Wednesday, August 30, 2017

VGC 2017 World Championships: Metagame Recap + Looking into the Future


With the 2017 Pokemon World Championships having been completed, its time to look at the event and what we saw throughout the event and then look to see what we can expect going into the future at Regionals during the rest of this format's lifespan. The 2017 World Championships is a very interesting event as the metagame wasn't set in stone, but certain cores were appearing and people tried there best to answer it. Hope you enjoy and let's begin.

Note: All Day 2 teams can be found linked here.

The Duo to Beat

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Going into the World Championships the core of Metagross and Salamence was quickly gaining traction. The reason is that by giving Metagross the Weakness Policy item, Salamence could use the move Bulldoze alongside it and since Metagross had the Clear Body ability, it wouldn't lower its speed stat and could if its fast enough it could move before Pokemon like Arcanine and Garchomp to potentially knock them out. This core was favored going into the World Championships due to how difficult it was to defeat when played well, it could tear through teams. We saw players like Alvin Hidayat and Tomoyuki Yoshimura use the duo to win there way through Day 1 of World Championships and Yoshimura was even able to finish in the Top 4.

So Many Interesting Pokemon Showed Up

Many have said that the 2017 format is the most diverse format we had so far with a vast majority of legal Pokemon being useful in some stretch of the imagination. This most definitely held to be true as from the infographic shown, we saw a total of 26 niche Pokemon, some of which like Metagross that wasn't used throughout a majority of the 2017 season, but when the World Championships rolls around, is the 8th most used Pokemon. You also have Pokemon like Alolan Marowak and Togedemaru which have made a large comeback due to how Tapu Koko, who ended up being the most common Pokemon at the 2017 World Championships, appearing on 45 teams, seeing as many of these Tapu Koko would have lacked the move Discharge to be able to abuse its Electric moves. Because of this, their surge in popularity may push many Tapu Koko to find other ways to deal with their appearance in the future. Tapu Bulu has endured a season of appearing as the worst Tapu Pokemon compared to the other 3, but as we saw later in the season, its usage started to rise and appearing on 15 teams, its showing that Tapu Bulu is seeing a resurgence and is becoming a much more prevalent Pokemon to watch out for on teams. Probably most notably, the major reappearance of Politoed shows that many players decided to use the Rain it provides more defensively in order to support their teams rather than using Golduck which uses the Rain much more offensively.

A Diverse Masters Division Finals

Different from any other World Championships Masters Division finals match, none of the 2 players have used similar Pokemon. While they have Pokemon that perform similar jobs, as Ryota Otsubo used Krookodile, Tapu Koko, and Alolan Marowak while Sam Pandelis used Garchomp, Xurkitree, and Arcanine for example, they didn't share any same Pokemon, which meant that this promised to be a very diverse and interesting game, which you can watch a replay of it here. This is probably the result of a much more open format where as stated above, a vast majority of the legal Pokemon has some form of tangible use, which can show that players are becoming much more creative with the Pokemon they choose to use and the way they choose to use them, as well as their becoming much more confident in Pokemon that otherwise may not be the prime choices to use on teams.


Looking to the Future

Now its time to look into the future and see some Pokemon that might thrive in a post-Worlds format.

1. Poison Types 
After each World Championships concludes, many players will generally use the teams that have done well to ride out the time until a new ruleset is announced and this time will be no difference. With a set of Regionals lined up and the European Internationals coming up, all will be played in the VGC 2017 format, we'll see how some players will use the winning team. Because of this, Poison types like Nihilego and Muk, but mainly Muk might enjoy facing these kinds of teams as the winning team included Tapu Koko, Tapu Fini, Marowak, and Whimsicott, all of which are weak to both of the main moves Nihilego and Muk are found in using. If players can smartly play these two, they'll become a huge threat.

2. Snorlax + Support  + /
Every since it started seeing play, Snorlax has been a notoriously difficult Pokemon to deal with, thanks to how its played and the partners its seeing with, mainly Ninetales and Mimikyu. Its partners, Ninetales providing the Aurora Veil to increase its bulk and Mimikyu using Z-Destiny Bond allowing Snorlax to use Belly Drum to max out its Attack stat while Mimikyu also packing Trick Room so it can attack first and KO everything in its path, Snorlax has solidified itself as a Pokemon that needs to be dealt with. Fighting types and Fighting type Z-Moves have been the most popular, but Snorlax can still potential do well if its threats can be managed and as a Pokemon, Snorlax is supported correctly. If it is, then Snorlax will be a major threat.

3. Togedemaru and Alolan Marowak 
The success of these 2 will 100% depend on how Tapu Koko players react to their success at the World Championships. If an opposing Tapu Koko lacks the move Discharge, then both Togedemaru and Marowak will essentially run all-over the Tapu Koko as we have seen these 2 Pokemon supporting offensive powerhouses like Gyarados. Xurkitree's recent success at the World Championships may make these 2 Pokemon much more appealing at future events as the Xurkitree that had success at the World Championships lacks a way to use Electric type moves as its only Electric type move is the single target Thunderbolt, which essentially becomes useless. If Tapu Koko and Xurkitree is carrying the move Discharge, then their effectiveness won't be as strong, but will force them to reveal the move straight away, giving you powerful information on your opponent.

While these are only a couple of examples of Pokemon that might thrive in a post-Worlds metagame, It is important to keep in mind that Pokemon that have previous dominated the format will still continue to do well and should be dealt with, With that out of the way, I hoped you enjoyed this article. The 2017 World Championships was a very exciting event and the metagame after it will be interesting, so watching it will be a treat. Check back every week for potentially new content and see you then. Bye!

Monday, August 28, 2017

VGC Tournament Tips


Attending your first VGC event is a great thing as you get the chance to play Pokemon on a competitive level with fans of the game, all competing to achieve the Ash Ketchum dream and be the best of the bunch, but before you attend your first event, there's some important things you need to know to make your first event a great one and to set yourself up to attend more events and make friends, joining a community of fans of the game. Let's dive in and hopefully by the end of this article, you'll know everything you should know to make your first event a smashing success.

Bring all required resources and everything you may need

The first step is to bring everything you'll need. Depending on the event, some tournaments will require an entry fee so if it does, make sure you'll be able to pay it off or you won't be able to even compete. Even larger events may require a spectator fee so if your planning on just going to enjoy the event, you might have to pay to get in. Next, should you decide to compete, make sure you bring a tournament legal team. Each season, the VGC ruleset will change between December and January so be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules so you can go to the event with a legal team so should your team be checked by the tournament organizer or judges, your team passes because if it doesn't, the Pokemon that failed the check might not be allowed to used for the rest of the tournament or you might even be disqualified. Next, make sure to update your DS and game cartridge. Every once in a while, an update will be released and it is your responsibility to update it before the tournament because if it isn't it becomes a hassle for both you and the tournament organizer (TO) as you will either have to update it on event day or won't be able to compete. Finally, while its not required, it is always helpful to bring your charger and conserve the battery life of your DS as if your system runs out of power, it sadly will result in a game loss. If you do notice your battery is running low, its best to either charge it in-between rounds or to turn your system off in-between rounds to conserve battery and make sure that if it ever runs dangerously close to "dying" its when your tournament run is over so you aren't penalized for it.

Know how all VGC tournament battles will work

When playing VGC, all battles will follow a set format of double battles. The way it works is that both players will enter team preview where you'll get to see all 6 of your opponent's Pokemon and they'll get to see all 6 of yours. From there's you'll both have 90 seconds to decide which 4 of your 6 have the best chance of defeating your opponent's predicted 4 Pokemon. While deciding which 4 to bring and since its a double battle, you get to choose 2 Pokemon to start off with, using the other 2 Pokemon in back to potentially form defensive switches and maneuvering yourself into an overall better position to win the game. Also, its important to keep in mind that in order to win rounds and advance in the tournament to get closer to winning the event, each round is a best 2 out of 3, meaning that in order to defeat your opponent, you'll need to win 2 games.

Respect your T.O. and everyone in the venue

The beauty of attending VGC events is that at the local level, your able to build friendships so when you attend larger events, you have a group of friends you can hang out with who can support you and you can support them. This works because of the respect built by everyone and by showing respect, it allows people to want to help you. This goes same with your TO as the job of a TO is a very important one. Their job is to help everyone solve issue and to keep the tournament running as smooth as possible, making sure any hiccups are resolved quickly as not to inconvenience everyone else. By showing them respect, which can honestly boil down to something as simple as being nice and thanking them for the work that they do can go a long way and help establish a great relationship between both of you. By not showing them respect, it might make your TO less likely to help you out, which is not something that you'll want.

Make sure everything on your Pokemon is correct


While this was always known as an important thing, the 2016-2017 season shown why this is an important thing to always know about. As noted in my previous article detailing the European International linked here, we saw the problem in not properly filling out your team sheet as many players lost Pokemon and items that were pivotal to there teams, which shows that its important to do this. You should also focus on making sure your Pokemon and the way you are planning on using them should be correct as well as legal, meaning they pass a hack check which says that the Pokemon is 100% safe for future competitions. You can check this out at home by going on the online ladder. If the Pokemon in question is able to be used in a battle, then the Pokemon is safe, which is very important as you will not want to lose a Pokemon to a simple mistake.

Know what rules of what you cannot do.


At all Pokemon video game tournaments, there are a set group of Pokemon that are not legal in most formats expect for a set group. The Pokemon pictured here in the picture shows Pokemon that unless its stated beforehand, will not be legal in VGC sanctioned event. There are also certain items that you cannot use, mainly the item Soul Dew which are exclusive to both Latios and Latias. There also certain clauses to abide by. Species Clause states that Pokemon who share the same Pokedex number cannot appear on the same team, meaning that different forms of different Pokemon cannot be used, which is why Rotom-Wash and Rotom-Heat cannot be used in tandem. Item Clause says that you cannot use multiple copies of the same item cannot be used on the same team which is why you cannot use 2 Life Orbs on the same team for example. 

Check out all the great available resources

While not required, it is heavily suggested. The beauty is that every year, more and more ways to improve your game have popped up, from written content like on this website and TrainerTower to videos on websites like YouTube and streams on Twitch, meaning you can find a lot of information to improve your game and find great enjoyment. The link provided here can take you directly to a great list of links to VGC players who have branched out into doing there own content and links that are recommended to familiarize yourself with by bookmarking them on your device so that if new content pops up on the YouTube channels or the streams on Twitch, you'll be notified to view the content and see how these players approach the game.

Know how the season is going to work

The VGC season gets updated slightly every season, changing the amount of Championship Points earned at events, setting dates for the major events in Regionals, Internationals, and the World Championships, and the format in which battles will take place for the next year. Unlike previous years, we have been gifted this information very early, weeks before this information has come out in previous years. I will link the important information here as if you want to effectively plan out the major events you plan to attend, you'll want to look at this information and familiarize yourself with it so you can both play and plan smart. They promise to update this information as new information is available and they plan to keep us notified if any major changes are made.

Find events that are near you

On Pokemon's official website, your gifted with the Event Locator, which allows you to put in your information based on where you are in order to find events within a 250 miles (402km) radius on all events close to you. How it works is simple which I will try to explain to the best of my ability in a pastebin linked here which explains how to fill it out properly to make the most out of this feature. 


If you can do all of this, then you'll be well on your way to having a successful VGC season and I wish you the best of luck in trying to accomplish this task. Check out all the links provided and keep checking back to the Nimbasa City Post each week for VGC content. Bye!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Analyzing Successful Defensive Set-Up: Sam Pandelis' 2nd Place World Championships Team


With the 2017 World Championships done, I decided to talk about a team used by Australian Sam Pandelis to finish 2nd Place in the event. The goal of this article is to talk about what makes Sam's team unique and why it was able to bring him this kind of success, going through each individual Pokemon and potential leads that you may see. Hope you enjoy and let's begin.

Update: You can try out Sam's team on BattleSpot here for yourself!

Alolan Ninetales

Throughout the 2017 season, the goal of many Alolan Ninetales has been simple. That goal is to use its speed in order to use the move Aurora Veil to help its partners to take many attacks better for the next 5 turns, then repeatedly use the move Blizzard to get off as much damage as possible before going down. Pandelis took the idea of using Aurora Veil, but by giving his Ninetales the item Light Clay, the effects of Aurora Veil would last 8 turns instead of 5, which would last for most of any battles that Pandelis may encounters. The use of the move Icy Wind means that along with helping its partners to take hits better, his Ninetales can also help its partners to move before its opponents, which means that Pandelis could effectively turn his Ninetales from a potential offensive powerhouse into a strong support Pokemon. The move Disable is a strong choice as it allows Ninetales to remove an opposing Pokemon's move from play that Pandelis can perceive to be a problem for a few turn in order to either KO the Pokemon or make it so that when the effects of Disable may wear off, that Pokemon may become useless. The final move choice in Roar is very helpful as it can allow Pandelis to temporarily remove a Pokemon from of the field by forcing it to switch out. This can allow him to use Ninetales to remove a Pokemon that's attempting to use moves to increase its attacking power like Belly Drum Snorlax, Dragon Dance Gyarados, or the popularity of Weakness Policy Metagross that was picking up popularity leading into the World Championships.

Arcanine

Arcanine has had a pretty simple role throughout the 2017 format and for the World Championships, Sam followed this trend and made sure his Arcanine could effectively perform its job. Its Intimidate ability means that Arcanine could assist in lower the attack stat of prevalent physical attackers like Garchomp and Kartana for the rest of his Pokemon. For his move choices, Flare Blitz and Protect are the most standard ones as it allows Pandelis to take advantage of Arcanine's impressive base 110 Attack stat. Helping Hand has been seen as a niche move on Arcanine, only really used if its needed, but by using Helping Hand, Pandelis could boost the power of other attacks and get off extra damage, even getting knockouts on Pokemon he otherwise wouldn't. While Bulldoze isn't known for its damage, but for the secondary effect in lower the speed of any Pokemon it hits. By taking advantage of this secondary effect, it allows Pandelis to use his other Pokemon like Garchomp and Tapu Lele to go for their high powered moves to perform the bulk of the damage on the opponent and even pressure Pokemon that might be giving him trouble to switch out which may mess with their game plan. His item choice in Mago Berry is one that many Arcanine throughout the 2017 season have chosen, utilizing the recoil damage caused by using Flare Blitz in order to increase Arcanine's longevity to help out the team longer. Putting all this together, your left with a very innovative way to use Arcanine that works well with the way Pandelis wanted to use it.


Garchomp

While there isn't anything on this Garchomp that doesn't come off as a major surprise, the simplicity of the way Sam decided to use his Garchomp makes it effective in a variety of situations. His use of the moves Earthquake and Rock Slide makes it so that the only Pokemon that can give it trouble would be Celesteela thanks to its typing and bulk. Garchomp's 3rd move is always changing. Some choose the typing coverage of either Fire Fang or Poison Jab, some choose another strong move like Dragon Claw, but Pandelis went with the popular Swords Dance, which works well with his team's overall theme of boosting your offensive stats. This means that he can decide to boost his Garchomp's attack stat to allow it to become an even bigger threat. His item choice in the always popular Groundium Z makes it so that Garchomp has a strong, single-target Ground type move at its disposal, which when used at the right time can pick up a crucial knockout and with its Adamant nature boosting its attack stat even further, Pandelis' Garchomp can become a major offensive powerhouse very quickly.


Tapu Lele

As the only Tapu Pokemon on the team, Pandelis can only set the Psychic Terrain, which means if Tapu Koko, Tapu Fini, or Tapu Bulu hits the field to set their respective terrain, its Tapu Lele's job to reverse it if at all possible. At first glance, the way Pandelis used his Tapu Lele is very interesting. Most of the Tapu Lele in the 2017 format have been a very fast and offensive version that could potentially use Shatter Psyche to KO a Pokemon that has become a nuisance.  This Tapu Lele however is holding a Wiki Berry, which can suggest that he decided to take a more defensive route. The use of Calm Mind as well contributes to the set-up and sweep idea that were starting to see with this Tapu Lele. While his choice in using Moonblast is nothing surprising, his choice in Psyshock over Psychic is very interesting as it allows Pandelis to use a very strong Psychic move that hits opposing Pokemon on their defense stat, which can be a very strong decision due to the surging popularity of Tapu Koko holding the Assault Vest item. If you followed the ONOG Invitational, you may remember that Enosh Shachar used a Tapu Lele that knew the move Calm Mind which his QR Code of the team is linked here, so it seems that Pandelis may have drew inspiration from his tournament run.


Mandibuzz

Throughout the majority of the 2017 format, Mandibuzz was a Pokemon that was very commonly paired with Tapu Lele, as Tapu Lele gave Mandibuzz the right tools it needed to succeed.. The reason is that most trainers would give Mandibuzz the Psychic Seed which means that when Mandibuzz is caught in the Psychic Terrain effect which was activated from Tapu Lele's Psychic Surge ability, the Psychic Seed item would increase Mandibuzz's special defense by 1 stage, allowing it to survive many moves that would otherwise KO it like Tapu Koko's Thunderbolt, Nihilego's Power Gem, and Tapu Lele's Moonblast, which can increase Mandibuzz's longevity. Mandibuzz's choice in moves allow it to become an effective support Pokemon. Tailwind gives it great speed control, which can allow it to increase the speed of partner Pokemon. Taunt allows Mandibuzz to stop support moves and can even stop Pokemon like Porygon2 from using Trick Room. Roost is nice as it gives Mandibuzz the option to regain HP and allows it to stay on the field longer. Its final move in Foul Play as in a format where moves like Swords Dance and Dragon Dance are prevalent, your able to take advantage of it by using Foul Play, essentially punishing your opponent for increasing their attack stat. 


Xurkitree

The final Pokemon we'll be talking about on the team, Xurkitree continues the trend of boosting your offensive stats. The use of Tail Glow allows Xurkitree to boosts is Sp. Attack by 3 stages, making it a very offensive threat right after using the move. The 2 offensive moves chosen by Pandelis gives Xurkitree generally impressive offensive coverage. Thunderbolt and Dazzling Gleam are going to hit very hard on any Pokemon that isn't immune or resisted to the moves. The only Pokemon that will prove to be trouble to Xurkitree is Alolan Marowak, as shown in his finals match against Japanese player Ryota Otsubo. His nature in choice of Timid allows Xurkitree to increase its speed to further its chances of either boosting its stats or using damaging moves. His item choice in the Iapapa Berry allows Xurkitree to increase its the amount of time it will be on the field. We saw how strong Xurkitree was in the games it appeared in.


While I can only give a view of the team from an outsider's perspective, I do advise you watch the games Sam played on stream. We got to see his tournament run in the Top Cut bracket from Top 16 onwards, which I will link a playlist of his games here so you can watch. I hope you enjoyed this. I highly recommend follow Sam on Twitter as he was the one that piloted the team and I'm just the one talking about it. Stay tuned for more and articles and have a wonderful day. Bye!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

VGC2018 Season Information


With the 2017 World Championships over, its time to look towards the future and talk about the VGC 2018 season. This article will talk about all information released by the Pokemon Company in regards to the 2018 season and if any of this information is updated and changed, I plan to add it for your convenience.

(This article does not cover the VGC2018 ruleset as at the time of writing, the rules have not been released.)

Premier Challenges

Premier Challenges are entry level events and have the smallest payout of Championship Points. There great for building a community with your fellow local players as they welcome players of all skill levels and have no qualifications or residency restrictions, meaning if you can attend any Premier Challenge on the globe. While they give out a small number of Championship Points, there great for slowing qualifying for the World Championships.

For the 2018 season, Premier Challenges have been divided into 4 series throughout the season.
  1. Autumn Series - September 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017
  2. Winter Series - November 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018
  3. Spring Series - February 1, 2018 - April 30, 2018
  4. Summer Series - May 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018

The Best Finish Limit for each series is 2, meaning that your 2 best finishes will be counted, meaning once you win 2 Premier Challenges in each series, no other finishes will be calculated. You can read the Championship Point payout for these events below.



Midseason Showdowns

Midseason Showdowns are a step-up from Premier Challenges as they offer a larger Championship Points payout. This means that the stakes are higher compared to Premier Challenges. Like Premier Challenges, they have no qualifications or residency restrictions so you can attend any Midseason Showdown on the globe.

The Best Finish Limit is 2 per series, which follows the same series format as shown above. You can check out the payout for these events below.



Regional Championships

A step up from Midseason Showdowns, Regionals are very important as finishing well at these events can get you very close towards your World Championships invite. These events are also the smallest event that officially offer prize money, which is advertised as "Up to $50,000 in prizes, scholarships, and gift cards (based on attendance)." These events also have no qualifications or residency restrictions to enter, but do have an entry fee you'll need to pay in order to compete.

Unlike other events, there is no Best Finish Limit so all Regionals performances will be counted and none can be overridden.

The following will show the announced Regionals in North America and Europe. At this time, the Latin America and Oceanic regions have not had their Regionals announced yet, but will be filled in when they are.


North America
  • 9/2/2017 - 9/3/2017 || Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, IN
  • 9/30/2017 - 10/1/2017 || Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT
  • 10/7/2017 - 10/8/2017 || Ocean Center-Daytona Beach, FL
  • 10/14/2017 - 10/15-2017 || Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC, Canada
  • 11/25/2017 - 11/26/2017 || San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA
  • 12/16/2017 - 12/17/2017 || Memphis Cook Convention Center, Memphis, TN
  • 1/27/2018 - 1/28/2018 || Hyatt Regency DFW, Dallas, TX [located at Terminal C of DFW Airport]
  • 2/17/2018 - 2/18/2018 || Gateway Center, Collinsville, IL (near St. Louis, MO)
  • 3/3/2018 - 3/4/2018 || OC Fair and Event Center, Costa Mesa, CA (near Anaheim, CA)
  • 3/17/2018 - 3/18/2018 || The Park Expo & Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
  • 3/24/2018 - 3/25/2018 || Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
  • 5/5/2018 - 5/6/2018 || Utah State Fairpark, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 5/12/2018 - 5/13/2018 || Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 5/26/2018 - 5/27/2018 || Berglund Special Events Center, Roanoke, VA
  • 6/2/2018 - 6/3/2018 || Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison, WI

Europe
  • 7/29/2017 - 7/30/2017 || Exhibition Centre Liverpool Hall A, Liverpool, UK
  • 9/16/2017 - 9/17/2017 || Musical-Theater, Bremen, Germany
  • 1/27/2018 - 1/28/2018 || Dreamhack, Leipziger Messe, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2/17/2018 - 2/18/2018 || Amiralen, Malmö, Sweden
  • 4/14/2018 - 4/15/2018 || Messe Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany
  • 6/16/2018 - 6/17/2018 || Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield, UK 


The following picture shows the Championship Point calculations all Regionals will use, as well as the prize money you can earn.




Special Events

Special Events count the same as Regionals in terms of the amount of Championship Points calculated, but do not offer prize money. You can see below the currently announced Special Events.
  • 9/30/2017 - 10/1/2017 || Palacio Euskalduna Jauregia, Bilbao, Spain
  • December 2017 || TBA Italy
  • 3/17/2018 - 3/18/2018 || Clarion Congress Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 5/19/2018 - 5/20/2018 || Dreamhack, Parc des Expositions de Tours, Tours, France

International Championships

The largest events to potentially earn Championship Points at, International Championships have the potential to draw in players from around the globe. They give a large Championship Point payout, which also give out travel awards to the next International, as shown by the cutoff dates below.
  • European Internationals: Travel awards and stipends are given based off of final Championship Point totals from the 2017 season.
  • Oceanic Internationals: Travel awards and stipends are given based off of the Championship Point totals as reported on November 30, 2017.
  • Latin American Internationals: Travel awards and stipends are given based off of the Championship Point totals as reported on February 15, 2018.
  • North American Internationals: Travel awards and stipends are given based off of the Championship Point totals as reported on May 3, 2018.

From the cutoff dates, these are the 4 confirmed Internationals Championships, where 1 is heard in each rating zone throughout the season.
  • European Internationals: Held November 17-19, 2017 at the ExCel Center in London, England.
  • Oceanic Internationals: Held February 2018 at a currently undecided location in Australia.
  • Latin American Internationals: Held April 2018 at a currently undecided location in Brazil.
  • North American Internationals: The date is currently unknown, to be held in the United States.
You can see here the Championship Point calculations for these events, as well as the prize money you can potentially earn through these events. The Best Finish Limit for these events is 4 so your 4 best finishes at these events will count only count towards your overall Championship Point total.


World Championships

While information has not been publicly available, what we do have are the qualifications in order to earn an invite. Like the past 2 season, there is a bar so once you hit a certain amount of Championship Points, you'll earn an invite, which is subject to change.


That's all important information. Be sure to check this article throughout the 2018 season for updates as new information will be revealed and as the information comes out, this article will be updated to reflect this.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Meet Team Europe: VGC2017 World Championships


Last time, I talked about the North American players who have qualified for the World Championships, which you can find linked here. This time, I plan to talk about the some of the players who have qualified for the World Championships and will represent Europe. Let's find out who these players are and get to know them better.


(Players between this point and a following point under it have qualified for Day 2 and will start competing on Saturday.)

Markus Stadter - 1384 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Qualified This Season Through: Top 4 2016 World Championships, Day 2 at 4 Internationals Championships, 2x Internationals Championships Top 8, 1st Place Leipzig Regionals, Day 2 European Internationals, Top 8 Liverpool Regionals

Many have said that this is Markus' best chance to finally win the World Championships. His remarkable success this season through making Day 2 at all 4 of the Internationals, even making Top 8 at 2 of them, winning a Regional early on in the lifespan of the format has set Markus up to be on many's "favorite-to-win" list, but Markus' skill in this format and in Pokemon in general gives him a strong chance to do well and improve on his Top 4 finish from last year.



Baris Akcos - 1281 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Qualified This Season Through: Top 8 Oceanic Internationals, Top 8 Dutch Open, 18th Place European Internationals

After finishing Top 8 at the World Championships last year, Baris Akcos has shown he has the potential to become a World Champion. This season, he has shown he has the skills to return to the Top 8 and even, advance farther. Akcos' successful accomplishments at the first 2 Internationals and at the Dutch Open will make Akcos a real threat to advance very far.



Ben Kyriakou - 1236 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016

Qualified This Season Through: 2x International Championships Top 4, 2nd Place Malmo Regionals

Ben has for a long time, been a very strong player and has been close to Top Cutting the World Championships with his 14th place finish in 2014. His Top 4 finishes at both the European and Oceanic Internationals have shown Kyriakou has the potential to finally Top Cut the World Championships as there's a good chance that Swiss records will define who makes the Top Cut, as shown by last year.



William Tansley - 1231 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2015, 2016

Qualified This Season Through: 2x International Championships Top 4, Top 8 Dortmund Regionals

William has done very well last season, capping it off with Top 8 at UK Nationals and despite failing to Top Cut at the World Championships last season finishing 4-3, Tansley's success this season has shown he has the skills this format to Top Cut his first World Championships, he could honestly go very far.




Nico Davide Cognetta - 1179 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: None

Qualified This Season Through: 2x International Championships 2nd Place, Top 8 Leipzig Regionals

Finishing 2nd Place at the first 2 International Championships, the second playing from Day 2 and in his Top Cut run with only 5 Pokemon, has shown Nico knew this format very well early on and has the skills to have a very strong World Championships run. He recently finished Top 8 at the Liverpool Regional and despite counting for the 2018 season, its shows Cognetta still knows what he's doing.



Alex Gomez - 1076 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Qualified This Season Through: Top 8 Birmingham, 2nd Place Sheffield Regionals, Top 4 Lyon Special Event, Top 32 Oceanic Internationals, Top 16 European Internationals

Dominating the Senior division, Alex Gomez translated that skill very well into the Masters division and has had a strong 2017 season, Top Cutting 2 Regionals and making Day 2 at 2 Internationals so it shows that Gomez knows what he's doing and his skill in Seniors will serve him well.




Alessio Yuri Boschetto - 1074 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2016

Qualified This Season Through: 2x Top 16 International Championships, Top 8 Sheffield Regionals, Top 8 Milan Special Event, Top 32 Oceanic International Championships

Alessio has shown since his breakout 2016 season his skill in this game, both winning a Regional and finishing Top 8 at Italy Nationals. This season, Top 16 at both the first big event of the season and the last big event of the season before Worlds, and Top 8 at a Regional has shown Boschetto knows this format and that will hopefully serve him well.



Nils Dunlop - 1073 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2016

Qualified This Season Through: 2x Top 8 International Championships, 1st Place Malmo Regionals

Graduating from Seniors with a 2016 Top 8 World Championships finish, Nils was able to easily transition into the Masters division, finishing Top 8 at both the European and North American Internationals, and winning the Malmo Regionals. Whether he will be able to have a strong World Championships run remains to be seen.




Javier Señorena - 989 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2016

Qualified This Season Through: Top 8 Dortmund and Sheffield Regionals, Top 4 Malmo Regionals, 2nd Place Latin America Internationals Championships

Since his victory at the 2016 Italy National Championships, Javier has shown his skill. This season, making Top Cut at 3 Regionals and finishing 2nd at the Latin American Internationals, Señorena has shown he has the potential to have a strong run at the World Championships this year.



Miguel Marti de la Torre - 851 CP
Past Words Qualifications: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016

Qualified This Season Through: Top 16 Oceanic Internationals, 1st Place European International Championships

The European International Champion, Miguel has proven straight away in this format's lifespan he knows what he's doing. Previously Torre managed to finish Top 8 at the 2014 World Championships so he has proven he's able to Top Cut the World Championships and only time will tell if he's able to return to the Top 8 this year.




Eric Rios - 835 CP
Past Words Qualifications: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Qualified This Season Through: Top 32 European International Championships, 2x Midseason Showdown Champion, Top 16 Sheffield Regionals, Top 4 Treviso Special Event, 1st Place Milan Grand Open

Since his dominant showing in the Senior division, capping it off with a Top 4 finish at the World Championships in 2014, Eric has shown his skill. This season, his accomplishments have shown that he knows what he was doing and has the potential to improve on his Seniors Top 4 finish.



Simone Sanvito - 830 CP
Past Words Qualifications: 2016

Qualified This Season Through: 2nd Place Dortmund Regionals, Top 4 Malmo and Liverpool Regionals

Simone has had a pretty dominant performance on the Regionals level, Top Cutting 3 Regionals and was able to early on, lock up his Day 1 invite and advanced on to qualify for a Day 2 Worlds invite. Being able to Top Cut 2 European Nationals in the 2016 season has shown Simone is able to do well at large events and has the potential of doing well at the World Championships this year.



Tobias Koschitzki - 810 CP
Past Words Qualifications: 2015, 2016

Qualified This Season Through: Top 8 European International Championships, 2nd Place Liverpool Regionals

Tobias has been a dominant player since 2015, but for the past 2 years have been 1 game short of making Top Cut at the World Championships. This year, his play has proved that this could potentially be Koschitzki's year to finally Top Cut the World Championships and have a strong showing.



Jamie Boyt - 804 CP
Past Words Qualifications: 2015, 2016

Qualified This Season Through: 1st Place Liverpool Regionals, Top 16 Sheffield Regionals, Top 16 Latin American Internationals, Top 8 Birmingham Regionals

Jamie has been known for finding very innovative ways of using Pokemon and his teams, as shown by winning past Regionals with Togetic and Cottonee. His Top 16 at the World Championships last year has shown Boyt has the potential to do very well and his skill should aid him.



Matthias Sucholdolski - 794 CP
Past Words Qualifications: 2013, 2015, 2016

Qualified This Season Through: 1st Place Dortmund Regionals, Top 4 Birmingham Regionals

Finishing Top 16 at the World Championships last year, Matthias has shown he has the potential to do well. This season, his strong Regionals performances has shown Sucholdoski can potentially improve on his Top 16 performance this year.



Michele Gavelli - 770 CP
Past Words Qualifications: 2014, 2015, 2016

Qualified This Season Through: Top 4 European International Championships, Top 8 Treviso Open

As someone who has qualified 3 times for the World Championships previously, Michele knows how to do play on a strong level and by finishing Top 4 at the first International, which was Gavelli's first major event since his transition from the Senior division to the Master division, he most definitely knows how to play with a different group of players. Expect to see Michele on his a-game at the World Championships




(Everyone under here will start their bid for the World Championships as a Day 1 player on Friday.)


Rachel Annand - 656 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2014, 2015, 2016

Qualified This Season Through: Top 32 Oceanic International Championships, 1st Place Birmingham Regionals, Top 4 Lyon Special Event

As a 4 time World Championships qualifier, Rachel has proven time and time again she's a very skilled player. This year, she was able to make Day 2 at an International and win a Regional so despite having a Day 1 invite, she very well has the potential to advance to Day 2 like Annand was able to do last season.



Albert Bos - 615 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2010, 2011

Qualified This Season Through: 1st Place Sheffield Regionals

Winning a Regional this season, veteran player Albert Bos has proven he knows what he's doing. Whether his past skill will help him at the World Championships, only time will tell.







Daniel Oztekin - 606 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2016

Qualified This Season Through: Top 8 Sheffield Regionals, Top 4 Dutch Open, Top 8 Liverpool Regionals

Daniel has been known to use some very innovative strategies, which has gotten him a lot of success, which can be said that his innovative ideas recently got Oztekin a Top 4 finish at the 2018 Liverpool Regional for the upcoming 2018 season so Daniel is well on the way to qualifying for the 2018 World Championships.



Lukas Müller - 590 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2016

Qualified This Season Through: Top 4 Milan Special Event, 2nd Place Birmingham Regionals

A relatively newer player to this kind of pre-Worlds success, Lukas has done very well and will hopefully be looking on improving on his less than impressive Day 2 finish from the World Championships he had last year.





Andrea di Francesco - 585 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2012, 2016

Qualified This Season Through: 17th at European International Championships, Top 8 Sheffield Regionals

Andrea has done very well in the past as shown by the fact he competed at the 2012 World Championships. This season, his success by doing very well at the European Internationals and Sheffield Regionals shows Francesco is a player you shouldn't take lightly.



Arash Ommati - 518 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Qualified This Season Through: Top 32 European International Championships, Top 8 Sheffield Regionals

The 2013 World Champion, Arash knows how to do well and by qualifying for the World Championships this year, it shows Ommati is still a very skilled player. Time will only tell if Ommati will have a stronger performance  this season compared to his less than stellar 2016 World Championships Day 2 performance.




Davide Carrer - 512 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: None

Qualified This Season Through: 2nd Place Leipzig Regionals, Top 8 Milan Special Event

A newer player in the scene, Davide is showing he's a force to be reckoned with the potential to become a very strong threat and should you be matched up with him, don't take him lightly.






Rob Akershoek - 510 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: None

Qualified This Season Through: 1st Place Dutch Open, Top 8 Sheffield Regionals

Rob is the story of a player who started off winning his first 2 event of his 2017 season, the Dutch Open and a Premier Challenge. His Top 8 finish at the Sheffield Regional showed that despite being a newer player, Akershoek is a player that you most definitely should not take lightly.




Till Böhmer - 499 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: None

Qualified This Season Through: Top 16 London International Championships

Till has been a very dominant threat, as shown by him Top Cutting the World Championships last year. His Top 16 finish at the London International means Böhmer has the skills to do really well and potentially improve on his Top 24 accomplishment from last year's World Championships.





Alessio Vinciguerra - 487 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2016

Qualified This Season Through: Top 4 Dortmund Regionals

Alessio is a player that despite not having multiple strong Regionals performances, can qualify for the World Championships through doing well at the local level.






Eduardo Cunha - 459 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2016

Qualified This Season Through: Top 4 2016 World Championships, Day 2 European International Championships, 1st Place Madrid Special Event

Eduardo is one of the 5 players in the Masters division that since his World Championships accomplishment, could technically take a 2017 season break and still compete at the World Championships. His Day 2 European Internationals and winning the Madrid Special Event means that Eduardo still has it and since his teambuilding has been "on point", you can expect Cunha to come with a strong team.



Brian Zourdani - 449 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2016


Qualified This Season Through: Top 8 Seattle Regionals

Brian is a player from the United Kingdom that due to a fortunate situation, was able to Top Cut an American Regional. His skill to do this shows that Brian can do well and this should aid him at the World Championships.





Luca Lussignoli - 443 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2015, 2016

Qualified This Season Through: 1st Place Treviso Open

As a 3x Worlds competitor, Luca knows how to accomplish some impressive stuff in this format. This means it should allow Luca to do well will remain to be seen, but it will certainly give him a strong fighting chance.



David Koutesh - 435 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2015, 2016


Qualified This Season Through: 9th Place Birmingham Regionals, Top 4 Milan Special Event, Top 32 European International Championships

In the Seniors Division, David had a pretty strong season, making Top Cut of the 2015 World Championships. This season, his strong performances with a Drifblim/Tapu Lele team shows that David knows how improve a team throughout the season and this should aid him at the World Championships.




Andrea Escobosa - 403 CP
Past Worlds Qualifications: 2016

Qualified This Season Through: 2nd Place Dutch Open

Andres has shown that despite his less than stellar accomplishments above the local level, can still qualify for the World Championships and only time will tell how much this can help him out.





So that's all 38 players who will represent Europe at the 2017 World Championships. A great mixture of both newer and older players will make this a very interesting World Championships to watch. Good luck to all of these players and if you wanna root for any of them, make sure to root for them through their Twitter profiles that I linked.