2018 Frankfurt Regionals

Dates: September 29-30
Location: Stadthalle Offenbach, Offenbach am Main, Hesse, Germany
Organizer: Jokmok
Attendance: 520 Masters
Format: Standard SM-DRM


Day 2 CP share
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Day 2 statistics - SPAS decks
Day 2 placements
Complete Day 1 metagame
Image source: David Hochmann / Data source: Jokmok

Day 2 final standings
  1. Hampus Eriksson, Sylveon-GX
  2. Gonçalo Pereira, Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX/techs
  3. Patrik Holler, SPAS: Malamar
  4. Giel Weeghmans, SPAS: Buzzwole/Garbodor/Weavile
  5. Pedro Eugenio Torres, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  6. Ilya Kornilov, Zoroark-GX/Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  7. Sander Wojcik, Hoopa/Steelix/Wailord
  8. Bernardo Dias, SPAS: Buzzwole/Garbodor/Weavile
  9. Leon Goellner, SPAS: Buzzwole/Garbodor/Weavile
  10. Adam Hawkins, Malamar/Marshadow-GX/Psychic
  11. Gavin Irving, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  12. Cristian Sarnataro, SPAS: Buzzwole/Garbodor/Weavile
  13. Alex Dao, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  14. Dario Scarnò, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX with Magcargo
  15. Manuele Tartaglia, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  16. Filipp Lausch, Zoroark-GX/Lucario-GX
  17. Luca Clavadetscher, Malamar with Marshadow-GX
  18. Luke Kirkham, Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
  19. Kim Pobega, Buzzwole FLI/Garbodor/Weavile
  20. Philipp Leciejewski, Tapu Koko/Weavile/Buzzwole FLI/Seviper/Poison Barb
  21. Javi Tengo Jofre, Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX with Dhelmise
  22. Jonathan Gorgos, Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX with Dhelmise
  23. Christian Wilhelm, Zoroark-GX/Alolan Muk Control
  24. Martin Guilbert, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  25. Lisa Steinmueller, Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX with Dhelmise
  26. Kevin Kral, Malamar with Marshadow-GX
  27. Andreas Glomsrud, Zoroark-GX/Decidueye-GX
  28. Martin Janouš, Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX with Dhelmise
  29. Steffen Eriksen, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  30. Ondrej Skubal, Passimian/Tapu Koko
  31. Benjamin Pham, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  32. Nino Kunz, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  33. Fabien Pujol, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX/Banette-GX
  34. Iria Moll Coll, Malamar with Marshadow-GX
  35. Elena Gomez, Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX
  36. Kristian Hodas, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  37. Sebastian Salonen, Malamar with Marshadow-GX
  38. Tamao Cameron, Zoroark-GX/Weavile
  39. Ojvind Svinhufvud, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  40. Kiera Brady, Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX
  41. Daniel Laczko, Malamar/Marshadow-GX
  42. Davide Innocente, Buzzwole FLI/Garbodor/Weavile with Mimikyu
  43. François Gauye, Vikavolt/Tapu Bulu-GX with Shining Lugia
  44. Jonathan Arellano, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  45. Stephan Norregaard, Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX with Shining Lugia
  46. Stéphane Ivanoff, Ho-Oh-GX/Salazzle-GX
  47. Nunzio Scalise, Buzzwole FLI/Garbodor/Weavile
  48. Pablo Vicente Garcia, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  49. Tommy Roberts, Malamar Spread
  50. Mark Anderson, Zoroark-GX/Banette-GX/Garbodor
  51. Matthew Houtput, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX
  52. Raz Wolpe, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  53. Marc Costa, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  54. Jakub Tichanek, Malamar with Marshadow-GX
  55. Laurens Van Brecht, Zoroark-GX/Banette-GX/Lycanroc-GX/Weavile

  • This was the first major European tournament of the 2018-19 season, and the first major tournament worldwide (outside Japan) to feature Dragon Majesty as a legal set. 
  • This was the largest European Regional to date. 
  • Ilya Kornilov became the first Russian player to make Top 8 at a major event outside of Russia.
  • The Top 8 players were from eight different countries. 

Streamed matches
This event was streamed by Limitless with commentary from Connor HaywardLydia HombachBenedikt Hugo, and Joe Yeates

Full VODs: Day 1 (part 1) / Day 1 (part 2) / Day 2

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Decklist notes
View all Day 2 decklists at Limitless

Hampus Eriksson, 1st - Sylveon-GX
Player notes:
  • "Changes from [Carl Sitavi's 2018 Philadelphia Regionals list]: - Multi Switch, Dumbbells, Sylveon [FLI], Judge; + Plumeria, Mars, Sylveon-GX, Lysandre Labs."
  • "[Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX] was just a Prize race as you can OHKO them. You can also try to [Plea] GX their Vikavolt or Judge them to low hand [sizes]. I think the matchup is really scary as they can OHKO you very easily." 
  • "I only played vs one [Malamar/Psychic,] which I tied. The game I won he had four Escape Board in his discard very early (Acro Bike and Field Blower) so I could trap something Active quite easily. I also try to KO Malamar ASAP." 

Pedro Eugenio Torres, 5th - Buzzwole/Lycanroc-GX
Player notes:
  • Multi Switch was "definitely" better than Energy Switch.
  • "I wanted to have Corner [Rockruff] in some matchups, but two 70-HP Rockruff should be better overall. Third Kukui should be cool but list is soooo tight."
    • "Vs. things like Diancie, Magcargo, Malamar...you can Corner, then evolve to Lycanroc-GX and KO." 
  • "[Against Malamar], try to KO Inkay/Malamar turn 1-turn 2 with baby Buzzwole. Then wait [until] Sledgehammer turn... It is hard for them to OHKO Lycanroc-GX... Matchup is super close!"
  • "[Against SPAS decks], try to take the first Prizes, then Beast Ring + [evolve into] Lycanroc-GX and normally [the opponent can't deal with] both threats...matchup is super close!"

Sander Wojcik, 7th - Hoopa/Steelix/Wailord
Player notes:
  • "TBH, I didn't expect things to go this well. I was confident in a lot of matchups...I'm sure [this] has the advantage against Malamar, and [SPAS] and Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX are pretty free, so it's at least decently positioned in the format."
  • "Lusamine and Shrine of Punishment enable one of the strongest late games available." 
  • "Steven's Resolve is simultaneously...the way to develop your board early on, and the out to finding techs, making it the best card in the deck. 
  • "...I definitely can't undervalue the fact that...the meta [was not] geared to handle this type of deck at all. Zoroark-GX and [SPAS] aren't build to handle Steelix, and even most of the Stage 2s like Magnezone, Gardevoir-GX, [and] Metagross-GX...don't do well against Steelix/Shrine in long games. The 2-1 Wailord with Dumbbells was specifically for the Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX [in] Magnezone and Metagross-GX. The only [bad matchup] was Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX, [which] I couldn't find a answer for.... (Though I went 1-1-1 overall against VikaRay throughout the tourney, the matchup is very very bad.)
  • I played a similar list in a Cup prior [to Frankfurt], but with Beast Energy, Buzzwole FLI, [and] Heatmor to interact with Zoroark-GX's Oranguru/ Rescue Stretcher loop. But since most Zoroarks were cutting Oranguru for more Judge and Ball search, I went with more draw power instead, to get better setups and draw out of Judge more often." 
  • "Going forward, this is the type of deck that has to adapt if the meta starts to change, since it's so reactive by nature, [although] I think the Shrine and Lusamine late-game are...quite powerful no matter what. But maybe I'll play some other deck next"

Adam Hawkins, 10th - Malamar/Psychic/Marshadow-GX
Player notes:
  • "List ran really well throughout both days and I can't see any changes I'd want to make." 
  • "Shout out to...Ryan Moorhouse for the last minute inclusion of Copycat, which won me a few games throughout the tournament."
  • "Choice Band was useful [against] Zoroark-GX decks to allow Necrozma-GX to OHKO Golisopod-GX or Lycanroc-GX for three Energy [or to] allow Marshadow-GX to OHKO a Zoroark-GX with Weakness Policy [attached]. I also played against Metagross-GX against which it was highly useful." 
  • "Friend Ball is really powerful...as soon as your opponent drops a Psychic Pokémon it becomes your most powerful search card." 

Filipp Lausch, 16th - Zoroark-GX/Lucario-GX
Player notes:
  • "...I had a lot of incredibly close matches always coming down to very grindy late-game situations.... the deck ran really smooth throughout the whole weekend and I'm really happy with the way it functioned." 

Benjamin Pham, 31st - Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
Player notes:
  • "I decided to not play the one-of Trainers (Multi Switch, Pal Pad, etc.) and focus on turn 1 more. All in all I was satisfied with the list." 
  • "Magcargo is very good and never a definite no... I have considered [it] for sure." 

Fabien Pujol, 33rd - Zoroark-GX/Banette-GX/Lycanroc-GX/techs
Player notes:
  • "Thanks Rahul [Reddy] who convinced me [to play] the deck, gave me the list and the Lycanroc-GX idea. Thanks Xander [Pero] and Trainer Chip [Richey] who built the list with Rahul."
  • "I really liked playing the deck; I should have tested [more] for this tournament... My first round [of the tournament] was my second game [played] with the deck. I wasn't lucky Day 2, I faced three bad matchups [and] bricked a lot but I think the deck is amazing and the list can be improved."
  • "Baby Buzzwole was useless, I would also like to play a second Lycanroc-GX. I was also thinking...-1 Stadium +1 Kukui, -1 Banette-GX +1 Multi Switch." 

Stéphane Ivanoff, 46th - Ho-Oh-GX/Salazzle-GX
Player notes:
  • "I started 6-0 and was 4th seed going into Day 2, then crashed due to a combination of misplays, bad starts, and of course opponents playing very well. I still think the deck was underrated and would play it again, especially in a metagame full of Zoroark-GX and Vikavolt/Rayquaza-GX (and maybe some Sylveon-GX now?!)."
  • "The list was two cards off the one in my last article for PokéBeach. Kukui was a very good addition and made it possible for Turtonator-GX to OHKO 210-HP Pokémon. I added the fourth Po Town Friday evening to have more anti-Shrine of Punishment outs, though it ended up mostly being useful against Zoroark-GX. I was also considering Lysandre Prism Star [for] Malamar but it was hard to find a time to use it in that matchup." 
    • "...I wouldn't be opposed to playing a second [Kukui]..."
  • "I didn't even play one game with Reshiram-GX [in this deck]. My reasoning is that instead of using Turtonator's GX attack [whenever] you want, with Reshiram-GX you need to have a precise game plan: Kiawe on Reshiram-GX, then bring it...Active, while having a Ho-Oh on the Bench and Energy in hand to attach with [Vermilion] GX... it's a completely different build, one that requires much more cards...at the right moment, and therefore a weaker one, in my opinion." 
  • "Getting the turn 1 Kiawe is not as necessary as you think. In some matchups you can attack with Salazzle early; a turn 2 Kiawe is ok vs. Zoroark if they don't get a great start..."
  • "[1 Salazzle GRI] is an interesting idea."
  • "...Wishful Baton is a bad card, in my opinion. It's weak to Field Blower and you need Choice Band."
  • "[Against SPAS decks,] have a second attacker ready if [the opponent is] going to take a KO on their Sledgehammer turn (you don't want to use your second Kiawe or Nitro Tank GX when you have four Prizes left, you need to prepare another attacker early, it can be a Salazzle to KO Magcargo). Remove Shrine as much as possible. Salazzle can OHKO their whole deck when you've taken three Prizes. Try not to play too many Items, normally the deck is good about that, but there are situations where you have to make a decision, for example whether or not to use Acro Bike to fish for a Stadium."
  • "[Against Malamar], try to be faster than them...use the invincibility turn from Moon's Eclipse GX to recharge with Nitro Tank GX. Mimikyu is a big issue, if you see it coming, you can try to [KO it] with Salazzle-GX's Heat Blast. In general it's an unfavorable matchup but not an unwinnable one." 
  • "I think what makes this deck work is its consistency."

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