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From Rags to Riches
Rags (Exeggutor d/
This was my second States ever and its been one of the longest pokemon events I've ever been to for awhile. I was already a little nervous, but before the tournament Gonzalo and I had an early lunch at Subway. I've been playing the deck for a while and made my first version of it as soon as I saw William Hung's report on how Rags won nationals, so I was playing it already for 4 months. I expected a lot of Metanite, Salamence ex and Flygod, so I teched in a crystal shard. Here is my list:
4 Exeggutor d
4 Exeggcute d
4 Raichu d
4 Pikachu d
4 Holon's Castform
2 Holon's Magnemite
4 Cursed Stone
1 Mr. Briney's Compassion
2 Energy Root
2 Warp Point
2 Cessation Crystal
1 Crystal Shard
2 Mary's Request
4 Holon Transceiver
3 Holon Mentor
1 Holon Adventurer
1 Holon Scientist
2 Holon Researcher
1 Holon Farmer
1 Heal Energy
3 Double Rainbow Energy
So now on with the report:
Round 1 vs. Stephen the "Big Mouth" with Metagross (PK) and Mew (LM)
I set up early and he manages to set up Metagross ex after I knock out a few of his pokemon. I hit him first with Exeggutor when he is a metang, he KOs me. I send up Pikachu and attach a holon magnemite to my benched Exeggutor. He KOs all four of my Pikachus and draws 4 prizes. I wasn't expecting that. I send up Exxegutor attach a castform, I already have a benched exeggcute and I think I'm going to lose. Then I topdeck a mentor, get my last exxegcute bench it and KO for thye win. My thought was that he almost had me there.
Round 2 vs. Ryan Weber with GatrQueen
Ryan is from the Aardvarks league and I hear from Gonzalo that he is really good. Luckily I played Gatrqueen before and knew that I had to swarm with Raichu. I keep on early KOing him. I kept Cessation Crystal and Cursed Stone reasonably early. I take the early advantage and play from there. I get a caution for looking at my prize thinking it was my hand, but time runs out and I win. Ity was one of those games as always with GatrQueen where you can press an early ad=vantage, but eventually it will overpower you. That was also a good match.
Round 3 vs. Gonzalo with Scizor ex/ Kingler d
I have to be careful to not damage his Scizor ex too much and Kingler isn't any better. Gonzalo and I always play each other at the league, so no surprises, althought he usually wins. I keep on KOing so that he cannot set up properly and I prepare my Raichu for my last KO. I drew like mad looking for my windstorm. I put away my warp point I used. Then I look in my hand and saw that it was at the very beggining of my hand. I windstorm and metallic thunder the Kingler d for the KO.
Round 4 vs. Paul N. with Kingdra ex d swarm/ Fearow d
I shut him out early in the game with cessation crystal and take my first 5 prizes. He eventually gets rid of cursed stone and I can't get any more. I decide to attack full power with exxegutr, when I probably should have delta drawn. If I only had my other cessation crystal I would have zapped his Kingdra d with 10 hp left, but he built up some other one and defeated me.
Round 5 vs. Michael with BOOM (Banette ex/ Houndoom Unseen Forces)
I blindly swarmed into his trap and it was too late. He locked crysral beach on me and always got heads on his ER 2 and Reversals. I thought it was just like MewTric, but it wasn't. I shouldn't have drawn so much because he Copycatted and I should have either had Latilock in my deck or just have 2 Raichus set up. That draw he got even after the lock made it hopeless for me to win.
Round 6- vs. Kevin Wong with Arcanine ex and Eeveelutions
He starts with Holon'sd Voltorb. I attack with Pikachu he uses Prof. Elm's Training Method and evolves, I evolve to Raichu DRE, metallic thunder.
I didn't make the top 8, but I placed 11th anyway. I was extremely exhausted after the tournament. I was also trying to introduce my Houndooom/ Weezing deck to other people so that maybe it could be made better. I also noticed in the top 8 that 7 out of 8 were archetypes of some kind: Eeveelutions, BOOM, Metanite, and Rags. The only rogue deck was StingRay. Some decks seem to counter BOOM in some manner as well, such as with Latilock and I think eeveelutions counter it too.
Props and Slops
So tired after tournament, but at least I want to remember it....
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