PokeBeach’s November 2017 PTCGO Tournament is over and the winners have been crowned!
Ninety-six players competed for the title in this exciting monthly event, with the top eight players facing off in a top cut. The tournament was played in the Standard format at the time — BREAKthrough through Shining Legends.
Interview with the Champion
Here’s our interview with him:
What is your real name, and where do you live?
Steve Zhang, I live in New Jersey.
How are you doing this season in Play! Pokemon tournaments?
I got 17th place at Hartford Regionals and some Cup finishes.
Why did you decide to participate in this tournament?
As a premium member I can get really good prizes in it.
Why did you play Alolan Ninetales-GX? Were you considering any other decks?
At that time it was a newer deck and I just wanted to test it.
Did the single baby Alolan Ninetales do anything worthwhile?
Yes, it helped me win one round, although I don’t remember what my opponent was playing.
What decks did you play against? Did any interesting techs stand out to you?
What was your most exciting game or set?
Top 8 against Greninja was pretty exciting, it wasn’t a good matchup and was intense.
With the focus on spread and devolution, did you ever consider Necrozma-GX?
Would you make any other changes to your list?
I think the list itself is good enough but I wouldn’t play it in the current format with the new decks.
What do you think of the Prism Star mechanic? Any room in your deck for Cyrus Prism Star, or others?
It is an exciting new mechanic; unfortunately, I cannot see any use in this deck.
Here is the deck list he used to win the tournament:
Other Top Finishers
Below are the top eight players and the decks they used:
- 1st: Steve Zhang (stevexue) — Alolan Ninetales-GX
- 2nd: Steve Murphy (semurphy444) — Golisopod-GX
- 3rd: Dominic Decker (xTITAN) — Drampa-GX / Garbodor
- 4th: Ben Pechota (theprp30) — Solgaleo-GX / Lunala-GX / Magearna-EX
- 5th: Faris Alwawi — Raichu-GX / Tapu Koko-GX
- 6th: Austin Fernando (woahaustin) — Greninja BREAK
- 7th: John Macaulay (TheCraftyScot) — Gardevoir-GX / Sylveon-GX
- 8th: Dario Bocanegra (F4H_Jay) — Golisopod-GX / Zoroark-GX
Shout outs to Dario for making Top 8 two months in a row! Great job!
Most of the players here made out like bandits thanks to the huge increase in prizes they are offered because they are premium subscribers. You can see how many packs each of them earned at the top of this page. The deck lists of second, third, and fourth place can be seen below:
Steve Murphy, Second Place
Dominic Decker, Third Place
Ben Pechota, Fourth Place
In addition to all 8 top finishers above, everyone in the Top 32 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. Points are received via e-mail. If you won points, be sure to check your inboxes!
Creative Deck Winners
As part of every tournament, PokeBeach’s article writers voted for the five premium members that didn’t make Top 16 whom they felt used the most creative deck lists. Each of them earned some additional booster packs or a promo product.
Julio Penaloza, Ilir Nikqi, Michael Robb, MoFoTY86, and Nsheng each walked away with five booster packs or a specially selected Pokemon promo product from TCGplayer.com. The decks they played were Greninja BREAK / Talonflame, Drampa-GX / Zoroark BREAK, Lapras-GX / Palkia-EX / Golduck BREAK, Lapras-GX / Espeon-EX / Tapu Fini-GX, and Drampa-GX / Cobalion, respectively.
You can find each of their deck lists in the forum thread below.
Want to Become a Premium Member?
December’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 are bigger than ever before, so don’t miss your chance to play in the next tournament! Signups for January are currently scheduled to be posted Friday, December 29th. Mark your calendars!
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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