Hey whats up people Jonathan Santana back again with another article for you guys this time its a tournament report. This is my first tournament report of the 2013-2014 season so here goes nothing.Oh by the way the deck I played was Virizion/Genesect and the event had a best of 3 matches 50 minute time format (so like it was at regionals).
Catskill NY League Challenge
Round 1 David Clarke – Blastoise
Right away I knew this was gonna be a hard match up. I faced David in the past at last years states and I managed to secure a very hard win over him. I knew what ever deck he played it was gonna be a good game. As soon as the round starts he flipped over Keldeo and I knew it was gonna be an interesting match. Match 1 went very quickly he would try to set up Blastoise and I wouldnt let him my Virizion kept taking out his Squirtles and my Genesect took out his Keldeos. He did try to set up a Black Kyurem but my G-Booster Genesect took that out right away.
Game 1 – Win
Now in game 2 start with Jirachi EX and I knew i was probably gonna loose he gets a turn 2 Blastoise and gets his set up in this game i relized he plays 3 Pokemon Catcher so 2 out of his 3 catchers he got heads and took out my Jirachi and my Genesect I tried to N him down to 2 cards but then he drew the Juniper and I just scoop after i see that.
Game 2 – Loss
Match 3 starts with 15 minutes left on the clock (they also had a huge countdown clock for time. Probably wasn’t the best choice for that because someone could stall for the win but I think no one did that) I go first I start with my Shaymin EX and I quikly moved him to the bench. This game was just back and fourth he would set up then I would set up, he would get a knock out I would get a knock out by the time I was at 1 prize and he was at three prizes time was called and he was having trouble drawing some energy I knew I had the game won next turn. He passes and I check to see if I used my energy search yet but I didn’t so I energy switch onto my Shaymin EX and use my escape rope to bring out his Keldeo I then Skyla too look for my energy search I didn’t see it I look through my deck again I still didn’t see it. I then notice that the one energy search I play in my deck is the last prize. I was screaming inside my head. I grabed a Shadow triad and passed. He again does not have enough energy in his hand or a supportter and passes I try to top deck an energy for the win and I didn’t so I passed for the tie. He then tells me his Superior Energy Retrievals were prized.
Game 3 Draw
Round 2 John Michael Chimento – Darkrai/Garbodor/VictiniEX
I start off going first with my Jirachi EX again and searched for a Mr.Mime and a Virizion and quickly moved it to the bench with the help of Skyarrow Bridge. I attached energy to Virizion and passed. He ultra balls for a Victini EX and my heart just stops in my head Im saying please dont play Victory Piece. He Skyla’s for Victory Piece and knocks out my Virizion Im trying to set up but his Victini is just knocking out my EX’s so I scoop.
Game 1 Loss
Game 2 begins and I start with Virizion attach an energy ultra ball for Mr. Mime and Skyla for Tropical Beach and Beach to end my turn. He then does the same thing last game he ultra balls for Victini EX, Skyla for Victory Piece, and knocks out my Virizion. I put my Mr.Mime up so he can knock that out instead of my Virizion thats on the bench and then I attach to itand pass. On his turn he catchers my Virizion and knocks it out I put another Virizion on the field and put Jirachi EX on the bench to search for a Skyla for the tool scrapper and attached to my Virizion and passesd by this time he has a Darkrai fully powered and puts that up he plays another pokemon catcher and gets another heads to catcher up the Jirachi EX thats on the bench for the win.
Game 2 Loss
Round 3 Luis Gonzalez – ShayminEX/Virizion/Genesect (his Virizion’s and his Genesect’s were both non EX)
Game 1 begins with me thinking that its a mirror match but then I saw no Virizion EX’s or Genesect EX’s hit the field from his deck. Instead I see that he plays the Virizion from NVI/LTR and the Genesect from the collection box and the one from LTR. I quikly take all my prizes with my Genesect EX to win game one.
Game 1 Win
Game 2 was the same outcome he keeps benching Shaymin EX’s and I kept knocking them out thanks to the red signal ability from my Genesect EX. I take my last two prizes for the win. When I went to shake his hand to say good game he walks off mad. Oh well.
Game 2 Win
Round 4 John Hood – VictiniEX/MoltresEX/Charizard
Game 1 begins and I see that he flips over Victini EX and my heart skips a beat. I play Virizion EX attach an energy skyla for my beach and beach to end my turn and I pray that he doesn’t play Victory Piece. Then I see Moltres EX hit his bench and im questioning what deck hes playing. he attaches to Victini EX and uses turbo energize to take 2 fire energies from his deck to his Moltres EX. My next turn is just good I get a skyarrow bridge, a energy switch, a colress machine, grass energy and a Genesect EX with the G-booster from my Juniper. I attach my grass energy to Genesect EX play colress machine to attch a plasma energy to my Genesect EX energy switch the energy from my Virizion EX to my Genesect EX free retreat my Virizion EX and attach the G-booster and knock out his VictiniEX. I knew if I didn’t knock out his Victini EX his Victini would get a knock out on my Virizion EX. Form there he does try to use Moltres EX to try to knock out my Genesect EX and my Virizion EX but hes 10 damage short then I start building up my bench Genesect EX’s with another Virizion EX and then he is no match for my Genesect EX’s and looses.
Game 1 Win
Game 2 begins and he starts with Kangaskhan and cant do much because of the ne ruling of not attacking turn 1 and passes. I get the same start as game 1 and at this point he can’t do any thing he uses call for family to get moltres and charmander he doesn’t play Victory piece instead he plays computer search. So I knew I wasn’t gonna have a problem with Victini EX. I take all my prizes using My Genesect EX’s to win Game 2.
Game 2 Win
Round 5 Joe Mammano – Garchomp/Altaria
If one of us wins this round that person will get fourth place. Game 1 begins and im kinda nervous I really didn’t get a chance to playtest against this deck.but those nervous go away when I take out most of his swablu’s with my Virizion EX to build up my Genesect EX’s and from there he loses easy win right? Well this is were it gets serious.
Game 1 Win
Game 2 begins and I dead draw for the whole game I start off with Shaymin EX and I can’t seem to get a Virizion EX into play to power up my Genesect EX’s until my 3rd turn by then he already has 2 Altaria’s out and 3 Garchomp’s out with silver bangles attached to them. I look at the clock and we have 13 minutes left I scoop.
Game 2 Loss
I hurry and power shuffle my deck we have 10 minutes left for game 3 I attach to my Virizion EX and pass. He catchers up my Genesect EX and puts it to sleep with swablu’s attack and I keep getting tails for sleep and I can’t draw a grass energy for the turn so I pass. He tries to set up and passes. My next turn I wake up and start building up my Genesect EX with Virizion EX. and knock out his Swablu. From there we trade blows he attacks me I attack him. Time is called when I take my fourth prize I need G – booster or a tool scrapper because he had 2 Garchomp’s out with silver bangles attached to them and 2 Altaria’s on his bench. Instead of drawing either of those I draw a plasma energy. I attach it to my Genesect EX to catcher up his Altaria to knock it out. I knew this game was gonna go to a draw there was no way he could get his last 2 prizes this turn. But in Pokemon anything could happen. He says he is going to win this turn and im like what? He says good game and he reveals an Iris. I do the math Garchomp does 100 damage plus Altaria’s extra 20 damage from fight song plus the 30 damage from silver bangle and plus 50 damage from Iris for a grand total of 200 damage to knock out my Genesect EX for the win.
Game 3 Loss
All in all it was a good day I got to hang out with old friends catch up and had some cool games. I wanna thank Ethan Desautels for driving me to the event. I also wanna thank Legacy Cards for having the best deals out there for cards and also for letting me write this article. Now where do I go from here? Well I did here that there was gonna be another League Challenge on December 7th in Watervliet NY hmmmmmmmm.
TO BE CONTINUED…….