2018 Worlds Preview – EU Edition

Europe has been one of the strongest regions in the International Championships since the tournament’s conception in the 2017 season. They have defended twice and made the finals of a majority of the internationals. Europe houses this year’s CP leader, as well as, two first place trophies from Simone Sanvito of Italy in Europe, and Alessio Yuri Boschetto of Italy in Oceania. They also brought home five more Internationals’ trophies. With one Worlds win from Arash Ommati of Italy in 2013, they look to bring home their second title. Let’s meet the representatives that we will see in Day 2 and how their seasons have gone on an international level.

1st: Alessio Yuri Boschetto [IT]
@YureeVGC
CP: 2272

  • 12th European International Championships
  • 1st Oceania International Championships
  • 13th Latin American International Championships
  • 4th North American International Championships
  • 4th Toronto Regionals
  • 6th Liverpool Regionals

2nd: Nico Davide Cognetta [IT]
@DesuVGC
CP: 1439

  • 62nd European International Championships
  • 6th Oceania International Championships
  • 8th Latin American International Championships
  • 24th North American International Championships
  • 3rd Bremen Regionals
  • 8th Liverpool Regionals

3rd: Alex Gomez [ES]
@Pokealex_
CP: 1349

  • 2nd European International Championships
  • 52nd Oceania International Championships
  • 5th Latin American International Championships
  • 22nd North American International Championships
  • 4th Leipzig Regionals

4th: Arash Ommati [IT]
@mean_vgc
CP: 1345

  • 57th European International Championships
  • 14th Oceania International Championships
  • dnf Latin American International Championships
  • 50th North American International Championships
  • 3rd Sindelfingen Regionals
  • 3rd Bilbao Special

5th: Eduardo Cunha [PT]
@MeninoJardim
CP: 1286

  • 14th European International Championships
  • 22nd Oceania International Championships
  • 10th Latin American International Championships
  • 48th North American International Championships
  • 2nd Bilbao Special

6th: Alessio Vinciguerra [IT]
@zlanif_vgc
CP: 1248

  • 60th European International Championships
  • 37th Oceania International Championships
  • 18th Latin American International Championships
  • 70th North American International Championships
  • 3rd Anaheim Open
  • 5th Bilbao Special

7th: Jamie Boyt [UK]
@JamieBoytVGC
CP: 1200

  • 31st European International Championships
  • 51st Oceania International Championships
  • 29th Latin American International Championships
  • 117th North American International Championships
  • 1st Malmö Regionals
  • 2nd Torino Special

8th: Flavio Del Pidio [IT]
@PadoVGC
CP: 1175

  • 8th European International Championships
  • – Oceania International Championships
  • 17th Latin American International Championships
  • – North American International Championships
  • 1st Leipzig Regionals
  • 2nd Torino Special

9th: Michele Gavelli [IT]
@LordGioppiVGC
CP: 1044

  • 55th European International Championships
  • – Oceania International Championships
  • – Latin American International Championships
  • – North American International Championships
  • 1st Sheffield Regionals
  • 5th Sindelfingen Special

10th: Eric Rios [ES]
@riopaser
CP: 1035

  • – European International Championships
  • – Oceania International Championships
  • 3rd Latin American International Championships
  • – North American International Championships
  • 5th Malmö Regionals
  • 6th Bilbao Special

11th: Jens Arne Mækinen [NO]
@nidoking_guy
CP: 974

  • 140th European International Championships
  • 2nd Oceania International Championships
  • 37th Latin American International Championships
  • 60th North American International Championships
  • 7th Sheffield Regionals

12th: Davide Cauteruccio [IT]
@DynamoVGC
CP: 966

  • 4th European International Championships
  • – Oceania International Championships
  • – Latin American International Championships
  • – North American International Championships
  • 3rd Tours Special
  • 4th Malmö Regionals

13th: Andrea di Francesco [IT]
@PlayerOneVGC
CP: 963

  • 68th European International Championships
  • 21st Oceania International Championships
  • 52nd Latin American International Championships
  • – North American International Championships

14th: Luca Lussignoli [IT]
@lucalucario
CP: 961

  • 64th European International Championships
  • – Oceania International Championships
  • – Latin American International Championships
  • – North American International Championships
  • 2nd Tours Special

15th: Barry Anderson [UK]
@bazandersonvgc
CP: 956

  • 97th European International Championships
  • 61st Oceania International Championships
  • 67th Latin American International Championships
  • 72nd North American International Championships
  • 3rd Malmö Regionals
  • 7th Bilbao Special

16th: Simone Sanvito [IT]
@SanvyVGC
CP: 953

  • 1st European International Championships
  • 35th Oceania International Championships
  • – Latin American International Championships
  • – North American International Championships

Day 1 Highlights (Bar: 300 CP)

Davide Carrer [IT]
@Nirinbo_VGC
CP: 647

Carrer is an often overlooked Italian player that has quite the strong resume. In 2017, he placed 2nd at Leipzig Regionals and 5th at the Milan Grand Open. Like many who qualified for Worlds in 2018, he made Day 2 of the European International Championships but took it a step further by doing it at 9-0 and making Top 8. Since then, he has won multiple Premier Challenges and Midseason Showdowns to keep in form for the World Championships.

Jamie Dixon [UK]
@MasterWizardVG
CP: 591

Dixon is a British player who has quite consistent results in the last two years. He placed second at the season’s first Regional in Liverpool and continued his momentum to a 6th place finish at the European International Championships. After laying low for some time, he came out and placed 3rd at the recent Sheffield Regionals in the 2018 format. As one of the higher ranked European players, expect to see Dixon in Day 2 and perhaps contending for the title.

Fabian Braun [DE]
@Baked_vgc
CP: 459

Braun is a German player who’s strong accomplishments and burning passion for Kommo-o have defined him. This season, he started strong and reached Day 2 of the European International Championships and placed 20th. After the format shift, he placed 3rd at the Prague Special Event with a Meowstic, sealing his invite early and with style. The Germans always seem to do well around Worlds so expect the same from Braun. Having made Day 2 at his only International, seeing him compete for the World Championship on Sunday would not be too much of a surprise.

David Koutesh [CZ]
@HamsterManiaVGC
CP: 398

Koutesh is one of the younger European players but despite this, he is already very decorated. In 2015, he reached Top 8 of the World Championships in the seniors division before his run was ended by eventual World Champion Mark McQuillan. Since then, he has qualified for Worlds each year he has played. This season, he won the stacked Prague Special and defended his nation in the process. Koutesh hopes to reach cut of the World Championships again this year in Nashville.

William Tansley [UK]
@StarKo90
CP: 397

Tansley is a player that is used to the International stage. Tansley had a spectacular 2017 season which saw him top cutting two Internationals (Europe and Latin America) as well as the World Championships. In 2018, Tansley reached day 2 at London again but took his foot off of the gas and opted to not snowball again. While biding his time, he won the stacked Sao Paulo Challenge online tournament. Tansley is one of the best gen 7 players and we cannot wait for his return to the spotlight.

Day 1 Players: CP

  • Lukas Muller [DE] – 952
  • Jonas Wiegel [DE] – 858
  • Serkan Tas [DE] – 811
  • Leonardo Bonanomi [IT] – 735
  • Rob Akershoek [NL] – 731
  • Davide Carrer [IT] – 647
  • Jamie Dixon [UK] – 591
  • Lorenzo Silvestrini [IT] – 544
  • Ben Kyriakou [UK] – 515
  • Matteo Agostini [IT] – 511
  • Lorenzo Semeraro [IT] – 489
  • Bartosz Ekiert [PO] – 484
  • Diego Montes [ES] – 481
  • Matthias Suchodolski [DE] – 472
  • Roberto Porretti [IT] – 472
  • Pontus Westerlund [SE] – 467
  • Max Waterman [UK] – 464
  • Fabian Braun [DE] – 459
  • Dominic Scheffler [DE] – 457
  • Daniel Oztekin [UK] – 444
  • Aurélien Lefebvre [BE] – 432
  • Mathias Grauer [DE] – 420
  • Alessandro Fantinato [IT] – 419
  • Ben Markham [UK] – 412
  • Lee Provst [UK] – 409
  • Rafa Montes [ES] – 406
  • Heinz Heckmann [DE] – 404
  • Francesco Pardini [IT] – 404
  • David Koutesh [CZ] – 398
  • Riccardo Rispoli [IT] – 397
  • William Tansley [UK] – 397
  • Leonardo Di Re [IT] – 396
  • Richard Hodge [UK] – 386
  • Alessio Cremonini [IT] – 379
  • Nathan Aubert [FR] – 378
  • Markus Stadter [DE] – 368
  • Adrian Baumann [DE] – 365
  • Alexandre Lissardy [FR] – 364
  • Alessandro Fantinato [IT] – 367
  • Enrico Grimaldi [IT] – 361
  • Giuseppe Musicco [IT] – 360
  • Riccardo Appamea [IT] – 359
  • Nicole Saeed [SE] – 358
  • Luca Ceribelli [IT] – 357
  • Alessandro Weiler [CH] – 356
  • Matteo Marinelli [IT] – 355
  • Giuseppe Cangemi [IT] – 354
  • Nils Dunlop [SE] – 340
  • Ruben Pereira [PT] – 335
  • Teemu Mankinen [FI] – 334
  • Manuel Manzari [IT] – 331
  • Stefano Manera [IT] – 331
  • Yazid Nassouri [FR] – 330
  • Francisco Nicolás Rodríguez Moral [ES] – 327
  • Alban Badan [FR] – 320
  • Piotr Kedziora [IR] – 317
  • Jose Cabre Coll [ES] – 314
  • Eden Batchelor [UK] – 313
  • David Mizrahi [CH] – 311
  • Jorijn Raymakers [NL] – 311
  • Javier Señorena [ES] – 309
  • Alekso Letexier [FR] – 309
  • Marco Bertoni [IT] – 308
  • Ernest Azanza [ES] – 308
  • Roberto Ceglia [IT] – 308
  • Miguel Marti De La Torre [ES] – 307
  • Koen van Leeuwen [NL] – 307
  • Lorenzo Paleari [IT] – 307
  • Nabil Lakehal [FR] – 307
  • Thomas Plater [UK] – 306
  • Christoph Bley [DE] – 306
  • Alberto Hernández [ES] – 306
  • Edo Bertani [IT] – 306
  • François-Xavier de Lageneste [FR] – 306
  • Gilberto Goracci [IT] – 305
  • Mark Duò [IT] – 305
  • George Onyejekwe [DE] – 305
  • Alessio Astrea [IT] – 305
  • Guilherme Martins [PT] – 304
  • Matteo Moscardini [IT] – 304
  • Pedro Lima [PT] – 304
  • Thomas Gravouille [FR] – 304
  • Nils Dierauer [CH] – 303
  • Manfredi Insinga [IT] – 303
  • Nils Dierauer [SE] – 303
  • Akira Petrolini [IT] – 302
  • Andrea Sala [IT] – 302
  • Filipe Azevedo [PT] – 302
  • Frans Sikkes [NL] – 302
  • Giovanni Piscitelli [IT] – 302
  • Álvaro Carrasco Sánchez [ES]-  301
  • Pau Sánchez [ES] – 301
  • Baris Ackos [DE] – 301
  • Alessandro Caliri [IT] – 301
  • William Bassolino [IT] – 300
  • Enrico Mostallino [IT] – 300
  • Miguel González [ES] – 300

Unable to identify:

  • “LordSpadaX” [ES] – 304

European Smart Money

Alessio Yuri Boschetto [IT]

Yuree’s season has been nothing short of incredible. As the pinnacle of consistency at Internationals, he has never failed to finish below the Top 16. He won the 3rd largest 2018 tournament, which also happened to be an International. He also has two major Top 4s, one at the North American Internationals and one at Toronto Regionals. His ability to seemingly pick apart and dominate the competition of any destination he chooses is unheard of in VGC. After a Top 16 finish at the World Championships last year, expect Yuree to go farther and perhaps finish his trifecta of being a Regional, International, and potential World Champion.

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