The 2018 Pokemon World VGC Championship


This past weekend, from Friday August 24, through Sunday August 26, was the 2018 Pokemon world championships. They took place in Nashville, Tennessee, and featured a total prize pool of $500,000 split between 3 different games and 3 different age divisions per game (with only 2 age divisions for Pokken tournament). Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon was played for the Video Game Championship (or VGC for short), in addition to the trading card game and Pokken Tournament DX.

I will be reporting on the players and the teams they used. Since I was viewing the on Pokemon’s twitch streams, I could not get the exact sets per Pokemon. Things like move sets, stats, held items, and natures could not be confirmed, and will not be mentioned here. I will be covering the Video Game Championship only, and most of the coverage is for the Master’s age division.

Logo for the Video Game Championship Series.

It is important to note that the format for this tournament was Swiss, meaning that all players had to play a set number of rounds, win or lose. Additionally, each match is a best 2 out of 3 games. Those who lost fewer than 3 matches were able to move onto day 2, and those on day 2 who had lost fewer than 3 matches moved onto top cut of 16 players, which turns into the single elimination format. Some players also qualified for day 2 and did not have to play in day 1.

Day 1:

Round 1 on the main stream featured Augustine De Cicco and the 2017 champ, Ryota Otsubo. Here are their teams:

Augustine De Cicco: Tyranitar, Azumaril, Thundurus (Therian Forme), Mega Salamence, Clefairy, and Excadrill

Ryota Otsubo: Mega Gardevoir, Incineroar, Landorus (Therian Forme), Gastrodon, Tapu Koko, and Rotom (Heat Rotom)

Ryota Otsuba won 2-0

Round 2 featured the 2016 champ, Wolfe Glick and Ryota Nishizawa. Here are their teams:

Wolfe Glick: Milotic, Landorus (Therian Forme), Mega Charizard X, Kartana, Tapu Lele, and Tyranitar

Ryota Nishizawa: Mega Tyranitar, Lycanroc (Midday Form), Tapu Lele, Mega Metagross, Salamence, and Amoongus.

Wolfe Glick won 2-0

Round 3 featured Juan-Pablo Rodriguez and Brendan Zheng. Here are their teams:

Juan-Pablo Rodriguez: Raikou, Mega Metagross, Landorus (Therian Forme), Hitmontop, Mega Charizard Y, and Tapu Fini.

Brendan Zheng: Snorlax, Tapu Koko, Mega Salamence, Nidoqueen, Clefairy, and Kartana

Brendan Zheng won 2-0

Round 4 featured Andrew Nowak and David Koutesh. Here are their teams:

Andrew Nowak: Bisharp, Nihilego, Mega Charizard Y, Hitmontop, Tapu Koko, and Greninja.

David Koutesh: Zapdos, Bisharp, Tsareena, Mega Blaziken, Landorus (Therian Forme), and Tapu Fini.

David Koutesh won 2-0.

Round 5 featured Tommy Cooleen and Jake Smith. Here are their teams:

Tommy Cooleen: Politoed, Ludicolo, Mega Metagross, Tapu Lele, Rotom (Heat Rotom), and Amoongus.

Jake Smith: Incineroar, Porygon 2, Mudsdale, Tapu Fini, Kartana, and Mega Salamence.

Jake Smith won 2-1.

The rest of the matches were view-able on the VGC stream for day 1

Round 6 featured Collin Heirer and Koji Morimoto. Here are their teams:

Collin Heirer: Cresselia, Tapu Koko, Mega Charizard Y, Rhyperior, Kartana, and Hitmontop.

Koji Morimoto: Mega Gardevoir, Incineroar, Zapdos, Landorus (Therian Forme), Amoongus, and Tapu Fini.

Koji Morimoto won 2-1.

Round 7 featured Heriberto Pacaje and Cedric Bernier. Here are their teams:

Heriberto Pacaje: Incineroar, Kartana, Mega Salamence, Nidoqueen, Cresselia, and Tapu Fini.

Cedric Bernier: Landorus (Therian forme), Mega Charizard Y, Tapu Koko, Kartana, Incineroar, and Cresselia.

Cedric Bernier won 2-0

Round 8 featured Wolfe Glick and Christoph Bley. Here are their teams:

Wolfe Glick: Milotic, Landorus (Therian Forme), Mega Charizrd X, Kartana, Tapu Lele, and Tyranitar

Christoph Bley: Mega Tyranitar, Kartana, Togekiss, Landorus (Therian Forme), Incineroar, and Tapu Fini.

Christoph Bley won 2-1. This was Wolfe Glick’s third loss so he was eliminated.

Round 9 featured Zhengle Tu and Diana Bros. Here are their teams:

Zhengle Tu: Landorus (Therian Forme), Cresselia, Mega Mawile, Snorlax, Charizard (mega form not shown), and Tapu Fini.

Diana Bros: Tapu Fini, Incineroar, Cresselia, Mega Gengar, Kartana, and Landorus (Therian Forme)

Diana Bros won 2-1. This was Zhengle’s third loss, so he was eliminated.

Go to page 2 for the day 2 matches.


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