Georgia’s Worlds Day 1 Deck – Vespiquen/March

The Gym Leaders are back home, mostly adjusted to the time change and back into the normal swing of things.  We wrapped up our weekend in San Francisco by doing some bonus sight-seeing, a relaxing way to pass the time… but our competitive leaders would have rather been in the mix for the title.  We did not go pokemon-less for the rest of the weekend however, as Georgia was fortunate enough to get one of the random wrist bands included in some players’ competitor pack.  The band granted access to a limited autograph session with Junichi Masuda (Game Producer & Director at GAME FREAK, Inc) and Shigeki Morimoto (Game Director at GAME FREAK, Inc).  Georgia walked away with what may be the most unique “half-art” Entei in existence, as she had both VIP’s autograph her favorite card.  Here’s a couple of photos for the meeting and then we’ll get into her deck.

The last photo is to fill the space out, but as the author of all the posts on this site, I never get any photo time!  So there I am, riding a cable car, doing my best pose for a Rice-a-Roni ad (do they even still call it “the San Francisco treat”).  Anyway, onto the deck.

As we approached Worlds, we tested out everything that even seem feasible.  We kept records of how each deck did against other decks we had built, knowing that whatever we chose would have to perform against “Night March” and item lock.  As we narrowed decks down, variations of “Night March” proved very difficult totree beat.  The best match-up against “March” was Trevenant.  However, Trevenant sometimes was slow to set up.  That combined with the Junior Division obsession with Darkrai/Giratina (taking 4 of the top 8 spots), further pushed us away from the deck.  2 Trevenant BREAK decks did make Top 8, but we can only assume that they avoided Darkrai EX based decks, as one quickly set up EX can roll through Trevenant.  The 2 Top 8 decks were similar to the Masters deck from Nationals that relied on disruption, and Georgia is not crazy about decks that focus on those strategies.  As much as she likes to win, she’d rather outrun you than out-aggravate you.

Our strategy for the weekend was to go for consistency and speed on Day 1 and then roll the dice on Day 2 if we made it there.  It was hard to look beyond Vespiquen/Night March for a better option for Day 1.  We know that this deck has been talked about and analyzed to death over the last year, so we won’t spend a lot of time on its strategy.  Look at the list we put together and then we’ll discuss the customization we went with.

Quen/March:

  • 4 – Joltik (PHF 29)
  • 4 – Pumpkaboo (PHF 44)
  • 4 – Lampent (PHF 42)
  • 1 – Mew (FCO 29)
  • 2 – Combee (AOR 9)
  • 2 – Vespiquen (AOR 10)
  • 3 – Shaymin EX (ROS 106)

 

  • 3 – N
  • 1 – Professor Sycamore
  • 2 – Lysandre
  • 1 – Pokemon Ranger
  • 1 – Hex Maniac
  • 1 – Teammates
  • 4 – Ultra Ball
  • 4 – Battle Compressor
  • 4 – VS Seeker
  • 4 – Trainers’ Mail
  • 4 – Puzzle of Time
  • 2 – Dimension Valley
  • 1 – Parallel City
  • 1 – Escape Rope
  • 1 – Startling Megaphone
  • 1 – Special Charge

 

  • 4 – Double Colorless Energy
  • 1 – Psychic Energy

The first thing that most of you that know this deck will likely notice is the 3 count of the Supporter card, “N” (which is why we listed it 1st).  Most lists play 3 or 4 “Sycamore”, which our original build followed (4).  However, the card set in “March” that we felt truly pushed it over the top is the 4 “Puzzle of Time” (which Nwhen you play 2 of at the same time, allows you to retrieve any 2 cards from your discard pile).  As we tested and tested this deck, we began to see that the high “Sycamore” count seemed to be in direct conflict with ever getting and keeping 2 “Puzzle of Time” in your hand when needed.  It seemed like  almost every opening hand contained 1 “Time” and a “Sycamore”, meaning you had to toss 1, which of course means you only had 1 remaining opportunity to play “Time”.  Having to tiptoe around not tossing the remaining “Time” cards seemed very problematic to us.

Switching the count to 1 “Sycamore” and 3 “N” fixed that problem, as we would normally discard the lone “Sycamore” with a “Battle Compressor” and get it citystadwhen needed later in the game.  The other card that Georgia insisted make it into the deck was “Parallel City”.  From the time she spent this year with Mega Manectric EX decks and the “Mononoke” list that we had ready for Day 2, Georgia knew the value of the stadium, especially in a “March” mirror match, as she would use it to discard her own benched Shaymin EX after using them to set up.  Removing them as targets for easy KO’s allowed her to run through most mirror matches, as she would KO opponent’s Shaymin while they were forced take 1 prize card at a time.

We wanted 2 “City” stadiums in the list, but cut it to 1 copy so that we could include 2 “Dimension Valley” stadiums.  We thought about dropping Mew altogether, but Mew was clutch in many testing games as an extra attacker.  The Psychic energy/Dimension Valley combo provided an extra out against mewtroublesome EX’s like Aegislash and Giratina.  We also found the “Valley” stadium important in games where Georgia started with a Pumpkaboo as her Active pokemon.  The small Vespiquen line provided options of a late game attacker or served as answer to Seismitoad EX or any of the Fighting-type decks.  As you can see (or know, for those of you that have either played with or against these decks), Vespiquen/March is ridiculously fast and as its card base grew to include cards like “Time”, “Pokemon Ranger”, “Special Charge” and Mew, grew into a deck that can answer anything.  For those reasons, we are glad to see it exit the format with the rotation effective a few days from now.

The list we put together matched Georgia’s style well.  We (or I, rather) have thought out our weekend strategy over and over and over.  We can’t see changing any part of it.  Our predictions of Day 1 decks and more importantly, Day 2 decks, were dead on.  Georgia dominated her 1st 3 opponent’s with this list.  The fact that she drew the trio of Japanese players that went on to finish 4th, 9th and 32nd on Day 2 is still mind-blowing to us.  All 3 of these players obviously deserved to be automatic qualifiers into Day 2.  When we throw the odds of those pairings mindblowin with the odds of her final round opponent, Hajime Imura, playing “N” for 1 card and hitting a Shaymin EX… those numbers are astronomical.  As we’ve said before, when you get to matches between players at this level, the luck of a “top draw”, or even a coin flip, is often the deciding factor, especially in a match like that between Georgia and Hajime, where its sounds like both players played flawlessly.

If Georgia could have squeaked out of that last match and onto Day 2, the field played out exactly as we thought it would.  Georgia’s odds of driving though that darktwrday with “Mononoke” (which we tried to post as quickly as we could that night, albeit not soon enough for anyone to build or test) we feel, were very high.  Unfortunately, that’s falls into that dreaded “what if” category that keeps parents like me up at night.  We know that our Gym Leaders were 2 of the hundreds of players who walked away disappointed, as everyone competing there had the same goal as we did.  We did our part in preparing for the event and the Gym Leaders Georgia and Logan did their part by playing their best.  I turn to my favorite line from my favorite book series, “The Dark Tower”, to describe the uncontrollable part that fate plays in these events… “There will be water if God wills it.”

Check back soon for a look at Logan’s Worlds deck.  Until then, see you at the Gym.

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