Gelatin's 2nd Place Hawaii Autumn 2012 Battle Roads Report

Discussion in 'Organized Play Information & Tournament Reports' started by Gelatin, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. Gelatin

    Gelatin So soft and jiggly.

    I'm going to apologize ahead of time if my information seems rather vague in any of the match reports I give. There has been a lot of personal and family stuff that's been going on within the past days so I neglected to take any concrete notes on the matches. But desufnoc asked if I'd write up a report so I figured I'd give it a shot.

    With just 14 hours before Battle Roads I get home at around 10 PM and immediately got busy working some stuff out. I got to making sure I knew the deck I was playing, (most of) its match-ups, and making sure the sexy Gym Challenge sleeves I bought off of a Japanese player while I was at Worlds 2012 actually shuffled decently enough. After hearing from my friend that he wouldn't be attending the event after I had painstakingly (not really) crafted a Ho-oh EX deck for him, I noticed that I was given more options as far as what decks I could play go. In the end, I settled for Hydreigon/Darkrai because after all the League play I've had with it, I knew it was a very strong deck that I actually have a lot of fun playing with.

    By the time I've settled on a deck and printed out my decklists, it was 1:30 AM so I figured I should get some sleep if I'm going to get to our card shop, Da Planet.

    <Just a side note, Da Planet is the only venue for sanctioned Pokemon tournaments in the entire State, as far as I know of. This makes our PokeCommunity limited to just about the island of O'ahu though we have some top-notch players on the outer island who I learned a lot from in this past season.>

    I wake up, practice good hygiene, pack my decks and extra cards, and head for the shop, grabbing breakfast on the way there from a 7-11. While scoping out the competition, I see a fair amount of new faces (one of them going all the way to win the event) and players who I usually see playing other TCGs such as Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic: the Gathering. It was nice to see others branching out to try new card games. Odd thing was, none of the regular Junior or Senior players showed up to the event. Maybe they totally forgot about it? Maybe they had homework to do? Who knows. But our Battle Roads would be held with just us 16 Masters. A paltry number compared to most of the other tournament reports I've read.

    About ten minutes before we're due for the player-meeting, I decide to make a last minute decklist change after seeing the list of one of our regulars and top players. Here's the list after everything was said and done.
    After remembering how devastating Shaymin UL + Mewtwo EX was last season, I decided I'd just drop both my tech-attackers, Giratina EX and Shaymin EX, and go balls deep with Mewtwo EX.

    After a quick practice match with one of the players, pairings are posted, and the tournament begins.

    Round 1: vs Tony Ngyuyen with Garchomp/Altaria
    Tony was actually the person with whom I was having the practice match. What are the odds? He calls the coin toss and goes first with an active Swablu. He benches a Gible, an Emolga and Sings. Luckily a roll a Heads to wake up.

    I open with a Sableye; Ultra Ball for a Darkrai, discarding two Darkness Energy; Level Ball for a Deino; attach a Darkness to Sableye and Juniper. I get a Rare Candy, a Catcher, Dark Patch and some more energy off of that. I've pretty much got the T2 Darkrai AND Hydreigon in the bag. I Junk Hunt for the Level Ball and Ultra Ball for turn.

    It's pretty much all down hill from there. He evolves his Swablu into Altaria and drops another Gible and Junipers away several Rare Candy and a Max Potion hoping to land into some Energy. It does pay off though as he retreats Swablu into Emolga and Calls for Family.

    I nail the T2 Darkrai, and T2 Hydreigon, Catcher a Gible and spread 30 to the Altaria.

    The next several turns involve exchanging blows and getting a Hydreigon set up while the other was Catcher-KO'd. In the end, I'm out of Max Potions and Catchers. So I load up 5 Energy onto a benched Mewtwo EX and swing twice for Game.

    Tony's a fun guy to play with and a good sport (especially when we were making inappropriate jokes about the font on his hat :p ) He would go on to end 3-1 and take 3rd Place.

    1-0

    Round 2 vs Chad Bauer with Garchomp/Altaria/Rayquaza

    Two Gartaria in a row? Seriously?

    Chad is actually one of the employees at the shop whom I see usually playing YGO and MtG when I do see him participating in tournaments. Knowing this, I imagine he borrowed the deck from our tournament organizer. This match was more of the same, honestly. He started Rayquaza, Swably to my Sableye, Deino.

    I get set up by turn 3, and start hammering away at his smaller 'mon and net a double KO off of his Rayquazas. Even when I only had one prize left and he only had three cards left in his deck, he refused to scoop and played it all the way to the end.

    It was a fun game with a good deal of friendly trash talk.

    2-0

    Round 3 vs Bryne Inman with Zekrom/Mewtwo/Raikou/Eelektrik

    We both open poorly, his Zekrom EX and Tynamo, to my Sableye with a dead hand. While we struggle to set up, I learn that Bryne had actually played the game years ago and was just getting back into the swing of things.

    After manually attaching to Darkrai, I eventually get my Hydreigon up by T4 and start picking away at his benched Eelektrik while dealing with the big daddy, Zekrom EX, who can OHKO my lone Hydreigon. We start exchanging blows with him taking some early prizes off of Sableyes with constant Glinting Claw coin flips and even a Darkrai EX with Strong Bolt.

    Eventually, the constant pressure of continuous Night Spears overcomes both Eelektriks in play as well as a lone Mewtwo EX leaving him with a badly damaged Zekrom EX. At this point he extends his hand to concede.

    It was a really fun game and I hope to play him again in the future.

    3-0

    At this point I've got the jitters as a come into the fourth and final round of Swiss. Some of my playtest partners have already fallen to the only other person with a 3-0 record. And this was apparently his first tournament! Beginner's luck or is he a natural? I feel like I've vastly improved through my last season of play so I take it upon myself to avenge my fallen comrades and claim victory over this Battle Road.

    Round 4 vs Avery Garrad with Rayquaza EX/Raikou EX/Tornadus EX/Eelektrik

    All three games that I've played so far, they've all given me the almost perfect starts, none left me attacking with an Eviolite'd Darkrai later than Turn 3. But this game...

    I open a lone Mewtwo EX with Eviolite, Level Ball, Darkness Energy, Rare Candy, Random Receiver, and N. He wins the coin toss and opens with Emolga and Bouffalant. He Level Balls for an Eelektrik, Ultra Balls for an Eeletrik, attaches to Emolga and then calls for two Tynamo.

    I search for a Sableye and bench it. I attach Eviolite and N—completely forgetting about attaching the Dark to Mewtwo! Ugh! I draw dead but I managed to get a Blend Energy and attach it to Mewtwo.

    He benches a Rayquaza EX and a Bouffalant DRX, Energy Searches for a Fire, attaches to Rayquaza, and plays N. I draw into a hand with my second Mewtwo, a second Sableye, and some energy. He passes. I draw more energy, attach to active Mewtwo, bench both Mewtwo and Sableye and X-Ball his Emolga for 60.

    He immediately Max Potions the damage off, evolves both Tynamo but luckily doesn't have any Lightning in his discard. He attaches a Lightning from his hand to Rayquaza EX and passes. I draw a Catcher, bring up his Bouffalant, attach a second Blend to Mewtwo and Psydrive for 100 and KO. With Bouffalant out of the way, I feel just a bit safer about my attacking options. This was probably my biggest misplay, looking back on it. I should have just went for the Eelektrik.

    On the next turn, he drops a Tornadus EX, attaches a DCE to it, pitches some Lightning to the Discard with a Juniper, Dyanmotors once to Tornadus, Catchers a Sableye and Power Force for KO, flipping heads and keeping his energy. This turn, I'm able to bench a Darkrai and a Deino after a lucky prize and draw. I attach to Darkrai and X-Ball for 100.

    He retreats to Rayquaza, Catchers Darkrai, and throws a 240 damage Dragon Burst seemingly out of nowhere. It's really all down hill from there. I draw dead for five straight turns, finally get a Hydreigon up and try to mount an offensive with Darkrai against those Eelektriks only to eat 300 damage Dragon Burst. I Catcher up some Eelektriks, he Enhanced Hammers the rest of my energy away (all of the Darkness Energy were on the KO'd Darkrais leaving me with a handful of Blends). I N him down to one, draw dead, and offer my hand to concede right as time is called.

    3-1

    Really, I'm disappointed that an entire day of great games would be spoiled by godawful Ns that set me back at least 8 turns. This would be the game where I REALLY would have liked to play Best of 3 but I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles.

    I'll suck it up and be content with second place.

    Final Standings
    1. Avery G with RayEels
    2. Jordan S with Hydreigon/Darkrai
    3. Tony N with Garchomp/Altaria
    4. Mark A with Darkrai/Terrakion/Mewtwo

    Props
    - Taking 2nd Place with an incredibly fun and powerful deck
    - Seeing a bunch of new faces
    - Our TO and main Professor, Anthony, for letting me borrow some cards for a friend's deck
    - Mark A, one of my main testing partners, for making Top 4
    - Pulling a Ho-oh EX in one of my winning packs

    Slops
    - Losing the final round because of a gorillion turns of dead draws without a Supporter in sight
    - The usual Juniors and Seniors for not showing up. Where da kiddies at?!
    - My friend for bailing on me at the last second and not using the cards that I got from our Professor
    - Hawaii only having one Fall Battle Road this entire season
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  2. desufnoc

    desufnoc Ditto used Transform!

    Awesome report. Sucks I didnt beat avery garrard in the round 3 match or I would have got to play you in the finals. My game with him was terrible also. Didnt draw into a supporter our basic energy the whole game. Hopefully these people who show up for tournaments start showing up for league too!
  3. TTSky

    TTSky Jingle, Jingle

    Congrats Gelatin! Shame you lost to inconsistent draws though... At first I thought it would have been because of Bianca, but it was just your average dead draw that you couldn't do anything about... Second's still good though! And you're 12 CP closer to Worlds! :D
  4. On514uGht

    On514uGht Active Member

    Gongrats on 2nd. I got 2nd today as well with an almost identical list. The only differences were that I played +1 Ultra Ball/+1 Dark Patch and -1 Level Ball/-1 Random Receiver.
  5. Gelatin

    Gelatin So soft and jiggly.

    Thanks for checking out the report, guys.

    Question for Adam or whoever might know the best way of going about this: How might I submit this as a potential article for the main site?
  6. Adam

    Adam Noice bruv, innit.

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  7. baby_mario

    baby_mario Doesn't even care

    You live in Hawaii, so you're never going to get any sympathy from me for dead draws. Hawaii is amazing.

    Good report though, and it will be nice to see it on the FP
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  8. Gelatin

    Gelatin So soft and jiggly.

    Righteous. It's 3:53 AM and I'm having trouble sleeping so I guess I'll get cracking at editing this for the front page.
  9. scouserwolf

    scouserwolf add me on ptcgo; scouserwolf.

    Hey jordan its Avery, great blog post man. I had loads of fun at BR not just because I won which still blows my mind going into the tournement I was just hoping I would win at least one match because like u said it was my first one, but also because everyone was so cool to me even though I was new. I plan to start coming to the Sunday league starting this Sunday. I can't believe you can remember so much details about out match the entire thing is a blur for me which is why this is so helpful. I wish the final would have been best of three also. A series is more fair than a single game deciding it all. I feel like I got extremely lucky against you and Shane, but in my first game I came back from a 3 prize deficit when time was called to win and in my 2nd match I donked my opponent in my 3rd turn so it wasn't all luck at least. Hope to see you guys this Sunday thanks for being so cool to a newb.
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  10. scouserwolf

    scouserwolf add me on ptcgo; scouserwolf.

    Oh I almost forgot I wasn't running raikou ex, as I don't own one. If I did he would surely be in my deck though lol
  11. desufnoc

    desufnoc Ditto used Transform!

    I am glad that you will be coming out to leagues :p I call dibs on the first rematch!
  12. Gelatin

    Gelatin So soft and jiggly.

    Hey!

    Woops, sorry for the mix up. With Tornadus in there as well, I only assumed you were packing the other 1-Retreat Eel partner.

    And sorry if I sounded a bit salty about how our match turned out. Luckily it's only Battle Roads that have no Top Cut with best of three matches. Despite a few odd plays I noticed on T1 (searching for Eelektrik before getting the Tynamos in play) you're a very strong player for someone just coming into the game (you went undefeated at BR so that goes without saying :p) and I hope to see you at future events :)
  13. Gelatin

    Gelatin So soft and jiggly.

    Also, I'll be there for the Pokemon Showdown on Sunday.
  14. scouserwolf

    scouserwolf add me on ptcgo; scouserwolf.

    I searched for the eelektriks because I had emolga active and was going to call the tynamo just wasn't thinking about an N lol
  15. Gelatin

    Gelatin So soft and jiggly.

    I tend to hold onto my balls until I know I can drop them on the turn I can Evolve them that way if I do get N'd on the first turn I'll have a better chance of drawing into a ball or two if I don't draw into my Evolutions. But burning them up on the first turn to find your basics helps to thin the deck out, too.

    But that's just how I play it. Dunno if that's actually the proper play or not.
  16. desufnoc

    desufnoc Ditto used Transform!

    I usually ball for basics also.
  17. scouserwolf

    scouserwolf add me on ptcgo; scouserwolf.

    Yeah that makes more sense. How many people usually show up for league?


    And do either of u know when the next tournament is?
  18. Gelatin

    Gelatin So soft and jiggly.

    I tried to go just about every weekend for the past month or two. We usually get about six people but sometimes more if one of them decides to invite their friends that bring their Unlimited Format decks to mess around with old Mr.Mime from Jungle(?) lol.

    Our next BIG tournament will probably be Cities in December unless Anthony decides to start holding smaller tourneys or something.
  19. scouserwolf

    scouserwolf add me on ptcgo; scouserwolf.

    I wish the fact that its really hard for anyone who lives here to travel to battle roads on the mainland was compensated by holding twice the ammount of BRs
  20. Gelatin

    Gelatin So soft and jiggly.

    We just need more stores to actually do tournaments. Even if it was neighbor-islands, I'd go for a day.