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

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

96 players competed for the title in this exciting event. New to this month’s competition, the top-8 players played a top cut to decide the winner. 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 Colin Norman, from Ontario, Canada! He will be shipped 18 booster packs by!

Here’s our interview with him:

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

I currently have 162 CP in the Senior division from local League Cups and Challenges.

Why did you decide to participate in this tournament?

I don’t have the means to play competitively outside of my local scene because I can’t travel myself, so I entered to get some extra practice in.

What deck did you play for the May TCG Cup?

I played Decidueye-GX / Vileplume with a Jolteon-EX tech. The metagames I had seen in the past few TCG Cups had a lot of Dark and Volcanion, and I didn’t face a single Decidueye in April, so I figured that hurting the mirror match to ensure better matchups against those decks by including Jolteon-EX would be a good idea.

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

Jolteon wrecks Turbo Dark and Volcanion, and most other decks have trouble dealing with turn one Item lock. It’s difficult to pin down Decidueye matchups, because if you get a strong start you can beat just about anything meta (read: not Quad Wobbuffet). I think the meta deck I was most afraid of is M Rayquaza-EX, although I did beat the one that I faced.

What kind of decks did you play against?

Three Turbo Dark, three Decidueye variants, one M Ray, one M Mewtwo-EX / Wobbuffet, one M Gardevoir-EX from Primal Clash, and one Volcanion-EX.

What was your most exciting game or match?

Game three of finals playing the mirror versus stevexue, I had a fairly well-developed board while he didn’t have much other than a single Decidueye. He managed to find Lysandre to bring up my Vileplume without a Float Stone and brought it to 10 HP left with Sky Return plus Razor Leaf, which was a big deal because he could then Feather Arrow next turn and regain use of his Items. I managed to find a Rainbow Energy to deal the final 10 damage to Knock Out my Active Vileplume and then even got my Item lock back up with the use of Revitalizer followed by a Razor Leaf Knock Out on his Active Decidueye, and he couldn’t recover from there.

What was your favorite card in your list?

Fourth Rainbow Energy was definitely a choice I would make again. In testing, I tried dropping to three, but I found myself missing attachments too often for my liking. It also allows for more flexibility when Hollow Hunting.

Would you make any changes to your deck or list?

I think the list is pretty much perfect as it is. The only change I would consider making is swapping the Rainbows and Jolteon for a third Lysandre and Grass Energy depending on the meta.

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

It’s viable, but has to adapt a lot to work around Garbodor, which is a very difficult matchup for current Decidueye builds if you don’t draw really well.

Congratulations, Colin!

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


Pokemon (24)

4x Decidueye-GX (SM #12)4x Dartrix (SM #10)4x Rowlet (SM #9)2x Vileplume (AOR #3)2x Gloom (AOR #2)2x Oddish (AOR #1)1x Jolteon-EX (GEN #28)1x Tauros-GX (SM #100)1x Lugia-EX (AOR #68)3x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)

Trainers (28)

4x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)3x N (DEX #96)2x Lysandre (AOR #78)4x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)3x Level Ball (AOR #76)2x Revitalizer (GEN #70)2x Float Stone (BKT #137)4x Forest of Giant Plants (AOR #74)

Energy (8)

4x Double Colorless Energy (EVO #90)4x Rainbow Energy (SM #137)

Other Top Finishers

Coming in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places were Jing Zhang (stevexue), Billel Helali (Dadoum), and Alex Mei (TheAnticipationEevee). All three won a bunch of booster packs from the latest expansions, but Billel got a huge increase in prizes because they are a premium subscriber. You can see how many packs each of them earned at the top of this page. Their deck lists can be seen below:

Jing Zhang


Pokemon (24)

4x Decidueye-GX (SM #12)4x Dartrix (SM #10)4x Rowlet (SM #9)2x Vileplume (AOR #3)2x Gloom (AOR #2)2x Oddish (AOR #1)1x Jolteon-EX (GEN #28)1x Regice (AOR #24)1x Lugia-EX (AOR #68)3x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)

Trainers (28)

4x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)3x N (DEX #96)2x Lysandre (AOR #78)4x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)3x Level Ball (AOR #76)2x Revitalizer (GEN #70)2x Float Stone (BKT #137)4x Forest of Giant Plants (AOR #74)

Energy (8)

4x Double Colorless Energy (EVO #90)4x Rainbow Energy (SM #137)

Billel Helali


Pokemon (14)

3x M Mewtwo-EX (BKT #64)3x Mewtwo-EX (PRXY #XY107)2x Espeon-GX (SM #61)2x Eevee (SM #101)1x Wobbuffet (RC2 #RC11)2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)1x Hoopa-EX (AOR #36)

Trainers (36)

3x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)2x N (NVI #92)2x Lysandre (AOR #78)1x Skyla (BKT #148)1x Professor Kukui (SM #128)1x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)4x Ultra Ball (SM #135)4x VS Seeker (SV #140)3x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)3x Mega Turbo (RSK #86)3x Mewtwo Spirit Link (BKT #144)3x Float Stone (BKT #137)1x Switch (SM #132)1x Super Rod (BKT #149)1x Special Charge (STS #105)2x Shrine of Memories (PRC #139)1x Parallel City (BKT #145)

Energy (10)

6x Psychic Energy (EVO #95)4x Double Colorless Energy (EVO #90)

Alex Mei


Pokemon (10)

4x Darkrai-EX (BKP #118)2x Yveltal (PRXY #XY06)1x Tauros-GX (SM #100)2x Shaymin-EX (RSK #106)1x Hoopa-EX (AOR #89)

Trainers (38)

4x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)3x N (NVI #92)2x Lysandre (AOR #78)1x Professor Kukui (SM #128)1x Olympia (GEN #66)1x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)4x VS Seeker (SV #140)4x Ultra Ball (SM #135)4x Max Elixir (BKP #102)3x Trainers' Mail (RSK #92)2x Escape Rope (PRC #127)2x Fighting Fury Belt (BKP #99)2x Exp. Share (SM #118)1x Float Stone (BKT #137)1x Enhanced Hammer (PHF #94)2x Silent Lab (PRC #140)1x Parallel City (BKT #145)

Energy (12)

12x Darkness Energy (EVO #97)

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.

Coolpilot, Demitrius, tsefood, AngelBeast, and jbcheshire each walked away with several booster packs or a specially-selected Pokemon promo product from The decks they played were Bunnelby / Durant / Sableye / Umbreon-GX, Wailord-EX / Techs, Lycanroc-GX / Marowak BREAK, Solgaleo-GX / Lurantis-GX, and Espeon-GX / Eeveelutions respectively.

Want to Become a Premium Member?

PokeBeach writer Alex Koch

July’s tournament will be posted within the last week of June, and June’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!

Thanks, TCGplayer!

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