Ok, well it’s now 7:45 in the evening and I’ve just got back from the Pokemon Uk championship event in SouthHampton. As some of you guys will know, I entered the championship at Watford about a week ago, with Darryn (who won that event in the end), got through to the quarter final and made a huge mistake……
But that’s another story, that was then and this is now, and this is my report (taken from personal memory (and some of Gareth’s (Ryoga) thoughts aswell)…..
Ok, we start at the very beginning, yesterday afternoon (Gareth was staying over at mine). Gareth’s mum brought him over to my house at 5 o’clock , and we started the day with a good hours worth of Perfect Dark (which I won, despite Gareth owning it and me not) J. Up until that point, I hadn’t got ANY lvl100 pkmn (cause my brother deleted them a while ago), so with my new bought Xploder (sort of UK GameShark), and with the help of Branners and Darryn on ICQ (thanx, I couldn’t have done it without you guys) sharked a whole new team in about an hour. This was SO nerve-wracking, cause up until about 9:30, we didn’t know how to actually get the lvl 100’s…….
Ok, so here’s the team:
Gareth persuaded me to chuck Tauros and replace him with Zam (his favourite pkmn). One of the two pkmn on the team designed for any situation, this Zam can work as a support, can survive the big physical hitters and can dish out the damage in spades too. I’m so glad he persuaded me…..
Works on the same premise as Zam, can work as a support and put the smack down when called upon.
Ok, the pokemon I’ve been saving for so long to use (the only people that know about this are Branners, Gareth and Darryn). Ok, this is the stratagy: Wait until they bring out an electric, then switch in Rhydon. Works best when you have a water out to lure them into Thunder/Bolt/Wave. They fire off their attack, it has no effect. They have to switch out, so you use Sub on the free turn that you get. This gives you ANOTHER free turn when they destroy the sub to choose what to do (will they have sent out an Articuno or a Jynx in most cases (well in the UK champs anyway).
This is an Articuno killing machine, it works SO well. One Rockslide will take down ANY Arti with it’s 4x weakness to rock and Rhydons HUGE attack. Darryn used this to win at Watford aswell…….
Chansey: Red Lion
Standard Molly, nothing more to be said.
10K’s best. Surprisingly not used once today, still waiting to be called on….
Slowbro: Speedy Bro (Borrowed off Gareth)
Standard Toby. Again, not used once surprisingly…..
Ok, so we have the team, now it’s off to bed for a 6:00 start…….(translates as talking about the next day until 1am, when we thought enough was enough.)
Tuesday, 8th of August
Right. Drag ourselves out of bed at 6, get dressed and run downstairs for Breakfast. We plan to leave at 6:30, we’re being driven to South Hampton by my mum and my brother is coming too to try and compete with us. I know mum wont get up easily at 6, so we leave it until 6:20 to get Martin (my brother) to force her out of bed….
In the end, we leave at about 6:45, which is pretty good for my mum in the mornings..
The car journey is Awful. I still have to shark moves onto my newly "trained" pkmn, so I do that, which takes about half an hour. Then I shark Gareth a new Alakazam, Lax, Starmie and Rhydon (cause he’s so good) J. I also shark my bro a Chansey, Starmie, and guess who? Rhydon. Yep, we’re all armed with my mighty Rhydon (named Obelisk, the sets name aswell).
This all takes about another hour, and by this time my fingers are stiff from sharking and I’m bored. Not normal "I wanna go out and play" bored, more "I cant be bothered to move" bored. We wait in the car another half an hour, and finally make it to the Bargate Centre (crappy name) at 8:50, a full hour before the competition started.
Now, when we got to Watford at about the same time a week ago, there was NO-ONE else there. We walk up the escalator and are confronted by a crowd of at least 50 people. We are amazed at this, really and truly, so we quickly rushed into the middle of this crowd of people to ask what they were here for. A little kid shouted "I want Mew!", and it was blatant that all of these people were infact queuing up for Mew, and had been doing so for sometime…..
Poor, Misguided fools
Then, out of the corner of my eye I spot one of the machine operators that had been on my machine at the Watford Championships. He was a bit of a dude really, actually a cool person there. He knew that I was good, and knew the mistake I made in the quarters at Watford had cost me the match….
I called him over, and he asked why we were here. I said:
"To compete again of course!", feeling really confident etc….
This is where the trouble started
He told us that people had been complaining about the reserve list, that people who had just turned up and got through on the reserve list were defeating their kids who had got the letter of conformation, and sometimes winning the competition itself….
So he told us that Nintendo of Europe had made them stop doing the reserve list and there would be no reserves, only people that had been notified that they would compete would be able to……
So, the first spanner in the works….
Then he said that because we had previously competed in the championships (Me at Watford and Gareth at BlueWater), that we wouldn’t be able to compete because the bitch at registration said that "it isn’t fair on everyone else".
The second spanner…..
So now, we have a championship event where about 20 people didn’t turn up, but we couldn’t replace them in the competition because it wouldn’t be fair on the people who had been invited…..
So 20 people went through automatically into round 2 without even fighting…
That sucked SOO bad, I felt like hitting that bitch at registration……
We argued and argued and argued, and finally we came to a decision. Neither me or Gareth could compete, but my brother could, seeing as he hadn’t competed beforehand (I know this sounds weird now, but keep reading).
The bitch gave him badge number 50, and told him to go over to machine 4 for his first battle.
Now this is when the miracle happened (either that or I was insanely lucky). BTW, this did actually happen, and can’t have been very nice for my brother, but I am still grateful that it happened (cause of what happened afterwards).
All of a sudden, my brother said "Mum, I feel hot, can I sit down for a minute?"
We sit down next to the machine, and all of a sudden my brothers face started to go all red. He had been very tired in the morning, but the heat in the bustling Championship area had obviously gotten to him.
He was called up by the guy who was operating the machine, but he was so tired he had to drag his chair over to the machine and sit down while he was playing…
I had lent him Zeus, Vegeta (cause he had different moves to the Zam I sharked him earlier), and Hiroshima. Needless to say, my bro cleaned up, using Vegeta to destroy the whole of this guys team…..
But as soon as he’d won, he collected his badge and we began to walk back to the car, so that he could have a lye down on the back seat. I talked to him and he said that he didn’t want to carry on, and that he would lose the next round on purpose so we could go home. I asked him if I could take over for him if he was just going to lose….
He said that I could
I went back up to the shopping centre and tried to sort it out with the events manager, a guy called Chris, who was really helpful and said that he’d get my brother a t-shirt to say sorry that he was ill. I said this was ok and thanked him, and went to sort it out with registration, who said that I could take over for him, but not fight FOR him, as I originally intended to do. They said that if I was to replace him and I got through to the Dome, it would be me fighting and not him. We went back to the car to ask Martin, and he said that………
Nothing, he was fast asleep
Mum told me that if he didn’t wake up by 12:20 (20 mins before his next match), I could go and officially replace him. I was really annoyed that Gareth didn’t get to compete aswell though……
He didn’t wake up
We went up again and finalised it with registration, changed all of my bro’s details to mine (not much of a job), and talked to the guy on machine 4 about it. Once everything was sorted out, I waited for my call up.
Here we go then………..
(BTW, everyone who tried to get in received a Boulder Badge in the post)
Battle for Cascade badge: Martin Won (I wasn’t really watching)
My first battle
Battle for Thunder Badge
Ok, well this was my easiest battle in the whole tournament. This was against a little kid in a Simpsons cap who by the looks of his team, had got through by default from Round 1. I choose Vegeta, Zeus and Red Lion.
The battle was over in 3 turns.
He sends out lvl 40 Hitmonchan: Psychic from Vegeta, it’s down
He sends out lvl 28 Mr Mime: Psychic from Vegeta, it’s down
He sends out lvl 33 Pidgeotto: Psychic from Vegeta, it’s down
(For some reason he used these 3 when he also had a lvl 82 Charizard on his team)
A Thunder Badge is now mine
My Second Battle
Battle for Rainbow Badge
This was one of the more challenging fights I had today. He used Zam, Articuno, and another I can’t remember. He was actually pretty good (even tho I caned his ass down with Vegeta and Zeus). I remember now actually (I can’t be bothered to edit this), It was Gyarados. Needless to say that’s where Zeus was used.
I felt he had got too far on his own to just be left, he was too good for that, so I gave him azure’s address and told him to come here and talk on the forum, so we might see him around (if you’re him, post under this now!)
I now have a Rainbow Badge
My third Battle
Battle for marsh badge
This was against a guy who had got through the last round automatically because me and Gareth saw his opponent was cheating and pointed him out (his Egg had Razor Leaf and Dream-eater).I wouldn’t normally have done this but if I hadn’t I would have been fighting him in this match, which I didn’t want to do….
Anyway, this was an easy match, with Vegeta sweeping again and Chansey picking up the pieces at the end when his Arti killed him….
A Marsh badge is now mine
Now it was time for the quarter finals, and I was VERY nervous having lost here at Watford before. And just like Watford, mine was the last quarter final (which wasn’t good for my already frought nerves at all)
However, this one went better than the last…..
My Forth battle
Battle for Soul Badge
I had watched this guy on another machine so knew what his team would be…
We both start with Zapdos. I switch to Obelisk, he T-Waves, no effect……..
From here on in it’s a blur……I’ve just spent 5 mins discussing it with Gareth and he cant remember either……
The only thing I can remember other than that was his Golem using Rock Slide and Missing (which I would have survived anyway), and me Psychic’ing for the win with Vegeta .
Soul badge is mine
Now the big ones……..
That win calmed me down at least. I just kept saying to myself "just one more win for a free trip to the Millenium Dome" (both finalists go to the Dome, the only thing the final battle determines is who receives the Earth Badge)
Battle for Volcano badge
My fifth battle
This was my hardest battle of the day
I sent in Alakazam, he sent in Zapdos. I switch in Rhydon, he T-waves, it fails. He switches in NidoKing, I sub. He earthquakes, my sub breaks, I earthquake, he goes down. He sends in Golem. I switch to Zam, he Rockslides for about 100 health. I Reflect, he earthquakes for about 65. He switches in Zapdos, I recover. I switch to Zapdos (don’t know why), he Thunders. I Thunder Wave, he Thunder-Bolts. I ThunderBolt, he Thunders to kill Zeus. I send in Rhydon, he T-Bolts (no effect). He switches in Golem, I switch in Vegeta. I psychic to kill him. He sends out Zapdos, I deal with him easily with 3 psychics…..
Yeah, I’m going to the Dome!
I come away well pleased, knowing that I’m going to the Dome anyway, so I go out to have a fun final…..and I remember it perfectly….
My Sixth Battle
Battle for THE Earth Badge (only 1 at each event: 16 in existence)
Good, but not as hard as the previous one…..
We both send out Alakazam.
I T-Wave, He psychics
I Psychic (lower special), He Psychics
I Psychic (lower special), He Psychics
I Psychic, He Recovers
(Repeat about 4 times)
I Psychic (lower special), He Psychics (lower special)
Ok, now he makes his one MAJOR mistake
I recover, He Digs
I send in Zapdos, Dig misses
I T-Bolt, He’s down in one
He sends out dragonite
I Drill peck, he Blizzards (crit) and kills me
I send out red Lion.
Ok, you should be able to guess what happens here. I minimize up to the max, taking as much of each 30 seconds as I can, Softboiled to max health and began to toss away.
I kill dragonite and he sends out Blastoise. I get him down to 30 hp and the time runs out
Ok, so not the most exiting final ever, but I still won it, claimed my Earth badge *points at it proudly, and got a big goody bag at the end, which had packets of cards, a CD, a Video, stickers, postcards and magnets in it……and a Charizard T-shirt at the end as well.
I got a letter (the same as Darryns) giving me rough details of the UK finals, and they said they would ring me….
But the best bit of the whole thing had to be talking to the group of 4 really SEXY, fine nintendo women wearing tight pokemon t-shirts…..drool……man they were fine!
And the thing was they actually talked to me, I didn’t have to talk to them first, cause they saw me on the stage and talked to me when I came down after the semi……
Yep, being good at pokemon has it’s perks alright…..
Two of them even said that they REMEMBERED me from Watford, which brought a big smile (and blush) to my face that made them all laugh…..
We went home (getting lost on the way), which this time took 2 and a half hours, and as soon as I got in, I began to write this…..
It’s now 11:05 (sorry it’s been so long Branners, Darryn and Rich) but I had to eat, talk to my friend on the phone and play PD with Gareth between…….
Well, this has got to be my longest ever post on azure. Hope you enjoyed it…..
(off to play more PD with gareth)
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[This message has been edited by Philbo (edited 08-08-2000).]