Darkrai/Sableye/Tropical Beach? A Second Place Bentonville, AR Cities report

Discussion in 'SixPrizes Stuff' started by Amphachu, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. Amphachu

    Amphachu New Member

    Well, for those that don't know me, my name is Kevin Murphy, and I'm from Bentonville, Arkansas. This cities really meant a lot to me because the Bentonville City Championship was the first event that I've ever participated in 3 years ago. Leading up to the tournament I had done a lot of testing online with some of my really good friends. I had tested pretty much everything. Blastoise/Keldeo, Darkrai,Rayeels, Flygon/Dusknoir, Raticate/Amoongus, Garbodor varients, and most everything tested pretty well.

    Let's just to the Friday before the tournament now. I had originally planned to not go because there was a local Anime Convention that I was going to go to with my girlfriend, but she got sick and told me to go ahead and to go to the tournament instead. I called up my good friend Ty Smith, and told him the he could stay at my place that night so that we could test, and so that's what we did. Until around 4 in the morning we were testing all sorts of decks. Darkrai/Sableye, Rayeels, Tornadus/Landorus, and Raticate/Amoongus were what we mainly focused on that night. Neither of us had Computer Searches though, so the following day we were both going to have to see if we could get our hands on a copy of it. We wake up at around 8 to start getting ready, and get to the venue around 9:30 to start our search for Computer Searches. Turns out everyone else had the same idea we did, so it ended up only 3 people at the tournament actually owned Computer Searches.... Well this just made things pretty interesting. After I learned that I wasn't going to have access to Computer Search which is a main card in all of the decks that I had been testing, I decided to walk around and scope out what people were playing. It seemed to mostly be Landorus varients and Rayeels, so I decided that I wouldn't be able to play Raticate and decided on Darkrai/Sableye instead. As I was writing up my deck list I forgot that I didn't have Computer Search, so I had to take out my old base set Computer Search due to the fact that we aren't allowed to play them. As I'm sitting there thinking of what to add in it's place, I look through some of my cards, and decide, "What the heck, I'll toss in a Tropical Beach." I turned in my list, and sat around waiting for round 1 to get posted. This is what my list ended up looking like at the end of it all.

    Pokemon:
    4 Sableye DEX
    3 Darkrai EX
    1 Keldeo EX

    Trainers/Supporters/Stadiums:
    4 Juniper
    4 N
    3 Bianca
    3 Skyla
    4 Catcher
    4 Ultra Ball
    4 Energy Switch
    3 Dark Patch
    2 Energy Search
    2 Random Receiver
    2 Dark Claw
    1 Eviolite
    1 Tool Scrapper
    1 Potion
    1 Tropical Beach

    Energy:
    12 Dark Energy

    Edits I would make to the deck would probably be -1 Energy Search +1 Dark Patch, -1 Random Receiver +1 Eviolite, and -1 Tropical Beach +1 Computer Search.

    Onto the report!

    Round 1 vs. Kyle Lane With Landorus/Tornadus/Roserade

    Kyle is a friend of mine up from Springfield, Missouri. I had talked to him a few days before the tournament, and he had told me that this is what he was going to be playing. I felt pretty confident about the matchup because I had been testing it the night before with Ty. We get set up, and I go first with a Sableye start. I start to get everything rolling together, and set up a T3 Night Spear with a Dark Claw to get through his Eviolites. As soon as he drops his Landorus EX I know to target it, and start to drop damage everywhere on his field setting up future Night Spear knock outs. It comes down to where we both have 3 prizes left, and on his field he has a Tornadus EX with 40HP left with an Eviolite attached, Aspertia City Gym, a Roserade, and an active Landorus with 2 Fighting energy attached. I top deck a Skyla to grab out my Tropical Beach, use Tool Scrapper to get rid of his Eviolite, and Catcher up his Roserade to knock out both it and his Tornadus for game. GG

    1-0

    Round 2 vs. Adam Biggot with Landorus/Mewtwo/Garbodor
    I wasn't too sure about how this one was going to go because I hadn't tested the matchup as much as I probably should have. We both get very solid starts, but I'm able to take a huge lead. I end up making a major misplay though when I decided to knock out his last Garbodor instead of dropping damage on a Landorus EX. Had I damaged the Landorus instead, I would have been able to take my last prize, but instead Adam was able to make quite an impressive comeback to clench the victory.

    1-1

    Round 3 vs. Local Player with Blastoise/Kyurem EX/Keldeo
    I've seen him at league a couple times before, and knew he's not too serious of a player. We start, and I just have too good of a start compared to his. I'm able to catcher KO his Squirtles before the become Blastoise, and just continue to steamroll through his field. The game ended up with me taking 6 prizes to his 0.
    2-1

    Round 4 vs. Ty Smith with Rayeels
    I'm just going to say that Ty is probably one of the best friends that I have made in this game, and one of the best players I know. We both joke around before the game starts saying that we each should scoop to each other and whatnot, but we get set up and I win the coin flip. I start Sableye to his Stunfisk NVI. He had been trying it out the night before, and really liked how it can hit Darkrai for 100, and have the chance to Paralyze it. He doesn't have the best set up, and on top of that I'm catchering up all of his Eels to knock them out before he can really build up a chain of Rayquaza EXs. It comes down to I have 1 prize left to his 2, and he tries locking my Darkrai active, but I'm able to Ultra Ball for my Keldeo EX to break out of the lock and knock out his Stunfisk for game. GG Ty, GG.

    3-1

    We wait around for everyone else to get finished up with their games, and when top cut is posted these were the results:

    1st: Adam Biggot with Landorus/Mewtwo/Garbodor
    2nd: Michael Kendle with Rayeels
    3rd: Mark Oliver with Blastoise/Keldeo
    4th: Me with Darkrai/Sableye

    We are given a small lunch break, and I wait 30 minutes to get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Adam and I then get on our game faces, and sit down to play our top 4 game.

    Game 1:
    I win the coin flip, and just open with a god start. I'm able to get a T2 Night Spear putting 90 damage on his Mewtwo and 30 on his benched Trubbish. He draws for his turn, plays an N, and extends his hand because he didn't draw another Pokemon.

    Game 2:
    He gets a really solid setup, and get the T2 Garbodor lock. This game ended up going on for a while, and I can't really remember all of the details about it because of how tired I was. I actually forgot what game we were playing near the end of this one because I really couldn't remember. He ended up being able to charge up a Landorus EX, and knocks out 2 Darkrai in a row to seal the game.

    Game 3:
    Again we both get super solid starts, and it is another super close game that came down to the wire. In the end I'm able to use Tool Scrapper to get rid of a key Eviolite, and a tool off of his Garbodor, to retreat to a fresh Darkrai to keep tanking. He isn't able to keep up his Landorus, and I knock it out for game.

    4-1

    Top 2 vs. Michael Kendle with Rayeels
    Michael and I always give each other crap about random things, so when I saw that I was going to be playing against him in the finals, I knew it was going to be fun. Michael also won a states a few years ago with the at the time rogue deck Gengar SF/Garchomp C, so it's always cool to play against someone who revolutionizes a deck archetype.

    Game 1:
    I get a god start again with a T2 Night Spear, and just plow through his whole board.

    Game 2:
    I start Sableye to his Rayquaza DRV, and on my turn I can't draw into another Pokemon.

    So after 2 very uneventful games I'm really hoping that game 3 is a good close game. Also, in game 2 I find out that he only plays 1 Skyarrow Bridge

    Game 3:
    Again I have an amazing start with the ability to get the T2 Night Spear, but he Ns that hand away into a less than great hand. He's also able to drop Skyarrow on his first turn which in return I drop my Tropical Beach to get it off the field since I learned between games that he only plays one. I'm then able to get a Night Spear off on my T3. This entire game was just back and forth, then there is one turn that I really need to hit a catcher to get a double KO on 2 Eelektriks, but I whiff my Pokemon Catcher so I settle on knocking out a Rayquaza DRV and an Eel instead. With that extra Eel, he is able to get enough energy on both Eels to knock out the rest of the Pokemon on my board. I contemplate trying to catcher stall to deck him out, I checked his discard, and he still has access to all of his resources to get it out of the active spot. I end up just hitting his Rayquaza EX hoping that he isn't able to get 3 lightning on his bench Rayquaza EX. He does, and is able to Dragon Burst for his last prize.

    4-2 2nd place

    Well I get 2nd place again. It just seems to be a theme for me this season I guess. Michael and I both go collect our winnings, take some pictures, and then proceed to tear open the packs to see who would get a Computer Search. I ended up pulling my 5th Black Kyurem EX, and a Crystal Edge while Michael on the other hand proceeded to pull a Full Art Landorus, White Kyurem EX, and a Computer Search. So not only did I not win the tournament, but I also pulled terribly out of my winnings. Ah well. This tournament put me at the odd number of 99 Champion Points, and I'll for sure be attending many more City Championships throughout this season to try to nab myself that Worlds invite.

    Props:
    2nd place!
    Seeing friends
    Not using Computer Search
    Beating Ty

    Slops:
    2nd place...
    Pulling bad in my packs
    Michael pulling amazing in his
    Having to beat Ty
  2. KPiplup

    KPiplup An Imposter

    Nice job on second!

    Out of curiosity, how much did the Beach help you?
  3. PP101

    PP101 The Swarm for 3 seconds then accidentally left

    Very curious about this as well. Tropical Beach is always fun to play. :D
  4. Amphachu

    Amphachu New Member

    I really only used it to draw cards once. It was mainly used as a counter stadium. I wish I would have played a Battle City instead so I could get a card advantage without ending my turn.
  5. coolestman22

    coolestman22 Now Has Techron

    Battle City would have helped your opponent just as much though. I would've played a Pokemon Center.
  6. I would have played the 4th Dark Patch.
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  7. Amphachu

    Amphachu New Member

    Yeah that is true, but Pokenon Center would have helped them out even more making my Night Spear snipes virtually worthless.
    Yeah I pointed out in the report that I would have enjoyed the 4th Dark Patch over an Energy Search.
  8. Ein

    Ein The Mega Man Master

    If your opponent tries to use Troppy Beach late game and you have an N, things are looking good for you. Then again, if your opponent ever has to use it, they are most likely in trouble. Battle City will always be risky although it's an extremely fun stadium to run (maybe not in a tournament). I can really only see it with Tornadus EX who can utilize the stadium regardless of the flip. With this you get no benefit from the stadium if you flip tails.

    Twist Mt. would be the safest bet, but you get nothing out of it unless you want to throw in an Aero :p

    Edit: Totally got sucked into the conversation and forgot to congratulate you on a 2nd place finish!
  9. CynDa1

    CynDa1 (slurp)

    nice article interesting how only 3 people had computer searches...
    I am as curious as everybody else how did tropical beach help?
  10. coolestman22

    coolestman22 Now Has Techron

    Good point.
  11. Amphachu

    Amphachu New Member

    Yeah that was another though I had behind using Beach. If yet decide to use it to draw that means another turn of Darkrai not getting damaged allowing me to keep spamming Night Spear

    Yeah it was weird seeing everyone scrambling around trying to get one at the last minute. Only 1 person in the top 4 ended up having one in their deck. And as said before, Beqch only helped as a counter Stadium. Never to actually draw cards.
  12. coolestman22

    coolestman22 Now Has Techron

    1-1 Archeops tech, my good sir.
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  13. tokyovampire

    tokyovampire Starpower!

    Props on 2nd. I would have played a Gold Potion myself.
  14. coolestman22

    coolestman22 Now Has Techron

    He might not have had one.
  15. tokyovampire

    tokyovampire Starpower!

    Fair enough. I didn't consider that.