Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mega Charizard X

For those who refuse
to praise the sun we have
Mega-Charizard-X
Hello Hat Lovers!

After seeing so many Charizard-X at Washington Regionals and having toyed around with the idea myself I wanted to write about the alternate mega form for Charizard. Mega-Charizard-X becomes a Fire/Dragon type when it evolves and gains the ability Tough Claws, which boosts the damage of its contact moves by 33%

Mega-Charizard-X's base stats become 78 HP / 130 Attack / 110 Defence / 130 Special Attack / 85 Special Defence / 100 Speed. With these stats it can attack from both ends of the spectrum, but because of the aforementioned ability Tough Claws its physical attacks are preferred.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Charizard the benchwarmer: Washington Regionals Top 4 VGC Report

I didn't praise the sun much this time
Hello Hat Lovers!

I recently made top 4 at Washington VGC Regionals. I'll give an overview of the team I used and the matches I had. After going 4-3 at Oregon Regionals with our Swaguard team I started working on a new team. After trying out a variety of teams I began to favour sun teams. Whenever I used Venusaur I would give it a Mega Stone in case I didn't want to bring Charizard. Eventually I found that Venusaur was becoming my preferred Mega. I was close to dropping Charizard from the team entirely, but in the end I decided to keep it in order to scare away Grass and Steel types and give the opponent the impression that I was a run-of-the-mill sun team.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Trevenant/Accelgor Seniors 1st place States report

Worth about t'ree fitty.
Hey there Hat Lovers. Today we bring a tournament report from one of the local up-and-comer's who has just secured their World's Invite with this Provincials win! Here's Samantha!

Hey everyone!
Recently I went to Alberta Provincials, and managed to do quite well. So I thought "Why not do a tournament report then?" Before we start though I should probably introduce myself:
My name's Samantha (or Sam). I'm fourteen, and started playing Pokemon TCG around two years ago. I'm bilingual (second language being French) and very recently earned my invite to Worlds 2014. Enough about me though, let's get on to the report!
Friday morning we arrive at the only airport in Victoria and take a flight to Calgary then Edmonton. After hanging out at West Ed for a while, I decided to go to a local league  to scope out what some of the Seniors were thinking of playing for the next day. The one thing that I learned was that Virizion/Genesect wasn't very popular.
By midnight it's decided that I'll be playing Trevenant/Accelgor for Provincials. I ended up using HenryPrior's UG list.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Keeping your head with the power of SCIENCE!

Don't let it happen to you!
Hey there Hat Lovers,

So my Masters is kicking my butt and I really don't have much to say on TCG (I could write a Ninetales article, but I've hardly played this format so I probably shouldn't). But that all said, I can at least write a "Stay Healthy" article for S/P/T's!

I try to avoid being repetitive in these articles. Everyone's heard "get a good night's sleep" a ton of times. And if you've read my articles before, you've heard the "don't eat a ton before a game, and snack lightly throughout the day, keep yourself hydrated etc..." bit too. And if you read my most recent Sixrpizes UG article, then you've seen the memory tricks and tips!

Today I get to talk about something I hadn't considered too relevant to TCG. But upon reflection, I think it's very worth mentioning, and probably just a good thing to know in general!

How bloodflow works

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Praise The Sun! A VGC team analysis


Hello Hat Lovers!

Today I have another VGC team to bring to you. I used this team in an online tournament recently. I've being trying to make a Charizard team that I liked since the start of the generation, but I've just never been feeling it until recently. This team takes a fair bit of inspiration from a Charizard-centric team featured on Nugget Bridge, and uses three Pokemon from it and their movesets (though I did change their spreads.)

There were two requirements for this team: The first was that I needed to cut down on all sub 100% accurate moves as much as possible, unless there no alternative. A competitive player will try to win their games 100% of the time so resigning yourself to lose 10% of the time you should've won is something I'd like to avoid. This isn't a choice I made out of saltiness (Team Praise the Sun doesn't allow for saltiness) more that my nerves can't take the suspense of waiting to see if my attack is going to hit its target and then missing for the third time in a row.

The second requirement was that Charizard needed Wide Guard support to work for me, the same as how Heracross needed a Togekiss beside it last year, and Mawile needs a Meowstic this season. I originally tried out a Weakness Policy Aegislash with Wide Guard, but pairing a Fire weakness alongside a Charizard didn't always work out. When I read the report and NB and saw the Aerodactyl the team used I knew that it was Charizard's Togekiss. With this I was ready to praise the sun!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Building a VGC team: threats to deal with

Hello Hat Lovers! Instead of posting one of my own teams I'm going to try and help players build their own. Today I'm going to look at some common metagame threats that your team will need to be able to deal with if you want to do well. Alternatively you could treat this as a way to find a starting point for your team and ways your opponent will try to deal with you.

Kangaskhan + Smeargle

Kangaskhan @ Kangaskhanite
-Fake Out
-Return
-Power-Up-Punch
-Sucker Punch

Smeargle @ Focus Sash
-Dark Void
-King's Shield / Spiky Shield
-Tailwind
-Transform

Friday, January 31, 2014

Oregon Regionals VGC Team Analysis + Tournament Report

Too cool to actually look
at the camera
Hello Hat Lovers!

Max and Mark here:

We attended Oregon Regionals this past weekend to play both TCG and VGC. We decided against playing TCG so that we could enjoy our Saturday. We also didn't want to pay the $30 entry fee when we were going to play VGC regardless of whether or not we made cut in TCG.

We tested a couple different teams for VGC, our team was a toss up of about 10 Pokemon. I (Max) had been running Kangaskhan and Meowstic for a Swagguard combo, as well as Garchomp, Rotom-W, Talonflame and either Amoonguss or Ferrothorn. Mark was running Manectric/Gyarados and testing Timid Liepard alongside Kangaskhan, with the same 4-5 in back. The Talonflame was swapped out for a Choice Specs Salamence because Talonflame isn't that great and we wanted an Intimidate user on the team. After Ray Rizzo revealed his winning team for Virginia we saw that it was very similar to our team at the core. We added Mawile over Kangaskhan and used Ray's Ferrothorn EV spread over our own.

I wanted to test the team on the weekend to iron out the kinks, but didn't find the time because friends. We did play in a side event on the Saturday with the team and I went 5-0 while Crawdaunt went 4-1. I would have liked to change some things about our team, but didn't have time to fully test some newer ideas and instead went with what I knew.