PokeBeach’s March 2018 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 the tournament began — BREAKthrough through Ultra Prism.
Interview with the Champion
Here’s our interview with him:
What is your real name, and where do you live?
My name is Scotty Chesser, and I live in Houston, Texas.
How are you doing this season in Play! Pokemon tournaments?
I’m not doing so hot this season, since up until a couple weeks ago, I’ve been using the wrong P.I.D. for every tournament this season. And it was confirmed somebody got my points from my Regionals and Cups.
Why did you decide to participate in this tournament?
I participated because I had never played in a PokeBeach tournament before and I was confident I would do well enough to earn prizes.
Why did you play Buzzwole? Were you considering any other decks?
Why this specific variant?
I had tested Lycanroc-GX with Buzzwole and didn’t care too much for it, but I actually got the idea of BuzzGarb with Max Elixirs instead of Trashalanche Garb from someone on PokeBeach (I’m sorry, I forgot who). And it worked surprisingly well.
What was your most exciting game or set?
My most exciting games were probably against KK-Swizzle in the finals since all 3 games were super close and for the marbles. It really came down to him misplaying on the final turn, where he could have evolved a Ralts on the Bench into Kirlia with an Ultra Ball in his hand that he didn’t play. That led to me being able to Jet Punch for the tournament.
Would you make any other changes to your list?
Although there are no cards I want to take out, I really want room for a tenth Fighting Energy, since there were quite a few times where I whiffed Elixir, since I don’t aggressively draw through my deck, thinning it out, making my Elixirs more likely to succeed.
Anything look exciting to you from Forbidden Light? How do you think the set will impact Buzzwole decks as a whole?
Beast Ring and Baby Buzz look great, and I already came up with what to drop for them (my secret). Although Naganadel-GX is certainly scary, I think the new meta decks impact Buzzwole positively since big Ultra Necrozma-GX gets Knocked Out by Buzzwole-GX with a Choice Band. Plus, with Diancie Prism Star, Buzzwole can afford to play Fighting Fury Belt over Choice Band since the damage evens out and you get more HP.
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: Scotty Chesser (gumball51321) — Buzzwole-GX / Garbodor
- 2nd: Kevin Krueger (KK-Swizzle) — Gardevoir-GX / Sylveon-GX
- 3rd: Jeffrey Blake (JGB146) — Silvally-GX + Water techs
- 4th: Christian Wilhelm (PixDixFix) — Buzzwole-GX / Garbodor
- 5th: Daniel Ainikkal (DeadlyBee111) — Zoroark-GX / Golisopod-GX
- 6th: Robert Fuchs — Buzzwole-GX / Lycanroc-GX
- 7th: Shane Guan (ShinyZard) — Zoroark-GX / Gardevoir-GX
- 8th: John Mostowy (Serperior) — Tapu Koko / Garbodor spread
Congrats to Kevin for his second consecutive Top 8 placement, moving from third to second! Only one place to go from there…
Kevin, Jeffrey, Robert, and John 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:
Kevin Krueger, Second Place
Jeffrey Blake, Third Place
Christian Wilhelm, 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!
Please also note that your PokeBeach account email address must match your TCGplayer account email address. If they don’t, you won’t receive your points!
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.
Julio Penaloza, henryhoover, woahaustin, dmode15, and RisingRaichuu 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 BREAK / Alolan Muk, Silvally-GX / Psychic techs, Ho-Oh-GX / Salazzle-GX, Zoroark-GX / Golisopod-GX, and Lunala-GX / Solgaleo-GX, respectively.
You can find each of their deck lists in the forum thread below.
Want to Become a Premium Member?
April’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 May are currently scheduled to be posted Saturday, April 28th. 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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