My disgruntled Tournament Report. If you don't feel like reading my banter then skip on down to the final round. But before I start I would like to say I had a wonderful time with everyone there and I will look forward to seeing all of you at the Gym Challenge. And Mareena, I will not hold any grudges against to. Unfortunately if the situations were reversed I most likely would have done the same. We had fun, despite the outcome. First off my deck: Pokemon (25) : 4x Torchic (DR) 2x Combusken (Flare) 4x Blaziken 1x Blaziken EX 2x Skitty 2x Delcatty 3x Vulpix 3x Ninetails 4x Dunsparce Trainers (19) : 3x POR 3x Copy Cat 4x Rare Candy 4x Oracle 3x Prof. Elm's Training Method 2x HPS Energy (16) : 16x Fire Now before all of you start to say, "-1 Blaziken, -3 PETM, +1 Blaziken EX, +3 TV Reporter" I would have to say that these changes would have not lead to the place that I ended up in. The way I figured was my main plan was to set up my Ninetails as attackers. And use Blaziken EX for support. Throughout the tournament this rang true. I was able to set up early on and didn't use Blaziken EX until it was needed (See Round 5 Vs. Eric Craig). I would much rather set up a Blaziken then Blaziken EX early game. Also I was able to pull off a turn 2 Delcatty many times because of PETM. This I found to be a lot more useful then drawing 3 random cards on my first turn. Now that is out of the way onto the matches: Round 1 Vs. BAR What a way to begin the tournament, against a BAR deck. Fortunately I had the prize advantage, but in this game that wouldn't be necessary. To make a long story short, he had a bad starting hand. No Sparce, no draw, no win. I didn't really like how that turned out. I started with a decent hand, no sparce but had Skitty and Elm's Training Method in my hand so I got draw early on and went as it should. He was pretty upset about this bad start in the tournament so we played for fun and he won. Even though my beginning hand was a Torchic, 3 Rare Candies, 2 Ninetails, and an Energy, he felt better. 1-0-0 (3 Points) Round 2 Vs. Team Magma red face paint. This deck looked like a T/M Aggron deck with T/M Zangoose. But as near as I could tell, his first hand consisted of a Poochiena, Aron, a Darkness energy, and a few energies. I began with a Torchic, PETM, 2 Energies, and three other random cards. I drew on my turn a Dunsparce, played PETM for Delcatty and retreated Torchic for Sparce. Meanwhile he was unable to draw any of those T/M Drawing cards. I was however able to set up a Blaziken EX with 6 Energies. He was only able to send up underpowered guys which was Blaze Kickable. He did began to get some Aggrons out through the use of Maxie and evolution but the fell prey to Volcanic Ash. 2-0-0 (6 Points) Round 3 Vs. Muk EX. This is where I met the woman who would in the end do me in. I began with a seemingly perfect start. She was able to get Muk EX turn 2, exactly one turn before I got Delcatty, Blaziken, and Ninetails out. I didn't even get a chance to power up Ninetails with 4 energies to KO the Muk EX before it went down. I was expecting this. my deck is dependent on its Powers. But anyway I lost this one and went on but little did I know that this would not be the last I would play her. 2-1-0 (6 Points) Round 4 Vs. Ampharos/Expedition Pichu This was an interesting deck to see from a VIP member. He used Expedition to stall as he built Ampharos(s) to KO my stuff. It was extremely annoying to flip tails on my first Dunsparce attack. He had an average start for a deck without Delcatty, Flaffy out and Pichu holding its ground. I was able to pull off a Dunsparce attack and started to set up. He got 2 Energies on Flaffy and was trying to get Ampharos but was running into a wall. This allowed me to eventually get a Ninetails ready with 150 damage to OHKO the upcoming Ampharos EX. Until then I had to KO the Pichu with Torchic, as I didn't really want to waste discarding attacks. I flipped tails, and he was able to grab his Amphros EX. Brought it up and KOed the Torchic. Even though I think we both knew that was not the best move to do, he had no other attackers out. I obviously KOed the Ampharos EX and out came the Pichu again. He was well under way to get another Amphy ready while I was able to move onto setting up a Blaziken EX and was able to KO the Flaffy before it became a threat. After that it it went down hill for him. 3-1-0 (9 Points) Round 5 Vs. BAR This had to be the best game EVER! It was a display of true power of both decks. This was against Eric Craig. We both started out perfectly, Dunsparce first turn, Delcatty second turn, ect. The time for Dunsparce War ended as he had a 80 damage ready Rayquaza and a Blaziken EX working on Power up. I had 2 Nintails ready with 4 and 3 energies respectively. He decided to began the attack with Blaziken EX and KO'ed my Bench Ninetails. I turned around and Firestarted onto the Ninetails to KO his Blaziken EX. He came around and KO'ed that with Rayquaza. Both of us were with 4 Prizes left and I had just drew a Torchic through my prizes. In that turn I got another Fire Starter (3 now) and Blaziken EX. With no Energies in my hand, sigh, I got 3 energies onto Blaziken EX and decided I need to get off 50 damage to his Blaziken EX if I am to KO it next turn, other wise if I had left it on the bench to get more energies he would get the first damage onto Blaziken EX. I got heads and it was his turn. He chose to Volcanic Ash my Blaziken EX and it was my turn. I Copy Cat for some decent amount and still no energies. I was miffed. So I powered up a Fire Starter and started on a Third Ninetails and Blaze Kicked for 50 more. He KO'ed my Blaziken EX and was down to 2 Prizes. I brought up Blaziken and KO'ed his Blaziken EX. I was now at 2 Prizes. He brought up a Blaziken himself and KO'ed my Blaziken, I forget the exact damage but thats what happened. He had one Prize left and I knew it was over. I brought up Ninetails and KO'ed the Blaziken (One Prize left for me) and of course he brought up the Ray EX for the Win. We were the last game of the round and we both agreed that it was a wonderful game. 3-2-0 (9 Points) Round 6 Vs. Something For some reason this round I forget. If I remember it I will add it later. I don't know why I can remember the first rounds but not the last. Go figure. The good thing though is that I won this round. 4-2-0 (12 Points) Thanks to my resistance I was in the top 8. That means I qualified for the Single Elimination round. The only problem was that it was Single Elimination but it was only best of a single game! It was not best of three match. This was crazy, one bad hand can make your entire trip and work to get to this point a waste. The players were concerned about this to say the least. And after the lengthy deck checks we begun the nerve wrecking battles. Final Round 1 Vs. Muk EX Here I was again! Facing the same woman in the preliminaries. Although I took the first lose with dignity and acceptance, little that I knew that this would be completely different. The game started well for me, although she got a Warning from a judge for drawing too many cards from Professor Oak's Research, I was able to get my set up but of course was unable to do much of anything without powers. I was however to power up a Ninetails enough to KO her Muk EX. She knew this and retreated Muk EX for a Roselia. This single turn gave me enough time to set up another Ninetails and power up a Blaziken. To skip to the end, she has 3 Prize Cards while I had 4. I had just KO'ed her Roselia with Blaziken. I had 2 fully powered (110 damage) Ninetails on my bench. It was her turn and she brought up the Muk EX. She asked how much time was left and Phil said about 30 seconds. She knew that if she just stalled on her turn she would win the match due to prize count. That was it, she won. If you had been following you would know that next turn I would have been able to retreat the Blaziken for Ninetails, KO the Muk EX and won through Prizes as well. But I lost. Yeah. . . That ended my state Championships for Florida. Placing 6th. Afterward we had a late night Game Boy challenge which was very fun and entertaining as Chris was attempting to destroy his GBA through brute force. Why? We have yet to find out. Post deck changes: -1 Combusken -1 PETM +2 Warp Point Props: -The cheap Aqua/Magma Boxes -The chance to meet people from the boards, Dark Sneasel, Misdrevas, Krayzie, sneaselsrevenge and others. -Lapras with deformed growth a.k.a. Marill -Getting cool VIP stuff without being a VIP. -The fun times with everyone Cons: -The no thrills/skills lose in the Finals -NO BEST OF 3 MATCHES IN THE FINALS If you want to talk more then contact me through AIM: AquaChaos EDIT: Fixed some exaggerations. It always feels like a lot of time when you are playing in the finals.