ION Pokémon League: Weekly Recap – 5/5/2014

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

Alexander d. Lance

Battle Format: Single
Battle Video: HFCW-WWWW-WWW7-8EE6

Lineups:
Alexander: Seismitoad, Chesnaught, Sigilyph, Ursaring, Kingler, Jolteon
Lance: Lapras, Gengar, Dragonite, Exeggutor, Machamp, Rhyperior

Lance’s debut was spoiled by the first win for Alexander since his IPL World Championship victory. Alexander struck early with Volt (Jolteon) and Earthcroak (Seismitoad) scoring the first 2 KOs. Lance called on his signature Pokémon, Siegfried (Dragonite), to try and turn the tide and it took down Earthcroak. Siegfried, however, could not power through Quill (Chesnaught) and succumbed to poison damage. Aldo (Machamp) fought back for Lance, picking up a pair of KOs to even the battle up before falling to Orion (Ursaring). Juzi (Mega Gengar) countered for Lance to bring Orion down, but it couldn’t touch Quill. Quill’s Bulletproof ability allowed it to remain unscathed by Juzi, forcing a weakened Geo (Rhyperior) to fall at its hand and eventually taking Juzi down with Leech Seed to end the battle.

AJ d. Michael

Battle Format: Single
Battle Video: PNQG-WWWW-WWW7-99JD

Lineups:
AJ: Lucario, Charizard, Slowking, Aegislash, Jolteon, Serperior
Michael: Swampert, Noivern, Talonflame, Magnezone, Ludicolo, Rotom (Wash)

In a battle of two trainers who have crossed paths a few times recently, AJ once again came away with a win. Michael made an interesting choice early in sacrificing his Swampert to an obvious unfavorable match-up against AJ’s Serperior in order to get Stealth Rocks on the field. Hermes (Noivern) was able to quickly even the battle up by taking down Serperior. Then, Lionheart (Aegislash) hit the field for AJ and proceeded to rip off 3 KOs in a row before Baal (Rotom) was able to put a stop to it. After Grima (Mega Charizard X) knocked out Baal, it left only Horus (Talonflame) for Michael. Horus gamely fought back, taking down 2, and almost 3, of AJ’s remaining 4 Pokémon, but the recoil from its Brave Bird and Life Orb and the sheer numbers were too much to overcome.

Steven d. Andy

Battle Format: Triple
Battle Video: F2ZW-WWWW-WWW7-CDTX

Lineups:
Steven: Aerodactyl, Talonflame, Meowstic, Garchomp, Venusaur, Keldeo
Andy: Hydreigon, Rhydon, Venusaur, Zapdos, Mamoswine, Togekiss

Steven took full advantage of being ahead in the rankings to force Andy into a battle type that he is not well versed in and cement his place as the next challenger for the IPL World Championship. Despite scoring the first KO of the match, courtesy of Tess (Togekiss), Andy could never really get the ball rolling in this one. Keldeo led the charge for Steven, racking up 3 KOs. Steven’s Mega Venusaur also grabbed a pair of KOs in the victory.

Jeff d. Custos

Battle Format: Single
Battle Video: N/A

Jeff: Magnezone, Avalugg, Garchomp, Tyranitar, Hippowdon, Charizard
Custos: Espeon, Torterra, Talonflame, Haxorus, Blastoise, Heracross

Due to a power issue in the arena, there is no recorded video of this battle. Reports are that Jeff was in the lead with 5 Pokémon left to 2 for Custos when the arena went dark. Custos conceeded the victory to Jeff.

Current Rankings:

IPL World Champion: Zero

Player – Points

Steven – 18
AJ – 14
Andy – 12
Custos – 8
Jeff – 6
Michael – 6
Alexander – 2
Lance – 0

Next Week:

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

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