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Interviewing the Best - World Championship Interviews

Wanna know how to become the best? Learn from them! Zach interviews five Worlds competitors to share their knowledge heading into the penultimate event of the season.

08/08/2018 by Zach Lesage

All Around the World

Hey 60 Cards readers, I am back with another article today and this time I am typing from the role as an interviewer. I wanted to get a few different opinions heading into Worlds from some top players in the game so I decided to interview those players. Let’s jump right into the first interview:

Alex Blong Interview 

Name: Alex Blong

City and Country: Auckland, New Zealand

Age: 10

Division: Juniors (Seniors for the 2018/2019 season 

Championship Points for 17/18 Season: 987 CP

How Many Invites to Worlds: 1

 

How are you doing today? 

Very good actually. 

Thats great to hear! Are you excited for Worlds? 

Yes I am. Its my first time going and I've been told by many people its a very memorable experience and I definitely won't forget it. I also will have a few friends coming so it will be great to see them

I definitely feel that! What excites you the most for Worlds? 

Playing against the best of the best players would be my highest reason. I also look forward to seeing and playing with competitors from all over the world.

That sounds like a great reason! Is this your first invite to the World Championships? If not, how many invites have you received among all of the years that you have played? 

This is my first time getting an invite to world championships but it definitely won't  be my last

I like your enthusiasm! What years have you been invited to Worlds?

2018.

I remember my first Worlds invite vividly, what a time! Have you done much testing for Worlds?  

I have dedicated most of my weekends to playing Pokemon on PTCGO and at hobby league and with my friends. Also with in my free time at school I have been working out different strategies for how to beat different decks by using many unique decks.

It seems like you have been putting in a large amount of effort. How many hours do you plan on play-testing for Worlds per week heading into the event? 

At least 10 hours but I am planning on doing more.

That is certainly a lot of hours! Why are you play-testing for that amount of hours? 

I feel like the more you test the more you learn your deck and that's the key to being able to play well. I also get at least 4 hours of coaching per week minimum coming up to a big event like World Championships.

I like that mentality. Are there any decks that you are enjoying right now?

I'm really enjoying playing Buzzwole / Lycanroc-GX and also enjoy playing Zoroark-GX / Lycanroc-GX.

I like both of those decks now too! What are your top five decks heading into the World Championships? 

Mine are probably Buzzwole-GX /Garbodor, Buzzwole / Lycanroc-GX, Zoroark-GX / Lycanroc-GX, Naganadel-GX / Stakataka-GX and Malamar / Necrozma-GX.

That is a compelling list. If Worlds was tomorrow, what deck would you be playing? Why would you be playing that deck? 

I would be playing Buzzwole / Lycanroc-GX because I've been testing that deck heaps and I think it's a super strong deck!

I think that is a great play. Do you have a list for the above deck that you would be willing to share? If not, explain why you want to keep it a secret. 

I would share a list, but I wouldn't want any people knowing the exact 60 cards. I will give a hint and it plays one Tapu Lele-GX.

[Even though Alex wants to keep his list a secret, I will include my own Buzzwole / Lycanroc-GX list that I played at the recent North American International Championships in Columbus, United States]

 

How does that deck work? If you could give the readers a brief rundown of the strategy, that would be great. 

The deck works by you only attacking with single Prize Card attackers while your opponent has to use double Prize Card attackers meaning you should win the Prize Card trade. You usually also play one Buzzwole-GX to attack the big Pokemon such as Dawn Wings Necrozma-GX.

That sounds like a solid strategy, I like it! Do you have any tips heading into Worlds that will improve your chances on succeeding? 

My best tip that I can give would be to have a good sleep and a healthy breakfast. A healthy breakfast looks a little bit like some fruit, yoghurt and water. Also if you walk into the venue and realize you forgot to test out that spicy tech i would recommend just not playing it!

Its like you took the words right out of my mouth. Lastly, do you have any shoutouts that you want to give out? Also, feel free to link us to your Twitter and / or Twitch accounts. 

I would like to give a shout out to Zach Lesage for being an amazing Pokemon TCG coach. 

Thank you for your time, I wish you the best of luck at Worlds! 

Mark Dizon Interview 

Name: Mark Dizon 

City and Country: Toronto, Canada 

Age: 26

Division: Masters

Championship Points for 17/18 Season: 622

How Many Invites to Worlds: 1

 

How are you doing today?

Super good, just finished work and excited to go to Pokemon League. 

 

League has been a huge part of my own success growing up with the game, I love that you are heading on the same path. Are you excited for Worlds?

Extremely excited. I'm looking forward to experiencing the opening ceremony. 

The opening ceremony always gets me hyped up too! What excites you the most for Worlds?

The competition! Competing with the best of the best!

Yeah, Worlds is going to have some fierce competition this year. Is this your first invite to the World Championships? If not, how many invites have you received among all of the years that you have played?

This is my first invite and my first year playing. I know how lucky i am to achieve this feat. 

That is an awesome accomplishment, congratulations! What years have you been invited to Worlds?

2018.

Have you done much testing for Worlds? 

To be honest, currently about 20 hours. With the calendar turning to August. I plan to do 5 hours a night.  

That sounds like a great plan. How many hours do you plan on play-testing for Worlds per week heading into the event?

40 hours a week. Its a job haha 

Oh wow! That certainly is the truth nowadays. Why are you play-testing for that amount of hours?

I want to understand how the format will shift and what stays the same. It's interesting that this will be the only tournament available in this setting.  

I like that mentality. Are their any decks that you are enjoying right now?

I played Mismagus / Garbodor / Garbodor last night and had a blast. It was Phinnegan Lynch's list and it was enjoyable. I am also excited to try the special deck that you shared with me. 

 

You know I always have to come up with a secret deck… What are your top five decks heading into the World Championships?

Zoroark-GX variants, Rayquaza-GX, Buzzwole / Lycanroc-GX, Malamar variants, and some stall decks.

That seems like a strong mix of decks. If Worlds was tomorrow, what deck would you be playing? Why would you be playing that decks.

Without testing, Zoroark-GX / Lycanroc-GX or Zoroark-GX / Garbodor.

Both of those decks seem like popular choices heading into the main event. Do you have a list for any of the above decks that you would be willing to share? If not, explain why you want to keep it a secret.

I would play my list from Internationals for Zoroark-GX / Lycanroc-GX.

For Zoroark-GX / Garbodor, I would play Stephane Ivanoff's list, but I would find space for a Counter Catcher. 

I actually enjoy both of those deck lists. How does that deck work? If you could give the readers a brief rundown of the strategy, that would be great.

The simplest recipe for the deck for me is:

Turn 1 Brigette. 

Two Zoroark GXs on turn 2. 

Bloodthirsty Eyes the biggest threat your opponent has with Lycanroc-GX and Dangerous Rogue GX it. 

Trade every turn and maintain your resources. 

Understand the matchup and decide when to be aggressive and when to be cautious. 

I think that advice is great! Do you have any tips heading into Worlds that will improve your chances on succeeding?

I just want to keep a level head and take it one game at a time. Cliché but i find this helps me a lot. 

Lastly, do you have any shoutouts that you want to give out? Also, feel free to link us to your Twitter and / or Twitch accounts.

Like to shout out my sponsor Untouchables Gaming. They really help letting me play the game.

You can follow me on Twitter @MarkDizon

Thanks for reaching out Zach

Thank you for your time, I wish you the best of luck at Worlds!

Caleb Gedemer Interview

Name: Caleb Gedemer

City and Country: Wisconsin, United States

Age: 20

Division: Masters

Championship Points for 17/18 Season: 2060

How Many Invites to Worlds: 6th Consecutive


How are you doing today?

Blessed, thanks for asking.

Glad that you are feeling enlightened, are you excited for Worlds?

Very much so.

Same here, what excites you the most for Worlds?

Competing for the title of champion!

What an amazing goal. Is this your first invite to the World Championships? If not, how many invites have you received among all of the years that you have played?

No, I have qualified six out of the six competitive years I have been playing.

Thats busted familia, what years have you been invited to Worlds?

2012/2013; 2013/2014; 2014/2015; 2015/2016; 2016/2017; 2017/2018

So many inviteHave you done much testing for Worlds?

Sitting at almost 200 games right now since July 9. 

Yikes, that is certainly a bunch of games. How many hours do you plan on play-testing for Worlds per week heading into the event?

~40

That number is extremely similar to mine… Why are you play-testing for that amount of hours?

I love playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game and like seeing the development of formats first hand. 

I am glad that you love the inner workings of the game. Do you have any tips heading into Worlds that will improve your chances on succeeding?

Believe in yourself and spread positive energy. Don’t cling to negative thoughts or give into the doubt that we all can succumb to given certain circumstances. Play as much as you can and make a logical decision based on your own testing, don’t sway based on what someone “better than you” thinks, being confident in your own choice that you made for yourself is always the best practice for success. Surround yourself with others that make you a better person and help anyone you can to see the light like you.

That is some fantastic advice. Lastly, do you have any shoutouts that you want to give out? Also, feel free to link us to your Twitter and / or Twitch accounts.

Facebook: facebook.com/shredemerptcg

Twitch: twitch.tv/shredemer

Twitter: twitter.com/shredemerptcg

Thank you for your time, I wish you the best of luck at Worlds!

Dakota Gillanders Interview

Name: Dakota Gillanders

City and Country: Barrie, Canada

Age: 25

Division: Masters

Championship Points for 17/18 Season: 571

How Many Invites to Worlds: 3

 

How are you doing today?

Living the dream at work, but in all seriousness doing well.

Work life can always be tough, especially when you are getting for Worlds. Are you excited for Worlds?

I couldn’t be more excited for the most prestigious tournament in Pokemon and also looking forward to some vacation time and seeing friends I do not get to see frequently.

Same here. What excites you the most for Worlds?

This might be a popular answer, but the cultural experience is something I always look forward to every year. I find it very interesting to play against different people from across the globe because we are all playing the game we love and even though our cards might not be in the same language we all understand exactly what they do. Sitting across from someone I can’t communicate with due to language barriers but can through in game effects is fascinating to me!

That actually hasn’t been a popular answer, that is a refreshing outlook. Is this your first invite to the World Championships? If not, how many invites have you received among all of the years that you have played?

This is not my first invite to the World Championships; I have had 3 invites total. I have been playing since I was in the senior division all the way back in 2006, but started travelling and taking things more seriously in 2014.

Thats long journey, what years have you been invited to Worlds?

I have been invited to day 1 of worlds the past 3 seasons 2016, 2017 and 2018. In my opinion, the hardest invite for me would have to be 2017.

Yeah, 2017 was definitely a grind of a year. Have you done much testing for Worlds?

I have done very little testing for Worlds surprisingly because my work schedule has been ramping up, also been heading to the gym more consistently and playing Pokemon GO in what little free time I have.

While testing is cool, I understand that relaxing a bit can be good too.How many hours do you plan on play-testing for Worlds per week heading into the event?

Starting from today up until day 1 I am hoping to crush at least 21 hours a week.

That should definitely bring you up to speed. Why are you play-testing for that amount of hours?

I have walked into worlds before with 0 testing and it hasn’t gone well. In the past I feel as if I should have put more preparation into it instead of treating it as a regular regional championship, this year I will not make the same mistake twice because opponents at worlds are much better than at a regular regional. 

I like that mindset. Are their any decks that you are enjoying right now?

The two decks I am enjoying the most at this current moment would have to be Rayquaza GX and BuzzRoc.

I really like those decks too. What are your top five decks heading into the World Championships?

In no particular order my top 5 would be Zoroark-GX / Magcargo, Zoroark-GX / Golisopod-GX, Buzzwole-GX / Lycanroc-GX, Rayquaza-GX, and Malamar variants.

That seems like a good list of decks to choose from. If Worlds was tomorrow, what deck would you be playing? Why would you be playing that deck?

If I had to decide right this second my gut feeling tells me to play the Turbo version of Rayquaza-GX. Reasons being are I like how consistent and fast the deck can be and sometimes being fast and consistent can lead to cheap wins. It is also kind of similar to a turbo Darkrai-EX deck from the Expanded format in years past, a deck I have played a ton of over the years and am quite familiar with.

[I am currently in the process of writing an article on 60 Cards about my Rayquaza-GX deck, so stay tuned for when I release it in the next week or so]

Do you have any tips heading into Worlds that will improve your chances on succeeding?

Pretty cliché but even if your deck isn’t the best play stick with what you know best, it minimizes the chance of misplays during a long day. Do not take any opponent lightly no matter what matchup nothing is given and everything is earned. From playing so long I would say do not let one loss tilt you and ruin the rest of your day because if you let that happen it can put you out of contention in the blink of an eye, speaking from experience.

Lastly, do you have any shoutouts that you want to give out? Also, feel free to link us to your Twitter and / or Twitch accounts.

Shout out to the day 1 bro Zach Lesage for the interview and helping me out with lists all year long wouldn’t be where I was without him! As always feel free to contact and follow me on Twitter: @dgillz93

Thank you for your time, I wish you the best of luck at Worlds!

Jeremiah 'Seagrove' Schmutz Interview

Name: Jeremiah “Seagrove” Schmutz

City and Country: Charlotte, United States

Age: 29

Division: Masters

Championship Points for 17/18 Season: 502

How Many Invites to Worlds: 1

 

How are you doing today?

Doing well, but I have a bit of a headache.

Ugh, I hear ya there, headaches do suck, but Are you excited for Worlds?

I am excited.  I am also a bit nervous, but those things are very closely related.

Worlds definitely can be nerve-wracking. What excites you the most for Worlds?

I am excited for the second day, because I think I will play something more fun on the second day, whether it is in the Open or in Day 2.

Is this your first invite to the World Championships? If not, how many invites have you received among all of the years that you have played?  

This is the first year I have pursued an invitation, so I am excited to have earned my first invite this year.

What years have you been invited to Worlds?

2018.

Have you done much testing for Worlds? 

I have probably tested for around twenty hours.

How many hours do you plan on play-testing for Worlds per week heading into the event?

I hope to get around ten hours per week, but most of it is on PTCGO.

That seems like a fair amount of hours. Why are you play-testing for that amount of hours?

I would like to do a lot more, but I am very busy with studying.

Ahhh, I see. Are there any decks that you are enjoying right now?

My favourite deck so far is Garbodor Spread 

That sounds really interesting. What are your top five decks heading into the World Championships?

This could still change drastically, but currently, I would say:

1. Gardevoir-GX

2. Buzzwole

3. Zoroark-GX / Magcargo

4. Garbodor Spread

5. Metal Beasts 

Thats an interesting list for sure. if Worlds was tomorrow, what deck would you be playing? Why would you be playing that deck?

I would play Buzzwole.  I think I have a decent command of the deck, and I believe aggressive decks are better for Day 1.

I like that deck a lot too. Do you have a list for the above deck that you would be willing to share? If not, explain why you want to keep it a secret.

I like the inclusion of two Field Blower in your list. How does that deck work? If you could give the readers a brief rundown of the strategy, that would be great.

It is a pretty well known deck, but the general strategy is to force your opponent to take one prizers early so that they have to have exactly 4 and 3 prize cards remaining.  This gives you two turns for beast rings and allows you at least one turn of Buzzwole doing 120 damage for one energy.

Some games you go more aggressive with an early Lycanroc-GX or Buzzwole-GX.  It depends on the matchup and which Pokémon you start.

Do you have any tips heading into Worlds that will improve your chances on succeeding?

Learn a deck that you know is very good.  That way, if all of your strange options fall apart, you have something solid to use. 

Lastly, do you have any shoutouts that you want to give out? Also, feel free to link us to your Twitter and / or Twitch accounts.

Shout-out to my patrons and subscribers.  You can check out my YouTube and Twitter here:

Youtube: seagroveTCG

Twitter: sea3poke

Thank you for your time, I wish you the best of luck at Worlds! 

Almost at Nashville

That’s all for today 60 Cards peeps. I hope that you enjoyed this article and learned a few things from these great players! For my future articles, I will be doing a mix between new decks with Celestial Storm cards, post rotation deck lists, and thought pieces to improve you as a player. My goal is to make EVERY reader on 60 Cards excited to read my articles, find them interesting, and even learn something or two! As for me, I have been testing for Day 2 of Worlds, Coaching, and putting my new MacBook Pro to use by writing plenty of articles! 

For updates on my travel plans, tournament schedule, premium deck lists, strategies, and my most recent articles, feel free to check out and follow my professional Pokemon Twitter @ zlesage_pokemon. Also, remember to give this article a ‘like’ to let me know what you thought of this article - it gives me the motivation needed to write! Thanks for supporting 60 Cards, reading my articles, and watching me grow as a player!

 

Until next time,

Zach

 

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