Showing posts from March, 2015

"Surprise Leafeon"- A Fun Meta-Counter

I've been messing around for the past few hours with Leafeon. Seismitoad is everywhere, and if people start playing Primal Groudon, Leafeon could be a decent tech for States. At Missouri States, Carington Huffman was playing Seismitoad/Leafeon which he made the Top Eight with. Leafeon helped him in the mirror, and if he had played against me, I would have had trouble dealing with Seismitoad because my counter, Primal Groudon, is weak to Leafeon. Here is a little sample list: Pokemon: 20 4 Eevee 4 Leafeon 4 Zubat 4 Golbat 3 Crobat 1 Jirachi EX T/S/S: 33 4 Acro Bike 3 VS Seeker 2 Muscle Band 2 Silver Bangle 1 Scoop Up Cyclone 4 Ultra Ball 3 Roller Skates 4 N 4 Professor Juniper 2 Shauna 1 Lysandre 1 Lysandre's Trump Card 2 Training Center Energy: 7 7 Grass Energy The point of the deck is to attack with Leafeon against cards like Seismitoad EX and Groudon EX. The deck falls apart against decks that aren't weak to grass, but it is still a lot of fun.

"Earth Volcano"- A 1st Place Report From Missouri States

I woke up at 4:40 on Saturday morning to get out the door by 5:45. My father, my mother, my brother and I all piled in the car and drove to Yeti Gaming in the St. Louis area. The list I brought was identical to that posted by Andrew Wamboldt on The Charizard Lounge  a week and a half ago. I really liked the list, and I felt like it stayed with the spirit of Donphan. With Donphan, you used to be able to load up a Donphan to use Wreck, but with the advent of VS Seeker people can reuse Lysandre to eliminate the threat of Donphan. Since Primal Groudon can't be affected by Lysandre or Enhanced Hammer, it is the ideal Pokemon to build up to be a big hitter. Round One vs. Nicholas Jensen with Metal I benched him on turn three or four with Donphan for game one. In game two, I loaded up a Primal Groudon with three Strong Energy, but he threw down two Aegislash EX. I three-hit each one with Donphan. His Plasma Klinklang meant that Groudon was useless in this matchup, which was f

"Set Up"- Why Shaymin EX is Going to be a Very Good Card

In our May set, a card called Shaymin EX is released. This card is going to have the ability "Setup". Setup reads, "Once during your turn (before your attack), when you play this Pokemon from your hand to your bench, you may draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand." This card gets even better when you factor in the new stadium which lets players have up to eight benched Pokemon, and as a result has huge synergy with Rayquaza EX. But besides being central to a Rayquaza deck, the card will be a staple. You're going to want to pick these up, know how to take advantage of the Shaymin EX in your deck and in your opponent's deck. Anyone who played the game when Diamond and Pearl: Legends Awakened was released remembers Uxie LA. Uxie , like Shaymin, had the Setup Ability (it was a Poke Power) which let you draw until you had seven. Nearly every deck ran a Uxie. Most decks ran two, and some decks ran three. The current format is lacking in Pokemon-based d

"March of the Penguins"- A New Way to Play Night March with the Release of Primal Clash

This weekend in Florida saw the advent of an interesting idea using established archetypes such as Flareon and Night March with Archie's Ace in the Hole. Night March and Flareon both used Battle Compressor to get Pokemon in the discard pile, and used a low count of Professor Juniper along with VS Seeker to draw cards. These decks have great synergy with Archie's Ace in the Hole, which was released in Primal Clash. Archie puts a water Pokemon from your discard pile onto your bench. This can be a Basic, Stage 1, Stage 2, or even a Mega EX! The major downside of this card is that it has to be the only card in your hand for you to play it. I had originally written off the card, but creative players in Florida have figured out the best way to play it. The deck that won Regionals was a Flareon deck that ran two Empoleon DEX and one Archie. It used cards like Acro Bike to draw cards, along with Battle Compressor, VS Seeker, and Professor Juniper. When building a Night March deck