2018 ARG Invitational

Dates: August 11-12
Location: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Attendance: 114 Masters
Format: Standard BKT-CST

Seven Swiss rounds were played on Day 1 of this event, with the Top 16 players advancing to single-elimination bracket play on Day 2.

Top 16 final standings
  1. Isaiah Bradner, Zoroark-GX Control
  2. Jon Eng, Zoroark-GX Control
  3. Ian Robb, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  4. Michael Catron, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  5. Gibson Archer-Tang, Gardevoir-GX
  6. Nick Chimento, Zoroark-GX/Garbodor
  7. William Wallace, Zoroark-GX/Garbodor
  8. Lauren Talley, Naganadel-GX/Stakataka-GX
  9. Regan Retzloff, Zoroark-GX/Garbodor
  10. Rob Stephens, Buzzwole FLI/Garbodor
  11. John Gavin III, Rayquaza-GX
  12. Luke Smith, Rayquaza-GX
  13. Jason Annichiarico, Zoroark-GX/Magcargo/Counter Energy Toolbox
  14. John Gavin Jr., Zoroark-GX/Garbodor
  15. Dan Wallace, Rayquaza-GX
  16. Nicholas Moffitt, Zoroark-GX/Garbodor


  • Although not a TPCi-sanctioned event, this was the first major tournament to feature Celestial Storm as a legal set. 
  • Jon Eng was the defending champion, having won the inaugural ARG Invitational in 2017 as a first-year Masters player. He almost pulled off back-to-back wins, but was cut short in a mirror match loss to his friend Isaiah Bradner (himself a first-year Master) in the finals. 
  • While the two finalists' lists were similar, there were a few key differences in card counts - see right.


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