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The RaNd0m Report

The NEW Modified

            Well, a couple of days ago I received my Worlds packet. The official format IS New Modified, MMF, or Neo1-LC + promos. First day will consist of 3-4 match play rounds, which is best of 3. Second day will be the top 32 from the first day competing in 3 match play rounds, so they will have a top 8. Then, they will compete in match play in a single elimination format.

So… it’s finally official. Worlds is going to be a NEW format; one we aren’t used to. So what’s going to happen with this format? The old modified was dominated by Feraligatrs and Crobats. What’s the new modified going to be dominated by?

I’ve been playtesting it for about 3 months. In my opinion, it’s honestly the best format yet. NO ONE can tell what’s going to “win”. Here’s honestly why. About a month and a half ago, a friend of mine came up with the idea of using Entei/Ninetales. He, and myself, we’re near seizures. Then, about a month ago, someone started using Kabutops/Steelix. About 2 weeks ago, someone started using Kingdra/Pokemon Center, and now, I’m using Dark Blastoise (Props to Satoshi ;x)

Uh… there’s still three weeks left. So what’s going to win? I have NO idea. I don’t know, and I don’t know anyone who does. “Why can’t it be standard?” I know people have been wanting a standard MAJOR tourney for a long time, but it’s common sense why not. What owns in standard? OLDER cards. OLDER cards not playable in Modified. So, obviously, they won’t sell the newer sets if they hold a standard tourney. They’re more than paying for the trips they give out with the cards they’re selling.

Let’s look at the major decks in MMF.

Kingdra/Center – The whole point of this deck is to use Recycle Energy, Kingdra, and Pokemon Center. Kingdra uses Seadra’s Mud Slap over and over, and uses Pokemon Center with only a recycle energy on Kingdra when it is high on damage. It’s hard to beat, and the ultimate Espeon counter.

Espeon – Great deck. VERY underrated… yet overplayed. ¬_¬ I think it has a lot of hope, but can be defeated by Kingdra/Center and Dark Blastoise. Still a strong deck.

Entei/Ninetales or Magcargo – Fire is strong, but it’s always extremely weak to water. ALWAYS. It’s fast, but can be soaked. However, this deck is definitely great against anything but water. I like it a lot.

Crobat – Yeah, it’s still a major deck. =/ I don’t see it doing as well as it does in regular MF… it’s weaker. Espeon kills it, Kingdra CAN kill it, and fire does about 50/50 vs. it. Overall, not the smartest choice for Worlds.

Kabutops/Steelix – Strong deck that Alex Brosseau, a judge for Worlds, made. It’s tough to beat, and does very well. Only Crobat and on occasion Entei/Cargo can beat it. The rest lose. =\

Dark Blastoise/Steelix – I could go on and on about combos with Steelix, because you’ll see a lot of them. Dark Blastoise is a strong card, and does very well. I see this deck going far at Worlds.

Dark Blastoise – This can work well by itself. It’s almost like a stage 2 arithmetic deck. Using Metals and Darknesses, you can end up OHKOing Pokemon like Kingdra and Crobat. Rocket Tackle is deadly. With a well thought out deck, I see this doing VERY well.

            Overall, there are quite a few good decks. I think Worlds will be a lot of fun. And even if you don’t make Day 2… there’s still that Card E Prerelease… OHHH maybe not. ;x

            And remember, no matter the deck, you MUST play 4 tyrogue. =\

~ RaNd0m

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