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.

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