Masters Division Top-8

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  • Shintaro Ito (Japan) / Mega Audino-EX
    Mega Audino-EX / Masters Division Champion
  • Cody Walinski (United States) / Greninja BREAK / Talonflame
    Greninja BREAK / Talonflame / Masters Division Runner-Up
  • Samuel Hough (United States) / Trevenant-EX / Vilepume
    Trevenant-EX / Vilepume / Masters Division Semifinalist
  • Ross Cawthon (United States) / Vespiquen / Yveltal
    Vespiquen / Yveltal / Masters Division Semifinalist
  • Gustavo Wada (Brazil) / Metal Toolbox
    Metal Toolbox / Masters Division Top-8
  • Luca Schuster (Austria) / Night March
    Night March / Masters Division Top-8
  • Brad Curcio (United States) / Night March
    Night March / Masters Division Top-8
  • Bert Wolters (Netherlands) / Greninja BREAK / Talonflame
    Greninja BREAK / Talonflame / Masters Division Top-8

Shintaro Ito’s Mega Audino-EX deck is the talk of the tournament, featuring a Mega Evolution Pokémon that has garnered very little attention until now. Mega Audino-EX’s Magical Symphony does 110 damage, enough to take out Shaymin-EX in one attack, and most other Pokémon in two attacks. Pokémon Center Lady is important to preventing the same thing from happening to Mega Audino-EX by forcing many Pokémon to attack a third time to take it out. Shintaro’s innovative deck and masterful play were on full display on his way to his first World Championship.

Pokémon
  • 3
    M Audino-EX
    85/124
    xy10 85
  • 4
    Audino-EX
    84/124
    xy10 84
  • 2
    Shaymin-EX
    77/108
    xy6 77
  • 1
    Hoopa-EX
    36/98
    xy7 36
  • 1
    Magearna-EX
    110/114
    xy11 110
  • 1
    Cobalion
    74/114
    xy11 74
  • 1
    Absol
    40/108
    xy6 40
Energy Cards
  • 6
    Metal Energy
    xy1 139
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy1 130
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy1 122
  • 2
    N
    bw5 96
  • 2
    AZ
    xy4 91
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy2 90
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 1
    Xerosic
    xy4 110
  • 1
    Pokémon Center Lady
    xy2 93
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    bw10 90
  • 4
    Trainers' Mail
    xy6 92
  • 4
    Audino Spirit Link
    xy10 92
  • 2
    Float Stone
    bw9 99
  • 2
    Parallel City
    xy8 145
  • 1
    Mega Turbo
    xy6 86
  • 1
    Escape Rope
    xy5 127
  • 1
    Super Rod
    dv1 20
  • 1
    Startling Megaphone
    xy2 97
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Originally intended as a card to thwart Night March decks, the Bursting Balloon Trainer card has become far more useful in variety of situations. Cody Walinski used four of them in his Greninja BREAK deck, hopefully causing enough damage to score Knock Outs with Giant Water Shuriken.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Greninja BREAK
    41/122
    xy9 41
  • 3
    Greninja
    40/122
    xy9 40
  • 1
    Greninja
    41/146
    xy1 41
  • 4
    Frogadier
    39/122
    xy9 39
  • 3
    Froakie
    38/122
    xy9 38
  • 4
    Talonflame
    96/114
    xy11 96
Energy Cards
  • 8
    Water Energy
    xy1 134
  • 2
    Splash Energy
    xy9 113
Trainer Cards
  • 1
    Ace Trainer
    xy7 69
  • 1
    Fisherman
    xy8 136
  • 4
    N
    bw5 96
  • 1
    Pokémon Ranger
    xy11 113
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy1 122
  • 1
    Battle Compressor Team Flare Gear
    xy4 92
  • 4
    Dive Ball
    xy5 125
  • 2
    Level Ball
    bw4 89
  • 1
    Startling Megaphone
    xy2 97
  • 2
    Super Rod
    dv1 20
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 4
    Bursting Balloon
    xy9 97
  • 3
    Rough Seas
    xy5 137
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Samuel Hough’s deck is tough to define—a Vileplume and Trevenant deck? A Steelbox deck? But then what about Jolteon-EX and Yveltal-EX? And then there’s the Water-type Glaceon-EX, whose Crystal Ray attack is sort of the inverse of Jolteon-EX’s Flash Ray in stopping attacks by Evolution Pokémon. With all its locks, this deck has to be phenomenally challenging for his opponents. Samuel manages to keep them in perfect harmony partly through the use of Rainbow Energy.

Pokémon
  • 1
    Trevenant-EX
    19/160
    xy5 19
  • 3
    Oddish
    1/98
    xy7 1
  • 3
    Gloom
    2/98
    xy7 2
  • 3
    Vileplume
    3/98
    xy7 3
  • 2
    Jolteon-EX
    28/83
    g1 28
  • 2
    Aegislash-EX
    65/119
    xy4 65
  • 2
    Glaceon-EX
    116/124
    xy10 116
  • 3
    Shaymin-EX
    77/108
    xy6 77
  • 1
    Magearna-EX
    110/114
    xy11 110
  • 1
    Yveltal-EX
    79/146
    xy1 79
Energy Cards
  • 4
    Rainbow Energy
    xy1 131
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy1 130
  • 1
    Lightning Energy
    xy1 135
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    AZ
    xy4 91
  • 4
    N
    bw5 96
  • 3
    Professor Sycamore
    xy1 122
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy2 90
  • 2
    Ninja Boy
    xy11 103
  • 4
    Trainers' Mail
    xy6 92
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    bw10 90
  • 2
    Level Ball
    bw4 89
  • 4
    Forest of Giant Plants
    xy7 74
  • 1
    Parallel City
    xy8 145
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Ross Cawthon is well-known for bringing decks that are slightly different than the norm, and this year is no different. His mix of Vespiquen and Yveltal, supported by Octillery, Druddigon, and Malamar-EM, is a rare combination. Time and again, Ross has shown he has the skill to guide a complex deck such as this to the top-8.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Yveltal
    78/146
    xy1 78
  • 4
    Combee
    9/98
    xy7 9
  • 4
    Vespiquen
    10/98
    xy7 10
  • 2
    Remoraid
    32/162
    xy8 32
  • 2
    Octillery
    33/162
    xy8 33
  • 1
    Druddigon
    70/106
    xy2 70
  • 4
    Unown
    30/98
    xy7 30
  • 1
    Shaymin-EX
    77/108
    xy6 77
  • 1
    Malamar-EX
    58/119
    xy4 58
Energy Cards
  • 5
    Darkness Energy
    xy1 138
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy1 130
Trainer Cards
  • 3
    Professor Sycamore
    xy1 122
  • 2
    N
    bw5 96
  • 1
    Brigette
    xy8 161
  • 1
    Teammates
    xy5 160
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy2 90
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    bw10 90
  • 4
    Battle Compressor Team Flare Gear
    xy4 92
  • 2
    Muscle Band
    xy1 121
  • 2
    Float Stone
    bw9 99
  • 1
    Revitalizer
    g1 70
  • 1
    Special Charge
    xy11 105
  • 1
    AZ
    xy4 91
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Gustava Wada won the 2011 Pokémon TCG World Championships in the Junior Division, and hasn’t slowed down much since. He returns to the top-8 in the Masters Division with a potent Metal-type deck. This deck relies a lot on the Abilities of Benched Pokémon; Gustavo uses the Sky Field Stadium card to make room for them in addition to having multiple attackers at the ready.

Pokémon
  • 2
    Shaymin-EX
    106/108
    xy6 106
  • 4
    Bronzor
    60/119
    xy4 60
  • 4
    Bronzong
    61/119
    xy4 61
  • 1
    Bronzong BREAK
    62/124
    xy10 62
  • 2
    Cobalion
    74/114
    xy11 74
  • 2
    Aegislash-EX
    65/119
    xy4 65
  • 2
    Genesect-EX
    64/124
    xy10 64
  • 1
    Magearna-EX
    75/114
    xy11 75
Energy Cards
  • 10
    Metal Energy
    xy1 139
Trainer Cards
  • 1
    Battle Compressor Team Flare Gear
    xy4 92
  • 4
    Max Elixir
    xy9 102
  • 3
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 3
    N
    bw5 96
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy1 122
  • 3
    Fighting Fury Belt
    xy9 99
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    bw10 90
  • 1
    Xerosic
    xy4 110
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy2 90
  • 2
    AZ
    xy4 91
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 1
    Sky Field
    xy6 89
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With a Night March deck such as Luca Schuster’s, stocking the discard pile with Pokémon is of utmost importance. But cards such as Ultra Ball and Professor Sycamore can sometimes result in other cards getting in the discard pile that you actually want. Puzzle of Time is handy in getting cards back in our hand, but you need two of them. If one is prized, you could be in trouble, but Luca keeps a Town Map in his deck for that exact situation.

Pokémon
  • 4
    Pumpkaboo
    44/119
    xy4 44
  • 4
    Joltik
    26/119
    xy4 26
  • 4
    Lampent
    42/119
    xy4 42
  • 3
    Vespiquen
    10/98
    xy7 10
  • 3
    Combee
    9/98
    xy7 9
  • 3
    Shaymin-EX
    106/108
    xy6 106
Energy Cards
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy1 130
Trainer Cards
  • 3
    Professor Sycamore
    xy1 122
  • 1
    Lysandre
    xy2 90
  • 1
    Teammates
    xy5 160
  • 1
    N
    bw5 96
  • 1
    AZ
    xy4 91
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    bw10 90
  • 4
    Trainers' Mail
    xy6 92
  • 4
    Puzzle of Time
    xy9 109
  • 4
    Battle Compressor Team Flare Gear
    xy4 92
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 2
    Dimension Valley
    xy4 93
  • 1
    Town Map
    xy8 150
  • 1
    Target Whistle Team Flare Gear
    xy4 106
  • 1
    Escape Rope
    xy5 127
  • 1
    Startling Megaphone
    xy2 97
  • 1
    Special Charge
    xy11 105
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Like many Night March players, Brad Curcio quickly found room for the Pokémon Ranger Trainer card in his deck. It gets around pesky attack effects that can be problematic, such as Jolteon-EX’s shutdown of attacks by Basic Pokémon. This might be the last hurrah for Night March, but a card as powerful as Pokémon Ranger will probably be popular for a long time.

Pokémon
  • 2
    Mew
    29/124
    xy10 29
  • 4
    Lampent
    42/119
    xy4 42
  • 4
    Pumpkaboo
    44/119
    xy4 44
  • 4
    Joltik
    26/119
    xy4 26
  • 3
    Shaymin-EX
    106/108
    xy6 106
Energy Cards
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy1 130
Trainer Cards
  • 3
    Professor Sycamore
    xy1 122
  • 2
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy2 90
  • 1
    Pokémon Ranger
    xy11 113
  • 1
    AZ
    xy4 91
  • 1
    N
    bw5 96
  • 1
    Teammates
    xy5 160
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    bw10 90
  • 4
    Puzzle of Time
    xy9 109
  • 4
    Battle Compressor Team Flare Gear
    xy4 92
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 3
    Trainers' Mail
    xy6 92
  • 2
    Fighting Fury Belt
    xy9 99
  • 1
    Special Charge
    xy11 105
  • 1
    Escape Rope
    xy5 127
  • 1
    Startling Megaphone
    xy2 97
  • 1
    Target Whistle Team Flare Gear
    xy4 106
  • 3
    Dimension Valley
    xy4 93
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Bert Wolters’ deck can get off to a really fast start with Talonflame in the lead, followed by a variety of Poké Balls to get the rest of his Pokémon into action. Bert is also prepared for the later stages of a match, including N and Delinquent for shortening his opponent’s hand, and Sacred Ash to retrieve Pokémon lost to the discard pile.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Greninja BREAK
    41/122
    xy9 41
  • 3
    Greninja
    40/122
    xy9 40
  • 1
    Greninja
    41/146
    xy1 41
  • 4
    Frogadier
    39/122
    xy9 39
  • 3
    Froakie
    38/122
    xy9 38
  • 3
    Talonflame
    96/114
    xy11 96
Energy Cards
  • 8
    Water Energy
    xy1 134
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy1 122
  • 3
    N
    bw5 96
  • 1
    Ace Trainer
    xy7 69
  • 1
    Wally
    xy6 107
  • 1
    Fisherman
    xy8 136
  • 1
    Delinquent
    xy9 98
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 3
    Trainers' Mail
    xy6 92
  • 4
    Dive Ball
    xy5 125
  • 2
    Ultra Ball
    bw10 90
  • 1
    Level Ball
    bw4 89
  • 3
    Bursting Balloon
    xy9 97
  • 1
    Startling Megaphone
    xy2 97
  • 1
    Super Rod
    dv1 20
  • 1
    Sacred Ash
    xy2 96
  • 4
    Rough Seas
    xy5 137
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