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60Cards Tournament Series - June 2017 Results

Results from the biggest PTCGO Tournament Series for June 2017.

07/28/2017 by Cody Kressmann

For anyone who doesn't know me, I've been playing since the 2012-2013 season. At the start of the 2015-2016 season, I noticed a lack of online tournaments for PTCGO, so I started a group myself. With the help of Seth Budrik, we continued to grow the Facebook group to bigger and bigger tournaments every month. In March 2017, we partnered with 60Cards to offer our participants prizes and a more competitive scene from year to year. If you want to check out more information, check the bottom of this article for some helpful links.

June Tournament
This tournament was a big preparation point for all our competitors going into North American International Championships. Format was Primal Clash-Guardians Rising, Best of 3, Swiss followed by a Top Cut of all X-2’s. With Volcanion looking strong, Lapras seemed like a great play. The rest of the meta is fairly typical of the breakdown you would see at a Premier Event.

Lapras GX: 6
Darkrai EX/Yveltal: 6
Darkrai EX/Dragonair/Giratina EX: 1
Volcanion EX: 5
Metagross GX: 5
Garbodor/Drampa GX: 5
Garbodor/Tauros GX: 2
Garbodor/Espeon GX: 2
Garbodor/Espeon GX/Drampa GX: 1
Zoroark BREAK/Drampa GX: 4
Vespiquen/Zoroark: 4
Vespiquen/Zoroark/Lycanroc GX: 1
Vikavolt GX/Vikavolt: 2
Tapu Bulu GX/Vikavolt: 1
Decidueye GX/Ninetales GX: 2
Decidueye GX/Vileplume: 1
Decidueye GX/Ninetales GX/Vileplume: 1
Ninetales GX/Tapu Koko: 1
Lycanroc GX/Carbink BREAK: 2
Lycanroc GX/Carbink/Raichu: 1
Lycanroc GX/Marowak BREAK: 1
Zygadre EX/Carbink BREAK: 1
Sungaleo GX: 2
Sylveon GX: 1
Talonflame/Greninja Break: 1
Gyarados: 1
Raichu/Salazzle: 1
Pidgeot EX/Glaceon EX/Jolteon EX: 1
Excadrill/Dhelmise: 1
Umbreon GX/Zoroark BREAK: 1
Tapu Bulu GX/Lurantis GX/Lurantis Promo: 1

Number of Hex Maniac played:
0x = 31
1x = 26
2x = 2

Number of Sudowoodo played: 20


Top Cut Bracket

Top Cut Standings

Surprisingly, despite the higher volume of Lapras that entered, none made Top Cut.  Let's see what the top 4 had to say and see some lists as well.

Winner: Daniel Punshon – Volcanion EX

“I played an older speed Volcanion-Ex deck for the june tournament. The plan is to play as quickly as possible turn 1 and start taking big ko's as soon as possible which I think was a good idea with the meta slowing down still playing quickly. Max Elixirs and Trainers' Mail help this out a lot but make Garbodor a very hard matchup but I only saw one Garbodor the entire tournament. I only played one field blower but if I take big ko's turn one it's all that's really necessary. I chose not to play Hoopa-Ex to try give myself at least a fighting chance against Garbodor, but which ended up proving unsuccessful anyway due to the heavy item use and having to over extend to either ko multiple single prize garbs or hitting GX Pokemon on their bench. Brooklet Hill fills the void left by Hoopa-Ex anyway allowing me to fill my bench consistently, boosted further by a tech Repeat Ball to make my two copies of go further when I draw into them. Which isn't as hard when you're playing the game at the speed this deck can play at. Another absence in this deck would be Turtonator-GX which is only worth playing in the slower versions so they have a big damage attack without steam ups or late game recovery which the deck doesn't need. I chose choice band over fury belt as damage output in this deck is more important than preserving Volcanions. Zoroark/Drampa-GX seemed to be big this tournament which I had a good matchup against where you don't overextend on bench space and ko Zoruas with baby Volcanion and steam ups.”


Runner-Up: Jordan Palmer – Metagross GX

“This event started just before Regionals here in Australia and I still hadnt decided which deck I was going to play for those events. I decided this tournament would be a good way to try out Metagross so I could decide if it was a solid play for Regionals or not. While I didn't end up using it at any of the regionals I attended, it went very well for me in this tournament and it was very fun to play. I had been testing Metagross a little for the past few weeks and then it got a top 2 finish at a Regionals in the US so I ended up sticking with the deck for this event.

The list I played has a few tech pokemon which you dont see in this deck too often including Oricorio and Magearna EX. Oricorio seemed like a stronger counter to Vespiquen than Karen as I expected many vespiquen players to add Flareon after the recent success of Metagross, Oricorio acts as an easy way to deal with the Flareon and can also be used in other matchups to clean up knockouts where Metagross falls short. Magearna EX was simply a tech Decidueye GX with Espeon EX which paid off huge as I played against 3 Decidueye decks in the tournament and managed to beat all of them. Other than that most of the deck is fairly standard although I did decide to play a full 4 copies of Max Potion. Its main use is for the Metagross mirror as it gives you the edge in that matchup but it also makes almost every other matchup easier including Decidueye.”

Third Place: Vlad Gamalie – Decidueye GX/Alolan Ninetales GX

“I played Decidueye Ninetales because I feel like it has a good chance against anything when it gets set up. So I just went for a consistent list that could get set up more easily. Some differences I've seen in other lists compared to mine are that I have 2-1 Tapu Lele and Shaymin, which really is enough considering the limited bench space available. Another is 2-2 Alolan Ninetales vs 2-1 Ninetales + a Tapu Koko promo. I feel like Ninetales is more important in a lot of match ups and Koko doesn't help in many. The rest is just consistency and recovery cards. I felt like 3 energy was enough, you never really need more than 2 Decidueyes to attack. Only change I've made to this list is 1 Karen to another Field Blower.”

Fourth Place: Matt Fosnot – Volcanion EX

“I picked volcanion for this tournament because it's was something that I am very Comfortable playing. I have a ton of fun playing it and played it at Madison and fort Wayne regionals and almost played it at internationals. I played a hybrid version of it so still playing elixir and still using starmie and broklet hill. I planned on playing against garb which did not happen this hurt me in the mirror match in top 4 where my opponent played the turbo build but you can't win em all. The deck is pretty simple first turns get volcs in play and power heater to the volcs and turrtonaters on bench. You also use elixir to have more accelerated energy and use turtonatar late game to get energy back. In the meantime you swing with the ex volcanion and turt and sream up and use starmie to get back and continuously use steam up to get ko's. That's how the deck runs. Some intristing things that I did was play a lower amount of pokemon and no stretcher. I found that with broklet hill and ultra ball that I was going to be able to Pokemon very easy. Sure only playing 3 volcanion ex would hurt consistency buy I couldn't find space. I originally had a stretcher in here but I found it a dead card lots of the time. Some intristing card choices was me played a hex. This card is so strong and I used it against the mirror match to suprise them. It would also help if you player against greninja or carbink and sylveon if you hex turn 1 on them. The only weird thing that I did was play ranger and Olympia. Now this decision was intristing. I didn't know which one to play so I played both. This won me a game once I needed a ranger to win because my board was dead just 2 volcanion ex 1 with 3 energy. I am space becaned and rangered to use the volcanion again and steamed up twice to knock out a darkrai ex almost ready to atack after I lysandred it. Anyway they are both strong cards. Thanks for the interview.”


Top 8:  David Norco – Tapu Bulu GX/Lurantis GX

Including this list as a great example of a deck that should translate into the next format fairly easily into the new rotation without any drastic changes.


Once again, I would like to thank all 70 player who participated in our June Tournament. Our 60Cards Online Invitational tournament is currently wrapping up. The new season is just around the corner and will be starting at some time in August.

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