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Speed Accepting Lightning
deck designed to handle first turn hand disruption, yet be able to
stay fast itself.
Downers Grove, IL
The last time I was at Brain Snacks I lost 2
of my games 2nd turn because of Lass and Rocket Sneak Attack. I had to
make a deck to counter the first turn hand disruption. I decided to
play my lightning deck, but make some adjustments. One of those
adjustments is by moving up to 12 basic, and 4 Pokémon which can buy
me a lot of time to get the Oak back. Here's what I played:
2x Erika's Dratini
1x Erika's Jigglypuff
12 basic is higher than what most decks hay variants normally play.
This is because of the first turn Lass and Rocket's Sneak Attack that
can lead to quick loss. Erika's Dratini and Chansey help buy time to
get the Oak back.
4x Item Finder
3x Rocket's Sneak Attack
3x Computer Search
3x Energy Removal
3x Super Energy Removal
2x Gust of Wind
1x Nightly Garbage Run
1x Scoop Up
didn't even bother with a gym. I occasionally see Resistance Gym and
Chaos Gym, but I'd rather have the one energy than the default gym. I
have enough drawing to make a fast Lass/RSA recovery, and the
Defenders and Super Energy Removals are great with Zapdos.
4x Double Colorless Energy
1x Full Heal Energy
is best with three lightning, and the Defender, so it can Electroburn
doing 10 to itself, and preventing 20 from next turn. That makes it
even difficult for the Wiggly to KO it.
did the deck count and begun the tournament. 20 minute time limit, 8
1 VS Brock's Ninetales
You can never know what to expect when playing against Brock's
Ninetales because of it's ability to Shapeshift into any evolution. He
went first, opening with a Scyther and a Brock's Vulpix. He played an
energy to Vulpix. I Snuck Attack his hand and Thundershocked his
Scyther. He topdecked Oak and ended up getting a Ninetales out on me
second turn. He started building it with water energy, but after Sneak
Attacking his hand again, I realized he had no evolution. I took
out his Scyther with Electabuzz, and Electabuzz KO'd a Brock's Vulpix
with a PlusPower. His Ninetales, with water energy, ended up doing
nothing, and another Buzz took that out. Supposedly he was looking for
the Misty's Gyarados.
Round 2 VS Rain Dance
I was playing against a psychic/water Rain Dance. It had Misty's
Psyduck and Golduck. He went first and played a water energy on
Articuno and passed. I had my Scyther active, and a Chansey in my
hand. I Snuck Attack. He had energy, a couple PlusPowers, and a
Breeder. I just took the Breeder and put a double colorless on my
Chansey. I had a Computer Search and was expecting a win next turn.
His draw: Oak. That's 2 topdecks in a row. How do I do that? I cut
decks so bad! He ends up putting another Articuno down, and removing
my Chansey. I draw a colorless, and Sneak again. He has nothing! He
drew a Blastoise and a bunch of energy, again. I play another
colorless on Chansey. His draw: Oak. He topdecked Oak twice in a row
against me! He benches a Squirtle and passes. I manage to get Rocket
Zapdos out, Oak, and Gust his Squirtle. PlusPower and Plasma. His
Articunos were Double-Edged for the win. Wow. I made a double topdeck
Round 3 VS ChanseyFlow
This was it. I would find out if I had prepared my deck well enough
for first turn hand disruption. I lost the flip. (Alright Ness!
That's 3 in a row!) I open with my only basic, Chansey.
Colin opens with a Brock's Rhyhorn. He goes Oak crazy first turn,
benches an Erika's Dratini, a Scyther, and Lasses, leaving me with a
lightning. He has nothing in his hand now. He Horn Tosses for 40. My
draw: Energy Removal. I play it, hoping to buy some time since he had
no hand. He draws, plays psychic on Rhyhorn, passes. I draw. Energy. I
play it on Chansey and Scrunch. Fails. He draws, another psychic, horn
tosses. 80 to Chansey. I draw: Defender. I play it incase Scrunch
fails, getting heads, anyway. He draws, passes. I draw: Electabuzz.
Scrunch. Works. He attaches a psychic to Erika's Dratini. He Horn
Tosses, making me bring Electabuzz out. I draw. Scoop Up. I pass. He
Horn Tosses to my Buzz for 40, bringing Chansey out. I draw, Scyther.
That is very good, considering Brock's Rhyhorn's Weakness AND
Scyther's resistance. I end up scooping Chansey. He Horn Tosses, I
bring out Chansey. I draw lightning, and play it on Scyther. He Horn
Tosses, I bring out Scyther. Draw: Oak. Finally! I get the colorless
and Slash for the knockout. He has only built an Erika's Dratini,
which Tail Strikes Scyther, but is knocked out with a PlusPower and
Goop Gas. His deck is very low, and I take advantage of him playing
defensively by Plasma'ing, building my Zapdos. At the same time I am
building a Buzz, he is doing nothing. I Electroburn with a Defender to
a Scyther, and a Mewtwo, and end up getting a 1 remaining to 4
remaining prize lead. Colin resigns. The deck had succeesed.
Round 4 VS Zapdos/Wiggly Trapper
This is another Colin. I draw an Erika's Dratini as my only basic.
That is very, very bad. The coin flip is very important, as I can lose
first turn easily. I roll a 5, he rolls a 6. He plays first. He has an
Electabuzz. He sneaks me, traps me, and leaves me with a 2 card hand.
He ends up going through his deck and mentions how he should have
played that Goop Gas. What a relief. He didn't play it. He gets a
lightning on Buzz, benches a Scyther and Jiggly. Then, I realize what
I already knew. Colin does not know how to play a Trapper. He Lasses.
He eliminates my Nightly and PlusPower, so he got rid of my Computer
Search threat, but he also eliminated his entire hand other than two
Electabuzz. He should have played an energy on Jigglypuff, and tried
to get it out turn 2 and Do the Wave for the win. I draw a Chansey and
bench it. He shocks. I draw an Energy Removal and play it. He plays an
energy on Jigglypuff, I draw a colorless and hold it for the Comp. He
evolves to Wiggly and attaches an energy. I draw Comp Search. He plays
an energy on Buzz and shocks. I draw a Rocket's Zapdos and Comp for
the Oak. I super his Wiggly, which really hurts his low-energy deck,
and bring out Zapdos, and remove his Buzz, then Plasma. He has no
energy, and I build Zapdos and Buzz at the same time with Plasma and
attaching lightning, and start Electroburning through everything for
Round 5 VS Zapdos/Wiggly
This would be a game against my friend Alex, who I haven't won a
single flip against in the 10+ tournaments at Brain Snacks I've been
to with him. Would this be the day? We do high roll. I roll a 6! He
ties. I roll a 3! He ties. I roll a 1, and he gets a 4. He did it
again. I open with a Chansey, and he plays a Chaos Gym turn one after
Billing. He Plasmas with Zapdos. I have an entire hand of useless
trainers. (Nightly, Item Finder, Defender, PlusPower, Scoop Up...) I
end up benching an Electabuzz I draw. I play a lightning on Buzz, and
end drawing an Oak after that. This is an important flip. Heads. Phew.
I end up drawing an Item Finder, an Electabuzz, Zapdos, Dratini, two
lightning, and a colorless. Just perfect, considering there's a Chaos
in play. I start building things. He cannot keep up after a few turns,
and knows he must take the risky flips. He fails an Item Finder, I get
the Oak, and draw one. I decide to hold it another turn, and by now,
he is desperate to get the Wiggly built, it's probably his only chance
of winning. I have a couple Oaks, Comp Search, Item Finder, a large
hand that I am not going to take a chance on now with Chaos in play.
He ends up playing the No Removal Gym, getting rid of his Chaos, and
getting the Wiggly out. He sneak attacks and knows he lost. He didn't
realize how many trainers I had held for Chaos. I have the Item
Finder, Comp, two Oaks, so he can't sneak them both, and a Super. He
takes the Comp, and next turn I Super the Wiggly, remove his benched
Zapdos and other Jigglypuff, and Oak. I bring out Zapdos and Plasma.
Zapdos gets build in three turns and Electroburns through 3 Pokémon
thanks to Defender. He's out of energy. He Oaks his last 5 cards and
resigns. I just avoided the chances, and let him take the risky flips,
and it won.
Round 6 VS Mewtwo/Resistance Gym
The point of my opponent's deck was to get a Mewtwo out, play
Resistance Gym, Lass, and Absorb. Then Mewtwo is suppose to go through
everything. Well, I ended up winning the coin flip, my first of the
day. He gets Resistance Gym out, but it didn't make much of a
difference, anyway. The game became a Super Energy Removal war. He
Supered my Zapdos, and Psyburned. I supered and removed the Mewtwo,
and Plasma'd, forcing him to play the psychic to absorb, so he
couldn't build his Chansey. He played the psychic and absorbed. I
Plasma'd. I had an Electabuzz built to Thunderpunch for the knockout,
after sacrificing my Zapdos. I wasn't expecting an Energy Removal
since he had played so many already. He Psyburned for the knockout,
and Electabuzz Thunderpunched Mewtwo for the knockout. I Supered his
Chansey so it wouldn't have a chance to Double-Edge. I got my Zapdos
out, and again, built it with Plasma at the first chance I had where
he played defensively, and ended up Electroburning my way to victory
Round 7 VS Magmar Lock
I do not like Magmar. It took away my chances of winning the STS by
making me fail four Psyburns in a row. He opened with a Lickitung, me
with a Scyther. I RSA'd his hand. He had nothing. I Plasma'd. He
Tongue Wrapped, Tails. I Plasma'd, knowing next turn I could win with
Plasma and 3 PlusPowers. He drew Oak. Took him 2 turns. I am so bad at
cutting decks! He ended up getting a Magmar, and a Scyther, and Tongue
Wrap, getting heads. I Snuck Attack. He had no drawing and very little
energy. It looked like I had another chance to gain a huge advantage
immediately. I Electroburned with a Defender for the knockout, and did
it again to a Magmar. Then he drew the Oak. He was two prizes behind
though, by that point, and I ended up with 4 cards in my deck and two
prizes left. I had an Electabuzz out. He had a Scyther with 20 on the
bench. My last Item Finder was one of my prizes. I am not a chance
taker, but for this game I was. I Gusted his Scyther, played
PlusPower, and Thunderpunched. I needed heads. Bob announced,
"Give him tails!" It wasn't enough. Heads. I drew the Item
Finder which I used to Item Finder a Gust, to bring out another
Scyther I had Thunderpunched the turn before.
Round 8 VS Magmar/Chan Hay
I opened with Rocket's Zapdos. Bilal opened with Hitmonchan. I
Snuck Attack. I took his Oak, leaving him with a lot of energy, Sneak
Attack, Item Finder. I Plasma'd, knowing he could stall me with Sneak,
but there was nothing I could do. He snuck my Oak and Computer Search,
away, leaving me with no drawing. I should have worked around that,
and Oaked and Comped for more PlusPowers so I could Plasma next turn
no matter what he did with Sneak. He then Super Energy Removaled,
pointlessely, as I had lightning. I Plasma'd. It came down to the
draw. He flipped over a double colorless energy and resigned. I did
it. Zappy did it.
place. I ended up winning $10 store credit and a Gym Heroes: 1st
edition pack. I signed up for the next tournament and bought everybody
a pop. I never did a Slops and Props before, so I will this time.
...Bob, for being a heck of a player, and being the only one that
could open that Jones soda I bought.
...Stephen, for introducing us all to the bashing "Roll
...Colin, he was close to having me beat round 3.
...20 minute time limit, although no one stalled their way out of
...Brain Snacks for not having blue Jones Soda.
Now, you all must wonder what mystery my gym: heroes pack beholds.
It's probably a Charity.. but hey, Charity is a solution to Gold
Berry, which by the way, will work great in this deck.
I thought you sprained your ankle."
"Yeah, well, ya see.. the thing about that is.. a buthadududu!!"
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