Pokemon TCG Regionals is finally over!

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Pokemon Regionals is finally over! It was an exhausting weekend, but it was definitely fun. I spent months prepping for this event, just to see if I could perform well. My final placement was 125 out of around 390 or more. Not bad for a beginner!

I recorded video clips and took pictures, but I am organizing them into some content that I will post here and on my other creative platforms. I will also be recording a podcast with my friend on our thoughts of our performances during the tournament.

Stay tuned for more content regarding my trip to Regionals. Happy Holidays everyone! Stay Warm!

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More TCG Regionals Practice – Recap

Hello everyone!

Regionals Prep continues with more in person events to practice paper. Grinding Pokemon TCG Online is one thing, but playing with actual cards is a whole other beast.

This past weekend, Danny and I went to two separate events for practice. The first, I played a standard version of my deck (which arguably is the harder format for me). It was a smaller turnout, but I ended up going undefeated, winning my first local tournament. It was exciting, but I feel like I just lucked out and my opponents’ decks locked up or didn’t perform well. I faced Greninja, Marowak/Zygarde, and a Mega Rayquaza deck. Ended up scoring three Steam Siege packs for the victory!

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Later that night, Danny and I ended up participating at another local tournament; this time it was expanded format. I played against Malamar, Volcanion, Mega Gardevoir, and Mega Mewtwo.  I suffered hard losses versus Volcanion (didn’t draw into any of my supporters and my hand locked up) and Mega Mewtwo (tough match up for me every time). For Regionals, I perceive that most of my match ups will be either Dark, Fairy, or Psychic. Anytime I face these on paper, I am happy since it gives me much needed experience.

With only a little over a week left to prepare for Regionals, I am attending an expanded League Challenge this Saturday. I hope that everyone brings out their best decks, because it’ll be the last real practice I’ll have before the big day.

I’ll post after this Saturday’s tournament, wish me luck!

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Also, I hope everyone is enjoying Pokemon Sun and Moon! Still working through the story, so I’ll save my thoughts till after I beat the game.

Pokemon TCG Pre-Release Event and My First League Challenge

I attended two Pokemon Pre-Release events towards the end of last month. I had never attended Pre-Release events for any trading card games. The only events I attended before were local weekly tournaments, side tournaments at conventions, and the occasional regional event (all of which were for Weiss Schwarz).  I’m not sure if it was merely the fact that the store I went to had a very healthy Pokemon TCG community, but it was crowded and hectic. The line that had formed outside the store prior to opening was  pretty long!

At Pre-Release events for Pokemon, you are required to build a 40 card deck with the cards your receive; 4 booster packs and a pool of sealed cards (which seemed to change depending on the promo card you pulled.) Energy cards are supplied by the tournament organizer and can be kept when the event is over. At the event, we were told that  we could have more than 4 x a specific card in our decks (referring to Pokemon and Trainer cards). Matches were to be played with only 4 prize cards, instead of the usual 6. The tournament would consist of 3 rounds. You were given a short time period  to construct your deck. At the conclusion of your rounds, you would be rewarded 3 additional booster packs for your participation.

I lucked out and was able to pull the Charizard promo, which was my main purpose of attending the event. The card itself was worth the most out of all the promos, and it had sentimental value to me due to owning a first edition holographic Charizard back in the day. The cards that were included with my Promo were a pool of fire and poison Pokemon. I opted to make a Poison/Colorless deck; since I figured it would be much more simpler and faster deck to play.

Nidoran male and his evolutions were my main attackers. I stalled with Ghastly and Haunter, with the rest of the Pokemon. My goal was to get Nidoking up as fast as possible, while hoping my opponent wasn’t running Psychic since it was my deck’s main weakness. I fought against a fighting deck structured around Hitmonchan, a double color deck with Mew and Clefairy, and a fighting deck with Machamp. I ended up completing the event without a single loss, beating most of my opponents because I was able to get Nidoking out quickly and sweep their team. In the end, it was all for fun since it didn’t count for points to qualify for Worlds. It was pretty awesome winning with the cards that I played with when I was a kid though. Included are pictures of my deck , and the cards I pulled! IMG_0749.JPGIMG_0750.JPGIMG_0751.JPGIMG_0752.JPGIMG_0753.JPGIMG_0754.JPGimg_0756IMG_0759.JPG

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I ended up attending a second Pre-Release event as well. I pulled the Mewtwo Promo, which is the second most valued promo for the event. I piloted a deck centered around Poliwrath, but didn’t pull any great supplemental trainer/Pokemon evolution lines. I ended up losing all of my matches, but pulled a Full Art Mega Blastoise and Nidoking Break. Unfortunately I do not have any pictures  for that pool of cards. My main purpose of going to the card store that day was to enter my first League Challenge in preparation for the big regional tournament in December. Despite the format being standard and having to run cards that were less than optimum, I managed to pull a 4-2 win loss ratio. Not bad for a beginner!

Till next time! Happy Gaming!