Winners of PokeBeach’s April 2018 PTCGO Tournament!

PokeBeach’s April 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 Vaskemaskinen! He will be shipped two booster boxes free of charge, courtesy of!

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?

My top 4 game against Sylveon-GX was really close since I was a bit unsure how to play the matchup and he had a higher count of Counter Catcher than I would assume.

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.

Congratulations, Adrian!

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

Pokemon (12)

4x Volcanion-EX (STS #26)3x Volcanion (STS #25)1x Turtonator-GX (GUR #131)2x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #137)1x Octillery (BKT #33)1x Remoraid (BKT #32)

Trainers (36)

4x Professor Sycamore (STS #114)4x Guzma (BUS #143)3x Cynthia (ULP #148)2x N (FAC #105)4x Professor's Letter (BKT #146)4x Choice Band (BUS #162)4x Energy Retrieval (AOR #99)4x Ultra Ball (SM #161)3x Float Stone (PLF #99)1x Super Rod (DRV #20)3x Brooklet Hill (GUR #120)

Energy (12)

12x Fire Energy (EVO #92)

Other Top Finishers

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

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

Pokemon (20)

4x Zoroark-GX (SHL #53)4x Zorua (SHL #52)2x Lucario-GX (PRSM #SM100)1x Lucario (FAC #47)3x Riolu (ULP #66)3x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)1x Regirock-EX (FAC #43)1x Mew-EX (LTR #RC24)1x Mewtwo (EVO #51)

Trainers (32)

3x Brigette (BKT #134)3x N (NVI #92)3x Guzma (BUS #115)2x Acerola (BUS #112)2x Cynthia (ULP #119)1x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)1x Mallow (GUR #127)4x Puzzle of Time (BKP #109)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)3x Choice Band (GUR #121)2x Evosoda (GEN #62)2x Field Blower (GUR #125)1x Float Stone (BKT #137)1x Parallel City (BKT #145)

Energy (8)

4x Double Colorless Energy (FAC #114)4x Strong Energy (FFI #104)

Olen Hulsebus, Third Place

Pokemon (10)

3x Sylveon-GX (GUR #92)4x Eevee (SM #101)1x Gardevoir-GX (BUS #93)1x Ralts (BUS #91)1x Oranguru (ULP #114)

Trainers (37)

4x Team Flare Grunt (GEN #73)2x Acerola (BUS #112)2x Lusamine (CRI #96)1x Gladion (CRI #95)1x Guzma (BUS #115)1x Delinquent (BKP #98)1x N (NVI #101)1x Team Rocket's Handiwork (FAC #112)4x Max Potion (EPO #94)4x Nest Ball (SM #123)4x Puzzle of Time (BKP #109)2x Counter Catcher (CRI #91)2x Field Blower (GUR #125)2x Crushing Hammer (EPO #92)2x Enhanced Hammer (DEX #94)1x Bodybuilding Dumbbells (BUS #113)1x Rare Candy (PRC #135)1x Pal Pad (ULP #132)1x Parallel City (BKT #145)

Energy (13)

11x Fairy Energy (EVO #99)2x Double Colorless Energy (EVO #90)

Daniel Bourne, Fourth Place

Pokemon (14)

3x Buzzwole-GX (CRI #57)2x Carbink (FAC #50)2x Carbink BREAK (FAC #51)1x Zygarde-EX (PRXY #XY151)2x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)2x Garbodor (GUR #51)2x Trubbish (GUR #50)

Trainers (33)

4x Professor Sycamore (BKP #107)4x Guzma (BUS #115)3x Cynthia (ULP #119)2x N (NVI #92)1x Lillie (ULP #125)4x Max Elixir (BKP #102)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)4x Float Stone (BKT #137)3x Fighting Fury Belt (BKP #99)2x Nest Ball (SM #123)2x Parallel City (BKT #145)

Energy (13)

9x Fighting Energy (RS #105)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.

danimal01, SquirtleRules, Arneboy11, dmode15, and RisingRaichuu each walked away with five booster packs or a recent Pokemon promo product from The decks they played were Heatmor / Raichu, Marshadow-GX / Alolan NinetalesZoroark-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?

PokeBeach Writer Andrew Mahone

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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