Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Two ways to play Chandelure - the current BDIF

Lampent is the uncredited star in many match-ups
Hello and welcome to The Deck Out!

Today's update is about a deck which I'm very familiar with – Chandelure. I won multiple Cities with the deck and if you haven't checked out my tournament reports yet, please do. In this article, I'll analyze the 2 different Chandelure versions: the attacking version, which I'm very keen on and the also very popular ability version of this deck.

I decided to write about Chandelure because I noticed that my version caused a lot of discussion after my first report. Some people we're especially sceptic if an attacking version can win anything but so were the most people about Chandelure as well.

In order to get the most out of this article I encourage you to read my reports one and two. From there you can learn something about the match-ups and how to play them.

I hope you enjoy the article and learn a thing or 2 about the deck!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas from The Deck Out!

Hey all The Deck Out followers and merry Christmas everyone! I wanted to lighten up your Christmas with my awesome Paint drawing skills. Here is a Christmas card by me - hope you like it!

Click me to enlarge!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ross.dec / The Truth deck analysis

Hey all to The Deck Out followers!

Since CC season has started, I have lots of decks I have to analyze. The metagame is getting more versatile with each set, which I'm very glad to see. The format seems healthier than in a long time and without the first turn rule this would be a great season for Pokémon TCG. I'm also surprised how many trainer lock decks have been doing great. I have a few trainer lock decks left for analysis (including Vanilluxe and Chandelure) but I will start these analyses from the oldest trainer lock deck I haven't yet analyzed.

This update is about the deck called Ross.dec. You may know it as The Truth as well. Before NV was released, I was pretty sure that it was going to die but for some it has done well in Cities as well so I thought to myself that I have to analyze it. I was never a big fan of this deck and still aren’t because of its auto-loss factor to OHKOers and that's why I was pretty sure it would die when it loses its surprise factor. However, I was wrong so here I am with a Ross.dec analysis.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Double tournament report w/ Chandelure - once again

Still missing Litwicks
Hello to all The Deck Out followers!

I just came back from a great weekend of 2 Cities and here I am with a report from them. If you've read my latest report you know that I played the offensive version, which was surprising for many players worldwide. I think it's better than the healing version in the random match-ups, which are the scariest ones and that's why I play it. I also love how well trainer lock and Special Conditions comboes together.

I played once again Chandelure like in my last Cities weekend but this time with a bit modified list. I didn't feel like switching the deck since I did so well in the last Cities. I usually switch the deck only if I get too bored to it or if I don't do well enough with it.

I played this list in both of the Cities this weekend and didn't modify it between the tournaments like 2 weeks ago. Here is the list this time.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Power Player interview: Miska Saari

Hello all The Deck Out followers!

Today I'm doing something completely new for me so I hope you give your opinions and thoughts how to improve my interviews. For this entry, I have interviewed the first European World Champion of Pokémon TCG – Miska Saari. Miska is also one of the only players ever to be in top4 of World Championships two times. He is also a one-time National Champion of Finland.

Miska is also a very good friend of mine and me and my big brother practically taught him how to play this game. He is one of the players I consider real tournament players. When playing in league he doesn't seem like a pro player but ones he concentrates once and for all he is a world-class player able to win any tournament in the world.

That's for the introduction part, now for the facts and questions.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

About me(us)

Hello all The Deck Out followers!

This isn't a real entry so I'll be back with an another update in the next few days. However, I decided to do a info entry about myself and everythin what's behind this blog. You may have read my opening entry but for those who haven't this is completely new info. Anyways, the reason why I'm doing this kind of entry is because someone told me that my name wasn't mentioned anywhere in the blog. The other thing that lead me to do this was Mikey Fouchet writing my name as "Eskil" for a SixPrizes Underground -article. I thought something was wrong when someone told me about that.

Anyways here is a little introduction about me and which people and things has affected the development of this blog. I'll also add this to its own headline beside The Decklist Out so you can read it any time. You can also find all the social media links and my e-mail from there.  

Monday, December 12, 2011


Hello all The Deck Out followers!

Today’s update is about a fun deck called “Timosoininilmaveivistrippibaarijouni” (Just try to pronounce it correctly). Yes -  that’s what we call the deck in Finland. However, you may know the deck as Sharpedo/Victini.

It’s fun to build rogues even though this deck could be considered as a metagame deck as well. In fact, in Finland the deck gained so much popularity because of its name that it has its own Facebook site where you can like it: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Timosoininilmaveivistrippibaarijouni/281490075203076

I don’t believe that this deck can win tournaments unless the player has a very good flipping day but it’s competitive nonetheless and can win any deck in the format when it’s getting decently lucky. 

Let’s get started with the skeleton list of Timosoininilmaveivistrippibaarijouni.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Eye on Japan: Part 2

Hey to all The Deck Out followers!

Today is the day that many of you have anticipated for a long time. It’s the time for Eye on Japan: Part 2! If you’re not familiar with my Eye on Japan – series, please read the Eye on Japan: Part 1. Eye on Japan – series is something you don’t want to miss.

As you know, in the Eye on Japan series I’ll reveal how the always so mysterious Japan tournament system works. How is the game in Japan in general and of course the most interesting part – what’s their metagame like.

Last time I revealed a lot of things about their systems and how PCL people are really close to player base. I also revealed a lot of new decks and that Mewtwo EX is dominating the metagame at the moment. The two decks that rose to the worldwide fame were Cobalion/Kyurem/Electrode and the so called 6-corners. In this entry I’ll concentrate on how their tournament system differs from ours and I’ll reveal some more info about Summer Carnival and the “Palace rules” –format. Last but not least, I’ll make a metagame update and check how things have changed from my last Eye on Japan entry.

That’s for the introduction part. I know you guys are thirsty for more information, so here we go!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Decklist Out updated!

I've now fully updated The Decklist Out with a HGSS-NV lists and all the decks I've reviewed in my blog. I'll be making an article about Vanilluxe, Chandelure and Ross.dec in the near future because I still miss articles of them. The Decklist Out is still missing a list of Magnezone/Eelektrik, which has dominated Cities so it will be my next deck article project so I can give you a deck list of it.

Let me know if you feel like anything is missing or is not working on The Decklist Out!

Eye on Japan: Part 2 coming hopefully later this weekend!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Double tournament report w/ Chandelure

I would love to play with this art
Hello to all The Deck Out followers!

This weekend was something special because it was my first real tournament weekend. I attended on Saturday in Turku City Championships and on Sunday I played in Sweden, Stockholm City Championships. I had played only in 1 Battle Roads earlier this year and if you want to check out how I did, read my tournament report.                 

The tournament weekend was also the reason for not being on a computer this weekend so sorry for the late answers for your comments!

Anyways, before even going to the tournament I knew that I wouldn’t want to play anything that included Reshiram or Zekrom. I also wanted to play a new deck so I can have a surprise factor in the tournament. That’s why I decided to go with Chandelure/Vileplume/Dodrio. I got the original list from my Japanese friend Ukinin-san and I modified it quite a bit. The final list looked like this.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Great Junk Arm

Hello all The Deck Out followers!

Today’s update is something I’ve promised to do few updates ago. No - this isn’t another Eye on Japan article. This is an article about Junk Arm. Yes – only and only about Junk Arm. I must admit that this is an update that I do first and foremost for myself so I don’t have to analyze Junk Arm in my every new deck article again and again.

In this article I try to get as in-depth with Junk Arm as is humanly possible. I’ll try to cover every single relevant aspect of Junk Arm and maybe some details as well. Even though this article is mainly for my own purposes, I hope that you can find this informative as well and maybe find new point of views to Junk Arm. Anyways, I hope you enjoy this article!