December Event Recap : League Challenge Weekend & Cup

The first two weekends in December were busy ones with back-to-back weekends of Pokemon action, 2 League Challenges followed by a League Cup the weekend after. We’re back with another recap on how the metagame is shaping up to be, with the addition of cards from Crimson Invasion. Pay close attention as what top players are starting to play today as it may give a good idea of how the Oceania Internationals meta will look like.

Toysbar League Challenge

Date : 2nd December 2017
Attendance : 30 Masters
Format : Breakthrough – Crimson Invasion

1. Keith Yong – Buzzwole GX/Zygarde EX
2. Sin Tuck Wai – Raticate BREAK/Nihilego GX
3. Aaron Minjoot – Tapu Bulu GX/Vikavolt
4. Malik Hisyam – Metagross GX/Solgaleo GX
5. Farhan Aziz – Gardevoir GX
6. Yee Wei Chun – Golisopod GX/Garbodor
7. King Yang – Volcanion
8. Bryan Kan – Gardevoir GX

Cards & Hobbies League Challenge

Date : 3rd December 2017
Attendance : 38 Masters
Format : Breakthrough – Crimson Invasion

1. Aaron Minjoot – Tapu Bulu GX/Vikavolt
2. Syahmi Razak – Buzzwole GX/Lycanroc GX
3. Melvyn Lee – Drampa GX/Garbodor
4. Yong Yi Chee – Golisopod GX/Zoroark GX
5. Ken Shin Tan – Tapu Koko GX/Raikou
6. King Yang – Volcanion
7. Colin Tang – Buzzwole GX/Zoroark GX/Techs
8. Aaron Kang – Buzzwole GX/Lycanroc GX

A noticeably strong showing by TRW’s very own Aaron Minjoot, clinching a Top4 finish and a win at the League Challenges with Tapu Bulu GX/Vikavolt, a deck which has been low on the radar for quite a long time now. The most notable addition to the meta would have to be Buzzwole GX, taking a win on Saturday and occupying 3 spots in the Top8 on Sunday, the partner of choice being Lycanroc GX, while some players have toyed around with different variants such as Zygarde EX and Zoroark GX.

Special mention to Tuck Wai, who piloted an unorthodox Raticate BREAK deck to a 2nd place finish, taking many players by surprise.

Things have been quite exciting in the local scene with the announcement of Malaysia’s first League Cup, providing a breathe of relief for many players vying for Championship Points. A whopping total of 78 players showed up, 71 in Masters, 5 in Seniors and 2 Juniors filled up Cards & Hobbies on Saturday morning, making it the biggest non-Regional tournament Malaysia has seen thus far.

Without further ado, here are the results, with relevant information for Top16 as well as we had such a huge turnout.

Malaysia League Cup

Date : 9th-10th December 2017
Attendance : 71 Masters
Format : Breakthrough – Crimson Invasion

1. Shane Chee – Ninetales GX/Zoroark GX
2. Derek Wan – Tapu Bulu GX/Vikavolt
3. Lee Keng Fai – Buzzwole GX/Lycanroc GX
4. Isaac Chen – Gardevoir GX
5. King Yang – Volcanion
6. Syahmi Razak – Buzzwole GX/Lycanroc GX
7. Jason Yong – Gardevoir GX
8. Muhd Rauf – Buzzwole GX/Lycanroc GX
9. Julian Tan – Gardevoir GX
10. Rinesh John – Gardevoir GX
11. Wai Loon Chin – Zoroark GX/Golisopod GX
12. Colin Tang – Buzzwole GX/Zoroark GX
13. Yee Wei Chun – Gardevoir GX
14. Aaron Minjoot – Tapu Bulu GX/Vikavolt
15. Aaron Kang – Buzzwole GX/Lycanroc GX
16. Andy Tan – Gardevoir GX

Shane Chee took the honor of being Malaysia’s first League Cup winner, piloting another unconventional deck in the current meta, Ninetales GX/Zoroark GX, also being the only player in the Top16 to have piloted this deck. Tapu Bulu GX/Vikavolt had another strong showing, clinching a 2nd place and also another placing in Top16, piloted by Derek Wan & Aaron Minjoot. Popular choices for top finishers seem to be Buzzwole GX and Gardevoir GX, taking up 5 spots and 6 spots in the Top16 respectively.

An honorable mention as well to King Yang, for piloting Volcanion, a deck many have written off today, to consistent Top8 finishes in both League Challenges as well as the League Cup.

To cap off, here is the percentage breakdown for the League Cup results :

6 Gardevoir GX – 37.5%
5 Buzzwole GX variants – 31.25%
2 Tapu Bulu GX/Vikavolt – 12.5%
1 Ninetales GX/Zoroark GX – 6.25%
1 Volcanion – 6.25%
1 Zoroark GX/Golisopod GX – 6.25%

Thank you for reading and we are looking forward to bringing you more from the Malaysian Pokemon community. With the announcement of the Oceania International Championships to be held in Sydney on 9th-11th February in this very format, many have started to test intensively for one of the biggest tournaments to be held in the region.

All the best to all players in finding the right deck to play for that tournament, and a special mention to TRW’s Aaron Minjoot who will be contesting the Brisbane Regional Championships this weekend. Best of luck !

Malik, signing off.

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