Ms. "I can't make it" goes to Milford, MA CC

Discussion in 'City Championships' started by babayaga, Feb 22, 2004.

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  1. babayaga

    babayaga New Member

    After being pestered by PokeMeBob and BJJ to come (after the Auburn CC during which I was hounded by bad luck) I decided to pack the kids up and make the trip. A big factor was the decision by the organizers to run 3 concurrent tournaments so each age group only played with the other age groups. I really feel bad when my 8-year-old special guy has to play teens and adults. He went 1-3 yesterday with my Salamence/Crawdaunt deck and that's really good for him. Shannon went 0-3 in 11-14, but she had fun doing Gameboy battles and eating pizza so she didn't care. Calvin will write his own report for the 10 + <.

    I've always wanted to build a Cradily deck and thought that Armaldo would be a good complement. After the Auburn CC I traded for a second Cradily and I was good to go. I pulled a couple of Battle Blast Breloom in packs I got at Target (yay for sales and the frame coupons, though I had to buy too many Icees to get promos). In goes Shroomish (Sleep Powder) and Breloom.

    Blaziken was out in great numbers, and I have to say I went in a little blind because I don't even own a holo Blaziken and only saw one for the first time at Auburn. I haven't had much funds to buy R&S and Sandstorm cards. :-(

    Sorry, I can't give turn-by-turn accounting because my memory doesn't work that way. Here's general info:

    :pokeball: First Round vs Ed

    Ed's a really nice guy. I played him before during the Sandstorm Prerelease. His Electabuzz/Altaria deck never got off the ground due to lack of energy and basics. Breloom was my main Pokémon here. We played a second match for fun after and I got to see his deck action better that time.

    :pokeball: Second Round vs. William

    Barbara's son, so I knew he'd have a really good deck. I winced when he turned over Ralts because I'd heard about Gardevoir-EX. Mind you, I'd never even laid eyes on the card until he evolved his Kirlia. It took quite a while for him to get energy on Gardevoir, so I had time to build up my bench but I had a *big* handful of cards (8) so when G-Ex knocked out my active I ditched my hand--fast! I got down to 3 cards by placing 1 energy and evolving everything I could and doing a useless switch then retreat. With three cards in my hand Armaldo could swing away. Phew!

    :pokeball: Third Round vs. Robert

    Robert had a Blaziken deck, with what else I don't know because he never got past Combustken. I twitched a bit to only start with a Root Fossil, and a Lileep in hand. I Influenced on the second turn, put Anorith on my bench, made Anorith active next turn, did Fast Evolution, then Pierce next turn, then started swinging. Robert asked after if I would sign one of my favorite energy cards for him (he provided) as a souvenir of the match. Darkness is my favorite, so I ran out to my car and brought back a VS Darkness (I have lots and I don't use them in decks because they buckle slightly).

    By now I'm thinking my Karma is really good and I'm quite happy to have broken 50-50.

    :pokeball: Fourth Round vs. Nick (I think that's right--sorry if it's wrong!)

    Now I'm expecting my train to derail. He's very good and I know he's got some kind of great deck: Xatu and Aggron-EX. The only problem was his Aggron ended up in his prizes and I had 3rd Turn Armaldo powered up and shut down his Trainer game. He stalled very well with 2 Xatus, removing 2 damage counters each turn, but stalling allowed me to power up Cradily and start work on another Armaldo. He played an awesome match for getting totally *skunked* with his opening. My deck was in the zone and Just Worked. Phew!

    We played another match for fun and his deck showed its true colors, while I got the stinky hand. It was fun because I like Aggron.

    I got a *lot* of ribbing from BJJ every time I signed my results sheet and a lot of teasing after the results were in for insisting after Auburn that I wasn't going to make it to Milford.

    I'm glad I did, because it's a really great bunch of people to play with. Everyone respects the Pokémoms there; no grumbling about losing to a 'mom like I heard from one kid at Auburn. I only wish that PUI hadn't totally b0rked my CC application, then I could have hosted my own and showed these players my hospitality.

    A note about my deck: I've been fascinated with Anorith and Lileep since they came out because they are Pokémon versions of very old life-forms. Lileep are Sea Lillies, not plants but anchored echinoderms related to sea stars and sea urchins. Anorith are Anomalocaris, the top predator from the Burgess Shale, and the first really big predator in history.

    It was really fun and I look forward to playing these people again at the PreRelease in two weeks and at States.

  2. Sounds like it was a good event and good job babayaga. I wish i could of gone. All my buddies were there and i was stuck here in south jersey. I would like to find out who won it because i know johhnyblaze was gonna attend and try a 2nd time at the states bye. I also knew charwolf (aurburn,ma winner) was gonna play again for fun.
    If anyone has info on milford,ma winners and decks let me know.
  3. babayaga

    babayaga New Member

    BJJ posted the deck stuff to the ongoing CC decklist.

    15+ was me -- Armaldo/Cradily
    11-14 PokeMeBob's son (Nick or Ben, I can't remember which--cringe)
    10 & Under was my son Calvin -- Flygon/Magneton/Shedninja

  4. marril2k

    marril2k Member

    As I said after the event, congratulations on your win. After all the trouble you've had with PUI not being able to run a CC, now you at least have a CC metal to take :)

    I hope you look forward to the EX Team Magma vs. Team Aqua prerelease, the comming state championships and plan on attending ^^

  5. Sensei

    Sensei Team Compendium Emeritus Staff Member Trader Feedback Mod

    I decided to pack the kids up and make the trip.

    LOL.Did you pack them in a suitcase or just a bag? :D :p

    Glad you had fun and congrats on taking the medals.

  6. Good looking out guys and sorry about that. I did read BJ's post after the event and congrats on the medal. it did suck nintendo screwed up your CC papers but like marill said now you have a medal for your hard work
    Good luck in the states
  7. JohnnyBlaze

    JohnnyBlaze New Member

    Yeah Beth that was great that you and Calvin both won 1st place. Congrats. There was little Faith that a Grass deck would win and you pulled it off. Hurray for :grass: :D :D
  8. BJJ763

    BJJ763 Trading Mod Supervisor Staff Member Trader Feedback Mod

    Oh sure blame the judge for ribbing Miss "No-i'm-not-going-to-Milford" :p who wins every match she plays and takes home the medal....

    Congrats! Both to you and Calvin.

    And it was Ben that won the 15+
  9. GL Mo

    GL Mo New Member

    Congrats Beth! Glad to see the Moms were well represented in the top two of the 15+ group. I believe it was
    BJJ's wife Maria that came in 2nd. Very nicely done! Look forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks at the
  10. bulbasnore

    bulbasnore Administrator Staff Member Trader Feedback Mod

    Welcome to the club. Sorry to hear it, though.
  11. Monkey

    Monkey <a href="

    Yup, great job Beth! ;) Same thing goes to Calvin also! And like I said at the CC, good thing you came! haha :D

    Just too bad Nintendo lost the application for you to hold a CC in West Springfield. I really want a chance to redeem myself after playing horibally in both the CC and the tournament after that. :eek:

    Anyway, congratulations to both you and Calvin again, and I can't wait till Sunday to play against you and your new deck! :)

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