2018 Costa Mesa Regionals

Dates: March 3-4
Location: OC Fair and Event Center, Costa Mesa, California, USA
Attendance: 512 Masters
Format: Expanded BLW-UPR



Day 2 final standings
  1. Igor Costa, Drampa-GX/Garbodor
  2. Phinnegan Lynch, Zoroark-GX
  3. Alex Hill, Glaceon-GX/Barbaracle FAC
  4. Eli Ottaviano, Seismitoad-EX/Garbodor
  5. Kian Amini, Zoroark-GX
  6. Azul Garcia Griego, Drampa-GX/Garbodor
  7. Caleb Gedemer, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  8. Joe Ruettiger, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  9. Nick Conocenti, Archie's Gyarados BSH/Maxie's Gallade
  10. Isaiah Williams, Zoroark-GX
  11. Parker Keuma, Zoroark-GX
  12. Rahul Reddy, FightingBox
  13. Andrew Jones, Zoroark-GX
  14. Benjamin Salonga, Zoroark-GX
  15. Alex Schemanske, Wailord-EX
  16. Drew Kennett, Aerodactyl/Maxie's
  17. Jimmy Zhang, Zoroark-GX
  18. Landen Kaetler, Sylveon-GX
  19. Reginald Abram, FightingBox
  20. Steven Rodriguez, Drampa-GX/Garbodor
  21. Christopher Schemanske, Glaceon-GX/Barbaracle FAC
  22. Jose Marrero, Archie's Gyarados BSH/Maxie's Gallade
  23. Luke Gjerde, Zoroark-GX
  24. Ryan Allred, Gardevoir-GX
  25. Davis Tran, Zoroark-GX
  26. Andrew Munoz, Greninja BREAK
  27. Nicolas Gist, Zoroark-GX
  28. Aaron Friedman, Greninja BREAK
  29. Joe Sanchez, Primal Groudon-EX
  30. Carly Clements, Wailord-EX
  31. Samuel Hough, Greninja BREAK
  32. Daniel Jong, Zoroark-GX *
* Daniel Jong qualified for Day 2, but was unable to obtain transportation back to the venue to compete on Sunday. He was consequently dropped from the tournament, but we've included him here as the 32nd-place finisher because we feel that his achievement of making Day 2 should be recognized and counted as part of the Day 2 meta, even if he was not actually awarded money or CP. 

Stream matches
Critical Hit TCG streamed the tournament on Twitch with commentary from Adam DorricottEmily Engle, and Jeremy Jallen. Due to technical difficulties, Rounds 1-3 were not streamed. 

Round 4: Alex Hill (Glaceon-GX/Barbaracle FAC) def. Igor Costa (Drampa-GX/Garbodor) LWW watch

Round 5: Phinnegan Lynch (Zoroark-GX/4 Exeggcute with Exeggutor PLB) def. Zach Lesage (Fighting/Garbodor) WLW watch

Round 6: TIE - Andrew Munoz (5-0-0, Greninja BREAK) vs. Isaiah Williams (5-0-0, Zoroark-GX/4 Exeggcute with Exeggutor PLF) watch

Round 7: Joe Ruettiger (5-1-0, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX) def. Jimmy Zhang (5-1-0, Zoroark-GX/4 Exeggcute) WW watch

Round 8: TIE - Sam Hough (5-1-1, Greninja BREAK) & Sam Chen (5-1-1, Fighting/Garbodor) watch

Round 9:
Azul Garcia Griego (5-0-3, Drampa-GX/Garbodor) def. Albert Vinageras (5-0-3, FightingBox) WW watch

Round 10: Benjamin Salonga (7-2-0, Zoroark-GX with Mew-EX) def. Landen Kaetler (7-2-0, Sylveon-GX) WW watch

Round 11: Jose Marrero (8-1-1, Archie's Gyarados BSH/Maxie's Gallade) def. Joe Ruettiger (7-1-2, Zoroark-GX) watch

Round 12: Azul Garcia Griego (8-0-3, Drampa-GX/Garbodor) def. Christopher Schemanske (8-1-2, Glaceon-GX/Barbaracle) WW watch

Round 13: Alex Hill (9-2-1, Glaceon-GX/Barbaracle FAC) def. Nick Conocenti (8-1-3, Archie's Gyarados BSH/Maxie's Gallade) WW watch

Round 14: Caleb Gedemer (9-3-1, Zoroark-GX) def. Andrew Jones (8-2-3, Zoroark-GX) WLW watch

Top 8: 7-Eli Ottaviano (Seismitoad-EX/Garbodor) def. 2-Kian Amini (Zoroark-GX/4 Exeggcute with Exeggutor PLF) WW watch

Top 4: 4-Igor Costa (Drampa-GX/Garbodor) def. 1-Alex Hill (Glaceon-GX/Barbaracle FAC) WW watch

Finals: 4-Igor Costa (Drampa-GX/Garbodor) def. 6-Phinnegan Lynch (Zoroark-GX/4 Exeggcute with Exeggutor PLF) WLW watch

Decklists and analysis
View all Day 2 decklists in text form via RK9 Labs here

Igor Costa, 1st, and Azul Garcia Griego, 6th - Drampa-GX/Garbodor

Landen Kaetler, 18th - Sylveon-GX
Player notes:
  • "The deck was great and would 100% play it again. If I was able to I would cut the Karen for an Assault Vest, but otherwise the deck was sweet!"

Jose Marrero, 22nd - Archie's Gyarados BSH/Maxie's Gallade
Player notes:
  • "The deck was a lot of fun to play but it hard loses to Ghetsis especially in conjunction with Red Card which were my only three losses all weekend.... I probably wouldn't play it again"

Nico Gist, 27th - Zoroark-GX
Player notes:
  • "In retrospect, I would have liked a 2nd Red Card and either a Ghetsis or Ranger, and would swap Oranguru for anything else (fortunately never had to play Whales)."

Joe Sanchez, 29th - Primal Groudon-EX
Player notes:
  • "The only card I truly regret having in here is Counter Energy, it was horrible. I'd probably replace it with a Robo Substitute." 

Daniel Jong, made Day 2* - Lonzoroark
* Jong qualified for Day 2 but was unable to compete due to external conflicts. 

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