October TCG Cup Top 4 Deck Lists and an Interview With the Winner!

PokeBeach’s October 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 Rodrigo Dias from Waterloo, Ontario! He will walk away with 18 booster packs from TCGplayer.com.

Here’s our interview with him:

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

Only 27 points so far from two League Challenges.

Why did you decide to participate in this tournament?

Good practice for the season.

What deck did you play for the October TCG Cup?

Volcanion because it’s really straightforward and fast!

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

Garbodor variants (especially M Mewtwo-EX) give me some trouble. Good matchups are all over the place. Yveltal can be a hassle due to Fright Night and the same with Greninja BREAK if I don’t draw well.

What kind of decks did you play against?

Lots of Greninja, Yveltal, Serperior, and maybe a M Gardevoir-EX or Darkrai-EX / Giratina-EX.

What was your most exciting game or match?

Greninja is always scary because a single mistake can sometimes cost you the game. It was cool seeing how you could survive hits with Fighting Fury Belts, and using Pokémon Ranger against Shadow Stitch to deal just the right amount of damage.

What was your favorite card in your list?

Volcanion-EX was sweet. The Ability got me all steamy. ;)

Would you make any changes to your deck or list?

I’m playing around with the last spot as either Mr. Mime, Sky FieldEnergy Retrieval or Acro Bike. I don’t really think Mr. Mime does too much when I get Paralleled to three Bench and can only have two Volcanion-EX on the Bench.

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

I don’t think it affects it at all. I’m not too sure since I didn’t really like the set enough to pay attention to it. Dragonite-EX might make M Gardevoir-EX more difficult but haven’t tested it.

Congratulations, Rodrigo!

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


Pokemon (12)

4x Volcanion (STS #25)4x Volcanion-EX (STS #26)2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)1x Hoopa-EX (AOR #36)1x Mr. Mime (BKT #97)

Trainers (36)

4x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)2x N (DEX #96)2x Lysandre (FLF #90)1x Olympia (GEN #66)1x Fisherman (BKT #136)1x Pokémon Ranger (STS #104)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)3x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)3x Acro Bike (PRC #122)3x Energy Retrieval (PLB #80)3x Fighting Fury Belt (BKP #99)2x Float Stone (BKT #137)1x Switch (RSK #91)2x Sky Field (RSK #89)

Energy (12)

12x Fire Energy (GEN #76)

Other Top Finishers

Coming in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places were Matt Abrams (__abrams__), Nathan Potter (Ventus Invictus) and padiewaka. All three won a bunch of booster packs from the latest expansions. Diego’s and Fernando’s deck lists can be seen below:

Matt Abrams

Pokemon (18)

3x Greninja BREAK (BKP #41)4x Greninja (BKP #40)4x Frogadier (BKP #39)3x Froakie (BKP #38)4x Talonflame (STS #96)

Trainers (33)

4x N (DEX #96)3x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)1x Teammates (PRC #141)1x Lysandre (FLF #90)1x Fisherman (BKT #136)1x Pokémon Ranger (STS #104)4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)4x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)4x Dive Ball (PRC #125)3x Bursting Balloon (BKP #97)2x Level Ball (AOR #76)2x Super Rod (BKT #149)2x Rough Seas (PRC #137)1x Silent Lab (PRC #140)

Energy (9)

8x Water Energy (EVO #93)1x Splash Energy (BKP #113)

Nathan Potter

Pokemon (14)

3x M Mewtwo-EX (BKT #64)4x Mewtwo-EX (BKT #158)2x Garbodor (BKP #57)2x Trubbish (BKP #56)2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)1x Hoopa-EX (AOR #36)

Trainers (34)

4x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)2x N (FAC #105)2x Lysandre (FLF #90)1x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)1x Pokémon Ranger (STS #104)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)4x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)3x Mewtwo Spirit Link (BKT #144)3x Mega Turbo (RSK #86)3x Float Stone (PLF #99)2x Shrine of Memories (PRC #139)1x Parallel City (BKT #145)

Energy (12)

8x Psychic Energy (GEN #79)4x Double Colorless Energy (GEN #74)


Pokemon (15)

3x M Scizor-EX (BKP #77)4x Scizor-EX (BKP #76)1x Cobalion (STS #74)2x Garbodor (BKP #57)2x Trubbish (BKP #56)2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)1x Hoopa-EX (AOR #36)

Trainers (35)

3x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)3x N (FAC #105)2x Lysandre (FLF #90)1x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)1x Pokémon Ranger (STS #104)4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)4x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)4x Crushing Hammer (GEN #60)3x Scizor Spirit Link (BKP #111)3x Float Stone (BKT #137)2x Mega Turbo (RSK #86)1x Parallel City (BKT #145)

Energy (10)

10x Metal Energy (GEN #82)

PrizeWall_LogoThe top finishers also earned Prize Wall points on TCGplayer.com, 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.

CESit, Seodor, Nobodyshero2727, Joseph Redd, and Wil Yates each walked away with several booster packs or a specially-selected Pokemon promo product from TCGplayer.com. The decks we saw these players use include Vespiquen / Zoroark, M Gardevoir-EX, M Gardevoir-EX / Xerneas BREAKZoroark / Yveltal / Mew, and Darkrai-EX / Giratina-EX / Zoroark 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?

MahoneDecember’s tournament will be posted on December 1st, and November’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!

Thanks, TCGplayer!

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