Day 2 Worlds Recap

Ok so just to warn you: this is going to be a LONG post.  The day 2 video is almost 14 hours long.  I watched some of it live, but definitely can give you all of the highlights.

Round 1

Unforunately, there is no video until about the 45 minute mark, and then there is no audio until round 3.  This was a Baby Buzzwole Zoroark GX Lucario GX deck vs. a Zoroark GX GRI Garbodor deck.  The Zoroark GX GRI Garbodor deck won late, 2 matches to 1.

Round 2

This match featured last year’s champion Diego Cassiraga playing a Psychic Toolbox deck against Buzzwole GX, Baby Buzzwole, Lycanroc GX.  Unfortunately, this cut away a couple of times at the end of the match, so I don’t know who ended up winning.

Round 3

We got to see two matches this round because the first one finished quickly.  In the first match, the “new hotness” deck of the tournament Baby Buzzwole GRI Garbodor Shrine of Punishment list had an easy 2 – 0 win over Buzzroc.

After that finished, they cut over to the backup match featuring Zoroark Garbodor vs. another Baby Buzzwole Garbodor Shrine deck.  This match – to me – shows a flaw in the rules of PTCG IRL.  The Zoroark Garbodor deck was clearly going to win game 3 – if they had one additional turn, it would have won – but because of the rules of how play progresses after time is called, he wound up being 1 turn short of victory, and the match ended in a tie.

I know that when I say this, I’m committing heresy, but PTCG wouldn’t have this problem if matches were played on PTCGO.  I know it’ll never happen, but we all know it’s true.  And this is what I’m seeing a glimpse of with this new Tag Team mechanic.  If you believe that games taking too long is a problem, the Tag Team mechanic looks like it’s going to potentially solve that problem.  However, I do not believe that the length of games is a problem.  I like long games and want a more complex game.  I don’t want to make games shorter, I think that’s potentially just going to dumb down the game.  This is why I’m not all that excited about the new Tag Team mechanic and am potentially concerned about the direction of the card game.  So I know I’m talking about a couple of different things here, but what I’m basically saying is that if games were played on PTCGO instead of IRL, you wouldn’t have the problem of having all of the draws that they had this weekend.

Round 4

Rayquaza GX vs. Buzzroc, ended in a draw.  Pretty much what you would expect, no real surprises here.

Round 5

We get our first look at the Zygarde GX deck that was the Cinderella story of the tournament.  Zygarde ended up winning 2 games to 1.  And in fairness, it also contains a Buzzwole GX too, but Zygarde was pretty much the feature attacker.

Round 6

We get our first look at a Zoropod deck that would eventually make it all the way to top four.  It beat a Buzzroc deck with a pretty dramatic finish around the 7 hour 25 minute mark.

Round 7

Rayquaza GX vs Baby Buzz / GRI Garb / Shrine.  The stream started with this match but then switched to the backup match, which I LOVED because it showed a last hurrah for one of my favorite decks Greninja Break.  The Greninja Break deck had its way with another Baby Buzz GRI Garb Shrine deck winning 2-0, but unfortunately bubbled out and failed to make top 8.  The record of the eighth seed was 5-1-1, so that tells you how narrow the margin of error was to get into top 8.

They then went back to the original match.  Apparently, the Baby Buzz / GRI Garb / Shrine player had an error in his decklist and recorded four DCE instead of four Strong energy.  Because of this, he had to forfeit his game 1 victory.  He came back to win game 2, but then completely bricked in game 3 and Rayquaza quickly overran him to steal the match and entry into the top 8.

Another quick editorial here: so what does that say to the first four players the Baby Buzz Garb Shrine player beat?  They had no way of knowing he incorrectly filled out his decklist.  Why is it that the only reason they knew is that the game was on stream?  It just seems like there’s another flaw here.  Where there is no flaw is that the player incorrectly filled out the list.  That, to me, seems extremely careless.  You should receive a game penalty for failing to fill out your decklist… but I think the player who went up against him in round 1 and lost has the biggest complaint about this.

Top 8 – you can see the bracket at the 9 hour 39 minute mark:

  1. Brian Schulz Zoroark GX Garbodor (both)
  2. Eric Smith Rayquaza
  3. Nicolas Galaz Buzzwole
  4. Shuto Itagaki Rayquaza
  5. Klive June Joe Zygarde GX
  6. Jeff Kolenc Psychic Toolbox with Marshadow GX
  7. Pedro Torres Rayquaza
  8. Brain Miller Zoropod with Mew EX

So three Rayquaza decks made the top 8.  I’m not sure exactly what version of Buzz Nicolas played, I just know it was Buzz something.

Quarter finals

Robin Schulz won 2-0 relatively easily.

Klive beat Shuto, meaning the Cinderella story continues.

Pedro beat Eric in a mirror match.

Kolenc beat Galaz.

Semi finals

Kolenc beat Torres 2-1.

Schulz beat Klive 2-0, but had a dramatic come from behind win after being down 5 prizes to 1.

The finals will be today, Sunday August 26th, and I’ll have an update on that later today.  It will be Robin Schulz piloting a Zoroark GX Garbodor (both) deck similar to the one that won NAIC against Jeff Kolenc with his Psychic Toolbox list.


UPDATE: The finals match has finished and Robin beat Jeff to win the PTCG 2018 World Championship.  Interesting end to the season with Garbotoxin Garbodor winning the last 2 major tournaments, NAIC and Worlds.  I’ve mentioned before that this seems like the worst possible pairing for Zoroark, but the results speak for themselves.

Now on to the new meta!  Rotation is next Saturday … And Dragon Majesty drops the Friday after that.  A whole lot of changes coming to PTCG, and we’ll be here to keep you apprised of them!