Winners of January’s TCG Cup Crowned! Deck Lists and Interview!

PokeBeach’s January TCG Cup is over and the winners have been crowned!TCGplayer And PokeBeach

The tournament was played in the Standard format at the time — Primal Clash through Evolutions.

Interview with the Champion

Coming in first place is John Mostowy from southwestern Ohio! You may remember one of the articles he wrote for PokeBeach. 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?

Poorly! Well, just not competing all that much with school. I don’t get the opportunity to travel to Regionals. I did compete in a League Cup the other week and went 3-2. I don’t wanna talk about that.

Why did you decide to participate in this tournament?

I’ve been on the site for so long and it’s amazing to see the community still standing and pushing fresh and new content and ideas, and I wanna support that. So of course I’m gonna enter a free tournament haha.

What deck did you play for the January TCG Cup?

I went with the good ol’ Yveltal-EX / Garbodor. It’s the deck I had the most experience with from the last few tournaments and the deck I’ve been playing with the most this season. It’s a good deck. Well, was.

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

I personally hate Greninja BREAK because of the way you trade Prizes and because the Greninja player can put pressure on how quickly you set up Garb. Anything with Jolteon-EX triggers me (because of Flash Ray) but that’s about it. I don’t mind Mega decks because I play a copy of the Fright Night Yveltal and I can spread damage pretty conveniently with Pitch-Black Spear. I also like the Volcanion-EX matchup because Garbodor prevents them from OHKOing my Yveltal-EX with Steam Up on lock.

What kind of decks did you play against?

Geez, it’s been a while. Can’t say I remember all that much to be honest. I know I had a rough time with BugTrainer’s Yanmega build because I wasn’t expecting it. But other than the last round, much of it is a blur. I should make note of this. Sorry. :|

What was your most exciting game or match?

In game three against Trixss to decide who would go 6-0, I needed a couple things. Lemme describe my board real quick: I’ve got a damaged Yveltal-EX with a Fighting Fury Belt in the Active slot with a basic Dark, a damaged Yveltal-EX on my Bench with a Double Colorless and no Tool, an Oblivion Wing Yveltal with a Dark and a Float Stone, a Garb, and a Shaymin-EX that I Parallel City‘d away. There are no more Darkness Energy in my deck and I have only a DCE left in-hand. He’s playing M Scizor-EX and both Scizor on-board are out of OHKO range — but he has a Shaymin Benched. His hand is pretty big but I notice he’s burnt all of his VS Seeker, so I pray that if I can Oblivion Wing to the FFB’d EX, I can retreat to that, attach the last DCE, Lysandre the Shaymin, and X-Ball for 120 and the game. However, if he has a Lysandre or an N, I’m cooked. I risk it for the biscuit, and I win the game. It was crazy.

What was your favorite card in your list?

After that sixth round against Mega Scizor, definitely the Oblivion Wing Yveltal. That thing put in work when all of my DCE were getting discarded left and right. I could make sure I was pumping out 110 Evil Ball attacks (with FFB) to put those at 2HKO range, and it was pretty helpful in other rounds when I had to Ultra Ball or Professor Sycamore a couple of Energy away.

Would you make any changes to your deck or list?

Nope. Honestly not. I think this was the best way to play it.

How does Sun & Moon and affect your deck? Is it still viable?

Umbreon-GX might see an appearance and slide on into the list some shape or form, but I dunno how that’s gonna pan out with Garbodor also being in the list (if you even include the trash) but…yeah. Sun & Moon is gonna change the game and it’s gonna be great for the format.

Congratulations, John!

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


Pokemon (11)

3x Yveltal-EX (PRXY #XY150)1x Yveltal (BKT #94)1x Yveltal (RC2 #RC16)2x Garbodor (BKP #57)2x Trubbish (BKP #56)2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)

Trainers (36)

4x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)2x N (DEX #96)2x Lysandre (FLF #90)1x Team Flare Grunt (XY #129)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)3x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)4x Max Elixir (BKP #102)3x Fighting Fury Belt (BKP #99)3x Float Stone (BKT #137)2x Enhanced Hammer (PHF #94)1x Escape Rope (PRC #127)2x Parallel City (BKT #145)1x Reverse Valley (BKP #110)

Energy (13)

9x Darkness Energy (EVO #97)4x Double Colorless Energy (EVO #90)

Other Top Finishers

Coming in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places were Fernando Santacruz (Trixss), Ben Pechota (theprp30) and Aaron Roffman (My Little Keldeo). All three won a bunch of booster packs from the latest expansions, but Fernando and Aaron both got double the prizes because they are premium subscribers. Their deck lists can be seen below:

Fernando Santacruz


Pokemon (16)

4x M Scizor-EX (BKP #120)4x Scizor-EX (BKP #76)3x Talonflame (STS #96)2x Garbodor (BKP #57)2x Trubbish (BKP #56)1x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)

Trainers (36)

4x Professor Sycamore (PHF #101)3x N (FAC #105)2x Lysandre (AOR #78)1x Skyla (BKT #148)1x Pokémon Center Lady (GEN #68)1x Team Flare Grunt (GEN #73)4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)4x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)3x Ultra Ball (SM #135)3x Mega Turbo (RSK #86)3x Scizor Spirit Link (BKP #111)2x Float Stone (BKT #137)1x Super Rod (DRV #20)2x Silent Lab (PRC #140)2x Parallel City (BKT #145)

Energy (8)

8x Metal Energy (EVO #98)

Ben Pechota


Pokemon (15)

4x M Mewtwo-EX (BKT #160)4x Mewtwo-EX (BKT #164)2x Garbodor (BKP #57)2x Trubbish (BKP #56)2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #106)1x Hoopa-EX (AOR #89)

Trainers (34)

3x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)2x N (FAC #105)2x Lysandre (FLF #90)1x Skyla (BKT #148)1x Brock's Grit (EVO #74)1x Pokémon Ranger (STS #104)1x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)4x VS Seeker (RSK #110)3x Mega Turbo (RSK #86)3x Mewtwo Spirit Link (BKT #144)3x Float Stone (BKT #137)1x Weakness Policy (PRC #142)1x Assault Vest (BKT #133)2x Parallel City (BKT #145)2x Shrine of Memories (PRC #139)

Energy (11)

7x Psychic Energy (EVO #95)4x Double Colorless Energy (EVO #90)

Aaron Roffman


Pokemon (28)

4x Vespiquen (AOR #10)4x Combee (AOR #9)2x Zebstrika (BKP #49)2x Blitzle (BKP #48)1x Vaporeon (AOR #22)2x Eevee (AOR #63)1x Giratina (PRXY #XY184)4x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)4x Unown (AOR #30)4x Klefki (STS #80)

Trainers (28)

4x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)2x N (FAC #105)2x Lysandre (AOR #78)1x Teammates (PRC #141)4x Ultra Ball (FAC #113)4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)4x Acro Bike (PRC #122)2x Special Charge (STS #105)1x Super Rod (BKT #149)1x Revitalizer (GEN #70)1x Town Map (BKT #150)2x Faded Town (AOR #73)

Energy (4)

4x Double Colorless Energy (EVO #90)

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, and each of them earned some additional booster packs or a promo product.

Standard208, Coolpilot, Kyoushiro44Nobodyshero2727 and Tangelatwist each walked away with several booster packs or a specially-selected Pokemon promo product from These players used decks such as Houndoom-EX / Raticate, Excadrill / Eeveelutions, Wailord-EX / Slowking, Rainbow Road, and Xerneas BREAK / Snorlax-GX / Blaziken-EX respectively.

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  1. Trixss Aspiring Trainer


    Yeah that last round I had the lysandre and N both in hand but decided to gamble and hoped he woudlnt have the 4th dce in hand GG's was a good match
  2. gracebond Aspiring Trainer


    You're legit hero for taking M Scizor to 2nd place. I've never been a fan of the Garb build, but you've got a very interesting and streamlined build and that's super cool.

    If you don't mind discussing it, how many times did you open Talonflame? Did you ever find the copies you didn't start with clunky throughout a game?
  3. Trixss Aspiring Trainer


    I actually had all the matches recorded but my SSD Ended up dying on me but if I remember correctly I opened up Talonflame at least 14 Games if not more. I never liked the Hoopa in mega Scizor I felt like the correct way to play this is let both yourself and your opponent setup but you would win the battle after since you can deny more consistently than he can. The Talonflames never clunked my hands because I ran 3 instead of 4 so it would be easy for me to get rid of those talonflames I didn't start with.
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  4. Congratulations to all of the winners!

    @Serperior and @Trixss - your game sounded intense. Well played both :)
  5. Nobodyshero2727 Pleaing to Greatness


    I want to see that xerneas, snorlax, blaziken-ex deck list, very interesting
  6. I didn't have the opportunity to play against any of the creative deck winners this time. I'm especially curious about the Excadrill / Eeveelutions list! Congratulations to everyone, and of course thanks MTC and PMJ for another well run tournament!
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  7. normanc Aspiring Trainer


    Any plans to post the Creative Deck winning lists?
  8. Machamp The Champion TCG Articles Head
    Machamp The Champion

    Forum Super Mod Articles Head Member

    There are too many of them to put them all in the news story, but I can post them in the comments here, at least for the creative deck winners that gave us permission to publish their deck lists.


    ##Pokémon - 15

    * 1 Dragonite-EX EVO 72
    * 2 Shaymin-EX ROS 77
    * 1 Umbreon-EX FAC 55
    * 1 Salamence-EX PR-XY XY170
    * 4 Xerneas BKT 107
    * 1 Carbink FAC 50
    * 2 Volcanion-EX STS 26
    * 1 Jolteon-EX GEN 28
    * 1 Genesect-EX FAC 120
    * 1 Hoopa-EX PR-XY XY71

    ##Trainer Cards - 33

    * 3 Trainers' Mail ROS 92
    * 1 Lysandre AOR 78
    * 1 Brock's Grit EVO 74
    * 3 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 4 Max Elixir BKP 102
    * 3 Energy Switch FFI 89
    * 2 N FAC 105
    * 4 Sky Field ROS 89
    * 2 Float Stone BKT 137
    * 4 Ultra Ball ROS 93
    * 4 VS Seeker PHF 109
    * 2 Exp. Share PRC 128

    ##Energy - 12

    * 6 Fairy Energy GEN 83
    * 4 Double Colorless Energy FAC 114
    * 1 Fire Energy XYEnergy 4
    * 1 Lightning Energy GEN 78


    ##Pokémon - 15

    * 2 Eevee AOR 63
    * 1 Jolteon AOR 26
    * 1 Vaporeon AOR 22
    * 4 Drilbur PRC 89
    * 4 Excadrill PRC 97
    * 2 Cobalion STS 74
    * 1 Magearna-EX STS 110

    ##Trainer Cards - 34

    * 4 Trainers' Mail ROS 92
    * 1 Eco Arm AOR 71
    * 1 Brock's Grit EVO 74
    * 2 Evosoda GEN 62
    * 2 Giovanni's Scheme BKT 138
    * 2 N DEX 96
    * 2 Assault Vest BKT 133
    * 1 Faded Town AOR 73
    * 1 Lysandre AOR 78
    * 1 Weakness Policy PRC 142
    * 1 Special Charge STS 105
    * 1 Teammates PRC 141
    * 1 Brigette BKT 161
    * 2 Parallel City BKT 145
    * 2 Float Stone BKT 137
    * 3 Ultra Ball FAC 113
    * 3 Professor Sycamore XY 122
    * 4 VS Seeker PHF 109

    ##Energy - 11

    * 3 Shield Energy PRC 143
    * 4 Double Colorless Energy FAC 114
    * 4 Metal Energy GEN 82


    ##Pokémon - 10

    * 1 Bunnelby PRC 121
    * 2 Rattata EVO 66
    * 2 Raticate EVO 67
    * 2 Shaymin-EX ROS 77
    * 3 Houndoom-EX BKT 153

    ##Trainer Cards - 42

    * 4 Trainers' Mail ROS 92
    * 4 Crushing Hammer EPO 92
    * 3 Lysandre FLF 90
    * 4 N DEX 96
    * 2 Super Rod BKT 149
    * 1 Olympia GEN 66
    * 3 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 4 Team Flare Grunt XY 129
    * 2 Fighting Fury Belt BKP 99
    * 3 Ultra Ball FAC 113
    * 3 Enhanced Hammer PHF 94
    * 4 Max Potion BKP 103
    * 4 VS Seeker PHF 109
    * 1 Delinquent BKP 98

    ##Energy - 8

    * 8 Fire Energy BLWEnergy 4


    ##Pokémon - 11

    * 4 Slowpoke BKP 19
    * 3 Slowking BKP 21
    * 4 Wailord-EX PRC 147

    ##Kouluttajakortit - 49

    * 4 Rough Seas PRC 137
    * 4 VS Seeker PHF 109
    * 3 Crushing Hammer EPO 92
    * 2 Dive Ball PRC 125
    * 1 Hex Maniac AOR 75
    * 2 Pokémon Fan Club FLF 106
    * 1 Shauna FAC 111
    * 3 N FAC 105
    * 2 Skyla BKP 122
    * 2 Lysandre FLF 90
    * 1 Olympia GEN 66
    * 4 Team Flare Grunt XY 129
    * 3 Pokémon Center Lady FLF 93
    * 3 Professor Oak's Hint EVO 84
    * 3 Enhanced Hammer PHF 94
    * 3 Float Stone BKT 137
    * 4 Max Potion BKP 103
    * 4 Team Rocket's Handiwork FAC 112

    ##Energia - 0
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2017
  9. @Coolpilot never fails to deliver something insane. Hilarious list bro, glad I didn't run into you. ;)
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  10. Coolpilot Bisharps don't know 'bout my Togekiss

    Advanced Member Member

    Unfortunately didn't work out too well, though. While Excadrill/Eeveelutions is great in theory (and fun!), what with always being able to power itself up & attack same-turn, my version didn't work out too well. I really needed some Max Elixir to get Excadrill manually powered up, so I could get more damage out of them, but in the end, it's low HP & fire-weakness (of course I face a bunch of Volcanions and ZERO FAIRIES) meant it was super easy to one-shot, so I could never get good consistent damage. Cobalion ended up being the only thing that got me any wins, cause Cobalion is awesome.

    ...Unfortunately, PTCGO still hates me, and my nearly year-long streak of absolutely improbable bad "luck" continues, as clearly laid bear so far this month. Hopefully SM will allow me to finally create some good (and occasionally wonky...) decks that actually work with PTCGO's stange mechanics instead of mulliganing & dead-drawing Every. Single. Game. (Seriously, these decks have run 1000x better in real life than on PTCGO). Maybe I'll taste that sweet 4-2 record for the first time since my poor Reshiratina deck lost its Super Scoop-Ups... q.q

    Really love that Slowking/Wailord deck, though. Super cool! :D
  11. Kyoushiro44 Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    For some reason some of my opponents didn't seem to like it. Who would have known :/