Players Cup IV: Regional Phase Top 16 Players & Decks

This weekend, the Top 256 players from North America, Latin America, and Europe, and the Top 128 players from Oceania, competed in the Regional Phase of the Players Cup IV. 16 players from each region will be advancing to the next round of competition two weeks from now, with the field being further narrowed to determine the Global Finals competitors. 

PokéStats has compiled the players and their decks that advanced to this next level of competition. 

Matthew Burris, João MedeirosBenji Pham, Caio PaoliAndrew Wamboldt, and other sources contributed to this report. 

North America
  1. Joshua Sutherland (9-0-0), Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V/Zamazenta V
  2. Daniel Merlo (8-1-0), Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX
  3. Alex Schemanske (8-1-0), Mad Party
  4. Daniel Altavilla (8-1-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  5. Isaac Troan (7-2-0), Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Jirachi Toolbox
  6. Gabe Shumway (7-2-0), Single Strike Urshifu VMAX/Houndoom
  7. Daniel Zhou (7-2-0), Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Jirachi-GX Toolbox
  8. Josh Sproul (7-2-0), Eternatus VMAX
  9. Alex Garcia (7-2-0), Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX
  10. Aaron Friedman (7-2-0), Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX
  11. Ross Cawthon (7-2-0), Welder Toolbox
  12. Mo Ideis (7-2-0), Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Rillaboom
  13. Zach Kowalski (7-2-0), Welder Toolbox
  14. Ramon Raya (7-2-0), Victini VMAX
  15. Alex Kalbach (7-2-0), Centiskorch VMAX/Green's Exploration
  16. Dan Hugar (7-2-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX

Latin America
  1. Angel Aranibar (9-0-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  2. Raúl González (8-1-0), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  3. Nicolas Galaz (8-1-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  4. Kian Cid Leopkey (7-2-0), Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX
  5. João Pedro Medeiros (7-2-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  6. Gabriel Pino Semedo (7-2-0), Victini VMAX
  7. Francisco Lucas Nascimento (7-2-0), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  8. Bruno Guerra (7-2-0), Mad Party
  9. Mauricio Figueroa (7-2-0), Victini VMAX
  10. Miguel Black (7-2-0), Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX
  11. Vitor Lugon (7-2-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  12. Marcos Erik Hernandez Butron (7-2-0), Single Strike Urshifu VMAX
  13. Alex Silva (7-2-0), Victini VMAX
  14. Dalton Acchetta(7-2-0), Eternatus VMAX
  15. Jaime Martinez Vargas (7-2-0), Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX
  16. Leandro Fernandes (7-2-0), Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX

Europe
  1. Finn Looft, Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX
  2. Joshua Vanoverschelde, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  3. Nicolo Casti, Welder Toolbox
  4. Steven Mao, Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V/Zamazenta V
  5. Pascal Lohrer, Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Rillaboom
  6. Joe Stevens, Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX
  7. Philipp Leciejewski, Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX
  8. Owyn Kamerman, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  9. Ondrej Skubal, Eternatus VMAX
  10. Pedro Eugenio Torres, Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX/Cinccino
  11. Lorenzo Falai, Mad Party
  12. Leonardo Martins, Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Rillaboom
  13. Jory Koot, Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX/Cinccino
  14. Hampus Eriksson, Munchlax Control
  15. Tord Reklev, Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX/Cinccino
  16. Lukas Gries, Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX/Cinccino

Oceania
  1. Peter Lo (7-1-0), Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Rillaboom
  2. Cohen Grimshaw (7-1-0), Mad Party
  3. Matthew Bray (7-1-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  4. Alexander Davey (7-1-0), Centiskorch VMAX
  5. Craig McLachlan (6-2-0), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  6. Zyad Afiza (6-2-0), Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX
  7. David Daritan (6-2-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  8. TJ Dixon (6-2-0), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  9. Matthew Burris (6-2-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  10. Shang Chua (6-2-0), Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Rillaboom
  11. Luke Schmitt (6-2-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  12. Christian Hasbani (5-3-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  13. Angus Johnson (5-3-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  14. R. Vishunu (5-3-0), Eternatus VMAX
  15. Ting Chan (5-3-0), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  16. Dylan Van Der Riet (5-3-0), Victini VMAX


Day 2 Players & Decks: LOS Major #4

The Limitless Online Series takes us into the Expanded format this weekend with their fourth cash-prize "Major" event. As a Regional-style online event, this Major drew 215 competitors; the Top 32 players after Day 1's eight Swiss rounds are advancing to Day 2 tomorrow. We've compiled those players, and their decks, below, and we'll have a more in-depth write-up on takeaways from this tournament once the finals conclude tomorrow. 

  1. Mateusz Laszkiewicz 
    (8-0-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX/Vikavolt V
  2. Richard Ruiz (7-1-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX/Vikavolt V
  3. Sander Wojcik (7-1-0), Orbeetle Toolbox Control
  4. Max L. (7-1-0), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  5. Openogility (7-1-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX/Vikavolt V
  6. Daichi Shimada (6-0-2), Snorlax/Lillie's Poké Doll Stall
  7. Caio Paoli (6-1-1), Snorlax/Lillie's Poké Doll Stall
  8. Syoiti S. (6-1-1), Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX/Octillery
  9. Erik Bladh (6-2-0), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  10. GuatonMartini (6-2-0), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  11. Angel Aranibar (6-2-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX/Vikavolt V
  12. Tankmin5 (6-2-0), Zacian V/Bronzong
  13. Greg Minklei (6-2-0), Pikachu VMAX/Lightning Toolbox
  14. Magma Admin Courtney (6-2-0), Primal Groudon-EX/Wobbuffet
  15. Attar Ricco (6-2-0), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  16. pongi00 (6-2-0), Garchomp & Giratina-GX/Roxie
  17. kyoukaiten (6-2-0), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  18. Kim Pobega (6-2-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX/Vikavolt V
  19. AJ (6-2-0), Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX/Rillaboom/Vileplume AOR
  20. arukoto (6-2-0), Coalossal VMAX/Magcargo
  21. Leu (6-2-0), Electrode-GX/Bronzong Toolbox
  22. Avarin Villarreal Jr. (6-2-0), Mewtwo & Mew-GX Toolbox
  23. Yuto Nakajima (6-2-0), Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX/Octillery
  24. Tatsuya Ota (6-2-0), Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
  25. Tsubasa Shimizu (5-1-2), Dragapult VMAX/Garbodor
  26. Haruto Fujita (5-2-1), Snorlax/Lillie's Poké Doll Stall
  27. Andy Wu (5-2-1), Honchkrow-GX/Crushing Hammer
  28. Julien Hyra (5-2-1), Bronzong/Metal Toolbox
  29. LuckyBoy (5-3-0), Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
  30. Manuel Gonzalez Fernandez (5-3-0), Pyroar/Lillie's Poké Doll Stall
  31. raller151 (5-3-0), Dragapult VMAX/Garbodor
  32. Haru Nishikawa (5-3-0, Dragapult VMAX/Garbodor

LIVE COVERAGE: 2021 Champions League Aichi

After over a year without physical tournaments, PokéStats returns to live physical event coverage! Keep checking in here and on our Twitter to see the results of today's Champions League tournament in Aichi, Japan. You can watch the stream on YouTube or watch Mellow Magikarp, Rahul Reddy or Trainer Chip co-stream on Twitch.

Event info
  • The event consists of nine Swiss rounds with a Top 16 single-elimination cut. All rounds are best-of-one. 
  • The current Japanese format is similar to our Team Up-on format, but because of differences in Japanese sets, some commonly used Standard cards such as Jirachi, Tapu Koko Prism Star, Absol, and Incineroar-GX have rotated, and some cards we do not have yet (such as Blaziken VMAX) are legal. 
Round results
The deck in bold was the winner of the game. 


Finals
      • Inteleon VMAX vs Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Welder Toolbox

      Top 4
          • Inteleon VMAX vs Victini VMAX

          Top 8
            • Eternatus VMAX vs Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Welder Toolbox

            Top 16
            • Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX vs Inteleon VMAX/Frosmoth

            Round 9
                • Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX/Dragapult VMAX vs Mad Party with Crushing Hammer
                Round 8
                  • Lickitung UNM vs Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX/Dragapult VMAX
                  Round 7
                  • Victini VMAX vs Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
                  • Eternatus VMAX vs Centiskorch VMAX
                  Round 6
                  • Victini VMAX vs Victini VMAX
                  • Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Victini VMAX vs Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX
                  Round 5
                  • Victini VMAX vs Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
                  • Centiskorch VMAX vs Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Dark Toolbox with Galarian Moltres V
                  Round 4
                  • Victini VMAX vs Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
                  • Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Rillaboom Toolbox vs Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Welder Toolbox
                  Round 3
                  • Dragapult VMAX/Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX/Octillery vs Victini VMAX
                  • Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V vs Welder Toolbox
                  Round 2
                  • Victini VMAX vs Victini VMAX
                  Round 1
                  • Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Welder vs Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
                  • Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Welder vs Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX

                  Card reveals
                  Translations: Toine Lay and Franco Takahashi 


                  Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX

                  [C][C] 10+
                  This attack does 30 more damage for each of your opponent's Benched Pokémon. 

                  [W][W] 10+
                  You may discard up to 2 Energy from this Pokémon. This attack does 120 more damage for each Energy discarded in this way.


                   Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX

                  Ability
                  Once during your turn, you may attach a [P] Energy card from your hand to 1 of your Pokémon. Then, draw 2 cards. 

                  [C][C][C] 10+
                  This attack does 30 more damage for each [P] Energy you have in play. 


                  Cresselia

                  [P] 
                  Search your deck for a [P] Energy and attach it to 1 of your Pokémon, then shuffle your deck. If it is your first turn, you may search for 3 [P] Energy and attach them instead. 

                  [P][P] 30+
                  If you have more than 5 Energy in play, this attack does 90 more damage. 


                  Melony
                  Supporter

                  Attach a [W] Energy from your discard pile to 1 of your Pokémon-V, then draw 3 cards. 









                  Fog Crystal
                  Item

                  Search your deck for 1 Basic [P] Pokemon or 1 [P] Energy, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck. 






                  Path to the Peak
                  Stadium

                  Each Pokémon with a Rule Box in play has no Abilities.










                  Old Cemetery
                  Stadium

                  Whenever each player attaches an Energy card from their hand to 1 of their Pokémon, except for [P] Pokémon, place 2 damage counters on that Pokémon. 

                  Get to know the PokéStats TEU-SHF Invitational competitors!

                  The PokéStats TEU-SHF Invitational takes place this weekend, Sunday, March 28th, 2021, and features our 32 top-ranked players across select online tournaments in the TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF formats. The PokéStats ranking system is designed to ensure that players who consistently perform well rise to the top of the standings, so we feel confident that you will witness a high level of play across this weekend's double-elimination bracket. We took the time to ask each competitor a few questions so you can have some backstories to support this weekend's action and cheer for your favorite players!


                  Noah Allerton
                  Ranking points: 37.5 (23rd)
                  Team: Team MCR

                  Age: 15
                  Home: Leeds, UK
                  Occupation: student
                  Playing since: 2018 (Lost Thunder)
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: The Legend of Zelda franchise

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Qualifying for this Invitational and making Day 2 at the POG Championships

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Eternatus VMAX

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Probably Caleb, Andrew, or Zac. 


                  Daniel Altavilla
                  Ranking points: 30 (33rd)

                  Age: 24
                  Home: Florida, USA
                  Occupation: student
                  Playing since: 2004 (Sandstorm)
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: League of Legends

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? 2019 Latin America International Champion and six Regional wins. 

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? I had the most success with Pikachu & Zekrom-GX but most fun with Alolan Muk/Lillie's Poké Doll Stall. 

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I wanna bop Le and Tate. 


                  Angel Aranibar
                  Ranking points: 65 (5th)

                  Home: Peru


                  Thomas Brophy
                  Ranking points: 104.5 (1st)

                  Age: 18
                  Home: New Jersey, USA
                  Occupation: student 
                  Playing since: casually since 2016 (BREAKpoint), competitively since 2017 (Burning Shadows)
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: chess

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Top 16 in Players Cup II, Top 16 (and maybe further?) in Players Cup III, Top 32 in Players Cup I (all North America)

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Centiskorch VMAX

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I am both excited and afraid to play against my testing partner, Kash. 


                  Le Bui
                  Ranking points: 42.5 (T-16th)
                  Team: UNDNTD

                  Age: 22
                  Home: Washington, USA
                  Occupation: student
                  Playing since: 2018
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: bowling

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Top 4, 2018 Anaheim Regionals

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Blacephalon aka Welder Toolbox

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Gimme Tate Whitesell.


                  Eddie Bulmer
                  Ranking points: 31 (31st)
                  Team: Tundra

                  Age: 18
                  Home: London, Ontario, Canada
                  Occupation: food service
                  Playing since: 2017 (Crimson Invasion)
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: Rivals of Aether

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? three online event wins 

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? I earned every single one of my qualification points with Eternatus VMAX, so I would say Eternatus VMAX! 

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I can beat anybody here. My concern lies with Lucario & Melmetal-GX and that alone. Give me anything except that and I'm confident. 
                   

                  Ricardo Pereira Celebroni
                  Ranking points: 32.5 (28th)

                  Age: 32
                  Home: São Paulo, Brazil
                  Occupation: student 
                  Playing since: 2014 (Flashfire)
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: fighting games like King of Fighters and Street Fighter, and RPG action games in general

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Two International Top 64s and a Regional Top 32. 

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Lucario & Melmetal-GX was my most played and favorite deck, but I got the best results with Eternatus VMAX, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, and Welder Toolbox. 

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I'm afraid of quite a few names here, a lot of these players are very good and this format does not tolerate misplays. 


                  Zac Cooper
                  Ranking points: 33 (27th)

                  Age: 17
                  Home: Ohio, USA
                  Occupation: student
                  Playing since: 2016
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: Legends of Runeterra

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? 1st at 2017 Seattle Regionals (Senior Division) and Top 8 at 2020 Collinsville Regionals

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Pikachu & Zekrom-GX

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Caleb Rogerson


                  Gabriel Fernandez
                  Ranking points: 36 (T-25th)
                  Team: Team Mew

                  Age: 11
                  Playing since: 2018
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: Brawl Stars

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Top 8 at the 2019 Latin America International Championship (Junior Division)

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Zac Cooper


                  Vinícius Fernandez
                  Ranking points: 56.5 (T-8th)
                  Team: Playground

                  Age: 13
                  Home: São Caetano du Sol, Brazil
                  Occupation: student 
                  Playing since: 2017
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: Among Us

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? PokéStats TEU-CPA Invitational Champion and an International Top 8 in Seniors. 

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Centiskorch VMAX

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? My brother, Gabriel!


                  Mike Fouchet
                  Ranking points: 46.5 (12th)
                  Team: X-Files

                  Age: 30
                  Home: New York, USA
                  Occupation: math teacher
                  Playing since: 2003
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: Hearthstone

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Top 4 at 2008 US Nationals

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Pikachu & Zekrom-GX

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Danny


                  Victor García
                  Ranking points: 46 (13th)

                  Age: 27
                  Home: Villahermosa, Mexico
                  Occupation: civil engineer
                  Playing since:
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? 9th place in Latin America in Players Cup II Phase 2 and a 2019 World Championships invite

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Pikachu & Zekrom-GX

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Vitor Lugon


                  Andrew Hedrick
                  Ranking points: 38 (22nd)

                  Age: 16
                  Home: Iowa, USA
                  Occupation: student
                  Playing since: 2017 (Guardians Rising)
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: I don't play too many other games! 

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? A Regional Top 8 in Seniors, making Top 16 North America twice in the Players Cup, and Top 8 at a $3000 GGtoor event. 

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Welder Toolbox (Blacephalon/Cramorant V)

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Caleb Rogerson, Noah Allerton, and Zach Cooper. 


                  Robert Hinds
                  Ranking points:
                  42 (18th)

                  Age: 38
                  Home: North Carolina, USA
                  Occupation: software developer
                  Playing since: 2012 (Boundaries Crossed); took a long hiatus after Plasma Blast and started again in 2020 with Rebel Clash
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: There are no other games besides Pokémon. (Joking aside, board games with my family.) 

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? There isn't one distinct achievement I can really point to-- it is more the overall feeling of achievement that I am becoming a better player. 

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Pikachu & Zekrom-GX 

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I'm excited to play against everyone. 


                  Henrique Jorge
                  Ranking points: 56.5 (T-8th)

                  Age: 31
                  Home: Brazil
                  Occupation: businessman
                  Playing since: 2020
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: Doom and Gears of War

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Winning a 240-player Chill TCG tournament, making finals of the first PokéStats Invitational, qualifying for this Invitational, and getting Top 16 at the COPAG 1000+ player tournament. 

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Eternatus VMAX

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? no one in particular


                  Brian Kim
                  Ranking points: 36.5 (24th)

                  Age: 17
                  Home: San Jose, California, USA
                  Occupation: student
                  Playing since: 2018 (Ultra Prism)
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: baseball

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Top 4 at 2018 Anaheim Regionals (Senior Division); 6th place at Players Cup I North America Qualifiers

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Mad Party

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? no one in particular


                  Wykeen Kok
                  Ranking points: 47.5 (11th)

                  Age: 26
                  Home: Malaysia
                  Playing since: 2017 (Burning Shadows)
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: none

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Qualifying for this Invitational! 

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Pikachu & Zekrom-GX

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? No one in particular! 


                  Kashvinder Singh Mann 
                  Ranking points: 95 (2nd)

                  Age: 31
                  Home: Singapore
                  Occupation: currently unemployed (recently graduated + military)
                  Playing since: 1999, but took a long hiatus and really started competitive play in 2016 (BREAKthrough)
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: any F1 racing game on PlayStation

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Top 8, 2019 Singapore SPE

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Centiskorch VMAX. It's a good deck. 

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Nobody. I need to beat them all. 


                  Vitor Lugon Cacciari Martinelli
                  Ranking points: 60.5 (7th)

                  Age: 20
                  Home: Brazil
                  Occupation: student
                  Playing since: 2016
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: Teamfight Tactics

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Top 32 at both 2019 and 2020 Latin America International Championships

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Pikachu & Zekrom-GX

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I'm most excited to play against Mike Fouchet. 


                  Juan Andree Mejia
                  Ranking points: 61.5 (6th)

                  Age: 17
                  Home: Chile
                  Occupation: student 
                  Playing since: 2018
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: Call of Duty

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? a Special Event Top 4

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Welder Toolbox (Blacephalon/Cramorant V)

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? no one in particular


                  Marco Cifuentes Meta
                  Ranking points: 43.5 (T-14th)
                  Team: Team Iquique

                  Age: 20
                  Home: Iquique, Chile
                  Occupation: student (engineering)
                  Playing since: 2008 (Great Encounters)
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: FIFA or Final Fantasy VII

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? back-to-back Top 4s at Regionals in Chile

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Welder was my favorite to play, but Centiskorch VMAX gave me the most success. 

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I would love to play against anyone except Jonathan or Juan since we are teammates. 


                  Justin N.
                  Ranking points: 38.5 (21st)
                  Team: Team Mew

                  Age: 12
                  Home: Maryland, USA
                  Playing since: 2017 (Burning Shadows)
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: Among Us

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Qualifying for the 2019 World Championships and winning three online events. 

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Pikachu & Zekrom-GX

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I'm excited to play against Kash Mann because we always have great games!


                  Lucas Oldale
                  Ranking points:
                  42.5 (T-16th)

                  Age: 11
                  Home: British Columbia, Canada
                  Occupation: student, streamer, tournament organizer 
                  Playing since: 2015
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: NBA 2K21 and basketball

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? 2020 Oceania International Champion (Junior Division)

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Eternatus VMAX and Pikachu & Zekrom-GX

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I am both most excited and most afraid to play against Vini Fernandez. 


                  Jonathan Patricio
                  Ranking points:

                  Home: Chile
                  Playing since: 2012 (Dark Explorers)
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: Grand Theft Auto

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Top 16, Chile Nationals

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Marco Cifuentes


                  Caleb Rogerson
                  Ranking points: 71 (4th)

                  Age: 14
                  Home: North Carolina, USA
                  Playing since: 2018 (Celestial Storm)
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: Legends of Runeterra

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? 2020 Dallas Regionals champion (Senior Division)

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Centiskorch VMAX

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Zac and Andrew


                  Yusuke Saeki
                  Ranking points: 30.5 (32nd)

                  Home: Japan


                  Ryota Saito
                  Ranking points: 40.5 (19th)

                  Age: 20
                  Home: Japan
                  Occupation: student 
                  Playing since: 2020
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: Among Us

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Top 4 in a GGtoor Cup

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Everyone!


                  Gabe Shumway
                  Ranking points: 31.5 (T-29th)

                  Age: 16
                  Home: Massachusetts, USA
                  Occupation: student
                  Playing since: 2012
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: GeoGuessr

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? 10th place at 2019 Atlantic City Regionals

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? I played a bit of everything, but my most success was with Eternatus VMAX. 

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I'm excited to play against Gabe Smart so we can finally answer the age-old question: Who is the better Gabe S.? 


                  Gabriel Smart
                  Ranking points: 43.5 (T-14th)

                  Age: 18
                  Occupation: high school student
                  Playing since: 2017-18 season
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: 

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? two World Championship invites, 22nd at 2020 Collinsville Regionals, Top 64 at the World Championships (Senior Division), $1000+ won from online tournaments

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Pikachu & Zekrom-GX

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Mike Fouchet. He and I have had some incredible games in high-stakes events and I have a ton of respect for him. 


                  Jonathan Smiley
                  Ranking points: 31.5 (T-29th)

                  Age: 17
                  Home: California, USA
                  Occupation: student
                  Playing since: 2014 (XY)
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: NBA 2K

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Winning a Hegster tournament

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX/Rillaboom

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Kash


                  Joshua Sutherland
                  Ranking points: 52.5 (10th)
                  Team: Team Infinite Gaming

                  Age: 22
                  Playing since: 2013
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: none

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? two World Championship invites

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? no one


                  Tate Whitesell
                  Ranking points: 36 (T-25th)
                  Team: UNDNTD

                  Age: 21
                  Home: Maine, USA / college in Tennessee, USA
                  Occupation: student (ecology)
                  Playing since: 2016 (Fates Collide)
                  Favorite non-Pokémon game: Overwatch  

                  What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? My performance this past format was probably my most consistent since I've started playing: two finals, four Top 4s, and three Top 8s at sizable online events, and obviously finishing in the Top 32 in global Standard points rankings to qualify for this Invitational. I was also happy with my Players Cups II and III qualifications. 

                  What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-VIV and TEU-SHF? I really enjoyed Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Welder at the start of the format. Later on I played a lot of Kash and Brophy's Centiskorch VMAX list and got a lot of my Top Cuts with it; I really liked the outplay potential it had relative to something like ADPZ or Eternatus VMAX. 

                  Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? In addition to my teammate Le, a lot of my friends and most recent testing partners (Danny, Kash, Thomas, and Mike) are also playing, so it'd be fun to play against them but I'd hate for one of us to knock the other out! I also have a ton of respect for a lot of the younger players here such as Vini, Caleb, and Lucas, and it's always a good challenge to play against them. 

                  Players Cup III: Top 256 -- Players and Decks Advancing to Week 2

                  Tate Whitesell (@twhitesell42) | Jeremy Lim (@LiberoTCG)

                  The first portion of the Players Cup III Top 256 bracket was held this weekend, whittling down the field to the Top 16 players in each of the North America, Latin America, Europe, and Oceania divisions. PokéStats has collected information on the players and decks advancing to the next weekend of competition.  

                  Caio Paoli contributed to this report. 


                  North America
                  Winners:
                  • Christian Chase, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
                  • Will Crawford, Lucario & Melmetal-GX
                  • Mike Fouchet, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
                  • Andres Gabaldon, Eternatus VMAX with Crushing Hammer
                  • Azul Garcia Griego, Welder Toolbox
                  • Teja Gummadi, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
                  • Kim Hyun-Soo, Centiskorch VMAX
                  • Kevin Krueger, Decidueye
                  Losers:
                  • Thomas Brophy, Centiskorch VMAX
                  • Evan Campbell, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
                  • Andrew Hedrick, Welder Toolbox
                  • Dan Hugar, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
                  • Joan Morsa, Centiskorch VMAX
                  • Blake Pennington, Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V
                  • Jeremy Reisig, Inteleon VMAX/Frosmoth
                  • Andy Zhang, Centiskorch VMAX

                  Latin America
                  Winners:
                  • Paulo Roberto Beraldo Jr., Coalossal VMAX
                  • Andrew Ariel Dias, Eternatus VMAX
                  • Miguel Ángel Linares Lamas, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
                  • Matías Martini, Eternatus VMAX
                  • Lucas Matheus, Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V
                  • Joaquin Reyes, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
                  • Giovanni Peragallo Shand, Centiskorch VMAX
                  • Alan Winther, Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V
                  Losers:
                  • Saidd Argenis Lopez Alcala, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
                  • Miguel Angel Lopez Bernal, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
                  • Alfonso Cabello, Eternatus VMAX/Weavile-GX/Umbreon & Darkrai-GX
                  • Marcos Cardoso, Eternatus VMAX/Galarian Slowbro V/Toxicroak
                  • Cesar Lopes Pereira, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
                  • Christian Renato, Eternatus VMAX
                  • Mauricio Reyes, Centiskorch VMAX
                  • Eric Villagra, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V

                  Europe
                  Winners:
                  • Luca Clavadetscher, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
                  • Davide Innocente, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
                  • Riccardo Maganza, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
                  • Daniele Matrigale, Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V
                  • Federico Racioppi, Eternatus VMAX/Galarian Weezing
                  • Robin Schulz, Cramorant VMAX/Porygon-Z
                  • Sam Taylor, Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V
                  • Alexander Weber, Welder Toolbox
                  Losers:
                  • Guillermo Calle, Eternatus VMAX/Weavile-GX/Umbreon & Darkrai-GX
                  • Olavi Kiuru, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
                  • Mathias Nilssen, Coalossal VMAX
                  • Simone Ponginibbio, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
                  • Tord Reklev, Excadrill Control
                  • Matteo Rizza, Eternatus VMAX/Weavile-GX/Umbreon & Darkrai-GX
                  • Tobias Smutkowski, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
                  • Kevin Zucchi, Centiskorch VMAX

                  Oceania
                  Winners:
                  • David Daritan, Eternatus VMAX/Galarian Weezing
                  • Yasuyuki Handa, Zacian V
                  • Mitch Knuckey, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
                  • Jeremy Lim, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
                  • Max McInnis, Welder Toolbox
                  • Jordan Palmer, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
                  • Jack Underwood, Welder Toolbox
                  • Miguel Villar, Eternatus VMAX/Galarian Weezing
                  Losers:
                  • Damian Azzato, Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V
                  • James Farrugia, Welder Toolbox
                  • Christian Hasbani, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
                  • Chris Jones, Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V
                  • Benjamin Kouzas, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V
                  • Jack Millar, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX
                  • Ifran Nabi, Charizard VIV
                  • David Patane, Welder Toolbox

                  Overall metagame
                  Eternatus VMAX - 13
                  Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V - 11
                  Pikachu & Zekrom-GX - 10
                  Lucario & Melmetal-GX - 8
                  Centiskorch VMAX - 7
                  Welder Toolbox - 7
                  Coalossal VMAX - 2
                  Charizard VIV - 1
                  Cramorant VMAX/Porygon-Z - 1
                  Decidueye - 1
                  Excadrill Control - 1
                  Inteleon VMAX/Frosmoth - 1
                  Zacian V - 1