2019 LAIC: Day 1 Stream Match Recaps

Day 1 VOD: part 1 / part 2part 3

Round 9: not streamed

Round 8: Rafael Santos (6-0-1, Blacephalon & Pidgeotto) 1-2 Robin Schultz (6-1-0, Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX)
Game one was wrapped up quickly by 2018 World Champion Robin Schultz as Santos was unable to bench any Basic Pokémon. Game two threatened a similar ending as Rafael was unable to play a supporter turn one. As the game progressed, Santos demonstrated the benefits of Pidgeotto's Air Mail ability. Santos had no trouble finding the resources he needed and with neither player opting to tech Reset Stamp, Santos was able to close out game two. Game three, similar to game one, was another demonstration of how quickly Schultz's deck can set up. Schultz won the series during his second turn of the game after Rafael could not bench any additional Pokémon. Schulz secured his fourth career LAIC Day 2 appearance. -Erin Palmer 

Round 7: Rodrigo Ciulla (6-0-0, Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox) 1-2 Matias Matricardi (6-0-0, Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox)
Rodrigo Ciulla (who had no notable results in Limitless prior to this event) and Matias Matricardi (no stranger to Top 8 across several Latin American Regionals and SPEs in the past few years faced off in a Mewtwo & Mew-GX mirror match. Ciulla got off to a blazing start in game 1, OHKOing Matricardi's first Mewtwo & Mew-GX when Matricardi was unable to find a Weakness Guard Energy, then using Flare Blitz GX to OHKO a second Mewtwo & Mew-GX for game. The variance swung more in Matricardi's favor in game 2, and he pulled off a big Reset Stamp-plus-KO turn to leave Ciulla with no response. In game 3, it seemed like Ciulla would run away with the series--but Matricardi played to his outs and used Puffy Smashers GX in an attempt to avoid a turn of Tag Purge so he could take the winning KO. The Asleep flip was tails and Ciulla's hand was dead--so he had no choice but to extend the hand, and Matricardi was off to Day 2. -Tate Whitesell

Round 6: Zach Lesage (4-1-0, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX1-2 Jimmy Pendarvis (4-1-0, Naganadel & Guzzlord-GX/Mismagius)
Due to some confusion with the stream graphics, some details are unclear about this series. It was initially believed by most of the twitch chat, casters, and stream production that Zach scooped the first game to Jimmy. However, Jimmy scooped game one to Zach, after Zach used Girafarig to send Jimmy's only out to Keldeo-GX (Ultra Forest Kartenvoy) to the Lost Zone. In game two, we watched Jimmy hit every resource needed to dominate this matchup. He closed out the game by flashing a Great Catcher to Zach, who followed this action with a swift scoop as both Regional Champion Veterans knew time was limited. Jimmy then had another explosive start to game three compared to a slow one on Zach Lesage's side of the board. As a result, Jimmy beat the clock and Zach to win this series. -Erin Palmer

Round 5: Nico Alabas (4-0-0, Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX) 2-0 Stéphane Ivanoff (4-0-0, Quagsire/Silvally/Keldeo-GX/Blastoise & Piplup-GX)
An unusual deck from two-time International Champion Stéphane Ivanoff found difficulty overcoming what many viewers assumed would be a favorable matchup, due to the Water-type Weakness of the attackers in Nico Alabas's Fire deck. Alabas played the matchup extremely well, making use of his single-Prize attackers to deal with Ivanoff's Keldeo-GX and offset the Prize trade in his favor. Despite having the new Silvally-GX to draw cards, Ivanoff often struggled to find what he needed and continually power up attackers. Both games were fairly close, but despite Ivanoff's attempts to force a tie as time in the round expired, Alabas was able to pull off a big Hot Burn GX to close out the second game. -Tate Whitesell

Round 4: Karl Blake (3-0-0, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX) 1-1 Sander Wojcik (3-0-0, Doll Stall with Latios-GX, Mareep, Omastar, and Will)
Sander Wojcik, known for playing off-the-wall stall and control decks, brought possibly his wackiest concoction yet this weekend, putting a spin on the Florges/Lillie's Poké Doll "Doll Stall" archetype by adding cards such as Mareep, Omastar, Latios-GX, and Will. In game 1, Wojcik was no doubt disappointed to see Blake play down a Cryogonal--this prevented Wojcik from using his Lillie's Poké Doll, and Blake was able to take the first game quickly. In game 2, Wojcik had to look for an alternate win condition, and he found it in Unown LOT 91. In a thrilling conclusion to the series, since Blake did not play Reset Stamp in his list, Wojcik was able to accumulate 35 cards in hand and use Unown's HAND Ability to win on turn 3 of time, forcing a tie. -Tate Whitesell

Round 3: Connor Finton (2-0-0, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX0-2 Pedro Torres (2-0-0, Arceus & Palkia & Dialga-GX)
Torres began game 1 with three of his Jirachi Prized--but luckily, he started his fourth copy in the Active spot and even had an Escape Board to go with it. He also had a Lillie to get a strong turn 1 setup. Finton also hit the turn 1 Lillie. Both players' second turns again mirrored each other's as they both used Altered Creation GX. Finton then whiffed the Energy Switch he needed to start attacking with Keldeo-GX. On Torres's third turn, he KOd Finton's Keldeo-GX with Drampa, prompting a quick concession from Finton. In game 2, both players started Keldeo-GX. Finton took the first Prize of the game, but Torres was the first to use Altered Creation GX. Both players traded KOs with the help of Great Catcher. In the end, Torres was able to thin his deck enough to find his last Great Catcher and take the win. -Kashvinder Mann

Round 2: Grant Manley (1-0-0, Naganadel & Guzzlord-GX/Mismagius0-2 Rahul Reddy (1-0-0, Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox)
Game 1 was not streamed due to technical difficulties. Reddy commented after the match that Manley missed drawing into a Reset Stamp in game 1, which was important in helping Reddy win. In game 2, both players had strong first-turn setups, but on his second turn, Manley whiffed a few combo pieces and was unable to attack. Reddy then hit a second Welder to set up multiple Mewtwo & Mew-GX, and seeing the writing on the wall, Manley scooped to end this short series. -Kashvinder Mann

Round 1: Denner Ramires (0-0-0, Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox) 2-1 Danny Altavilla (0-0-0, Naganadel & Guzzlord-GX/Mismagius)
In Game 1, Ramires Prized two Welder while Altavilla Prized two Dusk Stone. Altavilla managed to set up the Beast Ring turn on turn 2, and his Naganadel & Guzzlord-GX picked up 4 Prizes with the help of Beast Bringer. Altavilla then took the first game with Naganadel & Guzzlord’s GX attack. Ramires played slowly throughout game 2, performing actions such as shuffling in between search cards. After a misplay from Altavilla, Ramires won a close game 2. Altavilla started game 3 by attaching to a lone Misdreavus and passing--an unfortunate unlucky start that gave Ramires the opening to simply find a Welder and win the series, which he did. Altavilla, who was the 2018 LAIC Champion, tweeted after the match that he believed he threw the series. -Kashvinder Mann