2019 Sheffield Regionals: Day 2 Players & Decks

Below are the players who achieved 19 or more match points to advance to Day 2 of the 2019 Sheffield Regional Championships. Decks are being added as we continue to receive updates.
  1. Yasin Balela (8-0-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  2. Logan Madden (8-1-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  3. Gustavo Wada (8-1-0), Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX with Mewtwo UNB
  4. Francesco Pasquale Caterino (7-1-1), Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  5. Philipp Hombach (7-1-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  6. Jack Culkin (7-1-1), Reshiram & Charizard-GX/Green's Exploration
  7. Romain Delhoute (7-1-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  8. Luca Clavadetscher (7-1-1), Malamar
  9. Philip Schulz (7-1-1)Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  10. Robin Schulz (7-1-1), Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  11. Siddiqur Rahman (7-2-0), Malamar
  12. Konsta Kallama (6-0-3), Malamar
  13. Charlie Powell (6-0-3), Malamar
  14. Jacob McMillen (7-2-0), Reshiram & Charizard-GX/Green's Exploration
  15. Mehdi Hafi (6-1-2), Pidgeotto Control
  16. Sen Caubergh (6-1-2), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  17. Matthieu Cornillon (6-1-2), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  18. Amber Watson (6-1-2), Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  19. Luke Williams (6-1-2), Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  20. Martin Guilbert (6-1-2), Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  21. Sander Wojcik (6-1-2), Pidgeotto Control
  22. Andrew Spence (6-1-2), Dark Box
  23. Ruben van der Sluis (6-1-2), Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  24. Steven Mao (6-2-1), Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX
  25. Ӧjvind Svinhufvud (6-2-1), Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  26. Kieren Reynolds (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  27. Martin Shek (6-2-1), Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  28. Bryan de Vries (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  29. David Marshall (6-2-1), Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX
  30. Nathaniel Gardner-Blatch (6-2-1), Keldeo-GX/Bronzong
  31. John Freeman (6-2-1), Quagsire/Naganadel/Keldeo-GX
  32. Daniel Melrose (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  33. Alessandro Cremascoli (6-2-1), Shedinja Control
  34. Jake Quinsee (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  35. João Pires (6-2-1), Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  36. Jonathan Sharpling (6-2-1), Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  37. Martin Risting (6-2-1), Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  38. Richard Cherry (6-2-1), Reshiram & Charizard-GX/Green's Exploration
  39. Nathan Williams (6-2-1), Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  40. Mathieu Vidal (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  41. Bernardo Mocho (6-2-1), Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  42. Brent Coosemans (6-2-1), Blacephalon-GX/Volcanion
  43. Jamie Wilkinson (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  44. Fabien Pujol (5-0-4), Pidgeotto Control
  45. Joshua Cunday (6-2-1), Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  46. David Ferreira (6-2-1), Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX
  47. Joe Pearcey (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  48. Jelle van Kampen (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  49. Tord Reklev (6-2-1), Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  50. Matthias Luppa (6-2-1), Malamar
  51. John Daniel (6-2-1), Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  52. Ian Elliott (6-2-1), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  53. Jake Walvin (6-2-1), Reshiram & Charizard-GX/Green's Exploration
  54. Sergi Morillas (6-2-1), Turbo Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  55. Stéphane Ivanoff (5-0-4), Malamar

Team Updates: Team Rocket's Hideout and Never Lucky Fam Join The Battle

✎ Tate Whitesell / @twhitesell42

Update: As a clarification, PokéStats is using "team" to refer to a testing group or close association of players, and not necessarily implying that every "team" has a financial partnership with a store or other company. Neither Team Rocket's Hideout nor NLF currently has such a financial partnership. -TW

As part of our ongoing effort to keep readers informed of developments in the world of competitive Pokémon TCG teams, PokéStats brings you some relevant updates from this past weekend. One highly-regarded North American team is shutting down, but many of its former members have found a home at an exciting new team and article site. On the other side of the world, some of the Oceania region's top players have formed a new team in an attempt to solidify that often-overlooked region's reputation on the international stage.

"Sad" news first: the Top Cut Comics competitive team announced on August that it was officially disbanding. At the time of the announcement, the TCC roster was comprised of Justin Bokhari, Zach Bokhari, Justin Kulas, Will Jenkins, Charlie Lockyer, and Emery Taylor. TCC finished the 2018-19 season ranked third globally in Limitless's team rating system.

Now, four of those players--Justin Bokhari, Kulas, Jenkins, and Taylor--have joined a new article site under the direction of two-time Regional Champion Alex Wilson. The site, Team Rocket's Hideout, is based on a new model of paywall content for the community: rather than paying for a subscription to gain access to all articles for a set period of time, readers can simply pay for individual articles.

(The disbanding of TCC and the foundation of Team Rocket's Hideout are not correlated; Charlie Lockyer told PokéStats "it was just coincidental that they [were announced] on the same day.")

The Team Rocket's Hideout competitive team currently consists of:
  • Justin Bokhari
  • Isaiah Bradner
  • Alex Espinosa
  • Cody Graham
  • Will Jenkins
  • Justin Kulas
  • Mike Morton Jr. 
  • Darin O'Meara
  • Adam Reinhardt
  • Emery Taylor
  • Brent Tonisson
  • Alex Wilson

Judge/TO and Virbank City moderator Will Post will also serve as a writer for the site. Team Rocket's Hideout can be found on Twitter @team_rocket_TCG

Across the ocean, another new team has emerged: Never Lucky Fam, or NLF. The team features some of the Oceania region's top-performing players, with the current lineup as follows:
  • James Cox
  • Ying Hao Tou
  • Christian Hasbani
  • Jeremy Lim (PokéStats Oceania Correspondent)
  • Jack Millar
  • Corey Munro
  • Naomi Murn

Jimmy Chen will serve as NLF's general manager. 

Worlds 2019: Day 1 Players Advancing to Day 2

The following players competed in Day 1 of the 2019 World Championships and acquired the 18 Match Points needed to advance to Day 2. The decks each player used on Day 1 are also listed.

  • Miguel Aml (ES, 6-2-0)
  • Mark Andersen (DE, 6-2-0) - Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  • Jason Annichiarico (US, 6-0-0) - Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  • Kaden Brent (US, 6-0-0) - Keldeo-GX Stall
  • Kenny Britton (US, 5-0-3) - Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  • Louis Chi (NZ, 6-1-0)
  • David Cooper (US, 6-1-1) - Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  • Zachary Cooper (US, 6-2-0) - Shedinja Control
  • Bernardo Dias (PT, 5-0-3) - Malamar/Ultra Necrozma-GX
  • Dalton Didelot (US, 5-0-3) - Malamar/Ultra Necrozma-GX
  • Hampus Eriksson (SE, 6-0-0) - Beheeyem
  • Victor Freitas (BR, 5-0-3) - Malamar/Giratina & Garchomp-GX
  • Jose Carlos Gomez (PE, 6-1-0) - Malamar
  • Dylan Gunn (US, 6-2-0) - Keldeo-GX Stall
  • Mehdi Hafi (FR, 6-1-0) - Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  • Blaine Hill (US, 6-2-0) - Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  • Shunpei Hosoya (JP, 6-2-0) 
  • Riley Hulbert (US, 5-0-3) - Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX
  • Dan Irish (US, 6-1-0) - Reshiram & Charizard-GX/Blacephalon-GX
  • Will Jenkins (US, 6-2-0) - Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  • Konsta Kallama (FI, 6-1-0)
  • Koki Kimura (JP, 6-1-1)
  • Ryan Kingaby (ZA, 6-2-0)
  • Ilya Kornilov (FI, 6-2-0) - Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX
  • Zakary Krekeler (US, 6-1-1) - Dark Toolbox
  • Tristan Lackey (US, 6-2-0)
  • Jonathan Fabrizio Lanciano (AR, 6-2-0) - Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  • Poet Larsen (US, 6-2-0) - Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX
  • Charlie Lockyer (US, 6-2-0) - Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  • Koji Morimoto (JP, 6-2-0) - Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX
  • Eri Nakamura (JP, 5-0-3) - Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX
  • Dennis Peroff (CA, 5-0-3) - Malamar/Garchomp & Giratina-GX
  • Danny Prather (US, 6-2-0) - Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  • Hideki Sano (JP, 6-2-0)
  • Haruki Satoyama (JP, 6-1-0)
  • Pacco Saurus (ES, 6-1-1)
  • Michele Schiraldi (CA, 6-1-0)
  • Luke Schmitt (AU, 6-1-0) - Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  • Eric Smith (US, 6-2-0) - Reshiram & Charizard-GX/Blacephalon-GX
  • Simone Soldo (IT, 6-2-0)
  • Marco Spataro (IT, 6-1-1)
  • Tobias Thesing (DE, 6-1-0) - Fossil Toolbox
  • Francisco Toranzo (ES, 5-0-3)
  • Timothy Tsang (GB, 6-2-0)
  • Jack Underwood (AU, 6-2-0) - Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Blastoise 
  • Aaron Van Der Kolk (AU, 6-2-0) - Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  • Sander Wojcik (NL, 6-1-0) - Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX/Lucario & Melmetal-GX Stall
  • Shintaro Yamamoto (JP, 5-0-3) 
  • Takuya Yoneda (JP, 6-1-1) - Malamar/Garchomp & Giratina-GX

Team Updates: ARG Europe Disbands; Nerd Rage Roster Grows; Taylor to TCC

✎ Tate Whitesell / @twhitesell42

As the countdown to the 2019 World Championships continues, several competitive Pokémon TCG teams have been making changes over the past few days.

Back on July 14th, Jimmy Pendarvis made the surprising announcement that he was parting ways with Dead Draw Gaming. Pendarvis won four Regionals during the 2018-19 season and was an important part of DDG's dominance at North American tournaments throughout the season.

Now, the past two days have brought a flurry of changes, with a promising recently-announced team announcing its disbandment, and a handful of successful younger Masters players joining a new team.

Today, ARG Europe announced they will no longer be continuing as a team. ARG Europe was announced in May 2019 as a sister team to the successful North American ARG roster, and featured some of the best and most recognizable players in Europe, including Joe Bernard, Mees Brenninkmeijer, Bert Wolters, and others. (You can read PokéStats's article on the original announcement here.) The team posted this message on their Facebook page earlier in the day:

Dear Pokemon community.
Today, we have some unfortunate news. Due to internal issues, lack of communication and general misunderstandings, we have decided we no longer wish to support the ARG project.
This choice has not come about lightly with days of talks amongst ourselves, we decided this would be the best thing for us moving forward.
We would like to thank the community for their constant support, as always we wouldn't be able to do what we do without you.
We would also like to wish Jim [McMahon] and the rest of Alter Reality Games the best of luck with Argent Saga and their future projects, we appreciate the opportunity.
Please, stay tuned to our social medias as we progress forward.
Thank you.

We expect these talented players to find new teams to compete on before long, and PokéStats will update if and when that happens.

As if to say "with every ending comes a new beginning," only a day before the ARG Europe announcement, a previously little-known North American team announced a new roster for this coming season. The Nerd Rage Gaming lineup features:
  • Michael Catron
  • Jonathan Croxton
  • Ben Cryer
  • Alec Geissler
  • Wes Hollenberg
  • Isaac Milaski
  • Arlo Neel
  • Alex Schemanske
  • Evan Smith

Only Geissler was a previous member of the team, having joined in December 2018. Five other players who were on the team last season, including the three founding members from 2017, are no longer on the team. Every member of the new roster except for Smith had at least one Day 2 appearance at a Regional in the 2018-19 season. Croxton had a trio of Top 8 appearances (all with Shock Lock), Milaski had one Top 8, Catron had a Top 4, and Schemanske had a Top 8, a 2nd, and a Special Event win. 

Emery Taylor has become a fan-favorite
player after his 2019 NAIC finals
The Nerd Rage announcement comes shortly after Top Cut Comics' announcement on the 19th that Hollenberg and Schemanske would be leaving their roster. While both of those two are strong players, Top Cut Comics made a move to make up for their loss by today announcing the addition of 2019 NAIC finalist Emery Taylor. The Top Cut Comics team now consists of Taylor, Justin Bokhari, Zachary Bokhari, Will Jenkins, Justin Kulas, and Charlie Lockyer. Taylor tweeted that he was "pleased" to be joining the team and to "be playing with this amazing group of guys."

Our friends at Limitless have updated the team rosters in their database to reflect all of these changes, so you can continue to follow your favorite teams' and players' results with ease during Worlds and the beginning of the 2019-20 season. 

Pokémon Fight Club: Analyzing UPR-UNI Results Through 7/19/19

Tate Whitesell / @twhitesell42

With the Pokémon Fight Club Facebook group created by PokéStats's Rukan Shao proving to be a success thus far, PokéStats already has some good data on a format that will still not see play at a sanctioned event for another month. That, of course, is the 2019 World Championships format, Standard Ultra Prism-Unified Minds, which Fight Club has been testing via webcam and untap.in for several weeks now. In this article I'm going to look at the data from those past few weeks in an attempt to illustrate how the metagame is currently shaping up for Worlds.

(Before I continue, a reminder that all of Rukan's Fight Club data is available in spreadsheet form for your convenience right here on PokéStats.)

The data
Fight Club began testing UPR-UNI on June 24th, the day after the conclusion of the 2019 NAIC, and has averaged 2.86 BO3 matches played per night in the four weeks between then and now. I've compiled a table of all archetypes that have seen play in at least three BO3 matches during that time period. Note that the wins, losses, and win % shown are for individual games, not BO3 series. If you need an explanation of the AMPS statistic, check out our previous article
Fight Club's top-performing archetype
from the first month of UPR-UNI testing
There are a handful of other decks, including Chandelure, Lost March, and others, that have been played in one or two BO3 series in UPR-UNI testing, but I left them out of the table due to the small sample sizes. Those matchup results are available, as always, in Rukan's spreadsheet.

So far, the most-played decks have been Naganadel/Dark and Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, at 26 games played each), with Malamar/Giratina & Garchomp-GX close behind at 24 games played. The success rates of those archetypes have differed, though: Malamar/Giratina & Garchomp-GX is currently the most successful UPR-UNI deck, with a winrate nearly 14% higher than the second most successful, but Pikachu & Zekrom-GX is only a few percentage points above an even record, and Naganadel/Dark actually has more losses than wins.

A couple of holdovers from the previous format, Reshiram & Charizard-GX and Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel, have been the second- and third-best performers respectively. Further down the list we encounter Silvally-GX (which gained a powerful partner in Triple Acceleration Energy in Unbroken Bonds), the new Naganadel-GX from Unified Minds, and a pair of differing Mew & Mewtwo-GX decks.

Further reading/viewing
With the Fight Club results serving as a good jumping-off point for selecting your array of archetypes to begin testing with, you might now start looking for decklists or other resources to guide you in playing these decks. Many top players are already well-invested in the Worlds format with plenty of paywalled article content as well as some free articles and plenty of free Twitch and YouTube content discussing the format and demonstrating gameplay. I'll provide a database of links here as a one-stop 2019 Worlds testing resource for the decks shown in the table above.

💰 = paywall article / 📹 = video content

Malamar variants:

Reshiram & Charizard-GX:


Pikachu & Zekrom-GX:

Mew & Mewtwo-GX: