Basically here's a relatively short report with the main important details that happened. It's my last in the Senior division so I wanted to make the most of it. To be honest, the Senior division is relatively lacking competition so I didn't need any techs or anything, even stadiums or anything along the lines of that. Having said that I still decided to go with the Absol version, because quite simply put, the only playtesting that I did was with friends from the masters division, meaning that the Absol seemed quite effective. Again, in truth, it wasn't too important which starter I played, or which deck. I had all the cards for pretty much most decks - i.e. Straight Banette, GG of course, Magmortar, Arithmetic, Beedrill etc. In the end I went with Gardevoir - Gallade - Absol - Dusknoir - Claydol Here is my list, but remember that it's NOT suited for competitive play, so don't bother stating the obvious.. Also, I played 3Gallade/2Gardevoir rather than the other way around because quite frankly, ploxing a theme deck jank is relatively pointless and the quite Gallade ownage is much better. Also because a friend in the masters wanted 3 of my 5 Gardevoirs to play and because of that, since there was no point of playing 3 anyway (in my age group) I didn't go with lock, which perhaps arguably makes the Absol/Mars even more of a bad choie (not that it matters, like I said). Fyi, Majestic Dawns was not legal. Pokemon (20) 4 Ralts (SW) I prefer the SW one because imo, 60 hp vs. 50 hp is quite a big difference, especially with factors such as bring down. 2 Kirlia (SW) 2 Gardevoir (SW) 3 Gallade (SW) 1 Gardevoir Lv.X 4 Absol (SW) 1 Duskull (DP) 1 Dusknoir (DP) 1 Baltoy (GE) 1 Claydol (GE) ================== Energy (16) 4 Double Rainbow 2 Scramble (I probably should of played 3 in my age group... they'll be like w00t I KO your absol fool) 1 Cyclone (Like warp point, gets rid of Cessation - n/a for my age group, and of course dusknoir ownage, also n/a) 5 Psychic 2 Fighting 2 Darkness (basic) ================== Trainers (24) 2 Warp Point 4 Rare Candy 1 Night Maintenance 1 Time Space Distortion (should be 2NM rather than 1nm/1tsd imo) 1 Strength Charm 4 Celio's Network (still prefer over Bebe even though I play Claydol) 3 TG Mars (Absol) 3 TG Wager 3 Roseanne's Research 2 Lake Boundary (useless in my age group) It was four swiss rounds, 45 minutes best out of three, cut top 2 which is UNTIMED best out of three. Round 1 - Random with theme deck I had Absol start, and ownd his hand so badly, with TG Mars for the first two turns. He had 0/1 cards for the first five turns at least, and that's quite useless especially when his Pokemon out are Chimchar, Hippopotus (or whatever it's called) and Combee.. Funnily enough, in the two games (obviously went 2-0), I had 11/12 kos with bring down... 1-0 Round 2 - Vanessa with speed Blissey One of the better decks. I nearly got owned in one of the matches as I had two lone basics which one of got kod with Blissey/boost. (She only played 4/4 Blissey). I sent out my ralts (with one psychic energy) with my hand being DRE and Candy - nothing else. I topdeck Celio and ownage with Gallade. Second game was similar with being ownd my Blissey, but I had better set up this game with a benched Gardevoir, so getting out the Gallade to own wasn't reliant on top decking. I think, imo she misplayed her cessation crystal, although it wouldn't of made the win/loss difference since I had a Gardy lv. x in my hand and warp point (warp point to Gardy use evolve to Lv. x and use both powers). I went 2-0 2-0 Round 3 - Simon J with Infernape/Delcatty w/ 1-0-1 Typhlosion tech The only way this deck could beat me is basically a turn 1 Infernape - with candy, DRE. In game 1, my Absol discarded a candy and infernape! After that GG, literally my entire bench was set up. Active Absol with darkness, 2 Gardevoir, 2 Gallade all with a DRE and other energy, and Claydol with fighting and something else. Obviously won that game. Second game he killed two Pokemon turn 1 with candy/infernape/dre and dre again. Then I got out my Gallade with scramble, and after that he can't do anything. DRE once prizes were even (4-4). 2-0 3-0 Round 4 - Julia with Lucario and Exeugtor Game 1 she actually won, because she flipped heads with Riolu, then evolves into Lucario and kills my only two basics, since I had a terrible hand (i.e. no celio/draw/roseanne). I used one wager and won but drew into nothing. The next two games I owndd completely - and she there's basically no way she can win once I get even one Gallade out. 2-1 =/ 4-0 Finals vs. Simon J (same as rond 3) Completely owned him 2-0. We both got set up in both games, but my deck being set up is obviously far superior to his, with him not even being able to KO one Gallade. In game two funnily enough, my Claydol ownd 2 of his Delcatty, and str. charm ownd his delcatty ex with Claydol again. So yeah, second year running I win seniors, and as it's my last year I'll hope to make the most of it at worlds. The other winners posted on another thread. http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread.php?t=73193 Thanks to James and GamePlayer for running the event so professionally. Thanks to Croftminster for the event/prizes and of course Pokemon USA. I must also say it is pretty damn lame that two of the 1st place trophies arrived in the mail broken and the third one was knocked down by someone from a MTG tournament (and broken). I have to wait to get another.... lame. Congrats to all participants and especially top placers.