The History of The Cleaner

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  1. Austin 316 S

    Austin 316 S New Member

    Hi every one. I was looking threw some old posts on this board and I came across a topic that said "what is The Cleaner?". BJJ763 may remember me from his old Pokemon league at Toys R' us and my love for The Cleaner. I thought that I could show the new players one of funniest decks in Pokemon history. This is for you I-Man.

    Here is the first cleaner deck list from July 8th 1999 when I-man showed it to Chipmunk at the pojo deck garage.

    Mind Warp

    11- Grass Energy
    11- Fire Energy
    2 Double Colorless Energy

    1- Kangaskhan
    2- Eevee
    3- Jigglyfuff
    3- Koffing
    3- Tangela
    2- Growlithe
    2- Arcanine
    2- Charmander
    2- Magmar
    1- Professor Oak
    3- Energy Retrieval
    2- Gust of Wind
    4- Energy Removal
    4 - Bill
    2- Switch

    Well theres where it all started, I-man changed the name from Mind Warp to The Cleaner Because he wrote the word Clean in his first strategy of the deck.

    Here is the jungle upgrade to the deck:

    13- Fire
    12- Grass
    2- Double Colorless Energy

    3- Koffing
    3- Tangela
    3- Jigglyfuff
    3- Growlithe
    2- Arcanine (The Cleaner Pokemon)

    4- Bill
    2- Prof. Oak
    3-Switch
    3- Energy Retreival
    4- Energy Removal

    Here the deck is starting to take form.

    This is the first Fossil upgrade to the deck:

    12 Fire
    10 Grass
    3 Double Colorless

    4 Koffing
    3 Tangela
    3 Magmar
    3 Growlithe
    2 Arcanine
    3 Lickitung

    4 Bill
    4 Energy Removal
    3 Gust of Wind
    2 Switch
    2 Prof. Oak
    2 Energy Retreival

    This was the first time I had ever seen the deck, like most people at the time I thought a deck with no rares could never win, boy was I wrong!

    This is one of the most famous upgrades of all time. This is the upgrade the I-Man won his first Tournament with. This is also the first upgrade to have rares in it.

    The Cleaner - Final Fossil Upgrade

    10 Fire
    9 Grass
    2 Double Colorless

    4 Koffing
    2 Tangela
    4 Fossil Magmar
    3 Growlithe
    2 Arcanine
    3 Lickitung

    4 Energy Removal
    4 Bill
    3 Lass
    3 Scoop Up
    3 Gust Of Wind
    2 Energy Retreival
    2 Professor Oak

    Here is the first Rocket upgrade:

    11 Fire
    8 Grass
    3 Potion Energy

    3 Growlithe
    2 Arcanine
    4 Koffing
    3 Ditto
    4 Fossil Magmar

    4 Energy Removal
    4 Bill
    3 Scoop Up
    3 Professor Oak
    2 Night Garbage Run
    2 Lass
    2 Goop Gas Attack
    2 Gust of Wind

    This upgrade was misguided. I-man had some help on this version and he tried to put tech into the deck. I-man realized this version was not going to work so he quickly came up with this upgrade.

    The Cleaner final Rocket upgrade

    10 Fire
    8 Grass
    2 Double Colorless

    4 F. Magmar
    3 Growlithe
    2 Arcanine
    3 Koffing
    3 R. Oddish
    2 Lickitung

    4 Bill
    4 Energy Removal
    3 Scoop Up
    3 Gust of Wind
    3 Prof. Oak
    3 Lass
    3 Nightly Garbage Run

    As you can see the deck was fixed so well from the first rocket upgrade that there was no need to fix the deck till Gym Heros. I-Man started fixing the deck more during the gym expansions, some changes where minor so I am only going to show you one upgrade from each set.

    The Cleaner Last Gym Heros upgrade

    10 Fire
    8 Grass
    3 Double Colorless

    3 Growlithe
    2 Arcanine
    3 F. Magmar
    3 R. Scyther
    3 BS. Koffing
    3 J. Lickitung

    4 Bill
    3 Prof. Oak
    3 Scoop Up
    3 Lass
    3 Nightly Garbage Run
    3 Gust of Wind
    3 No Removal Gym

    I-Man took out E.R. for No Removal Gyms because he felt he needed to protect Arcanine better from opponent’s Removal and it was a good way to get rid of other gyms. R. Scyther was also added because he could deal damage and R. Oddish could not.

    The Cleaner Last Gym Challenge Upgrade

    10 Fire
    8 Grass
    3 Double Colorless

    3 Growlithe
    2 Arcanine
    3 F. Magmar
    3 R. Scyther
    3 K. Koffing LV 15
    3 J. Lickitung

    4 Bill
    3 Prof. Oak
    3 Scoop Up
    3 Lass
    3 Nightly Garbage Run
    3 Gust of Wind
    3 No Removal Gym

    This is one of the most talk about upgrades because the last original Pokemon was taken out, that Pokemon was Base set Koffing and he was replaced with Koga’s Koffing LV 15.

    This was another shocking upgrade...

    The Cleaner First Neo Upgrade

    9 Fire
    9 Grass
    4 Double Colorless

    3 BS. Growlithe
    2 BS. Arcanine
    3 F. Magmar
    3 BS. Koffing
    3 NG. Shuckle
    3 NG. Milltank

    3 Lass
    3 Prof. Oak
    3 Prof. Elm
    3 Nightly Garbage Run
    3 Gust Of Wind
    3 Scoop Up
    3 No Removal Gym

    I-Man put Base Koffing back but, now Bill was gone! In the place of Bill there was Prof. Elm which was put in because it helped keep Arcanine from being put into the discard pile, it helped prevent decking, and the no trainers for a turn did not matter because The Cleaner is not a trainer reliant deck.

    I will show you the upgrade the I-Man hated the most...

    The Cleaner - Changing of Time

    9 Fire
    9 Grass
    4 Double Colorless Energy

    3 BS. Growlithe
    2 BS. Arcanine
    3 F. Magmar
    3 R. Scyther
    2 BS. Koffing
    2 J. Lickitung

    3 Lass
    3 Prof. Oak
    3 Prof. Elm
    3 Scoop Up
    3 Gust of Wind
    3 Nightly Garbage Run
    2 Computer Search

    I-Man hated this upgrade because he put in Computer Search which he said he would never do. He quickly took them out though.

    I will skip the next few upgrades because there where only a few minor changes and I will go straight to the final Expansion upgrade.

    The Cleaner - Final Official Upgrade

    8 Fire
    8 Grass
    4 Double Colorless

    3 BS. Growlithe
    2 BS. Arcanine
    3 F. Magmar
    3 BS. Koffing
    3 J. Lickitung
    2 ND. Igglybuff

    3 Lass
    3 Prof. Oak
    3 Prof. Elm
    3 Gust of Wind
    3 Nightly Garbage Run
    3 Scoop Up
    3 No Removal Gym
    3 Gold Berry

    The next deck I am going to show you is the last upgrade which was posted on July 9, 2001 on wizpog.

    The Cleaner - The Series Finale

    8 Fire
    8 Grass
    4 Double Colorless

    3 BS. Growlithe
    2 BS. Arcanine
    3 F. Magmar
    3 BS. Koffing
    3 J. Lickitung
    2 ND Igglybuff

    4 Energy removal
    3 Gust of Wind
    3 Narrow Gym
    3 Professor Elm
    3 Professor Oak
    3 Switch
    3 Night Garbage Run
    2 Gold Berry

    I-Man wanted The Cleaner to end the way it started with no rares.

    Here is what the Strategy of the deck has always been:

    The Strategy:
    Use the Pokemon and there Status Effects to KO as Many Pokemon as Possible. Preparing the Stage 1 Cleaner Pokemon. After Powering up the Cleaner Pokemon make it Active to clean either A) The Prizes or B) the Bench.


    Well there you have it, the history of The Cleaner. When a person says Henry -Michael Brown AKA The Impossible Man was a myth tell them no he was real and his dream of making a deck no one else said could win, win, was real. Thank you for your time.

    Austin 316 S
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2003
  2. Austin 316 S

    Austin 316 S New Member

    I meant when he built the deck every one said he would lose with it and he proved them all wrong by winning with the deck.
     
  3. MonkeyMan

    MonkeyMan New Member

    Um he never won with the deck. =\
     
  4. Strike

    Strike Member

    wow, glad to see an old deck brought back for observation and discussion. If you can check out the I-Man's personal article about the cleaner theory and strategy if you can find it (try www.ipgeek21.com and check on articles or links). However, despite arcanine being the I-man's primary cleaner pokemon, he did however use Dark Glduck for the ECSTS due to the restrictions, and ended up over .500 win ratio. Overall however, the deck was one to the really underestimated by most players, which was sad to see, however it is nice like I said before to find out people are still interested in it. Should get back to my new tpye cleaner decks I' working on.
     
  5. Austin 316 S

    Austin 316 S New Member

    Thanks Strike, I'm glad someone else remebers how good The Cleaner is. I was going to put his ECSTS version but, I just wanted to put the original Cleaner Upgrades. That would be nice for another article "Cleaner Varients".
     
  6. JohnnyBlaze

    JohnnyBlaze New Member

    Just think I still have a BS RK9 that I-Man signed for me at the ECSTS. Those were the days. :fire:
     
  7. MonkeyMan

    MonkeyMan New Member

    Because he made a whole theory about a deck and proved it would work. I mean he said that if you use status and then a HUGE cleaner. you should win the game. He hoped that rule would apply for the game in general and at the time it did. Now things have changed.
     
  8. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    Koffing and Tangela were supposed to be the bait to draw all the ERs.
    People would ER them to prevent getting poisoned or confused by them and then after they had used up all the ER/SER, Arcanine would be free to build up.
    That was the theory, anyway.
    While the deck may have had a winning percentage (.500+), it was not a touney winning deck most of the time.
    It did have some good concepts in it, though, that were usable in many decks.

    I played against the 15/3 version from the first ECSTS with a Nidoking/Mewtwo deck and beat it. To be fair, it was not his regular version of the deck.

    Nice guy. I hope he's doing well.
     
  9. MonkeyMan

    MonkeyMan New Member

    .5 percent is 1/2, going 4-4 at a STS is not good. sorry just had to say that ;\
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2003
  10. BJJ763

    BJJ763 Trading Mod Supervisor Staff Member Trader Feedback Mod

    Yeah but he only went 4-4 at the STS cuz he misunderstood how Double Gust worked.
     
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