Junior Division Top-8 Decks

The eight competitors to reach the Junior Division top cut had to make it through a strong field of diverse players and decks. They did it with innovative decks and smart tactics while obviously having a lot of fun, demonstrating the best of what the Pokémon TCG has to offer its players. Be sure to check out more Pokémon TCG and video game tournament coverage and analysis at Pokemon.com/Strategy.

  • Liam Halliburton / Darkrai Giratina Garbodor
    Darkrai Giratina Garbodor / Junior Division Champion
  • Travis Beckwith / Genesect Bronzong
    Genesect Bronzong / Junior Division Runner-Up
  • Christian Moreno / Darkrai Giratina Garbodor
    Darkrai Giratina Garbodor / Junior Division Semi-finalist
  • Mikah Javier / Genesect Bronzong
    Genesect Bronzong / Junior Division Semi-finalist
  • Alex Marmon / Mega Manectric Tool Box
    Mega Manectric Tool Box / Junior Division Top-8
  • Ethan Moskowitz / Water Toolbox
    Water Toolbox / Junior Division Top-8
  • Kyle Inman / Houndoom Bunnelby
    Houndoom Bunnelby / Junior Division Top-8
  • Isaac Petruski / Genesect Bronzong
    Genesect Bronzong / Junior Division Top-8

Pokémon
  • 2
    Darkrai-EX
    118/122
    xy9 118
  • 2
    Giratina-EX
    57/98
    xy7 57
  • 2
    Trubbish
    56/122
    xy9 56
  • 2
    Garbodor
    57/122
    xy9 57
  • 2
    Shaymin-EX
    106/108
    xy6 106
  • 1
    Latios-EX
    101/108
    xy6 101
  • 1
    Tyrantrum-EX
    XY70
    xyp XY70
  • 1
    Yveltal
    RC16
    g1 RC16
  • 1
    Yveltal-EX
    144/146
    xy1 144
Energy Cards
  • 4
    Double Dragon Energy
    xy6 97
  • 8
    Basic { Darkness } Energy
    g1 81
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 2
    N
    xy10 105
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy2 104
  • 1
    Cassius
    xy1 115
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    xy10 113
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy6 110
  • 4
    Trainers' Mail
    xy7 100
  • 3
    Max Elixir
    xy9 102
  • 3
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 2
    Muscle Band
    xy1 121
  • 2
    Fighting Fury Belt
    xy9 99
  • 2
    Parallel City
    xy8 145
  • 1
    Escape Rope
    xy5 127
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Travis Beckwith’s deck included the usual grouping of Bronzong, Genesect-EX, and Aegislash-EX, but he opted to add Hoopa-EX for additional support. Hoopa-EX can make it easier for Travis to get Gensect-EX, Shaymin-EX, and Aegislash-EX on the field, but it can also create risky situations for Travis because it has a high retreat cost and isn’t able to attack.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Genesect-EX
    120/124
    xy10 120
  • 1
    Aegislash-EX
    65/119
    xy4 65
  • 2
    Shaymin-EX
    106/108
    xy6 106
  • 4
    Bronzor
    60/124
    xy10 60
  • 3
    Bronzong
    61/119
    xy4 61
  • 1
    Bronzong
    61/124
    xy10 61
  • 1
    Bronzong BREAK
    62/124
    xy10 62
  • 1
    Hoopa-EX
    89/98
    xy7 89
  • 1
    Jirachi
    XY67
    xyp XY67
Energy Cards
  • 10
    Basic { Metal } Energy
    g1 82
Trainer Cards
  • 3
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 3
    N
    xy10 105
  • 2
    AZ
    xy4 117
  • 1
    Lysandre
    xy2 104
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    xy10 113
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy6 110
  • 4
    Max Elixir
    xy9 102
  • 3
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 2
    Fighting Fury Belt
    xy9 99
  • 2
    Sky Field
    xy6 89
  • 1
    Sacred Ash
    xy2 96
  • 1
    Level Ball
    xy7 76
  • 1
    Battle Compressor Team Flare Gear
    xy4 92
  • 1
    Startling Megaphone
    xy2 97
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Darkrai-EX is the centerpiece of Christian Moreno’s great deck. Christian uses Giratina-EX and Double Dragon Energy to quickly get a lot of Energy on the board, giving Dark Pulse all the power it needs. Plus, he also includes Hydreigon-EX to make it easier for Giratina-EX to retreat without penalty with its Dragon Road Ability, and it can even provide some extra damage that ignores effects on the defending Pokémon with its Shred in a jam.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Darkrai-EX
    118/122
    xy9 118
  • 2
    Giratina-EX
    93/98
    xy7 93
  • 2
    Hydreigon-EX
    103/108
    xy6 103
  • 2
    Shaymin-EX
    106/108
    xy6 106
  • 1
    Hoopa-EX
    89/98
    xy7 89
  • 1
    Yveltal-EX
    144/146
    xy1 144
  • 1
    Yveltal
    RC16
    g1 RC16
  • 2
    Trubbish
    56/122
    xy9 56
  • 2
    Garbodor
    57/122
    xy9 57
Energy Cards
  • 4
    Double Dragon Energy
    xy6 97
  • 9
    Basic { Darkness } Energy
    g1 81
Trainer Cards
  • 2
    Parallel City
    xy8 145
  • 2
    Fighting Fury Belt
    xy9 99
  • 1
    Muscle Band
    xy1 121
  • 2
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 1
    Super Rod
    xy8 149
  • 1
    Escape Rope
    xy5 127
  • 3
    Ultra Ball
    xy10 113
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy6 110
  • 3
    Trainers' Mail
    xy7 100
  • 4
    Max Elixir
    xy9 102
  • 1
    Lysandre
    xy2 104
  • 1
    AZ
    xy4 117
  • 2
    N
    xy10 105
  • 1
    Xerosic
    xy4 119
  • 3
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
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The version of the Metal-type deck used by Mikah Javier featured a single copy of Parallel City, adding an option to make it difficult for his opponent to set up, or to discard some of his own Pokémon depending on the situation. He also added a second copy of Bronzong BREAK to his deck, giving him more chances to break matches open than his rivals.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Genesect-EX
    120/124
    xy10 120
  • 1
    Aegislash-EX
    65/119
    xy4 65
  • 3
    Shaymin-EX
    106/108
    xy6 106
  • 4
    Bronzor
    60/119
    xy4 60
  • 3
    Bronzong
    61/119
    xy4 61
  • 1
    Bronzong
    61/124
    xy10 61
  • 2
    Bronzong BREAK
    62/124
    xy10 62
Energy Cards
  • 10
    Basic { Metal } Energy
    g1 82
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy6 110
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    xy10 113
  • 4
    Max Elixir
    xy9 102
  • 3
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 2
    Fighting Fury Belt
    xy9 99
  • 1
    Startling Megaphone
    xy2 97
  • 1
    Battle Compressor Team Flare Gear
    xy4 92
  • 1
    Super Rod
    xy8 149
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 2
    N
    xy10 105
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy2 104
  • 2
    AZ
    xy4 117
  • 2
    Sky Field
    xy6 89
  • 1
    Parallel City
    xy8 145
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Alex Marmon added Ho-Oh-EX to the common partnership of Mega Manectric-EX and Jolteon-EX to charge into the Junior Division Top-8. Ho-Oh-EX gives Alex a way to hit his opponent’s Bench. Plus, Ho-Oh is hard to knock out due its Purifying Fire Ability healing 50 HP each turn and some added HP from Fighting Fury Belt.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Manectric-EX
    113/119
    xy4 113
  • 3
    M Manectric-EX
    24/119
    xy4 24
  • 2
    Ho-Oh-EX
    121/122
    xy9 121
  • 1
    Jolteon-EX
    28/83
    g1 28
  • 1
    Jirachi
    XY67
    xyp XY67
  • 2
    Shaymin-EX
    106/108
    xy6 106
  • 1
    Hoopa-EX
    89/98
    xy7 89
Energy Cards
  • 5
    Basic { Lightning } Energy
    g1 78
  • 3
    Basic { Water } Energy
    g1 77
  • 3
    Basic { Grass } Energy
    g1 75
  • 2
    Basic { Fire } Energy
    g1 76
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy2 104
  • 1
    N
    xy10 105
  • 1
    AZ
    xy4 117
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    xy10 113
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy6 110
  • 4
    Max Elixir
    xy9 102
  • 3
    Trainers' Mail
    xy7 100
  • 3
    Manectric Spirit Link
    xy4 100
  • 2
    Fighting Fury Belt
    xy9 99
  • 1
    Battle Compressor Team Flare Gear
    xy4 92
  • 1
    Switch
    xy6 163
  • 1
    Super Rod
    xy8 149
  • 2
    Rough Seas
    xy5 137
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Seismitoad-EX was super popular in past seasons, but it has declined in popularity recently. But as Ethan Moskowitz has shown, it can still bring a ton of value to a deck, especially now that it can be bundled with some other excellent Water-type Pokémon including Glaceon-EX, Articuno, and Regice. Combined with the Trainer card Max Elixir, this deck is quick and versatile.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Seismitoad-EX
    106/111
    xy3 106
  • 3
    Shaymin-EX
    106/108
    xy6 106
  • 1
    Glaceon-EX
    20/124
    xy10 20
  • 2
    Manaphy-EX
    116/122
    xy9 116
  • 1
    Hoopa-EX
    89/98
    xy7 89
  • 2
    Articuno
    17/108
    xy6 17
  • 1
    Regice
    24/98
    xy7 24
Energy Cards
  • 12
    Basic { Water } Energy
    g1 77
Trainer Cards
  • 2
    Energy Switch
    xy6 109
  • 4
    Trainers' Mail
    xy7 100
  • 1
    AZ
    xy4 117
  • 1
    Xerosic
    xy4 119
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy6 110
  • 3
    Fighting Fury Belt
    xy9 99
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    xy10 113
  • 4
    Max Elixir
    xy9 102
  • 4
    Rough Seas
    xy5 137
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy2 104
  • 1
    Super Rod
    xy8 149
  • 3
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 2
    N
    xy10 105
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Kyle Inman took a completely different route from virtually the whole rest of the field. This deck uses Houndoom-EX and Bunnelby to chew away at the opponent’s deck until it’s gone. He enhanced his strategy with some uncommon Trainer cards, including Team Rocket’s Handiwork, Trick Shovel, and Team Aqua’s Secret Base. As long as Kyle can keep his Pokémon from getting knocked out long enough, he’ll walk away the winner—without knocking out a Pokémon himself.

Pokémon
  • 4
    Houndoom-EX
    153/162
    xy8 153
  • 2
    Bunnelby
    121/160
    xy5 121
  • 2
    Shaymin-EX
    106/108
    xy6 106
Energy Cards
  • 7
    Basic { Fire } Energy
    g1 76
Trainer Cards
  • 2
    Fighting Fury Belt
    xy9 99
  • 1
    Head Ringer Team Flare Hyper Gear
    xy4 97
  • 3
    Team Flare Grunt
    xy1 129
  • 2
    Lysandre
    xy2 104
  • 2
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 2
    Shauna
    xy10 111
  • 2
    Team Rocket's Handiwork
    xy10 124
  • 2
    Xerosic
    xy4 119
  • 1
    AZ
    xy4 117
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 1
    Skyla
    xy9 122
  • 4
    Crushing Hammer
    g1 60
  • 4
    Trainers' Mail
    xy7 100
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    xy10 113
  • 3
    Super Scoop Up
    xy3 100
  • 3
    Trick Shovel
    xy2 98
  • 3
    VS Seeker
    xy6 110
  • 2
    Enhanced Hammer
    xy4 94
  • 1
    Startling Megaphone
    xy2 97
  • 2
    Team Aqua's Secret Base
    dc1 28
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Isaac Petruski was one of several Junior Division players that chose to use a deck based around the Metal-type Pokémon Genesect-EX and Bronzong. Isaac was the only one of these players to include Xerosic in his deck, giving him some added ability to disrupt his opponents. He was also the only one of these players to include a single copy of Assault Vest in his deck, giving him some added durability against decks using Special Energy.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Genesect-EX
    64/124
    xy10 64
  • 1
    Aegislash-EX
    65/119
    xy4 65
  • 2
    Shaymin-EX
    106/108
    xy6 106
  • 4
    Bronzor
    60/124
    xy10 60
  • 3
    Bronzong
    61/119
    xy4 61
  • 1
    Bronzong
    61/124
    xy10 61
  • 1
    Bronzong BREAK
    62/124
    xy10 62
  • 1
    Jirachi
    XY67
    xyp XY67
Energy Cards
  • 10
    Basic { Metal } Energy
    g1 82
Trainer Cards
  • 2
    N
    xy10 105
  • 3
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 1
    Lysandre
    xy2 104
  • 1
    Xerosic
    xy4 119
  • 2
    AZ
    xy4 117
  • 1
    Sacred Ash
    xy2 96
  • 3
    Max Elixir
    xy9 102
  • 3
    Sky Field
    xy6 89
  • 1
    Startling Megaphone
    xy2 97
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy6 110
  • 1
    Assault Vest
    xy8 133
  • 2
    Fighting Fury Belt
    xy9 99
  • 3
    Trainers' Mail
    xy7 100
  • 3
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    xy10 113
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