It was a momentous weekend for Pokemon TCG player Piper Lepine, and admirers of the Hearth-Sort Kanto starter, as the participant from Minnesota won the Baltimore Pokemon TCG Masters Division Regional Championship with a deck that includes the fan-favourite Charizard. And this was not just any Charizard. It was the new Radiant Charizard from the Pokemon GO established sporting artwork of the fireplace lizard in its shiny variety.
The tournament was the largest regional match in the background of the contemporary period for Pokemon with 1091 gamers. It spanned two days and noticed Lepine dominate the Swiss rounds with her Inteleon/Charizard deck to the stage where her file was so powerful that she experienced the luxurious of conceding to an opponent figuring out she’d even now make it into the Top 8 playoffs. Her last 12-3- file created her the second seed going into best reduce and from there she blazed a path directly to the crown, not dropping a solitary game in any of her greatest of three matches. Alongside with the to start with spot medal Lepine’s prizes provided a few booster boxes and $5,000.
Wow. I am speechless. This weekend was mad, thank you to all people for the help in particular @noahlesak @JakobF27766905 Mikey, Iain, Andrew, Bodhi, and Alex and Gamerelated. 1st position at the largest regionals at any time? Deck was insane, wouldn’t alter just about anything. pic.twitter.com/a0sjfKORK8
— Piper Lepine (@piperlepine) September 19, 2022
Though Charizard cards are dear collectors’ products, they typically are not very superior in the video game because in spite of their higher destruction output they have prohibitively highly-priced assaults. That development has modified in latest many years, with Reshiram & Charizard GX proving to be 1 of the greatest Tag Staff Pokemon and obtaining a put in numerous event-profitable decks. But now Radiant Charizard may have cemented by itself as the best solo Charizard card ever printed.
Radiant Pokemon are so sturdy that players might only include things like a single in their deck. Radiant Charizard’s power stage is very clear when you glimpse at its enormous assault quantity and sport-swinging Skill. Its Combustion Blast attack does 250 problems for the price tag of one Fire Electrical power and four Colorless Strength, which would generally be prohibitively highly-priced (audio acquainted?), but many thanks to its Excited Coronary heart Capability the price tag is lowered by a single Colorless Electricity for every Prize card the opponent has taken. That usually means that after likely down a handful of Prizes, Charizard can start swinging for massive numbers with the assist of Twin Energy or Electrical power-acceleration playing cards these kinds of as Raihan and Magma Basin, and by the stop of the sport, it can assault for just a single Hearth Power.
Most decks enjoy two-Prize Pokemon V with up to 220 HP and Pokemon VStar with up to 280 HP, so with the assist of Alternative Band (which provides +30 destruction) Radiant Charizard can knock them all out in 1 hit. The three-Prize Pokemon VMAX have up to 330 HP, a little bit out of Charziard’s OHKO selection, which is why the deck utilizes Inteleon to soften up targets prior to bringing in Charizard to clean up matters up.
Radiant Charizard’s 160 HP is small in comparison, and usually opponents will knock it out in a person hit, but with Klara and Ordinary Rod in the deck, it can easily be recycled numerous periods, enabling a player to frequently swing for massive destruction convert immediately after convert. Inteleon and Drizzile’s Shady Dealings Capacity is the foundation of the deck’s tactic, allowing for the player to hand decide essential cards out of the deck to regularly pull off the combo. This technique can falter if the opponent disrupts the Radiant Charizard player’s hand, but no subject how lots of situations her opponents performed Marnie, Lepine was normally ready to uncover a way to rally back and choose the dub.
For more insight on Lepine’s deck, test out the new Lage of Rage Pokemon TCG podcast episode where by she appeared as a guest and discussed her strategic considering heading into the tournament.
If you want to discover to play the Pokemon TCG, or are returning following a extensive time, verify out our video clip with exclusive guest Keith Habersberger the place we teach you how to participate in.