2018 Latin America International Championship

Dates: April 27-29, 2018
Location: WTC Events Center, São Paulo, Brazil
Attendance:
Format: Standard BRT-UPR


Top 32 statistics:

Top 32 final standings:
  1. Dyego Rathje, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  2. Azul Garcia Griego, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  3. Vinicius Lopes, VikaBulu
  4. Pedro Eugenio Torres, Zoroark-GX/Lucario-GX
  5. Matias Matricardi, VikaBulu
  6. Fabien Pujol, Zoroark-GX/Garbodor/Kartana-GX/Unit Energy LPM
  7. Caleb Gedemer, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  8. Brent Tonisson, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX
  9. Heddi Brahmi, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  10. Ian Robb, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX
  11. Xander Pero, Espeon-GX/Garbodor
  12. Gustavo Wada, Zoroark-GX/Garbodor/Bursting Balloon
  13. Gabriel Pino Semedo, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX
  14. Sebastian Lugo, Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX/Magnezone
  15. Jimmy Pendarvis, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  16. Francisco Osorio, Zoroark-GX/Lucario-GX
  17. Robin Schulz, Golisopod-GX/Garbodor
  18. Hudson Matheus, Gardevoir-GX/Talonflame
  19. Jaime Martinez, Espeon-GX/Garbodor
  20. Pedro Dossi, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX
  21. Jonathan Guglielmo, Lucario-GX/Buzzwole-GX/Pokémon Catcher
  22. Alexis Hormazabel, VikaBulu
  23. Raphael Branco, VikaBulu
  24. Claudio Ferla, Zoroark-GX/Counters
  25. Michael Pramawat, Espeon-GX/Garbodor
  26. Breno Glaessner, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  27. Pedro Medina, Sylveon-GX
  28. Tomas Just, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX
  29. Joe Ruettiger, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  30. Mauricio Molina, Zoroark-GX/Lucario-GX
  31. Alexandre Braga, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  32. Wallysson Lima do Couto, Espeon-GX/Garbodor

Notes:
  • Unfortunately, the tournament was marred somewhat by cheating accusations against a pair of Brazilian players, both based on their appearances on stream. One of those players, Gustavo Wada, is a well-known player internationally and won the World Championships as a Junior. Both cheating accusations were instigated by well-known and respected players (Jimmy Pendarvis and Kevin Baxter) and backed up by other respected community figures. For more information on the accusations, read these HeyFonte posts: 
    • Gustavo Wada accusations
    • Sebastian Lugo accusations
    • Pablo Meza (Tablemon) was also accused of manipulating cards in his deck while on stream, but almost every well-respected player who watched the clip saw no evidence that Meza had performed any suspicious actions. 
  • Yet more controversy occurred during the Masters finals, in which Azul Garcia Griego (the eventual runner-up) received a Prize penalty for slowplaying. Under the newly adopted penalty guidelines, this was a two-Prize penalty, meaning Griego's opponent Dyego Rathje was given a much easier path to victory in game 1 of the series. There was an outcry from many players that the penalty was unfair and Rathje had been playing at the same slow speed as Griego; it was later determined that Griego had received a slowplay warning earlier in the tournament, so his penalty was escalated while Rathje received only a warning. Many players still believe that Griego played far better during the series and Rathje's win was a result of a combination of luck and the unfair penalty. 

Decklists:

Dyego Rathje, 1st - Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX

Azul Garcia Griego, 2nd - Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
Player notes:
  • "I was convinced to take [one copy of Lillie] out at the last second."

Pedro Eugenio Torres, 4th - Zoroark-GX/Lucario-GX

Matias Matricardi, 5th - VikaBulu

Fabien Pujol, 6th - Zoroark-GX/Garbodor/Kartana-GX/Unit Energy LPM
Player notes:
  • On the reasoning behind not using Bursting Balloon: "When you use Balloon, you have an Ability lock more early in general but your lock is not consistent. Sometimes you need to use Puzzle on Balloon. Moreover when you play 4 Float you play more Blower and when you play more Blower you have more answer to Parallel in early game."
  • "Garbotoxin + N... is the key to beating VikaBulu and Magnezone."
  • "Kartana was amazing. It made me win so many games with his GX attack... I don’t know if I will play it again; it depends on the metagame expected. Maybe for the next tournament Zoroark decks will be less popular and then Kartana or Hammers can be cut."
  • (Pablo Meza asked Pujol why he opted for Unit Energy over Rainbow Energy, as Rainbow offers the option to use Trickster GX) "In the Buzzwole Lycanroc matchup, Lycanroc needs Strong Energy to OHKO [Garbodor GRI] with Claw Slash if your Ability lock is set up. You can also find some [other] situations where the 10 damage the Rainbow is annoying but I agree that’s a bit rare. More over in the deck it’s difficult to use 2 turns of Energy attachment for a Zoroark; I don’t play any healing cards, so when you attack with a Zoroark with a DCE, next turn you will probably retreat for another Zoroark or a Trashalanche and you just don’t have time to set up your Zoroark."

Gabriel Pino Semedo, 13th - Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX

Wallysson Lima do Couto, 32nd - Espeon-GX/Garbodor

Marc Lutz, 35th - Zoroark-GX/Glaceon-GX

Jose Marrero, 37th - Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX

Sid Filho, 44th - Zoroark-GX/Lucario-GX

ĺcaro Franco Picérni, 50th - Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX

Juan Pablo Salas, 58th - Lurantis-GX/Lurantis SM 25/Tapu Bulu-GX/Pheromosa-GX/Octillery


Christopher Schemanske, 71st - Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX/Alolan Muk
also used by Alex Schemanske and Diane Schemanske (both DNF)


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