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Torn Ogre’s Last Stand – Toronto Regional Champion Report

Torn Ogre's Last Stand - Toronto Regional Champion Report

Good morning everybody! My identify is Stephen and I gained 2019 Toronto VGC regionals in Masters. I promised a Conflict Story, which might be discovered under, however I hope you don’t thoughts listening to me speak concerning the staff a bit. It’s simply normal Moon TornOgre, however I’d wish to assume that my model had some cool variations.

The Workforce


Kyogre @ Selection Scarf
Means: Drizzle
EVs: Four HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: Zero Atk
– Water Spout
– Origin Pulse
– Scald
– Thunder

Scarf Ogre is damaged. That’s all. Its presence denies the existence of sure units and may outspeed and OHKO virtually all of these threats in Rain, when Groudon shouldn’t be current. Its exhausting counters are few, area of interest, and lose to the remainder of my group in a BO3. I used a Four HP unfold which I don’t remorse, because it prices method an excessive amount of attacking energy to take hits (particularly, +2 Xern Moonblast). I used Modest at Toronto as a result of I felt prefer it was going to be a Groudon-infested event, which it ended up being. Timid was very helpful in Melbourne, the place I performed Three TornOgre mirrors, however I feel Modest is general higher merely for injury, particularly the Scald/Origin Pulse roll on Incin.

  • 252 SpA Kyogre Scald vs. 236 HP / 236+ SpD Incineroar in Rain: 182-216 (91 – 108%) — 43.eight% probability to OHKO ;(

Incineroar (F) @ Figy Berry
Capacity: Intimidate
Degree: 50
EVs: 196 HP / 236 SpD / 68 Spe
Cautious Nature
– Pretend Out
– Flare Blitz
– Roar
– U-turn

  • +2 252 SpA Fairy Aura Xerneas Moonblast vs. 196 HP / 236+ SpD Incineroar: 169-199 (86.6 – 102%) — 18.eight% probability to OHKO
  • +2 204 SpA Fairy Aura Xerneas Moonblast vs. 196 HP / 236+ SpD Incineroar: 163-193 (83.5 – 98.9%) — assured 2HKO

The primary not-so-standard set on the widespread staff of six. I made a decision to rely myself fortunate on the HP and SpD EVs when dealing with a +2 Xerneas and put the remaining in Velocity to hit 89, particularly as a result of I’ll virtually by no means be taking Pretend Out chip from an opposing Incineroar. With this, I might outspeed Kartana in Tailwind and outspeed almost each different Incineroar on the sector. One thing enjoyable you may additionally do (which I did to win recreation 1 of prime eight) is Roar out an opposing slower incineroar that can also be utilizing Roar. Being the primary U-turn was often okay, as Incin vs Incin U-turn mirrors not often occurred for me and I might all the time Rain Dance if I introduced in Ogre earlier than they introduced of their Groudon. The additional Velocity was a lot extra value it.

Xerneas @ Energy Herb
Means: Fairy Aura
EVs: 60 HP / Four Def / 148 SpA / 44 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: Zero Atk
– Moonblast
– Dazzling Gleam
– Geomancy
– Shield

  • 148 SpA Fairy Aura Xerneas Moonblast vs. Four HP / Zero SpD Fairy Aura Xerneas: 102-121 (50.Four – 59.9%) — assured 2HKO
  • 252+ SpA Kyogre Water Spout (150 BP) vs. 60 HP / 44 SpD Xerneas in Rain: 171-202 (81.eight – 96.6%) — assured 2HKO
  • 252 SpA Tapu Koko Gigavolt Havoc (175 BP) vs. 60 HP / 44 SpD Xerneas in Electrical Terrain: 177-208 (84.6 – 99.5%) — assured 2HKO
  • 252 SpA Lunala Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom vs. 60 HP / 44 SpD Xerneas: 172-204 (82.2 – 97.6%) — assured 2HKO

I spent a lot of the season optimizing this Xerneas unfold, and I feel I managed to do it. This Xerneas can take quite a lot of key Particular Assaults that may let it arrange in a flip 1 state of affairs, which an opponent might not anticipate. The Tapu Koko calc is particularly helpful within the YvelDon matchup, as they love main Koko and switch 1 Z-Shifting. The offensive EVs additionally all the time permit me to OHKO Four HP Xerneas with +2 Moonblast to seal endgames. This unfold is a type of “better of each worlds” offensively and defensively. I additionally consider that Timid is completely crucial on this format. Between the over-abundance of Lunala and Timid Sash Lele, with the ability to outspeed each is vital. Additionally, having your Xerneas be capable of beat different Xerneas is tremendous helpful and useful in quite a few matchups.

Kartana @ Assault Vest
Capability: Beast Increase
Degree: 50
EVs: Four HP / 12 Atk / Four Def / 236 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
– Leaf Blade
– Sacred Sword
– Sensible Strike
– Knock Off

  • +2 252 SpA Fairy Aura Xerneas Moonblast vs. Four HP / 236 SpD Assault Vest Kartana: 107-126 (79.2 – 93.Three%) — assured 2HKO
  • 252+ SpA Kyogre Water Spout (150 BP) vs. Four HP / 236 SpD Assault Vest Kartana in Rain: 87-103 (64.Four – 76.2%) — assured 2HKO
  • 252+ SpA Kyogre Water Spout (150 BP) vs. Four HP / 236 SpD Assault Vest Kartana in Rain: 117-138 (86.6 – 102.2%) — 18.eight% probability to OHKO (single goal)
  • 12 Atk Kartana Leaf Blade vs. Four HP / Zero Def Kyogre: 188-224 (106.eight – 127.2%) — assured OHKO
  • 12 Atk Kartana Sacred Sword vs. 236 HP / Four Def Incineroar: 124-148 (62 – 74%) — assured 2HKO
  • 12 Atk Kartana Knock Off vs. Four HP / Zero Def Lunala: 184-220 (86.Three – 103.2%) — 12.5% probability to OHKO

Easy Kartana unfold. The power to 1v1 Kyogre and Xerneas is immensely helpful within the mirror. With the ability to do these duties whereas additionally utterly ignoring Amoonguss is unimaginable. Kartana is the only Pokémon on right here: it damages the mons it’s there to wreck, and may completely dominate video games. It additionally significantly helps KO the helps within the Zygarde matchup, since they’re almost pressured to being each Tapu Fini and Toxicroak, two Pokémon that can’t contact Kartana.

Tornadus @ Flyinium Z
Potential: Prankster
EVs: 220 HP / Four Def / 28 SpA / Four SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: Zero Atk
– Tailwind
– Hurricane
– Rain Dance
– Taunt

  • +2 252 SpA Fairy Aura Xerneas Dazzling Gleam vs. 220 HP / Four SpD Tornadus: 162-192 (89 – 105.Four%) — 31.Three% probability to OHKO
  • 252+ SpA Kyogre Origin Pulse vs. 220 HP / Four SpD Tornadus in Rain: 153-181 (84 – 99.Four%) — assured 2HKO
  • 28 SpA Tornadus Supersonic Skystrike (185 BP) vs. 252 HP / 176+ SpD Amoonguss: 234-276 (105.eight – 124.eight%) — assured OHKO

Normal Tornadus, for probably the most half. That is truly Agati’s unfold from Melbourne that I ripped, so go comply with him and stuff. I assumed that if I used to be going to be utilizing Rain Dance, then I must be utilizing a bulkier Tornadus. The logic with Rain Dance by no means got here by means of, however the additional bulk was completely essential in recreation 1 of prime Four. Flyinium Z permits one to justify operating much less Particular Assault due to the Z-Transfer and may act as a one-turn Psychological Herb with Z-Tailwind.

Amoonguss @ Payapa Berry
Means: Regenerator
Degree: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 156 Def / 100 SpD
Relaxed Nature
IVs: Zero Atk / Four Spe
– Clear Smog
– Grass Knot
– Spore
– Rage Powder

  • Zero Atk Incineroar Flare Blitz vs. 252 HP / 156+ Def Amoonguss: 152-180 (68.7 – 81.Four%) — assured 2HKO
  • 252 SpA Lunala Psyshock vs. 252 HP / 156+ Def Payapa Berry Amoonguss: 70-84 (31.6 – 38%) — 91.7% probability to 3HKO
  • 252 SpA Lunala Psyshock vs. 252 HP / 156+ Def Amoonguss: 140-168 (63.Three – 76%) — assured 2HKO
  • 252 SpA Lunala Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom vs. 252 HP / 100 SpD Amoonguss: 189-223 (85.5 – 100.9%) — 6.Three% probability to OHKO
  • 252+ SpA Kyogre Water Spout (150 BP) vs. 252 HP / 100 SpD Amoonguss in Rain: 93-110 (42 – 49.7%) — assured 3HKO
  • +2 252 SpA Fairy Aura Xerneas Moonblast vs. 252 HP / 100 SpD Amoonguss: 114-135 (51.5 – 61%) — assured 2HKO
  • 252 SpA Tapu Lele Psyshock vs. 252 HP / 156+ Def Payapa Berry Amoonguss in Psychic Terrain: 102-121 (46.1 – 54.7%) — 90.2% probability to 2HKO
  • 252+ Atk Groudon Precipice Blades vs. 252 HP / 156+ Def Amoonguss: 93-109 (42 – 49.Three%) — assured 3HKO
  • -1 36 Atk Groudon Hearth Punch vs. 252 HP / 156+ Def Amoonguss in Solar: 82-98 (37.1 – 44.Three%) — assured 3HKO

I really like this Amoonguss. Whereas that MMM roll virtually got here again to chew me at Greensboro, the Protection EVs have been superb. Tanking Flare Blitzes and Psyshocks with ease, then switching out and gaining a lot of the HP again was nice. It nonetheless does what most Grass varieties do, which is tank Ogre Water Spout. Protection EVs allowed for the Yvel Don MU to be a bit extra simple, because the Groudon might barely contact Amoonguss.


I began my day waking up after not getting a lot sleep to get into my go well with and provides a speech for my public talking class. After talking for five minutes about colour psychology and sitting by way of the remainder of the courses’ speeches, I dashed again to my dorm to vary into road garments and meet George (SudokuMasta) on the practice station. We received lunch, then espresso, and headed off to the airport. After he almost misplaced his passport on the gate and I virtually misplaced my earbuds, we boarded and flew. The individual I used to be sitting subsequent to was moved, so George and I obtained to take a seat subsequent to one another. We landed and met Nate (Mechanics) on the airport after his late midterm, and have been pushed again to his home by his dad. The three of us acquired A&W drive-thru which was nice. Shortly after we arrived at Nate’s home, Ashton (Linkyoshimario) and Jeremy (Serapis) arrived. The 5 of us and Nate’s brother, Luke, chilled and talked groups till James (Jamesspeed1), Jon (Wacka), and Mihrab (Mihrab) confirmed up. As soon as we assembled the facility home, we performed Final and Melee and slept, fortunately extra peacefully than final yr.

Saturday Morning

I awakened round 6:30, took a bathe and ate some bread earlier than heading to the venue in Nate’s automotive with George, Mihrab, and Wacka. We have been operating late, so Nate popped his freeway cherry and took Three highways to get us there on time. I used to be on the aux, and each time he obtained on a brand new freeway I’d restart Rascal Flats’ Life is a Freeway on full quantity. We received to the venue and located parking with like 7 minutes to spare, and all of us received on the registration line proper because it closed. I stated my hellos to individuals I hadn’t seen shortly (most since Dallas or Melbourne). Particular shoutouts to Yuree for making the journey from Italy and Nick Jorgenson who I hadn’t seen since final yr’s Toronto Regionals. After a little bit of time socializing, pairings have been posted on-line and it was go time.

Spherical 1 vs. Preston Gadling (@hektikVGC) Completed: Dropped (2-Three)

After checking pairings for R1, I used to be just a little bit fearful. Preston is an effective participant and had simply reduce his final regional in Dallas. As I sat down I used to be desperately making an attempt to open the web page that had his Dallas group, however funnily sufficient, we sat down subsequent to James Baek who informed Preston he was not going to have an excellent matchup. I used to be confused at what he meant by that, however I understood his level the second workforce preview appeared. It was that Volc Koko Don group, however with out Amoonguss. Amoonguss makes my matchup lots more durable, however with out it, my Xerneas can run free which is what occurred. I assumed I had recreation 1 locked up once I Fly Z’d his +2 Xerneas from round 35% and thought it will KO, however I used to be mistaken as I forgot that I switched to a cumbersome Tornadus. I used to be fortunately capable of hit a Hurricane in Solar as Tailwind expired the subsequent flip to win recreation 1. Recreation 2 I revealed Roar flip 1 and gained the sport as he misplaced all of his offense. I wanted Preston the most effective for the remainder of his event and ready myself for the day.


Spherical 2 vs. Pedro Lima (@pedroazl) Completed: Dropped (Three-Three)

Once I noticed Pedro’s identify on the pairing board I used to be just a little confused as to why he was right here, however I prepped myself mentally. I knew that he made Worlds final yr and acquired a stipend to Brazil by means of the European system, however I knew of none of his different accomplishments, if he has any. I noticed the six in group preview and knew the set was going to return right down to info, particularly recreation 1. I assumed Coba Berry on the Amoonguss and performed a bit of wilder with my Tornadus than I ought to have, and misplaced as soon as his Amoonguss revealed a pinch Berry to permit it to take a mixture of assaults from my restricteds (a +2 Moonblast and a Water Spout from round 60%, if I keep in mind appropriately). Recreation 2 was equally shut, and I keep in mind having to make a number of onerous calls within the endgame to win. Pedro performed recreation Three very nicely. I don’t keep in mind a lot concerning the recreation besides anticipating a Tornadus Hurricane to KO Amoonguss from a lot greater than the vary ought to be, one other mistake on my finish with calcs. Nicely, I misplaced and was sitting at 1-1. Pedro performed it nicely, and all I might do was win out and hope he can be respectable resistance within the occasion I end 5-2. I took numerous time to consider this loss. It was a particularly winnable set that I obtained outplayed in. After a little bit of sulking and injury calcs, I ready myself to run an identical gauntlet as I did at Madison 2018, the place I went 1-1 after a heartbreaker towards Ashton to chop at 6-1.


Spherical Three vs Matt Tidd (@Tiddvicious) FInished: 26th (Four-Three)

Having to play an elimination match with Matt this early was upsetting. Matt and I are good associates and he’s on my NPA staff this yr. I knew I used to be going to face off towards one thing enjoyable, and I acquired one thing fascinating for positive. This set was truly the primary time I had ever performed towards Necrozma in a event, regardless of having been to a bunch of locals and 6 majors earlier than this. The opposite mons of observe I noticed in staff preview have been Mimikyu and Bruxish, which I assumed have been there so he might assure Trick Room. I primarily used recreation 1 to scout info, and discovered some key issues comparable to that he was Sash Mimikyu, Scarf Bruxish, and Weak spot Coverage NDM. I misplaced the sport early when on flip 1 he arrange Safeguard, which made my gameplan of utilizing Amoonguss in Trick Room to cease the NDM ineffective. Recreation 2 I modified up my result in attempt to forestall TR. He went for Safeguard + Trick Room once more, and I referred to as it with a Leaf Blade to KO Bruxish + a Roar onto the Mimikyu. Flip 2, I referred to as his double Trick Room with NDM + Mimikyu and U-turned into my Scarf Ogre to win the sport. Recreation Three we each lead the identical, and I anticipated an After You + Trick Room, which I obtained, however responded with a U-turn into my Amoongus + Knock Off onto Mimikyu. This time, I had Amoonguss in Trick Room with out Safeguard and the sport was primarily over. Kartana started sweeping and Amoonguss was Sporing every little thing. By the point Trick Room was over, my full HP Scarf Ogre was capable of are available and clear up.


Spherical Four vs. Logan Mazur (@CharmazurVGC) FInished: 29th (Four-Three)

My third XernDon in 4 rounds, however this one was slightly bit totally different. Logan having Tsareena + Stakataka over the standard Volcarona + Amoonguss modifications the dynamic of the matchup in that my Scarf Ogre might be destroyed by a Trick Room mode, however there’s no Amoonguss to disrupt my restrictids immediately. I knew Logan had certified for Worlds the yr earlier than, so I anticipated an fascinating set. He destroyed me recreation 1 after I attempted to get artistic with an early Xern arrange, and he referred to as my strikes virtually each flip and positioned his Stakataka and Groudon in Trick Room with terrain completely, to the purpose that my Amoonguss was ineffective and the opposite mons I had have been taking an excessive amount of injury to be efficient as soon as trick room went down. Recreation 2 I needed to attempt to shock the Stak with a Roar from my Incineroar, nevertheless it was nowhere to be seen. I used to be capable of place my Amoonguss and Xerneas properly sufficient to comb. Recreation Three was comparable: no Stakataka in sight, so Ogre and Xerneas have been capable of sweep shortly. I used to be tremendous terrified of seeing a repeat Trick Room sweep of recreation 1 throughout video games 2 and three, however fortunately that didn’t occur and I used to be capable of escape one other recreation 1 loss with a win.


Spherical 5 vs. Trista Medine (@ryuzaki_vgc) FInished: 27th (Four-Three)

This can be a match that I can’t overlook for a very long time. After scouting some info from my associates, I got here to the belief of how horrible of a matchup that is for me. Knock Off Ludicolo + Scarf Ogre applies a lot strain to all of my Pokémon, and the Passho Ho-Oh + Sash Kartana within the again can clear up virtually any mixture of Pokémon that I’ll have left. I lose recreation 1 shortly as I mind farted and forgot that Knocking Off my Kartana meant that I might not have my Assault Vest and that I’d simply drop to a Water Spout. Recreation 2 she decides to steer Ho-Oh Kyogre as an alternative, for some purpose, into my repeat Tornadus Kartana. I’m ultimately capable of place my low well being boosted Xerneas and 27 hp Kyogre to beat her Ho-Oh and Kartana. If she had Shield on Kartana, she had a wincon by Defending on the final flip of my Tailwind to make sure she outsped my Kyogre, however she attacked, and I didn’t get full para’d and double hit Origin Pulse to win. Recreation Three I change to Amoonguss Kartana to see if I can get any magic with Sleep turns towards the incoming Kyogre + Ludicolo. I sleep the Ogre flip 1 as I lose my Kart to usher in Xern. I bait the change to Kart and Knock Off into my Xern by Moonblasting + Grass Knotting the Kart to barely miss the KO. Subsequent flip I name the double into my Xerneas and KO the Kartana with a Grass Knot. Ho-Oh is available in as I Moonblast the Ludicolo to get chip onto it, as I noticed in recreation 2 that her AV Ludi dropped to a +2 Moonblast + Origin Pulse. I usher in Kyogre and immediately lose it to a Grass Knot + Courageous Chook mixture, however not earlier than it crits the Ho-Oh with Origin Pulse and permits my Xerneas to complete off the Ludi with a Moonblast. In comes the Kyogre, having not taken a flip of Sleep. I Dazzle to KO the Ho-Oh and chip the Kyogre because it takes its first flip of Sleep. Subsequent flip, the Ogre continues sleeping and I Moonblast to drop it to round 30%. My complete event can be selected this subsequent flip, and the sport determined to bless me because the Kyogre took yet one more flip of Sleep and my battered, Herbless Xerneas completed off the Kyogre to permit me to advance to Four-1. The variety of occasions that I’ve been eradicated from Regionals to luck like this flashed by way of my head, and I knew this was one thing blessing me with a chance. I used to be overcome with emotion and shot up from my chair and motioned to my pals watching from the opposite tables. After profitable that matchup, I knew that it was inside me to win anything the event threw at me. I had not been so excited over a person spherical win in so lengthy, and realized I’d been enjoying a lot better than I used to be earlier on. I buckled down and received prepared for R6, which might assure me CP if I gained it.


Spherical 6 vs. Nicholas Borghi Completed: 25th (Four-Three)
Xerneas Groudon Incineroar Tapu Koko Volcarona Amoonguss

The primary of 4 teamkills I had with shut associates of mine. 🙁 Nick was utilizing the identical Volcarona Xern Don workforce that I misplaced to earlier, so I went in anticipating an in depth set, however when it comes to matchup particulars not a lot modified. Recreation 1 I used to be capable of finding a flip within the midgame to get rid of his Amoonguss round its recognized Occa Berry, which allowed me to win with my Xerneas and Kyogre. Recreation 2 he makes a tough learn flip 1 based mostly on info of me having Shield Torn (which I don’t), and I’m able to rise up Geomancy tremendous early and experience the momentum to 5-1. I wanted Nick the most effective after the set and ready for my win and in as there have been just a few x-1s, so I did my greatest to collect as a lot info on them as I might.


Spherical 7 vs. James Baek FInished: 10th (5-2)

I knew there was a very good probability that I must play Ashton or James for this win and in, and sadly, I received James. I used to be not too appalled although once I noticed workforce preview, because it was a six mon mirror and I knew James’ Kyogre was holding the Normalium Z. James and I’ve differing opinions on the Z-Psych Up Ogre vs Scarf Ogre MU. I feel it’s a transparent benefit for Scarf and he thinks it’s a transparent benefit for Normalium. We have been about to seek out out who was proper. Recreation 1 got here right down to a 50/50 of which of his restricteds would Shield in entrance of my low HP Kartana, and I referred to as the Xerneas Defending and KO’d the Kyogre as my Xerneas boosted up. Recreation 2 I Taunt his Tornadus flip 1 to attempt to win the sport proper there, however misplaced the velocity tie and continued enjoying in a comparatively even place. I used to be later capable of place my Torn to win one other velocity tie to make sure my Xerneas arrange a game-winning Geomancy, and this time I win the tie and transfer to 6-1. Having the sport (particularly a recreation 2 the place I gained recreation 1) come right down to me needing to win one in every of two 50/50s just isn’t dangerous, and I used to be proud of my play the final three rounds going 6-1 in video games.


Hey, cool, I made prime eight! This was my first regional reduce since Madison 2018 again in June, so I used to be tremendous excited to be again a in prime reduce. Prime eight standings have been posted, and man, this reduce was stacked. Three Worlds prime reduce gamers, 2 Regional champions, a Senior World champion, a Chinese language dude with Ally Change, and me. I noticed I used to be enjoying Enosh in prime eight, which was cool. We’d performed twice earlier than, with each units going to him, however I used to be assured in my capability to win.

Saturday Night time

To rejoice mine and Ashton’s reduce, a bunch of us went out to a sushi place in Mississauga. Myself, Nate, George, Mihrab, and Quentin at one desk and Ashton, Jeremy, Nick, and James on the different. The meals was nice, and we stated our goodbyes to Nick who sadly needed to depart. A number of of us additionally hit up a Nice Canadian Superstore afterward to get some worldwide meals. Nate’s basement that night time was a mixture of individuals enjoying totally different Smash video games, watching Jeremy play Hearthstone, and me within the nook getting bopped by Sachit in XL Ditto vs TornOgre video games. I spent a lot time that night time studying and training the matchup I used to be going to play in prime eight. Shoutouts to Sachit, James, and Emilio for all of the prep. I needed to study all of my related Ditto calcs and work out an optimum set of Four to convey. I in all probability performed over 80 video games of this matchup and decided it was in my favor. We later realized it was a ridiculously favorable matchup after studying that, for some purpose, his Amoonguss didn’t have Clear Smog. My preppers and I primarily determined that I ought to have the ability to persistently play my strategy to a win if he didn’t lead Ditto. If he lead Ditto, he must randomly guess my lead slot appropriately, nevertheless it might snowball him to a simple win if I misplayed. I needed to be cautious, however whether or not I gained or misplaced can be as much as me.

Sunday Morning

Ashton, James, and I awoke and made our strategy to the venue. We went by means of the right proceedings and the judges lead us over to the tables structured to seat our reduce.

Prime eight vs. Enosh Shachar Completed: sixth (6-2)

To my luck, Enosh by no means lead Ditto and I used to be capable of play my strategy to a fast 2-Zero. My Incineroar outspeeding his to Roar his out earlier than I misplaced my Xerneas’ boosts was essential to win recreation 1. I weakened and assured slept all of his mons to the purpose that (funnily sufficient) Amoonguss and Incineroar have been capable of get Four KOs. Recreation 2 I used to be capable of sweep with Xerneas and Kartana simply as soon as I received them into good positions. I received a brick! The set additionally meant quite a bit to me, because it was a mini-revenge for Enosh knocking me out of my first Regional minimize in 2016 as a result of me forgetting to timer stall, for some cause. I additionally watched a well-known James Evans pop off throughout my set, so I knew I used to be about to play him in prime Four.


Prime Four vs. James Evans Completed: 4th (6-Three)

James profitable prime eight made me so glad for 3 causes: New Jersey was assured finals, James had gotten his Masters brick, and Ally Change was out of reduce. James is an outstanding participant, however I’ve type of been a demon for him since he’s moved as much as Masters. We’d performed Three occasions that season as much as that time: at x-1 at Philly Regionals, at an MSS, and prime Four on the post-Regional Dallas PC that needed to be completed the Sunday morning as a result of the corridor closed on Saturday night time. We have been used to enjoying one another in high-pressure conditions, however I had come out on prime all 3 times. The matchup we have been about to play could possibly be very, very depending on units and leads, and we knew most of every others’ units as properly, which made issues particularly fascinating. Recreation 1 I attempt to keep off an Amoonguss lead with Tornadus, however find yourself seeing Lunala Koko. I Taunt the Lunala after tanking a Specs Electroweb because of my bulk. The Taunt was large, because it meant the Lunala couldn’t Extensive Guard, and I used to be capable of sweep with my boosted Xerneas. His Sash Toxicroak made the endgame a bit tough, however I keep in mind making a sensible U-turn play within the midgame to interrupt the Sash so I might clear up with +2 Dazzle as soon as the Lunala was Taunted. Recreation 2 I onerous referred to as no Amoonguss lead as I lead Incin Xern into Koko Incin and swept with Xerneas. James and I exchanged pleasantries after the set, and I remoted myself to prep for finals.


Finals vs. Alessio Yuri Boschetto Completed: 2nd (9-1)

Nicely, I made it. My first Regional finals in a bit of underneath Four years. Final time I used to be in a Regional remaining I acquired trashed by a great good friend of mine in a matchup that was in my favor, and hey, look, right here I’m once more. I felt good about my matchups towards each Underhill and Yuree, however I knew the XernDon matchup a lot better than the LunaDon matchup that I had by no means earlier than performed in a event. Along with preventing for my very own delight, I used to be additionally the final defender of North America, as Yuree was trying to win a North American main. The set was recorded, so there’s not a lot for me to say about it. The self U-turn recreation 1 was a bit pointless, however I attempted to arduous name a double KO that I didn’t find yourself getting. Recreation 2 was fast because the flip 1 Sleep Powder miss was too devastating for him to get well from. I utilized the usual Incineroar + Tornadus result in match VenuDon as making the proper flip 1 name places me in an incredible place.


Proper as I gained recreation 2 on flip 2, Yuree received up out of his chair to hug me and congratulate me. I used to be overcome with pleasure for a quick second. I’d lastly gotten that massive win at a serious that I had been wanting since my entrance to Masters after Worlds 2015. A lot of the home was truly within the automotive on the best way to the venue. They left after they heard I made finals however made some improper turns and didn’t get there till 10 minutes after finals ended. The those that have been there and never enjoying the MSS (James, James, Zain, Alvin, Kylie) all congratulated Yuree and myself as we went to seize our prizes. Proper after I received my field of stuff, the remainder of the home arrived and almost ran me over as all of them hugged me and congratulated me. We waited for Ashton to be executed together with his MSS spherical and we took some footage as I advised a few of my tales of the weekend. Afterwards we went to get lunch. We ended up at Harvey’s, as a result of we have been promised that the burgers can be a lovely factor (they weren’t). We then went again to Nate’s till it was time for me to go to the airport. Everybody left on the home got here to drop me off on the airport, which was good. I stated my goodbyes and waited on the gate for round Three hours as a result of delays, however I truthfully couldn’t have cared much less. It had been an ideal weekend.


  • Antonio and Matthias for discussing MUs with me all weekend
  • NY/NJ for all the help and for being the perfect area
  • Sachit, James, and Emilio for all the apply on Saturday night time once they in all probability had higher issues to do
  • Nick for calling me with inaudible screams
  • The non-NY/NJ natives on the venue that have been so supportive! Particular shoutouts to Alvin, Zain, JeanMarc, Yuree, Raghav, Nick, and Justin.
  • All of the TornOgre GOATs, it’s an honor to be amongst y’all
  • #GazpachoGoat

Credit score to guiltronprime for the featured picture

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else if (w.attachEvent) w.attachEvent(“onload”,go);
(window, doc, ‘script’));