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2007 Pokemon World Championships Last Chance Qualifier

Kona, Hawaii

Waikoali Village

Friday 8/10/07

258 total participants – 140 in Masters
John Chimento



Greetings fellow Pojo Pokemon fanatics.  Due to a very hectic personal and work life I have been away from writing on Pojo but I did take some time to write up this 2007 World Championship report from Kona, Hawaii with pictures.  We flew from NY to Chicago then Chicago to Hawaii.  Be prepared for a long flight.  The flight was about 12 hours long.  We flew over with last year’s 2nd place winner Jimmy “Banginbox” Ballard and his wife, also Troy and his son, and Rick Langstein and his son and son’s friend who ended up 8-0 in the Masters Grinder with Mario, and whoever else I forgot to mention.   We landed in Maui for refuel which was a beautiful Island then on to Kona.  We stayed the 1st nite with our friends the Sauks: Greg, Ben + Geoff.  Who each made Day 2 in the Sr’s.  Congrats on that.   The resort was awesome. With a Train and/or Boat running up and down the resort to get to the 3 different hotels and all the different pools and lagoon.   Warning food was uber expensive.   The TCG area was decorated with all different kinds of cool posters and designs like this:




I decided to go rogue and go with my Torterrible deck as coined by Steve Silvestro.  There will be a lot of Lucario, Mario, and Speed Spread variants so the deck has high HP and enough healing power to overcome all that.  Also it has decent matchups against Ape as I am packing 4 Cess. Crystals and 3 Battle Frontiers.  You actually want to be losing with Torterra as all you need is 1 Grass energy on the benched Turtwig, Rare Candy to Torterra then Scramble and then next turn Torterra Lvl. X to abuse its Power: Forest Murmurs. Well how did it go?  Well here is the report


Round 1 vs. Victor P. (DogFace 89 on the Gym)


Victor is from Georgia and was playing Electanite.  I have a good matchup against this as long as he doesn’t go aggro with his Delta Dragonites who resist Grass.  I can ohko the Electivires as they have 100hp and Torterra Lvl X deals 100 damage in one hit.  I start with 3 mulligans to his 1.   We both get decent setups.  I have a Cess. Crystal with Budew locked for about 3 turns until he can Windstorm it away.  Victor does misplay with Cess. Crystal in play and draws a card with Delta Electabuzz power.  We call over a judge because Vic has a large hand of about 12 cards and there is no way to tell which card he drew.  Finally when we got a proper ruling from Vince (Meganium54) about 4 mins. have expired.  I request a time extension and we get one.  The game goes back and forth with Vic having an answer to everything I drop.  I drop a Cess. And he has a windstorm.  I drop a Battle Frontier to shut off Dragonite and he drops a Holon Ruins.  I try not to drop both Tool and Stadium but it doesn’t matter because Vic plays smart and holds his Stadiums until the right moment.   I am able to draw 5 prizes as does Vic and after time is called we have the 4 min. extension.  I have Holon Farmer back in my Torterra Lvl X the turn before and with only 12 cards left in the deck I play Holon Scientist for 8 cards. I need the Torterra Lvl X for its 100 damage against Vic’s active Electivire and end up drawing into all 3 of my Rare Candies that I haven’t seen all game and other useless junk.  So Vic then ends up koing my active Torterra to win.  Very close and good game.


L: 0-1


Round 2 vs. Clay (Blaziking)


I’ve know Clay from the message boards and from various large scale tournies like Nats.  Clay is from Texas and is running his version of R-Gon = ClayGon.  Clay gets a quick Flygon-ex d out along with a Ray-ex d.  Im able to put an early 10 damage from Flick Poison on the Ray-ex d.  And I also put 130 damage on Flygon-ex d throughout the game and I just wait until I get the Torterra Lvl X out.  Then bang Forrest Murmurs for 4 Prizes by taking out his benched Flygon-ex d and hitting the active Ray-ex d for 100.  Clay never did get back up and running after that and I took all 6 prizes on him.


W: 1 - 1


Round 3 vs. Allison


Allison is from No. London, England and is over here with a contingency of players.  She was very nice and cordial.  Allison was playing Shiftry-ex.  I start with a Turtwig start with 1 Grass energy, 2 Holon Transceivers, 1 Grotle, 1 Torterra, and, 1 Battle Frontier.  A pretty decent start I must say.  I can get a Turn 3 Torterra out and hopefully draw into Torterra X.  I attach to Turtwig and hit for 20!!  Yeah 1 G for 20.  Then Allsion nails an ER 2 flip on my only energy.  Unfortunately Allison only has Holon Castform out and no way to get basics.  But with Shiftry-ex being weak to Grass I think I would have won anyways.  Good luck to your son Allison! 


W: 2-1


Round 4 vs. Ted (Houndoom13)


Ted is from Seattle, Wa.: home to the 2007 Senior World Champ Jeremy S. Yeah!!  Ted was playing classic FireStarter Blaziken with Delcatty Energy Draw and a tech Blaze-ex.  Ted got all his Rare Candies and had 2 Fire Starters out and a Delcatty out to Energy Draw.  I tried Flick Poisoning his Pokes but everytime it seemed like Ted had a Switch or Warp Point to get out of Poison.  Then in addition to all my Pokes being Fire weak this was a match I was clearly fighting from behind.  Once I did get a Torterra up and running, Ted had a Blaziken-ex that could hit for 100 damage and then it was downhill from there.  I looked at my prizes and I had 2 Holon Transceivers and a Holon Scientist prized so this was bad luck for me.


L: 2 - 2



Round 5 vs. Mikey F (Magnechu)


Mikey is a fellow NY player playing in his 1st Grinder in Masters and Mikey is a high caliber player going 8-0 in last years Worlds before losing in Top cut I believe. At 2-2, I am actually playing up in the Top tables that are 3-1 due to good resistance from my Round 1 opponent who is 4-0 at this point.  Mikey is playing Lucario-lutions.  Now Torterra has a wonderful matchup against this deck as clearly I am healing all my Pokes by 20 a turn.  But low and behold Mikey techs in a Flareon-ex for the Scizor-ex hate that is a major deck by the Japanese and also it won 2nd place at US Nats by Jaeger.   We go back and forth with ko’s but my last Torterra gets hosed by his Flareon-ex then it is downhill from there for me. 


L : 2 - 3


Round 6 vs. Dorothy (PokeDot)


Dot is another lady that I face that is from England.  Dot is playing Delta (Raieggs)  with Shuckle tech for Scizor-ex decks.  Really pure Scizor-ex decks play no techs to go against SafeGuard.  But low and behold I play no EX’s and Torterra is such a beast to take down for RaiEggs that I just plow through whomever she sends up.  Dot was such a nice lady to play and I felt bad for her as they do not play with Diamond & Pearl cards yet in her league and she had no idea what Torterra did.  At this point there was going to be a dinner/drop break for those players that wanted to drop.  I would say about half the field dropped before Round 7 but I am playing Torterra all the way baby!!


W: 3 - 3


Round 7 vs. BYE

I end up with a BYE Round 7 and the player behind me has a BYE too!!  Why not pair us up instead?  I guess a win is a win but I hate BYEs.  So instead I watch the match next to me it is an American player with Ambush vs. Japanese Scizor-ex.  The Japanese players’ deck literally takes off like a Rocket and has Turn 2 Scizor-ex and then ends up having 3 Scizor-ex’s up and running switching back and forth taking all 6 prizes.  The secret is that he was playing Trainer cards like Masterball, PokeNav,  PokeDex to mill through his deck prior to playing his Supporter then playing a Draw Supporter like Oak’s Research, CopyCat, or Steven’s to get even more cards. 

W:  4 - 3


Round 8 vs. Mac


Mac is from Iowa and playing InfernCatty.  Finally I get to go up against it!!  I am building up my Torterra sacking Budew’s in the process as Mac is discarding DRE’s to ko the Budew’s.  lol  He gets a Delcatty Energy Draw and plays 3 Windstorms each time I play a Cess Crystal.  WTF?  I couldn’t find any Battle Frontiers.  I have a fully healed Torterra with a Grass and Scramble attached to it and next turn I have the Torterra X to kill his only Ape in play.  It is Mac’s turn and his Ape has 1 energy.  He CopyCats my hand of 6 and pulls off the other Fire and 2 Plus Powers.  WTF?  So he hits my Torterra for the 140 damage.  So last round I lose.


Final Record:  4 – 4   So Torterrable goes 4 - 4 in the Grinder.


Now onto Day 2 my son Nick already has an invite to play in the Senior World Championship.  He goes with LatiLock with Latias-ex, Latios-ex,  Latios, Latias, Rayquaza Star, Delta Mewtwo and basically the Holon Engine with Battle Frontier hate. Seniors is 6 rounds of Swiss then cutting to the Top 16.


Round 1 vs. Hiro O

Hiro is from Japan and is playing Flygon/lutions.  Flygon-ex seems a bad matchup for all basic deck like Lati/Lock but Nick took 4 prizes by using Rayquaza Star.  Unfortunately he was 10 damage away from koing the Flygon-ex to take all 6.  Hiro ends up winning though on Sand Damage from the bench.  Nick did not find any of his Battle Frontiers all game to shut down Delta Flygon.


L : 0 -1


Round 2 vs. Orion C.

Orion is the little bro of Eric C in the Masters and poor Orion tore his knee ligament or something the nite before so he is in a wheelchair all weekend and cant enjoy the pools.  Orion is playing Speed Spread.  Nick basically uses Latio-ex D Ice Barrier for the majority of the game to shut down all of Orion’s ex and Nick wins the game.


W: 1- 1


Round 3 vs. Martina C.

Martina is from Italy and is playing MARIO.  There isn’t much to this match as Nick pulls off a Turn 2 Latias-ex to ko her only Poke.  Such is the way with LatiLock very easy to get that Turn 2 ko.


W: 2 – 1


Round 4 vs. Geoff S

It was Geoff and his dad and bro we stayed with the 1st nite. Geoff is from back East.  Geoff is playing Flariados which is usually a bad matchup but Nick has teched 2 Warp energy and Warp Point in his deck for this matchup.  Nick takes all 6 prizes and wins easy.


W: 3 – 1


Round 5 vs. Tais A.

Tais is the Campion from Denmark and is running a pure counter deck to Nick’s.  It is very similar to the LatiLock but also has Metagross Super Connectivity along with Sceptile-EX to shut down opposing ex’s.  Nick tried to hang in there but there wasn’t much he could do once Tais got the Sceppy-ex’s out.


L: 3 – 2


Round 6 vs.  Austin C.

Now there will be some 4-2’s that make the Top Cut so Nick has to win his last round vs. Austin.  We have known Austin and his family from many events over the years and they are very nice people.  Austin hails from the great state of Texas.   Austin is playin Speed Spread with a Jirachi-ex for tech.  This was actually a close game for Nick as Jirachi-ex shuts off Nick’s powers and is mainly weak to Psychic.  Nick got really lucky and flipped 3 heads in a row with Spiral Rush to ko Austin’s only Jirachi-ex that he plays I believe and then Nick used Holy Star for the last 4 prizes.  Good game Austin.


W: 4 – 2


So Nick ends up 4 – 2 and we wait around for Final standings to see if he made it.  He ends up in 20th place.  His resistance was hurt from his 1st + 3rd Round opponents who actually donked the rest of the tournament.  So I end up purchasing tickets for Tomorrow’s Mysterious Treasures Pre-Release that we play in.

Here is a picture of Nick and I at the local King Shoppes plaza that actually had the cheapest food around:



Also here is a link to all our Hawaii photos on webshots:




Thanks for reading and if you would like to contact me please do so at JSChimento@aol.com.


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