Saturday, December 27, 2014

"An Evening March"- A Tournament Report From Plainsfield, IL

My report starts at six in the morning when I wake up, shower, and pack my lunch for the day. I live in Champaign, IL, which is about two hours south of Chicago. By 7:15 my mother and brother were awake and getting in the car with me, and we were off. Registration started at ten, and we got to the event about fifteen minutes before the doors opened. I meet up with my friends from Champaign and Manito, and then I filled out my deck list.

4 Lampent
4 Pumpkaboo
4 Joltik
2 Jirachi EX

4 Ultra Ball
2 Switch
4 Roller Skates
4 Pokemon Catcher
1 Bicycle
2 Muscle Band
4 Battle Compressor
2 Random Receiver
3 VS Seeker
1 Computer Search

4 Professor Sycamore
1 Lysandre

3 Dimension Valley

4 Double Colorless
2 Darkness
2 Fighting

The list only played four draw supporters, and it relies on Ultra Ball and Jirachi to fish them out. Random Receiver was the backup plan to that, and VS Seeker reused Sycamores and the lone Lysandre.

Round 1- Karl Kujak with Metal

My opponent never really got set up. He had an Aegislash EX on turn two, but I just attacked around it and never had to deal with it. I run through him and he takes no more than two prizes.

Round 2 - Joe Baka with Metal

This game was down to the wire. We were one and one on prizes, and I was out of basic energy. He had an active Aegislash EX with five metals on it, and I had one card left in deck. I top decked VS Seeker for the Lysandre and I was able to take my last prize. One more turn and he would have benched me, taken all six prizes, and also won because I couldn't draw a card at the beginning of my turn. It was a very close game, to say the least.

Round 3- vs JW Halliday with Speed Lugia

He couldn't set up a Lugia before I set up a Joltik and I hit heads on Catcher. I swept his field after that.

Round 4- vs. Jacob Dalen with Fighting/Garbodor

He set up a Garbodor which I Catchered and KOd. I won the prize trade because he had all EXes. I got eight Night Marchers in the discard and went to town while he couldn't even 1HKO my attackers.
Allen and Cole posed dutifully for this picture.

Round 5- Tyler Turner with Yveltal-

He went first. I started with an active Jirachi and a benched Joltik. He played Escape Rope, Virbank, Laser, and gets the KO on the first turn. I got a lot of Battle Compressors off, but I whiffed the DCE, so he KOd another Joltik. I got set up, but he was already two prizes ahead and he won by a turn.

Round 6- Cole McQueen with Pyroar

I had no out against Pyroar, I accepted the autoloss. This game was on film here, but basically he rolled through me. I never had a chance.

Round 7- Bryan Gold with Yveltal

I set up and rolled through him.

5-2 was good enough for 11th place in a field of 65. I got two packs and 10 CP.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Video from IL States 2012

This is my Top Eight game from Illinois States in 2012. I played my Terrakion/Landorus deck against Courtney Temen's Mewtwo/Zekrom Eels deck.

I went 5-1 in Swiss, losing only to Ben Moscow with Celebi/Mewtwo/Tornadus. This qualified me for the top eight, which is shown above. In top four I took down a Reshiram/Typhlosion deck before losing in the finals to Ben Moscow once again.

Past Writing

I have written for several Pokemon TCG fan websites, namely the Pokegym and Here are a few of my pieces mixed with some casual tournament reports:

Shampoo Banana Battle Roads Report- A short report I wrote to dip my toe in the water for writing online. It describes a small tournament in my hometown that I won in 2010.

Kyogre and Groudon Legend Deck Analysis- An analysis of the Kyogre-Groudon Legend deck that was popular in 2010.

Missouri State 4-2 Report- A short, casually written report that I wrote about my most successful tournament of my 2010-2011 season.

Galvantula is for Losers- A joke article that I wrote at an the apparent height of my maturity.

STL Regionals Report- A Top Four Regionals report from 2012 with Tyranitar Prime.

Me circa 2011, photo credit Camille Peltier-Robson
Season Summary and Battle Roads Report- A Battle Roads report from when I brought three friends to a local tournament.

Terrakion Deck Analysis- A deck analysis of my favorite deck from the 2011-2012 season that I wrote at the end of my Freshman year.

Philadelphia and Ft. Wayne Regionals Reports with Donphan- An analysis of Donphan and a tournament report spanning two weekends of Regionals from 2014.

A List of My Achievements

Photo Credit Camille Peltier-Robinson
Senior Division:

Champaign City Champion 2011
Rantoul City Champaion 2011
Numerous Battle Road Tournament wins
Numerous Top 4s at Cities

Indiana State Championships 2012 5nd Place
Illinois State Championships 2012 2nd Place
St. Louis Regional Championships 2011 3rd Place (Mini Report can be found here)
Midwest Regional Championships 2012 Top 16
2011-2012 North America #57

Masters Division:

Yeti Gaming Win-A-Beach Tournament 2014 Top 8
Ft. Wayne Regional Championships 2014 77th Place (Attendance of over 400) (Report can be found here)
Chicago League Challenge 2014 1st Place
Bloomington City Championships 2014 Top 8
Springfield City Championships 2015 Top 4 (Report can be found here)
Missouri States 2015 1st Place (Report can be found here)