World Championships TCG Senior Division

  • Zachary Bokhari (United States)
    Senior Division Champion—Alolan Ninetales-GX
  • Michael Long (Canada)
    Senior Division Runner-up—Greninja BREAK
  • Takumi Kaji (Japan)
    Senior Division Semifinalist—Gardevoir-GX / Sylveon-GX
  • Yuu Ito (Japan)
    Senior Division Semifinalist—Garbodor / Drampa-GX
  • Nick Conocenti (United States)
    Senior Division Quarterfinalist—Alolan Ninetales-GX
  • Justin Lambert (United States)
    Senior Division Quarterfinalist—Gardevoir-GX
  • Connor Pedersen (United States)
    Senior Division Quarterfinalist—Drampa-GX / Garbodor
  • Tanner Hurley (United States)
    Senior Division Quarterfinalist—Decidueye-GX

The combination of Alolan Ninetales-GX and Tapu Koko means no Pokémon can hide, allowing Zachary to make quick work of his opponent's Benched Pokémon. He has added a Karen into his deck, letting him recover all Pokémon from his discard pile back into his deck. This allows him a second chance to draw his Pokémon, as well as provide defense against any late-game Oricorio his opponent might use.

Pokémon
  • 4
    Alolan Vulpix
    21/145
    sm2 21
  • 3
    Alolan Ninetales-GX
    22/145
    sm2 22
  • 2
    Remoraid
    31/162
    xy8 31
  • 2
    Octillery
    33/162
    xy8 33
  • 2
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
  • 1
    Tapu Koko
    SM30
    smp SM30
  • 1
    Sudowoodo
    66/145
    sm2 66
  • 1
    Giratina
    XY184
    xyp XY184
Energy Cards
  • 7
    Water Energy
    nrg1 28
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 3
    N
    xy10 105
  • 2
    Guzma
    sm3 115
  • 1
    Pokémon Center Lady
    g1 68
  • 1
    Karen
    xyp XY177
  • 1
    Brigette
    xy8 134
  • 1
    Professor Kukui
    sm1 128
  • 3
    Rough Seas
    xy5 137
  • 3
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 4
    Aqua Patch
    sm2 119
  • 3
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 2
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 1
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
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Michael won the North American International Championships with a Greninja BREAK deck, so it's not shocking to see him continue to find success with it at Worlds. He plays a Jirachi with the Stardust attack, which both knocks off a Special Energy from his opponent's Active Pokémon as well as prevents a retaliatory strike on Jirachi during his opponent's next turn. This card was pretty popular a while back, but enough players have forgotten about it that Michael has been able to keep surprising his opponents.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Greninja BREAK
    41/122
    xy9 41
  • 4
    Greninja
    40/122
    xy9 40
  • 4
    Frogadier
    39/122
    xy9 39
  • 4
    Froakie
    38/122
    xy9 38
  • 1
    Jirachi
    XY67
    xyp XY67
  • 1
    Starmie
    31/108
    xy12 31
  • 1
    Staryu
    25/122
    xy9 25
Energy Cards
  • 7
    Water Energy
    nrg1 28
  • 3
    Splash Energy
    xy9 113
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 4
    N
    xy10 105
  • 2
    Teammates
    xy5 141
  • 1
    Guzma
    sm3 115
  • 1
    Ace Trainer
    xy7 69
  • 4
    Dive Ball
    xy5 125
  • 2
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 2
    Level Ball
    xy7 76
  • 3
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 3
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 2
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 2
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 1
    Super Rod
    xy8 149
  • 1
    Enhanced Hammer
    sm2 124
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With all the great Grass-type Pokémon in the field, Takumi has opted to include Flareon in his deck to counter them. Flareon can add the Fire type to his Stage-1 Sylveon-GX, allowing the Pokémon to hit the likes of Decidueye-GX and Golisopod-GX for weakness.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Gardevoir-GX
    93/147
    sm3 93
  • 1
    Gallade
    84/162
    xy8 84
  • 3
    Kirlia
    92/147
    sm3 92
  • 4
    Ralts
    91/147
    sm3 91
  • 2
    Sylveon-GX
    92/145
    sm2 92
  • 1
    Flareon
    13/98
    xy7 13
  • 3
    Eevee
    101/149
    sm1 101
  • 2
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
Energy Cards
  • 8
    Fairy Energy
    nrg1 34
  • 3
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
  • 2
    Wonder Energy
    xy5 144
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 2
    N
    xy10 105
  • 2
    Guzma
    sm3 115
  • 1
    Brigette
    xy8 134
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 1
    Acerola
    sm3 112
  • 1
    Parallel City
    xy8 145
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 2
    Rare Candy
    sm1 129
  • 1
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 1
    Super Rod
    xy8 149
  • 2
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 1
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 1
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
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Yuu has decided to include Magearna-EX in his Garbodor deck for extra protection with the aid of Rainbow Energy—when attached to his Pokémon, it can become Metal Energy, giving them immunity to side effects of attacks. What’s more, the Rainbow Energy works well for adding a small amount of damage to his own Pokémon to boost Drampa-GX’s Berserk attack. Yuu also uses Multi Switch, a card that allows him to move any Energy up to his Active Pokémon—a useful skill when running eight Special Energy.

Pokémon
  • 3
    Drampa-GX
    115/145
    sm2 115
  • 2
    Garbodor
    51/145
    sm2 51
  • 1
    Garbodor
    57/122
    xy9 57
  • 3
    Trubbish
    56/122
    xy9 56
  • 1
    Trubbish
    50/145
    sm2 50
  • 3
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
  • 1
    Magearna-EX
    75/114
    xy11 75
Energy Cards
  • 3
    Psychic Energy
    nrg1 30
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
  • 4
    Rainbow Energy
    xy8 152
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 3
    N
    xy10 105
  • 1
    Guzma
    sm3 115
  • 1
    Brigette
    xy8 134
  • 1
    Teammates
    xy5 141
  • 1
    Acerola
    sm3 112
  • 2
    Po Town
    sm3 121
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 4
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 3
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 3
    Multi Switch
    sm2 129
  • 2
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 2
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
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Nick's goal with this deck is to do a little damage to all of his opponent's Pokémon with Tapu Koko's Flying Flip attack. Then the real damage gets going with Alolan Ninetales-GX, which hits for a much harder 50 damage to any single Pokémon on his opponent's side. Nick uses the Mallow Supporter card as an interesting way to manipulate his deck before using Octillery's Abyssal Hand Ability.

Pokémon
  • 4
    Alolan Vulpix
    21/145
    sm2 21
  • 3
    Alolan Ninetales-GX
    22/145
    sm2 22
  • 2
    Remoraid
    31/162
    xy8 31
  • 2
    Octillery
    33/162
    xy8 33
  • 2
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
  • 2
    Tapu Koko
    SM30
    smp SM30
  • 1
    Sudowoodo
    66/145
    sm2 66
Energy Cards
  • 8
    Water Energy
    nrg1 28
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
Trainer Cards
  • 3
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 3
    N
    xy10 105
  • 2
    Guzma
    sm3 115
  • 1
    Mallow
    sm2 127
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 1
    Brigette
    xy8 134
  • 3
    Rough Seas
    xy5 137
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 4
    Aqua Patch
    sm2 119
  • 3
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 2
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 1
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
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Justin built a Gardevoir-GX deck with the Gallade and Octillery combination for getting the cards he wants into play. As a fallback, he also included Mallow—they serve mostly the same purpose, but in different ways. The Wonder Energy in his deck is to prevent the effects of attacks such as getting Confused by Espeon-GX's Psybeam attack, or having an Energy knocked off by Garbodor's less-heralded Acid Spray.

Pokémon
  • 4
    Ralts
    91/147
    sm3 91
  • 3
    Kirlia
    92/147
    sm3 92
  • 3
    Gardevoir-GX
    93/147
    sm3 93
  • 1
    Gallade
    84/162
    xy8 84
  • 2
    Remoraid
    32/162
    xy8 32
  • 2
    Octillery
    33/162
    xy8 33
  • 1
    Sudowoodo
    66/145
    sm2 66
  • 2
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
Energy Cards
  • 7
    Fairy Energy
    nrg1 34
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
  • 1
    Wonder Energy
    xy5 144
Trainer Cards
  • 3
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 3
    N
    xy10 105
  • 2
    Brigette
    xy8 134
  • 1
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 1
    Guzma
    sm3 115
  • 1
    Mallow
    sm2 127
  • 1
    Hex Maniac
    xy7 75
  • 3
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 4
    Rare Candy
    sm1 129
  • 2
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
  • 1
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 2
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 2
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
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Sustaining his success as the runner-up at the 2016 World Championships last year, Connor has shown he has what it takes to make it to the top. His Garbodor deck is one of the very few running the new Tapu Fini-GX from the Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows expansion. It’s Tapu Storm-GX attack is brutally effective at slowing down his opponent by returning his or her Active Pokémon and all the cards attached to it back into the deck.

Pokémon
  • 4
    Trubbish
    56/122
    xy9 56
  • 3
    Garbodor
    51/145
    sm2 51
  • 1
    Garbodor
    57/122
    xy9 57
  • 3
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
  • 2
    Drampa-GX
    115/145
    sm2 115
  • 1
    Tapu Fini-GX
    39/147
    sm3 39
Energy Cards
  • 4
    Psychic Energy
    nrg1 30
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
  • 4
    Rainbow Energy
    xy8 152
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 3
    N
    xy10 105
  • 2
    Guzma
    sm3 115
  • 1
    Professor Kukui
    sm1 128
  • 1
    Team Flare Grunt
    g1 73
  • 1
    Brigette
    xy8 134
  • 1
    Teammates
    xy5 141
  • 3
    Po Town
    sm3 121
  • 3
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 4
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 4
    Float Stone
    xy8 137
  • 2
    Rescue Stretcher
    sm2 130
  • 1
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
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Tanner’s Decidueye-GX and Vileplume deck has few twists to it, but his skill in managing the game has vaulted him into the Top 8. His deck doesn’t include a lot if Item cards, but he has to be aware of which ones he has played so he can get the timing right on his Vileplume—bring Vileplume out too early and he’ll shut down his own progress.

Pokémon
  • 4
    Decidueye-GX
    12/149
    sm1 12
  • 4
    Dartrix
    10/149
    sm1 10
  • 4
    Rowlet
    9/149
    sm1 9
  • 2
    Vileplume
    3/98
    xy7 3
  • 2
    Gloom
    2/98
    xy7 2
  • 2
    Oddish
    4/147
    sm3 4
  • 3
    Tapu Lele-GX
    60/145
    sm2 60
  • 2
    Shaymin-EX
    77/108
    xy6 77
Energy Cards
  • 3
    Grass Energy
    nrg1 26
  • 4
    Double Colorless Energy
    xy12 90
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 3
    N
    xy10 105
  • 3
    Acerola
    sm3 112
  • 2
    Guzma
    sm3 115
  • 4
    Forest of Giant Plants
    xy7 74
  • 4
    Trainers’ Mail
    xy6 92
  • 4
    Ultra Ball
    sm1 135
  • 3
    Level Ball
    xy7 76
  • 2
    Revitalizer
    g1 70
  • 1
    Field Blower
    sm2 125
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