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, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  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
  33. Gustavo Wada, Passimian
  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
  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
  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: Day 1 Timeline and Notable Decks

Pairings link

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

Day 1 timeline
All times CST. 

11:25 AM - Round 6 on stream: Ian Robb (4-1-0, Buzzwole/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Custom Catcher) defeats Isaiah Williams (4-1-0, Zoroark-GX Control) WW.

10:33 AM - Round 5 on stream: Joe Ruettiger (3-0-1, Zoroark-GX Control) defeats Natalia Godinho Fernandes (3-0-1, Gardevoir-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Swampert W.

6:56 AM - Round 2 on stream: Jit Min Lim (1-0-0, Zoroark-GX/Decidueye-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX) defeats Jesper Eriksen (1-0-0, Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel) LWW. It appeared that Jit misplayed by searching out a Counter Catcher when both players had the same number of Prizes left; however, Eriksen scooped before realizing the error, so Jit won the series.

5:58 AM - Three-time International Champion Tord Reklev announces on Twitter that he is playing Granbull this weekend.

5:45 AM - Round 1 on stream: Caleb Gedemer (Zoroark-GX Control) defeats Diego Cassiraga (Granbull) WW.

5:00 AM - Round 1 of Swiss begins. 

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. 

2018 Lille SPE: Day 2 Players & Decks

Below are the players who achieved 19 or more Match Points to advance to Day 2 of the 2018 Lille SPE. Decks are being added as we continue to receive information. 

  1. Philipp Emmerich
  2. Miloslav Posledni
  3. Friedrich Illbruck
  4. Pedro Eugenio Torres, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  5. Marco Garcia
  6. Karl Peters
  7. Patrick Landis, Ho-Oh-GX/Salazzle-GX
  8. Julien Cretenoud
  9. Karl Blake
  10. Michael Pustrowski
  11. Martin Guilbert, Decidueye-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Swampert
  12. Michael Freimuth
  13. Sen Caubergh
  14. Tamao Cameron, Malamar/Psychic
  15. Fabien Pujol, Decidueye-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX/Swampert
  16. Petr Janouš
  17. Abdallah Khenissi, Solgaleo-GX
  18. Oliver Elwick
  19. Owyn Kamerman
  20. Joe Bernard, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  21. Nico Alabas, Malamar/Psychic
  22. Cédric Gouin, Malamar/Psychic
  23. Vianney Leroy, Malamar/Psychic
  24. Rory Licken, Sylveon-GX
  25. Ӧjvind Svinhufvud
  26. Gabor Van Meenen
  27. Raz Wolpe
  28. Luke Kirkham
  29. Jack Gregory-Campbell
  30. Simon Jouanolou, Metagross-GX
  31. Stéphane Ivanoff, Ho-Oh-GX/Salazzle-GX
  32. Martin Janouš
  33. Patrik Holler
  34. Paul Stringer, Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX

2018 Portland Regionals: Day 2 Players & Decks

Below are the players who achieved 19 or more Match Points to advance to Day 2 of the 2018 Portland Regional Championships. Decks are being added as we continue to receive information. 
  1. Joe Ruettiger, 8-0-1 - Zoroark-GX Control
  2. Franco Llamas III, 7-0-2 - Zoroark-GX/Garbodor
  3. Tristan Pisani-Blair, 7-1-1
  4. Jimmy Pendarvis, 7-1-1 - Zoroark-GX Control
  5. Alexander McNeill, 7-1-1 - Drampa-GX/Garbodor
  6. Aaron Friedman, 7-1-1 - Zoroark-GX/Garbodor
  7. Nico Gist, 7-1-1 - Zoroark-GX/Garbodor
  8. Sascha Rogge, 7-1-1 - Zoroark-GX/Garbodor
  9. Isaiah Williams, 6-0-3 - Zoroark-GX Control
  10. Kenny Britton, 6-0-3
  11. Aaron Tarbell, 7-2-0 - Trevenant BREAK
  12. Christopher Schemanske, 7-2-0 - Trevenant BREAK
  13. Sam Chen, 6-1-2 - Archie's Blastoise
  14. Stefan Tabaco, 6-1-2 - Sableye/Garbodor
  15. Lance Bradshaw, 6-1-2
  16. Cory Dickman, 6-1-2
  17. Andrew Jones, 6-1-2
  18. Austin Ellis, 6-1-2 - Fighting Toolbox
  19. Drue Townsend, 6-1-2
  20. John O'Donald, 6-1-2
  21. Daniel Collens, 6-1-2 - Zygarde-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  22. Jay Lesage, 5-0-4 - Trevenant BREAK
  23. Pearce Blend, 5-0-4 - Archie's Blastoise
  24. Zakaria Aossey, 6-2-1 - Trevenant BREAK
  25. Peter Kica, 6-2-1 - Night March
  26. Caleb Gedemer, 6-2-1 - Zoroark-GX Control
  27. Mark Garcia, 6-2-1
  28. Manuel Jorach, 6-2-1 - Buzzwole-GX/Garbodor
  29. Joe Sanchez, 6-2-1 - Primal Groudon-EX
  30. Kevyn Tibbot, 6-2-1 - Rayquaza-GX
  31. Zachary Everest, 6-2-1 - Archie's Blastoise
  32. Azul Garcia Griego, 5-0-4
  33. Connor Pederson, 6-2-1 - Night March
  34. Kyle Rivera, 6-2-1
  35. DeAndre Holmes, 6-2-1
  36. Danyell Segoviano, 6-2-1 - Trevenant BREAK
  37. Padraic McSwain, 6-2-1
  38. Ian Robb, 6-2-1
  39. Landen Kaetler, 6-2-1 - Sylveon-GX
  40. Polo Le, 6-2-1
  41. Ahmad Akhrass, 6-2-1 - Zoroark-GX Control
  42. Rahul Reddy, 6-2-1 - Vespiquen
  43. Daniel Rattay, 6-2-1 - Sylveon-GX
  44. Brian Miller, 6-2-1 - Sableye/Garbodor
  45. Kevin Abernathy, 6-2-1
  46. Edan Lewis, 6-2-1 - Alolan Exeggutor
  47. Michael Pramawat, 6-2-1