Hello everyone, Matt Dunford here reporting on the San Diego R/S Challenge. I arrived at the Holiday Inn at around 9:30 and met up with my group of friends. I helped out my freinds by providing them with leftovers and other such items to further thier chances of winning. Around 11:00 Trekiev and his group of friends from L.A. showed up, now we had some competion. After registering our teams with the judges we purchased our 6 packs and started making our decks. This the deck I managed to build. Rep's RS Challenge Draft Deck (Draft) Pokemon 12 1 Mewtwo EX (R/S) 1 Poochyena G-32 (R/S) 1 Poochyena H-12 (R/S) 1 Mightyena G-33 (R/S) 1 Skitty G-28 (R/S) 2 Skitty G-29 (R/S) 1 Delcatty G-30 (R/S) 1 Aron G-34 (R/S) 1 Aron G-35 (R/S) 1 Lairon G-36 (R/S) 1 Aggron (R/S) Trainers 8 2 Switch (R/S) 1 Energy Removal 2 (R/S) 1 Professor Birch (R/S) 1 Lady Outing (R/S) 1 Oran Berry (R/S) 1 Lum Berry (R/S) 1 Poke Ball (R/S) Energy 20 1 Metal Energy (R/S) 1 Darkness Energy (R/S) 18 Psychic Energy (R/S) Round 1 Rep vs. Nick Eskey Nick is one of my main battling partners, Nick didn't really want to come to this event but I eventually convinced him. I started off with a Skitty and a Poochyena. Nick lead with a Treeckop and a benched EX Scyther. Nick won the flip and attached a grass energy to his Scyther and passed. I put a psychic energy on my Skitty and do 10 damage to his Treecko. Nick attaches another psychic energy to his Scyther and passed. I attach a psychic energy to my Skitty and use Lunge doing 30 damage to his Treecko. Nick uses switch and brings up Scyther and attaches another energy and KOs my Skitty. I bring up my Poochyena and attach a psychic energy to it and pass. Nick KOs my Poochyena and I lose. 0-1 After that match it was time to put our cards away and show our skills in the GBA game. Here is my team. Latios Item: Leftovers Psychic Ice Beam Thunderbolt Recover Swampert Item: Chesto Berry Surf Rest Ice Beam Earthquake Shedinja Item: Lum Berry Toxic Sliver Wind Shadow Ball Confuse Ray I had only tested my team in the battle tower and I went 118-0 but I was eager to see how live players could deal with it. Round 2 Rep vs. Maverick Hunter Zero I Lead with Latios and he lead with Dusclops. I used psychic and took off about half of his health. He used confuse ray and recovered some health with leftovers. I used psychic again and got through confusion. He used double team and recovered some health with leftovers. I used psychic again and got through confusion and his double team KOing his Dusclops. He then brought out Camerupt. I used Psychic again and got though confusion and scored a critical hit and KOed his Camerupt. Next he sent out Latias. I used Ice Beam on it and brought it down to about half of its HP. He used surf and took 23 HP off my Latios, Leftovers kicked in and I recovered 10 HP. I used Ice Beam again and left his Latias with 3 HP. He used recover and got back half of his health. For several turns it was just Ice Beam and recover over and over again until I eventually scored a critical hit and KOed his Latios. All in all a nice game. 1-1 Round 3 Rep vs. Kevin Cheng I had been helping Kevin design his team for the past week so I knew what to expect. I Lead with Latios he lead with Dusclops. I used pychic on and brought his dusclops down to about half its HP. He used destiny bond and recovered some HP. I used psychic on his Dusclops again and brought his health down to the red zone. He used toxic on me and recovered some HP with leftovers. I used psychic again and KOed his Dusclops. Then he brought out his Gardevoir. I used thunderbolt on it. He used calm mind. At this point I knew that my Latios was no longer going to be of use against a pokemon that can bring up its Special Defense so I switched out to Swampert. He used calm mind again. Then he used psychic and brought my swampert down to 65 HP. I used Earthquake on it and KOed his Gardevoir. Then he brought out his Machamp. I switched to Latios. He used Cross Chop. it did about 30 damage. I used Psychic and it was all over. 2-1 At this point they gave us a lunch break so me and all of my friends went to Jack in the Box and talked about our matches. About 30 minutes later we all went back and resumed play. Round 4 Rep vs. Abraham Jimenez Now I had to play against another one of my friends. Abraham was so happy to hear that this round was going to be TCG, he knew that if he played me on GBA he would lose horribly. I won the coin flip. I lead with an EX Mewtwo, Abraham had a lone Carvanha. I attach a psychic energy to Mewtwo and pass. He puts a water energy on Carvanha and does 10 damage to me. I attach a psychic energy to Mewtwo and pass. He evolves his Carvanha into Sharpedo, attached a grass energy to it and passed. I attach a psychic energy to Mewtwo and do 60 to his Sharpedo and I take 20 from rough skin. Abraham puts a water energy on his sharpedo and does 40 damage to me. I do another 60 damage to him and win. 3-1 Round 5 Rep vs. Glen I lead with Latios he leads with Hariyama. I use psychic on Hariyama and KO it. Glen brought out Mawile. I used thunderbolt on it and KOed it. Then he brought out Swampert. I used psychic on it and brought it down to about half its health. He used muddy water on me and it missed. I used psychic on it KOing him. 4-1 Round 6 Rep vs. Luis I lead with Latios he leads with Swellow. I use thunderbolt on it and KO his Swellow. He brings out Flygon. I use Ice Beam and KO it. Next he brings out Wailord. I use thunderbolt on it leaving him with just a little below half of his HP. He uses water spout on me for about 20 damage. I use thunderbolt again and KO him. 5-1 The rounds are now over, Nick went undefeated so he is the winner. But there was a problem, there was a tie for 2nd place. Chrisbo decided to flip a coin to see who would get second, but of course he was just joking around and he decided that battle would be a better way to get results. Tie Breaker Rep vs. Gary This was the moment everyone was waiting for SD vs. LA. Rep was representing San Diego and Gary East L.A. Chrisbo hooked us up to the Game Boy Player so everyone could watch our battle. And in front of a group of screaming spectators the battle began. I lead with Latios and he lead with Flygon. He used crunch on me and scored a critical hit bringing my health down to 61. I used Ice Beam on him and KOed his Flygon and recovered 10 HP with Leftovers. Next he brought out Heracross. I used psychic on it and brought it down to a quarter of it's HP. He used Take Down which brought both of our health totals way down. Leftovers brought up my health by 10 HP. I used recover. He used Take Down Again and KOed himself. Next he brought out Walrein. I used Thunderbolt on it and brought his health down halfway. He used Ice Beam on me and KOed my Latios. (He was the only guy who did) At this point I decided to be mean, so I brought out my Shedinja. The whole crowd went crazy because they knew that Gary had no chance now. I used confuse ray on him. His Walrien hit itself in confusion. I used Toxic on it. He hit himself in confusion again and took poision damage. At this point I decided that I had been mean enough so I used shadow ball and KOed it. 2nd place. So in the end I walk away with a Medal, a box of cards, and Saphire version. (Yeah I can get more TMs now.) I would like to congradulate Nick for winning, but Nick knows that if it was a GBA battle he would have lost. And I would like to thank Crisbo for being such a great judge.