Pokemon VGC 2019 Latin America International Championship

Day 2:

The first top 8 match was between Ethan French and Paul Ruiz. Here are their teams:

Ethan French: Lunala, Kyogre, Kartana, Toxicroak, Tapu Lele, and Raichu.

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

Paul Ruiz won 2-0

The second top 8 match was between Jeremy Rodrigues and Melvin Keh. Here are their teams.

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

Melvin Keh: Groudon, Tapu Koko, Xerneas, Torracat, Ferrothorn, and Volcarona.

Jeremy Rodrigues won 2-1.

The third top 8 match was between Caio Romanini and Ashton Cox. Here are their teams:

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

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

Ashton Cox won 2-1.

The final top 8 match was between James Baek and Michele Gavelli. Here are their teams:

James Baek: Xerneas, Incineroar, Tornadus, Kyogre, Kartana, and Amoongus.

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

James Baek won 2-1.

The first semifinal match was between Ashton Cox and Paul Ruiz. Here are their teams:

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

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

Ashton Cox won 2-0.

The other semifinal match was between Jeremy Rodrigues and James Baek. Here are their teams.

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

James Baek: Xerneas, Incineroar, Tornadus, Kyogre, Kartana, and Amoongus.

James Baek won 2-0.

Day 3: Finals

The Masters finals was between Ashton Cox and James Baek. Here are their teams:

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

James Baek: Xerneas, Incineroar, Tornadus, Kyogre, Kartana, and Amoongus.

Ashton Cox won 2-0.

And those are the results of the 2019 Latin American International Championships. It was interesting to see what works well in this format. Pokemon like Xerneas and Incineroar were very common. While the supporting cast varied more, most of the other picks supported the big picks or helped to counter common choices. It was interesting to see a player with Torracat in the top 8, and to see Moltres in the top 4, both currently considered odd choices.

Hopefully, the lower attendance trends won’t last forever. With any luck, these events will become more popular when the (currently untitled) Pokemon Switch game comes out. My goal in sharing this information is that these events get more publicity than they may not without it. Pokemon tournaments are of personal interest to me, and I would like to see them continue.


And that summarizes my coverage of the 2019 Latin America International Challenge. Did you view this tournament? Are you interested in participating in future tournaments, either in the current or future seasons? What do you make of this seasons rule sets? Let me know what you think and why in the comments below!

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