I had a great time at Regionals this weekend even if I didn’t perform as well as I had hoped to. TJ Collectibles ran a top notch event. I’m going to be talking about Regionals in two parts; the first part will be about it as a competitive happening.
This is what the Top 32 (of 132) looked like, including who played what:
|5||Thomas Masse Jr.||7||1||Emboar/Reshiram|
|6||Michael Skoran||7||1||The Truth|
|29||Azul Garcia Griego||5||3||ZPST|
|30||Frank LaSalle Sr.||5||3||Yanmega/Magnezone|
These were the final records for each deck:
The top three decks were Prime Time, Reshiphlosion, and ZPST. There were six Trainer lock decks as well, but I didn’t want to skew analysis by combining too many different decks; the same could be said of the four decks that emphasized various Stage 1 Pokémon. This only covers Swiss wins and losses, but I still thought it was interesting to look at how the different decks performed. Other than decks that squeaked in at a single copy going 5-3, you’ll see ZPST having the lowest win percentage. If one piece of data made me glad I didn’t play that deck, it had to be this one. Quirky note: Brian Garcia filled out his decklist incorrectly and was forced to remove his Reshirams from his deck – and still made cut.
If you’re wondering how the decks that are laundry lists of Pokémon did well, I would attribute it to a few factors. These players played well; they weren’t the skill level of someone new at league with all of their favorite characters. Less experienced players, even ones with above average decklists, were unprepared for what these strange decks might do. There is, has been, and will be a lot of variance and random chance in Pokémon, so while one of these decks might have even been the best deck at the event, there are no guarantees; no one definitely makes or misses cut.
While I don’t have a bracket, it is worth noting what the Top 4 was like: 3 Prime Times (Sam, Aziz, and Alex) and a Reshiphlosion (Rob). Alex defeated Sam in the finals.
I plan on following up this “tournament perspective” with an “experience perspective” piece.