Cory: Garchomp, Cresselia, Tyranitar, Scizor, Ludicolo, and Gyrados.
Me: And it turns out you threw all of that together kind of hastily, but you had some help, some tools that you used to decide which Pokémon to put in, how did that all come together?
Cory: [I built my team] very early this morning-I went to bed around 6:00 pm after the TCG event yesterday-I used the team builder on Marriland’s website.
Me: And, as it turns out, the player you had to face in the finals actually was one of your losses in the swiss rounds, how did that play out in your first meeting?
Cory: He absolutely beat me in the swiss rounds-I couldn’t do anything.
Me: What was his team like?
Cory: He had a Thundurus-T [Therian Forme], which I’ve never faced before; he also had a Heracross, Cresselia, Excadrill, and Tyranitar on his team.
Me: What did you learn from the first time that helped you pull it out in the finals?
Cory: I realized that Thundurus Therian Forme doesn’t come with Prankster, so I could use my Tyranitar a little bit more. I also used Gyrados a little bit differently-I used him for his intimidate support and switching ability, rather than using him as a solid attacker.
Me: All right, well, thank you very much Cory, this has been Steven Reich, from the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, WI, at the Pokémon Video Game Midwest Regionals 2013.
Item: Expert Belt
Hidden Power (Fire)
Item: Steel Gem
Item: Haban Berry
Ability: Sand Veil
Item: Choice Scarf
Ability: Sand Stream
Item: Sitrus Berry
Ability: Rain Dish