Winners of PokeBeach’s February 2018 PTCGO Tournament!

PokeBeach’s February 2018 PTCGO Tournament is over and the winners have been crowned!TCGplayer And PokeBeach

Seventy-seven 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

This month’s tournament was won by Sethy79! He will be shipped eighteen packs free of charge, courtesy of!

Here’s our interview with him:

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

Seth H. I live in Chicago, IL.

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

I don’t play much in person. I mostly go to pre-release events and play PTCGO. I did attend one Expanded League Cup with my son and was obliterated. I don’t think I’m cut out for Expanded…

Why did you decide to participate in this tournament?

I try to play all of the PokeBeach tournaments. They are a great service to the TCG community, and I always enjoy meeting new players along with the chance to test out my decks in some real competition.

Why did you play stall? Were you considering any other decks?

I ran into a stall deck playing the VS ladder a while back and liked the idea. I couldn’t see a deck list from my opponent, so I put together my own list based on the idea of that deck. After playing it a bunch on the ladder and tweaking it until I felt comfortable, I played it in the January tournament and came in 11th. My only losses came from a similar type stall deck where the flips were not with me (I think I had 10 tails in a row at one point) and a Greninja BREAK. I realized that the meta was ripe for my kind of deck (low Energy counts, lots of Ability-focused decks, limited Supporter recovery options). Since nothing much was changing for February, and I didn’t have any other favored decks, I thought I might make a good run of things if I could avoid the frogs.

You went from eighth seed to first place. Nice job! Were you intimidated at all?

I was intimidated throughout the tournament. Having a strong record meant I was constantly getting better players as things progressed. I kept thinking, “Well, this has been a good run. I wonder when I will hit a wall”. Once I made it to the Top 8 (barely) I figured I would run into a deck that had my number, but the quarter finals and finals were both Zoroark-GX / Golisopod-GX decks that were favorable for me. I knew my deck could handle most of the biggest decks in the meta so I just tried to stay calm, make smart moves and be patient through it all. Still, I know that I had a few lucky plays. Also, coming in 8th made things much better because if I had been matched up with [2nd seed] Pengwin I would have been out immediately!

Why didn’t you run the standard 1 Lightning Energy to use Lighting GX? Did you ever find yourself wishing you had it?

I’ve seen the videos and the deck lists that run the Lightning Energy. Honestly it just wasn’t part of my strategy. I really only kept it in the list as an auto win condition for anyone who accidentally played Special Energy on all of their attackers. I think that worked out well for me in my first or second game, but beyond that Xurkitree-GX was more of a hindrance than an asset. Being a 2-Prize Pokemon that is weak to Fighting caused some scares when it was my starting Pokemon. Using up another slot on a Pokemon I’d rather not use for most games just didn’t make sense to me.

Wobbuffet was an interesting addition. Were you ever worried that opponents could take prizes off his low HP?

This was actually the core card of the entire deck. I usually prayed right before my opening hand that I would start a Wobbuffet. I played two Vikavolt / Tapu Bulu-GX, a Gardevoir-GX, and four Zoroark-GX. Having Wobbuffet Active and only Wobbuffet on the Bench helped me control those games so much better. Limiting all of the Abilities (except for Tapu Lele-GX which was mostly fine) slowed the games down and gave me much more time to put things in my favor. I actually cut out all of my Hoopa from January except for one so that I would be more likely to open with Wobbuffet. Of course it was sad that Zoroark, Tapu Bulu and Golisopod could all Knock it Out pretty easily, but with Puzzle of Time and Rescue Stretcher I almost always had a good supply of Wobbuffet to force my opponents to [Knock Out six of them] to win. Usually before they got there I had eliminated all of their Energy or run their deck out.

You only lost five games in the entire tournament. Can you talk about them? Is there anything you could have done differently to swing those games in your favor?

I can honestly say that in 3 of those losses I just had a rough start. I couldn’t get Energy denial cards out quick enough and my opponent got a Bulu set up with manual Energy attachments in one game. It was a losing proposition at that point as he was only one attachment away from another Knock Out. I think he wiped my two Wobs out in succession and it was a game. In the semi-final it was just about the same way. I lasted a little longer, but I just wasn’t able to get any of the cards I needed out and lost after three Pokemon got Knocked Out. The other two losses came from a Sylveon-GX stall deck. Being able to search out any three cards each turn puts my deck to shame in a head to head match up and I just couldn’t keep up. I definitely think my deck is a stronger choice in where the meta was at overall, but head to head Sylveon will always beat me I think. I can’t think of a way that I could have play that match up better to eke out a win.

What was your most exciting game or set?

The semi-final round was the most intense. I played a standard Gardevoir type deck. That is one of the more challenging matchups for me because of Twilight GX, but it is winnable if I am patient and careful. It’s always difficult to see all of the hard work at denying Energy go down the drain with that Twilight attack. My opponent was very smart and knew just the right time to Twilight and what to take out. The first and third games went down to one Prize. Counter Catcher, Mount Lanakila, and only playing one Pokemon on the field (to nullify Guzma) helped win the games, but boy they were so close. He also had some difficult draws that gave me a chance to win too. The second game was one of the times I dead drew and just couldn’t get my plan working before my opponent got set up and cleaned me out with Gallade.

Would you make any other changes to your list?

I took out all of my Fighting Fury Belt from January to February to add another Plumeria, a Gladion, and a Team Skull Grunt. I’m happy with those choices, but I think at least one or two FFB would have been helpful to keep my Wobbuffet alive for more than one attack from Zoroark or even Gallade. The Giratina I teched in for Greninja BREAK ended up being a dead card the entire tournament, but I wouldn’t take it out for fear for facing the frogs and not standing a chance without it. Likewise I added two Regigigas for a tanky Basic Pokemon. They [were] only useful once or twice, but both times I did use them it saved the game for me. Otherwise, I am glad I had everything I did in the deck in general.

Any future cards sound appealing for stall decks?

I’m interested in to replenish Lusamine so that I am more likely to get them out or to be able to pull two Supporters with a Lusamine without having to do the loop right away. I’m not sure my deck is still relevant with the new decks that recycle Energy or are more turbo in nature though. I’ll keep playing the VS [ladder] to see how I stack up, but I might have to give up the deck idea for awhile unless I can be sure it is still viable.

Congratulations, Seth!

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

Pokemon (9)

4x Wobbuffet (PHF #36)2x Regigigas (CRI #84)1x Hoopa (SHL #55)1x Xurkitree-GX (PRSM #SM68)1x Giratina (PRXY #XY184)

Trainers (51)

4x Lusamine (CRI #96)4x N (FAC #105)4x Team Flare Grunt (GEN #73)4x Team Rocket's Handiwork (FAC #112)3x Guzma (BUS #115)2x Team Skull Grunt (SM #133)2x Plumeria (BUS #120)1x Gladion (CRI #95)4x Crushing Hammer (SM #115)4x Nest Ball (SM #123)4x Puzzle of Time (BKP #109)4x Counter Catcher (CRI #91)3x Enhanced Hammer (GUR #124)2x Skyla (BKT #148)2x Field Blower (GUR #125)1x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)3x Mount Lanakila (BUS #118)

Energy (0)

Other Top Finishers

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

A big F for Julio for not taking home the gold this month, but at least he made Top 8 (again)! Nice work!

Kevin, Robert, Olen, and Julio 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:

Slappy White, Second Place

Pokemon (18)

4x Zoroark-GX (PRSM #SM84)4x Zorua (PRSM #SM83)2x Golisopod-GX (BUS #129)3x Wimpod (BUS #16)1x Tapu Koko (PRSM #SM30)1x Mewtwo (EVO #51)3x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)

Trainers (34)

4x N (DEX #96)4x Guzma (BUS #115)3x Brigette (BKT #134)3x Acerola (BUS #112)2x Professor Sycamore (STS #114)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)4x Puzzle of Time (BKP #109)3x Field Blower (GUR #125)3x Choice Band (GUR #121)2x Enhanced Hammer (DEX #94)1x Float Stone (BKT #137)1x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)

Energy (8)

4x Double Colorless (SM #136)4x Grass Energy (XY #132)

Kevin Krueger, Third Place

Pokemon (19)

3x Gardevoir-GX (BUS #93)2x Gallade (BKT #84)1x Kirlia (BKT #69)1x Kirlia (BUS #92)3x Ralts (BKT #68)1x Ralts (BUS #91)1x Sylveon-GX (GUR #92)1x Eevee (SM #101)1x Octillery (BKT #33)2x Remoraid (BKT #31)2x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)1x Alolan Vulpix (GUR #21)

Trainers (30)

4x N (DEX #96)3x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)3x Guzma (BUS #115)2x Brigette (BKT #134)1x Skyla (BKT #148)4x Rare Candy (DEX #100)4x Ultra Ball (RSK #93)3x Max Potion (BKP #103)2x Float Stone (BKT #137)1x Field Blower (GUR #125)1x Choice Band (GUR #121)1x Super Rod (NVI #95)1x Parallel City (BKT #145)

Energy (11)

7x Fairy Energy (XY #140)4x Double Colorless Energy (NXD #92)

Ilya Kornilov, Fourth Place

Pokemon (19)

3x Gardevoir-GX (BUS #93)2x Gallade (BKT #84)2x Kirlia (BKT #69)3x Ralts (BKT #68)1x Ralts (BUS #91)2x Zoroark-GX (PRSM #SM84)2x Zorua (SHL #52)3x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)1x Mew-EX (LTR #RC24)

Trainers (30)

4x N (DEX #96)3x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)3x Guzma (BUS #115)3x Brigette (BKT #134)1x Mallow (GUR #127)4x Rare Candy (DEX #100)4x Ultra Ball (RSK #93)2x Max Potion (BKP #103)2x Field Blower (GUR #125)2x Choice Band (GUR #121)1x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)1x Super Rod (NVI #95)

Energy (11)

7x Fairy Energy (XY #140)4x Double Colorless Energy (NXD #92)

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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 5 booster packs or a promo product.

Jacob Marshall, henryhoover, woahaustin, JGB146, and RisingRaichuu each walked away with five booster packs or a specially selected Pokemon promo product from The decks they played were Yanmega BREAK / Alolan Muk, Ho-Oh-GX / Silvally-GX, Greninja BREAK, Solgaleo-GX / Gyarados-GX, and Xerneas BREAK / Silvally-GX, respectively.

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

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  1. PMJ happy thoughts

    Articles Staff Activities Staff Badges Staff Elite Member Advanced Member Member

    Jacob Marshall

    ****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******

    ##Pokémon - 22

    * 4 Yanma STS 6
    * 4 Yanmega STS 7
    * 4 Yanmega BREAK STS 8
    * 1 Alolan Grimer SUM 57
    * 1 Marshadow SLG 45
    * 3 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 137
    * 1 Alolan Muk SUM 58
    * 2 Remoraid BKT 32
    * 2 Octillery BKT 33

    ##Trainer Cards - 38

    * 4 Hala GRI 126
    * 4 Evosoda GEN 62
    * 1 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
    * 2 Brigette BKT 134
    * 2 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 4 Guzma BUS 115
    * 1 Revitalizer GEN 70
    * 4 Ultra Ball SUM 135
    * 4 N FCO 105
    * 4 Judge BKT 143
    * 4 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 3 Float Stone BKT 137
    * 1 Enhanced Hammer GRI 162

    ##Energy - 0

    Total Cards - 60

    ****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online ******


    ****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******

    ##Pokémon - 13

    * 1 Oranguru PR-SM SM13
    * 2 Type: Null CIN 89
    * 2 Silvally-GX PR-SM SM91
    * 3 Ho-Oh-GX BUS 21
    * 1 Turtonator-GX GRI 18
    * 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60
    * 2 Volcanion-EX STS 107

    ##Trainer Cards - 32

    * 1 Professor Sycamore STS 114
    * 2 Switch ROS 91
    * 3 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 3 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 4 Ultra Ball FLF 99
    * 1 Super Rod BKT 149
    * 3 Kiawe BUS 144
    * 3 Guzma BUS 115
    * 3 Max Elixir BKP 102
    * 3 N NVI 92
    * 4 Nest Ball SUM 123
    * 1 Fighting Memory CIN 94
    * 1 Psychic Memory CIN 98

    ##Energy - 15

    * 3 Double Colorless Energy FCO 114
    * 12 Fire Energy HS 116

    Total Cards - 60

    ****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online ******


    ****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******

    ##Pokémon - 19

    * 1 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60
    * 4 Froakie BKP 38
    * 1 Staryu BKP 25
    * 1 Tapu Fini-GX BUS 39
    * 4 Frogadier BKP 39
    * 1 Starmie EVO 31
    * 4 Greninja BKP 40
    * 3 Greninja BREAK BKP 41

    ##Trainer Cards - 31

    * 3 Brooklet Hill GRI 120
    * 4 Evosoda GEN 62
    * 2 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
    * 2 Lillie SUM 122
    * 1 Super Rod BKT 149
    * 4 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 2 Ultra Ball FLF 99
    * 2 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 4 N NVI 92
    * 2 Enhanced Hammer GRI 124
    * 3 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 2 Max Potion BKP 103

    ##Energy - 10

    * 7 Water Energy XYEnergy 9
    * 3 Splash Energy BKP 113

    Total Cards - 60

    ****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online ******


    ****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******

    ##Pokémon - 14

    * 1 Oranguru SUM 113
    * 1 Solgaleo GRI 87
    * 2 Solgaleo-GX SUM 89
    * 3 Cosmog SUM 64
    * 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60
    * 1 Cosmoem SUM 65
    * 2 Magikarp EVO 33
    * 2 Gyarados-GX CIN 18

    ##Trainer Cards - 33

    * 2 Professor Sycamore STS 114
    * 1 Hala GRI 143
    * 1 Lusamine CIN 110
    * 1 Brooklet Hill GRI 120
    * 2 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 2 Skyla BKP 122
    * 2 Fairy Garden FCO 100
    * 1 Super Rod BKT 149
    * 2 Heavy Ball BKT 140
    * 4 Puzzle of Time BKP 109
    * 4 Ultra Ball SUM 161
    * 2 Rare Candy GRI 165
    * 1 Special Charge STS 105
    * 1 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 2 Guzma BUS 115
    * 2 Brigette BKT 161
    * 1 Parallel City BKT 145
    * 2 N FCO 105

    ##Energy - 13

    * 4 Rainbow Energy SUM 137
    * 1 Water Energy 3
    * 4 Metal Energy 8
    * 4 Double Colorless Energy EVO 90

    Total Cards - 60

    ****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online ******


    ****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******

    ##Pokémon - 16

    * 1 Oranguru SUM 113
    * 2 Type: Null CIN 89
    * 2 Silvally-GX CIN 90
    * 4 Xerneas STS 81
    * 3 Xerneas BREAK STS 82
    * 2 Cobalion STS 74
    * 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 137

    ##Trainer Cards - 26

    * 1 Super Rod BKT 149
    * 4 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 2 Brigette BKT 134
    * 3 Guzma BUS 115
    * 3 Max Elixir BKP 102
    * 2 Counter Catcher CIN 91
    * 3 N FCO 105
    * 2 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 2 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 4 Ultra Ball FCO 113

    ##Energy - 18

    * 3 Double Colorless Energy GRI 166
    * 3 Counter Energy CIN 100
    * 12 Fairy Energy 9

    Total Cards - 60

    ****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online ******
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2018
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  2. Pengwin Aspiring Trainer


    @Sethy79 Congratulations on taking first =D! I'm so glad to see Sethy win with a deck that's new and original.
  3. Julio Penaloza Aspiring Trainer
    Julio Penaloza

    Advanced Member Member

    Congrats everyone on the tourney! @Sethy79 congrats!
  4. JGB146 ♫♪.ılılıll|̲̅̅●̲̅̅|̲̅̅=̲̅̅|̲̅̅●̲̅̅|llılılı.♫♪

    Activities Staff Member

    If anyone decides to give Sol Gyarados a try, I heartily recommend finding room for more draw support to aid in consistency. In my testing, that meant dropping the puzzles.
  5. JGB146 ♫♪.ılılıll|̲̅̅●̲̅̅|̲̅̅=̲̅̅|̲̅̅●̲̅̅|llılılı.♫♪

    Activities Staff Member

    Also, @PMJ I think you might have listed the Xerneas Silvally deck twice instead of including Jacob's Yanmega deck list.
  6. Grimxcore Budding Professor


    For the record I played Espson/Garbordor, not Zoroar, Lycanroc Mew.
  7. Grimlaw Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

  8. PMJ happy thoughts

    Articles Staff Activities Staff Badges Staff Elite Member Advanced Member Member

    Whoops. I don't know how that happened, but it's fixed now.

    Whoops. That was just leftover from January's tournament, where the seventh place person used that deck.

    I don't have the power to change that, but I can ask MTC to change it for you. Sorry about that.
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  9. sw_bionic Aspiring Trainer


    cool deck, congratulations ;)
  10. Sethy79 Aspiring Trainer


    I'm just glad I didn't face you in the final round, or any of the top 8 for that matter. You would have mopped the floor with me! Great run for mill decks though. Two in the top 8 is great!
  11. DarkMatterGaming "Wait, he's not dead?"


    That is a fascinating deck. Nicely done friend.