PokeBeach’s August 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 our last played in the Standard format of BREAKthrough through Celestial Storm.
Interview with the Champion
Here’s our interview with him:
What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Adrian Fjell and I’m from Oslo, Norway!
How are you doing this season in Play! Pokemon tournaments?
Well, this season I was eligible for Worlds and participated as a day-one player. I was 5-2 with the same deck I used here on PokeBeach: Zygarde-GX and Lycanroc-GX! For the new season I’ve earned 27 points, but I guess that’s not too much. We don’t know what the Championship Point qualification is yet, so I’ve been really looking forward to that “late July” announcement!
What about our monthly PTCGO tournament interested you enough to play in it?
The monthly tournaments are nice for practice. The prize pool is good, too!
I see you’re a fan of Zygarde-GX and Lycanroc-GX! What do you enjoy about them?
I chose Zygarde-GX since it made for a really fun deck. It doesn’t lose in a lot of match-ups — except against Zoroark-GX / Golisopod-GX and Tapu Bulu-GX. Verdict GX can prove to be really troublesome for some decks that only run GX/EX attackers (notably Rayquaza-GX and Zoroark-GX). Lycanroc-GX is so busted from my perspective! The Ability Bloodthirsty Eyes combined with Dangerous Rouge GX really makes it worth having, though. Using Double Colorless Energy is also a must as it makes it so much easier to use Claw Slash to OHKO Zoroark-GX, as well as baby Buzzwole when combined with Diancie Prism Star‘s Princess’s Cheers.
Zygarde’s Cell Connector is a force to be reckoned with as it Knocks Out a lot of Basic Pokemon with the help of Diancie. You also get two basic Fighting Energy from your discard pile to power up for Land’s Wrath and Verdict GX. That was my plan for Sheffield, but I got scared of all the Malamar decks that were out there!
Buzzwole had been seeing a lot of action these past few months — both the GX and Baby variants. Did you play with it in the other events that you participated in?
Now that the format has changed, a lot of those staple cards just went bye-bye! What do you believe will be good replacements for some of them?
Good replacements? Well, Cynthia will be the alpha and omega of every deck. It really has the best draw power of any card out there, so everyone should be running four copies if they can. Lillie is also a good card to play. It adds really good value on turn one as well as gives you a good chance of netting some Nest Ball and Ultra Ball! Nothing can replace N and Professor Sycamore as of now. I really don’t like that N is out of the format! It was so good for comebacks!
What was your most exciting game or set?
I had two games against Zoro Control decks. After Tord Reklev’s success in NAIC I was expecting people to pick up on the deck that he used. The matchup sounds really good for Zygarde-GX but it’s really dependent on how my opponent plays. Those two people using Zoro Control were playing their decks very well. Weakness Policy, Tapu Lele-GX, Enhanced Hammer, Plumeria and Team Skull Grunt gave me a hard time! I was very fortunate to win those matches. I was victorious thanks to my MVP Oranguru!
Congratulations, Adrian (Vaskemaskinen)!
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) with Zygarde-GX / Lycanroc-GX
- 2nd: Shane Guan (ShinyZard) with Zoroark-GX / Lycanroc-GX
- 3rd: Erik Bladh (MrSodaKing) with Metagross-GX / Ultra Necrozma-GX
- 4th: William Plut (SquirtleRules) with Zygarde-GX / Lycanroc-GX
- 5th: DaLoc with Lycanroc-GX / Buzzwole-GX
- 6th: Greg Minklei (Gengar Master) with Zoroark-GX
- 7th: Kalinin Iliya Konstantinovich (Pokebait) with Gardevoir-GX / Lycanroc-GX
- 8th: Trent Piland with Buzzwole-GX / Lycanroc-GX
William, DaLoc, and Greg 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:
ShinyZard, Second Place
SquirtleRules, 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.
Jacob Marshall, JumpluffTCG, Johnathan Salazar, Shikageru, and Nirvandalo each walked away with five booster packs or a recent Pokemon promo product from TCGplayer.com. The decks they played were Alakazam-EX, Celesteela-GX / Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX, Pheromosa-GX, Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX / Naganadel-GX, and Garbodor respectively.
You can find each of their deck lists in the forum thread below.
Want to Become a Premium Member?
September’s tournament is currently wrapping up. 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 October are currently scheduled to be posted Saturday, Septmeber 27th. 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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