Nationals 2008 report Alex Bra[DEL]m[/DEL]ham's report I went for my original and self built Redshift deck. The exact list I played: Pokémon: 19 4 Moltres 3 Rotom 1 Solrock 2 Lunatone 2 Unown Q 1 Latios δ 1 Latias 2 Holons Castform 1 Mew δ star 1 Jirachi ex 1 Shuckle Trainers: 23 4 Holon Mentor 4 Roseannes Research 3 TV Reporter 2 Stevens Advice 1 Castaway 2 Cessation Crystal 3 PlusPower 3 Super Scoop Up 1 Time-Space Distortion Energy: 18 10 Fire Energy 4 Call Energy 2 Lightning 1 Water Energy 1 Psychic Energy You can find the article here. 5 single game swiss rounds. Round 1 versus Scott (kaworu): Plox Scott is an excellent player and used a great build of Plox. My starting hand was weak but manageable. I misplayed my resources and didn't hit supporters after a Moltres rush. Jirachi ex was effective in slowing down setup but I couldn't sustain the game after that. Loss = 0-1 Round 2 versus Stuart: Empoleon DP It was easy to rush the build with Moltres and Rotom made it faster. Redshift worked, I got the KOs needed and sustained resources. Win = 1-1 Round 3 versus: Magkiss Redshift was faster and more efficent than Magkiss and I had sufficent resources to set everything up and sustain KOs. He got Togekiss and Claydols out very fast but couldn't take KOs early on. I think he was waiting for an opportunity to strike, perhaps with the LvX but it didn't pay off because I drew a few prize cards before he took any and won at time. Redshift has a particular advantage against anything with lots of energies on one thing or where a lot of resources have been spent on one thing. It was a simple matchup, but an impressive deck build he had. Win = 2-1 Round 4 versus: Darkrai Wing Duck I lost this partially to bad topdecks and partially to misplays. I hit none of the three pluspowers to be able to KO Honchcrow with Moltres, despite using Steven's, TV Reporter and mentor to make my deck more saturated. Probably went through about a third to half of deck. Looking back, it would have been wiser to make use of Rotom's energy reflect versus Honchcrow to KO it in 2 attacks, rather than relying on Moltres. Resorting to Mew* mimicing Sneasel's flip 2, 10x the heads attack after reducing Honchcrow to 10, I hit two tails urgh and conceded. Great deck, but not as good as Jem's Honchcrow build. Loss = 2-2 Round 5 versus Dan: Sceptile Jirachi ex locked the setup and the Latis locked the Sceptile. Moltres could KO everything in one attack, and it did. Dan was remarkable considering it was his first tournament. Win = 3-2 I missed the Top 16 cut at 19th place. Props Organised well, nice location BUT no lunch break. I don't think I'm alone in desiring that. Everyone awesome! From all who helped my deck on MSN to all the Masters who showed most excellent spirit of the game. Props to you all! I showed Redshift was a good deck. It performed better than a lot of the archetypes, and I'm happy with a 3-2 score for my first year in Masters. I went with an original rogue deck I made and did better than anyone else who took that path. My friends Jem, Tom and Luke did fantastic, 4th, 3rd and 2nd respectively. Such great play from them and great friends. :thumb: Mesprit LvX used [DEL]God[/DEL] Dave Schwimmer blast. Slops Honestly, we all want to win and it wasn't my year! First time not making Nationals top-cut the day seemed to have a most premature end. But "Someone has to lose, why shouldn't it be me?" and it's really made me aware of all the players sho play for fun and end up having a more satisfying time. No judges knew very much about using japanese cards. At least three times in the day, I was told "can't use that without a reference card" only to be corrected by adjacent players not involved. Which is such a trivial thing, but so annoying all day. It's stickied here on the gym and in the basic rules. My friends Justin and Andy both failed to make top cut. I didn't expect all three of us to miss out. Was sleepy a lot of the day and it affected my play. Had stessful exams all from Mon-Fri that week. Michael (Jangafress) and Ryan (Ultima) I know on MSN were both there and yet I never met them. The Redshift sceptists. Until next year....!