PTCG: Second week of new format, results in local leagues & a win-a-box tourney, Singapore Pro Circuit update, and some fun Worlds stats
It’s the second week and yeah nobody still has any idea of how to approach the new format but with results coming out of Australia and Brazil, we’re starting to have a little idea of what the meta might be for the next few months. Australia saw VikaRay dominate (as I thought it would) and in Brazil it was Buzzwole/Garbodor’s turn to shine with Shrine of Punishment.
We had a win-a-box event this past weekend at the STGCC event at Marina Bay at the GGXP area of the exhibition. Win a free box for someone like me who can’t afford one box? Might as well give it a go. Did more league games than usual too and I played in 5 events for 5 straight days. Fun eh? Here’s a short recap of the league games and what happened at the win-a-box tourney.
5th September – Sanctury Gaming (18 players)
1) Anselm (Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX/Magnezone)
2) Liang Jun (Rayquaza-GX/Vikavolt)
3) Andy (Rayquaza-GX/Vikavolt)
4) Harry (Rayquaza-GX/Vikavolt)
5) Jaryl (Gardevoir-GX/Swampert)
My deck: Zygarde-GX/Lycanroc-GX (6th)
R1 vs Gardevoir/Swampert (Yeah bad matchup, Garde just eats up on my heavily energized Zygardes and even my Lycanroc). LWL
R2 vs Gardevoir/Sylveon (Another Garde but this time my opponent had a tough time to set up unlike the previous opponent). LWW
R3 vs Buzzwole/Lycanroc (Two close games, managed to escape the beast ring both times. My sole Magcargo was my MVP in this round).
Yup. Rayquaza domination, what a surprise. More Zoroark decks were showing up again but of the 4 VikaRay decks in action, 3 of them were in the top 4, need I say more? Gardevoir saw more play too but other than my friend Jaryl, the rest struggled.
6th September – Metagame (5 players) Pro-Circuit Points
1) Kash (Ultra Necrozma-GX/Malamar)
2) Irvin (Naganadel-GX/Stakatak-GX)
3) Joey (Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX)
4) Bobby (Metagross-GX)
5) Reuben (Rayquaza-GX/Vikavolt)
R1 vs Buzzwole/Lycanroc (Interest matchup with this new version of BuzzLycan, won’t say it to keep the surprise for others. Thankfully the psychic weakness helped me out.) LWW
R2 vs Metagross (First match I had no real set-up. Second match Ultra Necrozma killed all the Beldums. Almost the same story game 3. It also did a one-shot on a Metagross). LWW
R3 vs Naganadel/Stakataka (Good matchup for me because my opponent was heavily reliant on his Naganadel and yup, it has psychic weakness). WW
Only 5 of us here so can’t say much. But at least now I can say I’ve topped a league game at Metagame for once! Was also my first time there in a long while, was always nervous to go there because of how good all the players are but a good place to test myself against the pros.
7th September – Sanctury Gaming (18 players)
1) Mason (Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX)
2) Bertrand (Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX)
3) Sean (Gardevoir-GX/Sylveon-GX)
4) Eugene (Rayquaza-GX/Vikavolt)
5) Che Yu (Banette-GX/Weavile)
My deck: Tapu Bulu-GX/Vikavolt (7th)
R1 vs Rayquaza/Vikavolt (Pretty much whoever got a Vikavolt up first won. I lost because I whiffed my last grass energy) WLL
R2 vs Dusk Mane Necrozma/Magnezone (Both times my friend had troubles setting up his Magnezone and I took advantage of it both times) WW
R3 vs Scizor/Raticate (Weird deck but luckily for me my opponent had no answer to my constant strong charges) WW
Zoroark is back apparently. This event was set-up as a warm-up for those of us going for the win-a-box tourney so I played my back-up deck VikaBulu just to see how it’d do and it went alright, all 3 matches were winnable. Zoroark took the top 2 spots and was the most popular deck that day. Lots more metal decks showing up, and two other Malamar decks showed up, been a while since I saw a few more. Gardevoir had a strong showing too with two different versions of the deck even though there was only one VikaRay deck that day.
8th September – GGXP Win-A-Box Tournament (19 players)
1) Suikai (Zoroark-GX/Garbodor)
2) Titally (Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX)
3) Wei Kit (Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX)
4) Rauf (Buzzwole/Garbodor/Weavile)
5) Kian Chong (Zoroark-GX/Oranguru)
6) Irvin (Naganadel-GX/Stakataka-GX/Pheromosa-GX)
7) Syafiq R (Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX/Magnezone)
8) Joey (Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX)
9) Richard (Zoroark-GX/Banette-GX)
10) Keith (Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX)
11) Kash (Zygarde-GX/Lycanroc-GX)
12) Liang Jun (Rayquaza-GX/Vikavolt)
13) Hong Jhun (Metagross-GX/Solgaleo-GX)
14) Bobby (Metagross-GX)
15) Edwards (Garchomp/Lucario)
16) Rizduan (Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX/Magnezone)
17) Aidyl (Buzzwole/Garbodor/Weavile)
18) Seth (Metagross-GX/Garbodor)
19) Nelson (Metagross-GX/Scizor-GX)
Zoroark is still good apparently. Of the 5 Zoroark players we had that day, 3 of them made the top cut and the other 2 just missed out on the top cut. But even more stranger, only one Rayquaza in a field of 19 players and ZERO Gardevoir decks. I was expecting more of the previous two but that didn’t happen. In fact, there were 7 metal decks in the field and yeah when I told them there were no Gardevoirs around, the look on their faces said it all. Only one of them made the top cut too but it was the Dusk Mane who can get a one-hit KO on a lot of Pokemon.
It was a fun event but on my part I had a miserable time. First match went alright, everything went perfectly for me against my friend Aidyl. Bad matchup for him too. Second match against Irvin was actually alright even though he had TWO Pheromosa in his deck! Of course I meet the one deck that had a grass attack when the other 17 decks bar one had any grass attackers.
It still was a winnable match but I whiffed the last Guzma for the win. I took three turns looking for it and it never showed up. Third game I just crumbled, still bothered by my last game and I couldn’t handle the power of Buzzwole. Both times I fell for the Beast Ring trap. First event I got a 1-2 record and it had to be the one with the bigger prize. All that playtesting and testing online only to scrub badly. Still not good at this game.
Got to see most of the top cut matches. The Buzz/Garb/Weavile deck looked really good, well played by Rauf. He was just really unluck against Suikai. Whiffed a choice band when he needed it and then that last rainbow energy to take the win. The Buzzwole/Lycan vs Zoro/Goli was another good match and yeah Zoroark won that one, not bad at all.
9th September – Sanctury Gaming (14 players) – Pro Circuit Points
1) Walter (Metagross-GX)
2) Liang Jun (Rayquaza-GX/Vikavolt)
3) Wei Kit (Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX)
4) Kash (Tapu Bulu-GX/Vikavolt)
5) Syafiq (Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX/Magnezone)
R1 vs DM Necrozma/Magnezone (I got my set-up going up first in games 1 and 3, those won me the round. No set-up on my part in game 2) WLW
R2 vs Metagross (Horrible match-up, Bulu’s worst of any deck) LL
R3 vs Banette/Weavile (My opponent’s Shrine of Punishment actually helped me get some big KOs, so that didn’t work). WW
Including a Zoroark-Decidueye deck that finished 6th, 5 of the top 6 were all Stage 2 decks! Who says they’re a horrible play? And on top of that, Metagross finished 1st! Walter’s version was able to set-up really quickly which puzzled me. I’ve tried every sort of list for my own Metagross deck and I could never have it set-up as consistently as he did in both our match. By turn 3 there were 3 Metagross up and ready both times! Of course this was also the event we saw the first Lugia/Malamar and the Buzz/Garb shrine deck saw more play but still they didn’t do as well as I thought.
So after two weeks, we still have no idea what’s the meta like, who really are the best decks and what will be the most popular decks (it keeps changing). One thing is for sure, I’ve settled on my lists for my main decks and since I’ll start classes again, I probably won’t be trying new ideas out for a bit. And here’s an updated points for the Pro Circuit, not counting the results from Metagame on Wednesday since I wasn’t there and no update from EXT so this isn’t official but the best I could draft up.
Got a few more useless stats, this time from Worlds. I was bored and curious on where and how the Day 2 players were doing from their individual regions and to see which decks did well. I know it’s a bit redundant since we’re in a new format but what the heck.
123 players made it to Day 2 of worlds, mainly made up of players from the United States (48), Japan (12), Australia (10), United Kingdom (7) and Germany (5) to name the ones with at least 5. And big congrats to the 4 Singaporeans Klive, Clifton, Joey and Reuben for making it to Day 2. The four most popular pokemon in decks were Buzzwole (50 decks), Garbodor (40 decks), Zoroark (36 decks) and Lycanroc (34 decks).
The Zoroark-GX variant had the most representatives, 36 players with 17 of them going with the Garbodor version, 8 being the “control” version with Oranguru and the rest being Golisopod (4), Lycanroc (2), Gallade (2), Missmagius (2) and Lucario (1).
The Lycanroc-GX variant was the next most popular with 33 players, almost all but 2 of them going with Buzzwole-GX. One being Lucario who was the last placed of the 123 players and the other of course was Zygarde at the other extreme, 3rd place!
The Shrine variant made it’s debut at Worlds and 22 players was not a bad showing, 19 of them going with the Buzzwole from Forbidden Light and the other 3 with Banette-GX. The other new variant making it’s debut was the most hyped card from Celestial Storm, Rayquaza-GX with 15 players in Day 2 going with it. It also had the most representation in top 8 cut with 3 players. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next Worlds championship.