Brendan2236's 1st Place Canadian Nats Report

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  1. brendan2236

    brendan2236 New Member

    So, about three weeks before Nats I haven't been able to play much, only testing a few games with Garchomp, Leafeon variants, and Empoleon. But, after talking to GrandmaJoner, I realized that I better start testing hard if I want to have any shot at winning. Basically I test the format and realized that Plox is the play, and after Gino wins US Nats with it, I'm totally set on Plox. My brother and I spend the week before testing some more, and for the first time in a while, I actually feel ready for a tournament. So, Saturday morning, we arrive at the hotel, I have to borrow a bunch of cards off people, and once that’s done, my brother and I get in line, register, and then get ready to start swiss.

    63 masters, six rounds of swiss, t16.

    I'm running standard Plox with 3 Kirlia, 2 Cessation Crystal, Cressalia and Dusknoir.

    Oh, I apologize if I can't remember all my opponents’ names, my memory is a bit foggy atm.

    Round 1 (Empoleon w./Crystal Beach/Pidgeot d.
    I'm worried about this match up, as beach could be a pain, and Pidgeot was rather annoying as well. I get Gallade out, and Sonic Blade a couple guys, I wager her, and after that she isn't able to get much setup, even though Pidgeot d's power continues to slow me down. Eventually, I'm able to Ko Pidgeot with Gallade ftw. Win. Good Game.

    Round 2 (Empoleon)
    This was a fun game, and my opponent was really nice, we both get setup, but I get out Gardy/Claydol, then wager, and that messed up his setup. I Psychic Lock a couple times, followed by Gallade with CC, as well as using Full Moon Dance to move counters around. Win. Good Game, really fun.

    Round 3 (Malcolm S-B w/Plox)
    Sooo, I start Duskull, and have Wager in hand, but I decide against playing it, (bad play) and setup Gardy and p-lock him, but he has Lake Boundary/ PP in hand, which wrecks me, and I lose. Good Game.

    After round three we had a lunch break, and I have pizza from the hotel restaurant, which was fine, and I talk to Gordon/Sebastian about what records will make cut, and Gordon tells me that backwards (Mike M.) calculated that almost half the 4-2's will miss cut. Anyways, on to round 4.

    I check the pairings andddd.......

    Round 4 (Gordon Coates w./Plox)
    Ugh, so I'm playing Gordon, which was the one person out of all 2-1's that I least wanted to play, considering that the loser could very well miss cut. We both get setup, but he gets the early p-lock, and I'm left trying to draw into an energy while he grabs prize after prize. Eventually I draw scramble, but by that point it's too late, and he Ko's me ftw. Loss. Good game.

    So now I go from 2-0 to 2-2, and I'm pretty worried about missing cut, considering what Gordon said earlier about the number of 4-2's missing it.

    Round 5 (Parasect)
    This deck was really scary to play against, as I had an iffy start, and Parasect can be nasty t2. He gets out a fast one, and hits me for 60/asleep/poisoned. Basically, I'm able to setup Gallade and grab a few prizes, but Parasect continues to be annoying, especially when I can't flip heads for asleep. Eventually, I'm able to wake up, and use Gallade some more ftw. Good game, cool deck.

    Round 6 (Plox)
    Another mirror and I think we ran virtually the exact same lists. I setup, use Cessation Crystal/P-lock to hinder his setup, and am able to Ko stuff till he has nothing but Claydol/Baltoy left, I Ko them ftw. Good game. Afterwards, he flips over his prizes, and has three Ralts prized, so I really felt bad about that. Win.

    I finish swiss at 4-2, and wait to see if I made cut. Sebastian went 5-1, and Gordon missed cut, which wasn't cool, as he deserved to make it. Alex D made it also at 5-1 I believe, and Mike and I believe Willy as well both missed, which also sucked. So standings go up, and I make cut in 14th, and look to see who I'm playing: Brendan Nolan vs. Sebastian Crema. Ugh, I was really hoping to avoid this pairing, both because he's one of the best in the world, and because I really wanted both of us to go far in the tourney, but now one of us would be out t16.

    T16 (Sebastian w./Plox)
    Game 1: I get t2 Claydol w./Ralts active + candy/Gallade in hand, I Cosmic Power and draw DRE for the donk. That wasn't the way I wanted to win, but oh well.
    Game 2: He gets Gardy lvl X. out fast, and donks me ftw. So now we’re even, and both games took a total of 5 minutes.
    Game 3: I believe I started Duskull here, and shuffled in his Steven's Advice, which was his only draw card. so, that slowed him down a bit. He then had a string of bad luck, losing RPS several times. I went 3-prizes to 5, then 2-4 I believe, he benches Jirachi ex, and I know if I can KO that, then I win. But that’s not going to happen, since he has two benched so I can't warp point it, but I'm able to grab another prize, and then KO active Gardy lvl. X ftw. Win. Great Games. I felt like a jerk for winning like that, and I apologize to him, but he seems cool. Though, I'm still mad we got paired up t16, but I guess that happens sometimes.

    T8 (Ranny ?? w. Plox)
    Game 1: This was a long game, taking about 40 minutes, we go back and forth, but he has the better setup, but mine is decent so I play it out, but am forced to scoop with 20 minutes to play.
    Game 2: I get out a fast Gallade and am able to win pretty fast.
    Game 3: We both setup, but time expires when I'm ahead in prizes, so I win.
    Good games.

    So I’m in t4, which is an invite, which is awesome.

    T4 (Jerry ?? w. Empoleon)
    Game 1: For some reason I thought he was running Plox, so I was surprised when he flipped over Piplups. Anyways, I'm able setup pretty fast, he uses Empoleon to Dual Splash a few guys, but I think I was able to Gallade/CC/Wager/Psychic Cut, leaving him with not much setup, so he scoops within a few turns.
    Game 2: Again I get a good setup, I'm able to get some KO's and the lock him, and he doesn't have much left, so he scoops. Win. Good Games. He seemed really happy to get the invite/make t4, so that was cool.

    Kevin lost to Malcolm in the other t4 match, so I now know my finals opponent.

    Finals (Malcolm S-B w. Plox)
    Game 1: This game went back and forth, I was able to Gallade+CC lock him at one point. He benches Stantler. I Bring Down a Ralts I believe. I bench Dusknoir and attach DRE, he KO's Gardy lvl. X. Prizes come down to 1-1, He pushes up Gallade and hits me with Sonic Blade. He has only Stantler on the bench, and at that point I know I have the game, Dusknoir has 2 DRE's on him, so I show him the warp point, and it's GG. Win.
    So at this point, we have about 5 minutes left for Game 2. I start with Duskull, He starts with Baltoy, but I have 2 Roseanne’s in hand, so I know I have the game. He uses Psychic Balance, but shuffles his hand into his deck, and gets a game loss for that. GG

    So, after all that.................... I'm the 2008 Canadian National Champion!!!!!

    So, I wait around a bit, then we have the trophy presentations, and then I say thanks/bye to everyone, and get to head home after a long day, as the champ!

    -Sebastian, Gordon, Alex, Willy, Kevin, Mike and everyone else I forgot to mention for being cool and for lending me cards and stuff.
    -Steve, Terry, Patrick, Geoff, John, and everyone else who helped judge and run a great event.
    -My mom/brother.
    -everyone else
    -Gino for winning US Nats with Plox and giving me confidence to run Plox as well Cressalia.


    Sorry if this report is a little sketchy on details, but I'll add more as I remember them.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2008
  2. GinoLombardi21

    GinoLombardi21 New Member

    Mad props kidd! Im glad I gave you that confidence for nats. Mad props on winning nats. Cresselia's a beast! That plox man is tha best. Empoleon and Eeveelutions are wayyyy too claydoll needed. Plox is so BDIF and worlds its gonna win again! There aint no counter for that deck. At worlds I would luv to play a couple of games with u. Plox vs. Plox, Canada vs. USA, and Champ vs. Champ! C ya at worlds bro! :cool:
  3. brendan2236

    brendan2236 New Member

    Thx alot Gino, and ya, it would be really cool to play you at worlds, cya there!
  4. TheDarkTwins

    TheDarkTwins Active Member

    GJ man. Do you know how well Dexter P did?

  5. smacktack15

    smacktack15 New Member

    Great job at winning, PLOX was the play.
  6. kingofgames

    kingofgames New Member

    ya congrats, thanks for running to your car trying to find crystal beaches for me, considering u didnt know who i was or anything.
  7. pokemonmike

    pokemonmike Active Member

    Congrats on your 1st place win bud! And besat of luck at worlds!!! Ya gotta beat Gino !!!!! :lol: joking I hope you guys do play and may the best man win.:thumb:
  8. sdrawkcab

    sdrawkcab Forum Moderator

    Haha did you even USE cressalia? XD

    congrats on the win, tis a shame I didn't get to play you at all this year....guess I'll have to say I'm better then the CDN 08 Champ since I took him out at the 07 regionals XD

    GG (good game) Brendan who knows maybe I'll win one of my first to games at next years nats >.<
  9. GrandmaJoner

    GrandmaJoner New Member

    congrats, ur list seemed pretty solid.
  10. SlimeyGrimey

    SlimeyGrimey New Member

    Yeah, well done. I don't really like the Cresselia, but whatever. GL at worlds.
  11. Lord Broly

    Lord Broly New Member

    Congradulations, Brendan. It's always cool seeing you at
    an event. Good Luck at Worlds Bro.

    PS. Thanks for the Props.
  12. ugly psyducky

    ugly psyducky <a href="

    Good job. It's a pity we didn't get to play. Oh well maybe next year. Good luck at Worlds!
  13. Ash_Van_Je

    Ash_Van_Je New Member

    Kevin 89 from the Netherlands?
  14. brendan2236

    brendan2236 New Member

    Not to sure to be honest, but I think he missed t16.

    PLOX was so the play!

    NP at all, and good job, considering it was your first tourney and all.

    Ya, worlds should be fun as always.

    Ya, I used cressalia a few games. BTW, didn't you beat me at 2007 states, not regionals? I'm pretty sure we never played last year at regs. But, I could be wrong.

    Thanks alot.

    Thx Gordon, Cressalia was nice a few times, but he was useless in other matches, it's to bad he wasn't an ex or a regular basic.

    Thx alot, it's to bad I never got to play you, but whatever, maybe next year.

    Thx alot, maybe I can play you sometime next year, should be fun!

    oops, I'm not sure what I was thinking on that one, I think his username is Nu Gundum or something like that, my bad.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 10, 2008
  15. Bidier

    Bidier New Member

    good job, see you at Florida :p
  16. The Dark Toxicroak

    The Dark Toxicroak <a href="

    Congrats on first .. make us candians proud at worlds

    probably should've said hi but well I was sick and lost my voice ...

    Oh well maybe I will see you at Alberta provincals again :p

  17. Mystery Thing

    Mystery Thing Administrator

    Good job dude :) I'll be partying it up on the stage the whole time at Worlds, so if you don't come say hi, I'll hunt you down and gut you like a fish :)
  18. SuperStar

    SuperStar New Member

    GJ!!! Wow!!! Plox is the BDIF now.
  19. sdrawkcab

    sdrawkcab Forum Moderator

    gut him anyways, you'd having enough meat for the meet and great dinner!

    aha jk brendan jk :thumb:
  20. brendan2236

    brendan2236 New Member

    ouch, what did I do to deserve that? :lol:

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