Winners of PokeBeach’s November 2017 PTCGO Tournament!

PokeBeach’s November 2017 PTCGO Tournament is over and the winners have been crowned!TCGplayer And PokeBeach

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

This month’s tournament was won by stevexue! As a subscriber, he walked away with two booster boxes, courtesy of!

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?

Greninja BREAK, Volcanion-EX, Golisopod-GX are the main decks I played against.

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?

The only Energy acceleration is Aqua Patch which does not work on Necrozma-GX so no.

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.

Congratulations, Steve!

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

Pokemon (18)

4x Alolan Vulpix (GUR #21)3x Alolan Ninetales-GX (GUR #22)1x Alolan Ninetales (BUS #28)3x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)2x Zorua (SHL #52)2x Zoroark-GX (SHL #53)2x Tapu Koko (PRSM #SM30)1x Espeon-EX (BKP #117)

Trainers (30)

4x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)4x N (PRBW #BW100)3x Guzma (BUS #115)2x Professor Kukui (SM #128)1x Brigette (BKT #161)4x Aqua Patch (GUR #119)4x Choice Band (GUR #121)4x Ultra Ball (FAC #113)2x Field Blower (GUR #125)1x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)1x Float Stone (PLF #99)

Energy (12)

4x Double Colorless (SM #136)8x Water Energy (XY #134)

Other Top Finishers

Below are the top eight players and the decks they used:

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

Pokemon (14)

4x Wimpod (BUS #16)3x Golisopod-GX (BUS #17)1x Golisopod (GUR #9)3x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)2x Tapu Koko (PRSM #SM31)1x Oranguru (SM #113)

Trainers (35)

4x Acerola (BUS #112)4x N (FAC #105)4x Guzma (BUS #115)4x Professor Sycamore (STS #114)1x Brigette (BKT #134)4x Ultra Ball (SM #135)3x Choice Band (GUR #121)2x Float Stone (PLF #99)2x Heavy Ball (NXD #88)2x Bodybuilding Dumbbells (BUS #113)2x Field Blower (GUR #125)1x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)1x Super Rod (BKT #149)1x Enhanced Hammer (GUR #124)

Energy (11)

4x Double Colorless Energy (GUR #166)7x Grass Energy (BLW #105)

Dominic Decker, Third Place

Pokemon (16)

2x Drampa-GX (GUR #115)4x Trubbish (BKP #56)2x Garbodor (GUR #51)2x Garbodor (BKP #57)3x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)1x Eevee (SM #101)1x Espeon-GX (SM #140)1x Espeon-EX (BKP #52)

Trainers (33)

4x N (FAC #105)4x Guzma (BUS #115)4x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)4x Ultra Ball (SM #135)2x Brigette (BKT #134)4x Choice Band (GUR #121)4x Float Stone (BKT #137)2x Field Blower (GUR #125)1x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)4x Po Town (BUS #121)

Energy (11)

4x Double Colorless (SM #136)7x Psychic Energy (BLW #109)

Ben Pechota, Fourth Place

Pokemon (18)

4x Cosmog (PRSM #SM42)2x Cosmoem (SM #65)2x Lunala-GX (SM #153)2x Solgaleo-GX (SM #155)2x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #137)2x Remoraid (BKT #32)2x Octillery (BKT #33)1x Magearna-EX (STS #110)1x Hoopa (SHL #55)

Trainers (30)

3x Professor Sycamore (STS #114)2x Brock's Grit (EVO #107)2x Guzma (BUS #143)2x N (NVI #101)2x Brigette (BKT #161)1x Wicke (BUS #147)1x Mallow (GUR #145)1x Lillie (SM #147)1x Wally (RSK #107)4x Ultra Ball (SM #161)3x Rare Candy (GUR #165)3x Field Blower (GUR #163)3x Max Potion (GUR #164)1x Special Charge (STS #105)1x Choice Band (BUS #162)

Energy (12)

4x Rainbow Energy (SM #137)3x Metal Energy (SM #163)5x Psychic Energy (SM #162)

In addition to all 8 top finishers above, everyone in the Top 32 also earned Prize Wall points on, 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 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.

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PokeBeach Writer Andrew Mahone

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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    Ilir Nikqi

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    ##Pokémon - 17

    * 3 Drampa-GX GRI 142
    * 2 Zoroark BREAK BKT 92
    * 4 Zorua BKT 89
    * 3 Zoroark BKT 91
    * 1 Zoroark-GX SLG 53
    * 1 Tapu Koko PR-SM SM31
    * 1 Espeon-EX BKP 52
    * 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 137

    ##Trenerkort - 33

    * 4 Professor Sycamore STS 114
    * 2 Rescue Stretcher BUS 165
    * 4 N FCO 105
    * 1 Lillie SUM 147
    * 2 Enhanced Hammer GRI 162
    * 3 Po Town BUS 121
    * 4 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 3 Guzma BUS 115
    * 1 Special Charge STS 105
    * 2 Float Stone PLF 99
    * 1 Brigette BKT 161
    * 4 Ultra Ball SLG 68
    * 2 Field Blower GRI 163

    ##Energi - 10

    * 6 Darkness Energy 7
    * 4 Double Colorless Energy EVO 90

    Totalt antall kort - 60

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    Michael Robb

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    ##Pokémon - 15

    * 2 Oranguru SUM 113
    * 3 Lapras-GX SUM 139
    * 2 Manaphy-EX BKP 32
    * 2 Palkia-EX BKP 31
    * 2 Golduck BREAK BKP 18
    * 2 Psyduck SUM 28
    * 2 Golduck SUM 29

    ##Trainer Cards - 33

    * 1 Professor Sycamore STS 114
    * 3 Brooklet Hill GRI 120
    * 2 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
    * 3 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 4 Energy Switch SUM 117
    * 3 Nest Ball SUM 123
    * 4 Random Receiver FCO 109
    * 3 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 4 Max Elixir BKP 102
    * 4 Ultra Ball SUM 135
    * 2 Max Potion BKP 103

    ##Energy - 12

    * 12 Water Energy 3

    Total Cards - 60

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    ##Pokémon - 11
    * 1 Oranguru SUM 113
    * 1 Mr. Mime GEN 52
    * 1 Espeon-EX BKP 117
    * 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60
    * 3 Lapras-GX SUM 139
    * 2 Manaphy-EX BKP 116
    * 1 Tapu Fini-GX BUS 39
    ##Trainer Cards - 36
    * 4 Aqua Patch GRI 119
    * 1 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
    * 4 Po Town BUS 121
    * 2 Lillie SUM 122
    * 4 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 2 Nest Ball SUM 123
    * 3 Guzma BUS 115
    * 4 Max Elixir BKP 102
    * 4 Ultra Ball SUM 135
    * 4 N FCO 105
    * 3 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 1 Field Blower GRI 125
    ##Energy - 13
    * 13 Water Energy XYEnergy 9
    Total Cards - 60
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    ##Pokémon - 13

    * 2 Drampa-GX GRI 115
    * 3 Cobalion STS 74
    * 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60
    * 2 Remoraid BKT 32
    * 1 Remoraid BKT 31
    * 3 Octillery BKT 33

    ##Trainer Cards - 33

    * 1 Maintenance FFI 96
    * 4 Po Town BUS 121
    * 1 Brigette BKT 134
    * 1 Super Rod BKT 149
    * 2 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 4 Guzma BUS 115
    * 4 Max Elixir BKP 102
    * 4 Ultra Ball SUM 135
    * 4 N FCO 105
    * 4 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 4 Professor Sycamore XY 122

    ##Energy - 14

    * 4 Double Colorless Energy SUM 136
    * 10 Metal Energy 8

    Total Cards - 60

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    Last edited: Dec 19, 2017
  2. Dnoodle9128 Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    Yeahh!!!!! go Steve congratulations man you always kill it
  3. DKQuagmire Who else but Quagsire?


    My Ninetales list I take to my local leagues on Sundays is almost identical to the list in this article, except the 3rd Tapu Lele is a Bench Barrier mr. mime from the Break Through expansion, and I play 2 luminous barrier Ninetales and only 2 Ninetales GX. at several times my opponents actually go to pick up my mr mime to see what it does and to check if its legal in standard of all things. it actually makes me laugh when players don't even know this card exists.

    Buzzwoles are big in my area, so Mr. Mimes bench barrier ability stops his attack from doing 30 to any of my bench pokemon. it also stops opposing tapu koko's from flying flips, (except active pokemon damage) and in the mirror match, Ninetales GX can not use ice blade on any of bench Pokemon
  4. MoFoTY86 Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    Congratulations to @stevexue on winning the Championship and to all the top 8 finalists. Also big congrats to the other skill-based winners.
  5. Holden Sheeks a.k.a. WinterShorts
    Holden Sheeks

    Advanced Member Member

    Holy Arceus, is that Lunala-GX in a Solgaleo build?

    Whoever that guy was, his list looks so cool! I've never seen too many Solgaleo / Lunala decks except from the gimmicky ones back when Sun and Moon Base Set was in it's inception. Anything that uses Lunala (and all of it's variants included) I give a nice pat on the back to, @theprp30 I love your list, great job! Also, that lunala was probably nice for getting a knock out on Buzzwole / Espeon.

    Nice props also to @stevexue for taking a tournament with alolan ninetales :)
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2017