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Ludimoth Was Here, Topmoth is a Loser: 2013 Masters US National Champion Report

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#1 kingofmars

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:14 PM

For those of you who don’t know, I’m kingofmars. I managed to win US Nationals. I started my VGC career in 2011 in the newly created Seniors division, where I placed top 4 at the NorCal Regional, losing to Unreality, which I then followed up with a top 16 finish at US Nationals, losing to Mosquito. After failing to qualify in Worlds LCQ and being motivated to make better teams for the next year, I managed to do very similar to my 2011 performance despite my best efforts in 2012, top 4ing Regionals and then losing round 1 of Nationals. However, my story in 2012 didn’t end at the LCQ for Worlds, as I made it through and then secured a 2nd seed after 6 rounds of swiss, losing top 8 to eventual winner, Dim.


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#2 tlyee61

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:04 PM

you listed duy's team as having 5 pokemon. I don't know if you didn't know his 6th or not, but I just wanted to point it out
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#3 Roz

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:16 PM

Way to mess up my username hehe =P
Grats on winning! Your team was very interesting and it was great to see you play in the finals!

#4 araluen7

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:22 PM

you listed duy's team as having 5 pokemon. I don't know if you didn't know his 6th or not, but I just wanted to point it out

He mentions it in the turn by turn as being Terrakion.

Actually was a really good read though, and interesting to see how you came to all your team decisions.
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#5 CrimsonBlastoise

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:22 PM

This was a very interesting report

#6 PrettyLittleLiar

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:23 PM

ctrl+f "EnFuego"

I think you underplayed the amount of day-saving that occurred by me giving you my game cart. Ludicolo always stomp nobs (like Nosh) when used in concurrence with the trainer name "EnFuego"

#7 BlitznBurst

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:23 PM

I am now compelled to change my profile pic.

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#8 Smith

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:39 PM

A nationals report! And just in time!


Seriously, good team and good report, I know I definitely dissed this team in Under the Bridge #1 but I feel the need to again declare (a) kom is a better mons player than me (B) even if I dont understand the team and even if I would never use it it is obviously a good team and he won a really really difficult nationals with it. Landorus-I is kewl

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#9 shinryu

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 06:10 PM

So about...half a year late? :P


Still a good read though.

#10 TheGr8

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 07:59 PM

I remember taking that picture with you Gavin during top cut with the plushes on our heads! :D Nice article man!

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#11 PBB

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 07:59 PM






"2012 called; it wants its everything back"



Edited by PBB, 04 December 2013 - 08:00 PM.

#12 Koke

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:14 PM

"Metagross is an insanely strong pokemon, due to it having many arms"


I couldn't agree more. 

#13 BadIntent

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 01:44 AM

Hey man, steel gem Iron Head is good. It's way better than Meteor Miss! I like that you pointed out how reactionary this team has to be played. Not that it isn't obvious, but I glanced at it a few times in the past and wondered how it was able to do as well without an aggressive offensive strategy of its own. This team is like the super-anti metagame teams I liked to make in 2010. Stay true to your play style if it works.

#14 Jayhonas

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 02:21 AM

Really enjoyed the article! Your style of writing is also nice to read, I look forward to reading more of your articles KoM.

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#15 Technoz

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 08:26 AM

Great read Gavin, really cool to see that this team made it to the top!

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My goal is to come top 4 at nationals and to Make top 8 at worlds.

#16 Bopper


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 10:11 AM

So Gavin, I get that you won and all, but what are your thoughts on pikachu, hm?

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#17 kingofmars

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 03:22 PM

"Swag" - pikachuman275

#18 seasicknesss

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 04:06 PM

Koksux is da winner mon

Props for using superior lando. Did you use the same exact team for worlds?

#19 kingofmars

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 05:15 PM

I used the exact same team for worlds yeah, I was gone for a while so didnt feel comfortable with anything else

#20 CT MikotoMisaka

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 06:17 PM

National Champion Enfuego.

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#21 Lajo

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 05:56 PM

Nice report, and some cocky comments made it pretty enjoyable for me to read.
I really like your thought process, although it was confusing sometimes, like your infamous Ttar-Lando lead, which has quite some flaws like Scrafty, Suicune and such.

Of course I was interested in your match against Ashby the most, and seeing that he brought the "losing" Lead from game1 again in game3 couldn´t confuse me more.
Well, thanks to our sparrings I added Stone Edge on Scrafty shortly after my Nationals in Bochum, but Ashby refused to use it, and somehow I´m glad you let him pay for it, haha.
So Kudos and thanks for revealing some weaknesses of my team and making me the better sun player, I´m sure you will do well next year as well-how you do analyse your opponent shows it- and we´ll meet at worlds ;)

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#22 Ezrael

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 08:49 PM

Are you sure about your evs on amoonguss? 100 speed evs bring it up to 63 speed not 61

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