Winners of PokeBeach’s October 2017 PTCGO Tournament! Deck Lists and Interview!

PokeBeach’s October 2017 PTCGO Tournament is (long) 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 Burning Shadows.

As a result of a promotion during this month, subscribers who placed in the Top 16 received ten extra booster packs!

Interview with the Champion

This month’s tournament was won by John Creagh! As a subscriber, he walked away with 82 booster packs (more than two booster boxes!), courtesy of!

Here’s our interview with him:

What is your real name, and where do you live?

John Creagh and I live in Baltimore, MD.

How are you doing this season in Play! Pokemon tournaments?

This season I have 12 CP points as I can’t make it to many events.

Why did you decide to participate in this tournament?

I think PokeBeach tournaments are a great testing ground for meta decks and the level of competition is impressive. I use my experience with the monthly tournament as a bridge to real life competitive play.

Greninja is notorious for being its own worst enemy. How many times throughout the tournament did you brick? Were there any times that you were able to come back from it?

I bricked a few times during the tournament. I bricked heavily during Round 5 against Decidueye-GX / Alolan Ninetales-GX causing me to lose 2-0. Ironically, I played against the same deck in top 4 and won 2-1 where all three games ended with me having only two cards in deck! Knowing when to play Tapu Lele-GX and when to use Tapu Fini-GX‘s Tapu Storm GX was critical to getting out of bad situations and breaking my dead draws.

Excluding Tapu Lele-GX, did either of your two-Prize techs pull their weight?

Tapu Fini-GX was THE hero of my deck. Tapu Storm GX reset many stacked Gardevoir-GX and Volcanion-EX which gave me the breathing room to set up my Greninja BREAK for game. Additionally, Espeon-GX was the win condition for several matchups against most Stage 2 decks and my two stressful Decidueye-GX / Ninetales-GX matches.

What decks did you play against? Did any interesting techs stand out to you?

I think the majority of decks where the top three meta decks – Gardevoir variants, Volcanion, and Drampa-GX / Garbodor variants. I don’t really recall any surprising techs that caught me off guard.

What was your most exciting game or set?

Top 4 match against Decidueye / Ninetales. Going into the match, I was nervous because Round 5 was a sweep in the favor of my opponent. I knew that I had to play the devolution game and try to halt Decidueye’s ability to attack. The two Enhanced Hammer were clutch in the matchup as well as Tapu Storm GX to reset late game Decidueye that were Rare Candy evolved.

Why didn’t you run Wally for the turn one Water Duplicates play?

I didn’t think that running Wally would help me get my Greninja out in a safe and fast way. I usually would use Skyla or Lillie as my turn one Supporter to find a Brooklet Hill in order to streamline my Froakie and Staryu for my eventual Frogadier plays. Additionally I played 10 Water Energy so I often found myself without a Water Energy for turn requiring me to use a draw Supporter to obtain my first Frogadier and my Water Energy.

Would you make any other changes to your list?

I would not change my list at all. I think it ran pretty consistently and the flexibility of the deck allowed for a favorable outcome in most matchups.

How do you think Crimson Invasion affects Greninja decks as a whole?

I don’t think Crimson Invasion will affect Greninja much. Buzzwole-GX / Garbodor has some pretty decent poking potential but it takes too long to power up Buzzwole-GX to take a big Knock Out on a Greninja BREAK and by that time it would be very costly / difficult to have another Buzzwole-GX ready on the Bench to OHKO a Greninja BREAK. Silvally-GX is another deck that probably won’t affect Greninja much as Shadow Stitching will shut down Gyro Unit and Silvally-GX has no way to hit big enough numbers for a OHKO on Greninja BREAK. As for Items, I’m thinking of running Counter Catcher in my deck as I usually am trailing behind my opponent in Prizes and it could set up some nice plays where you can trap a high Retreat Cost card and then snipe the bench for a Espeon-EX clean up at the end of the game.

Congratulations, John!

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

Pokemon (20)

4x Froakie (BKP #38)4x Frogadier (BKP #39)4x Greninja (BKP #40)3x Greninja BREAK (BKP #41)1x Staryu (BKP #25)1x Starmie (EVO #31)1x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #137)1x Espeon-EX (BKP #117)1x Tapu Fini-GX (BUS #133)

Trainers (30)

4x Professor Sycamore (STS #114)4x N (NVI #101)2x Skyla (BKP #122)1x Lillie (SM #147)4x Ultra Ball (SM #161)4x Evosoda (GEN #62)2x Choice Band (BUS #162)2x Field Blower (GUR #163)2x Enhanced Hammer (GUR #162)1x Super Rod (BKT #149)1x Rescue Stretcher (BUS #165)3x Brooklet Hill (GUR #120)

Energy (10)

6x Water Energy (XY #134)4x Splash Energy (BKP #113)

Other Top Finishers

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

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:

Greg Minklei

Pokemon (17)

2x Drampa-GX (GUR #142)4x Trubbish (BKP #56)3x Garbodor (GUR #51)1x Garbodor (BKP #57)3x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #137)1x Eevee (SM #101)1x Espeon-GX (SM #140)1x Tapu Koko (PRSM #SM30)1x Espeon-EX (BKP #117)

Trainers (32)

4x Professor Sycamore (STS #114)4x N (NVI #101)3x Guzma (BUS #115)1x Brigette (BKT #161)1x Acerola (BUS #142)4x Ultra Ball (SM #161)4x Float Stone (PLF #99)4x Choice Band (GUR #121)2x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)2x Field Blower (GUR #163)1x Special Charge (STS #105)2x Po Town (BUS #121)

Energy (11)

5x Psychic Energy (SM #162)4x Double Colorless Energy (GUR #166)2x Rainbow Energy (HS #104)

Huy Nguyen

Pokemon (21)

4x Rowlet (SM #9)3x Dartrix (SM #10)4x Decidueye-GX (SM #12)2x Alolan Vulpix (GUR #21)1x Alolan Ninetales (BUS #28)1x Alolan Ninetales-GX (GUR #132)3x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)2x Tapu Koko (PRSM #SM31)1x Espeon-EX (BKP #52)

Trainers (32)

4x N (NVI #92)3x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)3x Acerola (BUS #112)1x Guzma (BUS #115)1x Brigette (BKT #134)4x Ultra Ball (RSK #93)3x Field Blower (GUR #125)3x Float Stone (BKT #137)3x Max Potion (BKP #103)3x Rare Candy (PRC #135)2x Choice Band (GUR #121)2x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)

Energy (7)

4x Double Colorless Energy (NXD #92)3x Rainbow Energy (BKT #152)

 Jake Black

Pokemon (18)

1x Diancie (BUS #94)4x Ralts (BUS #91)2x Kirlia (BUS #92)3x Gardevoir-GX (BUS #140)1x Gallade (BKT #84)3x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)1x Alolan Vulpix (GUR #21)2x Remoraid (BKT #32)1x Octillery (BKT #33)

Trainers (30)

4x Professor Sycamore (STS #114)3x N (DEX #96)2x Guzma (BUS #143)2x Brigette (BKT #161)1x Acerola (BUS #142)1x Skyla (BKP #122)4x Ultra Ball (SM #135)4x Rare Candy (SM #129)3x Choice Band (GUR #121)2x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)2x Field Blower (GUR #125)2x Float Stone (BKT #137)

Energy (12)

8x Fairy Energy (XY #140)4x Double Colorless Energy (EVO #90)

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 whom they felt used the most creative deck lists, and each of them earned some additional booster packs or a promo product.

Triforce19, jpkemperor, Coolpilot, TgHuy, and BKRapper each walked away with several booster packs or a specially selected Pokemon promo product from The decks they played were Alolan Raticate, Xerneas BREAK / Necrozma-GX, Tapu Koko / Alolan Ninetales-GX, Decidueye-GX / Alolan Ninetales-GX, and Golisopod-GX, respectively.

You can find each of their deck lists in the forum thread below.

Want to Become a Premium Member?

PokeBeach writer Alex Koch

November’s tournament concluded earlier this week, and 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!

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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  1. Camoclone TCG Articles Head

    Forum Mod Articles Head Activities Head Member


    ##Pokémon - 13

    * 1 Oranguru SUM 113
    * 4 Alolan Rattata SUM 76
    * 4 Alolan Raticate BUS 82
    * 2 Trubbish BKP 56
    * 2 Garbodor BKP 57

    ##Trainer Cards - 47

    * 3 Crushing Hammer EPO 92
    * 3 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
    * 4 N DEX 96
    * 1 Acerola BUS 112
    * 1 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 2 Team Flare Grunt XY 129
    * 2 Nest Ball SUM 123
    * 4 Bodybuilding Dumbbells BUS 113
    * 2 Skyla BKT 148
    * 2 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 3 Guzma BUS 115
    * 2 Enhanced Hammer GRI 124
    * 2 Reverse Valley BKP 110
    * 4 Float Stone PLF 99
    * 1 Brigette BKT 161
    * 1 Parallel City BKT 145
    * 4 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 4 Ultra Ball FCO 113
    * 2 Professor Kukui SUM 128

    ##Energy - 0


    ##Pokémon - 13

    * 1 Oranguru PR-SM SM13
    * 1 Clefairy EVO 63
    * 4 Xerneas BREAK STS 82
    * 4 Xerneas XY 96
    * 1 Necrozma-GX BUS 63
    * 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60

    ##Trainer Cards - 32

    * 1 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
    * 1 Super Rod BKT 149
    * 1 Brigette BKT 134
    * 1 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 3 Guzma BUS 115
    * 4 Max Elixir BKP 102
    * 3 N FCO 105
    * 4 Fairy Garden XY 117
    * 4 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 4 Ultra Ball ROS 93
    * 4 Professor Sycamore XY 122
    * 2 Professor Kukui SUM 128

    ##Energy - 15

    * 11 Fairy Energy Energy 9
    * 4 Double Colorless Energy PHF 111


    ##Pokémon - 19

    * 3 Tapu Koko PR-SM SM31
    * 1 Espeon-EX BKP 117
    * 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60
    * 4 Alolan Vulpix GRI 21
    * 1 Alolan Ninetales BUS 28
    * 3 Alolan Ninetales-GX GRI 22
    * 2 Remoraid BKT 32
    * 2 Octillery BKT 33
    * 1 Tapu Fini-GX BUS 39

    ##Trainer Cards - 29

    * 4 Aqua Patch GRI 119
    * 1 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
    * 3 Po Town BUS 121
    * 1 Ninja Boy STS 103
    * 4 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 3 Guzma BUS 115
    * 1 Brigette BKT 161
    * 4 Ultra Ball SUM 135
    * 3 N FCO 105
    * 3 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 1 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 1 Float Stone BKT 137

    ##Energy - 12

    * 4 Double Colorless Energy SUM 136
    * 8 Water Energy XYEnergy 9


    ##Pokémon - 16

    * 4 Wimpod BUS 16
    * 2 Golisopod GRI 9
    * 3 Golisopod-GX BUS 17
    * 2 Tapu Koko PR-SM SM31
    * 3 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 137
    * 1 Remoraid BKT 32
    * 1 Octillery BKT 33

    ##Trainer Cards - 34

    * 2 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
    * 1 Great Ball BCR 129
    * 3 Acerola BUS 112
    * 4 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 2 Brigette BKT 134
    * 2 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 4 Guzma BUS 115
    * 4 N FCO 105
    * 4 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 3 Float Stone BKT 137
    * 4 Ultra Ball FCO 113
    * 1 Multi Switch GRI 129

    ##Energy - 10

    * 6 Grass Energy XYEnergy 5
    * 4 Double Colorless Energy EVO 90
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  2. AFEX Serena is too cute!


    Interesting looking rogues!
  3. TheAipomArchives Beyond Champion of the Elite Four


    I really like this list, since me and my friends are just middle schoolers with barely any money, this list is actually really cheap. And the best part is, my friend was building Greninja but he couldn't finish it (or he got bored idk) but now he can! JOHN, YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!!!
  4. Triforce19 Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    Sweet, didn't know I got recognized for Alolan Raticate. I don't think I would take it to an IRL tournament like a league cup, but it's fun to mess around with.
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