PokeBeach’s January 2018 PTCGO Tournament is over and the winners have been crowned!
Seventy-two 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 the tournament began — BREAKthrough through Crimson Invasion.
Interview with the Champion
After several placements in the Top 8, Julio Penaloza finally walks away with his first tournament win! As a subscriber, he will be shipped two booster boxes free of charge, courtesy of TCGplayer.com!
Here’s our interview with him:
What is your real name, and where do you live?
Julio Penaloza is my real name. I live in Los Angeles, California.
How are you doing this season in Play! Pokemon tournaments?
Unfortunately I am not as involved as I would like. Time is limited and would be difficult for me to travel long distance.
Why did you decide to participate in this tournament?
This is a GREAT tournament who has a GREAT organizer! Oh and it is free! Being able to schedule tournament at the convenience of my time is a huge plus! Thank you PokeBeach and PMJ for hosting this tournament!
Why did you play Greninja BREAK? Were you considering any other decks?
A friend of mine introduced me to Pokemon TCG. He let me borrow this deck and allowed me to play with it. As time went by, I enjoyed playing with the deck and decided to build my own. That was a little over a year ago and the deck was Greninja BREAK. When I understood what rotation was and realized that Greninja BREAK had little time before being rotated out from Standard, it motivated me that much more to play with it. I have been playing Greninja BREAK ever since.
You use variations of the same deck in every tournament. Are you that confident in frogs?
As [PokeBeach Premium Article writer] Caleb [Gedemer] once wrote, “It’s the biggest glass cannon deck, and while the games you win are beautiful, the ones you lose are absolutely horrifying.” I couldn’t agree more. And often times when I am losing, I find myself wanting to give up, scoop, and quit. However, I have learned that it’s always best to finish the game even when odds are stacked against you. I have won games when I am 6-1 prizes and reflected back telling myself, “if I had given up when my opponent had 1 prize left while I had 6, I would have never won.” With Greninja BREAK, it is never over until the last prize has been taken.
What decks did you play against? Did any interesting techs stand out to you?
Volcanion-EX is an interesting deck and if I hadn’t been introduced to Greninja BREAK, I would be playing Volcanion-EX. I don’t remember all of them. I think I played against 2 Volcanion-EX, 1 Golisopod-GX, 1 Lycanroc-GX / Zoroark-GX, 1 Lycanroc-GX / Buzzwole-GX, and 1 Vikavolt / Tapu Bulu-GX deck in finals.
What was your most exciting game or set?
Without a doubt, the final round against Bulu. Not only did I have Weakness, but I bricked second round. I had 1 Froakie in Active with all my other Froakie prized. My opponent had Bulu in Active and I went second. I couldn’t draw Energy and so Bulu knocked out my ONLY Froakie in play. On to round three we went. Round three was better and I was able to duplicate. However, I only had two Greninja and one Greninja BREAK which I had discarded. I was in trouble. My opponent was in a similar situation with only one Bulu in Active and no Bench. At the end I was able to win with only one Greninja BREAK.
Would you make any other changes to your list?
How do you think Ultra Prism affects Greninja decks in general?
I don’t think Ultra Prism will affect Greninja as much as other decks. I believe we will be seeing a change in a lot of Metal decks with unique touches. However, the card that did catch my attention is Cyrus Prism Star. I might test Cyrus in Greninja BREAK.
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: Julio Penaloza — Greninja BREAK
- 2nd: Nicholas Tyson (MoFoTY86) — Vikavolt / Tapu Bulu-GX
- 3rd: Kyle Reddy (Knite) — Zoroark-GX / Lycanroc-GX / Mew-EX
- 4th: Eduardo Arana — Volcanion-EX
- 5th: Greg Minklei (Gengar master) — Zoroark-GX / Giratina
- 6th: Blaine Prow (tiffuts) — Wishiwashi-GX / Walls
- 7th: Brad Brown (doubleb036) — Zoroark-GX / Lycanroc-GX / Mew-EX
- 8th: Alice Z (YuriGirl) — Drampa-GX / Garbodor / Shining Mew
Lots of new faces in the Top 8 this month! Always great to see new people taking high placements in our tournaments.
Julio, Nicholas, Greg, and Brad will all be seeing a huge increase in prizes 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:
Nicholas Tyson, Second Place
Kyle Reddy, Third Place
Eduardo Arana, 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!
(Note: your PokeBeach account email address must match your TCGplayer account email address. If they don’t, you won’t receive your points. Please contact PMJ if you are missing points from a previous tournament or you have not received points from the current tournament after two weeks.)
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.
shadyyeezy, woahaustin, CassieBrown, TgHuy, and RisingRaichuu each walked away with five booster packs or a specially selected Pokemon promo product from TCGplayer.com. The decks they played were Salazzle-GX / Garbodor, Greninja BREAK / Zoroark-GX, Vikavolt / Tapu Bulu-GX, Golisopod-GX / Weavile, and Yanmega BREAK / Lurantis, respectively.
You can find each of their deck lists in the forum thread below.
Want to Become a Premium Member?
February’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 March are currently scheduled to start on Monday, February 26th. 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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