Pokemon VGC 2019 Latin America International Championship


This past weekend, (starting on Friday, 11/16/2018) was Pokemon’s first International Championship of the 2019 season, the Latin America International Championship, in São Paulo, Brazil. This tournament featured the Sun Series rule set. For those who don’t know, the 2019 season is split into three different rule sets, which change as the season progresses. The beginning of the season runs the Sun Series rules, the middle of the season runs the Moon Series rules, and the end of the season runs the Ultra Series rules.

All three rule sets allow players to use 2 previously banned Pokemon on their teams, a change from the previous year’s rules. These Pokemon include Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-oh, Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma. Mythical Pokemon like Mew, as well as Ash-Greninja still aren’t allowed.

The Sun Series has a few more restrictions: Z-crystals, mega-evolutions, and Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon are not allowed. The Moon series allows Z-crystals (with the exception of Ultranecrozium-Z), but does not allow mega-evolutions or Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon. The Ultra series allows Z-crystals, mega-evolutions, and Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon.

The tournament ran for three days, with the first 7 Swiss rounds taking place on day 1. On day 2, the top 8 single elimination rounds up to the semifinals took place. The finals were on day 3. It should be noted that unfortunately attendance was low enough to determine the top 8 players at the end of day 1. The tournament was live streamed on Twitch.

This article will record the results of the Master’s division matches shown on the stream, as well as what teams were used in each match. Full details on each Pokemon, such as move sets and stats will not be recorded, as not all of this info was shown. It should be noted that each match is a best 2 out of 3 games. So, let’s take a look at each round:

Day 1:

Round 1 of Swiss was between Federico Turano and Trista Medine. Here are their teams:

Federico Turano: Tornadus, Kartana, Xerneas, Kyogre, Smeargle, and Incineroar.

Trista Medine: Kartana, Xerneas, Lunala, Tapu Koko, Ludicolo, and Incineroar.

Trista Medine won 2-1.

Round 2 of Swiss featured Luiz Valle and Paul Ruiz. Paul Ruiz was the 2018 world champion. Here are their teams:

Luiz Valle: Xerneas, Solgaleo, Ludicolo, Incineroar, Amoongus, and Tornadus.

Paul Ruiz: Kyogre, Xerneas, Ludicolo, Tapu Lele, Incineroar, and Moltres.

Paul Ruiz won 2-0.

Round 3 of Swiss featured Ashton Cox and Gabriel Agati. Here are their teams:

Ashton Cox: Smeargle, Xerneas, Incineroar, Lunala, Toxicroak, and Crobat.

Gariel Agati: Solgaleo, Xerneas, Landorus (Therian Forme), Tapu Koko, Incineroar, and Ludicolo.

Ashton Cox won 2-1.

Round 4 of swiss was between Justin Burns and Alessio Boschetto. Here are their teams:

Justin Burns: Xerneas, Yveltal, Incineroar, Kartana, Amoongus, and Smeargle.

Alessio Boschetto: Xerneas, Groudon, Kartana, Incineroar, Venusaur, and Heatran.

Justin Burns won 2-1.

Round 5 of swiss featured Jeremy Rodrigues and Angel Miranda. Here are their teams:

Jeremy Rodrigues: Xerneas, Smeargle, Lunala, Incineroar, Crobat, and Toxicroak.

Angel Miranda: Venusaur, Xerneas, Incineroar, Talonflame, Tsareena, and Groudon.

Jeremy Rodrigues won 2-1.

Round 6 featured Juan Spinetta and Eduardo Cunha. Here are their teams:

Juan Spinetta: Tapu Lele, Kartana, Kyogre, Incineroar, Amoongus, and Lunala.

Eduardo Cunha: Tapu Fini, Incineroar, Venusaur, Groudon, Aerodactyl, and Solgaleo.

Juan Spinetta won 2-0.

Round 7 was between Caio Romanini and Michele Gavelli. Here are their teams:

Caio Romanini: Kyogre, Yveltal, Tapu Lele, Ferrothorn, Incineroar, and Crobat.

Michele Gavelli: Amoongus, Lunala, Kartana, Incineroar, Tapu Koko, and Kyogre.

Michele Gavelli won 2-0.

And those were the matches shown on Day 1.

Go to Page 2 for days 2 and 3.


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