PokeBeach’s April 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 Adrian Fjell and I live in Oslo, Norway.
How are you doing this season in Play! Pokemon tournaments?
As a European with only 250 CP required [to qualify for Worlds], I have managed to accumulate well over 350 CP as of right now. Looking forward to Nashville!
Why did you decide to participate in this tournament?
The prizes are good and it is a good way to learn.
Why did you play Volcanion? Were you considering any other decks?
I honestly think Volcanion-EX is just a easy deck, Volcanion can dish out 2HKOs as well as powering up Benched Volcanion-EX and then going in with a Volcanion-EX and OHKO. The high count of Professor's Letter and Energy Retrieval make sure I get the OHKOs and Energy in the discard pile. I didn’t really think about other decks, because Volcanion seemed like the easiest to play at the moment.
What was your most exciting game or set?
Would you make any other changes to your list?
I believe the turn one Power Heater is very valuable, so I think I would add a Volcanion and a Float Stone to ensure the attack.
How do you think Forbidden Light affects Volcanion decks in general?
If I recall correctly Forbidden Light doesn’t really help Volcanion at all, so no idea what the set impact will be. I probably would not recomend this deck after Forbidden Light.
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: Adrian Fjell (Vaskemaskinen) — Volcanion-EX
- 2nd: Ilya Kornilov (Fou-Link) — Zoroark-GX / Lucario-GX
- 3rd: Olen Hulsebus (Pengwin) — Sylveon-GX + Gardevoir-GX tech
- 4th: Daniel Bourne (Bournopolis) — Buzzwole-GX / Garbodor
- 5th: Robert Fuchs — Buzzwole-GX / Lycanroc-GX
- 6th: Liebad — Zoroark-GX / Lycanroc-GX
- 7th: Eddie Sitavi (CESit) — Vikavolt / Tapu Bulu-GX
- 8th: Jing Zhang (stevexue) — Zoroark-GX / Lucario-GX
Adrian, Olen, Robert, Eddie, and Jing 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:
Ilya Kornilov, Second Place
Olen Hulsebus, Third Place
Daniel Bourne, 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.
danimal01, SquirtleRules, Arneboy11, dmode15, and RisingRaichuu each walked away with five booster packs or a recent Pokemon promo product from TCGplayer.com. The decks they played were Heatmor / Raichu, Marshadow-GX / Alolan Ninetales, Zoroark-GX / Decidueye-GX, Sylveon-GX / Garbodor, and M Gardevoir-EX, respectively.
You can find each of their deck lists in the forum thread below.
Want to Become a Premium Member?
May’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 June are currently scheduled to be posted Tuesday, May 29th. 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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