Taylor takes the senior MS valley regional title again! Hello again folks! Last time I posted, it was around this time last year Deck I played…. NOT GARDYLADE…… Instead I played a nice little deck called King Penguin Here would be the list card for card (It’s Magically Consistent!) Pokemon 1 Empoleon Lv. x 3 Empoleon 2 Prinplup 3 Piplup 2 Nidoking 1 Nidorino 2 Nidoran (male) 2 Claydol 2 Baltoy 4 Absol Trainers 4 Rare candy 4 Roseanne’s research 2 Bebe’s search 1 Celio’s network 3 Masterball 2 Duskball 3 Steven’s Advice 1 Warp point 1 Time space distortion 1 Night maintenance 1 Windstorm Energy 6 water 2 basic dark 2 holon wp 3 double rainbow 2 scramble Ok, Now for my rounds (there were 6 with a top 16 cut): First, I played a young girl who had little experience playing. Also she was playing a magmortar theme deck >.< Easy win. I got an Empoleon out fast and ended it quickly. (1/0) Second, (kid with Infernape/ magmortar). I pulled a god start. I start with an active absol with a piplup and baltoy benched. I rare candy into claydol first turn as well as a few moves to get a full bench. I pull down a Lv. x infernape as well as a celio’s network. I’m fully set up by the 3rd turn. He couldn’t get going after that. (2/0) Third, (Andrew K playing GG). I start with an absol and a Roseanne. I don’t remember the exact details but I got a claydol out turn 2 or 3. I used nidoking and caused his gardys fits. Poison rub would also shut off his powers so he couldn’t use my Bebe’s. When he finally killed the king, I took what little he had left with Empoleon. (3/0) Fourth, (kid playing Darkai, Weavile, Cacturn). I have an baltoy start with a piplup benched. I Roseanne to get an absol and an energy. Masterball gets me my claydol which I evolve turn 2 after I retreat and bring out absol. I eventually get an Empoleon up and just snipe him to death. (4/0) Fifth, (Kevin W with Bannett). I start with and absol and I pull a dark energy. I go second so he already has his bannett. I begin raiding while getting a claydol out. I think I drew 1 rare candy that game so when absol died I could only aqua shower with Prinplup. When that died, I brought a second absol up. My second dark was my last prize so when that absol died I had to waste my night maintenance to get it back. Amazingly this game was really close. It ended up with time being called with him having 1 prize and me with 2 on my turn. So I finally lost. T_T (4/1) Sixth, (Vuth T playing Magmortar Togekiss) I just got a turn 2 Empoleon with a DRE attached and I supreme commanded his Togekisses. When he killed that, I had another 1 behind it. I think he took only 1 prize that game. (5/1) My swiss record was good enough to get me that top 16 I was the 6th seed entering. ~~~~ Top 16~ (a different kid playing magmortar/ infernape) First match, I start with a 2nd turn Empoleon. This lasts longer than I thought it would though. He plays a speed stadium and every turn rolls at least 5 heads on it so his hand is full of everything he needs. Plus Ape refuses to stay poisoned due to its free retreat. After a long annoying match, I finish his last pokemon, a Magmortar with 40 hp left on it with absol raid. Second game, my hand sucks but his was just as bad. He starts with a Chimchar; I start with an Absol and a benched Nidoran. He eventually KO’s my Absol so I bring out Nidoran. My next draw is a Nidorino so I evolve it. Then I look t my hand and realize I have a scramble in it. I attach it and use Nidorio’s second attack, Poison Horn. That does 40 + poison. Poor kid, he had no bench and the Chimchar just died. Top 8~Brandon H (GG with Blastoise tech) First game, I start with a Piplup. He gets a decently fast gardy out, but the only supporter I played the entire game was Bebe’s. He couldn’t draw an energy to save his life and eventually I get a Nidoking going. Then I just poison rubbed his Gardy until it died, he had nothing else besides a Kirlia. I win first game. Second game, again with the Piplup start, he an Absol start, but I Roseanne to get a Absol. We baleful winded each other for about 10 turns, but I drew into a Claydol. I got an Empoleon out and killed all his Ralts. Top 4~ Kevin W (Bannett) First game, I get a fast Empoleon out as well as a Claydol. He plays a crystal beach so I have to attach basic energy. This was actually to my advantage because every time he benched a Shuppett, I could one shot snipe it. He brings up a Sableye and disables ice blade, but I level up. This started a long 20 minute judge disagreement about whether leveling up gets rid of disable, which the decision was, it does. So I snipe his Shuppett and take my last prize. Second game, I can’t draw anything. I drew a Piplup 3 times in a row followed by my two scrambles. I had all 3 Empoleons in my hand, but I could not draw a candy or a prinplup, so to save time, I scoop. (We are 1-1 so Kevin spends 5+ minutes shuffling; I have to get the judges to make him stop. He still shuffles for a little bit longer) Third game, Fast Empoleon and I get more set up on my bench. I pull 3 prizes and have 70 damage on a Bannett. He barely pulls 3 prizes. Time is called on my turn and I snipe the Bannett FTW. PS. Kevin never talks and lets out this aura of seriousness; I tried to get him to look like was having fun but it didn’t work like always. (After this game, I pranced around the room. I was really happy ) Finals~ Zak K (GG) First game, we both start with Absol. I pull a candy and a Celio’s out of his hand; he gets an energy out of mine. I get my Claydol and Empoleon going, he gets a gallade. He calls sonic blade on my Empoleon but I had both a water AND a Holon WP attached to it. This made his attack ineffective. I attached another energy and started to use Aqua Jet. When he killed my Empoleon, I brought up Piplup, rare candied and attached a scramble. I also candied a Nidoran. He couldn’t recover and scooped. Second game, Absol starts again. I got my Claydol out fast and annoyed him by only playing Roseanne. Zak got a fast gardy but it didn’t help much. Eventually, I got a Nidoking going and poison rubbed his Gardy. I also had an Empoleon waiting on the bench. When Gardy died, he brought up an Absol. I retreated and leveled up Empoleon and attached a water (it had a basic dark on it as well). He hit a lot of my energy early game, but I had a DRE still in my deck. I had 2 Claydols out and was able to pull it (there were about 12 cards in my deck at the time. I hydro impacted a benched Ralts and he was left with 2 lone Absols. He said he couldn’t win and I was the regional champ!!!!!!!! WEWT!!!!!!!!!!! A Rogue Deck won seniors as you can see! I also took 1st in the senior division art contest. The judging ended at the end of the third round. I won a nice sized Piplup plushy there. I believe that was my main source of luck. TY everyone, and now, I have a title to defend for the 3rd time in a row next year.