ION Pokémon League: Week of 9/15/2014 Recap

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

Alexander defeated Steven

Battle Format: Triple
Battle Video: V2LG-WWWW-WWW9-ZKCU

Alexander: Ursaring, Florges, Espeon, Jolteon, Dragonite, Tyranitar
Steven: Greninja, Talonflame, Garchomp, Mienshao, Manectric, Meowstic

Alexander continued his roll this month with another Triple battle victory. He struck first with Orion (Ursaring) taking down Talonflame, but was knocked out right after by Mienshao. Steven was the  next to get a KO, and that started a back of forth with each trainer getting a pair of KOs. Garchomp struck next for Steven, but unfortunately, it was its own teammate, Meowstic (who is really going to start developing a complex about Garchomp) that was the only one to go down in the Earthquake. From there, Highball (Dragonite) knocked out Garchomp and Breeze (Florges) picked up its 2nd KO of the battle on Megaman (Mega Manectric) to finish off the battle for Alexander.

Lance defeated AJ

Battle Format: Single
Battle Video: 6FDW-WWWW-WWW9-ZS96

Lineups:
Lance: Arcanine, Machamp, Dragonite, Gengar, Rhyperior, Alakazam
AJ: Greninja, Scizor, Swampert, Blaziken, Clefable, Thundurus

Lance picked up another victory thanks to his resilient Pyro (Arcanine). He got on the board first, thanks to a solid predicted switch by AJ, with Geo (Rhyperior) taking down Thundurus. AJ  responded with Akujiki (Greninja) getting the KO on Geo. Morgane (Alakazam) fired back for Lance, putting Akujiki down. At this point, Lance relied primarily on Pyro to inflict burns and frustrate AJ with its defensive ability. AJ’s Swampert fell victim to burn damage and Pyro fought off the rest of AJ’s team. With both Clefable and Mega Scizor burned and Blaziken severely weakened, AJ decided to forfeit the battle to Lance.

Zero defeated Jeff

Battle Format: Single
Battle Video: 6QJW-WWWW-WWW9-ZSND

Lineups:
Zero: Uxie, Tyrantrum, Azumarill, Hawlucha, Nidoqueen, Pikachu
Jeff: Charizard, Magnezone, Garchomp, Tyrantrum, Tyranitar, Metagross

In a preview of what will be this month’s IPL World Title match, the champion emerged victorious over his challenger. Both trainers exchanged a KO each at the start of the battle. Things then started to look good for Jeff as Nova (Charizard) and Ragnarok (Tyranitar) picked up KOs. And then Hawlucha hit the field. After a Swords Dance boost, Hawlucha proceeded to rip off 4 consecutive KOs, and almost had a 5th, before Ragnarok finally put it down. Azumarill picked off the weakened Ragnarok to seal the win for Zero.

Custos defeated Michael

Battle Format: Single
Battle Video: 3CFW-WWWW-WWW9-QWAV

Lineups:
Custos: Zoroark, Talonflame, Greninja, Scizor, Hydreigon, Salamence
Michael: Noivern, Talonflame, Magnezone, Malamar, Nidoking, Rotom (Wash)

This battle was like watching a great volley in a tennis match with the ball bouncing back and forth. Custos started off with the trickery as Z (Zoroark), who started disguised as Broly (Salamence) got the first KO of the battle on Poseidon (Malamar). This started an exchange where the trainers traded KOs until each had lost 4 Pokémon. During this time, Hermes (Noivern) for Michael was the only Pokémon to get more than one KO. Custos then called on the actual Broly, who went on to score KOs on Michael’s final 2 Pokémon to end the battle.

Andy defeated Connor

Battle Format: Single
Battle Video: G55G-WWWW-WWW9-S2AZ

Lineups:
Andy: Jellicent, Tyranitar, Ferrothorn, Crawdaunt, Gourgeist, Sylveon
Connor: Snorlax, Volcarona, Heracross, Vaporeon, Mamoswine, Metagross

Andy showcased that sometimes the best offense is a good defense. Connor was able to score first in this one, with Mega Heracross taking down Mrs. Puff (Jellicent). Andy responded with Terrothorn (Ferrothorn) outlasting Mega Heracross thanks to its Iron Barbs and Rocky Helmet. Both trainers exchanged a KO before Terrothorn struck again. Metagross fell victim to its hazardous exterior and Jinbei succumbed to Leech Seed damage, making Terrothorn responsible for the downfall of 3 of  Connor’s Pokémon. Connor tried to mount a comeback with Elder (Mamoswine), who scored a pair of KOs, but it was too steep of a hill to climb. Crawdaunt took over for Andy and finished off the final 2 of Connor’s Pokémon to secure the win.

Current Rankings:

IPL World Champion: Zero

Player – Points

Jeff – 32
Alexander – 28
Lance – 24
Michael – 24
AJ – 18
Andy – 14
Custos – 10
Connor – 6
Steven – 2

This Week:

The next IPL special event, Spirit Showdown, is here! The main event features Zero defending the IPL World Championship against Jeff. Jeff has been one of the hottest trainers in the IPL over the course of the last two months, but suffered a defeat this passed week against the champion in a non-title battle. Will Jeff have something up his sleeve in the rematch? Here are all of the match-ups for Spirit Showdown!

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

IPL World Title Match, Best 2 of 3:
Jeff (Challenger) vs. Zero (Champion)

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