Pokémon TCG – The Australian Meta (August 2018)

The Australian Meta

It’s a new Pokemon season! But before rotation, we had the 2018 World Championships and loads of premier events in August! Which players found success? Which players dominated? And which deck should you play at your next event?

Reminisce about the final weeks of the pre- Sun and Moon expansions, and find out who is one step closer to the Oceania stipend by checking out all the results from every sanctioned Premier Event in Australia during the month of August- Read on!

You can find a list of results from the Australian Premier events in July here, June here, May here, and April here.

PSA: If you’re not on twitter, you might be missing out! Make sure to follow your favourite players and get involved with the International Pokemon community by using #PlayPokemon

League Challenge Best finish limit period: July 9 through October 31

League Cup Best finish limit period: July 9 through November 15 

Week 1 

11.08 Good Games, Newcastle (15 Masters)

  1. David Patane – Buzzwole GX / Lycanroc GX
  2. Christian Hasbani – Zoroark GX / Garbodor 
  3. Ellis Longhurst – Zoroark GX 
  4. Damien Lang – Ultra Necrozma GX / Malamar 

11.08 Good Games Battleaxe, Kingston (5 Masters)

  1. Chris Mathers – Greninja
  2. Josh Sparks – Buzzwole GX / Lycanroc GX
  3. Liam Palmer – Oranguru / Raichu
  4. Seb Jordon – Golisopod GX / Zoroark GX

11.08 Next Level Games, Ormond (17 Masters)

  1. Yohei T- Ultra Necrozma GX / Malamar
  2. Hudson Moore – Buzzwole GX / Garbodor
  3. Chris Schruers – Golisopod GX / Zoroark GX
  4. Jack Fone – Buzzwole GX / Lycanroc GX

11.08 Good Games Hobart (3 Masters)

  1. David Stevens – Golisopod GX / Zoroark GX
  2. Josh Sparks – Buzzwole GX / Lycanroc GX
  3. Ashley Kendall – Raticate starter deck

Week 2 (Celestial Storm becomes legal for play)

18.08 Good Games, Box Hill (7 Masters)

  1. Gareth Murphy – Zoroark GX / Magcargo
  2. Corey Matthews – Necrozma GX / Malamar
  3. Luke Schmitt– Zoroark GX / Garbodor
  4. Benjamin Hall – Zoroark GX / Gardevoir GX

19.08 Neo Tokyo, Toowoomba (31 Masters)

  1. Ty Farry – Zoroark GX / Magcargo
  2. Nicholas Moore – Rayquaza GX
  3. Zachar Quince – Rayquaza GX
  4. Bodhi Cutler – Zoroark GX / Garbodor
  5. Jack Millar – Zoroark GX / Magcargo
  6. Blake Davies – Rayquaza GX
  7. Alex Jemison – Zoroark GX / Lycanroc GX
  8. Will Twomey – Zoroark GX / Garbodor

19.08 Good Games, Cannington (17 Masters)

  1. Shaun Sewell – Zoroark GX / Lycanroc GX
  2. Anthony Caddy – Ho-Oh GX / Kiawe
  3. Aidan Hoare – Zoroark GX Control
  4. Jack Whiter – Ultra Necrozma GX/ Malamar

19.08 Mega Games, Penrith (X Masters)

  1. Rob Spiller – Dusk Mane Necrozma GX / Magnezone 
  2. Shane Quinn – Rayquaza GX
  3. Brent Tonisson – Zoroark GX /Magcargo
  4. Anton Piccio – Zoroark GX / Garbodor 

Week 3 (Concurrent with the World Championships)

25.08 Fastbreak Sports, Nundah LEAGUE CUP (26 Masters)

  1. Blake Davies – Buzzwole GX / Garbodor
  2. Michael Shin – Buzzwole GX / Garbodor
  3. Matthew Burris – Buzzwole GX / Garbodor / Shrine
  4. Max McInnis – Xerneas Break / Electrode GX
  5. Nicholas Moore – Rayquaza GX
  6. Ty Farry – Zoroark GX / Magcargo
  7. Aaron Stringfellow – Dusk Mane Necrozma GX/ Magnezone
  8. Chris Jo – Espeon GX / Garbodor

25.08 Good Games, Top Ryde (5 Masters)

  1. Josh Stone – Necrozma GX / Malamar
  2. Ying Hao Tou – Buzzwole

26.08 Good Games, Melbourne (26 Masters)

  1. Kaiwen Kuan – Rayquaza GX / Garbodor
  2. Dominic Browne – Tapu Bulu GX / Vikavolt
  3. Hudson Moore – Buzzwole / Garbodor
  4. Erin Peebles– Zoroark Break
  5. Corey Matthews – Necrozma GX / Malamar
  6. Chuyao Zhou – Zoroark GX / Macargo / Sylveon EX
  7. Marcus Kardos – Shining Lugia / Malamar
  8. Rose Nguyen – Tapu Bulu GX / Vikavolt

26.08 Guf, Bendigo (6 Masters)

  1. Jacob Sparks – Zoroark GX Control
  2. Aidan Milne – Gardevoir GX / Sylveon GX
  3. Nathan Hanns – Greninja
  4. Dace Callahan – Water Toolbox

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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