Pokémon VGC Regionals Perth: Recap, Teams, and Usage Stats

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G’day!

wa_banner_foxpkGambit here with all the buzz from the Perth VGC ’14 Regionals that took place at the Duxton Hotel on Saturday 10 May. This was the first of many Regional events to be held around Australia and New Zealand, where the winner of each division at each event would receive paid flights and accommodation to the National Championships to be held in Melbourne sometime in July. In addition to this, the winner and runner-up of each division would also receive a Nintendo 2DS system in the colour of their choice.

Tournament Format

wa_banner_klefkiThere were many questions from players regarding the format before the tournament; they wanted to know whether it would be Single Elimination (like every other official tournament Australia has had), or whether there would be Swiss rounds. The rumours were put to rest when Jamie Wilson, tournament director and the face of Nintendo Australia, announced that there were 6 Juniors, 16 Seniors, and 56 Masters. Juniors would play in a Round-Robin format, and Seniors and Masters would use Double Elimination. Seniors and Masters would start with a best-of-3 in the first round, then move to a best-of-1 for subsequent rounds, and then return to a best-of-3 for the grand final, where the player coming from the winner’s bracket would have a 1 game advantage, starting 1-0 up in the best-of-3. It was relief for many people, myself included, that we wouldn’t simply be knocked out of the tournament through “hax” (though for me, this wasn’t to be). However, it caused some confusion, as many were not familiar with how Double Elimination works.

wa_tablesOther notes on how the tournament was structured: it didn’t use the Live Competition feature, so no locking of the Battle Box and no formal hack checks other than team sheet submission, so it was up to the players to act on good will and make sure they didn’t change any part of their team during the tournament. Also, the battle timer restrictions were bumped up to the one hour maximum battle time with 100 second move timer, different from the standard 15 minutes/45 seconds for VGC. I don’t see these relaxed regulations changing from regional-to-regional, although they will decide the best format to be able to finish on time (we finished only 10 minutes or so over, for anyone wondering). Jamie had to leave mid-grand final battle to catch his flight to Adelaide for the next regional – he’s going to be a very busy man for the next month or so!

Unfortunately, I didn’t play my best, and it certainly doesn’t help when luck isn’t on your side. I was promptly swept out of the tournament, going 1-2 in round 1 to Travis (who would be important later), and then losing the next game in the loser’s bracket convincingly through bad luck. In getting knocked out early, though, it meant I could sit back and enjoy the battles. After realising no one was making an effort to note down the top teams, I brought upon myself to do so. Let’s have a look at them shall we?

Teams

Masters

1st Alister

aerodactyl-megahippowdonrotom-heatamoongusshydreigongardevoir

(Travis’ team)

kangaskhan-mega smearglesalamenceazumarillrotom-heataegislash

2nd Cory

kangaskhan-megasalamenceaegislashsmearglewigglytuffrotom-heat

3rd Marcus

kangaskhan-megatalonflamerotom-washaegislashgardevoirgarchomp

4th David

kangaskhan-megawigglytuffrotom-washsalamencetalonflameferrothorn

5th George

kangaskhan-megaamoongusspolitoedkingdragarchomprotom-heat

6th Alex

ampharos-megalucario-megasalamencegarchompazumarillweavile

7th Jake

absol-megaaegislashgardevoirrotom-heatmienshaogliscor

8th Kareem

venusaur-megaazumarillaegislashrotom-heatsalamencemamoswine

Seniors

1st Ryan 

kangaskhan-megaazumarillamoongussrotom-heataegislashsalamence

2nd Antony 

charizard-megaymamoswineyanmegaferrothornstarmiedrapion

3rd Matthew

mawile-megameowstic-mgreninjahydreigonflorges-yellow

4th Chris

kangaskhan-megadoubladerotom-washgoodraazumarillslowking

Juniors

1st Dylan

garchompdelphoxblastoisenoivernaegislashflorges-yellow

2nd Lachlan

abomasnow-megagarchomp-megagengar-megagreninjanoivernvespiquen

Usage Stats

Pokémon counts for Masters (using Alister’s winning team)

  • MegaKangaskhan 5
  • Aegislash 5
  • Rotom-H 5
  • Salamence 5
  • Azumarill 3
  • Garchomp 3
  • Gardevoir 2
  • Rotom-W 2
  • Smeargle 2
  • Talonflame 2
  • Wigglytuff 2
  • MegaAbsol 1
  • MegaAmpharos 1
  • MegaLucario 1
  • Venusaur 1
  • Amoonguss 1
  • Ferrothorn 1
  • Gliscor 1
  • Kingdra 1
  • Mamoswine 1
  • Mienshao 1
  • Politoed 1
  • Weavile 1

Division Summaries

The Juniors division had some fierce competition, resulting in Dylan being the winner. Dylan not only had no Mega Evolutions in his team, but also no held items! Meanwhile, Lachlan, the runner up, had three Pokémon holding their respective Mega Stones – but you can’t beat straight up good battle sense!

In Seniors division, it was all about Ryan Chan in his last year in Seniors going undefeated with what looks to be a very standard team – he did not put a foot wrong all day. Watch out for him come Nationals time; the Masters division better pay attention, too!

Speaking of Masters, Alister was in the thick of it today when he was picked to get the bye into top 4 of winners due to the number of entrants. He would go on to win his top 4 winners match while running a Mega Aerodactyl team, as he had done so all day on a friend’s game cart. But when it came to play the winner’s bracket finals, the save game data had corrupted! Following a brief delay in trying to get the game to work again, Jamie made the decision to allow him to continue playing using another friend’s team and game cart, so long as it was the same team that the original entrant used. This friend would be Travis (as he had already been eliminated) and his team of Mega Kangaskhan, Smeargle, and friends. It is debatable whether or not this gave Alister an advantage, but his play was solid throughout the tournament, and would also lead to a Mega Kangaskhan/Smeargle mirror grand final, which Alister won in a see-sawing battle. I have included both of his teams he used on the day.

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Once again, congratulations to Dylan, Ryan, and Alister for winning the Perth Regional, a 2DS and a paid trip to Nationals!

Image Source: Pokeclectic

Written by Gambit

About Stacey

Owner of this website, and control freak. Stacey formats PokeAus articles, and deals with back-end maintenance. Her aim this year is to collect data and write up usage stat articles for both the TCG and VGC community to enjoy.

13 comments

  1. Is there anywhere I can see a full list of results or bracket?

  2. Great write up, made for some interesting reading as we waited for Adelaide’s event to start.

    Just wanted to note that the way you’ve described the grand finals was a bit confusing. We were a bit concerned that the loser would have to win the best of three at a disadvantage to reset the bracket and then win another best of three! Instead it looks like we had best of 1 the whole way through the tournament after the first round. I think I understand what you meant with the way you described it, but it’s actually a little more confusing to people that are familiar with DE.

    • I know what you mean. It wasn’t double elimination in a true sense where the player from loser’s bracket would have to win a best of 3 to reset the bracket and rather it was just win game 1 to reset the bracket. This meant that since Alister won the first game he took the “best of 3” 2-0 since he started a game up. If you read the Adelaide report, the player from loser’s won the first game forcing a deciding game.
      Would have been nice if it was a more traditional double elimination finals but time didn’t permit that.

      • Not sure how Pokemon finals generally go, but I think Bo1 for the tournament was ok. Bo3 for the finals might have gotten a bit repetitive. For the player from the Losers’ Bracket to prevail they would have had to win a minimum of 4 games.

        At that point it’s all about out-predicting your opponent because you should each have a good idea about how both teams work. The mind games are terrific, but within the two games in Adelaide I think we’d seen a reasonable chunk of the strategies from each team. Especially because at that point most games were being played on the big screen. Being able to predict your opponent feels awesome, but I think for player and audience alike it gets a lot less rewarding when it gets to the point where you’re over-predicting your opponents moves and the game turns into a mess of second-guessing everything.

        That said, my favourite part was where Chris G double-protected with his opening pair, and Matthew power-up-punched his own Salamence.

  3. Thanks for the write-up! Just wondering though, did they have some matches on a big screen, or were they all just done at those little tables? I can see a TV in the background of that first photo but can’t tell if it has a game on it . . . I was thinking of going to the Sydney one just as a spectator (since I don’t have a competitive XY team) but I don’t really want to have to stand over people’s shoulders to watch. =|

  4. Did anyone compete using a non PAL game? I really don’t want to get there and find out I can’t play because of my US 3DS.

  5. wait so when they say you get a paid return trip to melbourne for nationals, does that include accomodation or not?

    • I want to enter next year but if they don’t offer accomodation i may not be able to go if i somehow fluke the whole regionals xP

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