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

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

96 players competed for the title in this exciting event, with the top-8 players facing off in a top cut. The tournament was played in the Standard format at the time — Primal Clash through Guardians Rising.

Interview with the Champion

This month’s tournament was won by Ilir Nikqi from Sarpsborg, Norway! Because he is a premium member, he will be shipped 2 booster boxes worth of store credit by!

Here’s our interview with him:

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

I have never played any IRL tournaments, not even one single IRL game. I’m hoping to pull some Tapu Lele-GX‘s now and maybe start gaming IRL. The scene in Norway is actually pretty bad though, so have to go maybe to UK, Sweden, Denmark, Germany.

Why did you decide to participate in this tournament?

I’m just a really competitive person basically. I win most of my ladder matches and in-game tournaments. So I just subscribed. I don’t want to come off as cocky, but I really felt that I would have a great chance at winning this. That’s why I joined. Plus it’s fun. :P

What deck did you play for the July TCG Cup?

I played a Garbodor / Espeon-GX deck with a Flareon teched in. I think I got the deck list from PokeBeach. It’s not my favourite deck. I used Espeon as a main attacker through the whole tournament and it proved to be successful. So Espeon-GX is the main reason I chose this deck cause of his GX attack which is super nice in this Stage 1/Stage 2 format to Knock Out before they evolve and of course Confusion has been a key to winning this tournament.

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

The only deck that gave me trouble was the mirror matches. I mean this mirror match I feel it is such a huge disadvantage to start second, as if you go first you can Brigette, attach Energy, evolve Espeon, and next turn you attach Double Colorless and basically Confuse them or GX attack the Bench. So that’s the hardest one.

Garbodor / Drampa-GX was fairly easy as Espeon Knocks Out a fully powered Drampa. And Decidueye-GX deck was also kind of easy with Garbatoxin.

What kind of decks did you play against?

I faced some Drampa / Garb, Espeon / Garb, and Decidueye decks.

What was your most exciting game or match?

The best game was the finals, because I faced WastedSkyPirate who beat me on my way to top 8. So the finals was good. And second game in semi finals was the best moment, where I was down on Prizes, but managed to get a five-prize GX attack.

What was your favorite card in your list?

My favourite card in this deck is Espeon, I mean in this format (without Guzma) the Confusion is so good. It forces retreat, or a two-turn KO without taking damage if you’re lucky with coin flips. And I will go as far as say that I personally feel he has the best GX attack out there. Especially versus evolution decks where you Knock Out Stage 1s so they can’t set up.

Would you make any changes to your deck or list?

I didn’t use Flareon once in the whole tournament, so I would remove Flareon (in this format) and add a second Field Blower.

How does Burning Shadows and affect your deck? Is it still viable?

I think it still viable but I don’t feel it’s going to be a tier-one deck. Guzma is anti-Confusion. The new decks require less Items to set up. I’m not gonna play this in September.

Congratulations, Ilir!

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


Pokemon (19)

3x Garbodor (GUR #51)1x Garbodor (BKP #57)4x Trubbish (BKP #56)3x Espeon-GX (SM #61)1x Flareon (AOR #13)4x Eevee (SM #101)2x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)1x Shaymin-EX (RSK #77)

Trainers (29)

4x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)4x N (FAC #105)3x Lysandre (AOR #78)2x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)1x Brigette (BKT #134)4x Ultra Ball (SM #135)3x VS Seeker (SV #140)3x Float Stone (BKT #137)3x Choice Band (GUR #121)1x Field Blower (GUR #125)1x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)

Energy (12)

8x Psychic Energy (GEN #79)4x Double Colorless Energy (EVO #90)

Other Top Finishers

Coming in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places were Harry Smith (WastedSkyPirate), Nicholas Oshukany (ozzie347), and Carl Sitavi (CESit). All three won a bunch of booster packs from the latest expansions, but Nicholas got a huge increase in prizes because he is a 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:

Harry Smith

Pokemon (18)

3x Garbodor (GUR #51)1x Garbodor (BKP #57)4x Trubbish (BKP #56)3x Espeon-GX (SM #61)3x Eevee (SM #101)3x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)1x Oricorio (PRSM #SM19)

Trainers (30)

4x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)3x N (FAC #105)2x Lysandre (AOR #78)1x Teammates (PRC #141)1x Brigette (BKT #134)4x Ultra Ball (SM #135)4x VS Seeker (SV #140)4x Float Stone (BKT #137)4x Choice Band (GUR #121)2x Field Blower (GUR #125)1x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)

Energy (12)

8x Psychic Energy (GEN #79)4x Double Colorless Energy (EVO #90)

Nicholas Oshukany

Pokemon (18)

3x Garbodor (GUR #51)1x Garbodor (BKP #57)3x Trubbish (BKP #56)3x Espeon-GX (SM #61)1x Flareon (AOR #13)4x Eevee (SM #101)2x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)1x Oricorio (PRSM #SM19)

Trainers (30)

4x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)3x N (FAC #105)2x Lysandre (AOR #78)1x Teammates (PRC #141)1x Brigette (BKT #134)1x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)4x Ultra Ball (SM #135)4x VS Seeker (SV #140)4x Float Stone (BKT #137)3x Choice Band (GUR #121)1x Field Blower (GUR #125)1x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)1x Super Rod (BKT #149)

Energy (12)

8x Psychic Energy (GEN #79)4x Double Colorless Energy (EVO #90)

Carl Sitavi

Pokemon (13)

4x Xerneas BREAK (STS #82)4x Xerneas (STS #81)2x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)1x Drampa-GX (GUR #115)1x Regirock (PRXY #XY49)1x Oranguru (PRSM #SM13)

Trainers (34)

4x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)4x N (PRBW #BW100)1x Brigette (BKT #134)1x Lysandre (AOR #78)1x Hex Maniac (AOR #75)4x Ultra Ball (SM #135)4x VS Seeker (SV #140)3x Max Elixir (BKP #102)3x Choice Band (GUR #121)3x Exp. Share (SM #118)2x Super Rod (BKT #149)4x Fairy Garden (FAC #100)

Energy (13)

10x Fairy Energy (GEN #83)3x Double Colorless Energy (GEN #74)

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, TeenyvictiniDooley Noted, BKRapper, and danjack08 each walked away with several booster packs or a specially-selected Pokemon promo product from The decks they played were Sylveon-GX / Ribombee, M Scizor-EX / Decidueye-GX, Lapras-GX / Water Box, Zoroark / Umbreon-GX and Latios-EX / Decidueye-GX respectively.

Want to Become a Premium Member?

PokeBeach writer Alex Koch

September’s tournament will be posted within the last week of August, and August’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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