Winners of August TCG Cup Crowned! Deck Lists and Interview!

PokeBeach’s August TCG Cup is over and the winners have been crowned!

The tournament was played in the Standard format at the time — XY through Steam Siege.

Interview with the Champion

TCGplayer And PokeBeachComing in first place is John Mostowy from Southwestern Ohio! He will walk away with 18 booster packs from

Here’s our interview with him:

How well are you performing in Play! Pokemon tournaments this season?

It just started… and I haven’t touched a deck of real cards since Nationals lol. School’s tough.

Why did you decide to participate in this tournament?

I love these tournaments and I play in them because I can’t usually make it to in-real-life tournaments on a regular basis. To know I can look forward to a round every few days keeps me competitive. The fact that it’s free is also super nice.

What deck did you play for the August TCG Cup?

I played the deck I used at Nationals this year — M Manectric-EX / Jolteon-EX. I love Mega Man so much and because September includes Steam Siege and a new Standard, I thought this was my last chance to give my main man a go before retiring the deck. I am now sad.

What kind of decks did you play against?

I played against Water Toolbox, Trevenant BREAK, Night March. I can’t remember [the rest] to be honest.

What was your favorite card in your list?

Jolteon may have been swag, but I just love M Manectric-EX as a card. Energy acceleration, free Retreat, Rough Seas support… I’m gonna miss a lot.

What was your most exciting game or match?

I think my last round was pretty intense, for the perfect 6-0. I was up against Night March and I got really scared that I could lose my winning streak right there. Thankfully, Jolteon is a boss and I whipped out Flash Ray on the second turn in both matches to seal it. Lotta pressure there.

Would you make any changes to your deck or list?

I’ve tinkered with the deck for so long, and there’s always the weird feeling with what I wanna do with Max Potion, a potential Startling Megaphone, and Parallel City. Parallel City is nuts in this deck to get rid of spent Hoopa-EX and Shaymin-EX, but I never really pulled the trigger on it and opted for more Rough Seas.

What kind of decks give yours trouble? Which are good matchups?

I love Mega Man because it has good matchups across the board, save Night March if it has an explosive setup. Water Toolbox is tricky, Trevenant can hamper the deck if you whiff Rough Seas, but you do have outs to significantly improve your odds of winning.

How does Evolutions and affect your deck? Is it still viable?

I mean… rotation. So. This deck doesn’t exist anymore. ):

Congratulations, John!

Here is the deck list he used to win the tournament:


Pokemon (13)

3x M Manectric-EX (PHF #24)3x Manectric-EX (PHF #23)2x Jolteon-EX (GEN #28)1x Mew (FAC #29)1x Raikou (BKT #55)2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)1x Hoopa-EX (AOR #36)

Trainers (37)

4x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)3x N (DEX #96)2x Lysandre (FLF #90)1x AZ (PHF #91)1x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)4x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)4x Max Elixir (BKP #102)3x Manectric Spirit Link (PHF #100)1x Battle Compressor (PHF #92)1x Max Potion (BKP #103)1x Escape Rope (PRC #127)1x Float Stone (BKT #137)3x Rough Seas (PRC #137)

Energy (10)

10x Lightning Energy (XY #135)

Other Top Finishers

Coming in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places were Xhesiko Gjepali (Salmo), Alex Mei (TheAnticipationEevee) and Carl Sitavi (CESit). All three won a bunch of booster packs from the latest expansions. Their deck lists can be seen below:

Xhesiko Gjepali


Pokemon (17)

4x Joltik (PHF #26)4x Pumpkaboo (PHF #44)4x Lampent (PHF #42)2x Mew (FAC #29)3x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)

Trainers (39)

2x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)2x Lysandre (FLF #90)1x N (DEX #96)1x Teammates (PRC #141)1x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)1x Xerosic (PHF #119)4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)4x Battle Compressor (PHF #92)4x Puzzle of Time (BKP #109)4x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)3x Acro Bike (PRC #122)3x Fighting Fury Belt (BKP #99)1x Escape Rope (PRC #127)1x Target Whistle (PHF #106)3x Dimension Valley (PHF #93)

Energy (4)

4x Double Colorless Energy (FAC #114)

Alex Mei


Pokemon (11)

3x Seismitoad-EX (FFI #20)2x Manaphy-EX (BKP #32)1x Glaceon-EX (FAC #20)1x Articuno (RSK #17)1x Regice (AOR #24)2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)1x Hoopa-EX (AOR #36)

Trainers (38)

4x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)2x N (FAC #105)2x Lysandre (FLF #90)1x AZ (PHF #91)1x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)1x Xerosic (PHF #110)4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)4x Max Elixir (BKP #102)3x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)3x Energy Switch (RS #82)2x Fighting Fury Belt (BKP #99)1x Muscle Band (XY #121)1x Startling Megaphone (FLF #97)1x Super Rod (BKT #149)3x Rough Seas (PRC #137)1x Parallel City (BKT #145)

Energy (11)

11x Water Energy (RS #106)

Carl Sitavi


Pokemon (13)

3x Seismitoad-EX (FFI #20)2x Manaphy-EX (BKP #32)2x Articuno (RSK #17)1x Glaceon-EX (FAC #20)1x Regice (AOR #24)2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)1x Hoopa-EX (AOR #36)1x Shaymin-EX (PRXY #XY148)

Trainers (35)

4x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)2x N (FAC #105)1x AZ (PHF #91)1x Lysandre (FLF #90)1x Team Flare Grunt (GEN #73)1x Delinquent (BKP #98)4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)4x Max Elixir (BKP #102)3x Energy Switch (RS #82)3x Fighting Fury Belt (BKP #99)2x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)1x Enhanced Hammer (PHF #94)1x Super Rod (BKT #149)3x Rough Seas (PRC #137)

Energy (12)

12x Water Energy (RS #106)

PrizeWall_LogoThe top finishers also earned Prize Wall points on, which allows them to exchange their points for even more products like booster packs and promo boxes.

Everyone in the Top 32 of PokeBeach’s monthly tournaments will also receive Prize Wall points via e-mail. Be sure to check your inboxes!

Creative Deck Winners

As part of every tournament, PokeBeach’s article writers voted for the five premium members whom they felt used the most creative deck lists.

Coolpilot, Frosstoisedanglesmcjangles, ironcladmerc, and Wil Yates each walked away with several booster packs or a specially-selected Pokemon promo product from The decks we saw these players use include Lucario, M Gardevoir-EX, / Xerneas BREAK / Giratina-EX, Vespiquen / Zoroark / YveltalDarkrai-EX / Giratina-EX and Darkrai-EX / Giratina-EX respectively.

For every tournament, the five premium members who come up with the most creative decks will win booster packs and promo products.

Want to Become a Premium Member?

MahoneOctober’s tournament will be posted on October 1st, and September’s tournament is currently underway. Each tournament awards up to four booster boxes of product to top finishers plus promo products and additional booster packs to premium members.

If you’re interested in becoming a premium member, be sure to check out this link. All premium members get reserved slots in the tournaments, double the amount of booster packs, double the amount of Prize Wall points, a chance to win even more product for using creative decks, and of course all the other benefits that go along with having a premium membership, including weekly articles from the game’s top players and deck help from said players. A premium membership is extremely diverse!

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