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 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:



2019 NAIC: Day 1 Recap

June 21, 2019 // Tate Whitesell (@twhitesell42)

The first day of competition at the 2019 North American International Championship has concluded. Out of 1120 Masters at the beginning of Swiss round 1, 112 have advanced to Day 2 to continue to fight for a chance at Top 8 and the first-place trophy.

Reshiram & Charizard-GX was expected
to define the NAIC metagame, but it is
not one of the better-represented decks
in Day 2. 
Last season's champion, Stéphane Ivanoff, is alive and well with a 7-1-1 record, but 2017 champion and 2018 finalist Tord Reklev tied his final round to finish 5-2-2 and will not be able to make a third NAIC finals appearance. European team Limitless is keeping Reklev's deckbuilding skills alive at least, with several of their members taking the group's Zoroark-GX/Persian/Naganadel-GX concoction into Day 2. Dead Draw Gaming, the American team that won nine of the 14 NA Regionals this season, has not fared quite as well as usual with their Pikachu & Zekrom-GX deck choice; while Daniel AltavillaAzul Garcia Griego, and Isaiah Williams managed to reach Day 2, Caleb Gedemer and Jimmy Pendarvis did not.

In terms of the metagame, the format leading up to this NAIC was largely defined by Reshiram & Charizard-GX, but that deck did not show up quite as strongly as expected. While Limitless went with Zoroark-GX and DDG picked Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, other top players chose Malamar/Ultra Necrozma-GX, Zapdos/Ultra Beasts, Stall, and Blacephalon UNB. Plenty of less-expected decks made it in as well: the Day 2 field will feature Stunfisk, Blissey, Meganium, and more. Some other interesting decks--Sam Hough's Quagsire Toolbox (5-2-2) and Takuya Yoneda's Zoroark-GX/Silvally-GX/Pheromosa & Buzzwole-GX (6-3-0)--fell just short.

Stream match recaps

Round 1: Pedro Eugenio Torres (0-0-0, Zoroark-GX/Persian/Naganadel-GX) 2-0 Rahul Reddy (0-0-0, Blacephalon UNB)
After cryptic tweets of chess pieces from Tord Reklev's testing group, their deck was revealed to us during the very first stream match of the day, as 2018 Worlds Semifinalist Pedro Torres rolled through what Rahul Reddy called "Red Greninja." While Blacephalon UNB is typically unfavorable against Zoroark-GX decks, Torres's Persian TEU added an extra wrinkle. Reddy also Prized three of his Green's Exploration in game 2. 

"ZoroChess" was finally revealed: a
Zoroark-GX/Persian-GX deck with some
control options in Persian TEU and
Round 2: Daniel Altavilla (1-0-0, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX) 2-0 Emily Sherrard (1-0-0, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX)
In DDG's first stream appearance of the day, Altavilla, who has won a Regional, an International, and an SPE this season, quickly dismantled up-and-coming player Sherrard in a mirror match. His Wobbuffet tech helped provide an advantage. 

Round 3: Takuya Yoneda (2-0-0, Zoroark-GX/Silvally-GX/Pheromosa & Buzzwole-GX) 0-1 Kevin Tran (Stall)
Japanese legend Takuya brought another of his unorthodox creations to a North American tournament, and while he was able to take five Prizes in the only game of this series, his deck was not equipped to deal with Stall and he couldn't close out the win. Kevin Tran's list was a bit heavier on attacking options than typical Stall builds, with cards like Counter Energy and Counter Gain letting him go on the offensive after slowing down his opponent. 

Round 4: Ian Robb (3-0-0, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX) 2-0 Ryne Morgan (3-0-0, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX)
In a match similar to the one showcased in Round 2, some explosive plays from Robb and unfortunate draws from Morgan led to a quick 2-0. 

Round 5: Le Bui (4-0-0, Vikavolt UNB) 1-2 Christian Pappas (4-0-0, Zapdos/Ultra Beasts)
The rogue Vikavolt deck that PokéStats's Carl Barone and Chris Hoag made a name for at Madison Regionals showed up here in the hands of new player Le Bui, who already has a Regional Top 4 in his first season. Unfortunately, Zapdos proved to be a difficult matchup, and after an explosive game 1, Bui faltered in games 2 and 3.  

Round 6: Luis Duran (5-0-0, Zoroark-GX/Persian-GXDewgong) 1-2 Azul Garcia Griego (Pikachu & Zekrom-GX)
Fan-favorite Griego ran through game 1 fairly quickly, but Luis Duran made some intelligent plays to swing game 2 in his favor. Game 3 was a nailbiter: Griego went up five Prizes to zero, but Duran was finally able to take down Griego's only Pikachu & Zekrom-GX and leave him with almost nothing to work with. A tie seemed imminent, but Griego was eventually able to find a way to claim that last Prize. 

Round 7 - main stream: Noah Sawyer (6-0-0, Malamar/Ultra Necrozma-GX) 1-1 Magnus Pedersen (6-0-0, Zapdos/Ultra Beasts)
Malamar was an under-the-radar deck heading into NAIC, but Noah Sawyer has done well with the deck at several tournaments this season and decided to stick with it here. He found an unfavorable matchup in 2018 Senior Division World Champion Magnus Pedersen's Zapdos deck, but was able to win game 1 due to Pedersen's poor draws. Pedersen won a much more typical game 2 and the series ended in a tie. 

Round 7 - TCG stream: Bert Wolters (5-0-1, Reshiram & Charizard-GX) 2-1 Noel Steslicki (5-0-1, Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel)
One of the few high-profile players to stick with Reshiram & Charizard-GX, Bert Wolters must have been a bit nervous to see Blacephalon-GX across from him--at Madison Regionals earlier this month, Ian Robb's Blacephalon-GX deck demolished three consecutive Reshiram & Charizard-GX in Top 8. Wolters was playing the Green's Exploration-focused build of the deck as opposed to the more common Jirachi-based version; this allowed him to run cards such as Custom Catcher and Mixed Herbs. Wolters won game 1 fairly convincingly, but after a turn 1 Let Loose from Steslicki in game 2, Wolters looked at his new hand and immediately scooped up his cards. Steslicki was given an ample opportunity to lock up game 3 as Wolters struggled to set up multiple attackers, but she made a crucial mistake in discarding Energy from her Benched (not Active) Blacephalon-GX with Mind Blown, significantly diminishing her chance to use Mind Blown again on the next turn after Wolters KOd the Active. Steslicki had to resort to Bursting Burn's Confusion to stall--but those Mixed Herbs saved the day for Wolters, healing the Confusion and letting him take the final KO. 

Round 8 - main stream: Chris Siakala (5-1-1, Spiritomb/Umbreon/Honchkrow-GX) 1-2 Stéphane Ivanoff (5-1-1, Zoroark-GX/Dewgong)
Another under-the-radar pick for NAIC, the Spiritomb/Umbreon deck featuring a heavy line of Honchkrow-GX was pioneered by Grant Manley during Origins the previous week. Although Honchkrow-GX is strong against Zoroark-GX decks, it can be hard to use effectively, and reigning NAIC Champion Ivanoff had plenty of tricks up his sleeve. Siakala put up a fight, but Ivanoff was able to win the series in three games, lock up a Day 2 berth, and prove that--contrary to the opinions of many--Dewgong is actually good. 
Is Stunfisk the most-unexpected--and
best-positioned--deck moving on to
Day 2?

Round 8 - TCG stream: Sam Hough (5-0-2, Quagsire Toolbox) 0-2 Hunter Butler (5-0-2, Stunfisk/Spiritomb)
Possibly the two most unique decks seen on stream all day faced off in a completely unpredictable matchup. A fan of "toolbox" style decks such as the Vileplume Toolbox he took to Top 4 at Worlds 2016, Sam Hough crafted a build that used Quagsire, Unit Energy GRW, and Rainbow Energy to charge up big Basic attackers such as Pheromosa & Buzzwole-GX, Marshadow & Machamp-GX, and Reshiram & Charizard-GX. However, this type of deck seems naturally somewhat inconsistent, and with some poor draws from Hough, Hunter Butler's fast-paced, heavy-hitting single-Prizer deck was able to run him over in two games. 

Round 9 - main stream: Aden Cunningham (5-2-1, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX) 1-1 Tord Reklev (5-2-1, Zoroark-GX/Persian/Naganadel-GX)
You'd expect three-time International Champion Tord Reklev, considered by many to be the best player in the world right now, to find his way on stream at some point during this weekend. After all those chess-piece tweets, Reklev's new Zoroark-GX build still needed one more win to advance to Day 2. However, Aden Cunningham's Pikachu & Zekrom-GX got off to a blazing start in game 1, running through Reklev's board. Although Reklev made some smart plays to nearly swing a comeback, he was unable to do so fast enough. Game 2 went more in Reklev's favor, as Cunningham did not set up quite as explosively and Reklev was able to establish his board more. However, the game still dragged on for some time, and while Reklev took it in the end, there was almost nothing he could do to win the third game--he simply had to play to not lose during the extra turns. While Reklev was undoubtedly sad to not have a chance to reach his third straight NAIC finals, and Cunningham likely felt the disappointment of coming so close to beating such a legendary player, both players seemed to take it in good spirits--it had been a close and exciting match. 

Round 9 - TCG stream: Zach Zamora (5-1-2, Shedinja Control) 1-1 Colin Tang (5-1-2, Zapdos/Ultra Beasts)
In a slightly less exciting match than the one on the main stream, notable rogue-deck fan Zach Zamora attempted to establish the Shedinja lock against one of the decks best equipped to beat it: Zapdos. Colin Tang is one of the most accomplished Zapdos players in the world, having earned over 500 CP with the deck in this quarter alone, but he could not beat the lock in game 1. Zamora struggled in game 2 and Tang was able to win that one, but with both decks naturally needing a long time to win games, game 3 proved impossible to finish. 

The Day 2 picture
Team DDG's pick for the event, and the
deck to eliminate Tord Reklev from Day 2
contention, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX seems
like the deck to beat this weekend.
With Reshiram & Charizard-GX taking a bit of a backseat (though still certainly present), Day 2 will revolve around Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, Zoroark-GX variants, Zapdos/Ultra Beasts, and perhaps the handful of Malamar decks. As John Kettler pointed out, though, this may be the year that an anti-meta deck finally takes down the tournament. There are several rogue decks positioned to perform well against the majority of the metagame.

Some of the more unusual decks in Day 2 include:

Kevin Tran, Attacking Stall
As seen on stream in Round 3 against Japanese legend Takuya Yoneda, this deck uses typical "stall" attackers like Hoopa and Regigigas, but also packs Counter Energy and Counter Gain to take a more aggressive approach. A large number of decks in the Day 2 field seem unprepared for Stall, so Tran (as well as the other Stall players, most notably Peter Kica) has a good chance to pick up some more easy wins.

Hunter Butler, Stunfisk/Spiritomb
The Stunfisk/Spiritomb combo was somewhat hyped when the cards were released, but never saw any success at a major event. Butler saw their powerful potential and we saw him run through Sam Hough's big Basics deck on stream. If Butler's deck is consistent and can prey on the many Tag Team-GX-based decks in Day 2, he could go a long way.

Charlie Lockyer, Tool Drop
Several readers discussing our Day 2 Players & Decks post thought this was a meme, but it's real: another known rogue-deck creator, Charlie Lockyer, decided Tool Drop (Doublade/Genesect-GX) had what it takes to do well this weekend. His list can even beat Fire decks, using cards like Metal Frying Pan.

Jit Min Lim, Nidoqueen/Meganium/Swampert
The man who took Vespiquen/Excadrill for a spin at Worlds 2016 is no stranger to unusual decks, and his Meganium/Nidoqueen list is already proven at Oceania tournaments. This deck can be surprisingly fast and difficult to stop.

Chris Siakala, Spiritomb/Umbreon/Honchkrow-GX
Siakala saw potential in this deck that Grant Manley used at last week's Origins event, splashing the disruptive Honchkrow-GX into the single-Prize-attacker-based Spiritomb/Umbreon. Honchkrow-GX can be very disruptive against Zoroark-GX decks (although Siakala did lose to Stéphane Ivanoff's on stream), while Black Market ♢ can provide an advantage against other single-Prize-attacker decks.

Drew Kennett, Blissey/Welder
Some1'sPC team member Drew Kennett found success with the Blissey deck Russell LaParre had been hyping. Blissey had a Day 2 appearance at Madison Regionals as well, proving that it can actually perform quite well with a little luck, and is not simply a meme deck.

Kendon Kula, Zoroark-GX/Marshadow & Machamp-GX
While Zoroark-GX is usually paired with Lycanroc-GX if it wants a Fighting attacker, Kula thought Marshadow & Machamp-GX, paired with Counter Gain, was a stronger choice for this tournament. We'll see if it outperforms the other Zoroark-GX lists in Day 2.

Paden Richard, Granbull
After PokéStats's Alec Geissler took Granbull to Day 2 in Madison with a Phinn Lynch-designed list, there was some hype for the deck, but it had mostly died down by NAIC. Paden Richard will hope to hit some big-Basic matchups (while dodging Zoroark-GX, Zapdos, and Malamar) and prove that Granbull can still be a strong pick in the right meta. 

2019 NAIC: Day 2 Players & Decks

Below are the players who achieved 19 or more match points to advance to Day 2 of the 2019 North American International Championship. Decks are being added as we continue to receive information, so refresh the page periodically to see updates. 

Blue flight
  1. Emery Taylor (8-0-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  2. Ryan Antonucci (7-0-2), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  3. Martin Janouš (7-0-2), Malamar/Ultra Necrozma-GX
  4. Kevin Tran (7-1-1), Attacking Stall
  5. Jon Eng (7-1-1), Blacephalon UNB
  6. Phong Nguyen Hai (7-1-1)
  7. Hunter Butler (7-1-1), Stunfisk/Spiritomb
  8. Otavio Gouveia (7-1-1), Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  9. Grant Manley (7-1-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX with Super Scoop Up
  10. Shawn Chauvin (7-1-1), Zoroark-GX/Persian-GX/Dewgong
  11. Ricky Gao (7-1-1)
  12. Stéphane Ivanoff (7-1-1), Zoroark-GX/Persian/Dewgong/Naganadel-GX
  13. Phinn Lynch (6-0-3), Gardevoir-GX/Swampert
  14. Bohdan Pelekh (7-2-0), Zoroark-GX/Persian-GX
  15. Aneil S (6-1-2)
  16. Philipp Leciejewski (6-1-2), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  17. Adam Reinhardt (6-1-2)
  18. Tristen Pence (6-1-2), Shedinja Control
  19. Slade Robertson (6-1-2)
  20. Nathan Arcienega (6-1-2)
  21. Josh Alvarez (6-1-2), Stall
  22. Stephen Palombo (6-1-2), Reshiram & Charizard-GX with Slowking
  23. Justin Kim (6-1-2)
  24. Lucas Henrique de Araujo Pereira (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  25. Pedro Eugenio Torres (6-2-1), Zoroark-GX/Persian/Naganadel-GX
  26. Hampus Eriksson (6-2-1), Stall
  27. Victor Legorreta (6-2-1)
  28. Ryan D'Silva (6-2-1), Zoroark-GX/Silvally-GX/Persian-GX
  29. Steven Singer (5-0-4), Weezing
  30. Daniel Altavilla (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  31. Brendan Dixon (6-2-1)
  32. Ahmad Akhrass (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  33. Andrew Martin (6-2-1)
  34. Tom Weiner (6-2-1), Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  35. Charlie Lockyer (6-2-1), Tool Drop
  36. Darin O'Meara (6-2-1)
  37. Jit Min Lim (6-2-1), Nidoqueen/Meganium/Swampert
  38. Mike Laundrie (6-2-1)
  39. Benjamin Sauk (6-2-1)
  40. George Holman (6-2-1), Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  41. Edwin Lopez (6-2-1), Malamar
  42. Peter Kica (6-2-1), Stall
  43. Dean Nezam (6-2-1)
  44. Chris Siakala (6-2-1), Spiritomb/Umbreon/Honchkrow-GX
  45. Brent Tonisson (6-2-1), Zoroark-GX/Persian-GX/Dewgong
  46. Kyle Madison (6-2-1)
  47. Justin Bokhari (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  48. Benjamin Telfor (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  49. Nico Alabas (6-2-1), Zoroark-GX/Persian/Naganadel-GX
  50. Francis O'Brien (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  51. Charles Collier (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  52. Drew Kennett (6-2-1), Blissey/Welder
  53. Cameron Shenoy (6-2-1)
  54. Andrew Mondak (6-2-1), Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  55. Matthew Reenalda (6-2-1)

Orange flight
  1. Magnus Pedersen (8-0-1), Zapdos/Ultra Beasts
  2. Diego Cassiraga (8-1-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  3. Noah Sawyer (7-0-2), Malamar/Ultra Necrozma-GX
  4. Nathaniel Kaplan (7-0-2), Blacephalon UNB
  5. Steven Mao (7-1-1)
  6. Gregory Playter (7-1-1)
  7. Justin Kulas (7-1-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  8. Ondrej Skubal (7-1-1), Spiritomb/Umbreon
  9. Vance Kelley (7-1-1)
  10. Alex Bunker (7-1-1)
  11. Bert Wolters (7-1-1), Reshiram & Charizard-GX/Green's Exploration
  12. David Roodhof (7-1-1), Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  13. Isaac Milaski (7-1-1)
  14. Gustavo Wada (7-2-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  15. Aaron Tarbell (7-2-0)
  16. Azul Garcia Griego (7-2-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  17. Scott Denham (7-2-0)
  18. Preston Ellis (6-1-2), Stall
  19. Nathan Brower (6-1-2)
  20. Cory Dickman (6-1-2)
  21. Isaiah Williams (6-1-2), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  22. William Courcy (6-2-1)
  23. Christian Pappas (6-2-1), Zapdos/Ultra Beasts
  24. Robin Schulz (6-2-1), Zoroark-GX/Persian/Naganadel-GX
  25. Dustin Cooper (6-2-1), Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  26. Dennis Peroff (6-2-1), Zapdos/Ultra Beasts
  27. Mike Newey (6-2-1), Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel
  28. Adam Hawkins (6-2-1), Malamar/Ultra Necrozma-GX
  29. Tommy Desjardins Pettinicchio (6-2-1)
  30. João Pedro Medeiros Zambrano (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  31. Athavan Akilan (6-2-1)
  32. Bradley Ireland (6-2-1)
  33. James Simmerman (6-2-1), Malamar/Ultra Necrozma-GX
  34. Jose Marrero (6-2-1), Zoroark-GX/Silvally-GX/Persian-GX
  35. Beckett Pierce (6-2-1)
  36. Hector Ibarra (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  37. Jonathan Croxton (6-2-1), Zapdos/Ultra Beasts
  38. Jack Millar (6-2-1), Zoroark-GX/Persian-GX/Dewgong
  39. Joshua Frink (6-2-1)
  40. Luke Cunningham (6-2-1)
  41. Zachary Paullet (6-2-1)
  42. Ryan Simons (6-2-1), Stall
  43. Ty Starr (6-2-1), Spiritomb/Umbreon/Honchkrow-GX
  44. Kendon Kula (6-2-1), Zoroark-GX/Marshadow & Machamp-GX/Slowking
  45. Andrea Ceolin (6-2-1)
  46. Diego Carrilo (6-2-1)
  47. Cameron Kawasaki (6-2-1)
  48. James Hart (6-2-1), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  49. Alessandro Cremascoli (6-2-1), Stall
  50. Rosa Klint (6-2-1)
  51. Kevin Krueger (6-2-1), Reshiram & Charizard-GX
  52. Ben Wilson (6-2-1)
  53. Hayden Palmer (6-2-1)
  54. Mark Dizon (6-2-1), Zoroark-GX/Persian/Dewgong/Naganadel-GX
  55. Zachery Stover (6-2-1)
  56. Zane Nelson (6-2-1)
  57. Paden Richard (6-2-1), Granbull