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NY Showdown Warstory -- Explosions fix everything!

Discussion in 'Past Format Discussion' started by Bonta-kun, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. Bonta-kun


    Jul 22, 2008
    Note: Due to lack of sleep the past few days, my memory of the Showdown is pretty Shoddy so I'll leave out info every now and then! Also, sorry for the lack of pictures!


    I get on line around 8:30ish and get my trendy yellow bracelet. I find a place among the crowd and fire up my DS. Only 4-20 levels to go for 3/4 of my team! I talk a bit with a rather tall fellow and a guy closer to my height who came from Texas (who turns out to be CaptKirby I think). I slowly phase out of the conversation due to being too busy kicking the crap out of the Elite 4. After a few hours of waiting, they start calling out numbers for alternates. My number gets called relatively early so my trendy yellow bracelet is replaced by a not-as-trendy green bracelet. I was assigned to Flight 2 (same as XxBlueCookiesXx) and seeing as how the Junior Division battles were still going on I figured that I'd have some more waiting to do. The room was packed so I decide to see if there is any more space downstairs. After finding a place to sit down (my legs thanked me for this later), I finish the movesets of my team and decide that I'm ready. 3...2...1...GO!


    Adamant Garchomp @ Lum Berry
    - Protect
    - Earthquake
    - Dragon Claw
    - Crunch

    Modest Zapdos @ Chesto Berry
    - Thunder Wave
    - Protect
    - Discharge
    - Light Screen

    Timid Gengar @ Black Sludge
    - Hypnosis
    - Explosion
    - Thunderbolt
    - Shadow Ball

    Adamant Metagross @ Leftovers
    - Bullet Punch
    - Meteor Mash
    - Earthquake
    - Explosion

    I was trying to make an Explosion team with Typhlosion at first but decided against it at the last minute. The Zapdos is a random one from a friend of mine (thanks man). The basic lead strategy is to take advantage of Discharge and Earthquake hitting both opponents while the partner is immune. Electric and Ground have decent type coverage on the Pokemon that I assumed would be common in this tournament plus Discharge has a 30% paralysis rate. Gengar and Metagross are great for cleaning up what my Garchomp and Zapdos can't handle.


    Round 1: vs Spades -- Vespiquen, Raticate, ???, ???

    I haven't had a double battle in about 2 years so I was pretty nervous. I shake hands with my opponent and I wish him good luck. I start out with my "safe" lead of Garchomp and Zapdos. My opponent surprises me with his lead of Vespiquen and Raticate. I decide to Protect with Garchomp and Discharge with Zapdos. Vespiquen double team my Zapdos with Super Fang and Power Gem. At this point, I felt kind of dumb for messing up my first turn like that. I end up using a combination of Dragon Claw and Discharge to take out both opponents the next turn. He brings out two replacement Pokemon which I take out in a turn or two with some Earthquake + Discharge.

    Round 2: vs ??? -- Flygon, Swampert, Torterra, ???

    Hm...I really don't remember my opponent's name from this one and I forgot to register his friend code. Sorry. His team was mono-Ground which completely screws over the Zapdos I was leading with. Garchomp uses Dragon Claw to take down Flygon while Zapdos uses Light screen for kicks. I really can't recall any of the moves he uses except for a Muddy Watter and a Wood Hammer. I end up winning this one thanks to Garchomp and a well-timed Gengar Explosion.

    Round 3: vs Trista (aka SailorClef?) -- Sneasel, Typhlosion, Dusknoir, Metagross

    With all of these holes, this is starting to become a pretty weird warstory no? After the introductions are done with, the battle begins! I was kind of nervous going into this one as well because I noticed that she beat her opponent pretty quickly in the last round. She leads with Sneasel and Typhlosion while I start with my usual lead of Zapdos and Garchomp. Sneasel uses Ice Shard on Garchomp who used Protect while Typhlosion uses a scorching Eruption to do quite a bit of damage to Zapdos. Zapdos uses Discharge which luckily paralyzes her Typhlosion (guess I don't have to Thunder Wave next turn). She switches out her Typhlosion the next turn and this is where the details of the match become blurry again. I eventually get the win and get into the top 16. They take my game away for hack checking and I wander off somewhere.


    The wait between my 3rd match and my 4th match was pretty long as well. During this time, I met Expert Evan and Gouki Shinkou who I kind of remembered from two years back at JAA. The Junior Division Finals were also played during this time and the match was pretty good. I wished Expert Evan and Gouki Shinkou good luck in their matches during the next round because it was obviously the most important round of the Senior Division. I also said that I'd quit lurking at Smogon for a while to write a warstory if I won. Great...


    Round 4: vs Jimmy (aka VID30GAM3R?) -- Kingdra, Ludicolo, Latias, Qwilfish

    The match begins with Kingdra and Ludicolo vs Garchomp and Zapdos. I knew that a Fake Out was probably coming from Ludicolo. I decide he would probably Rain Dance because of my current Speed advantage so I try to take out Kingdra with Dragon Claw from Garchomp and Discharge from Zapdos. Ludicolo uses Fake Out on Zapdos and at this point I feel pretty good about it because Garchomp hits Kingdra with a Dragon Claw. Sadly, Kingdra survives with a little health left and Rain Dances to boost the speed of his Swift Swim Pokemon. He'll most likely go for Garchomp the next round so I Protect while Zapdos uses Discharge. He attacks Garchomp with Kingdra but it is blocked while Ludicolo used Blizzard which hits Zapdos for a little damage. Zapdos Discharges doing a little damage to both Kingdra and Ludicolo. Looking back on this, I should've risked disabling Kingdra with a Thunder Wave. Kingdra's attack hits Garchomp the next turn while Ludicolo Blizzards again. Blizzard misses Garchomp due to its poor accuracy but hits Zapdos which freezes it. At this point, I was thinking I was pretty screwed thanks to my mistakes and that freeze. Memory gets a little fuzzy here again but the rain stops as soon as Garchomp and Zapdos both faint. Gengar and Metagross take out his weakened Kingdra and Ludicolo with a Shadow Ball and a Bullet Punch. He sends out Qwilfish and Latias and the matchup doesn't look too bad at all. Gengar goes for the Shadow Ball on Latias and Metagross goes for the Earthquake on Qwilfish only to be met by a Double Protect. Next turn, Qwilfish uses Protect a second time while Latias surprisingly outspeeds my Gengar for the KO with Psychic. Metagross goes for a Meteor Mash on Latias but misses terribly. Aw nuts, things look bad again this turn. On the bright side, that means his Latias is probably max speed making it weaker defensively (or maybe it was just a Quick Claw). Metagross goes for the Meteor Mash on Latias who blocks it with Protect. Qwilfish blows up trying to take Metagross out with it but Metagross takes it like a man and survives with less than 1/6 of its health. I'm pretty sure this one was a Critical Hit because I remember getting CH'd for doom somewhere in this match and the calculations fit. Thankfully, Metagross hangs on this turn so the 2-on-1 has become a 1-on-1 (although a full health Latias vs an injured Metagross does not look good). He probably did that for fear that I would blow up my own Metagross to knock us both out of the Showdown while he could still be in a position to finish me off. Latias uses Psychic to my surprise and Metagross hangs on by a thread (thanks 4x resistance). It turns out that Latias has the moveset of Rain Dance/Thunder/Psychic/Protect and he didn't want to risk the Thunder accuracy considering the low HP my Metagross had left in the battle. Metagross finally hits his Meteor Mash and brings Latias down to about the same percentage of HP that Metagross had left last turn. Metagross Bullet Punches next turn to win this difficult match and I make it into the top 8.


    I get congratulated by a lot of people including mysteryman and I start to feel pretty relaxed.


    Round 5: vs ??? -- Bronzong, Togekiss, Spiritomb, Swampert

    My opponent and I are both battling pretty recklessly in this one and I end up facing my first Trick Room team. I switch out Garchomp with about 5 HP left a little while after the Trick Room for Metagross. Zapdos ends up only paralyzing my own while chipping away the health of his Pokemon. Metagross eventually uses Explode to leave him with Spiritomb against my Garchomp and Zapdos. Zapdos haxes Spiritomb with a CH Discharge which fully paralyzes it that same turn.

    Round 6: vs XxBlueCookiesXx -- Bronzong, Smeargle, Snorlax, Metagross

    Once the introductions are done and the leads are sent out, I know this match won't be easy at all. Smeargle Protects while Bronzong sets up the Trick Room. Garchomp and Zapdos do a little damage to Bronzong which gets me kind of nervous. I double Protect the next turn to see what he will do and waste another turn of Trick Room. He used Dark Void and Hypnosis so I know that he'll probably repeat the next turn. Dark Void hits both of my Pokemon the next turn but their berries wake them up and Bronzong misses the Hypnosis on Zapdos. Eventually it comes down to Snorlax and Metagross vs Gengar and Metagross with the Trick Room over. Metagross uses Explosion saving me from a Belly Drum Snorlax and doing enough damage to help me win the match. Surprisingly, I've made it to the finals of the Showdown.

    Round 7: vs ??? -- Bronzong, Smeargle, Metagross, Machamp

    Watch the match here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=vL98Mcj3gEs

    I really didn't catch the name of my opponent this time either because I was kind of nervous again. I laughed as the guy asked me if I played PBR before and I replied "No". The guy simply explains the control and the match begins. I'm feeling some deja vu as I see another Bronzong + Smeargle lead. Earthquake ends up hitting nothing while Discharge paralyzes Bronzong, activating the Lum Berry it was holding. He does the same thing as XxBlueCookiesXx and I decide to use the same strategy to wait out Trick Room that I did in the last battle. Instead of trying to sleep my Pokemon, he goes for the Endeavor and Gyro Ball combo. I don't risk the Garchomp 50% Protect for some reason so Smeargle and Bronzong knock it out while Zapdos uses Discharge to have Smeargle's Focus Sash activate and paralyze his Bronzong again. I completely forget that Bronzong can blow up as he uses the Explosion + Protect next turn which damages my Metagross and brings Zapdos close to fainting. My Zapdos only hits my own Metagross with Discharge, how nice. Our Metagross both take out the weakened partners with a Bullet Punch. We really should have used Protect with Zapdos and Smeargle and I don't know why we didn't. The Trick Room ends as Gengar and Machamp come in. Gengar abuses Machamp's No Guard with Hypnosis (risking it isn't holding Chesto Berry or knows Sleep Talk which it thankfully doesn't). Metagross uses Earthquake damaging both his Pokemon while his Metagross uses Meteor Mash on my Metagross which I felt was kind of weird. My Metagross ends up finishing off his Metagross with another Earthquake while Machamp wakes up and DynamicPunches my Metagross with kills it. Gengar abuses Machamp's No Guard again with Hypnosis which practically seals my victory. Gengar uses Shadow Ball which happens to CH and KO his Machamp.


    After winning, I was pretty shocked that things turned out the way they did. I caught quite a few lucky breaks that day.


    A few things I'd like to mention...

    -Bronzong, Smeargle, Togekiss, and Metagross were everywhere.
    -Metagross rocks for saving my butt in Round 4!
    -SailorClef using Typhlosion and Sneasel (Inner Focus) was pretty dang brilliant. I was trying to find room for Typhlosion in my team but it just didn't seem to fit.
    -Expert Evan or his son should've made it into the top 16!
    -I look half asleep in so many pictures!
    -I'll see you in Florida XxBlueCookiesXx!
    -Sorry to the few who didn't get selected as alternates.
    -Sorry to anyone I ignored by accident, I was spacing out a lot
    -Where was the pool of inflatable Pokeballs?

    Thanks everybody! I hope you enjoyed reading this.

    PS: Anybody have any advice for what to use in Florida?
  2. ryuzaki


    Oct 14, 2005
    I know you said your memory is bad from lack of sleep and I don't blame you, but...

    I didn't hit garchomp with fake out, I hit it with ice shard, but you used protect, which was my fatal mistake (though I think I mentioned it to you when the battle ended)
    When you seemed freaked out to see sneasel, I figured you thought garchomp would be gone in one hit and would probably use protect. But I knew it wasn't going to die cause the only attacking moves I had on sneasel were ice shard and fake out (with eruption, ice shard will always KO garchomp, but not by itself)
    Then I started to get worried that you'd eq and not protect.. I overthought it and at the last minute decided to go straight for garchomp with ice shard instead, knowing that it could ohko typhlosion if I didn't get rid of it right away.. and you used protect and effed that up for me =/
    Then any chance I might have had at making any sort of comeback was gone when typhlosion got paralyzed. (So I don't really remember the rest, but all I know is that it was definitely over for me after the first turn, so I guess the rest doesn't matter anyway >_>)

    edit: my other poke was metagross
  3. Davy


    Aug 14, 2007
    Uh, there is a video of the final battle on Youtube...Let me find it.

    Good job dude, you won it all!

    EDIT: I found the video;


    ^^ That's part one....Part two show be there as Relevant Videos.

    EDIT: To tell the truth, at first (first turn) I thought you were gonna lose, then later on I changed my mind and thought you were going to win..xD
  4. Bonta-kun


    Jul 22, 2008
    Ah, I fixed it. Thanks SailorClef.
  5. Chirnobyl


    Mar 9, 2008
    ahaha, which table were you at for round 1? was it 13...? since I think your match was on one of the TVs, since I remember a battle that started with Vespiquen and Raticate vs Garchomp and Zapdos
  6. Bonta-kun


    Jul 22, 2008

    I edited that in. Thanks!

    Yup. I was at lucky number 13.
  7. Expert Evan

    Expert Evan every battle has a smell!
    is a Forum Moderator Alumnus

    Jan 16, 2007
    Excellent read as it was great to see you at Showdown-NY this past Saturday. I wish we stayed to watch your final match though congratulations on your super victory, and good luck in Orlando. I wish I could join you folks.
  8. BlueCookies

    BlueCookies April Fools 2009 Participant
    VGC '10, '11, '12 Masters Champion

    Jul 30, 2007
    Great read, and congrats on the win, I'll see you in Florida :)

    I think the details of our match are wrong, but I don't remember them well either. My Smeargle used Fake Out first turn though(It doesn't even know protect)
  9. kindnugs


    Nov 5, 2007
    awesome write up and big CONGRATS.

    i really enjoyed watching that last battle in NYC, it was epic!
  10. dtrain


    Jul 31, 2006
    Hey dude congrats on the win. I remember seeing Mike explaining to you how to use pbr lol. Don't worry I don't have it either lol. I'm also heading to Orlando for both tcg/vg so we can meet up there.
  11. Darth Meanie

    Darth Meanie

    Jan 22, 2008
    Saw the video, nicely done. Intense fight, nice using no guard against him.
  12. EeveeTrainer


    Jan 11, 2005
    Hey Jay, I evolved your Haunter for you. I knew you'd win. ;)
  13. VID30GAM3R


    Jul 20, 2008
    haha, congrats again! XD good match and remember what i said though, u knocked me out, so now u haveta win teh whole thing =p u won ny now next step is florida XD
  14. CaptainKishimoto


    Jul 24, 2007
    Congratulations, good read. I could never handle 2v2 battles =/

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