Winners Of PokeBeach’s October 2018 PTCGO Tournament!

PokeBeach’s October 2018 PTCGO Tournament is over and the winners have been crowned!TCGplayer And PokeBeach

Ninety-six players competed for the title of Champion in this exciting monthly event, with the top-eight players facing off in a top cut. This tournament was played in Standard Format using Sun and Moon through Celestial Storm. Stay tuned for our December tournament as Lost Thunder is now tournament legal!

October was quite an exciting event! If you participated I hope you had a great time. If you’re looking to join us for December then you’ve got a lot of fun to look forward to!

Interview with the Champion

October’s victory has gone to Gyarados11! Since he’s a standard member he’s being shipped 18 booster packs of Lost Thunder, courtesy of!

Here’s my interview with Gyrados following his victory:

So, what’s your name? Where are you from?

My name is Taylor Duffin. I’m originally from Utah and played a lot of Pokemon there. Now I live in Tennessee (in the Lake of Rage).

Are you playing in any Play! Pokemon tournaments? If so, how are you coming along?

So far this season I’ve played in the Nashville Open and some local events. Fewer local events this year, combined with that 550 Championship Point requirement, sure makes my 50 points seem small so far…

What was it about our monthly PTCGO tournament interested you in playing?

I was disappointed with the loss at several of my local Cups and wanted to play in some more tournaments. PokeBeach’s online tournament seemed like a perfect fit.

Lots of people thought that the Zoroark / Lycanrock pairing would mellow out after the format change once Puzzle of Time got the boot, but people are still seeing it on many of the tables they play at. Did you have any doubts about this combination as well?

Zoroark-GX has just been such a powerful card since it’s been released. With the significant change to the Supporter selection in this format, the Trade ability makes it much easier to consistently have access to cards that I need to win a game. Lycanroc-GX makes a powerful partner with the pressure created by its ability Bloodthirsty Eyes and it’s powerful GX attack.

I see you’re using Weakness Policy! Does this get you prepared for particular matchups?

Weakness Policy was a huge asset in this event. It helps against Buzzwole / Shrine of Punishment decks, Zoro / Lycanroc mirrors, and other Fighting decks. It was excellent in this event as Field Blower counts were low.

Are there any cards in the new set that you think might make a nice addition to this?

I’m excited to play with Professor Elm’s Lecture to get back the “Brigette feel” of the deck. Alolan Ninetales-GX seems very strong and can make for some very powerful plays. I also think Ditto Prisim Star will add versatility in the mid-game and may make it possible to run both Lycanroc and Ninetales together.

What was your most exciting game or set?

My most exciting game was against a Steelix / Wailord / Shrine of Punishment deck. I prized my Oranguru in both my first and third games. In game two though I was able to win after a long match, even after my opponent was able to damage swap my Oranguru, KO it, remove all energy from the board, and take 4 Prizes. I got lucky in game three and was able to KO my opponents only Steelix by the third turn with perfect math thanks to Professor Kukui.

Again, congratulations to Taylor (Gyarados11)!

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

Pokemon (17)

4x Zoroark-GX (SHL #53)4x Zorua (SHL #52)2x Lycanroc-GX (GUR #74)2x Rockruff (FOL #75)1x Rockruff (GUR #73)2x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)1x Tapu Koko (PRSM #SM31)1x Oranguru (ULP #114)

Trainers (35)

3x Cynthia (ULP #119)3x Guzma (BUS #115)2x Professor Kukui (SM #128)1x Acerola (BUS #112)1x Apricorn Maker (CES #124)1x Judge (FOL #108)1x Lillie (SM #122)1x Mallow (GUR #127)4x Nest Ball (SM #123)4x Ultra Ball (DEX #102)3x Choice Band (GUR #121)3x Great Ball (EPO #93)2x Weakness Policy (PRC #142)1x Multi Switch (GUR #129)1x Pal Pad (ULP #132)1x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)3x Devoured Field (CRI #93)

Energy (8)

4x Fighting Energy (HS #120)4x Double Colorless Energy (NXD #92)

Other Top Finishers

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

Serperior, Jswoop22, Fou-Link, GymLdrJesse, and Vaskemaskinen will all be seeing a huge increase in prizes because they’re 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:

Serperior, Second Place

Pokemon (19)

4x Zoroark-GX (SHL #53)4x Zorua (SHL #52)2x Buzzwole (FOL #77)1x Oranguru (ULP #114)1x Diancie Prism Star (FOL #74)1x Tapu Koko (PRSM #SM31)2x Magcargo (CES #24)2x Slugma (CES #23)2x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)

Trainers (34)

4x Guzma (BUS #115)2x Acerola (BUS #112)2x Cynthia (ULP #119)2x Judge (BKT #143)2x Lillie (ULP #125)1x Mallow (GUR #127)1x Professor Kukui (SM #128)4x Nest Ball (SM #123)4x Ultra Ball (FAC #113)2x Choice Band (GUR #121)2x Weakness Policy (PRC #142)1x Enhanced Hammer (GUR #124)1x Field Blower (GUR #125)1x Pal Pad (ULP #132)1x Pokémon Fan Club (FAC #107)1x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)1x Switch (EVO #88)2x Devoured Field (CRI #93)

Energy (7)

4x Double Colorless Energy (FAC #114)2x Fighting Energy (BLW #110)1x Beast Energy Prism Star (FOL #117)

Jswoop22, Third Place

Pokemon (19)

4x Zoroark-GX (SHL #53)4x Zorua (SHL #52)3x Lycanroc-GX (GUR #138)3x Rockruff (FOL #75)2x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #60)1x Diancie Prism Star (FOL #74)1x Sudowoodo (GUR #66)1x Oranguru (ULP #114)

Trainers (33)

3x Guzma (BUS #143)2x Acerola (BUS #112)2x Lillie (ULP #125)2x Professor Kukui (SM #128)1x Cynthia (ULP #119)1x Judge (BKT #143)1x Mallow (GUR #127)4x Great Ball (SM #119)4x Nest Ball (SM #123)4x Ultra Ball (SM #135)2x Choice Band (GUR #121)2x Weakness Policy (PRC #142)1x Pal Pad (ULP #132)1x Multi Switch (GUR #129)3x Devoured Field (CRI #93)

Energy (8)

4x Fighting Energy (XY #137)4x Double Colorless Energy (EVO #90)

Lukkul, Fourth Place

Pokemon (15)

4x Rayquaza-GX (CES #160)3x Vikavolt (SM #52)3x Grubbin (SM #13)2x Tapu Lele-GX (GUR #155)1x Dhelmise (CES #22)1x Shaymin (SHL #7)1x Marshadow (SHL #45)

Trainers (31)

4x Cynthia (ULP #148)4x Guzma (BUS #143)2x Lillie (SM #147)2x Volkner (ULP #156)4x Rare Candy (GUR #165)4x Ultra Ball (SM #161)2x Choice Band (BUS #162)2x Energy Recycler (FOL #143)2x Mysterious Treasure (FOL #145)2x Rescue Stretcher (GUR #130)1x Nest Ball (SM #158)1x Pokémon Fan Club (ULP #155)1x Switch (SM #160)

Energy (14)

7x Lightning Energy (EVO #94)7x Grass Energy (EVO #91)

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!

You’ll find each of their deck lists in the forum thread below!

Want to Become a Premium Member?

PokeBeach Writer Andrew Mahone

Our November tournament is still 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 December are currently scheduled to be posted Tuesday, November  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!

Thanks, TCGplayer!

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