Florida Marathon Report (Part 1)

A few months ago, Jason Klaczynski was telling me how he was trying to get a City Championship Marathon in his area in Florida. Well, after some discussion and planning, the PTO’s in the area decided to make it official! For the first time ever, there was going to be a Florida Marathon. After booking a fairly inexpensive flight, I was ready for a fun week in the sun! Well, a few days would be in the sun, but most of them would be inside card shops I guess…

Knowing that we wouldn’t have much time to do fun things once the marathon started, I flew into Fort Myers, FL with Matt A a few days before all of the tournaments started. When we arrived, we were greeted by Jason and London’s own Sami Sekkoum! Yes, Sami had decided to fly all the way out from the UK to spend a few weeks in Florida, which was very cool. Looking around at the beautiful weather, I knew this year’s marathon would be much better than the previous year in Georgia. Before long, we were at Jason’s beautiful condo – a place that Jason told me I was not allowed to enter if I had a Durant deck with me.

Soon enough, we were joined by Aaron Curry and Eric Craig. Over the next few days, we played a lot of Pokémon and had a ton of fun. Before the tournaments started, we did a lot of nonsense activities, like playing miniature golf, going to the beach, attempting to play basketball, playing with decks from Base-Neo, and throwing Matt A into the ocean. Unfortunately, time really does fly when you’re having fun, and we had to start getting down to business. After some testing, Jason had come to the conclusion that Durant actually was a good deck and would consider using it at tournaments. For those who don’t know, Jason openly stated that Durant was “the worst archetype in the history of Pokémon.” Whoops.

As for me, I wasn’t sure what to play. Going into the marathon, I was convinced that Cobalion/Kyurem/Terrakion/Electrode was the best deck, but I knew it had close to an auto loss against Durant. Was that a loss I wanted to take? Well, given how popular the deck seemed to be in Florida, probably not. Still, I had seven tournaments to play, so I had plenty of time to figure things out. One of the tough things about a marathon is that you have no idea what to expect for a metagame going into it. People are coming from all over the place, and it’s almost like the metagames from multiple areas crash into each other for a few days until everyone figures out what’s winning. Without a doubt, adaptation is crucial for doing well at these events.

On the morning of the first tournament, I took the two hour drive with Aaron, and we talked about a lot on the way there. Thinking back, one of the best parts about marathons is being able to bond with people that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to be around. As a kid from Wisconsin, I would not have a chance to see any of these people without an event like this. I’ve always said that the best part about Pokémon is making new friends and meeting new people, and this was just another example of that.

Once we arrived at the venue, I got to reunite with a lot of friends I haven’t been able to see in a while – Michael Pramawat, Luke Reed, Ben Potter, Chris Bianchi, Sammy Bittinger, and many more. As I looked around, I realized the tournaments were going to be extremely difficult. In a field filled with World Champions, National Champions, and great players in general, even making top cut is going to be difficult. But enough of my stories; let’s get into the tournaments.

Day 1 – Davie, FL

For this event, I decided to use a strange deck for fun, Mew/Vanilluxe/Unfezant/Vileplume. In testing, the deck actually had a fairly good record, so I figured things couldn’t go too poorly. Since Cities are over (and the format is about to change drastically probably), I’ll go ahead and post the list I used. Keep in mind that this is from memory, so a few cards might be off.

// Pokémon (20)
4 Mew (Prime)
2 Unfezant (Fly)
2 Vanilluxe
1 Bellossom
2 Vileplume
2 Gloom
3 Oddish
1 Victini (V-Create)
2 Victini (Victory Star)
1 Cleffa

// Trainers (25)
4 Pokémon Collector
4 Twins
4 N
3 Cheren
3 Prof. Elm’s Training Method
3 Rare Candy
2 Pokémon Communication
1 Professor Oak’s New Theory
1 Flower Shop Lady

// Energy (15)
4 Rainbow Energy
3 Rescue Energy
3 Water Energy
3 Psychic Energy
2 Double Colorless Energy

As you can see, there are a lot of flaws in the list. Basically I adapted my draw engine from my other Vileplume decks, which doesn’t work for this deck. If I were running a normal Vanilluxe/Vileplume/Victini deck, this would function properly. However, Elm’s Training Method is useless after you get Vileplume into play with this deck because you don’t need to get any other evolution lines out. Essentially those were wasted spots, but that’s what I get for not testing this as much as I should have.

The goal of the deck is to put Vanilluxe and Unfezant into the Lost Zone with Mew, taking advantage of the fact that Vileplume prevents Switch from being played. Basically you would set Pokémon up with Double Freeze, paralyzing them until they had 50 HP or less. Then, you KO with Unfezant’s Fly, making Mew immune from taking any damage the following turn. Against most decks, you will lock them out of taking a prize once you are set up, and Victini’s Victory Star makes this a viable strategy. Of course, you can get unlucky with your flips, but that’s part of the deck. I figured I was in for a fun day at the very least. We had around 70 players in Masters, which meant a long day of seven Swiss rounds and a Top 8.

Round 1 – TZPS (Aaron Curry)

If you’ve been playing for a while, I’m sure you’ve experienced this. In the first round, I have to play against the person I drove to the event with. Oh well! I wish I had something useful to say about this game, but I don’t. Aaron goes first and gets an attacking Tornadus on the first turn, scoring a KO on an Oddish, and he never looked back. I struggle to set up the entire game, and he literally takes six prizes in six turns. Well, so much for a fun deck.

0-1

Round 2 – Typhlosion/Reshiram/Ninetales

On paper, this is a good matchup for my deck. When a deck doesn’t put on any pressure for the first few turns, I get precious time to use See Off and set up a Vileplume. Normally Typhlosion/Reshiram won’t start attacking until the third or fourth turn, so I feel pretty good about my odds. However, this was just a day that was not going to go my way. Once again, my opponent went first, which quickly turned into a turn two Blue Flare. Thankfully I was able to get everything set up this game, and I was ready to start the comeback. As long as I didn’t flip poorly for Fly (75% chance of success with Victini in play), I would win the game. Even though I fell behind four prizes, it wouldn’t matter if I just got to use Fly for KO’s. Since he had two prizes left, I even could afford to miss a flip and have a Mew KO’d. My dream ended pretty quickly, though; I failed Fly immediately twice in a row and lost promptly.

0-2

So far, things are not looking good, but there’s always a chance to win out and squeak into Top 8. Here’s hoping for the best!

Round 3 – Yanmega/Magnezone

At this point I’m going to sound like a broken record, but my opponent went first and got out a Magnezone and Yanmega on the second turn. Turns out that Yanmega is pretty good against Oddish, and a comeback was nearly impossible because Linear Attack can damage the bench when I use Fly. Of course, bad flips didn’t help once again; I went 0/4 on Double Freeze in two consecutive turns, sealing my fate once I did get set up.

0-3

At 0-3, I have no chance of making Top 8, so I decide to drop and forget this day ever happened. When I look at the pairings for the next round to make sure I was dropped, it looks like I wasn’t, so now I have a bye. I go up to Larry, the TO, and tell him that I wanted to drop. He apologizes and says I’ll be dropped. Since I got a bye, it wasn’t a big deal. Then I check the pairings for the next round to make sure, and…

Round 5 – Scizor/Klinklang

Once again, I was not dropped from the tournament, but I guess I didn’t have anything better to do at this point. As he flipped over the Scyther, I shuddered because I realized I had no way to KO a Scizor Prime. When you combine its Psychic Resistance, Special Metal Energy, and its Poké-Body, I have no real way to damage it. Knowing this, I decide to be aggressive with Victini (V-Create) and hope for the best. Thankfully I am able to KO the Scyther before it evolves, and Victini sweeps pretty easily.

2-3

Since technically I could get a kicker point by going 4-3, I decide to play it out now…

Round 6 – Donphan/Dragons

I’ll sum up this game pretty quickly. My opponent gets a Donphan out turn two, and I flip a bunch of tails. He takes a prize six straight turns.

2-4

Now it’s time to re-drop… again. Third time’s the charm, right? Now I manage to drop from the tournament, so I start setting up the video equipment to record matches. If you want to see the matches from this event, they are on our website already – Round 7, Top 8, Top 4, and the Finals.

Top 8 for Davie, FL

Finals: Jason Klaczynski (Durant) defeats Michael Pramawat (Magnezone/Eelektrik)
Watch the match here.

After the tournament, everyone heads over to Denny’s – about 30 of us. By this time, Colin P. has flown in, and Chuck even stopped by to say hi. When we got done eating, I drove with Aaron to our hotel for the night. We end up staying with Pram, Luke, and Ben for the night and discuss what to play for tomorrow. Obviously I am done with Vanilluxe, and I expect a lot more Durant the next day after Jason won with it. I’m not sure what I want to play yet, but I figure I’ll decide when I get there. After we play some Dominion, we get some sleep for the next day.

Day 2 – Coral Springs, FL

Today I get a lesson about marathons! Choose your deck the night before and come prepared. We end up leaving a little late in the morning, so we arrive about five minutes before registration ends. Since the only deck I have fully built is my Typhlosion/Magnezone, I am forced to play that. I don’t mind because it’s one of my favorite decks, but I would have rather had more time to decide. We have a few less people than the day before, but still enough for six rounds and a Top 8.

// Pokémon (21)
1 Cleffa HS
3 Reshiram BW
3 Magnezone (Prime)
2 Magneton TM
3 Magnemite TM
3 Typhlosion (Prime)
2 Quilava HS
4 Cyndaquil HS

// Trainers (27)
4 Pokémon Collector
4 Pokémon Communication
4 Rare Candy
4 Junk Arm
4 Sage’s Training
3 N
1 Pokémon Catcher
1 Super Rod
1 Switch
1 PlusPower

// Energy (12)
9 Fire Energy
3 Lightning Energy

Round 1 – Magnezone/Eelektrik

My opponent said this was the first time she had used the deck, so she really didn’t have any idea what to do. Both of us set up pretty slowly, but I was able to get the first prize with a Blue Flare. Once both sides get set up, this matchup turns into nothing more than a prize race. Fortunately I was able to take the first prize, so I was ahead for the whole game. Basically Reshiram and Zekrom went back and forth, with a Catcher here and there to target down Magnemite or Eelektrik. I was able to KO her Magnezone with mine, and it was all downhill from there.

1-0

Round 2 – Six Corners (Kaitlyn F.)

When I see a Virizion, I know what I’m up against immediately. Never having played this matchup before, I’m unsure about how it will play it. As long as I can set up before my opponent takes too many prizes, this should be a winnable matchup. The key to beating this deck is getting rid of the Energy on your opponent’s field by KO’ing the Pokémon with Energy. With no acceleration, eventually they run out of fuel and lose. Well, that’s pretty much what happened this game. I got a pretty nice start, and I started to KO things with Reshiram. When using this deck, early on you want to take as many prizes as possible with Reshiram, and then you can Lost Burn with Magnezone to clean up. If you lead off with Magnezone against a deck like this, you’re going to run out of Energy, so it’s important to do things in the correct order. In this game, though, I had a Reshiram with 120 damage on it for several turns, which meant a lot of easy KO’s with Outrage. My opponent just had problems attaching Energy, and my start was too quick for her to compete with it.

2-0

Round 3 – Kyurem/Terrakion/Electrode (Sami Sekkoum)

Unfortunately, I got paired with Sami this round, meaning one of us would take a loss relatively early on in the tournament. If I remember correctly, he was able to get a Kyurem attacking on the second turn thanks to Electrode’s Energymit followed by a Catcher on my Cyndaquil, meaning a Glaciate to KO Cyndaquil and Cleffa. Brutal, but this can be dealt with actually. Basically I have a small window to get a Magnezone into play. If I do, I will avoid Glaciate destroying all of my Pokémon. If I don’t, then it gets ugly. I evolve my Magnemite into Magneton, and then I play an N, putting him at 4 cards and me at 5. I don’t get a Magnezone, but I do get a Sage’s Training, so I should be able to get Magnezone out next turn and stabilize. If I can do that, I’ll be in a great position to win this game.

After another Glaciate, I use Sage and go for the Magnezone… but I whiff. From there, the rest of my field gets destroyed by Glaciate, and there’s not much I can do about it. If you don’t evolve your Pokémon immediately against Kyurem, you are going to lose, and that’s exactly what happened here. The matchup is very unforgiving.

2-1

Round 4 – Kyurem/Cobalion/Terrakion/Electrode (Branden Jackson)

Before the game, Branden and I have a nice chat; he’s a nice guy and pleasure to play against. Once again, I am facing the Electrode deck, which makes me uneasy because of how unpredictable it can be. This time around, though, the game goes much differently. While I am able to get a good start, Branden uses Energymite for no Energy, effectively discarding the top seven cards of his deck and giving me a prize card. From there, it’s pretty academic. Once I get a second Magnezone into play, there’s no real chance for him to win the game. As close as the matchup is, it’s funny how little control the players have over it.

3-1

Round 5 – Magnezone/Eelektrik (Roberto Arenas)

For those who don’t know, Roberto is the father of Juan Pablo Arenas, who took 2nd at Worlds 2010 in Juniors. Seeing how good of a player Roberto is, it’s no mystery how his son has done so well. Anyway, this matchup is a lot about who sets up first, meaning who gets the first Magnezone. When both sides set up, it becomes a prize race with Reshiram vs. Zekrom and Magnezone vs. Magnezone. Right off the bat I am forced to play an N, which doesn’t give me a great hand, but I do draw a Sage’s Training off of it. After using Beat against a Magnemite, I now have Cyndaquil and Magnemite in play, so I could get a Magnezone out next turn if I get the right cards from Sage. Roberto has a decent start, but nothing spectacular, so it looks like I’ll have a few turns to get going. On my second turn, though, I play a Sage into some pretty bad cards. Fortunately I did get a Pokémon Communication, which would allow me to search for Cleffa. My hand consists of two Pokémon: Magnezone and Quilava. I could risk shuffling the Quilava in to get a Magneton, but then I lose if he manages to KO my Magneton next turn, which is quite possible. So, the better play would be to shuffle Magnezone into my deck to grab Cleffa, evolve to Quilava, and use Eeeeeeek for the turn.

As I shuffle the Magnezone into my deck, I wonder if I did the correct thing. If my Cleffa is prized, I basically lose the game. I’ll have to shuffle Magnezone in, and then I’ll have to take Magneton and pray to draw into Magnezone. If I shuffle in Quilava instead, I would be able to search for Magneton on the off chance that Cleffa is prized. Oh well, it’s a silly situation that won’t come up… right? Right? After searching my deck many times, I confirm that Cleffa is prized, and now I’m in the horrible scenario I had envisioned. I proceed to pass the rest of my turns as Roberto cleans up my board with ease. Looking back, I still don’t know if I did anything wrong, but the safest play would have been to shuffle Quilava into the deck with Communication.

3-2

Round 6 – Durant (Bruce Long)

I talk with Bruce before the game and find out he came out all the way from Arizona! Turns out he’s a really nice guy who has a great love and passion for Pokémon. When he flips over a Durant, I am fairly confident in my chances to win this game. Even though I start with a Magnemite, I also have a Collector, so I am able to grab 2 Cyndaquil and Cleffa to start setting up. As long as I get a Typhlosion into play over the next few turns, this should be an easy win. Unfortunately, that’s not how things turn out. After four turns, I still don’t have a Typhlosion in play, and my deck is starting to get thin. Realizing I need to make a move now, I am forced to evolve into Magnezone and start drawing through my deck to find Typhlosion. Now the unfortunate part about this is that Magnezone has a 3 Retreat Cost, and he’s not a very good attacker against Durant because you send the Energy to the Lost Zone. As long as he doesn’t Devour too many crucial cards, though, I should be fine. With Magnetic Draw, I should be able to secure a couple of Junk Arms or Switch before they’re all discarded.

Well, all of my Junk Arms, Switch, and Super Rod are Devoured over the next few turns. Now I have Magnezone stuck Active thanks to Catcher, and all I can do is try to Lost Burn for all of my prizes. Since my deck plays 12 Energy and has to KO 6 Durants to win the game, I need every single one of my Energy to win this game. I do manage to get down to one prize, but then he Catchers out my Typhlosion, and my last Energy is prized. Oh well.

3-3

Finals: Luke Reed (Durant) beats Harrison Leven (Chandelure/Vileplume/Dodrio)
Watch the match here.

After another disappointing day, I go out to eat with Ben, Colin, Matt, Sammy, Bianchi, and Kewley. Even though the waiter was a bit over the top, we have a pretty fun time and a good meal. When we come back, Luke is playing against Harrison in the Finals. When they finish, we stop somewhere to celebrate Luke’s win, and then we head to the hotel.

We split up into two groups for the night. I’m with Ben, Luke, Pram, and Curry, and the other group is Sami, Jason, Matt, Colin, and Skyler. After losing to Durant two days in a row, Curry is determined to play a deck that beats it. So, he decides to replace the Cobalion in Kyurem/Cobalion/Electrode with Landorus, which should be a much better attacker against Durant. The theory is that Gaia Hammer will attack the active Durant, setting up the rest for KO’s later with the bench damage. I decide to stick with my Typhlosion/Magnezone because I felt like all of my losses were just a little unlucky. I play the same list as the day before.

Day 3 – Pompano Beach, FL

Round 1 – Donphan/Steelix/Vileplume/Reuniclus (Chris Russo)

Basically this deck was a variant of The Truth that focused more on Steelix because it’s good against Kyurem. Unfortunately for him, Steelix is quite bad against Reshiram. As usual, his deck took quite a long time to set up, and I made sure not to take any early KO’s to activate his Twins. Once I was ready and had everything in play, I started to attack with Reshiram. When he attacked back with Donphan, I was able to manipulate the damage with Afterburner enough to OHKO the Donphan with Outrage. From there, he really didn’t have anything to compete with constant Blue Flare, and he was forced to concede.

1-0

Round 2 – Chandelure/Dodrio/Vileplume (Harrison Leven)

Now I get to face a deck that I have no real testing against, Chandelure. Overall, it’s a very strange matchup. Even though I am able to OHKO a Chandelure with Lost Burn, I can run out of Energy quickly if I do that. Then, Lampent’s Luring Light can drag out a Pokémon with a high retreat cost, and Vileplume prevents Switch from being played. So, if I’m too aggressive with Magnezone, I can end up in a situation where I’m locked and cannot retreat. However, Reshiram will not do enough damage to OHKO a Chandelure, and he plays Blissey and Seeker to heal damage from his field. So, if I want to win, I need to get a few prizes early on with Reshiram and clean up with Magnezone.

For this game, though, nothing really went well for Harrison. While I was completely set up by turn 4, he was draw/passing the entire time. I got my coveted prize lead early on, and when he did manage to get a couple Chandelures into play, they were met with a Lost Burn for a KO immediately. He had a small window to come back at the end with an N that put me down to 2 cards. If I didn’t draw a Lightning Energy, I could have lost, but after a Magnetic Draw and a Sage’s Training, I was able to find it and KO his last Chandelure in play.

2-0

Round 3 – Kyurem/Terrakion/Electrode (Sami Sekkoum)

For the second day in a row, I get paired up with Sami early on. In fact, the game plays out similarly two days in a row with him getting a Kyurem using Glaciate on the second turn and putting a lot of pressure on me. However, the difference in this game is that I am able to get a Magnezone into play and stabilize. Once I KO the first Kyurem with Energy, he struggles to follow up with any attackers. Really this matchup just comes down to how quickly Kyurem can use Glaciate. Once that happens, there is a small window where I can evolve my Pokémon. If I do, I’ll win most likely. If I don’t, I will be destroyed by the spread damage. Fortunately, I am able to evolve my Pokémon this time around, and I get the win.

3-0

Round 4 – Durant (Luke Reed)

So, after his win with Durant yesterday, Luke is doing well again today. We both know what each other is playing, so we both know the game probably just comes down to how good my start is. On the first turn, Luke has to decide whether or not he wants to play an N or Professor Juniper. If he thinks I have a good hand, he will play the N. Otherwise, Juniper is the better route. We both have flashbacks to Nationals 2005 where the exact same situation occurred with Rocket’s Admin. In that game, Luke decided to shuffle my hand in, and I revealed my hand of completely unplayable cards to him before shuffling in and drawing a good hand. This time around, he opted to let me keep my hand.

However, my hand was pretty good this time around. If I remember correctly, I was able to get a Typhlosion and Quilava into play on the second turn, and a second Typhlosion wasn’t far behind. Once you get two Typhlosions into play, there isn’t much Durant can do. Afterburner allows you to attack despite Crushing Hammer, and Flare Destroy always OHKO’s a Durant because of the Fire weakness. So, a quick setup for me means a pretty strong chance of winning, and that’s what happens.

4-0

Round 5 – Chandelure/Dodrio/Blissey (Danny Altavilla)

I believe I get paired down this round with Danny, who is using a version of Chandelure without Vileplume. Instead, he plays a ton of Trainers like Max Potion and Defender. Basically the idea is to keep your Chandelures alive as long as possible, using Cursed Shadow a ton of times if you’re able to get three Chandelures into play. With Dodrio and Switch, you’re able to use every Chandelure you have every turn, and Tropical Beach allows you to refill your hand when you’re done. Without Vileplume, though, I am feeling pretty confident in my matchup.

He starts off really quickly with a Chandelure and Dodrio on the second turn, followed by refilling his hand with Tropical Beach. Right away I’m under a ton of pressure, but I remain confident that I’ll be able to win if I can set up. Eventually I should be able to OHKO his Chandelures, and with all of my high HP Pokémon, I don’t think he’ll be able to take six prizes with Cursed Shadow quickly enough. Early on he plays a lot of Defenders and Max Potions to avoid his Chandelure’s being KO’d, which turns out to be extremely annoying. Once he starts to run out, though, Chandelures start falling left and right. The flaw with this version of the deck is that if you play Defender, your opponent can just play a Catcher and KO something else. If you don’t, your Chandelure will be KO’d probably. Even though my opponent gets a quick setup and a prize lead, he runs out of Defenders, giving me an opening to Blue Flare with a PlusPower to do 130 to OHKO a Chandelure. Then, I can use Magnezone to Lost Burn the next two, and he just runs out of Chandelures. Close match, but I’m able to pull it out just because of how strong my attackers are.

5-0

Round 6 – Durant (Franco Takahashi)

At this point, both of us know we’ve made it to Top 8, but this one is to see who goes undefeated. Just like any matchup with Durant, the game really comes down to how quickly I am able to set up and how many Crushing Hammers he can hit. Long story short, I get my Typhlosions into play, and he can’t Devour my deck in time. I wish there was more to say about the game, but really there isn’t anything interesting that happens.

6-0

Finally I am able to top cut one of these tournaments, which is a relief. Who do I have to face?

Top 8 for Pompano Beach, FL

Top 8 – Durant (Jason Klaczynski)

Yes, it looks like I’ll have to play against Jason. Even though Durant might seem like a good matchup, it’s not as favorable as you would think. Anything can happen with Devour discarding cards from your deck. In fact, Durant is one of the scariest decks to play against just because you have very little control over what will happen. If you set up quickly enough, you can win. If you don’t, there is very little chance of recovering. I’m really just hoping to go first, not start with Reshiram, and get some Typhlosions into play.

Game 1: Go figure, I get to go first this game! Around the third turn, I am able to get a Typhlosion into play, and it’s followed by a second one. Once I get this going, there isn’t much that can be done if you’re playing Durant. Jason’s only hope is to try to hit a bunch of Crushing Hammers in one turn, discarding all of my Energy and preventing me from attacking. However, even if you do manage to do that, Typhlosion gets them back with Afterburner. Once two are in play, I can attack no matter what as long as I have an Energy to attach from my hand. He never is able to prevent me from attacking, so I take six prizes in a row.

Game 2: Of course, he chooses to go first this game, which automatically gives an edge to him. This time around, my start isn’t horrible, but it isn’t great either. Really, the big moment in the game is when he uses Devour on the second or third turn and discards two of my Typhlosions. Since I am unable to find my Super Rod in time, I’m stuck with one Typhlosion the entire game. Since I started with a Magnemite, I’ll have it in play for the entire game, meaning I am vulnerable to an annoying Pokémon Catcher + Crushing Hammer combo that will prevent me from attacking for a turn. Even though Typhlosion is good against Durant, you do have to discard an Energy every time you use Flare Destroy, which means you are open to Crushing Hammer locking you down at some point. Once or twice he is able to Catcher out the Magnemite (which has a retreat cost) then discard an Energy from my Typhlosion with Crushing Hammer, buying himself a couple turns to use Devour for free. At the end, I am one or two turns short of winning before he decks me out, and we move on to the third game.

Game 3: Going first, I am able to get a couple Typhlosions out this game relatively quickly, meaning I have the game locked up pretty much. Even though I start with a Magnemite again, it ends up not mattering once I get the second Typhlosion into play. As long as I manage my Energy properly and don’t allow myself to be put in a bad position with Catcher and Crushing Hammer, I cannot lose the game. Once I get set up, there is nothing exciting to talk about here. Pretty much every turn is Afterburner –> Flare Destroy. Time gets called just as I’m taking my last prize to win the game, meaning this match somehow took 75 minutes.

Top 4 – Kyurem/Cobalion/Terrakion/Electrode (Greg Chisholm)

As I’ve said multiple times already in this report, the matchup between these decks is fairly straightforward. Once Kyurem starts using Glaciate, I have a small window of time to evolve my Pokémon, otherwise I lose. Magnezone can KO Kyurem easily, then Terrakion can KO Magnezone, but Reshiram cleans up from there.

Game 1: Greg gets kind of a shaky start, and I get a really good start with a quick Magnezone, and a Typhlosion follows soon. If I am allowed to set up, my deck will overpower nearly any other deck, and that’s what happens here. Once a Kyurem comes out, it gets destroyed by a quick Lost Burn, and it’s all downhill from there. I take a fairly decisive first game.

Game 2: In the second game, things are starting to look scary when he gets a quick Electrode + N to put me at a small hand size, but I manage to get a Rare Candy and Magnezone off the draw, and I set up from there. In order to keep up with my acceleration, he has to keep using Energymite, which gives me a prize. If you do the math, that doesn’t work out very well. In both games, I just get quick starts and overwhelm my opponent with OHKO’s. Sorry, Greg! I wish we had some better games.

Finals – Landorus/Kyurem/Terrakion/Electrode (Aaron Curry)

So, I meet up with Curry and his wacky Landorus deck in the finals. He was able to get his revenge on Durant in Top 4, so here we are. Honestly Landorus doesn’t change a whole lot in this matchup. It’s the same thing as the other versions of Electrode where I need to set up quickly to win. We actually recorded this match, so I’ll breeze through this quickly. You’ll be able to watch everything that happened when the videos go up.

Game 1: Curry gets a T2 Energymite for 0, and then he plays an N to put me at 5 cards. He follows it up with a second Energymite that turn, getting two Energy this time, meaning he is able to use Glaciate on the second turn. I am unable to evolve my Pokémon, and I lose the game very quickly.

Game 2: I don’t have a very strong hand, but I am able to get a Typhlosion out on the second turn to Flare Destroy the Energy off his Landorus. Still, things look very bad because I am unable to get a Magnezone into play. Just as Kyurem is about to destroy my field, I draw a Rare Candy and Magnezone off an N to 4 cards, allowing me to finish off the game with a couple key Lost Burns. Once he runs out of Energy on his field, the game is basically over.

Game 3: Honestly, this was very similar to the first game. I had a shot to evolve all of my Pokémon, but I missed badly on my Sage’s Training, and there was no recovering from there. If I remember correctly, Aaron took six prizes in four turns or something like that; that’s just the power of Glaciate.

So, I end up taking 2nd for the day, which I’m fine with. Aaron had to go home, but he had left his mark with Landorus before going. We say our goodbyes, grab something to eat, and then it’s back to the hotel to prepare for the next day.

I’ll be back with the second part soon!

-Pooka

5 responses to “Florida Marathon Report (Part 1)”

  1. Ben

    Lol the summary of the second day’s dinner.

  2. Ddub65

    Nice article. I really enjoyed reading it, can’t wait for part 2!

  3. Mew2

    part 2? are yall ever gonna have a show again?

  4. N Smith202

    tues day tuturiol 9??????

  5. Ness

    bad deck monday??