This may come as no surprise to you, but I am a sort of Pokémaniac when it comes to arguably the world’s most popular RPG. Pokémon has been a staple for nearly twenty years, and the series continues to grow year after year in popularity. With Pokémon X and Y being released this autumn, it is almost time to bid adieu to the current generation, Pokémon Black and White.
What better sendoff is there than the results for the Pokémon World Championships, the Nintendo-sanctioned event that pits the best of the world together to crown a true Pokémon Master? Back in the day I used to be a hardcore competitive battler, but things have certainly changed as the Pokémon World Championships is one of the two primary tournament schedules for three primary age brackets, and for both the video game and the trading card game.
This year marked the first time a European champion would be crowned in the Masters division. Arash Ommati of Italy defeated top competitor and Japanese champion Ryosuke Kosuge. The entire match was decisive, and was caught on camera and posted to youtube already.
While the Masters division championship is considered the best of the best, lets not discount the other winners and runners up either. Here is the list of winners from both the TCG and the video game, their divisions, and countries of origin.
2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Junior Division (born in 2002 or later)
World Champion: Ondrej Kujal (Czech Republic)
Second Place: Yugo Sato (Japan)
2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1998–2001)
World Champion: Kaiwen Cabbabe (Australia)
Second Place: Clement Lamberton (France)
2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier)
World Champion: Jason Klaczynski (United States)
Second Place: Simon Narode (United States)
2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Junior Division (born in 2002 or later)
World Champion: Brendan Zheng (United States)
Second Place: Fuko Nakamichi (Japan)
2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1998–2001)
World Champion: Hayden McTavish (United States)
Second Place: Ben Hickey (United States)
2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier)
World Champion: Arash Ommati (Italy)
Second Place: Ryouske Kosuge (Japan)
Proof that wanting to be the very best is still alive in the world.