North American International Championships Pokémon TCG Junior Division

  • Regan Retzloff (United States)
    Junior Division Champion—Xerneas / Galvantula
  • Jared Chapman (United States)
    Junior Division Runner-Up—Greninja BREAK
  • Jackson Heier (United States)
    Junior Division Semifinalist—Greninja BREAK
  • John Gavin III (United States)
    Junior Division Semifinalist—Espeon / Garbodor
  • Zion Di Tizio (Brazil)
    Junior Division Quarterfinalist—Zoroark BREAK
  • Liam Halliburton (United States)
    Junior Division Quarterfinalist—Espeon / Garbodor
  • Walker Halliburton (United States)
    Junior Division Quarterfinalist—Espeon / Garbodor
  • Nick Bocchetti (United States)
    Junior Division Quarterfinalist—Zoroark BREAK

Regan’s deck is an interesting one that we don’t see often in the metagame. It takes advantage of dual-type Pokémon to power up Xerneas and its Rainbow Force attack, which does more damage based on the number of different types of Pokémon on Regan’s Bench. He stretches out his Bench with Sky Field to give himself even more damage potential. It’s not a common deck, but certainly one good enough to propel Regan to International Champion.

Pokémon
  • 4
    Xerneas
    107/162
    xy8 107
  • 2
    Galvantula
    42/114
    xy11 42
  • 2
    Joltik
    41/114
    xy11 41
  • 2
    Shaymin-EX
    77/108
    xy6 77
  • 1
    Volcanion-EX
    26/114
    xy11 26
  • 1
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
  • 1
    Genesect-EX
    120/124
    xy10 120
  • 1
    Alolan Diglett
    86/149
    sm1 86
  • 1
    Oranguru
    113/149
    sm1 113
Energy Cards
  • 9
    Basic { Fairy } Energy
    xy12 99
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 2
    N
    xy10 105
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 1
    Pokémon Fan Club
    xy10 107
  • 1
    Teammates
    xy5 141
  • 3
    Sky Field
    xy6 89
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 4
    Max Elixir
    xy9 102
  • 2
    Energy Switch
    sm1 117
  • 2
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 1
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 1
    Super Rod
    xy8 149
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Some great players come up with innovative decks to win. Others such as Jared demonstrate that you can win by playing a straightforward deck better than your opponents. His Greninja BREAK deck isn't going to surprise anyone, but how he plays it very well might.

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
  • 1
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 1
    Ace Trainer
    xy7 69
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 4
    N
    xy10 105
  • 2
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 4
    Dive Ball
    xy5 125
  • 1
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 2
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 2
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 1
    Max Potion
    sm2 128
  • 1
    Fisherman
    xy8 136
  • 2
    Rough Seas
    xy5 137
  • 2
    Super Rod
    xy8 149
  • 1
    Teammates
    xy5 141
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Recognizing that Greninja BREAK decks really get going when there's a full Bench of the Water-type Pokémon—and it can be a game loss if one gets prized. Jackson has included a Rotom Dex Item card in his deck for such a situation arises.

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
  • 7
    Basic { Water } Energy
    xy12 93
  • 2
    Splash Energy
    xy9 113
Trainer Cards
  • 1
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 1
    Wally
    g1 RC27
  • 3
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 3
    N
    xy10 105
  • 4
    Dive Ball
    xy5 125
  • 1
    Level Ball
    xy7 76
  • 1
    Ace Trainer
    xy7 69
  • 1
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 3
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 2
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 2
    Max Potion
    sm2 128
  • 1
    Fisherman
    xy8 136
  • 3
    Silent Lab
    xy5 140
  • 1
    Rotom Dex
    sm1 131
  • 1
    Skyla
    xy8 148
  • 1
    Repeat Ball
    xy5 136
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Not enough can be said about the effectiveness of Espeon-GX. John knows this to be true—his deck includes three of them to deliver quick hits, big blows, and a GX-Attack that could seal victory.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Eevee
    101/149
    sm1 101
  • 4
    Espeon-GX
    61/149
    sm1 61
  • 1
    Flareon
    13/98
    xy7 13
  • 3
    Garbodor
    51/145
    sm2 51
  • 1
    Garbodor
    57/122
    xy9 57
  • 4
    Trubbish
    56/122
    xy9 56
  • 1
    Shaymin-EX
    77/108
    xy6 77
  • 2
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
  • 1
    Mewtwo
    51/108
    xy12 51
Energy Cards
  • 8
    Basic { Psychic } Energy
    xy12 95
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
Trainer Cards
  • 3
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 2
    N
    xy10 105
  • 1
    Brigette
    xy8 134
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 3
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 3
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 2
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 2
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 1
    Olympia
    g1 66
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
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Tauros-GX hasn't exactly been super popular, but maybe after Zion includes it on his deck in a deep run at the North American Internationals the Pokémon will see more action. It certainly fits the mold with Tapu Lele-GX and Zoroark as Pokémon needing only Colorless Energy to get going.

Pokémon
  • 2
    Zoroark BREAK
    92/162
    xy8 92
  • 4
    Zoroark
    91/162
    xy8 91
  • 4
    Zorua
    89/162
    xy8 89
  • 1
    Shaymin-EX
    77/108
    xy6 77
  • 1
    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
  • 1
    Tapu Koko
    SM31
    smp SM31
  • 1
    Tauros-GX
    156/149
    sm1 156
Energy Cards
  • 6
    Basic { Darkness } Energy
    xy12 97
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 4
    N
    xy10 105
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 1
    Brigette
    xy8 134
  • 1
    Teammates
    xy5 141
  • 1
    Professor Kukui
    sm1 128
  • 1
    Team Magma’s Secret Base
    dc1 32
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 3
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 2
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 2
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 1
    Special Charge
    xy11 105
  • 1
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 1
    Nest Ball
    sm1 123
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We're seeing a lot fewer Shaymin-EX in play since the introduction of Tapu Lele-GX. But Liam is hoping to have the best of both worlds, including each of the powerful Pokémon in his Garbodor and Espeon-GX deck.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Eevee
    101/149
    sm1 101
  • 3
    Espeon-GX
    61/149
    sm1 61
  • 1
    Flareon
    13/98
    xy7 13
  • 3
    Garbodor
    51/145
    sm2 51
  • 1
    Garbodor
    57/122
    xy9 57
  • 4
    Trubbish
    56/122
    xy9 56
  • 1
    Shaymin-EX
    77/108
    xy6 77
  • 2
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
  • 1
    Oranguru
    113/149
    sm1 113
  • 1
    Tapu Koko
    SM31
    smp SM31
Energy Cards
  • 8
    Basic { Psychic } Energy
    xy12 95
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 3
    N
    xy10 105
  • 1
    Brigette
    xy8 134
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 3
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 3
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 4
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 2
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 2
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
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Walker augments his fairly standard Espeon-GX and Garbodor deck with Tapu Koko, a card that can spread a ton of damage onto his opponent's Bench. He might not get any Knock Outs this way, but it'll be a lot easier for him once these Pokémon are forced into the Active position with Walker's two Lysandre Trainer cards.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Eevee
    101/149
    sm1 101
  • 3
    Espeon-GX
    61/149
    sm1 61
  • 1
    Flareon
    13/98
    xy7 13
  • 3
    Garbodor
    51/145
    sm2 51
  • 1
    Garbodor
    57/122
    xy9 57
  • 4
    Trubbish
    56/122
    xy9 56
  • 1
    Shaymin-EX
    77/108
    xy6 77
  • 2
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
  • 1
    Oranguru
    113/149
    sm1 113
  • 1
    Tapu Koko
    SM31
    smp SM31
Energy Cards
  • 8
    Basic { Psychic } Energy
    xy12 95
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 3
    N
    xy10 105
  • 1
    Brigette
    xy8 134
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 3
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 3
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 4
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 2
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 1
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
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Playing a Zoroark deck can be exciting. Every match is a little different and it takes a talented player to be able to adapt to whatever comes his or her way. Nick showed up prepared with a host of different Trainer cards, and keeps Tapu Lele-GX and Drampa-GX close in case he needs a little extra firepower.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Zoroark BREAK
    92/162
    xy8 92
  • 4
    Zoroark
    91/162
    xy8 91
  • 4
    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
  • 2
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 1
    Brigette
    xy8 134
  • 1
    Teammates
    xy5 141
  • 1
    Professor Kukui
    sm1 128
  • 2
    Team Magma’s Secret Base
    dc1 32
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 3
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 4
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 2
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 1
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 1
    Special Charge
    xy11 105
  • 1
    Super Rod
    xy8 149
  • 1
    Captivating Poké Puff
    xy11 99
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