Hey, I had a great time at nats this year. On Thursday after my classes I went to the airport. My flight was delayed for a few hours so I didn't get to the hotel until about 1:30AM. Friday, I play in the modified tournament and do some trades, say hello to everyone, etc. Saturday morning I wake up and I need to make a deck. I have the cards for GG and Empoleon, but I can't decide which to use. After a lot of debating I decide to use my Butterfree GE deck. I write up my decklist and go to registration. Round 1: Gardy Gallade OK, good test of my deck for the first matchup. I get a fast Butterfree and Cess and she can't do much, she tries to come back but I win. 1-0 Round 2: Blissey/Darkrai I've never played this one before, so no clue how its going to go. I take a quick first prize and then we go back and forth. In the end I'm looking for a Helix fossil to devolve some of his benched guys for more prizes but it turns out the Helix is my last prize. I think I can still pull it off because I have a fully powered no damage Butterfree but he plays a Wager which I lose and he rips the Boost to do exactly 120 to my Butterfree for the OHKO. With that and without the Helix I can't respond and lose. 1-1 Round 3: Blissey/Electivire (Kim) Another Blissey...sort of annoying. I have no clue really what to do in this matchup. She got a very fast start and I'm missing the Cessation to stop her Elekids to going to Buzzes so she just keeps going. I fight back for awhile but I get in trouble when her Vire X becomes invincible due to me having a tool in play. It is close but I end up losing this one. 1-2 Round 4: Garchomp I'm a little worried about this one - I figure its Garchomp when he discards some random Pokemon and Energies with Felicity's. Luckily I get a fast start and KO everything before he can set up. We play again for fun and it goes longer but in the end I Warp Point something with damage to the bench, Omastar it away for a prize and KO his new active for my last prize and win again. 2-2 Round 5: Infernape Chimcar vs Caterpie, they go first and do 20. I get a bit worried so I try to setup my bench. They KO my Caterpie and I return the KO with a Butterfree. They end up being forced to use a Delcatty ex to do 80 and I do 60 + sleep. Fail on the check so next turn I get two more prizes and then continue to run through them. 3-2 Round 6: Gardy Gallade I don't remember but I won. 4-2 Round 7: Gardy Gallade (Peter O) Peter Ortiz is a good friend of mine so I was sad we had to play. I was pretty confident in my GardyGallade matchup through so I was OK about it. We go back and forth for awhile and I lose a Wager and draw three Metapod. I KO something anyway and hope to draw a useful Prize...its a Rare Candy. I have to pass for awhile and try to stall with a Venonat Stun attack. I draw dead and we go into sudden death. With nothing in my hand I lose my first GardyGallade game. 4-3 Round 8: Metagross ex PK We played for awhile and he was up. He got a game loss for shuffling his hand into his deck for Magnetic Redraw while I had Cess out. I completely forgot about it too and almost had shuffled mine in as well, but my hand was still discernable from the deck when I realized what we were doing. Bad win I'm not too happy about it. 5-3 Round 9: Empoleon (Eric En....you know who I mean) Hey my first Empoleon of the day. I get a fast KO but he comes back with an Emp I think. We go back and forth for awhile and time ends up being called with us tied 2 prizes each. I don't have much of anything in my hand and I can't get a KO. SAD but it was a great game. 5-4 Sooo I end up 5-4 and annoyed. I really wanted to go 6-3 for the day but it wasn't in the cards. In retrospect I needed a 2nd Strength Charm it would have won me a few games. Blah blah Sunday I traded and Monday is today. See you at the Grinder but Butterfree will probably be at home.