Illinois State Championship

Discussion in 'State/Province/Territory Championships' started by Pooka, Apr 17, 2004.

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  1. Pooka

    Pooka Master Trainer

    Well, I had to make a decision whether to play Kabutops ex or Sceptile ex. Here's what I decided on...

    Pokémon 17

    3 Buried Fossil
    4 Kabuto (3 SS, 1 SK)
    3 Kabutops ex
    1 Kabutops (SK)
    2 Dunsparce
    2 Skitty
    2 Delcatty

    Trainers 23

    4 TV Reporter
    4 POR
    3 Oracle
    3 Potion
    2 Copycat
    2 Crystal Shard
    2 Warp Point
    1 Town Volunteers
    1 Strength Charm (This would cause a little controversy later...)
    1 Mysterious Fossil

    Energy 20

    14 Fighting
    4 Boost
    2 Warp

    It's basically just to counter Blaziken and all the variants. It has problems with Gardevoir, Ampharos, and pretty much anything Grass, but it beats other Water decks and Blaze. I was getting a little skeptical though, since it looked like nobody was playing Blaziken... The big decks were Gardevoir and Water.

    Round One - Gardevoir/ex (David Coleman II)

    This was kind of an odd match. I barely remember how it even went. ;x All I remember is my Kabutops ex got KO'd by Gardevoir ex, then I sent up Kabutops (SK) and did 50. After he KO'd that, I needed 1/1 heads to KO it with Kabutops ex. Tails. Next turn I had another shot, this time with 2 flips. Both tails. =\ It was basically downhill from there.


    Round Two - Mewtwo ex with Fossils (Shdwchu)

    Well, my starting Pokémon was... Skitty. He went first, which basically was game for me. He used Juggler, then Energy Absorption. I think I got another basic, but it didn't matter. He KO'd anything before I could get an evolution out. Ugh.


    Well, starting 0-2 I figured the only way I could make Top 8 would be to win the last 4 rounds. Even then it would be close. Here we go...

    Round Three - Team Magma deck

    Again, TERRIBLE start. I had a Buried Fossil. He went first, attached an energy to TM Aron and did 10. I used Copycat for 3, hoping for a Basic. None. I attach an energy and pass. Basically all he has to do is attach another energy to Aron and KO me. He..... attaches to his benched Baltoy? I couldn't believe it. Neither could he. Next turn, I evolved to Kabuto and used Team Assembly. From there, I got Kabutops ex out and starting rolling. I took down everything he had.


    Round Four - Blaziken/Rayquaza

    Finally, a deck I can win against. I got a pretty good start, turn 2 Kabuto and fill my bench with Kabuto and Skitty. I got Kabutops ex out pretty quickly, and took over the game. I Sharded a Rayquaza, and that basically won the game...


    Round Five - Gardevoir/ex

    Ugh, the deck I hate to play. I start with a Skitty and go first. I hate starting with Skitty, but this time it was ok. I TV Reporter, get some junk, and do 10 to Ralts. His lone Ralts btw. He attaches, does 10 to Skitty. I evolve to Delcatty and Boost. KO. =/


    Round Six - Sceptile/Dustox

    Ok, I _have_ to win this match to make Top 8. After some table mix up, I got paired with the right person. Sceptile. Grass. Water Resistance. -_- Anyway, he starts with a Wurmple and tries to Poison my Buried Fossil... but you can't Poison a Buried Fossil. ;x I get set up pretty quick, make a mistake by not noticing his Low Pressure System, which gives his Grass Pokémon +10 HP. Should've used Strenghth Charm, but didn't realize it. Oh well. He evolves to Dustox, uses Toxic on my Kabutops ex. I KO it, and he sends up Treecko. Rare Candy, evolves to Sceptile. It has one energy on it. My turn, attach a Warp to Kabutops and send up Dunsparce. He uses Boost and Tail Rap. Saw it coming. ;) I send up Kabutops ex and Hydrocutter for 50. He attaches and passes. I play Crystal Shard, ko.


    Ok, right now I'm feeling pretty good about winning 4 in a row. Hopefully I can make T8 after all of this... The pairings are up... I'm.... 8th! Barely made it.

    So they do the regular deck checks. Turns out I forgot to list my Strength Charm on the deck list. -_- So, I have to replace it with a basic energy and take a loss. However, it's best 2/3. I just need to win both games...

    First match - BAR (David Coleman III)

    Game one: I get a decent setup, he gets a horrible one with only Skitty. He continues to get nothing, and turn 3 I get a Skyridge Kabutops and KO it. =\

    Game two: We both start with Dunsparce, he lets me go first. We both get a decent setup, but mine is a little better. I get Kabutops ex running pretty quick and start KO'ing everything. He sends up Rayquaza and I Shard it. There was not much he could do.

    Second match - Swampert/ex/Suicune ex (TheDeuce)

    I knew this would probably be the toughest match for me all day. I knew Will was a good player, and Swampert and Kabutops are pretty evenly matched.

    Game one: We both get decent starts, but pretty soon Will finds something out. 2 of his prizes are Delcatty, and 2 of them are Mudkip. Ouch. There's not a whole lot he can do with only 2 Mudkip, and eventually my Kabutops ex takes everything he has down.

    Game two: We both get good starts again. This time, his prizes have 2 Mudkip AGAIN and a Swampert. That's terrible. I hate winning games like these. He puts up a fight, and he wants to deck himself, but I KO'd him before he could. :p

    Third match - Team Aqua's Kyogre/Manectric/Lanturn

    Ok, first off I was happy to be IN the finals. With the day I had, starting 0-2 and all, it seemed impossible that I'd be in the finals. I promised myself I wouldn't lose after coming this far.

    Game one: I got Kabutops ex out pretty quickly, and took down a Kyogre and Manectric. After that he just tried to stall with Kyogre, but eventually I took him down.

    Game two: I started with a lone Skitty, and got nothing for 2 turns, even after a TV Reporter. He KO'd me with Kyogre 3rd turn.

    Game three: Both of us get a good start. This game was kind of weird. I use Dunsparce to grab a few Buried Fossil and Skitty, and he builds up Kyogre. Eventually I get 2 Kabutops ex out and just hid behind a Mysterious Fossil while building them. I start attacking with one and take out his Kyogre because of a mental mistake on his part. He could have used Nurse, but instead played Archie, not realizing he played a Supporter. He puts me to sleep with another Kyogre, and I play Warp Energy on it. I Hydrocutter and get 1/2 Heads. This was a part where I played 3 Boost in 3 turns for 3 KO's. :\ I Oracled for 2 Boost and just kept taking down his TA Manectric. In the end, the 2 Kabutops ex were too much for him and I wore him down.

    So, I finally won a tournament. -_- His deck was pretty original, though. Team Aqua's Ball isn't a Supporter and can get potentially any Pokémon he needed, along with Archie and Conspirator. It seemed to constantly get setup. Thanks for reading (if you bothered). I might see some of you at Origins...
  2. SteveP

    SteveP Active Member

    Congrats pooka. It's good to see water decks starting to make a comeback (after all the Fire and Psychic). I almost made a KingdraEX/TM Claydoll-YoYo-Nurse deck because I knew Water had potential. Swampert/EX/SuicuneEX won our Colorado 11-14 division.

    Also, I LOVE that Kabutops Skyridge tech!!!
  3. HypnosProjectHQ

    HypnosProjectHQ New Member

    Congradulations! I was waiting to see what won! ;)
  4. bullados

    bullados <a href="

    same here. BTW, did you notice exactly how many Blaze varients were in the T8, T4, or 10-?
  5. Pooka

    Pooka Master Trainer

    SteveP: Thanks. It is nice to see Blaze not winning. In fact, I think our Top 4 had 3 Water decks and 1 Lightning.

    HypnosProjectHQ: Thanks.

    bullados: The top 8 for 15+ was:

    2 Mewtwo ex/Wobbuffet/Fossils
    1 BAR
    1 Kabutops ex
    1 Swampert/ex/Suicune ex
    1 Ampharos/ex
    1 Team Aqua's Kyogre/Manectric/Lanturn
    1 Wailord ex/Wobbuffet/Fossils

    The top 4 ended up being:

    1 Kabutops ex
    1 Swampert/ex/Suicune ex
    1 Ampharos/ex
    1 Team Aqua's Kyogre/Manectric/Lanturn

    So yeah, it was pretty diverse. I think for the 11-14, it ended up being Sceptile/ex/Wobbuffet vs Blaze/Rayquaza, and Blaze won. For the 10-, Ampharos/ex won, and Sceptile/Dustox took 2nd.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2004
  6. Clefable73

    Clefable73 New Member

    You are very lucky that I did not stick around until after deck checks. If I had I would have argued until you were disqualified and being the ninth seed making the T8. You cheated by playing 61 cards and should have been dq. You are very lucky, I hope you do well with your two round bye at nationals.
  7. Pooka

    Pooka Master Trainer

    Let me straighten something out about that. I did not have 61 cards in my deck. On my decklist, I forgot to list Strength Charm. I never had 61 cards in my deck. There were 60 cards at all times. The only thing I did wrong was forget to list the 1 Strength Charm. My punishment was exactly the same as Shdwchu's.
  8. swanton1717

    swanton1717 Member

    It was an honest mistake..geeze..Pooka doesn't cheat -_-

    ALSO Great Job Pooka, I can't wait to sit with you for the first 2 rounds of Nationals. Fun Fun ^_^

  9. Clefable73

    Clefable73 New Member

    My apologies, I heard a different story
  10. Hero

    Hero New Member

    good job pookam, glad to see kabutops win states.
  11. HypnosProjectHQ

    HypnosProjectHQ New Member

    Hopefully, if I would end up going to nationals, I will also be able to sit on the side lines for the first 2 rounds! ;)
  12. Freddy K.

    Freddy K. New Member

    gj pooka nice going esp from 0-2 down @ the start, a lesson for us all!! ... Clefable78 edit yr post if you've changed yr opinions... =(((

  13. Dek

    Dek New Member

    gj man, too bad i wasnt able to meet you in the first place. Hopefully, we can meet up in teh Hidden Legends pre-release
  14. meganium45

    meganium45 Active Member

    Pooka, you should feel doubly lucky, in that there was a top 8...

    At my event, there prob would have been a top 4 unless there were over 20 people in the division (which there may have been)

    anyway, hope to see you at Nationals, maybe our Meganium decks will battle again! (IF they release a good meganium)

  15. Pooka

    Pooka Master Trainer

    swanton1717: Thanks man (and for sticking up for me ;x). Hope to see you there.

    Clefable73: No problem, I understand.

    Venusaur: Thanks. ;x

    Hero: Thanks again.

    Freddy K.: Yup, just goes to show anything can happen... Thanks.

    Arthas_Zero: Thanks. (How many times can I say it in one post...)

    meganium45: Yeah, I was pretty lucky. We had 24 in the 15+ though. Yeah, it would be nice to see you again. I'm still waiting for a Meganium ex... :p
  16. Dek

    Dek New Member

    Lets find out...

    *counts the post*

    Five in one post! A NEW RECORD!!! :lol:
  17. The_Matrix999

    The_Matrix999 New Member

    hey pooka that was a great final match against vince. I couldnt belive you guys went for so long but it was very fun. So was visiting the chicago area and seeing the metagame down there. ironically after vince lost to you he told me that he should have given me the win in t4 because i stood a better chance but whatever. your deck was awesome and all props for winning. we all had a most enjoyable time exept for yours and shdwchu's incidents.
  18. |PoKeY|

    |PoKeY| New Member

    GO Pooka GO!

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