North American International Championships Standout Decks

  • Azul Garcia Grieco
    Masters Division—Volcanion
  • Hayden Cameron-Jacobus
    Masters Division—Metagross
  • Justin Bokhari
    Masters Division—Greninja BREAK
  • Pablo Meza
    Masters Division—Decidueye / Alolan Ninetales
  • Sarah Beckwith
    Masters Division—Zoroark BREAK
  • Steffen Eriksen
    Masters Division—Mega Rayquaza
  • Tom Dolezal
    Masters Division—Espeon / Garbodor

Volcanion decks such as Azul's have been some of the hottest at the North American International Championships. This deck can be hungry for Energy, so Azul answers the call with Turtonator-GX and its Nitro Tank-GX attack, as well as Starmie and its Space Beacon Ability.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Volcanion-EX
    XY173
    xyp XY173
  • 4
    Volcanion
    25/114
    xy11 25
  • 2
    Turtonator-GX
    18/145
    sm2 18
  • 2
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
  • 1
    Starmie
    31/108
    xy12 31
  • 1
    Staryu
    25/122
    xy9 25
Energy Cards
  • 14
    Basic { Fire } Energy
    xy12 92
Trainer Cards
  • 3
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 4
    N
    xy10 105
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 1
    Olympia
    g1 66
  • 3
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 3
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 2
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 2
    Max Elixir
    xy9 102
  • 2
    Switch
    sm1 132
  • 2
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 3
    Fighting Fury Belt
    xy9 99
  • 1
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 3
    Brooklet Hill
    sm2 120
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Hayden's deck is a testament to the amazing quality of the Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising expansion—every one of his Pokémon hails from it. Metagross-GX hasn't quite blown up yet, but it has all the elements to become a winning Pokémon.

Pokémon
  • 4
    Metagross-GX
    85/145
    sm2 85
  • 3
    Metang
    84/145
    sm2 84
  • 4
    Beldum
    83/145
    sm2 83
  • 1
    Alolan Ninetales-GX
    22/145
    sm2 22
  • 2
    Alolan Vulpix
    21/145
    sm2 21
  • 2
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
Energy Cards
  • 9
    Basic { Metal } Energy
    xy12 98
  • 2
    Basic { Psychic } Energy
    xy12 95
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 3
    N
    xy10 105
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 1
    Brigette
    xy8 134
  • 1
    Professor Kukui
    sm1 128
  • 1
    Karen
    xyp XY177
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 3
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 3
    Max Potion
    sm2 128
  • 3
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 2
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 3
    Rare Candy
    sm1 129
  • 1
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 1
    Ace Trainer
    xy7 69
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Greninja BREAK keeps going and going. It was a standout Pokémon at the 2016 US National Championships, and it's still making a big splash one year later. Justin's deck features a streamlined set of Pokémon, with only the popular Talonflame outside of the Greninja line.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Greninja BREAK
    41/122
    xy9 41
  • 4
    Greninja
    40/122
    xy9 40
  • 4
    Frogadier
    39/122
    xy9 39
  • 3
    Froakie
    38/122
    xy9 38
  • 4
    Talonflame
    96/114
    xy11 96
Energy Cards
  • 8
    Basic { Water } Energy
    xy12 93
  • 2
    Splash Energy
    xy9 113
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 4
    N
    xy10 105
  • 1
    Ace Trainer
    xy7 69
  • 1
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 1
    Teammates
    xy5 141
  • 2
    Silent Lab
    xy5 140
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 3
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 4
    Dive Ball
    xy5 125
  • 2
    Bursting Balloon
    xy9 97
  • 2
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 2
    Super Rod
    xy8 149
  • 2
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
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Pablo has created a deck where none of his opponent's Pokémon are safe. Decidueye-GX, Alolan Ninetales-GX, and Tapu Koko can all deal damage to Benched Pokémon, and Tapu Lele-GX and Mewtwo can hit the opponent's Active Pokémon with serious force.

Pokémon
  • 4
    Decidueye-GX
    12/149
    sm1 12
  • 4
    Dartrix
    10/149
    sm1 10
  • 4
    Rowlet
    9/149
    sm1 9
  • 1
    Alolan Ninetales-GX
    22/145
    sm2 22
  • 2
    Alolan Vulpix
    21/145
    sm2 21
  • 1
    Tapu Koko
    SM31
    smp SM31
  • 1
    Espeon-EX
    52/122
    xy9 52
  • 2
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
  • 1
    Shaymin-EX
    77/108
    xy6 77
  • 1
    Mewtwo
    51/108
    xy12 51
Energy Cards
  • 3
    Basic { Grass } Energy
    xy12 91
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 2
    N
    xy10 105
  • 1
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 1
    Brigette
    xy8 134
  • 1
    Skyla
    xy8 148
  • 1
    Teammates
    xy5 141
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 3
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 2
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 2
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 1
    Level Ball
    xy7 76
  • 1
    Revitalizer
    g1 70
  • 1
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 4
    Forest of Giant Plants
    xy7 74
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The talk of this deck might be the challenging and fun Zoroark BREAK, but don't overlook the value of Drampa-GX. Sarah includes the Team Magma's Secret Base Stadium card to help put damage on her own Pokémon, maximizing Drampa-GX's Berserk attack. It also serves to knock out other pesky Stadium cards such as Brooklet Hill and Forest of Giant Plants.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Zoroark BREAK
    92/162
    xy8 92
  • 4
    Zoroark
    91/162
    xy8 91
  • 2
    Zorua
    90/162
    xy8 90
  • 2
    Zorua
    89/162
    xy8 89
  • 2
    Drampa-GX
    115/145
    sm2 115
  • 2
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
  • 1
    Oranguru
    113/149
    sm1 113
  • 1
    Oricorio
    56/145
    sm2 56
Energy Cards
  • 6
    Basic { Darkness } Energy
    xy12 97
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 3
    N
    xy10 105
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 1
    Brigette
    xy8 134
  • 1
    Delinquent
    xy9 98
  • 1
    Professor Kukui
    sm1 128
  • 1
    Teammates
    xy5 141
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 3
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 2
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 1
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 1
    Super Rod
    xy8 149
  • 1
    Special Charge
    xy11 105
  • 1
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 2
    Team Magma’s Secret Base
    dc1 32
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There's a lot going on in Steffen's Pokémon-stuffed deck. The core of this deck is still Mega Rayquaza-EX and its Emerald Break attack, which is aided by the Sky Field Stadium card. New Pokémon have lined up to fill the Bench, including Oricorio and Tapu Lele-GX, as well as Sudowoodo to keep the power of Sky Field all to himself.

Pokémon
  • 3
    M Rayquaza-EX
    76/108
    xy6 76
  • 2
    Rayquaza-EX
    75/108
    xy6 75
  • 1
    Rayquaza-EX
    60/108
    xy6 60
  • 4
    Shaymin-EX
    77/108
    xy6 77
  • 2
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
  • 2
    Hoopa-EX
    36/98
    xy7 36
  • 1
    Dragonite-EX
    72/108
    xy12 72
  • 1
    Latios-EX
    58/108
    xy6 58
  • 1
    Mew-EX
    RC24
    bw11 RC24
  • 2
    Unown
    30/98
    xy7 30
  • 1
    Tapu Koko
    SM30
    smp SM30
  • 1
    Sudowoodo
    66/145
    sm2 66
  • 1
    Oricorio
    56/145
    sm2 56
Energy Cards
  • 4
    Basic { Psychic } Energy
    xy12 95
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
Trainer Cards
  • 2
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 1
    N
    xy10 105
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 2
    Mallow
    sm2 127
  • 1
    Professor Kukui
    sm1 128
  • 1
    Skyla
    xy8 148
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 4
    Sky Field
    xy6 89
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 3
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 3
    Mega Turbo
    xy6 86
  • 2
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 2
    Rayquaza Spirit Link
    xy6 87
  • 1
    Special Charge
    xy11 105
  • 1
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
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Tom's deck reminds his opponent's that Garbodor has been a fiendish Pokémon for quite some time. Not only does it include the latest Garbodor that can punish opponents for playing Item cards; it also includes the earlier Garbodor that shuts down Abilities.

Pokémon
  • 2
    Espeon-GX
    61/149
    sm1 61
  • 3
    Eevee
    101/149
    sm1 101
  • 3
    Garbodor
    51/145
    sm2 51
  • 1
    Garbodor
    57/122
    xy9 57
  • 4
    Trubbish
    56/122
    xy9 56
  • 1
    Flareon
    13/98
    xy7 13
  • 1
    Oricorio
    56/145
    sm2 56
  • 2
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
Energy Cards
  • 8
    Basic { Psychic } Energy
    xy12 95
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 4
    N
    xy10 105
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 1
    Delinquent
    xy9 98
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 3
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 2
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 2
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 1
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 1
    Super Rod
    xy8 149
  • 2
    Parallel City
    xy8 145
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