ION Pokémon League: Weekly Recap – 3/10/2014

The ION Pokémon League is a Wi-Fi battling competition on Pokémon X & Y Version. For details and to join, click here. Here’s the recap of the week of 3/3/2014.

Alexander d. Andy

Battle Format: Triple
Battle Video: RPGW-WWWW-WWW6-3UN9

Alexander: Espeon, Tyranitar, Roserade, Ursaring, Jolteon, Flygon
Andy: Lucario, Tangela, Florges, Luxray, Togekiss, Talonflame

With 3 Pokémon on each side of the field, the action was fast-paced in this battle. Alexander’s Rampage (Mega Tyranitar) did some early damage, taking out Andy’s two Flying-type Pokémon, Nightwing (Talonflame) and Tess (Togekiss) in successive turns. Luno (Lucario) promptly put a stop to Rampage’s KO spree with a Close Combat, only to be taken out with a Close Combat from Orion (Ursaring). Trunks (Luxray) was Andy’s offensive star of the battle, scoring KOs on Carbuncle (Espeon) and Orion. Trunks eventually fell though at the hands of an Earthquake from Sandsoul (Flygon), who also finished off a KO on Bluedles (Tangela) in a late battle push to victory for the Emerald Knights.

Zero d. Michael

Battle Format: Single, Best 2 out of 3
Battle 1 Video: 7RCW-WWWW-WWW6-4WLG
Battle 2 Video: UQMG-WWWW-WWW6-4WLJ

Zero: Breloom, Swampert, Manectric, Garedvoir, Dusclops, Slaking
Michael: Rotom (Wash), Aggron, Hippowdon, Talonflame, Magnezone, Greninja

The first battle in this best of 3 was a story of expert prediction. Early on, it seemed as if Zero not only knew every move that Michael was going to make, but had something to counter it. Light (Mega Manectric) and Dusclops led the way offensively for Zero, picking up a pair of KOs a piece. Dusclops was an interesting case, using its superb defenses and Pain Split to wear down Horus (Talonflame) and Thoth (Magnezone) before finishing both off with Night Shade. Heqet (Greninja) and Baal (Rotom Wash) recorded the only KOs for Michael.

Battle two was a clean sweep for Zero. After a little cat and mouse switching to start the battle, Zero got the first two KOs courtesy of Breloom and Slaking, again off the back of some great predictions. From there, the battle was taken over by Swampert. Using Curse to boost its power, Swampert ripped off 4 consecutive KOs to finish the battle and the match in impressive fashion.

Custos d. Jeff

Battle Format: Double
Battle Video: CBVG-WWWW-WWW6-6GXP

Custos: Reuniclus, Conkeldurr, Ampharos, Talonflame, Dusclops, Aegislash
Jeff: Heliolisk, Garchomp, Avalugg, Charizard, Metagross, Tyranitar

This battle showcased one Pokémon not doing any damage, but setting the stage for its team to take over. Custos saw his Reuniclus be the first Pokémon to fall in the battle, but not before it could use Trick Room to twist the dimensions of the arena. This allowed Conkeldurr to run roughshod, scoring 3 KOs, before Nova (Mega Charizard Y) could take it own and stop the onslaught. By that point though, the damage was already done and the door was opened for Mega Amparos to finish off the remainder 3 of Jeff’s Pokémon.

AJ d. Steven

Battle Format: Rotation
Battle Video: 4LMW-WWWW-WWW6-6LCR

AJ: Staraptor, Aegislash, Venusaur, Blissey, Greninja, Volcarona
Steven: Thundurus, Greninja, Starmie, Manectric, Gyarados, Politoed

A seasaw battle in the early stages, both players spent the first few turns feeling each other before the first KO happened. Steven’s Mega Manectric was the first to score a KO over AJ’s Staraptor. AJ grabbed the next 2 KOs, including a battle between both Greninjas. After Mega Manectric evened the score for Steven, both trainers were jockeying for the advantage. Eventually, the momentum swung to AJ, oddly enough, thanks to 2 KOs from his Blissey. From there, Volcarona and Mega Vensaur picked up the final 2 KOs, despite a game effort from Mega Manectric, to finish the battle.

Current Rankings

IPL World Championship: vacant

Player – Points

AJ – 4
Alexander – 4
Zero – 4
Custos – 2
Michael – 2
Andy – 0
Jeff – 0
Steven – 0


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