As well as the Video Game Nationals, there was much more to do at what turned out to be an awesome day of Pokémon. Full details of the event, and the side events can be found here.
Those who placed top two in their age division won flights, accommodation and an invitation to Worlds, and those who placed third and fourth in their age division won an invitation to the Pokémon Video Game World Championships, hosted by The Pokémon Company International in Washington, D.C. on 16th -17th August, 2014.
The Master Division had a whopping 442 competitors with 9 rounds of Swiss best-of-1, and a top cut of 32 which was then single elimination. The tournament started at 12:45pm, with the finals concluding at 10:30pm, meaning those who made it to the end played for 10+ hours. As expected, the battles went on for hours, with the best-of-the-best facing off against people they knew, trained with, and learnt off. We then got down to the single elmination top cut, which is where things got super serious. Battles were being shown on the big screen, with every match a make-or-break to get that invitation to Worlds.
Below are the Top 4 Master Division competitors who will be representing Australia at Worlds in Washington DC this August:
1st – Dayne O’Meara
2nd – Michael Wawrzycki
3rd – Tony Nguyen
4th – Andrew Brophy
The Senior Division had 126 competitors with 7 rounds of Swiss best-of-1, and a top cut of 8 which was then single elimination. We saw a lot of well known names and faces in Seniors, with many competitors spending a lot of their time on Nugget Bridge and Pokémon Showdown, including aguy and GiraGoomy. Like Masters, Senior finals were being shown on the big screen, and were the first to be live-streamed onto twitch via PKGambit’s channel.
Below are the Top 4 Senior Division competitors who will be representing Australia at Worlds in Washington DC this August:
1st – Brent Tonisson
2nd – Angus Johnson
3rd – Callum Witt
4th – Adam Scicluna
The Junior Division had 96 competitors, run with 7 sounds of Swiss, and a top cut of 8. This was a huge improvement from last year, where only 10 tiny competitors played it out Round Robin style. This year the battles were more serious, with players still shaking eachother’s hands, whilst wanting so hard to become a Pokémon Champion.
Below are the Top 4 Junior Division competitors who will be representing Australia at Worlds in Washington DC this August:
1st – Nick K
2nd – Rashdan M
3rd – Peter D
4th – Lucas L
On behalf of the Pokémon community as a whole, I would like to thank Nintendo for hosting such an amazing event, as well as the PokeMelbourne crew for being such wonderful helpers on the day.
Be sure to keep checking our page over the next week as we upload stats, reports, and interviews to ensure that the rest of the world knows that Australia is serious when it comes to Pokémon VGC!