Holidays are over!

Hello Everyone!

Holidays were crazy for me. I had too many events that I was attending; most of my time was spent either prepping or recovering from everything. I hope everyone had a fantastic time too; and that none of you are too exhausted on your first week back at school or work.

Although I have been active on Instagram (IG story, pictures, videos), most of my projects were put on freeze. I’d like to announce that now that the holiday season is over, I am tackling those projects again. First up is a podcast and collection of video clips from Pokemon TCG Regionals that took place last month.

Cheers to the New Years! See you soon.

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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!

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 Sun and Moon Promotional Giveaway at Target

This Saturday (November 19th, 2016), trainers can pick up a Promotional Pokemon tcg card featuring Pikachu. They can also pick up a poster featuring Sun and Moon art. The card is pretty usable in my opinion due to Pikachu having 70 hp, which is higher than typical starting basic Pokemon. Its first attack, Thunder Wave, is also pretty decent as it can cause paralysis. Plus it has pretty nice art and sports the franchise mascot, Pikachu. The poster also has superb art, hopefully we will see it on other tcg and video game accessories. They will also have a display of some sort that you can take pictures with. This time it’ll be of the starters from the new Sun and Moon games. If it is anything like the past, it’ll be a cardboard cut out.

If you’re in the area, make sure to check out the giveaway. It is limited to one per person, so take a friend or relative!

Here is the official link on the Pokemon website for reference: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pokemon-sun-and-pokemon-moon-blast-off-at-target/

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!

Today’s Sun and Moon Trailer was… Awesome.

Before you continue on, please watch the trailer here. Spoilers will commence afterwards. You have been warned!

SPOILERS:

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The newest trailer that was released today showcased the final evolutions of the starter Pokemon. These were previously leaked via concept art, so I personally wasn’t too surprised. Originally, I thought that only the grass starter looked interesting. However, after seeing the official art and in game animations, I can say that the fire Pokemon has grown on me. The water Pokemon, while being generally unique, just isn’t as cool as previous water starters to me.

Decidueye, the grass Pokemon, is of the Grass/Ghost type. It is basically an owl archer that rocks a grass hoodie. How cool is that design?! Its signature attack prevents opponents from fleeing.

Incineroar, the fire Pokemon, is of the Fire/Dark type. It looks to be a sort of humanoid cat wrestler. I am trouble figuring out why this one is actually a dark type. Sure it has the visual ques, but why? It almost seems like it was supposed to be a fighting type. The design, although looking better in use vs original concept art, reminds me too much of previous Fire/Fighting starters. It actually reminds me a lot of Embroar’s design and color scheme. Its signature attack ignores opponent stat boosts.

Primarina, the water Pokemon, is of the Water/Fairy type. It seems to be a mermaid/diva. The water line did not at all interest me this generation. The designs of the base form and 1st evolution remind me of the various seal Pokemon that have released before. Being a Fairy type is interesting though, since it was a new type that was released in the X/Y generation for balancing issues. Its signature attack heals burn statuses (that seems very niche to me).

Although starter Pokemon are notorious for not being “playable” in high levels of competitive play, I am interested to see which of the three would be the best choice when considering this year’s VGC tournaments. The format dictates that you may only use Pokemon found in the Aloha Pokedex, so there is a good chance that one of these could be utilized. I am most likely going to use Decidueye, which is the first grass starter to interest me in a very long time. We will have to see if its signature attack synergies with its stat pool or move set.

I just wanted to also talk about the parts of the trailer. Island guardians look pretty cool! I guess they are either legendary or pseudo legendaries. One was shown summoning a giant body made of light, with the island guardian becoming the head. Z moves do not seem to look as funny when done by the female trainer. Being able to visit the construction site of the Pokemon League causes me to believe that it won’t be in the actual game; it’s still great that they included that part as a throwback to older titles. The battle theme that has been heard through most if not all of the trailers also sounds great; I can’t see myself getting tired of it anytime soon.

And seeing Red and Blue was fantastic. I guess this game is set in the future, as both trainers look like they are in their mid 20s or older. Red sadly does not look as epic as he did on Mt. Silver, but I’ll take what I can get.

I seriously can’t wait for Pokemon Sun and Moon!

Pokemon TCG and Evolutions Pre-Release

Hello Hello Everyone!

I decided to buy into Pokemon TCG and give the competitive scene a shot. My goal now is to place in the top percentage at a Regional placement tournament nearby. It has always been a long dream to actually perform well at the competitive scene for Pokemon. I’ve joined one VGC before, and watched another as a participant; school and life always used to get in the way though. I wanted to spectate at the Pokemon TCG World Championship Tournament this year, since it was actually very close by. However, with the delayed announcement that it wouldn’t be open to the public, my dreams were crushed.

My original purpose was to buy into the game as cheap as possible, but I soon realized that would only get me so far. I built a Charizard deck, but it didn’t perform as consistently as I liked. So after purchasing two sets of the Rayquaza vs Keldeo Battle Arena Decks (check out my overview here), I decided to single out cards to make one of the top decks. I also replicated it on the online format, so that I can go against a lot of the top decks in the meta. I am still testing my build out; I’ll hold comments back on which deck that I am building for now.

More details to come soon!

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