2018 Oceania International Championship

Dates: February 9-11
Location: Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia
Attendance: 337 Masters
Format: Standard BRT-CRI

Day 2 metagame analysis

Top 64 final standings
  1. Tord Reklev, Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX
  2. Joe Ruettiger, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX/Carbink BREAK
  3. Philip Schulz, Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX
  4. William Azevedo, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  5. Jimmy Pendarvis, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  6. Azul Garcia Griego, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  7. Corey Godfrey, Volcanion/Ho-Oh-GX
  8. Frank Percic, Buzzwole-GX/Garbodor
  9. Roland Allen, Quad Hoopa
  10. Pedro Eugenio Torres, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  11. Greg Chin, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX
  12. Alex Schemanske, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  13. Tait Tran, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  14. Nico Alabas, Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX
  15. Benjamin Pham, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX
  16. Ben Anderson, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  17. Huy Nguyen, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  18. Magnus Kalland, Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX
  19. Matthew Burris, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX
  20. Yong Liang Yap, VikaBulu
  21. Malik Hisyam Zaihan, VikaBulu
  22. Perry Lim, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  23. Keng Fai Lee, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  24. Brent Tonisson, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  25. Gawein Wagner, Volcanion
  26. Michael Pramawat, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  27. Naomi Murn, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  28. Yee Wei Chun, VikaBulu
  29. Jesper Eriksen, Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX
  30. Bodhi Cutler, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  31. Zach Lesage, Buzzwole-GX/Garbodor/Scorched Earth
  32. Shane Quinn, VikaBulu
  33. Reuben Fong, Volcanion/Sudowoodo
  34. Rahul Reddy, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  35. Keith Yong, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  36. Tomas Just, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  37. Clifton Goh, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX
  38. Eric Si, Gardevoir-GX
  39. Mitch Knuckey, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  40. Christopher Schemanske, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  41. Aaron Van Der Kolk, VikaBulu
  42. Myles Blasonato, Zoroark-GX/Garbodor
  43. Daniel Altavilla, Buzzwole-GX/Garbodor/Scorched Earth
  44. Ryan Bielak, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  45. Marc Lutz, Zoroark-GX/Garbodor
  46. Nicholas Yong Soon Hong, VikaBulu
  47. Ryan Sabelhaus, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  48. Luke McMahon, Gardevoir-GX
  49. Corey Munro, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  50. Dominic Chow, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX
  51. Robin Schulz, Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX
  52. Otavio Gouveia, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  53. Shane Chee, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX
  54. Joshua Bradley, Greninja BREAK
  55. Igor Costa, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  56. Shaun Leong, Gardevoir-GX/Sylveon-GX
  57. Sam Chen, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  58. Brendan Schofield
  59. Paul Coletta, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX
  60. Henry Brand, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
  61. Shaun Murphy, Volcanion 
  62. Jing Jun Wong, Gardevoir-GX/Sylveon-GX
  63. Sameer Sangwan, Gardevoir-GX/Sylveon-GX/Octillery
  64. Angus Johnson, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX

More statistics

Via Andrew Mondak in HeyFonte: Day 2 Swiss results for each deck!
  • Note that Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX did well against VikaBulu, but was actually not very good against Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX. 
LEFT: Attendance and Day 2 advancements by country. (Source: Christopher Schemanske)

Stream matches
There was an official TPCi stream for this event at https://www.twitch.tv/pokemontcg. Commentators were Ross Gilbert, Ellis Longhurst, Kyle Sabelhaus, and Kyle Sucevich. Thanks to Balthazar's Pkmns for posting VODs. 

Round 1: TIE: Jesper Eriksen (Gardevoir-GX/Zoroark-GX) vs. Sameer Sangwan (Gardevoir-GX/Sylveon-GX/Octillery) watch

Round 2:
  • Jimmy Pendarvis (1-0-0, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX) def. Rahul Reddy (1-0-0, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX) WLW watch
  • (backup stream) Tord Reklev (1-0-0, Gardevoir-GX/Zoroark-GX) def. Layton Rumble (1-0-0, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX) LWW watch

Round 3: TIE: Michael Pramawat (2-0-0, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX) vs. Ryan Bielak (2-0-0, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX) watch

Round 4: TIE: Philip Schulz (3-0-0, Zoroark-GX/Gardevor-GX) vs. Caleb Gedemer (3-0-0, Buzzwole-GX/Garbodor) watch

Round 5: TIE: Ryan Sabelhaus (4-0-0, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX) vs. Zach Papworth (4-0-0, Buzzwole-GX/Garbodor/Carbink BREAK) watch

Round 6: Benjamin Pham (4-0-1, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX) def. Blake Davies (4-0-1, Volcanion) W watch

Round 7: Naomi Murn (5-1-0, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX) def. Jordan Palmer (5-1-0, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX) LWW watch

Round 8: TIE: Malik Hisyam Zaihan (5-0-2, VikaBulu) vs. Nico Alabas (5-0-2, Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX) watch

Round 9: 
  • Michael Pramawat (5-1-2, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX) def. Corey Munro (5-1-2, Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX) WW watch
  • (backup stream) TIE: Brent Tonisson (5-1-2, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX) vs. Reuben Fong (5-1-2, Volcanion/Sudowoodo) watch

Round 10: Philip Schulz (7-1-1, Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX) def. Pedro Eugenio Torres (7-1-1, Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX) WW watch

Round 11: Tord Reklev (7-1-2, Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX) def. Michael Pramawat (7-1-2, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX) WW watch

Round 12: Corey Godfrey (8-2-1, Volcanion) def. Greg Chin (7-0-4, Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX) WW watch

Round 13: Frank Percic (8-2-2, Buzzwole-GX/Garbodor/Carbink BREAK) def. Benjamin Pham (8-1-3, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX) WW watch

Round 14: Jimmy Pendarvis (9-3-1, Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX) def. Greg Chin (8-1-4, Zoroark-GX/Golisopod-GX) WLW watch

Top 8: 1-Philip Schulz (Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX) def. 8-Frank Percic (Buzzwole-GX/Garbodor/Carbink BREAK) WW watch

Top 4: 2-Tord Reklev (Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX) def. 6-William Azevedo (Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX) WW watch

Finals: 2-Tord Reklev (Zoroark-GX/Gardevoir-GX) def. 4-Joe Ruettiger (Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX) WLW watch

  • Tord Reklev won his third straight International Championship, an unprecedented achievement. To date, no other player has won more than one. Reklev currently owns half of the six existing TCG Masters 1st place Internationals trophies. The only region's International he has not yet won is South America's. View our post on the historic win here
  • While not quite as impressive as Reklev's achievement, Philip Schulz did add to his already-impressive resume with his third career International Top 8. 
  • Oceania 2018 featured the least diverse Day 2 metagame of any of the six International Championships to date. Only 8 different archetypes reached Day 2. Below are the amounts of archetypes to reach Day 2 at each previous IC:
    • Europe 2017: 14
    • NA 2017: 10
    • SA 2017: at least 9 (some decks unknown)
    • Oceania 2017: at least 11 (some decks unknown)
    • Europe 2016: 12


Bodhi Cutler, Top 32 - Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX
Notes: Unusual or notable cards include the Evosoda, Zoroark BRT, Giratina, Mew-EX, and Lycanroc BSH 75. Lycanroc provides a good attacker against stall decks like Hoopa SHL; Mew-EX was important in a metagame dominated by Buzzwole-GX; and Cutler says he does not regret the Giratina, as he was paired against 2 Greninja BREAK decks on Day 1.

Reuben Fong, 33rd - Volcanion/Sudowoodo

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