7 Rounds - Top 16 - List is at bottom
We get there friday afternoon and chill for a while; swimming and then getting some decktesting in with Alec when a couple other Okies show up at our hotel. We had a miscommunication apparently and they though they were rooming with us for Regionals (supposed to be nats). So they start hanging out with us and we're all testing for a while. Eventually, players start filling up the hotel, so we all go down to the lobby to play a few rounds with other people. I end up meeting Karl K, Tavish, MOP, Igor, and a few others from the "region".
We wake up Saturday morning and head down to registration, double checking my list 3 times . I meet up with Adrian and his kid (who went on to win Juniors) after they get deckchecked and we all chill until the event starts. Side note, I've never played in this region, so it was really cool playing a bunch of fresh faces.
Round 1: Chris (if I remember correctly) - SP tool box
He starts out telling me how he won a few events, so I play a bit cautiously. I start kinda poorly and can't hit a BTS for a while, and with his benched luxray GL and Lux X in his hand, I can't afford to just drop karps unless I want to sac easy prizes. I drop azelf and time walk to find that two SSU and two rescue are prized, No big deal, right? He pulls out purugly g and chipoffs my last two karps I was saving and my uxie out of my hand into the discard. I'm sitting there with 4 karp in the discard, 1 rescue in my deck, and my draw power discarded....I end up fighting a lot with bats and sableye to take a prize (rescue) and get a g'dos setup, taking 6 prizes in 6 turns right after.
Round 2: ??? - Promogon Z
This guy was cool, but I set up really well despite him hitting 2-3 "Let Loose" on me. He had some trouble setting up, and I hit crucial reversals on him throughout the game. I also OHKO'd each porygon z. I got lucky that the let loose barrage didn't destroy my set up.
Round 3: Pokedad - Eeveelutions
Cool fellow LL, hit a snow cloak T1 on my sableye while I setup. He ko's it T2 but I get up a Gyarados that turn and start sweeping. Leafeon X was kind of annoying in the matchup, but I had the resources to ohko it. After that it was smooth sailing.
Round 4: Adrian - Gengar C
I was ready to play someone really good, and I got to this round. We both got stopped before the round started for random deckchecks, which was crazy, because he got stopped last round for it too, lol. It was a long drawn out game that really came down to flips on each side. I hit a couple crucial scoop ups and he whiffed a couple crucial fainting spells. We took it down to 1-1 on prizes though. Fun match, dude.
Round 5: Cat - Gyarados (teched)
So she plays G'dos with a few other cards I thought were interesting, including jirachi, Cynthia's guidance, drawer +, pokegear, and Ditto. I completely underestimated it. She takes me down to 1-1 prizes as we essentially just trade prizes back and forth for a while. Her ditto was fierce here, too. I win the game because my reversals were legit and i smacked her ditto with g'dos then when she ko'd me (needed a belt) I KO'd it with a sableye. I ended up not being able to ko her fresh G'dos, so I hit a reversal for my last prize.
Round 6: Breton - LuxChomp
This wasn't a game. He mopped the floor with me and I didn't do anything. Great guy, played well. Completely fed off of my bad start and rolled me.
Round 7: Igor - Jumpluff/Luxray
So I'm pretty sure I'm hitting top cut anyway, but I wanted to be safe. Igor seemed like a cool guy, so we agree to just have a fun game. He takes a 2 prize lead on me until I get a G'dos out, which he ohko's thanks to me needing to fill me bench to get the g'dos out. He's up 3 prizes while I've taken none. I rally a comeback, hit some great flips, start ohkoing every pluff, koing a benched hoppip with just flash bites, and come back to where I had 1 prize left to his two. He knows he can't KO me and scoops.
Top Cut: I make it in as 2nd seed
Top 16: Tyler - G'dos
G1: I setup nicely and we trade prizes for a while until he gets to where he can't ohko anything, belts, and still whiffs it. I take two prizes and end up sweeping.
G2: We both have horribad starts and end up reversalling up each other's regice's while just trying to draw anything. I eventually get the nice setup and plow through pokemon while gusting up some crucial pokes.
Top 8: Cat - G'dos (rematch from swiss)
G1: We both set up, and I T2 Wager her nice hand. This slowed her down quite a bit and gave me the edge I needed to make up for me getting a prize penalty for drawing one extra card TWO times. Idk why I did, just not paying attention, and even counting them out I drew one too many. I still trade prizes for a while and it comes down to 1-1 where I hit a reversal to win.
G2: I get T1 G'dos belted hitting for 50, then 110 the next turn and she still takes it down to 1-1 for the 3rd time today where for the 3rd time I win by reversal. I was really impressed with the list for how unorthodox it was.
Top 4: Anders - Jumpluff (CO State Champ)
G1: I take three prizes off of sableye right off the bat (lolpun). He finally gets up a couple pluffs that I start smacking with g'dos with only two karps in discard. The prize lead early on won me the game, along with a couple nice SSU's. I eventually get the g'dos hitting for 90, and ohko his belted pluff for game.
G2: My opening hand contained 2 SP dark, sableye, and a crobat g. His start was a lone ditto. We flip them over, I drop everything , overconfident, and we shake hands.
Top 2: Breton - LuxChomp (rematch from swiss)
Before I go into details on this matchup, he absolutely TOSSED donphan 3 times in this tournament, two of them being in Top 4 both games. He rolled me in swiss, too. I was fully prepared to lose this one and figured maybe I could donk him, thinking it's the only way I'll win it.
G1: Azelf and a karp are prized on my end, but I still make it a close-ish game. It doesn't help that I whiffed approx 6 coinflips this game, not hitting a single heads.
G2: I set up really well and wager'd him T2 to slow his setup. I then proceed to continue whiffing flips (only hit one heads this entire game), but still pull a strong enough prize lead to where he knows I'll take my last prize and concedes to G3.
G3: I can't believe we're even making it to G3. My start is decent, but I end up stuck with Regice active as he T1'd my magikarp. I still manage to set up and we trade prizes back and forth until the last turn. We're both at 1-1 prizes and time is called, but it's irrelevant at this point. I know he doesn't have L energy left, only 1 gain left, and I have a fully healed field, belted crobat G (so he couldn't DCE, double bat, Bright look, Bite it for KO (which WAS possible) ), and fully healed gyarados with belt active. He *had* to take a KO or I would ko any poke on his field next turn for the game. After using his Minum to draw 2 for my KO last turn, using trade off, iirc, and thinking for a while, he bright looks my azelf, drops ambipom g, attached DCE to it, poketurns luxray, drops crobat G, and snap attacks it for the game.
We shake hands and agree that it was an excellent finish to the tournament. I get my box of HGSS, trophy, 1st and 2nd round byes at Nats, and $1000 scholarship. Definitely satisfied with the entire tournament and staff! All of us from OK had a great time and definitely want to come back whenever CO gets Regionals again.
OK having more players in T8 than any other state in region
Best finals game I've ever had.
Will taking 2nd as well in Houston
Sidney taking 3rd
Taylor taking 5th
HT reppin' everywhere
Dante winning Jr's
Meeting the Utah/CO crews and hanging with them for a couple days
Great judging staff ran an EXCELLENT and smooth tournament.
Great pulls from the box
.....aaaand chillin' with Adrian after the tourney.
Hitting 4 or 5 heads out of 3 games in finals
Gyarados: I ran two great ball instead of communications at states.
2 crobat G
1 team galactic's wager
2 expert belt
1 luxury ball
4 sp dark
3 warp energy
*actually 4-3, just a bit of states humor.