Game 2 I get a really good start and win on turn 2 or 3 I think. Game 3 Isaiah whiffs pretty badly on Juniper/Colress draws a couple times and I win. I felt bad since he deserved the win more than me because I misplayed away Game 1, but I'll take it.

    The Prism Energies were a big help here so I could respond to his Deoxys with OHKOs.

    1-0-1

    Round 3 vs. Evan Bennett w/ Blastoise

    Game 1 I don't get too good of a start but Evan's is pretty good I think. I have a chance to win towards the end if I can hit a Catcher to take out a Jirachi for my last 3 Prize cards but I miss. Game 2 get a better start and win. Game 3 I am in a good position to take over and win if I can Catcher Evan's lone Blastoise in play and OHKO it with Lugia, but I whiff on getting a 2nd Deoxys in play after a Colress for 7 or 8 cards (I had like 7 outs to hit one).

    1-1-1

    Round 4 vs. Russell w/ Flareon/Leafeon/Drifblim/Stunfisk

    I'd tested around with variants of this deck and knew his build wasn't going to be overly consistent.

    Game 1 I get a bad start and he beats me pretty easily. Game 2 he starts Drifloon and benches a Stunfisk and Landorus EX, attaching to the Landorus EX. I immediately Catcher it up and hit it with Thundurus for like 30 with Deoxys in play, then follow up next turn with Plasma Gale for a KO and 3 Prizes. My Lugia makes quick work of his deck. Game 3 he starts with a lone Tornadus EX and no Supporter besides Bianca with a hand he can play down at all. I attack with Thundurus for 120 then bench him the following turn.

    2-1-1

    Round 5 vs. Sarah w/ Genesect/Virizion/Drifblim/Lugia/Munna

    Game 1 I get a really great start while she doesn't have too much going. I am in a great position to win if I can Catcher her benched Genesect with 100 damage on it and Raiden Knuckle for 70 with 4 Deoxys in play, but then I realize my last 2 Catcher are my last 2 Prize cards. She was about to scoop a couple times but I would whiff on taking full control of the game. I eventually win a long one though.

    Game 2 she gets a better start but makes a couple misplays and I am able to take it as time is called.

    3-1-1

    Round 6 vs. Jimmy McClure with Straight Darkrai

    I lost Game 1 pretty handily. Game 2 I have a great start and have a chance to take 6 Prizes in 2 turns, but I whiff on my last Catcher or Computer Search off a Juniper. Jimmy is then able to come back and take the win.

    3-2-1

    Round 7 vs. Michael w/ Victini EX/Terrakion EX/Terrakion BCR

    Game 1 could have actually donked his Victini with Lugia but didn't see the play until I had already gone through the motions of attacking to Thundurus and trying to power up a benched Lugia. I do still win the game though.

    Game 2 Michael gets like 2 Terrakion EX, 1 Terrakion BCR, and 1 Victini EX all fully powered and I lose. Game 3 my strategy is better; I try to set up 1 Terrakion EX with Thundurus to OHKO with Lugia and then Catcher his Victini EX the following turn for the win. After the game he tells me he plays Scoop Up Cyclone and was trying to find it to save his Victini (I was assuming he played Victory Piece).

    4-2-1

    After this game I get mobbed by a bunch of Juniors and Seniors including @Falco413 and the one and only @stmlacek1. I sign autographs, take some pictures, and give away a bunch of dice. I also finally got to meet @SoldiersSpirit who is AWESOME and I hope to see him again at maybe Winter Regionals.

    Round 8 vs. Blastoise

    I don't know if this guy was confused by my deck or got terrible draws or what, but he made a lot of weird plays and I won both games really easily. I got annoyed when I twice had hands of like 1 or 2 cards and he kept saying "50 damage?" hoping I'd attack with Thundurus when I was going to use Tropical Beach.

    5-2-1

    Round 9 vs. Erik Nance w/ Straight Darkrai

    Game 1 is weird for both of us, with me not getting a great hand and Erik opting to Confuse Ray twice (I think he was trying to set up KOs). I didn't draw well enough and late game Erik is able to take over with a triple Dark Patch turn late game.

    Game 2 I get a much better start and take 2 Prizes off a Sableye with Lugia on turn 2, then turn 3 I think I will be able to KO another Sableye for 2 Prizes, but I somehow whiff an Energy. My hand had 2 Juniper, 2 Catcher, and a Colress. I had already played 1 Catcher and thought it would be almost impossible for me to close out the game with only 1 Catcher left and 2 more Supporters discarded (fearing N), so I Colress'd for 5 hoping to hit 1 Energy (I had about 14 outs) but missed. That was a big point in the game and I sputter out from there.

    If I played Juniper I would have had better odds of hitting the Energy but I don't know if I would have been able to withstand an N, Enhanced Hammers, and a couple Darkrai.

    5-3-1

    I end up going 0-4 against Darkrai on the day but I'm not sure the matchup is really that bad. Two of the games I had legitimate shots at winning outright but didn't hit a couple cards. A single Potion or Max Potion might have helped the matchup, but I didn't test those cards enough.

    I was disappointed to not make top cut and win prizes (if I had won my last round I would have cut), but I don't know if I would have woken up in time on Sunday (I was pretty drained). Overall though it was a fun day and I was pretty happy with how I played.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2013
  2. SoldiersSpirit

    SoldiersSpirit I will defend my Kingdom.

    Draining isn't even the word. We both played our last match to top cut and I felt short to Zomura while I'm playing Darkrai and him playing Blastoise!!! Next time, we will prevail!
  3. Adam

    Adam Noice bruv, innit.

    Winter Regionals, man. We need to come stocked up with Red Bull and 5 Hour Energy!
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  4. SoldiersSpirit

    SoldiersSpirit I will defend my Kingdom.

    and for anyone else who played at Philly or Ft. Wayne. FOOD!

    Not a bag of chocolate chips -_-
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  5. Adam

    Adam Noice bruv, innit.

    Hahah, they got me through the day at least. As long as we get a longer lunch break next time we'll probably be ok.
  6. Falco413

    Falco413 Can see the ending.

    It was really an honor meeting you Adam, without 6P I wouldn't be playing Pokemon today. (Thanks again for the dice! XD)

    I had the weirdest food schedule. I was running on cliff bars until 2 pm, then I ate a sandwich with nothing but bacon on it. (so good @_@) Had a turkey sandwhich a bit later in the day, and then I had pizza that night at like 11.

    The second day I ran off cliff bars until like 4, then ate half a buffalo chicken sandwich, went to my match, and ate the other half later. Had a smoothie at the airport, and then ate nothing else for the rest of the day.

    Long story short: I had really low blood sugar all day long! XD
  7. Salamencetrainer34

    Salamencetrainer34 An ogre-achiever

    Adam, do any dice challenges?
  8. superw8

    superw8 Did you?

    I was there along with stmlacek1 and Falco413, but I didn't have the time to introduce myself because of the intense fanboying many people around.
  9. Adam

    Adam Noice bruv, innit.

    No dice challenges. @superw8 did I at least give you some dice?
  10. superw8

    superw8 Did you?

    Yes.
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  11. SoldiersSpirit

    SoldiersSpirit I will defend my Kingdom.

    You guys didn't know who I was, but when you swarmed adam, I was the Mixed guy with the patriots gear on talking to him lol
  12. KPiplup

    KPiplup An Imposter

    Oh so true.

    Good read, Adam, thanks for posting.
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  13. Charranitar

    Charranitar Well-Known Member

    That list was pretty similar to the idea I had for my final Plasma list. I cut a bit on the Pokemon department and did 3 Thundurus, 3 Deoxys, 2 Lugia, 1 Kyurem. I did 4 Lightning and 3 DCE. And I made room for 2 Tool Scrapper playing one less Colress/Skyla each. I had one less Search/Pokemon/no Energy Search and used that space for 3 Lasers to add on more early damage with Raiden Knuckle (and to move Sableye's more in OHKO range, especially if they dropped Virbank down).

    That Darkrai matchup is definitely weird. I think Darkrai definitely has the edge in the matchup, but in every game it feels like it can go either way and largely comes down to whether you whiff something or not.

    Definitely was the optimal way to run Plasma imo, and I think I'll play it at least one of the upcoming LC's and Cities. I've been a giant fan of Lugia EX ever since it came out so any deck that abuses it is always a favorite of mine.
  14. tonenkyra

    tonenkyra Squirtle Squad!

    Yea, it was a draining day! and I only stayed til the 5th round (really wish I coulda finished up). Also wish I coulda met most of you! But yea maybe winter regs! and yes, dorian must organize her premiere events a bit smoother! but I too was happy how well I played.
  15. Adam

    Adam Noice bruv, innit.

    Hah, cool. Glad to hear we settled upon similar lists @Charranitar. The Energy Search helped me a lot, even though I only played 3 Lightning. I Skyla'd for it several times and I guess it helps thin the deck a little bit too.

    I considered Lasers but decided to go for major consistency since I'd be playing so many rounds (ending up playing 23 games on the day). I debated playing 1 as tech but didn't think I'd hit it when I wanted. I do really like that potential to OHKO Sableyes and even Darkrais with a 150 damage Plasma Gale though (no extra Prize, but still, taking out a Darkrai in one shot is good). I'm not sure if that route is best to beat Darkrai or to use healing. They try to set up double KOs with Bench damage and if you can stop disrupt their math then maybe you've got a better shot.

    My hunch was to play lots of switching so they couldn't stall with Catchers and Lasers (and since I thought other decks like Virizion/Mewtwo would do similar tactics). It was pretty satisfying to watch so many of my opponents burn Catchers and Lasers early game only for me to Float Stone or Switch immediately back into Thundurus and keep attacking.

    Do you prefer Ultra Ball or Team Plasma Ball, by the way?

    I hope the deck is still ok after the rule changes – it's definitely my style!
  16. blargh257

    blargh257 Is now Dedede.

    I lost to a deck similar to this in my Regionals. He said you absolutely have to play 3 Lugia, as they can be targeted. Other than that, good list and good job.
  17. RJCarrot

    RJCarrot Poke Breeder Extrodinare.

    Brought my wife/kids/mother in law with to hang at the pool and check out the area in Ft Wayne. They brought me food all day. I love them. It was also my birthday, so that might have been why they were being so nice to me =)
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  18. Charranitar

    Charranitar Well-Known Member

    I went with Ultra Ball for extra discard for Raiden Knuckle since you can't always depend on Juniper for your discards, but there were plenty of times when I had two in hand that Plasma Balls would be better.

    As far as food goes, we went to some Irish pub for food during lunch break. Ordered food, but it took forever, so we got it to go. Dropped it off with all the St. Louis staff because we didn't have time to eat it before the round even getting it to go. Couldn't eat it on the walk back because we had to run back to the venue, haha. Then I 2-0'd my opponent in about 8 minutes and my food was still hot :) My buddy went to time though and had to eat cold food.
  19. stmlacek1

    stmlacek1 rouge specialist

    i went to the redding market you recommended always going there when in philly now
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  20. Adam

    Adam Noice bruv, innit.

    Awesome! What did you get to eat @stmlacek1?