ION Pokémon League: Weekly Recap – 4/28/2014

The ION Pokémon League is a Wi-Fi battling competition on Pokémon X & Y Version. For details and to join, click here.

AJ d. Zero

Battle Format: Non-Title, Rotation, Best 2 of 3
Battle 1 Video: H3YG-WWWW-WWW7-55J7
Battle 2 Video: 2RQW-WWWW-WWW7-55J9
Battle 3 Video: J59W-WWWW-WWW7-55JB

Lineups:
AJ: Charizard, Aegislash, Gliscor, Alakazam, Klefki, Greninja
Zero: Abomasnow, Reuniclus, Steelix, Jellicent, Conkeldurr, Kyurem

The new champion’s first battle after winning the title got off to a very slow start. Both trainers used spent the early portion of the battle trying to outpredict each other. AJ’s Mega Charizard X made the first dent in the stat sheet by taking down Reuniclus. From there, Zero answered with Steelix taking over. Steelix scored the next 3 KOs. At that point though, AJ completely turned the battle around. Akujiki (Greninja) responded with 2 straight KOs and Gliscor finally took Steelix down. Kyurem tried to start a comeback for Zero, but Charizard grabbed the final two KOs, giving the first battle to AJ.

Zero bounced back quickly in the second battle. Each trainer traded KOs early, until Zero got his tricks going. Under a Trick Room, Reuniclus and Steelix took over, with each scoring 2 KOs. AJ’s Mega Charizard X tried to fight back, but the numbers were far too steep to overcome at that point and it became the second victim of Steelix, pulling the best of 3 even.

The third and decisive battle was the proverbial seesaw match. Zero fell behind early, losing the first two Pokémon of the battle. However, he fired right back to even things up. After Akujiki and Reuniclus fell to Life Orb recoil and burn damage respectively, the momentum clearly shifted. Lionheart (Aegislash) opened to door for AJ by picking up the next 2 KOs, leaving only Kyurem left for Zero. Outnumbered three to one, even the legendary ice dragon couldn’t overcome the odds and was knocked out by Oathkeeper (Klefki) to secure the victory for AJ.

Andy d. Michael

Battle Format: Single
Battle Video: Y2ZW-WWWW-WWW7-573S

Lineups:
Andy: Scizor, Clefable, Chesnaught, Blastoise, Zapdos, Golurk
Michael: Rotom (wash), Ludicolo, Magnezone, Talonflame, Noivern, Swampert

This battle was a case study in not throwing in the towel. Early on, it was a back and forth contest with each trainer losing two Pokémon. Then, Dionysus (Ludicolo) grabbed the edge for Michael by scoring 2 KOs. With a 4-2 advantage, and one of the two being a weakened Zsasz (Scizor), things were looking good for Michael. Then, Golurk happened. Ripping off an incredible 4 KOs in a row, and finishing with 5 for the battle, Golurk not only turned the tide, but almost single-handedly grabbed a win for Andy.

Custos d. Alexander

Battle Format: Single
Battle Video: PCBG-WWWW-WWW7-5G7K

Lineups:
Custos: Cloyster, Haxorus, Blaziken, Honchkrow, Espeon, Torterra
Alexander: Xatu, Huntail, Leavanny, Kecleon, Marowak, Scizor

Custos has seemed to hit his stride and scored a big win over the former IPL World Champion. The battle started off well for Alexander, as Chrono (Xatu) was able to thwart the opening salvo from Eden (Torterra) and reflect the Stealth Rock back at Custos. After that though, Alexander inexplicably fell victim to another Magic Guard as Shaka (Espeon) sent the Sticky Web of his Ivy (Leavanny) back in his direction. Ivy picked up the first KO, but was quickly dispatached after by Ken (Mega Blaziken) for one if its two KOs. From there, Alexander was playing catch up and forced to try to counterpunch for most of the battle. Demise (Honchkrow) proved to be too tough for him to counter, scoring the lost 3 KOs and cementing the win for Custos.

Steven d. Jeff

Battle Format: Single
Battle Video: ULXW-WWWW-WWW7-77EK

Steven: Talonflame, Swampert, Hydreigon, Lucario, Chandelure, Espeon
Jeff: Magnezone, Hippowdon, Nidoking, Gyarados, Avalugg, Tyranitar

Stevn continued his push toward an IPL World Championship shot with another impressive victory. The early stages of this match were very evenly fought as both trainers fought to grab the advantage. Ragnarok (Tyranitar) drew first blood for Jeff by taking down Steven’s Chandelure. Shaggy (Hydreigon) was next to hit the scoreboard with a big KO on Koinobori (Mega Gyarados) to even things up. Each trainer lost one more Pokémon before Shaggy too over the battle for good. Shaggy grabbed 3 more KOs and watched Ragnarok succumb to Stealth Rock damage to secure victory for Steven.

Current Rankings:

IPL World Champion: Zero

Player – Points

Steven – 16
AJ – 12
Custos – 8
Michael – 6
Jeff – 4
Alexander – 0

Next Week:

Andy vs. Steven
Custos vs. Jeff
Alexander vs. Lance
AJ vs. Michael

You may have noticed a new name in there. Next week marks the debut of a new trainer to the ION Pokémon League, Lance! The Rising Knight is here and ready for action. Lance had a few words to share before his big debut.

“Expectations. They are a dangerous thing. All your life, you’re trying to live up to someone’s expectations. Parents, friends, bosses, significant others. They all have expectations that you need to try and live up to. No one know expectations better than I do.Do you realize what it’s like to be a Pokémon trainer named Lance? On top of that, do you know what it’s like to be a Pokémon trainer named Lance from Blackthorn City? As if that wasn’t enough, how about being a Pokémon Trainer named Lance from Blackthorn City whose favorite Pokémon is Dragonite? See what I’m getting at?

From the earliest day I can remember, I was being compared to THAT Lance. The Dragon Master Champion of the Kanto region Lance. I suppose I have my parents to thank for that for thinking that naming me after our city… and one of the world’s most famous Pokémon trainers was a great idea. I can probably also thank them for getting a Dratini shortly after I was born. I’m surprised they didn’t get me a black and red cape and dye my hair red too.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not mad at them for the Dratini. Siegfried and I have grown together and I couldn’t ask for a better partner in crime. If you think I have a chip on my shoulder, wait until you meet Siegfried. He’s been dealing with the same expectations that I have. Do you know how many times he’s had to hear that he’ll never be as good as Lance’s Dragonite? So what if he can’t learn Barrier? Siegfried’s rage can break barriers!

Expectations. They can be a dangerous thing. Especially when you aim to shatter them. That is why I am here. That is why I have come to the ION Pokémon League. To shatter expectations. To remove myself from the shadow of THAT Lance. And to start the legend of THIS Lance. The Lance who will show the power of our rage. The Lance who will set himself apart from all others. The Lance that will exceed all of your expectations. Get ready IPL. Siegfried and I have arrived. And we won’t stop until we stand above all of the rest!”

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