Shiny Charizard Wins Greatest Pokémon Regional Event Ever

It was a momentous weekend for Pokemon TCG participant Piper Lepine, and followers of the Hearth-Kind Kanto starter, because the participant from Minnesota gained the Baltimore Pokemon TCG Masters Division Regional Championship with a deck that includes the fan-favorite Charizard. And this wasn’t simply any Charizard. It was the brand new Radiant Charizard from the Pokemon GO set sporting art work of the hearth lizard in its shiny kind.

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The match was the most important regional match within the historical past of the fashionable period for Pokemon with 1091 gamers. It spanned two days and noticed Lepine dominate the Swiss rounds together with her Inteleon/Charizard deck to the purpose the place her file was so sturdy that she had the luxurious of conceding to an opponent figuring out she’d nonetheless make it into the Prime 8 playoffs. Her remaining 12-3-0 file made her the second seed going into prime minimize and from there she blazed a path on to the crown, not dropping a single sport in any of her better of three matches. Together with the primary place medal Lepine’s prizes included three booster containers and $5,000.

Although Charizard playing cards are dear collectors’ objects, they often aren’t superb within the sport as a result of regardless of their excessive injury output they’ve prohibitively costly assaults. That development has modified lately, with Reshiram & Charizard GX proving to be probably the greatest Tag Staff Pokemon and discovering a spot in lots of tournament-winning decks. However now Radiant Charizard might have cemented itself as the most effective solo Charizard card ever printed.

Radiant Pokemon are so sturdy that gamers might solely embody one of their deck. Radiant Charizard’s energy degree is evident while you take a look at its big assault quantity and game-swinging Capacity. Its Combustion Blast assault does 250 injury for the price of one Hearth Power and 4 Colorless Power, which might usually be prohibitively costly (sound acquainted?), however due to its Excited Coronary heart Capacity the associated fee is lowered by one Colorless Power for every Prize card the opponent has taken. That implies that after taking place a couple of Prizes, Charizard can begin swinging for big numbers with the assistance of Twin Power or Power-acceleration playing cards reminiscent of Raihan and Magma Basin, and by the top of the sport, it could actually assault for only a single Hearth Power.

Most decks play two-Prize Pokemon V with as much as 220 HP and Pokemon VStar with as much as 280 HP, so with the assistance of Selection Band (which provides +30 injury) Radiant Charizard can knock all of them out in a single hit. The three-Prize Pokemon VMAX have as much as 330 HP, a bit out of Charziard’s OHKO vary, which is why the deck makes use of Inteleon to melt up targets earlier than bringing in Charizard to scrub issues up.

Radiant Charizard’s 160 HP is low as compared, and often opponents will knock it out in a single hit, however with Klara and Strange Rod within the deck, it could actually simply be recycled a number of instances, permitting a participant to repeatedly swing for giant injury flip after flip. Inteleon and Drizzile’s Shady Dealings Capacity is the muse of the deck’s technique, permitting the participant handy decide key playing cards out of the deck to repeatedly pull off the combo. This technique can falter if the opponent disrupts the Radiant Charizard participant’s hand, however regardless of what number of instances her opponents performed Marnie, Lepine was at all times capable of finding a option to rally again and take the dub.

For extra perception on Lepine’s deck, take a look at the latest Lage of Rage Pokemon TCG podcast episode the place she appeared as a visitor and defined her strategic pondering going into the match.

If you wish to study to play the Pokemon TCG, or are returning after a very long time, take a look at our video with particular visitor Keith Habersberger the place we educate you how you can play.

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