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Phoenix Shonen Jump TCG Championship Series Tournament
Metagame Staff

It’s over! Shonen Jump Championship Phoenix has drawn to its conclusion and we have a brand new champ. After more than two years and nine Top 8s, Theerasak Poonsombat is a Shonen Jump Champion!


Running a Machine Beatdown build studded with several of his signature cards plus Crush Card Virus, T mowed down opponent after opponent in the Swiss rounds. In the Top 16 he played his first match against Matt Gibson, a duelist armed with the deck T created, Destiny Hero beatdown. He triumphed over his own creation and moved on to tackle Fili Luna in an intense, four-game mirror match where both competitors pulled out all the stops.


T overcame another mirror match in the semifinals, when he went up against Phoenix local Ivan Ayon. After a showdown of six Card Troopers in the first duel, T went on to defeat Ayon 2-0 in short order.


He then proceeded to utterly destroy US Nationals’ Runner-Up Bryan Rochenbach in the finals! Unfortunate draws for Rochenbach let T sweep the last match in just five turns, ending the tournament with an explosive finish: Ring of Destruction on his own Cyber Dragon. With the flip of a single card, T had finally captured the title that eluded him all these years.


Our congratulations go out to everyone who competed at Shonen Jump Championship Phoenix, especially Theerasak Poonsombat. Today, one of the most genuine, creative, and sporting players this game has ever seen finally scored his long-deserved win.


Congrats, T. You earned it.


Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Champion
Bryan Rochenbach
  Bryan Rochenbach
George Saavedra
  Bryan Rochenbach
Britton Holt
  Britton Holt
Jesus Suarez
  Theerasak Poonsombat
Theerasak Poonsombat
  Theerasak Poonsombat
Fili Luna
  Theerasak Poonsombat
Ivan Ayon
  Ivan Ayon
Josh Fuzy

Day 2
So this was it. For Bryan Rockenbach, this match was his second surprising Finals appearance in just two weeks. For Theerasak Poonsombat, it was hopefully the end of a two and a half year quest.
Ivan Ayon is from right here in Phoenix. At twenty years of age, he’s a student at ASU, and has been tearing up the field this weekend with a Machine beatdown variant.
Two of America’s greatest duelists were now going head-to-head, in a Machine beatdown mirror match.
Unprecedented. That’s the only word that can describe today’s Top 16 feature match, a rematch of the US National Championship’s Finals.
Day 1 has passed, and the playoff rounds are finally here.
Day 1
Nine rounds have narrowed a field of hundreds of duelists down to just a final sixteen, and there are some surprising decks that have made it to Day 2.
Alexander Thomas-Johnson is a veteran player of the game, having followed Yu-Gi-Oh! since the onset of the TCG. Josh Fuzy, his opponent, is obviously no slouch since he is on the bubble for Day 2 contention.
Fate had brought two of California’s greatest duelists face to face here in Phoenix.
It was certainly going to be an uphill battle for McGowan, but he had the element of surprise on his side.
Neither player needs any introduction; Nick is playing an intriguing variant of Machine burn, and Kodi is the most popular player of the tournament.
Brodie Heinrichsen is back, and this time with a new Chain burn variant that main decks several monsters.
Kodi Justice isn't someone we're trying to feature; it's just happening because he keeps winning. Coming off a victory over his dad, can he triumph over the veteran Adame to move on as undefeated?
Since Matt Peddle made his spectacular finish at Canadian Nationals with Machine beatdown, his strategy has been innovated and imitated by hundreds of duelists across the globe.
If this is a fast environment that naturally favors high utility, why are synergy-dependent combo decks still winning?
14-year old Nick Synodis used to be #1 in Arizona before moving to Europe, and his opponent David Baker was no slouch either, being a long-time player of the game.
Despite their family ties, neither duelist was going to be giving any quarter in this match.
Whenever Chris Moosman is at a big tournament, I can usually rely on him for two things: a cool deck, and new hair.
Alonzo Peters is up against the legendary Chris Moosman
Two featured duelists from the US National Championships were paired up here in Round 1 and, with the event still in its early stages, this was a no-brainer to cover.
It may be 112 degrees outside, but things are only heating up inside Centennial Hall here at the Mesa Convention Center.
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