Pokémon TCG – The Australian Meta (May 2018)

The Australian Meta

The Melbourne 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 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 May since Forbidden Light became legal for competitive play.

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

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Week 1 

19.05.2018 Next Level Games, Ormond | League Challenge (5 Masters)

  1. Luke S – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  2. Jordan P – Necrozma GX/ Malamar
  3. Jeremy – Necrozma GX/ Malamar
  4. Marley D – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX

19.05.2018 Good Games, Box Hill | League Challenge (5 Masters)

  1. Chris S – Buzzwole GX/Lycanroc GX
  2. Ben H – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  3. Corey M- Ultra Necrozma GX/ Malamar
  4. James T – Greninja GX/ Glaceon GX/ Volcanion Prism Star

20.05.2018 Neo Tokyo, Toowoomba | League Challenge (17 Masters)

  1. Bodhi Cutler – Zoroark GX/ Garbodor
  2. Ehren Roebuck – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  3. Nicholas Moore- Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  4. James Dickson – Alolan Box
Week 2

25.05.2018 Good Games, Melbourne | League Challenge (22 Masters)

  1. Jarrod Taylor – Dusk Mane Necrozma GX/ Magnezone
  2. Lachlan Crespin – Ho-Oh GX/ Turtonator GX
  3. Jack Fone – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  4. Samuel Sutanto – Ultra Necrozma GX/ Malamar

26.05.2018 Mega Games, Penrith | League Challenge (9 players)

  1. Jared Nicholls – Ultra Necrozma GX/ Malamar
  2. Rory Bramble – Necrozma GX / Malamar
  3. Michael Anderson – Zoroark GX/ Lycanroc GX
  4. Luke Wells – Necrozma GX/ Malamar

26.05.2018 Melbourne | League Challenge (16 Masters)

  1. Scott Langford – Necrozma GX/ Malamar
  2. Jake Cruwys – Ultra Necrozma GX/ Malamar
  3. Gordon Koh – Ultra Necrozma GX/ Malamar
  4. Eng Lek Lau – Ultra Necrozma GX/ Malamar

26 & 27.05.2018 Melbourne | Regional Championships (156 Masters)

  1. Joey Ho – Greninja GX/ Greninja Break
  2. Jordan Palmer – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  3. Ryan Bentley – Necrozma GX/ Malamar
  4. Corey Matthews – Ultra Necrozma GX/ Malamar
  5. Alfred Yang -Ultra Necrozma GX/ Malamar
  6. Shane Chee- Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  7. Jack Millar- Buzzwole GX / Lycanroc GX
  8. Matthew Taverna – Xerneas Break
  9. Henry Brand – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  10. Jack Underwood – Lucario GX / Zoroark GX (Deck list available here)
  11. Jacob Sparks – Ultra Necrozma GX/ Malamar
  12. Paul Coletta – Ultra Necrozma GX/ Malamar
  13. Jarryd Bast – Rainbow Road (Deck list available here)
  14. Sameer Sangwan – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  15. Ben Sinclair – Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX
  16. Naomi Murn – Buzzwole GX / Lycanroc GX

Top 16 Melbourne Regionals at a glance:

7/16 Buzzwole GX/ Lycanroc GX

3/16 Ultra Necrozma GX/ Malamar

2/16 Necrozma GX / Malamar

4/16 Other decks

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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