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:

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

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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
Item

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.

Welcome to the first guest article on FoD! We have our very own Cities winner Goutham presenting us his report on how he took home the coveted trophy! Without further ado, here is his report!

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Winter is coming…

Posted: April 1, 2013 in Article
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[All images below were obtained from Pokebeach.com]

Team Plasma returns for one more strike against all trainers! What can we expect from this set? We will most likely get all of the cards from Spiral Force/Raiden Knuckle, Plasma Freeze’s Japanese counterpart. Since we know the card list, let’s break down the 5 most important cards from the set!

Deoxys EX
deoxys-ex

Deoxys will be the crux of all Plasma-based decks. A stackable pluspower for all Plasma Pokemon with no drawbacks? Imagine Lugia EX doing 150 damage with its attack or Snorlax Ps doing up to 200 damage a turn! Describing Power Connect as ridiculous is an understatement.

The only short-coming of Deoxys EX is its average attack and the fact that it is a 170HP EX benchwarmer with a retreat cost of 2.

However, things could be worse. Float Stone will be released together with Deoxys EX which nulls a Pokemon’s retreat cost, while Helix Force makes Deoxys EX the de facto Mewtwo EX counter in Plasma decks. As it stands Deoxys EX is shaping up to be the most powerful support Pokemon in the game.

Thundurus EX
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At first thought to be an average card by the Japanese, Thundurus EX quickly took center stage in Plasma decks.

Raiden Knuckle by itself is a strong but not overpowering attack. However when paired with Deoxys EX and Hypnotoxic Laser it becomes an attack that puts insane pressure on opponents with its damage output and energy acceleration. With Colress Machine and Thundurus EX, Plasma could well be the only beast that can outspeed decks that run Dark Patch or Victini EX.

Thunderous Noise is not too spectacular but comes in useful for knocking out both versions of Tornadus EX and Lugia EX, all sure to be seen in the Plasma Freeze metagame. Its energy removal effect also comes in handy as a defensive attack.

Kyurem Ps

Kyurem [W] 130HP
[W][C] Frost Spear 30
Does 30 damage to one of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon.

[W][W][C] Blizzard Burn 120
This Pokemon can’t attack during your next turn.

W: [M] R: RC: [C][C]

Like Thundurus EX, Kyurem appeared to be a very ordinary card. While Frost Spear is very much like our good friends Darkrai EX’s Night Spear, it’s front damage output is quite ordinary. Blizzard Burn is also rather vanilla.

However, given that the card pool has Deoxys EX, Colress Machine and the LaserBank combo, Kyurem becomes a beast!

170HP EX Pokemon being a problem? Kyurem knocks out them out with Blizzard Burn, 2 Deoxys EX and a HTL + Virbank in play. All not too implausible to pull off mid-game. To top it off, all your opponent can revenge is a Pokemon that nets that 1 prize. Kyurem is the key non-EX attacker in Plasma decks when I was in Japan and it’s easy to see why. Plasma decks all come down to who can use their Kyurem most effectively.

If I want to further the comparison to Darkrai, Night Spear has a maximum output of 110 sans Laser. However, Kyurem can snipe or Blizzard Burn. Both attacks share similar attack costs so the Costs/Benefits can quite clearly be seen. While Kyurem can’t shoot consecutive Blizzard Burns, it doesn’t have to. With Plasma’s insane acceleration and pressure you most likely can have another Kyurem at the ready.

Absol Ps

Absol [D] 100HP
[D][C] Mind Jack 20+
Does 20 more damage for each Benched Pokemon your opponent has in play.

[D][C][C] Shadow Fear 60
Look at your opponent’s hand

W: [F] R:[P]-20 RC:[C]

Ironically one of the current anti-Plasma techs in Japan, Team Plasma’s Absol punishes Plasma players for their extravagant benches. Also very effective against RayEels and Blastoise decks, Absol is a strong secondary attacker in both Plasma and Darkrai decks. Coupled with either Dark Claw or Deoxys EX respectively, Mind Jack starts at a healthy 40 damage which increases to 170 or even 180 with Power Connect. Look out for Absol as the must have tech as Plasma and EX hate comes strong and harsh in the coming months.

Super Energy Retrieval/Frozen City

Super Energy Retrieval
Discard 2 cards from your hand. (If you can’t discard 2 cards, you can’t play this card.) Put 4 basic Energy cards from your discard pile into your hand. (You can’t choose an Energy card that you discarded in order to play this card.)

Frozen City
Each time either player attaches an Energy from his or her hand to 1 of to their Pokémon (excluding Team Plasma Pokémon) put 2 damage counters on that Pokémon.

I put these two cards together because they are the two sides of the deck: Blastoise. Super Energy Retrieval puts Blastoise/Black Kyurem at the apex of the “I win everything if I set-up” deck archtypes while Frozen City punishes Blastoise the most heavily. Whose side will you be on? Make your choice on May 4th!

That’s the end of this report from me. There are other strong cards in Plasma Freeze such as Plasma Ball and Tornadus EX, however the cards I listed above are the ones I’m really, really excited about and I hope you feel the same as me as well!

Hello my dear readers, I must apologize for the lack of updates. Life has been far too busy and there was a lack of Premier Play events in Singapore. However I did plan for a trip to Japan and that has finally been done with. I shall detail the Pokemon-related things that happen below.

Like all good PTCG players, I made my way down to Akihabara, Tokyo where the passion for Pokemon burns brightest (ie. all the nerds are there)

The street of maids, moe and electronics, Akihabara

The street of maids, moe and electronics, Akihabara

I was led to a shop called Cherumo by a Japanese acquaintance. Located in one of the numerous buildings along Akihabara, it would have been easily missed had it not been an A4-sized poster outside with Pokemon related images pasted on it. Taking a cramped and suspicious elevator to the fourth floor, we exit to find a feast for any Pokemon TCG player. Cards and Japan-exclusive sleeves display neatly in shelves and on the walls.

The wall of shiny cards

The wall of shiny cards


More cards

More cards


All the sleeves you can stuff like stacks of cash.

All the sleeves you can stuff like stacks of cash.

I arrived too late for the gym challenge but managed to get a glimpse of the participating players. As it was a weekday, the number of players were small. Spectating was in itself a sport though, learning about which new cards were viable and how Japanese players play the game.

For those unfamiliar, Japan’s casual play system is unlike that internationally. Instead of just coming together to play, they have mini-tournaments called Gym Challenges. Participating for prizes always adds a little spice to your normal play!

I’m pretty certain that the joy as they play is the same anywhere else. However, I really like how they can sometimes just use quirky decks, which is something I don’t quite see in Singapore.

Black was obviously the colour of the day

Black was obviously the colour of the day in more ways than one

After their gym challenge ended, I passed around some otherwise useless reverse foils as souvenirs for the people there. A pretty good souvenir as Japan does not have reverse foils thus making it a memorable gift.

I also managed to squeezed in a couple of games before I had to make my leave. Playing against a Plasma deck with RayEels, I lost horribly both games. These new cards are not to be trifled with!

While I would like to go into more detail as to how the metagame is like, I’m afraid a single gym challenge with 4 people doesn’t really give insights nor do I feel that the information is would be of sufficient quality.

I also managed to make a trip down to the Pokemon Center. I was not sure of their in-store policy when it came to taking photos, so I only took photos of its exterior.

PKMNcenter1
PKMNCenter2

That’s all and look forward to future articles!