Friday, 24 April 2015

Premier Challenge results

Hey Fools, we just had a PC in Pretoria (the 24th of April). I (Jayhonas) was able to win it after having the BEST set of matches in this Pokémon I have ever had. It was against my good friend Morné in the Top Cut final, and we had such an absolute cracker of a set. It was rife with predictions, mispredictions and laughter.

Here are the results with the teams (as best as I can remember):

1. Gavin Jones

 2. Morné Steinmann

NB:  Morné used a Landorus-Therian and Thundurus-Therian. I wasn't able to find the Pokémon Shuffle sprites for those two.

3. Jonah Alter


4. Andries van der Walt (his last two Pokémon were Mega Venusaur and Whinsicott)

Friday, 3 April 2015

New attitude, new team

Hey Fools, I hope you're all having a nice Easter break! After the mess up at the PC Regionals, I am back with a vengeance. When I made this team I wanted a team that could have really good switch-in synergy.

So my quest began with a Mega that I've used before, but not in a serious context. I chose Lopunny, as my Mega since she looks like Pokémon that knows how to party

The next Pokémon I needed is an oldy goldy favourite, the spoopy ghost: Aegislash. With its Ghost typing it easily switches into attacks that Lopunny doesn't like taking, like Mach Punch, Brave Bird etc.

Aegislash doesn't like EQs, so naturally I opted for Lando-T. The Intimidate on the team is really nifty too.

Landorus hates Ice type attacks, so I knew Heatran would work well here. In the wordss of my friend Morné "If Heatran sets up a Sub, its GG".

I wanted a super powered special attacker, and was undecided between Sylveon and Hydreigon. Since Hydreigon was on my last team, I opted to include Sylveon here.

Lastly, I had to bring a Water-type, coz that's how I roll. So naturally Rotom-W is the best choice here, since I can use Levitate and allow Landorus-T to freely EQ with Rotom on the field. BUUUT, I had to opt for Suicune since it's my bae. But on a genuine note, I will probably not change out Suicune since Rotom's only accurate move would be Thunderbolt if I used it.

So now that we know the team, I'll run through the moves etc. and leave some damage calcs to churn in your subconscious as you appreciate how good this team really is ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Gauteng Regionals Experience + Results

 Hey Fools! I just realised how long it's been since I wrote something here and I apologise for that. I've been extremely busy to the point that I've missed out on the last few PC's building up to Regionals, but I made it a point to attend this one!

 I made Top 8 with a 3-2 record where I lost to Nikola Radevic who finished 3rd. The team I used was:

 I was quite happy with the way that the team performed and I feel I definitely played a lot smarter than some of my previous tournaments. My Choice Scarf Greninja caught quite a few people off-guard and being able to switch out a lead like 'Mence or Jelli to bring in hail via Abomasnow and let loose with Protean-boosted Blizzards was something I liked having. What did let me down was having the wrong calculations in my head like thinking Greninja could OHKO Charizard Y outside the sun with Scald and understanding that Breloom resisted Ice Shard when it really didn't. Make sure you know what your Pokemon are capable of or just what they simply cannot do!

The top 4 are as follows from 4th to 1st:

4th - Jonah Alter with Mega Mawile, Politoed, Ludicolo, Hydreigon, Thundurus + Talonflame

3rd - Nikola Radevic with Mega Charizard, Weavile, Greninja, Latios, Terrakion + Whimsicott

2nd - Dale Schwikkard with Mega Mawile, Heatran, Cresselia, Gengar, Mamoswine + Thundurus

1st - Morne Steinmann with Mega Swampert, Politoed, Breloom, Latios, Aegislash + Cloyster

 As you can see we had a nice balance of power between Pokemon and Mega's with nothing being overpowered or overused. There were quite a few interesting tactics and sneaky moves during the course of top cut, so if you have any questions about some of the team or move choices then do please drop us a comment! The top 8 teams were even more diverse than what you see here and I believe that is just a testament to how open the current format is.

 All in all I had a good Sunday of Pokemon and am super proud of how some of my mates performed! Shout-out to Morne for winning the event, Jonah for getting fourth, Dale for pulling himself together and getting second and Stephan getting sixth at only his first VGC tournament! Unlucky to Gavin and Rogan for having slightly under-par performances, but I'm sure you'll do better next time again. I'm quite glad the PC was upgraded to a Regionals which boosts the prestige and CP of the event. The organisers ran it well and it was an okay turn out with 2 Juniors, 2 Seniors and 20 Masters pulling through for the day. Well done to everyone to that played and especially those that made top 8.

 I hope to improve on my team building and strategising from here and check you guys at the next event! #PureFool'sGold #TeamScrubsUnited #PokemansSA

Ma Bois