2018 Virginia Regionals: Day 2 Players and Decks

Below are the players who achieved 19 or more Match Points to advance to Day 2 of the 2018-19 LAIC. Decks are being added as we continue to receive updates. 
  1. Charlie Lockyer, 9-0-0 - Lost March
  2. Ryan Antonucci, 8-1-0 - Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX/Ninetales-GX
  3. Simon Trottier-Lacasse, 7-0-2 - Granbull
  4. Jason Annichiarico, 7-0-2 - Malamar
  5. Zack Taylor, 7-1-1 - Granbull
  6. Adler Pierce, 7-1-1 - Zoroark-GX/Decidueye-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  7. Stephen Hunter, 7-1-1 - Zoroark-GX/Decidueye-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  8. Nguyen Tran, 7-1-1 - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  9. Alex Schemanske, 7-1-1 - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  10. Beckett Pierce, 7-1-1 - Malamar
  11. Joseph Perez, 7-1-1
  12. Zach Lesage, 7-1-1 - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  13. Frank Diaz, 7-1-1
  14. Austin Ellis, 7-2-0 - Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  15. Michael Bergerac, 6-0-3 - Granbull
  16. Ian Robb, 7-2-0 - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  17. Tye Pellecchia, 6-1-2 - Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  18. Brandon Salazar, 6-1-2 - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  19. Butch Smith, 6-1-2 - Hoopa/Regigigas/Unown LOT 91
  20. Matt Vuchichevich, 6-1-2 - Naganadel/Quagsire/Suicune-GX/Lugia-GX
  21. Edward Khodaei, 6-1-2 - Hoopa/Steelix/Unown LOT 91
  22. Aaron Morgan, 6-1-2 - Hoopa/Steelix/Wailord/Unown LOT 91
  23. Franco Llamas III, 6-1-2 - Zoroark-GX/Decidueye-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  24. Evan Gregory, 6-1-2 - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  25. Isaiah Williams, 6-1-2 - 6-2-1 - Gardevoir-GX/Solgaleo-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Swampert
  26. Chris Siakala, 6-2-1 - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  27. Noel Totomoch, 6-2-1 - Lost March
  28. Joe Turrentine, 6-2-1 - Magnezone/Dialga LOT
  29. Dalton Didelot, 6-2-1 - Malamar/Ultra Necrozma-GX
  30. Nixon Cedillos, 6-2-1 - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  31. Connor Finton, 6-2-1 - Lost March
  32. Chris Fulop, 6-2-1 - Malamar/Ultra Necrozma-GX
  33. Hunter Harless, 6-2-1 - Malamar Spread
  34. Michael Catron, 6-2-1 - Hoopa/Regigigas/Unown LOT 91
  35. Jimmy Pendarvis, 6-2-1 - Gardevoir-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Swampert
  36. Lance Bradshaw, 6-2-1
  37. Evan Campbell, 6-2-1
  38. Carl Sitavi, 6-2-1 - Hoopa/Shuckle-GX
  39. Riley Hulbert, 6-2-1 - Zoroark-GX/Decidueye-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  40. Azul Garcia Griego, 6-2-1 - Gardevoir-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Swampert
  41. Brock Davis, 6-2-1 - Gardevoir-GX/Solgaleo-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Swampert
  42. Justin Kulas, 6-2-1 - Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX
  43. Patrick Littleson, 6-2-1
  44. Justin Bokhari, 6-2-1 - Hoopa/Steelix/Wailord/Unown LOT 91
  45. Rudy Wade, 6-2-1 - Zoroark-GX/Banette-GX
  46. Tony Santos, 6-2-1
  47. Russell Maracle, 6-2-1
  48. Rob Stephens, 6-2-1
  49. Brian Miller, 6-2-1 - Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  50. Michael Pramawat, 6-2-1 - Gardevoir-GX/Solgaleo-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Swampert
  51. Christopher Watkins, 6-2-1 - Hoopa/Regigigas/Unown LOT 91
  52. Rukan Shao, 6-2-1 - Zoroark-GX/Decidueye-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  53. Drew Cate, 6-2-1
  54. Charlie Kerr, 6-2-1
  55. Eric Smith, 6-2-1 - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel *
  56. Brian Goodspeed, 6-2-1 - Gardevoir-GX/Solgaleo-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Swampert
  57. Tristan Lackey, 5-0-4 - Zoroark-GX/Decidueye-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  58. Tristan Fearing, 6-2-1 - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  59. Ryan Mefford, 6-2-1 - Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  60. Nic Stewart, 6-2-1 - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  61. Jeff Kang, 6-2-1 - Malamar with Ditto ♢ and Zoroark-GX
  62. Josh Taylor, 6-2-1 - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  63. Marcus Guy, 6-2-1
  64. TJ Knowles, 6-2-1 - Hoopa/Regigigas/Unown LOT 91
  65. Noah Peltier, 6-2-1 - Granbull
  66. Matthew Grooms, 6-2-1 - Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX
  67. Tyler Ralston, 6-2-1
  68. Daniel Green, 6-2-1

* Eric Smith actually played a Sceptile-GX deck during the early rounds of the tournament. During a mid-round deck check, it was found that that list had not been successfully submitted in RK9 Labs, but Smith was allowed to continue the tournament with a backup list he did submit (Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel).  

2018 Virginia Regionals: Top Players' Decks and Metagame Trends

Day 2 advancements

After Round 8:

  • Ryan Antonucci
  • Azul Garcia Griego
  • Stephen Hunter
  • Zach Lesage, Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  • Brian Miller, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  • Tye Pellecchia
  • Adler Pierce
  • Beckett Pierce
  • Tony Santos
  • Alex Schemanske
  • Zack Taylor
  • Joe Turrentine, Magnezone/Dialga LOT
  • Noel Totomoch, Lost March
  • Matt Vuchichevich


After Round 7:
  • Jason Annichiarico
  • Michael Bergerac, Granbull with PokéNav
  • Austin Ellis, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  • Charlie Lockyer, Lost March
  • Tran Nguyen
  • Chris Siakala
  • Carl Sitavi
  • Simon Trottier-Lacasse

Expected metagame
Some of the most-played and most-successful decks are expected to be Buzzwole/Alolan Ninetales-GX, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX, Zoroark-GX/Decidueye-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX, Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel, Malamar variants, and Granbull.

Zoroark-GX Control is expected to be heavily countered after winning the LAIC last weekend.

Some under-the-radar decks rumored to be good plays include Gardevoir-GX, spread decks (Tapu Koko), and stall decks (Hoopa variants with Regigigas, Steelix, and/or Wailord).


Top players' decks
Check back here as PokéStats receives updates throughout the day. 

Michael Bergerac - Granbull
Justin Bokhari - Hoopa/Steelix/Wailord Stall
Austin Ellis - Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
Jon Eng - Buzzwole-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
Connor Finton - Lost March
Caleb Gedemer - Gardevoir-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Swampert
Wesley Hollenberg - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
Zach Lesage - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
Charlie Lockyer - Lost March
Grant Manley - Hoopa/Shuckle-GX Stall
Jimmy Pendarvis - Gardevoir-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Swampert
Xander Pero - Zoroark-GX/Decidueye-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
Noel Totomoch - Lost March


Other successful rogues
Patrick Brodessor - Slaking (with Zoroark-GX?)
Dalton Didelot - Malamar/Ultra Necrozma-GX
Joe Turrentine - Magnezone/Dialga LOT

2018-19 LAIC: Day 2 Players and Decks

Below are the players who achieved 19 or more Match Points to advance to Day 2 of the 2018-19 LAIC. Decks are being added as we continue to receive information. 
  1. Ian Robb, Buzzwole-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Custom Catcher
  2. Fabrizio Bellucci, Zoroark-GX/Decidueye-GX (Lillie + Balls, no Elm)
  3. Joe Ruettiger, Zoroark-GX Control
  4. Daniel Altavilla, Zoroark-GX Control
  5. Nicolas Magliulo
  6. Caio Navarro, Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  7. Alex Schemanske, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  8. Clifton Goh, Zoroark-GX/Decidueye-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  9. Lucas Henrique De Araujo Pereira, Passimian
  10. Javier Gamboa, Granbull
  11. Robin Schulz, Gardevoir-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Solgaleo-GX/Swampert
  12. Victor Freitas, Granbull
  13. Eder Jarillo Soto, Zoroark-GX/Decidueye-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  14. Agustín Pasini
  15. Felipe Carreño
  16. Fabien Pujol, Decidueye-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  17. Roberto Gomes Coregio Junior, Zoroark-GX/Glaceon-GX
  18. William Azevedo, Malamar Spread
  19. Manuel Jorach, Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  20. Agustin Campo
  21. Vitor Lugon, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  22. Gabriel Modesto
  23. Tord Reklev, Granbull
  24. Pedro Henrique Cunha de Lacerda, Passimian/Tapu Koko
  25. Giovanni Peragallo
  26. Michael Pramawat, Zoroark-GX Control
  27. Nicolas Antonio Galaz Sanhueza, Granbull
  28. Bastian Silva
  29. Gabriel Massaroth
  30. Dillon Bussert, Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  31. Miloslav Poslední, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  32. Eduardo Storto, Malamar Spread (Spell Tag)
  33. Gustavo Wada, Passimian/Tapu Koko
  34. Jimmy Pendarvis, Zoroark-GX Control
  35. Ramon Duarte, Zoroark-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Weavile
  36. Antonio Vitor Jardim
  37. Thiago Burda Mayer
  38. Paulo Gouveia de Freitas
  39. Sebastian Ignacio Arias Pastene, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  40. Jorge Nieto, Malamar (GasKan with Giratina)
  41. Dalton Acchetta, Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX
  42. Zach Lesage, Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  43. Caleb Gedemer, Zoroark-GX Control
  44. Felipe Kato
  45. Damian Riquel, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  46. Joaquim Postal, Lost March
  47. Sebastian Lugo
  48. Bryan de Vries
  49. Marcus Vinícius Silva
  50. Renato Christian, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  51. Vinicius Lopes, Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX
  52. Tobias Thesing, Gardevoir-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Swampert
  53. Jorge Salas
  54. Nelson José Motta Rodrigues, Steelix/Wailord/Unown LOT 91
  55. Riley Hulbert, Zoroark-GX Control
  56. Pedro Freitas, Zoroark-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX
  57. Jose Marrero, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  58. Rodolfo Jesus
  59. Ricardo Pereira Celebroni, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  60. Pedro Giovannetti Marques Ricardo, Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  61. Augusto Lespier, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  62. Marcelo Magalhaes
  63. Júlio César Crusaro, Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX
  64. Benjamin Ferrel
  65. Bruno Santos Lima

2018-19 LAIC: Notable Decks

Pairings link
https://player.rk9labs.com/pairings/E75303B8

Top players' decks
Diego Cassiraga - Granbull
Jesper Eriksen - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
Caleb Gedemer - Zoroark-GX Control *
Natalia Godinho Fernandes - Gardevoir-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Swampert
Zach Lesage - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
Jit Min Lim - Zoroark-GX/Decidueye-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Counter Gain
Jose Marrero - Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
Rahul Reddy - Zoroark-GX/Banette-GX/Lycanroc-GX/Weavile
Tord Reklev - Granbull
Ian Robb - Buzzwole/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Custom Catcher
Joe Ruettiger - Zoroark-GX Control *
Gustavo Wada - Passimian/Spread
Isaiah Williams - Zoroark-GX Control *

* Same 60 -- Team DDG list

Game, Set, March: Early Analysis of Lost March by Top Players

✏ Tate Whitesell | @twhitesell42

The latest expansion to the Pokémon TCG, Lost Thunder, brings over 200 new cards--by far the largest set ever released. With so many potential new decks and updates to old decks, I wanted to bring readers some coverage of the new cards and decks to help prepare for your upcoming SUM-LOT League Cups and larger tournaments.

I asked for input on Twitter, and several well-respected players got back to me with some solid analysis of a much-debated new deck: Lost March. Focused on putting your own Pokémon in the Lost Zone and then dealing big damage with Jumpluff or Natu, Lost March is reminiscent of the all-powerful Night March that ruled Standard a couple of years ago (and is still played in Expanded). But not all players agree that Lost March will be even close to as strong as Night March was. In this article you'll hear from several players on why Lost March will or won't be good, the archetype's strengths and weaknesses, some ideas on building the deck, and how the concept could evolve in the future. Their responses are quoted directly, although I have made minor edits for correction and clarity.

Note: At the time this article goes to press, Lost March seems to be an under-the-radar deck on Facebook and article sites, with discussion focused more on Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel, Malamar variants, Zoroark-GX variants, and single-Prize-attacker decks like Alolan Exeggutor and Granbull


Ryan Allred
Pro-Play Games; 34th at 2018 Memphis Regionals; Day 2 at first four Regionals of 2017-18 season

I don't think [Lost March] can be a great deck with the tools it currently has. It folds too easily to any spread, and it has too many moving parts to set up and stream attackers without something like Shaymin-EX in format. It's not a terrible deck, but it's like Tier 3.

The comparison to Night March is valid, but Lost March is just missing a lot of tools [that Night March had]. The biggest one is Battle Compressor, but Shaymin-EX is big too. We're also in a format with a lot of good one-Prize attackers, which is something Night March always struggled against.


Zander Bennett
Rare Candy; 2x Regional Top 64 in 2017-18 season

I think Lost March will work decently well in metagames like what we saw at the 2018 Memphis Regionals, where Zoroark-GX takes a back seat and other decks with lower-HP attackers struggle to deal with non-GX attackers. I think if the new Alolan Ninetales-GX brings along more Stage 2 decks and Zoroark-GX sticks around as a powerhouse, Lost March will be unable to consistently hit the numbers it needs to for important Knock Outs.

The deck also has natural consistency issues because of the lack of cards like Battle Compressor and Trainers' Mail, but Professor Elm's Lecture is a highly underrated card that helps the deck very much.

I see the deck dealing well with Shrine of Punishment decks, Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel, and Rayquaza-GX, while struggling with certain Malamar variants, Zoroark-GX, and any Stage 2 decks with Max Potion that might arise (Gardevoir-GX, Metagross-GX, Sceptile-GX).



Jesper Eriksen
Limitless; 2016 Senior Division World Champion; 3x IC Day 2 including a Top 4

I don't think [Lost March is] the new Night March as some people say. For one thing, the deck poorly handles anything that uses spread damage, such as Tapu Koko, Shining Arceus, and Spell Tag. The low HP of the deck's attackers hurts when playing against Buzzwole-GX and Giratina. While you can trade OHKOs, Spell Tag or double KOs with Alolan Ninetales-GX, Buzzwole-GX, or Decidueye-GX simply kills the deck and I don't think adding Machoke fills that gaping hole.

Going into the SUM-LOT format I think Malamar/Giratina will be the strongest deck and therefore I would only consider Lost March a tier 2 deck. You can look at the Japan Champion's League results to see that the deck didn't perform too well.

The deck is...nothing like the OG Night March.


Peter Kica
Top4Tier Gaming; 2x Regional Top 32 this season; the game's best-known Night March player

Lost March sucks.

It's extremely weak to spread attackers, such as Tapu Koko. It folds to gust effects like Lycanroc-GX's because you need to set up Stage 1s to boost damage.

The deck is not as fast as Night March and takes a bunch of setup.

Unless new [cards] buff it or new innovation on how to play the deck presents itself, the current iteration made popular by Japan is very lackluster and lacks both firepower and consistency. I'd classify it as Tier 3 because it can't even beat Tier 2 decks.


Frank Percic
Team DDG; 2x Regional Top 64 this season

I think the problem with Lost March right now is that without something like Shaymin-EX [in the format] it may be a little slower to get going than Night March. The deck needs a lot of pieces to get moving. The odds that you have Pokémon in hand for Lost Blender are kind of slim given all the other pieces you need for the deck to work. Another problem is your Hoppip getting KOd before you can evolve them to Jumpluff even with Skiploom's Ability. This all ties back to the weaker draw power in the format right now. I'm interested to see what cards [Lost March players] will use to draw through their deck.

I think the inherent ability to take big hits with a one-Prize attacker will propel the deck to Tier 2, but it'll never be what Night March was. That being said, Night March wasn't good until Shaymin-EX came out, and even then it needed Puzzle of Time to really dominate.

I think maybe with Shrine of Punishment, Lost March can supplement its damage output, but other one-Prize decks can still keep up with it in the Prize trade and take advantage of not being Stage 2-focused like Jumpluff.

I think that Trumbeak is really good, and can be used in a lot of other decks.

I'm not worried about Lost March because I'm just gonna slap down a Shuckle-GX and call it a day.