Winners of PokeBeach’s March 2018 PTCGO Tournament!

PokeBeach’s March 2018 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 the tournament began — BREAKthrough through Ultra Prism.

Interview with the Champion

This month’s tournament was won by gumball51321! 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?

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?

I played Buzzwole-GX (particularly Buzz / Garbodor) because It’s the only deck I trust, since it can set up and has the tools to beat anything without anything worse than a 45-55 matchup.

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.

Congratulations, Scotty!

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

Pokemon (11)

4x Buzzwole-GX (CRI #104)1x Sudowoodo (BKP #67)2x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #137)2x Garbodor (BKP #57)2x Trubbish (BKP #56)

Trainers (36)

4x Professor Sycamore (STS #114)4x Guzma (BUS #115)3x N (FAC #105)3x Cynthia (ULP #119)1x Lillie (ULP #151)4x Choice Band (GUR #121)4x Float Stone (PLF #99)4x Max Elixir (BKP #102)4x Ultra Ball (SM #135)2x Nest Ball (SM #123)1x Super Rod (NVI #95)2x Parallel City (BKT #145)

Energy (13)

9x Fighting Energy (XY #137)4x Strong Energy (FAC #115)

Other Top Finishers

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

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

Pokemon (19)

2x Gardevoir-GX (BUS #93)2x Gallade (BKT #84)2x Kirlia (BKT #69)2x Ralts (BUS #91)2x Ralts (BKT #68)3x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)1x Sylveon-GX (GUR #92)1x Eevee (SM #101)1x Mewtwo (EVO #51)1x Octillery (BKT #33)1x Remoraid (BKT #31)1x Alolan Vulpix (GUR #21)

Trainers (30)

4x N (DEX #96)3x Guzma (BUS #115)2x Brigette (BKT #134)2x Cynthia (ULP #119)1x Professor Sycamore (XY #122)4x Ultra Ball (RSK #93)4x Rare Candy (DEX #100)2x Field Blower (GUR #125)2x Max Potion (GUR #128)1x Float Stone (BKT #137)1x Super Rod (NVI #95)1x Choice Band (GUR #121)1x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)2x Parallel City (BKT #145)

Energy (11)

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

Jeffrey Blake, Third Place

Pokemon (14)

3x Silvally-GX (PRSM #SM91)3x Type: Null (CRI #89)2x Lapras-GX (SM #35)2x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)1x Glaceon-EX (FAC #20)1x Tapu Fini-GX (BUS #39)1x Clefairy (EVO #63)1x Oranguru (SM #113)

Trainers (32)

4x Professor Sycamore (STS #114)3x Guzma (BUS #115)2x Brigette (BKT #161)2x N (FAC #105)2x Cynthia (ULP #119)4x Ultra Ball (SM #161)4x Max Elixir (BKP #102)3x Choice Band (GUR #121)2x Aqua Patch (GUR #161)2x Field Blower (GUR #125)2x Psychic Memory (CRI #98)2x Fighting Memory (CRI #94)

Energy (14)

10x Water Energy (XY #134)4x Double Colorless Energy (GUR #166)

Christian Wilhelm, Fourth Place

Pokemon (14)

3x Buzzwole-GX (CRI #104)2x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #137)2x Garbodor (BKP #57)2x Trubbish (GUR #50)2x Carbink BREAK (FAC #51)2x Carbink (FAC #50)1x Zygarde-EX (FAC #54)

Trainers (33)

4x Professor Sycamore (STS #114)4x Guzma (BUS #115)2x N (FAC #105)2x Cynthia (ULP #119)1x Acerola (BUS #112)1x Lillie (ULP #151)4x Float Stone (PLF #99)4x Max Elixir (BKP #102)4x Ultra Ball (SM #135)2x Choice Band (GUR #121)2x Nest Ball (SM #123)1x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)2x Parallel City (BKT #145)

Energy (13)

9x Fighting Energy (XY #137)4x Strong Energy (FAC #115)

PrizeWall_LogoIn 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!

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 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.

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PokeBeach Writer Andrew Mahone

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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  1. Sethy79 Aspiring Trainer


    Way to go all! Nice work KK-Swizzle. It was fun to hear about your matches and live vicariously through all of your victories when I couldn't play.
    KK-Swizzle likes this.
  2. Professor_jplap Why. Just why.


  3. Wowowiwo Aspiring Trainer


    congratulations! both of you
  4. PMJ happy thoughts

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

    ##Pokémon - 24

    * 4 Talonflame STS 96
    * 1 Talonflame BREAK STS 21
    * 1 Alolan Grimer SUM 57
    * 1 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 137
    * 1 Alolan Muk SUM 58
    * 3 Froakie BKP 38
    * 1 Staryu BKP 25
    * 4 Frogadier BKP 39
    * 1 Starmie EVO 31
    * 4 Greninja BKP 40
    * 3 Greninja BREAK BKP 41

    ##Trainer Cards - 26

    * 3 Brooklet Hill GRI 120
    * 1 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
    * 1 Super Rod BKT 149
    * 3 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 4 Evosoda XY 116
    * 3 Cynthia UPR 119
    * 2 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 1 Guzma BUS 115
    * 4 N NVI 92
    * 2 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 2 Ultra Ball FCO 113

    ##Energy - 10

    * 1 Counter Energy CIN 100
    * 7 Water Energy Energy 3
    * 2 Splash Energy BKP 113

    Total Cards - 60

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


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

    ##Pokémon - 14

    * 1 Eevee SUM 101
    * 1 Oranguru PR-SM SM13
    * 1 Type: Null UPR 115
    * 2 Type: Null CIN 89
    * 1 Silvally-GX UPR 116
    * 2 Silvally-GX PR-SM SM91
    * 1 Dawn Wings Necrozma-GX UPR 143
    * 1 Lunala {*} UPR 62
    * 1 Mewtwo-EX BKT 62
    * 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60
    * 1 Espeon-GX SUM 152

    ##Trainer Cards - 32

    * 1 Professor Sycamore STS 114
    * 1 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
    * 4 Ultra Ball DEX 102
    * 2 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 2 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 1 Super Rod BKT 149
    * 1 Electric Memory UPR 121
    * 1 Brigette BKT 134
    * 3 Cynthia UPR 119
    * 3 Guzma BUS 115
    * 4 Max Elixir BKP 102
    * 3 N NVI 92
    * 2 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 2 Fire Memory UPR 123
    * 2 Fighting Memory CIN 94

    ##Energy - 14

    * 4 Double Colorless Energy FCO 114
    * 10 Psychic Energy 5

    Total Cards - 60

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


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

    ##Pokémon - 13

    * 3 Ho-Oh-GX BUS 131
    * 1 Salandit UPR 25
    * 1 Turtonator-GX GRI 131
    * 1 Salazzle-GX BUS 151
    * 1 Dawn Wings Necrozma-GX UPR 63
    * 3 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60
    * 2 Wobbuffet PHF 36
    * 1 Volcanion-EX STS 26

    ##Trainer Cards - 30

    * 2 N PR-BLW BW100
    * 4 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 3 Scorched Earth PRC 138
    * 1 Nest Ball SUM 123
    * 3 Cynthia UPR 119
    * 4 Guzma BUS 115
    * 3 Kiawe BUS 116
    * 3 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 3 Float Stone BKT 137
    * 4 Ultra Ball FCO 113

    ##Energy - 17

    * 17 Fire Energy BLWEnergy 4

    Total Cards - 60

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


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

    ##Pokémon - 18

    * 2 Zorua BKT 90
    * 2 Zorua SLG 52
    * 4 Zoroark-GX PR-SM SM84
    * 1 Machop GRI 62
    * 1 Machoke GRI 64
    * 2 Wimpod BUS 16
    * 2 Golisopod-GX BUS 17
    * 1 Tapu Koko PR-SM SM31
    * 3 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 137

    ##Trainer Cards - 35

    * 4 Puzzle of Time BKP 109
    * 2 Professor Sycamore STS 114
    * 3 Acerola BUS 142
    * 1 Pal Pad UPR 132
    * 2 Switch PRC 163
    * 4 Ultra Ball SUM 161
    * 2 Cynthia UPR 148
    * 2 Guzma BUS 143
    * 3 Brigette BKT 161
    * 1 Choice Band BUS 162
    * 3 Field Blower GRI 163
    * 1 N NVI 101
    * 3 Mallow GRI 145
    * 2 Float Stone PLF 99
    * 2 Enhanced Hammer GRI 162

    ##Energy - 7

    * 3 Grass Energy GRI 167
    * 4 Double Colorless Energy GRI 166

    Total Cards - 60

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


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

    ##Pokémon - 17

    * 1 Hoopa SLG 55
    * 1 Buzzwole-GX CIN 57
    * 2 Solgaleo-GX SUM 89
    * 4 Cosmog SUM 64
    * 1 Lunala {*} UPR 62
    * 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 137
    * 2 Cosmoem SUM 65
    * 2 Lunala-GX PR-SM SM17
    * 1 Remoraid BKT 32
    * 1 Octillery BKT 33

    ##Trainer Cards - 31

    * 1 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
    * 4 Rare Candy SUM 129
    * 2 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 2 Brigette BKT 134
    * 4 Cynthia UPR 119
    * 3 Skyla BKT 148
    * 2 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 1 Guzma BUS 115
    * 4 Ultra Ball SUM 135
    * 2 Parallel City BKT 145
    * 3 N FCO 105
    * 3 Max Potion GRI 128

    ##Energy - 12

    * 4 Unit Energy {L}{P}{M} UPR 138
    * 1 Strong Energy FFI 104
    * 4 Rainbow Energy BKT 152
    * 3 Psychic Energy 5

    Total Cards - 60

    ****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online ******
  5. FrostBiter12 Upcoming Worlds Competitor!


    Great job everyone (way to go @gumball51321, congrats on the win)! I'm looking forward to a time were I can participate as well, these tournaments are expertly managed (thanks to @PMJ for the effort put into them) and I can't wait to play a few myself!
    astro_gnat likes this.
  6. KK-Swizzle Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    gumball's right, I dun goofed big time in the finals...had him in a tough spot, but he pulled off a fantastic guzma play to stick my octillery in the active and put 30 onto a benched ralts. I panicked and had it stuck in my head that i needed a DCE to retreat or i'd lose. i whiffed it and passed, not realizing i had ultra ball/rare candy in hand and could have just evolved the benched ralts to extend the game another turn during which i may have been able to win it. all in all though, a dominant run for Scotty, undefeated throughout and he hammered me 2-0 in round 5 swiss as well, congrats on the big win!
    Grumpus_the_3rd and gumball51321 like this.
  7. HouchinsDJ Aspiring Trainer


    Congrats @gumball51321! Buzz/Garb is a deck I'm most comfortable with as well, although I prefer the Carbink Break added in. I know the pain of whiffing on those Max Elixirs.