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

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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. PMJ happy thoughts

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

    ##Pokémon - 15

    * 4 Heatmor BUS 24
    * 2 Victini GRI 10
    * 4 Pikachu CIN 30
    * 4 Raichu BUS 41
    * 1 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60

    ##Trainer Cards - 37

    * 4 Puzzle of Time BKP 109
    * 1 Escape Board UPR 122
    * 1 Delinquent BKP 98
    * 1 Lusamine CIN 110
    * 1 Enhanced Hammer GRI 124
    * 2 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
    * 4 Devolution Spray EVO 76
    * 1 Skyla BKP 122
    * 1 N DEX 96
    * 1 Pal Pad UPR 132
    * 2 Gladion CIN 95
    * 1 Acerola BUS 112
    * 3 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 1 Team Flare Grunt XY 129
    * 2 Guzma BUS 115
    * 1 Brock's Grit EVO 74
    * 2 Float Stone BKT 137
    * 2 Crushing Hammer SUM 115
    * 1 Brigette BKT 161
    * 2 Ultra Ball ROS 93
    * 1 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 2 Team Rocket's Handiwork FCO 112

    ##Energy - 8

    * 4 Counter Energy CIN 100
    * 4 Double Colorless Energy SUM 136

    Total Cards - 60

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    ##Pokémon - 19

    * 1 Oranguru UPR 114
    * 1 Oranguru SUM 113
    * 1 Tauros-GX SUM 100
    * 3 Marshadow-GX BUS 80
    * 2 Jolteon-EX GEN 28
    * 1 Jirachi PR-XY XY67
    * 1 Giratina PR-XY XY184
    * 1 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60
    * 4 Alolan Vulpix GRI 21
    * 2 Glaceon-EX FCO 20
    * 2 Alolan Ninetales BUS 28

    ##Trainer Cards - 30

    * 4 Ultra Ball DEX 102
    * 4 Sophocles BUS 123
    * 2 Acerola BUS 112
    * 2 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 1 Skyla BKT 148
    * 3 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 4 Guzma BUS 115
    * 2 N NVI 92
    * 1 Fighting Fury Belt BKP 99
    * 1 Cyrus {*} UPR 120
    * 3 Parallel City BKT 145
    * 2 Choice Band GRI 121
    * 1 Float Stone BKT 137

    ##Energy - 11

    * 4 Rainbow Energy SUM 137
    * 3 Water Energy Energy 3
    * 4 Double Colorless Energy NXD 92

    Total Cards - 60

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


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

    ##Pokémon - 22

    * 3 Zorua PR-SM SM83
    * 3 Zoroark-GX PR-SM SM84
    * 4 Rowlet PR-SM SM22
    * 2 Dartrix SUM 10
    * 4 Decidueye-GX PR-SM SM37
    * 2 Tapu Koko PR-SM SM30
    * 1 Espeon-EX BKP 117
    * 1 Mew-EX DRX 46
    * 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60

    ##Trainer Cards - 32

    * 3 Cynthia UPR 119
    * 3 Brigette BKT 134
    * 3 N FCO 105
    * 2 Evosoda GEN 62
    * 2 Guzma BUS 115
    * 4 Ultra Ball SUM 135
    * 4 Puzzle of Time BKP 109
    * 2 Mallow GRI 145
    * 3 Rare Candy UL 82
    * 1 Float Stone PLF 99
    * 2 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 2 Max Potion EPO 94
    * 1 Choice Band GRI 121

    ##Energy - 6

    * 4 Double Colorless Energy HS 103
    * 2 Grass Energy HS 115

    Total Cards - 60

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

    ##Pokémon - 13

    * 3 Eevee SUM 101
    * 1 Oranguru PR-SM SM13
    * 1 Hoopa SLG 55
    * 3 Sylveon-GX GRI 158
    * 1 Xurkitree-GX UPR 142
    * 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 137
    * 1 Trubbish GRI 50
    * 1 Garbodor GRI 51

    ##Trainer Cards - 36

    * 4 Puzzle of Time BKP 109
    * 4 Acerola BUS 142
    * 1 Professor's Letter XY 123
    * 2 Skyla BCR 149
    * 3 Ultra Ball SUM 161
    * 2 Plumeria BUS 145
    * 2 Cynthia UPR 148
    * 3 Team Flare Grunt GEN 73
    * 2 Guzma BUS 143
    * 2 Field Blower GRI 163
    * 4 Max Potion GRI 164
    * 2 Fairy Garden FCO 100
    * 2 Team Skull Grunt SUM 149
    * 2 Enhanced Hammer GRI 162
    * 1 Parallel City BKT 145

    ##Energy - 11

    * 4 Double Colorless Energy GRI 166
    * 2 Rainbow Energy HS 104
    * 5 Fairy Energy BUS 169

    Total Cards - 60

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


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

    ##Pokémon - 16

    * 1 Oranguru SUM 113
    * 2 Darkrai-GX BUS 158
    * 3 Gardevoir-EX STS 78
    * 1 Xerneas CIN 73
    * 1 Tapu Koko PR-SM SM30
    * 1 Giratina PR-XY XY184
    * 2 Hoopa-EX AOR 36
    * 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 137
    * 3 M Gardevoir-EX STS 79

    ##Trainer Cards - 35

    * 2 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
    * 4 Gardevoir Spirit Link STS 101
    * 3 Fairy Drop FCO 99
    * 3 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
    * 4 Cynthia UPR 119
    * 2 Field Blower GRI 125
    * 4 Guzma BUS 115
    * 2 Max Elixir BKP 102
    * 4 Ultra Ball SUM 135
    * 2 N FCO 105
    * 3 Float Stone BKT 137
    * 2 Professor Kukui SUM 128

    ##Energy - 9

    * 9 Fairy Energy 9

    Total Cards - 60

    ****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online ******
  2. PokemonTCGLover Aspiring Trainer


    Eh? What's this Expanded Hoopa EX doing there?
  3. PMJ happy thoughts

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    Hoopa-EX was reprinted as an XY promo. It's still legal in Standard.
  4. Sharkrai Aspiring Trainer


    That's an interesting comment saying that volcanion isn't recommended after forbidden light. Is there a reason why it isn't very good after the new set?
  5. Braiden1235 Aspiring Trainer


    The reason is because it is very hard to setup after 1 of your volcs go down buzzwole will kill volc because of beast ring
    and ultra necrzoma beacuse easier to power up
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  6. Ecourts Wanderer | Lvl.2


    TL;DR: "Power Creep."

    Long Version:
    Volcanion's niche is it's ability to consistently set-up, and take 1 or 2 hit KOs.
    It's very hard to stop it from doing this, currently.
    Having (baby) Volcanion, accelerating 2 energy per turn, from the first turn, is quite good!
    and being able to regain these energy late game with Nitro Tank, made it a consistent threat throughout the match.

    Unfortunately, Forbidden Light's addition to the meta adds in archetypes that do it better.
    While Volcanion can OHKO and set-up well, it has trouble doing both simultaneously; unlike Ultra Necrozma and Buzzwole.

    Ultra Necrozma-GX can hit for 100 // 180 // 260 ; fairly consistently.
    It can attack, and have Malamar set-up the next attack, remaining a constant threat.
    Dawn Wings is important for this, but it also a noteworthy attacker, because of how consistently the deck moves around energy.
    There's also Mysterious Treasure which, for this deck, is a strictly better Ultra Ball.

    Volcanion-EX cannot set-up the turn of it's attack, unless you hit Elixirs.
    On top of this, it needs energy for it's ability, and cannot attack afterwards; without retreating.
    This is why it's paired with (baby) Volcanion, and Turtonator-GX.

    While Buzzwole-GX suffered from these same problems, it could set-up it's own OHKOs using Jet Punch.
    On top of this, Buzzwole can OHKO with it's GX attack, which allows you to attack next turn; something Volcanion doesn't have.
    This already made it a prominent meta threat, and people started to tech Psychic attackers to deal with it...
    But, Buzzwole actually received support in this set:
    Diancie - Prism Star increases your damage by 20, and has no resource requirement; making Buzzwole's OHKO threat more reliable.
    Buzzwole now has Beast Ring, which can allow you to recover from losing your attacker; without losing your turn.
    There was also a (baby) Buzzwole printed, which is an excellent "revenge killer," doing 120 damage for only 1 energy.

    As someone who has played a lot of Volcanion, I personally feel these "new" decks are just... more reliable overall.


    I actually played some Volcanion on the ladder, attempting to use Lysandre - Prism to remove Necrozma's energy from the discard.
    Worked out okay, but in the end, they were still able to outpace me in accelerating energy (they only really need 2 energy).

    vs Buzzwole, there's not much you can do.
    Trade prizes, but they can accelerate with Beast Ring, and/or OHKO you with (baby) Buzzwole.
    Math - Sledgehammer:
    30 + 90 (effect) + 20 (Diancie) + 20 (Strong Energy) + 30 (Choice Band)
    190 Damage

    Even tried Ho-Oh, but Kiawe is too slow.
    Absorption can OHKO through resist, and you're left with no attacker.
    Last edited: May 10, 2018
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  7. Vaskemaskinen Aspiring Trainer

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    I dont know if volc is even a good deck in this meta before forbidden light even. I just found it easy to play.

    Buzz and Ultra mar is 2 very strong contenders for the upcoming set and volc can t really keep up at the same pace i believe.
  8. Robert Fuchs PCTGO name: Ben358358, PST zone
    Robert Fuchs

    Advanced Member Member

    Hi PMJ

    When do we get the rewards?

  9. PMJ happy thoughts

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    Check your TCGplayer account, your account should be credited.
  10. Robert Fuchs PCTGO name: Ben358358, PST zone
    Robert Fuchs

    Advanced Member Member

    Got it!

    This month I went quality... not quantity. I got one of these. Had to chip in $8 of my own but no big deal.

    Thanks Pokebeach!