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Posted: May 30, 2013 in Article
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If you are a reader of my blog, yes all five of you raise your hands, you will know Flip or Die does not usually release decklists unless they are on public domain already. But today is a special occasion, like when you drink too much and regret it in the morning.

So here I am, with a deck list I’m going to post so that people can juxtapose it with an existing one. I’m not out for blood because the flaws in the deck are so obvious even an amateur deckbuilder like me can spot them.

Now I know the intentions for the “bad” list is for the better players to keep their cards closer to their chest, in a manner of speaking. Furthermore it is not said anywhere that it is a “good” or even “decent” list. The exact word used is “concept”. Still, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

So I too, took a look around online and remixed a list from the ones I saw. It has 4 Lasers and Virbank to closely resemble the core concept of the Carnival winning list.




B-League (Master-Seniors)

1st place: Genesect EX/Virizon EX/Drifblim BCR/Drifblim Megalo-Cannon /Mr. Mime

2nd place: Blastoise/Keldeo EX/Black Kyurem EX/Victini

3rd place: Darkrai/Absol ps/Sableye

4th place: Gothitelle/Accelgor/Musharna/Dusknoir

A-League (Juniors)

1st place: Trubbish/Sigilyph/Sawk/Masquerain


2nd place: Team Plasma with Cobalion and Keldeo EX

3rd place: Team Plasma

4th place: Team Plasma with Absol Ps and Keldeo EX

Spoilers for the new cards in the first place decks are as follows, credits to

Sawk – Fighting – HP90
Basic Pokemon

[C] Square Kick: 10+ damage. If the Defending Pokemon is a Team Plasma Pokemon, this attack does 40 more damage.
[F][C][C] Low Kick: 60 damage.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Drifblim – Psychic – HP100
Stage 1 – Evolves from Drifloon

Ability: Floaty Balloon
Each of this Pokemon’s attacks require one less [C] Energy for each Team Plasma Pokemon your opponent has in play.

[C][C][C] Derail: 70 damage. Discard 1 Energy card attached to the Defending Pokemon.

Weakness: Darkness (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 0

Sigilyph – Psychic – HP90
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Item Box
This Pokemon can have up to 4 Pokemon Tools attached to it. (If this Ability is negated, discard Pokemon Tools until there’s one left.)

[P][C][C] Cutting Wind: 70 damage.

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-20)
Retreat: 1

Masquerain – Grass – HP80
Stage 1 (Team Plasma) – Evolves from Surskit

Ability: Reversing Tool
Any number of times during your turn (before your attack), you may return a Pokemon Tool card attached to one of your Pokemon to your hand.
[C][C][C] Bug Bite: 60 damage.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: none


Retreat: 1

Hi everyone, my name is Jeremy and here is my report for Malaysia States that was held on the 11th of May.

Before I start on the report, I would like to take this chance to introduce myself. I have been playing Pokémon for 3 years now ever since the Luxchomp era. I have seen some success here and there throughout the time I was playing but this was the first “big win” I had in a premier event.

I am also from Team Lavender which consists of me, Xavier, Reuben, Pearlyn and Joshua. We are a group of friends that meet up quite often to playtest.

Deck Choice

Before the event, I took second place at Singapore cities with Darkrai/Ninetales, a deck which I had been testing a lot. Going into Singapore States, I decided to run Blastiose but went 2-4 due to me not being able to draw well at all.

Coming into this event, I knew that I did not want to play blastiose. No doubt the deck was hard to stop once it set up, but that deck had so many problems like bad matchups and bad draws. As I was expecting Big Basics and Garbador to be the Meta, I was not comfortable using Darkrai/Ninetales as I knew I would have to play bad matchups almost the whole day. This led me to make the choice to run Big Basics as it would be the safest as it almost had a 50-50 matchup across the board.

The night before the event, I was still testing with Landorus/Lugia/Ninetales. The deck was running good but had a very tough matchup against Tornadus EX. After a few games I decided to drop the deck as I felt that the deck was good but not good enough to win an event. I ended up playing FuRinKaZan which otherwise was known as Big Basics with Ninetales. Props to Clifton for coming up with the deck idea and Belp for helping me with the deck list. The idea of the deck was to use your Big basics to put on early pressure and Ninetales serves as a cheap attacker, a klinklang counter and a free Catchers. Here is the list I used:


Hi Danny here. I have been playing this game since Next Destinies so here is my tournament report for Malaysia states.


B-league (Masters-Seniors)

1st: Suicune/Terrakion/Silver Mirror
2nd: Team Plasma
3rd: Rayquaza/Zebstrika/Eelektrik/Silver Mirror
4th: Darkrai/Absol

B-League (Juniors)
1st: Team Plasma

Your friendly reporter  here for a quick news-flash.

Battle Carnival Spring Fukuoka

B League(Masters-Seniors) Top 4

1st Place: Katagiri EitaGenesect EX/Virizon EX/Hypnotoxic Laser/Virbank City Gym

2nd Place: Kaida Tatsuya Hydreigon/Darkrai/Virizon EX/Absol/Hypnotoxic Laser/Virbank City Gym

3rd Place: Klingklang/Cobalion/Cobalion EX

4th Place: Team Plasma (Kyurem, Deoxys EX, Thundurus EX)

A- League (Juniors)

1st Place: Kanehira Kouta Team Plasma (Deoxys EX/Kyurem/Thundurus EX/Keldeo EX)

2nd Place:  Blastoise/Keldeo EX/Moltres/Kecleon

3rd Place: Klingklang/Cobalion/Cobalion EX

4th Place: Deoxys EX/Thundurus EX/Mewtwo EX/Zekrom

Very, very interesting results here. We see 2 decks which are literally ripped apart by Fire, which could mean big Fire techs coming for the next Carnival. Team Plasma is still doing relatively well, despite the strong anti-Plasma card pool available to the Japanese, not least of all Garchomp and Item-lock decks running Silver Mirror. However, this could just be strength by numbers. Like Luxchomp of years past, it is still the de facto BDIF to play in a large meta.

Silver Mirror – Trainer

Pokemon Tool: Attach a Pokemon Tool to 1 of your Pokemon that doesn’t already have a Pokemon Tool attached to it.

If the Pokemon this Tool is attached to is not a Pokemon-EX, it is unaffected by damage and effects from Team Plasma Pokemon.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

As far as I know, it is the first time Fukuoka has hosted a Battle Carnival. As it is, it might just be a regional meta-game where a deck came out first. This is not unlike how well Rayquaza/Eelektrik decks did in some of the American State Championships.

Further proof lies in the fact that the winners seem to be less well known, as compared to those belonging to teams based in Tokyo.

EDIT: I stand corrected. I have just read that Katagiri Eita is a first year senior who went 4-3 at the Worlds Championships in 2012 as a Junior. Are we looking at the future steward of Japan? Somebody to reclaim Japanese dominance in the Senior category for Worlds 2013?

However, I’m quite certain that the Tokyo-ites and Nagoya-ians will use this as the basis for choosing their decks for their own Battle Carnival.