Pokémon TCG – The Australian Meta (March 2018)

The Australian Meta

The Perth Regional Championships has just concluded! Who found success? Which decks were piloted to a top cut?

And which deck should you play at the next event? It may be helpful to know which decks dominated Perth and which decks are dominating Pokémon Trading Card Game events around the country. Here are the results from every sanctioned Premier Event in Australia during the month of March.

You can find a list of results from the Australian Premier events in January 2018 here and February 2018 here 

Week 1

10/03 Next Level Games, Ormond | League Challenge (24 Masters)

  1. Gareth Murphy –Golisopod GX / Zoroark GX
  2. Henry Brand – Golisopod GX / Zoroark GX
  3. Wei Zhe Ooi – Ho-Oh GX/ Kiawe
  4. Luke Schmitt – Golisopod GX / Zoroark GX
  5. Hudson Moore – Buzzwole GX/ Garbodor/ Carbink
  6. Tommy Le – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  7. Angus Johnson – Golisopod GX / Zoroark GX
  8. Jack Fone – Golisopod GX / Zoroark GX

10/03 Good Games Battleaxe, Kingston | League Challenge (6 Masters)

  1. David Stevens – Greninja
  2. Steven Mason – Tapu Bulu GX/ Vikavolt
Week 2 (Concurrent with Charlotte Regionals)

17/03 Fastbreak Sports, Brisbane | League Challenge (26 Masters)

  1. Bodhi Cutler – Golisopod GX / Zoroark GX
  2. Max McInnis – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  3. Pearl Grimshaw – Metal
  4. Jack Millar – Golisopod GX / Zoroark GX
  5. Aaron Stringfellow – Metal
  6. Anthony Smith – Metal
  7. Harrison Hodges – Gardevoir GX/ Zoroark GX
  8. Zachery Quince – Zoroark GX/ Weavile

17/03 Good Games, Newcastle | League Challenge (8 Masters)

  1. Joshua Stone- Glaceon GX/ Garbodor
  2. Jake Cruwys – Solgaleo GX/ Zoroark GX
  3. Nick Bell – Ho-Oh GX/ Kiawe
  4. Ellis Longhurst – Gourgeist/ Rotom

18/03 Mega Games, Penrith | League Challenge (15 Masters)

  1. Naomi Murn – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  2. David Patane – Gourgeist/ Rotom
  3. Anders Balle – Ho-Oh GX/ Volcanion EX
  4. Jake Cruwys – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX

18/03 Next Level Games, Dandenong | League Challenge (17 Masters)

  1. Hudson Moore – Buzzwole GX/ Garbodor
  2. Tommy Le – Tapu Bulu GX/ Vikavolt
  3. Chris Schreurs – Golisopod GX / Zoroark GX
  4. Cher Yi – Solgaleo GX / Dusk Mane Necrozma GX

18/03 Guf, Bendigo | League Challenge (7 Masters)

  1. Tyson Maggio – Golisopod GX / Zoroark GX
  2. Nathan Hanns – Buzzwole GX/ Garbodor
  3. Jacob Sparks – Zoroark GX/ Weavile
  4. Nikita Cauchi – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX

18/03 Good Games, Cannington | League Challenge (13 Masters)

  1. Andrew Tandianus – Glaceon GX/ Lapras GX
  2. Daniel Ross-Brown – Greninja
  3. Braden Short – Zoroark GX/ Lycanroc GX
  4. William Sutandi – Greninja

17/03 Guf, Ballarat | League Challenge (Results Unknown)

17/03 Realms of Magic and Miniatures, Queensland | League Challenge (Results Unknown)

[Photo: Perth Regionals, courtesy of Shena Darren]

Week 3 (Concurrent with Portland Regionals)

24/03 Perth Regional Championships (71 Masters)

  1. Colin Tang – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  2. Tait Tran – Zoroark GX/ Lycanroc GX
  3. Matthew Bray – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  4. Angus Johnson – Golisopod GX/ Zoroark GX
  5. Gordon Koh – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  6. Luke McKenna – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  7. Henry Brand – Zoroark GX/ Lycanroc GX
  8. Shane Quinn – Dusk Mane Necrozma GX/ Magnezone
  9. Dylan van der Riet – Ho-Oh GX/ Kiawe
  10. William Sutandi – Volcanion EX
  11. Jake Cruwys – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  12. Greg Chin – Golisopod GX/ Zoroark GX
  13. James Goreing – Zoroark GX/ Zoroark Break/ Hoopa
  14. Shaun Sewell – Gardevoir GX/ Zoroark GX
  15. Tito Santoso – Solgaleo GX/ Zoroark GX
  16. Daniel Ross-Brown – Tapu Bulu GX/ Vikavolt

24/03 Gametraders, Marion | League Challenge (15 Masters)

  1. Matthew Taverna – Metagross GX/ Zoroark GX
  2. Marco de Pinto – Golisopod GX/ Zoroark GX
  3. Daniel Niutta – Zoroark GX/ Weavile
  4. Nick Hensing – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX

25/03 Perth | League Challenge (13 Masters)

  1. James Goreing – Zoroark GX/ Zoroark Break/ Hoopa
  2. Jordan Palmer – Zoroark GX/ Zoroark Break/ Hoopa
  3. Samuel Sutanto – Metagross GX/ Necrozma GX/ Zoroark GX
  4. Aaron Cole – Buzzwole GX/ Lucario

25/03 Neo-Tokyo, Toowoomba | League Challenge (21 Masters)

  1. Alex Jemison – Zoroark GX/ Lucario GX
  2. Brandon Armitage – Ho-Oh GX/ Volcanion EX
  3. Michael Patrick – Garchomp
  4. Zach Quince – Zoroark GX

25/03 Guf, Geelong | League Challenge (4 Masters)

  1. Adam Crust – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  2. Jarrod Taylor – Darkrai GX/ Zoroark GX
  3. Will Harris – Jurrasic Park
  4. Tommy Le – Greninja

–25/03 Guf, Geelong League Challenge results not included in pie chart.

NB: “Metal” includes Solgaleo GX/ Dusk Mane Necrozma GX, Dusk Mane Necrozma GX/ Magnezone, Solgaleo GX/ Zoroark GX, Metagross GX/ Zoroark GX, and 3 decks listed only as “Metal”

Thank you to everyone who assisted with the collection of results for this article, and all the store owners, TOs, and judges who organized and staffed the events.

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About Ellis Longhurst

Competitive Pokemon Trading Card game player since 2006. Competed for Australia at the 2015 World Championships, & the 2017 European International Championships. On-stream commentator and post-match interviewer at the 2016 Australian National Championships. Currently invested in supporting the growth of the Australian Pokemon TCG community. Current Video Game journalist for GameCloud Australia.
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