Thursday, March 28, 2013

Featured Writer: Matijs Moree - 3rd in Regionals - a Secret Deck analysis

I didn't see this one coming...

Hi everyone!

As there have been quite a few rogue decks popping up lately in the international tournaments, today you’ll get a special treat from a (hopefully) already familiar writer for you – Matijs Moree. I dared to say that no good rogues would ever be possible be competitive in the current format, but he proved me wrong with his VERY innovative decks, which led him to 3rd of Spring Regionals!

I hope, I’ll get Kumis’ article soon as well, so you will get more articles from the innovative parts of the format. At the moment, I’m just stuck with the most competitive metagame decks in order to get the trip to Worlds!

Also, before we start the article, remember to tell your opinion about possible The Deck Out - playmats on my Facebook or Twitter page! If there are enough people who would like to see The Deck Out -playmats to happen, it will happen. I won't get any money from them, so I'll negotiate the price as low as possible.

Anyways, I’ll let Matijs’ take away from here, enjoy!

Monday, March 25, 2013

And the 2nd place goes to...The BDIF!

I'll soon run out of Landorus EX pictures!
Hello everyone!

If you are following me on Facebook or on Twitter, you already know that I finally was able to reach the Finals in our last States Championships! What deck did I play? Well, after looking at my Thursday’s blog entry, I think you can very well guess what deck I played – Landorus EX.

As I was able to once again get a good placement, I guaranteed one bye for my Nationals, which I’m very happy about, because I have played in so few tournaments compared to the other players who got the bye (all of them have played at least double the amount of tournaments compared to me).

Also, there were some VERY strange games in this tournament and I can easily say that this was the weirdest tournament; I’ve played the whole season. Anyways, let’s start with the deck list!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Best Deck In the Format

Better than ever.
Hello everyone!

Today I’ll be discussing the (in)arguable BDIF of the current format – Landorus EX/Tornadus EX/Mewtwo EX/ (Garbodor). Once an underdog - now the best deck in the format. What happened to the former BDIF Blastoise/Keldeo EX and why is Landorus EX quickly become the best card in the format even though it’s still a Water weak Pokémon?

The deck got no new attackers from the Plasma Storm, but something happened to the deck to make it as good as it is now. What then happened? That’s what I’m to find out in today’s entry.

Let’s start by looking at the skeleton list of the deck.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Darkrai / Lasers rolling the States

Warp Point > Escape Rope
Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since I last made an old school tournament report. It was fun playing in a tournament with a new format since ECC was with the older format. I also felt like – spoiler alert – the tournament went very well even though I didn’t win the whole thing. Also, at last league we built the decks from the MD-on format and I once again understood why I back in the days loved the game. It was 5% coin flipping, 80% skill (playing and deckbuilding), 15% luck. Nowadays, the numbers are pretty much the other way around…

I also want to thank especially Simon Eriksen and Tord Reklev for the input for the deck. I took the risk that there would be no Klinklangs and it paid off. The problems. I had this deck were pretty interesting (not the usual Darkrai EX problems). I also had dice with me in the tournament and I would be forced to give a die to each person who wins me. My goal was to let one die slip away. Did I succeed? Let’s start the report, so we can find out!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

How to counter Klinklang with the top tier

Seriously? My favorite Pokémon is playable!

Hello everyone!

One of the hottest topics in the States Championships discussion has been Plasma Klinklang. Is it really viable? If it is a viable deck, the question is, is it a threat to your deck and what you need to do in order to counter it? For some reason Klinklang is always a very heated topic and this year it isn’t no different. And it seems that John Roberts II is still a believer of Klinklang as well!

Today, I’ll be concentrating on how to counter Klinklang with the top3 metagame decks of the moment – Eelektrik, Darkrai EX and Blastoise. No Landorus EX variants, even though the seems to be arguably the best deck in the format at the moment? That’s mainly, because most of the best doing Landorus EX variants out there run Garbdoror, which automatically shuts down Klinklang.

So, what do you need to do if you’re running the other top tier decks that can’t afford running Garbodor in their lists? That’s what I’m here to find out.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Manaphy & Friends

Hello everyone!

You know what day today is? The release date of Starcaft 2: Heart of the Swarm! Nonetheless, I'll be still writing to my blog regularly, even though I believe I have never been busier in my life than at the moment.

States started last weekend and even though some international Regionals have been played, we don’t really have any clear results from the tournaments. Darkrai EX has been dominating somewhere and surprisingly Klinklang has been doing very well for example in Finland. Garbodor/Landorus EX is still on the run and been doing extremely well. However, since the new set is released, there is also potential for completely new decks! And today I’ll take a look at not probably the most competitive deck variant there is, but very interesting and fun deck – Manaphy & Friends.

I’ll introduce two different variants of the deck and at the moment, I’m thinking of playing one of these variants in my upcoming Regionals. They are fun, consistent and can win any deck in the format – what else you need from a deck in this format? With a little tweaking I can see these decks to exceptionally especially in a very diverse format like the current format we are now playing.