Okay, kiddos. Here's the Patriarch, with a little info on just how things went at the tournament! Being the crazy dope that I am, I stayed up until 6AM doing random stuff (Starcraft calls...), so I almost missed my chance to compete! However, a shower, a chicken quesidilla, and an unlimited deck afterwards, I was set to go! I arrived at Creative Gift Baskets, to be greeted by the first of my city championship rewards: $5 off the tourney! Cool beans! Also got to get in free at the unlimited side event, so that was also quite awesome! I wanted to play GBA, but knew that Ricky (AKA Spectreon) would EAT ME ALIVE!!!! >_< Unlimited Tourney Round 1: VS Some Sneasel deck -Killed his sneasel with an Aerodactyl ex. Blaziken and bex never saw play =/ Round 2: VS Ryan -Dead turn two =( So...yeah, Blaziken ex is pretty BAD in unlimited! ^^"" After my crushing defeat in unlimited, I had some fun talking to people, not to mention my VIP package!!!! Eeeeee! Free shtufzzz! I traded one of my deck boxes away (the articuno, zapdos, and moltres one) to Seth (AKA AggronBlaster) for a crapload of holos. Also some failed trades with Olliver (no 'gym name), and I even got my third blazi ex! Well, you're tired of me rambling on, so I'll just go straight to the tourney! Patriarch Niniken V2.0 Pokemon (24): 4 Torchic (2 singe, 2 dragons) 1 Combusken (double kick) 3 Blaziken (duhhhhh) 2 Blaziken ex 3 Vulpix (Expedition) 3 Ninetails (Expedition) 2 Skitty (Minor Errand-Running) 2 Delcatty (duuhhhhhh) 4 Dunsparce (duhhhhh) Trainers (21): 4 TV Reporter 4 Oracle 4 Rare Candy 3 Professor Elm's Training Method 3 Friend Ball (00ber Blazi tech!) 2 High Pressure System 1 Fisherman Energy (15): 15 Fire Round 1: Bye, buddies =/ (1-0) Round 2 (VS Mr. Meches [or was it his Dad? I'm better with real names than net names!] w/ Muk ex&Umbreon): He got very screwed early game. I T3'ed him with a Blaziken ex. (2-0) Round 3 (VS Richard Collinsworth AKA MP Birch w/ RAMBO): Unlike the last two games, this was definitely a good one, and is considered my favorite out of the tournament. I started TERRIBLE, yet I managed to squeeze past his menacing forces for a good 3-4 turns until I got exactly what I needed! Soon, a terrible hand became better...and better, and I gained back all ground lost (KO'ed Dunsparces are not good!). We shot each other's pokeys down until it was eventually decided by just who was running ex's, and who wasn't. With a combination of Blaziken/ex, and Ninetails, I scored the win. Good game, Richard. Just wish I had more opportunities to play you. (3-0) Round 4 (VS Clary Carney AKA Blazi-King with Niniken): Hmmm, this game was decided simply by who had the Dunsparce or not. he went just absolutely CRAZY, and teched in Suicune! However, to hold back rebellions and whatnot, I made sure to get Blaziken ex out fast, so I could shoot down his tech, and his energy factories (ie blaziken). Although he did considerable damage to some of my guys, he was unable to win. (4-0) Round 5 (VS Phillip AKA Xeno with Salamence): Now, I was QUITE scared in this one. He just absolutely annihilated the other blazi variants he played before me, so there was much room to fail here. We both got setup relatively fast. However, when that Salamence hit the board...*shudders*. Good thing he didn't get powered up ASAP, or I would have been a goner. He agilitied against my sitting Ninetails for a while, until it dawned on me: Delcatty is dragon tech!!! So I began powering up the cat like a madman, and was able to OHKO the bugger. He managed to almost get setup again. However, through a combination of the cat and regular Blaziken, I was able to score my fifth win (5-0) Quarter Finals (VS Mike C): Probably the only person able to play Wailord ex and win in these parts. For the longest amount of time, since we both got just awful draw, it was a stare-down. Luckily, I get out my Blaziken ex to begin pummeling his Electabuzz into retreating. Wailord ex showed his face, but only after I had dealt just too much damage for him to handle. Blaziken slowly picked away at the whale, the buzz, and that was game. (6-0) Semi-Finals (VS Taylor Collinsworth w/ RAMBO): I was able to just outright cream him 'cause of his awful draw. A lot like my last game with him....can't wait until we have a real game. *sighs* (7-0) Finals (VS Daniel): Hmmm, while I was going to start off pretty well, I just got a little energy-screwed, so it went downhill from there...ESPECIALLY when the RAMBO strategy was pulled off flawlessly! He shot down my entire deck before I could fight back. Good game, Daniel! Best of luck at nationals (7-1) So, I walked away with half a box, and a sickeningly-high rating! Daniel and I were the only two to go with only one loss each for our age group, so chances are I'm an extremely-high 1st in Texas, and he closely behind at 2nd. Invites, here we come! Lol Props: -EVERYTHING!!!!! SOOOOOO MUCH FUN! PICHU IS MY MASTER!!!! Personal props go out to meeting Olliver, Seth, and Phillip, my opponents: Mr. Meches, Birch, Blazi King, Xeno, Mike C, Lil Birch, and Daniel. Professors Torchic and Sam, along with Gilbert ran a great event! Slops: -Other than them not updating on the PUSA site for the tournament last week, or the bad draw in the finals, no real big deal! This is nothing compared to the Gym Challenge, so what happened here is only a preview of what's to come from the three Gym Challenges in the OK/Texas area, and the super-awesome Stadium Challenge in Arlington! Anybody else who went have their stories to share? If so, go ahead! Sincerely, ~Johnny Kettler, AKA Patriarch PS: I'd like to comment on what was being played. There was plenty of Blazi variants dominating the field, followed by a few of everything else. Surprisingly, while there were three-four Alakatech decks being run there, I did not see a SINGLE Kingdra ex deck! I only saw one Swampert/Suicune that day, as well! Also, of the Top 8 in 15+, there were five Blazi variants (three RAMBO, and two Niniken), a sceppy, yet only two Blazi counters (wailord ex and Salamence)! I really WILL go back to my old roots for some tournaments after this one!