My Epic Worlds Report Now With Gym Images!(First Year, Grinder, Main Event, T16)

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  1. malikhisyam

    malikhisyam New Member

    So yeah, I've already decided what to play for Worlds, PLOX. I've been playing it for a long time now and getting used to it. Jared helped me get Drew's PLOX list and I eventually used it but with a few changes.

    I went to Orlando and arrived on Wednesday the 20th, stayed at the hotel to play and met Jason and Jared. Though at about 5pm I was too tired and slept in the room. Something weird happened too. I woke up at around 7, at the doorstep of my room, standing barefoot. I guess I sleepwalk when I'mtoo tired. That night finally I met Aaron, Andrew and Sam downstairs in the gaming room. =]

    The night before Grinders Aaron's dad, Uncle Choong treated us all to a Japanese dinner. I finished my bowl of Fried Rice with chopsticks! =] And it took me only 45 minutes! XD
    Meanwhile Aaron and Lip Yee had a competition on who can eat wasabe and last longer.
    Permission to post pic granted. =D
    FriedBlaziken after eating wasabe

    I tested a lot mostly at night with PLOXes, Torterribles and a few Empos. They all turned out to be good as I faced most of them.

    The list :

    Pokemon 21
    3 Ralts SW
    1 Ralts DF
    2 Kirlia SW
    3 Gardevoir SW
    2 Gallade SW
    1 Gardevoir Lv.X SW
    2 Baltoy GE
    2 Claydol GE
    1 Duskull DP
    1 Dusknoir DP
    1 Jirachi ex CG
    1 Chatot MD
    1 Holon's Castform HP

    Trainers 23
    4 Rare Candy
    3 Roseanne's Research
    3 Team Galactic's Wager
    3 Celio's Network
    2 Bebe's Search
    2 Cessation Crystal
    2 Warp Point
    2 Windstorm
    1 Lake Boundary
    1 Night Maintenance

    Energy 16
    4 Double Rainbow
    3 Scramble
    4 Call
    4 Psychic
    1 Fighting

    Props to Jared for finding me the list and Aaron for fixing it up.

    So, yeah. On to Grinders!!

    8 Rounds of Swiss

    Round 1 Vs PLOX
    I get good start and corner him by just a Gallade after he swept a few Pokemon. I have Gardy active and I misplayed FTL. I should've Telepassed for the Lv.X so he can't kill me. Oh well, GG.

    Loss (0-1)

    Round 2 Vs Beedrill Swarm/Crystal Beach
    I start with Baltoy, no Call, no Supporter. He puts down T2 Crystal Beach and swarms Beedrill. GG

    Loss (0-2)

    By this stage I thought I was gonna cry. I went all the way here not to lose. Obviously I didn't come to fail. No matter, there's still a chance.
    He have lunch and Sean's dad treats me to a cheese pizza. Thanks Uncle Adrian =]

    Round 3 Vs GG
    T3 PLOX and I didn't break the lock. GG

    Win (1-2)

    Round 4 Vs Honchkrow/Darkrai
    I sweep Darkrai with Gallade and he has active lone Honchkrow Lv.X. Flip all prizes FTW

    Win (2-2)

    Round 5 Vs PLOX
    He gets early Gallade and start sweeping. I manage to get a Gallade/Cess and whack the Gallade away while setting up a backup Gardy. We constantly KO each other's stuff and eventually prizes got down to 1-2 his favour. I find my self cornered. Fortunately earlier he put down a Phoebe's Stadium which helped me a LOT. If he he had Cesslocked me earlier I would Warp Point to any Psychic Pokemon, setup with powers and retreat right back. So back to the current situation, prizes 1-2. Time was called and I quickly Candy Dusknoir, Scramble, Hard Feelings to make it 1-1. He strikes the Dusky back and one more turn he could kill it. He informs the judge about our ongoing game and one comes over to watch. I had a no energy Gardy in bench and he has damaged Holon Castform in bench after starting with it. I telepass Wager, Cosmic Power and draw Lv.X and DRE. =] I retreat, Lv up, attach DRE and Bring Down FTW. The judge watching was stunned at that move I just did. He was impressed. =]

    Win (3-2)

    Round 6 Vs Some girl with GG/Ball Engine
    T3 Lock and I swept.

    Win (4-2)

    Round 7 Vs IDK
    I completely forgot who or what I played against here.

    Win (5-2)

    Round 8 Vs Daniel C with Torterrible
    This was the peak of my LCQ hunt. The most epic match ever in the Grinder for me. Everyone crowded behind me to watch the match.
    I get T3 lock and keep locking hard. I misplayed thinking I could evolve a Claydol T1. He doesn't let me take it back so I just kept it. After I manage to set up a Gallade I Teleportation Gardy X back and Cess, DRE to Gallade and start sweeping. He manages to come back though with a self charged Torterra. He puts down a Treecko on the bench. I quickly warp point to Gardy X and bring it down. After that I kept locking some more. He sneaks a Cosmic Power in but Jared sees it and informs a judge. Gameplay reversed and it's back to his turn with active Grotle. Time is called and prizes are 2-2. Before the judge leaves I ask him if it gets into Sudden Death. He says the next KO takes it. To I go on to kill the Grotle FTW. Suddenly the judge goes "Nope, continue playing. I gave you a time extension." I was scared here he didn't say that earlier. But oh well, if he couldn't kill me in his turn I win. GG
    I hear everyone behind me applauding. I was overjoyed.

    Win (6-2)

    So, yeah. I came from behind to go 6-2. Unfortunately Daniel lost his last game and go 5-3. Never mind you did your best, man. GJ. Standings go up and I'm 22nd in a Top21 Grinder. I was stunned, sad, a bit angry too. Jared and Aaron told me to go talk to Dave. On the way there the MC announces that everyone with 6-2 records are in. Oh the joy comes back. I go around hugging everyone that had my back. Haha.

    I register, get my Worlds welcome bag and head for dinner. Uncle Choong treats me to dinner at the Italian restaurant in the hotel. Yipee. =]
    Sam didn't get enough sleep the night before, he got locked out of his room. He almost fell asleep in his meatballs. HAHA.

    Main Event time. I wake up early and grab some Hot Chocolate and a Blueberry muffin for breakfast. Then I head out to the Ballroom.

    7 Rounds of Swiss

    Round 1 Vs Mason C. [US] with Eeveelutions
    T3 lock and Gallade/Cess sweep. GG

    Win (1-0)

    So I found out they put my name as [US] as I got my invite from the LCQ. Oh well, I'll play for the US then! Kidding, kidding. The Malaysians shall kill me for it.

    Round 2 Vs Mees B. [NL] with PLOX
    Everything was cheerful and friendly before the match, but when it started. he got serious.
    He gets ahead on prizes after an early PLOX. I found it hard to get a Gardy out so I Roseanne's for a Jirachi ex Psychic to lock him back. He breaks the lock just to whack the Jirachi away. Just as expected. That move costed him the game. I manage to setup and sweep him back with Gardys and Gallades/Cess. GG

    Win (2-0)

    Round 3 Vs Michael B. [US] with PLOX

    He gets good setup but he searches for a Gallade instead of Gardy thinking he could sweep me. I go down 6-3 in prizes after losing my starting Pokemon and a Jirachi ex. I just came back with Scrambles to Gallade/Cess and then kept locking with Gardy. GG

    Win (3-0)

    Round 4 Vs Daniel C. [US] with PLOX
    No, this isn't the guy from Grinders.
    Again my opponent has the upper hand on the start. I eventually manage to Shield Beam him with Jirachi ex and then got back with Gardys and Gallades. Prizes got down to 1-1 and I had charged up a Dusknoir. He keeps bringing out his highest HP pokemon so I can't get a quick win. I was too focused on trying to kill him with Dusky that I completely forgot about Bring Down. I retreat, Level up, attach DRE and Bring Down FTW. GG

    Win (4-0)

    Round 5 Vs Katsuya S. [JP] with EmpoZong
    The game was quite silent because I had to point out every move and he couldn't speak English.
    I got a T2 PLOX and swept him early. He manage to come back with Bronzong and Scrambles and then setup a few Empoleons. Prizes 2-2 but eventually he swept everything just back.

    Loss (4-1)

    Round 6 Vs Dylan B. [US] with Scizor/Electrode/Cess/Beach
    Ahh pain.
    He swarmed Scizors and puts down Cess and Beach early so I couldn't set up. I managed to kill 3 Scizors with Gallade though he TSD'd and Night M them just back to haunt me.

    Loss (4-2)

    Round 7 Vs Bjorn R. [DE] with Gardyllade/Lefeon
    T3 Gardy and constant locks = GG.

    Win (5-2)

    It's confirmed now, I'm gonna topcut. Sean, Andrew and Sam will too. Good job everyone from Asia!
    We all got some rest in that night and got ready for the topcut.

    T32 Vs Jeanette K. [NL]
    I still don't know what happened to my opponent here. At first there was no deck. Then her mother came over, showed negative body language and she went off crying. I called a judge to find out what was going on. One of them came up to me and said, "Be patient, ok? The game is over, you've won. Something terribly bad has happened to your opponent."
    And then he told me to leave the T32 area.

    Win (6-2)

    T16 Vs Aziz A. [US] with EmpoZong

    Game 1
    We both get decent start with me getting a quick PLOX. He gets a quick Empoleon and starts spreading frenzy. As soon as he got the Empo out I Levelled up, TEleportation to Gallade, Cess the Gallade and whack the Empo. He manages to Scramble a Bronzong and strike back. Eventually prizes went down to 2-2. I cosmic, and use a supporter. And then I announce Telepass a Celio's. Aziz stops me and tells me I already did.
    Aziz : No, you telepassed.
    Me : Uhh, no I haven't. *Laughs a bit*
    Aziz : No, I could've sworn you telepassed.
    Me : So what did I telepass for then?
    Aziz : I don't know, it was a Rosy's or a Rowan. I forgot.
    Judge : You telepassed, keep on playing.
    I had Duskull, Candy, DRE in my hand. I could've charged the Dusknoir one turn earlier and prevented 30 more damage to 2 of my basics so I could've killed the Empoleon and not lose my 2 basics on bench. One turn later and I've lost. Ugh...

    Also, the judge kept telling me to speed up my gameplay when I was taking legal turns to use Cosmic Power, use a supporter and Telepass. I'm not saying Aziz stalled but we both played quite slowly but I kept getting the warnings. Oh the pressure.


    Game 2
    I open crap and drew useless crap for like 5 turns. I did get an early Claydol but he got a T3 Empoleon+Cess. GG

    Loss (6-3)

    I flipped over the prizes and was disgusted by the sight. Celio's, Roseanne's, 2 Kirlia, 2 Candy. Even the judge went :
    Judge : Oh that is disgusting. Usually people say they lose on prizes for one card. But in your case, you can say you really lost on prizes! Thanks for being a good sport though. Good job!
    Me : It was good experience for my first year.
    Aziz : Yeah and you grinded in too, right?
    Judge : Your first year AND you grinded? And now you're in the top16?! That is awesome. *Shakes my hand*

    He was so stunned that he even called the other judges and scorekeepers and told about me. One of the staff that took me to the prize giving table even told the staff there. =D

    So it ends here and I earn a lot of respect. Top16 through the grinder in my first year is huge. I end up World #11 so I'm satisfied. Andrew T16, Sam T32 and Sean T8. It was sad though, what happened to Sean. The ruling was just harsh for the Junior players.

    Picture Section
    The Grinder Standings
    Washout T32'd Worlds
    My buddies Dialga and Palkia
    My best friend Lucario

    Gym Images
    My match against Aziz 1
    My match against Aziz 2
    Me opponent-less in T32

    Props :
    Aaron, for helping me with my list and PLOX matchups
    Andrew, for Torterrible matchups and tips
    Andrew again, for helping me chillax between rounds
    Jared, for going 0-3 and then continuing to 4-3
    Dom, for playtesting
    Lip Yee, for yelling and playtesting
    Jon (WPM), nice meeting ya
    Sean, for making T8
    Sam, for making T32
    Marcus, for going 4-3 with Zapdos/Raikou
    Adwin, for tips
    Danny and SkittyOnWailord, for fixing my first ever deck <3
    My family, for cheering me on from Malaysia
    The Choongs, for those dinners and support
    The Gohs, for those tips and pizza
    LA Booster box
    Custom orange DS
    The Aussie and Malaysian crew for cheering me on
    Dom's family, for letting me crash in their room and travel with them
    Met great people like Paul, Orion and Curran
    PUI, for an awesome event
    Finally, the PLOX

    Slops :
    School next week
    Nobody in school is aware of my disappearance =l
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2008
  2. Jason

    Jason New Member

    ilu malik, cya at worlds 2009 mate (or whenever i crash in malaysia somedays :p)
  3. BloodDraek

    BloodDraek New Member

    nice job on top 16 dude that is amazing for your first year

    props to you
  4. malikhisyam

    malikhisyam New Member

    Thanks jase. See ya in San Diego. I'm coming back with full force.

    Thanks a bunch. I bet I'll be getting a lot of that.
  5. flyboy_87

    flyboy_87 New Member

    Props to you for T16ing at Worlds.

    BTW, on the side note... did you do what I asked you to? =_=
  6. Jason

    Jason New Member

    you forgot to add rishwyn to your slops (cause of the PM he sent me which i showed you (lol))... :p
  7. malikhisyam

    malikhisyam New Member

    Thanks. And, what did you ask me to do? >.<

    I only recall Kin Hong asking me to do something.
  8. FriedBlaziken

    FriedBlaziken New Member

    i wish i had your luck etc.
    well played and gj on ur accomplishment.
    go asia pacific.
  9. Blazing_Monkey

    Blazing_Monkey New Member

    What happened to your t32 opponent? o_O
  10. flyboy_87

    flyboy_87 New Member

    That's me. =____=;;; Lol, I thought you knew what my nickname is. :lol:

    Did you manage to do it?
  11. malikhisyam

    malikhisyam New Member

    Thanks again. Asia! Asia!

    I didn't manage to get your signatures as I was topcutting. I did get Dom to do it for me but he said the line was too long and he got cut off by the staff. I'm really, really sorry.

    I thought you were Hanif. Lolol

    Well, about the girl who got DQ'd, I heard from a trustworthy source that her deck sleeves had patterns on them, marked sleeves. Though her mom said they were factory mistakes.
  12. Leonners

    Leonners New Member

    Well done, for the 1st year!!!
  13. flyboy_87

    flyboy_87 New Member

    *slams head to the wall*

    It's okay, then just keep the cases for me then. Thanks.

    Anyway, grats for top-cutting on your first year! It's an achievement to be proud of. I think you are now known as "Pokemon TCG Prodigy".

    Hope to see you in Worlds '09, if I don't come back to Malaysia, get some money to go to US Nats or San Diego and manage to grind my way through the Grinders.
  14. pikachu*

    pikachu* New Member

    GJ Malik, you beat me :O. Thats not heard of :p. Props to you and your 11th in the world place :p.
  15. ice_brakerz

    ice_brakerz New Member

    Go go go Malik!!!!! remember to share the luck next year k...... see you soon (lol)
  16. Dragon100

    Dragon100 New Member

    wait jase. what message i sent to u.btw GJ on t16.If i would have practised harder i would have got in.those guys have said i cheat n no skill.hahahaha.Im just worried bout my studies.if not ill be nobody.I got skills.. I cheated last time cos that time i played unfair n Jun Jek told me if i do it once more IM OUT!!.Then I listened to him.n just played fair from there on.but once i did cheated drawing 4 cards coz to prevent myself from being ashamed loosing to a nine year old.I have skills la..
    .i dont focus on my games thats why im FTL!! Hope u do it again next year Malik Good Attempt of your 1st year!!
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2008
  17. swift1984

    swift1984 New Member

    I think a certain "someone" will idolize you, Malik. If you noe who I'm talking about ;) Good job! Great run!
  18. malikhisyam

    malikhisyam New Member

    Thanks. ;)

    I'm really sorry. Hope to see you next year at Nats or Worlds. :p

    Lol thanks. I beat you by what? A free win? At least you can say you lost to the World Champ. And I saw that you played against him until time was up. That's still good, man, GJ.

    No, it's all mineeeeee!!

    Lol jk. Next year we'll make sure AsiaPac sweeps!

    Cool. I scored a 100% for my Science right before I left and I didn't study at all. :O


    Thanks people, thanks a lot. :D
  19. Hax$

    Hax$ New Member

    MALIK!!! my asian buddy (this is Aziz lol)

    i had to laugh at 'something terribly bad has happened to your opponent' <- lol @ pokemon sounding like a horror movie

    good game we had there bro.. well not really =( i kinda god started you twice.. sorry man, next format will be better. also my suggestion to POP is to have 'pokepower counters' to put on pokemon once theyve used a power. seriously lol, if next format has a deck like GG using 3-4 powers a turn there has to be a way of keeping track. see you next year malik =)

    EDIT: i could've sworn you telepassed >_>
  20. XYZ_Sniper

    XYZ_Sniper New Member

    Yay I'm the Beedrill Player :)

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