Archive for June, 2013

2012-2013 Season Wrap up

Posted: June 26, 2013 in Article

As I come to the end of my season, the introspective really comes hard and heavy. Here are a few learning points from the year.

Tunnel Vision
As the build up towards Nationals continued, I did quite a bit of research. The results were stark. TDK variants that went heavy counts of Kyurem with preferably a tech Absol were the best around. Furthermore, the crux of the game was using Blizzard Burn to KO EXes and occasionally Spiral Force for the mirror. Thus the last time I edited my list, I went all in, maxing out counts of Kyurem and running high counts of Switch.

Not only did I assume I would almost always get a T1 Kyurem(mainly because I could while in play test), I believed that I could freely rotate Kyurem like my opponents didn’t have Catcher.(Something that never happened even during playtesting) When it came to Nationals, I made plays that were dubious and YOLO in nature. I had trouble believing I didn’t start Kyurem, that I was missing energy attachments, that even more preposterously – my Kyurem were getting knocked out! The nerve of my opponents to run well and play better than me!

This anecdote is to show one thing. It is easy for humans to become dogmatic and lose sight of the greater picture. I became insanely focused on having my cake and eating it too: a deck that could consistently blizzard burn and spiral force. Of course if that really happened everyday, I must have stacked like a street magician. Preoccupation with the panacea is a trap that humans fall into: Perpetual motion, cold fusion, MLMs.

Introversion
The community has only increased in size over the course of these two years. Friends have been known and lost. Inadvertently, I have felt a growing sense of alienation. This led to an unwillingness to play at leagues, to share ideas and to play with others.
Yet, I know I was wrong in my feelings. The community is still tight knit as ever, even if new players form their new enclaves. I only have to look at my own gym or those with a good foundation of the veteran players. Even the word veteran is misleading, as some of the gym leaders are quite new in their own right.
On the flip side, this season I’ve had the opportunity to know a lot more international players. Partly due to my blog but largely due to my participation in online play testing on Playtcg. Thank you Jeremy, you were the one who inspired me to take that first step when I first saw you thriving in the online environment. Big shoutout to Michael Martindale for organizing the PPTCG series!

Hype
This season provided a wealth of international exchanges, especially due to the previously unmined data that were Japanese tournament results. For the first time in recent history, people could be privy to what was going to be the new metagame. The prevalence of sites like 6P and The Deck Out provided a bandwagon for people to hop onto. Arguably this has been going on for the previous season too, but we can only really begin to see how hype can sweep the playing community into a frenzy.
Going into the next season, the mastering of hype – when to believe it and when not to, will be important.

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It was a tumultuous month leading to Nationals. I had been experimenting with various Plasma and Darkrai builds.

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10 questions with Jit Min

Posted: June 20, 2013 in Interview
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A Singaporean player who requires no introduction Lim Jit Min or Jit is a veteran among veterans. He has consistently went to World’s since 2005 and is considered one of the best in Singapore. He takes a few moments out of his busy schedule to answer a few of my questions.

 

You can be considered a veteran of the game. How did you get into the game?

I started in primary school when my friends bought their cards and I just got hooked ever since.

 

What do your friends and relatives think of your passion for the game?

I think they find it childish at times, but also pretty awesome that someone can be so passionate for something.

 

Other than the Pokemon TCG what are you busy with in your everyday life?

Pokemon is really just a small part of my life. I do a lot of other things like school, work, dance and obviously partying!

 

You are probably most famous around the world as a master of rogue decks. What drives you as a deckbuilder to create such decks; what is your philosophy?

 

I just enjoy being different. I find no meaning in winning with an archetype thus I always try to find new ways to come up with a good deck. Even though I love rogues, I wouldn’t play it unless its good. Theres a difference between rogue and trash.

 

You have your own Pokemon website, Party of Six with fellow Singaporean players. How did you come up with the inspiration to create it and what are your ambitions for the Party of Six?

 

It was during World’s 2012 and we saw how the Top Cut was giving back to the community and we decided we wanted to do so too and from there we brainstormed. We are in the midst of a project that will take your minds away. Just wait and see. I hope to change the way people see pokemon into a cool platform and lifestyle that you can meet friends from around the world and challenge yourself strategically.

 

To scoop or not to scoop, what is your opinion of the prevelance of scooping to friends for CP and such?

 

I am definitely for it. I think that there is a lot more to just the so called spirit of the game. There is also team bonding and helping your friends to get there.

 

As a multiple Worlds participant you are certainly the most experienced and qualified Singaporean to dish out advice. So do you have anything to say to those who are on their way or have already earned their invite to Vancouver this year?

 

I think that the invites this year standards are really low and easy to get.

I hope players do not easily get complacent if they do get the invite and put in a lot more effort to polish themselves and do Singapore proud 🙂 Also to fully enjoy the experience, going to worlds is also more than just competing. Its about meeting people and making awesome friends from around the world!

 

Are there any players whom you think have contributed to your growth as a player?

 

I would like to thank Clifton for always testing using the archetypes against my rogues so I can keep refining them. Matthew Khoo from Canada who is one of my closest testing buddies always inspiring me. Also the community of friends who makes the game enjoyable. Too many to name!

 

What are your thoughts on the current format? Any favourite formats/decks that you would like to share with our readers?

 

I think the current format decks are really easy to play and good. So it will be difficult to find an edge over mirrors and a deck that can match the archetypes pace.

 

 

Juniper, Skyla, Bianca or Elesa?
I think they are all the same. All cards can be good depending on how you use them.
Ed: Looks like Jit has no eyes for the ladies of Pokemon.

After a long wait, the official PTCG blog in Japan has finally revealed one of the winning lists for Battle Carnivals. Those going to Worlds might very well want to see how one of their fellow competitors from Japan builds his decks!

B-League’s Kakinoki Junichi

 

3 Genesect EX
4 Virizon EX
4 Drifloon (Megalo-Cannon)
2 Drifblim (DE)
2 Drifblim (Megalo-Cannon)
1 Mr.Mime (PLF)

Pokemon: 16

4 Professor Juniper
4 N
4 Skyla
2 Colress
1 Shadow Triad
3 Ultra Ball
3 Pokemon Catcher
2 Energy Switch
2 Enhanced Hammer
2 Colress Machine
1 G-Booster
1 Tropical Beach
2 Skyarrow Bridge

Trainers: 31

10 Grass
3 Plasma

Energy: 13