US Snatches Pokemon World Championship from Japan

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US Snatches Pokemon World Championship from Japan

The world's best Pokemon masters converged on Hawaii, but in the end there could be only one.

I'm going to be honest here: I think competitive Pokemon battling is really cool. There's an incredibly deep and strategic game beneath the surface, a game where it ceases to be "my Charizard uses Fire Blast on your Bayleef" and becomes "I use SubSeed!Jumpluff with Sunny Day in the Uber tier to take advantage of its low base HP to sustain itself indefinitely." It's essentially that one scene in The Princess Bride, with adorable little monsters instead of poison.

Hundreds of would-be Pokemon trainers converged on Hawaii for the finale in this year's World Championship series for battles in both the Trading Card Game and the handheld titles.

One can imagine that the competition was fierce at all levels of play, but the main event is the Senior Division of the videogame tournament (that is, competitors who were born before 1997. Wow, does that make me feel old). In a "shocking" upset, the New-Jersey-born Ray Rizzo triumphed over Japan's Yasuki Tochigi to take the title. Presumably he gets a cool trophy belt with Pikachu on the front or something.

All of the other champions were from Japan with the exception of the winner of the TCG Senior Division, Jacob Lesage of Canada.

Congratulations, Ray. I consider myself to be a pretty darn decent Pokemon battler, but I tip my hat to you.

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The woman talking over it sounds bored out of her skull, she sounds like shes about to fall asleep.

There are so many chances to make Yugioh abridged references so ill make one.

"I challenge you to a childrens card game!"

Its amazing what some people can make a sport out of, but, if they can do well at it, and, come out on top...dosnt matter what it is, deserves applause!

The DSM:
The woman talking over it sounds bored out of her skull, she sounds like shes about to fall asleep.

There are so many chances to make Yugioh abridged references so ill make one.

"I challenge you to a childrens card game!"

Wait, why can they just beat the shit out of other people? I mean, they have invisible guns, right? Should be a lot simpler.

Jaredin:
Its amazing what some people can make a sport out of, but, if they can do well at it, and, come out on top...dosnt matter what it is, deserves applause!

Except I would probably rather die than have thousands of strangers look at me wearing a Pokemon hat, with a dancing over-sized Pikachu next to me and a bunch of kids.

John Funk:
Snip

THE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

And a terrible sequel...

And another sequel...

And a cartoon...

And a bad television series...

And a direct to TV film...

And an anime...

Wait, what were we talking about?

Edit: The pokemon thing... right... umm... congradulations I guess?

I got involved in the metagame a while ago... it's scary how deep it gets. Normal games need 6 sweepers (pokes that hit hard and have a high HP/Defence combo), varying types is about as detailed as you need to get tactics wise. In the meta, 6 sweepers is one of the quickest ways to get wiped out

Abedeus:

The DSM:
The woman talking over it sounds bored out of her skull, she sounds like shes about to fall asleep.

There are so many chances to make Yugioh abridged references so ill make one.

"I challenge you to a childrens card game!"

Wait, why can they just beat the shit out of other people? I mean, they have invisible guns, right? Should be a lot simpler.

Screw simplicity they have money!

OT: Huh, forgot about all the competitive play. Sounds interesting, but I would get destroyed.

Woohoo! Canada!

Oh, and good job, states... I guess...

The difference is that in Japan, when you're geeky, its socially acceptable as long as you persue your interests with a noble passion. In America, you have to fight tooth-and-nail, because the more you get into something, the more it makes you a social minority. And America doesn't like minorities.

The DSM:
The woman talking over it sounds bored out of her skull, she sounds like shes about to fall asleep.

There are so many chances to make Yugioh abridged references so ill make one.

"I challenge you to a childrens card game!"

LMAO there was barely any teens playing it just a bunch of kids with too much time on their hands.

The DSM:
The woman talking over it sounds bored out of her skull, she sounds like shes about to fall asleep.

There are so many chances to make Yugioh abridged references so ill make one.

"I challenge you to a childrens card game!"

Once those computer voice speaking things get better I figure they'll sound exactly like her.

I wanna glomp that Pikachu..XD

I wonder if being a pokemon champion in Japan helps you get girls...

Well, congrats to the guy.

Go US (Hur hur, get it?)

Well, that kinda cool really.

Does thinking that make me a nerd?

Probably.

So do they different division for the different generations or something? Or is there a set one that must be used?

I'd love to take part, but I'm not a nerd enough to travel to Japan or wherever to find I'm a whole load worse than I thought. But if I won... the first ever Irish Pokemon world champion? Christ, that's just wrong.

I think the guy in that Princes Bride clip starved to death after eating all the scenery in the world.

OT: Congratulations, Ray, you are now king of card games nerds. Come up and claim your prize of being famous on the internet.

TheRightToArmBears:
So do they different division for the different generations or something? Or is there a set one that must be used?

I'd love to take part, but I'm not a nerd enough to travel to Japan or wherever to find I'm a whole load worse than I thought. But if I won... the first ever Irish Pokemon world champion? Christ, that's just wrong.

Probably for the card games. For the handheld, it's the latest generation. Right now that means Gen4 (HG/SS/D/P/Pt), it'll probably mean Gen5 next year with B/W.

John Funk:

TheRightToArmBears:
So do they different division for the different generations or something? Or is there a set one that must be used?

I'd love to take part, but I'm not a nerd enough to travel to Japan or wherever to find I'm a whole load worse than I thought. But if I won... the first ever Irish Pokemon world champion? Christ, that's just wrong.

Probably for the card games. For the handheld, it's the latest generation. Right now that means Gen4 (HG/SS/D/P/Pt), it'll probably mean Gen5 next year with B/W.

Well damn. The most up-to-date games I have are Gold and Silver.

...People do competitive world Pokemon games...?

...This is a whole new level of sad...

I hope for their sake the game has evolved something since red and blue (which honestly doesn't seem like). Back then it was all about having a level 100, then being the first to play.

Man, he will be rolling in pussy now.

That's a badass feat.

"So what have you done in life?"

"Well, I won a minor league soccer championship when I was ten years old. You?"

"I defeated Japan in Pokemon"

"NO WAI"

*Sean Conery Voice*

When they take your hotdog eating championship, you take their pokemon championship

Hubilub:
Man, he will be rolling in pussy now.

That's a badass feat.

"So what have you done in life?"

"Well, I won a minor league soccer championship when I was ten years old. You?"

"I defeated Japan in Pokemon"

"NO WAI"

YA WAI!!

Nothing gets the pussy to come running like being a world Pokemon champ! Plus, just look at that sexy beast of a man!

How can any bit of pussy deny that? They can't that's how.

See what I mean?

Tehy lovz teh Pokemunz!

I thought this was the games first, not the cards.
Still, pretty sweet.

The Princess Bride reference made me lol.

But yeah I can see how Pokemon battling tournaments would be pretty cool but it's just not for me.

Go 'Merica!

Nurb:
*Sean Conery Voice*

When they take your hotdog eating championship, you take their pokemon championship

i thought the U.S. still had the hotdog eating trophy......eh

OT:seems alright congrats to the guy i always wanted to do that when i was little but never had the time or parents willing to drive me to tournements

I don't get all this Pokemon thing. Is it like Magic the Gathering, except with Godzilla baby toys instead of Knights and Wizards?

Caliostro:
...People do competitive world Pokemon games...?

...This is a whole new level of sad...

I hope for their sake the game has evolved something since red and blue (which honestly doesn't seem like). Back then it was all about having a level 100, then being the first to play.

It was more complex than you make out even in the first generation, though I think it's evolved slightly more since.

Put it this way: If you went into that tournament with 6 level hundreds and tried to Fire Blast and Hyrdo Pump your way to victory, you would take down one 'mon at the very most. There's actually quite a deep meta-game behind it all.

Caliostro:
...People do competitive world Pokemon games...?

...This is a whole new level of sad...

I hope for their sake the game has evolved something since red and blue (which honestly doesn't seem like). Back then it was all about having a level 100, then being the first to play.

Perhaps you should do research before going off on something you have no idea about. Even in John's article he hinted at the depth of the games. Why is it sad? When is the last time you went to a world championship, for ANY type of game or sport?

DSEZ:

Nurb:
*Sean Conery Voice*

When they take your hotdog eating championship, you take their pokemon championship

i thought the U.S. still had the hotdog eating trophy......eh

OT:seems alright congrats to the guy i always wanted to do that when i was little but never had the time or parents willing to drive me to tournements

Indeed, the USA has had the championship back for a few years now. [1] Though I seriously can't imagine eating that many hot dogs in a month, let alone a single sitting.

Not G. Ivingname:

John Funk:
Snip

THE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

And a terrible sequel...

And another sequel...

And a cartoon...

And a bad television series...

And a direct to TV film...

And an anime...

Wait, what were we talking about?

Edit: The pokemon thing... right... umm... congradulations I guess?

Great, you made me snort coke on my keyboard. D:

I...don't get it.

Why wouldn't they just use Shoddy Battle, instead of having to fly to a certain location?

Congrats to the winner. I'll be facing you someday! *evil laugh*

Zeithri:
I thought this was the games first, not the cards.
Still, pretty sweet.

It was both. The guy won in the videogame tournament.

Tiamat666:
I don't get all this Pokemon thing. Is it like Magic the Gathering, except with Godzilla baby toys instead of Knights and Wizards?

The card game, yes. The videogames are more an insanely deep turn-based RPG that also happens to be incredibly accessible for children.

Julianking93:

Hubilub:
Man, he will be rolling in pussy now.

That's a badass feat.

"So what have you done in life?"

"Well, I won a minor league soccer championship when I was ten years old. You?"

"I defeated Japan in Pokemon"

"NO WAI"

YA WAI!!

Nothing gets the pussy to come running like being a world Pokemon champ! Plus, just look at that sexy beast of a man!

How can any bit of pussy deny that? They can't that's how.

See what I mean?

Tehy lovz teh Pokemunz!

Damnit, Julian!

image

...gotta...catch...

Naheal:

Damnit, Julian!

image

...gotta...catch...

Ha! I knew one could not resist!

Also, I'm loving that gif.

Another contender for new avatar has just been added!

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