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60Cards Tournament Series - 2018 Invitational Results


08/27/2018 by Seth Budrik

2018 60Cards Tournament Series Invitational
This is the 2017/18 60Cards Online Tournament Series Invitational, where the top 16 players with the most amount of Tournament Points(TP for short) throughout the regular season were invited to play out in a Double-Elimination style tournament bracket to determine the 2018 60Cards Tournament Series Champion!

Due to the fact that North America Internationals was a couple of weeks before this tournament started, all the lists were fairly thought out. The meta itself was very Zoroark GX and Garbodor heavy, with more than half the field playing Garbodor and/or Zoroark GX. In general, almost everyone was either tying to beat Buzzwole/Lycanroc or the decks that beat those. But Buzzwole/Lycanroc still performed the best, with the two people playing it, Jordan Palmer and Isis Gamalie, taking first and fourth respectively. Though Zoroark GX/Garbodor placed also did well, taking second and third, though it does apparently have a rough match up against Buzzwole/Lycanroc, as demonstrated in the Winner's and Grand Finals matches below.


60Cards Tournament Series 2017/18 Invitational


Garbodor/Zoroark GX: 2
Buzzwole/Lycanroc GX: 2
Zoroark GX: 2
Zoroark GX/Golisopod GX: 2
Gardevoir GX: 2
Exeggutor: 1
Zoroark GX/Lucario GX: 1
Zoroark GX/Lycanroc GX: 1
Garbodor/Espeon GX: 1
Garbodor/Buzzwole: 1
Necrozma GX/Malamar: 1


Recorded Matches & Winner's Interview

Winner's Finals

Grand Finals

Interview with winner Jordan Palmer



“Zoroark GX/Garbodor is a consistent deck that can almost always make a comeback, which was the reason why I decided to play it for the 2018 60Cards Tournament Series Invitational. I also has a lot of fifty-fifty match ups across the board, which is attribute I really like in decks.

The deck plays a couple of techs, like the Kartana GX and unit energy(lighting, psychic, metal) combination. This is used for when you go onto a odd number of prize cards to finish games more easily. Instead of having to take another GX knock-out, you can use Blade GX to win the game. Latios was also included to improve the Buzzwole match up and was helpful for doing so. Lastly was Team Flare Grunt, which was used the improve the Zoroark GX match up.

The deck performed very well throughout the entire tournament, only dead drawing a couple of times. This definitely a deck I would recommend going into The World Championships and the Nashville Open.

The 60Cards Tournament Series is a fantastic tournament series that I would recommend to anyone trying to improve their game. It is well great and thanks to everyone who helps make the tournaments so much fun!”
A/N: You're welcome, Gabe :)


“The deck is a card for card copy of the list used by Stéphane Ivanoff to win North America Intercontinentals, I believe. I chose to play it because I was playing Lapras GX and I did not think Lapras was in a good spot in the current meta. I did not play that much this year, so I just went with what was proven to be good. I had not even played that many games with the deck before the tournament started, so it kind of was a learn as you go thing for me.

The deck has a good balance of offense and defense, with cards like Kartana GX, enhanced hammer, Acerola and parallel city. The deck also has a lot of versatility with the unit energy. It opens up a lot of different plays in various situations.

Like I said, I did not enter a whole lot tournaments this year because I was busy, but they are always fun!”


“I chose to play Buzzwole/Lycanroc GX because it seemed like a good meta call given the popularity of Zoroark GX. It is an inherently powerful deck and good for an aggressive play style. That being said, it is more straightforward than Zoroark GX decks and as such, it is limited by what you draw sometimes. In a couple of important matches, I dead drew or prizes key pieces and the deck stumbled.

I chose to run a thin Octillery line and ten basic energy because U found that hitting max elixirs changed the game more than anything else in my testing. A field blower is definitely necessary in this current meta and you could play two and cut the third float stone but I valued mobility over it.

The tournaments this year were very good, there are some very good players in this group that made them fun. My only complaint is the Invitational was overly complicated. Just play a top 16 and be done with it. The multiple games and the streaming made it a hassle.”


“I chose to play Zoroark GX/Lycanroc GX for the 60Cards Invitational for a number of reasons, the first and most important reason being I have not much played since April, right after Portland Regionals, to be exact. Without having tested or having easy access to the staples from Forbidden Light, I decided to play Zoroark GX/Lycanroc GX since it is consistent, I have most of the cards, and I have a decent amount of experience with the deck. To be honest, after taking a break, I did not expect to make the Invitational at all, but was pleasantly surprised that my performance through the first half of the season got me a spot for the Invitational.

The only real tech cards that were for my list were two enhanced hammers, and Buzzwole and Buzzwole GX. I ran these cards mostly for the mirror and the potential surprise factor knowing that I would be going up against really good players. I regret not having a tech Mew EX or practicing more against Buzzwole/Lycanroc GX, considering I was swept against that deck 0-4 and none of those matches were even close. Overall, the deck ran smooth in my other matches, so no regrets there.

The 60Cards Tournament Series this year was a blast for me,even if my interest in the game fell off a bit in the back half of the season. It gave me an opportunity to test against other players that are much better than I am, and it gave me something to consistently look forward to within the game. Being from the Northwest, traveling for events is not the easiest, and I was only able to participate in a handful of League Cups and Portland Regionals this season. With the added practice from the 60Cards Tournament Series, I was able to meet both of my goals of making Top Cut at a League Cup and making Top 64 at a regionals this season. I don't see myself getting to play too much this season, but I will definitely continue to be a regular in the 60Cards Tournament Series. The tournaments are well run and everyone who participates has been friendly and engaging, which helps when you are trying to improve yourself.

Thanks again for a great year!”


“I played Gardevoir GX to see how it would do in a meta tougher for it before Worlds.

I ran assault vest and two Gallade for Zoroark GX and Buzzwole GX decks. I don't think the deck performed as well as I would have liked, and I did not test it that much either beforehand.

The season was really fun and I got some great testing during it. Thanks so much for running the 60Cards Tournament Series and I am glad to have participated.”



Once again, Congratulations to Jordan Palmer for winning our 60Cards Tournament Series Invitational! And Congratulations to everyone who earned their invite to our Invitational this year and thank you to everyone who participated for the 2017/2018 season!

Everything you need to know about the 60Cards Tournament Series


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