Winners of PokeBeach’s April 2017 TCG Cup Crowned! Deck Lists and Interview!

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

96 players competed for the title in this exciting event. The tournament was played in the Standard format at the time — Primal Clash through Sun & Moon.

Interview with the Champion

First place this month goes to Ramon Reyes (Doby), from San Diego! Because he is a premium member, he will be shipped 2 booster boxes by!

Here’s our interview with him:

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

I’m currently at 192 Championship Points with my best finish being twelfth place at San Jose Regionals.

Why did you decide to participate in this tournament?

My Friend Austin had mentioned he had joined and suggested I tried it out and I did.

What deck did you play for the April TCG Cup?

Yveltal-EX / Garbodor. I used this deck because I was using a similar build for Salt Lake City Regionals and I figured it was good practice.

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

Anything with Jolteon-EX is a really bad match up for me. I really like Yveltal because it has an even matchup with most other decks in the meta and it really makes you think.

What kind of decks did you play against?

Turbo Dark, M Rayquaza-EX, Decidueye-GX / Vileplume, Vespiquen but the most memorable being Mewtwo-EX / Lunala-GX because it was very interesting and I believe the only deck I lost a match to, going 2-1 versus it.

What was your most exciting game or match?

Most exciting set was round six versus Decidueye / Vleplume and Jolteon-EX, a really tough match up for me but I was able to play around the Jolteon game one and game two I got lucky with my opponent prizing both Jolteon. I won the set 2-0.

What was your favorite card in your list?

Yveltal from BREAKthrough is very good, but it’s a close second to my favorite: Delinquent. Both cards helped me come back in games I was losing.

Would you make any changes to your deck or list?

Add one more Fright Night Yveltal.

How does Guardians Rising and affect your deck? Is it still viable?

The deck gets Choice Band and Rescue Stretcher, which I think would improve the deck. Also maybe Energy Loto, but the combination of tool removal hurting Garbodor and Tapu Koko-GX seeming very playable may hurt the viability of Yveltal-EX and Garbodor.

Congratulations, Ramon!

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


Pokemon (13)

4x Yveltal-EX (PRXY #XY08)1x Yveltal (BKT #94)1x Yveltal (PRXY #XY06)1x Mewtwo (EVO #51)2x Garbodor (BKP #57)2x Trubbish (BKP #56)2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)

Trainers (34)

4x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)3x N (FAC #105)2x Lysandre (AOR #78)1x Team Flare Grunt (GEN #73)1x Olympia (GEN #66)1x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)1x Delinquent (BKP #98)1x Professor Kukui (SM #128)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)4x VS Seeker (SV #140)4x Max Elixir (BKP #102)3x Float Stone (BKT #137)3x Fighting Fury Belt (BKP #99)2x Parallel City (BKT #145)

Energy (13)

9x Darkness Energy (EVO #97)4x Double Colorless Energy (FAC #114)

Other Top Finishers

Coming in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places were Anthony Bulone, Vivek, and Colin Norman (normanc). All three won a bunch of booster packs from the latest expansions, but Anthony and Colin both got a huge increase in the prizes because they are premium subscribers. You can see how many packs each of them earned at the top of this page. Their deck lists can be seen below:

Anthony Bulone


Pokemon (15)

3x M Rayquaza-EX (RSK #76)3x Rayquaza-EX (RSK #104)4x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)2x Hoopa-EX (PRXY #XY71)1x Dragonite-EX (EVO #72)1x Magearna-EX (STS #75)1x Oranguru (SM #113)

Trainers (37)

3x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)2x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)1x N (DEX #96)1x Skyla (BKT #148)1x Lysandre (FLF #90)4x VS Seeker (PHF #109)4x Puzzle of Time (BKP #109)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)3x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)3x Mega Turbo (RSK #86)3x Rayquaza Spirit Link (RSK #87)1x Float Stone (BKT #137)1x Escape Rope (PRC #127)1x Switch (SM #132)1x Super Rod (BKT #149)4x Sky Field (RSK #89)

Energy (8)

4x Double Colorless Energy (EVO #90)4x Metal Energy (EVO #98)



Pokemon (15)

3x M Gardevoir-EX (RC2 #RC31)2x Gardevoir-EX (STS #111)1x Gardevoir-EX (PRC #105)2x Xerneas BREAK (STS #82)3x Xerneas (STS #81)1x Tauros-GX (SM #100)2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)1x Hoopa-EX (AOR #36)

Trainers (35)

4x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)3x N (FAC #105)2x Lysandre (AOR #78)1x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)1x Olympia (GEN #66)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)4x VS Seeker (SV #140)3x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)3x Gardevoir Spirit Link (PRC #130)2x Exp. Share (SM #118)2x Max Elixir (BKP #102)2x Fairy Drop (FAC #99)1x Super Rod (BKT #149)3x Fairy Garden (FAC #100)

Energy (10)

10x Fairy Energy (EVO #99)

Colin Norman


Pokemon (11)

4x Volcanion-EX (STS #26)3x Volcanion (STS #25)1x Salamence-EX (PRXY #XY170)2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)1x Hoopa-EX (AOR #36)

Trainers (36)

4x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)2x N (FAC #105)2x Lysandre (AOR #78)1x Olympia (GEN #66)1x Fisherman (BKT #136)4x Ultra Ball (SM #135)4x VS Seeker (SV #140)4x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)4x Max Elixir (BKP #102)2x Energy Retrieval (SM #116)2x Escape Rope (PRC #127)2x Float Stone (BKT #137)1x Fighting Fury Belt (BKP #99)2x Sky Field (RSK #89)1x Scorched Earth (PRC #138)

Energy (13)

13x Fire Energy (EVO #92)

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.

theprp30, Frosstoise, Ecourts, Coolpilot, and Nobodyshero2727 each walked away with several booster packs or a specially-selected Pokemon promo product from The decks they played were Lunala-GX / Solgaleo-GX, M Rayquaza-EX / Reshiram, Audino-EX / Altaria-EX / Zoroark, Lurantis-GX / Decidueye-GX / Shiinotic, and Umbreon-GX / Eeveelutions respectively.

Want to Become a Premium Member?

PokeBeach writer Alex Koch

June’s tournament will be posted within the last week of May, and May’s tournament is currently underway. Each tournament awards up to 7 booster boxes of product to top finishers plus promo products and additional booster packs to premium members. The prizes for premium members received a huge increase too, so don’t miss your chance to play in the next tournament!

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, a huge increase in prizes, 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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