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A Look at Kuala Lumpur Regionals

Malik gives his thoughts on the expected metagame going into Kuala Lumpur.

12/19/2019 by Malik Hisyam Zaihan

This weekend will see the Oceania zone’s second Regional Championships take place, in the heart of Southeast Asia, Malaysia. The capital city of Kuala Lumpur is set to witness one of the largest events to date, with over 400 players reportedly signed up for the event. 

Often times an overlooked region, I will be providing some insight into the metagame in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong as we look towards the Kuala Lumpur Regional Championships which will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre this weekend. 

Recent Results

The Singapore SPE, which recently saw 122 Masters participants, kicked off the calendar of large events in the subregion of Asia within Oceania. Between that event and the Kuala Lumpur Regional Championships, a buffer weekend saw League Cups held in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong as well as League Challenges in Singapore and Manila. 

Before we take a look at how the metagame is shaping up, we take a quick look at these event results and see what has been prevalent around the region.

Singapore SPE 

7-8 December 2019

122 Masters

1.     Kaiwen Cabbabe – Mewtwo & Mew GX Toolbox

2.     Adrian Velasco – Green’s Lucario & Melmetal GX / Omastar

3.     Lee Keng Fai – Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX / Keldeo GX

4.     Clifton Goh – Mewtwo & Mew GX Toolbox

5.     Edwin Kan Jia Ju – Malamar / Giratina

6.     Ho Man Kin – Garchomp & Giratina GX / Mismagius

7.     Tan Yong Siang – Green’s Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX / Buzzwole & Pheromosa GX

8.     Edmund Khoo – Gardevoir & Sylveon GX

The Singapore SPE final was an intense showdown between 2 great players in the region, Kaiwen Cabbabe of Australia and Adrian Velasco from the Philippines, who shocked the competition with an unorthodox version of the Lucario & Melmetal GX deck with Omastar, utilizing a Green’s Exploration and Draw Energy engine rather than the typical Welder build. Adrian managed to make his way to the finals before eventually losing to Kaiwen’s Mewtwo & Mew GX Toolbox.

The rest of the field in Singapore was made up of mostly ADP and Mewtwo & Mew GX decks, as well as quite a number of Gardevoir & Sylveon GX and Malamar variants. Interestingly, Reshiram & Charizard GX decks did not perform very well in this event, with none making it into the Top8. 

The Weekend After

The calendar of events in the region was set nicely to allow a one weekend buffer between the Singapore SPE and the Kuala Lumpur Regional Championships, with almost every country hosting League Cup and Challenges to keep players’ momentum going. Here we take a look at these event results :

Kuala Lumpur League Cup

14 December 2019

57 Masters

1.     Low Kien Yi – Green’s Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX / Buzzwole & Pheromosa GX

2.     Keith Yong – Reshiram & Charizard GX / Ninetales

3.     Malik Hisyam – Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX / Keldeo GX

4.     Colin Tang – Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX / Keldeo GX

5.     Lee Keng Fai – Naganadel & Guzzlord GX / Mismagius

6.     Aaron Lim – Mewtwo & Mew GX Toolbox

7.     Kent Ng – Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX / Keldeo GX

8.     Ethan Lee – Gardevoir & Sylveon GX


Hong Kong League Cup

14 December 2019

1.     Ho Man Kin – Garchomp & Giratina GX / Mismagius

2.     Peter Lo – Garchomp & Giratina GX / Mismagius

3.     Pui Lam Lee – Malamar / Giratina

4.     Kelvin Law – Mewtwo & Mew GX Toolbox

5.     Tat Sun Sun – Mewtwo & Mew GX Toolbox

6.     Chun Hei Cheng – Malamar / Garchomp & Giratina GX

7.     David Yau – Gardevoir & Sylveon GX

8.     Siu Chun Lee – Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX / Keldeo GX


Singapore League Challenge

14 December 2019

18 Masters

1.     Kaiwen Cabbabe – Malamar / Giratina

2.     Edmund Khoo – Mewtwo & Mew GX Toolbox

3.     Marcus Chai – Mewtwo & Mew GX Toolbox

4.     Walter Ho – Garchomp & Giratina GX / Mismagius


Manila League Challenge

14 December 2019

1.     Kenneth Chan – Malamar / Ultra Necrozma GX

2.     Patrick Ebio – Lucario & Melmetal GX

3.     Carlo Neria – Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX / Keldeo GX

4.     Stephen Castillo – Malamar / Giratina

5.     Miggy Hayakawa – Malamar / Giratina

6.     Patrick Go – Gardevoir & Sylveon GX

7.     Mikko Cadiz – Mewtwo & Mew GX Toolbox

8.     Joshua Lim – Mewtwo & Mew GX Toolbox

Over in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the League Cup was taken down by a Green’s ADP deck with Buzzwole & Pheromosa GX, a similar build to the one that made Top8 at the Singapore SPE. The rest of the field saw plenty of ADP decks as well as Mewtwo & Mew GX decks.

Interestingly, Hong Kong saw plenty of Garchomp & Giratina GX decks make Top8, 2 of which making it to the finals. Ho Man Kin, who also made a Top8 appearance at the Singapore SPE with the archetype won this event.

Singapore and Manila saw many Malamar variants pop up, with Kaiwen Cabbabe and Kenneth Chan taking wins with the archetype, albeit with different builds. A point to note is that in 4 out of 5 of these events, there is 1 Gardevoir & Sylveon GX in the top standings. Also, following its lack of presence in the top tables at the Singapore SPE, Reshiram & Charizard GX decks again barely made an appearance throughout the region. 

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