Author Archives: Gramgus

VGC19 Sun Series – Yveltal

Yveltal premiered alongside Xerneas in Pokémon X&Y as our cover legendaries. In its one other legal format, Yveltal performed adequately. It won the German National Championships under the direction of Arash Ommati, paired alongside Primal Groudon and Jumpluff. Unlike Xerneas, it did not have strong Worlds finishes outside of Sam Pandelis of Australia finishing in the Top 16 with it. ...

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VGC19 Sun Series – Xerneas

Xerneas has only ever been legal in one VGC format before 2019. For most of 2016, Xerneas was the Pokémon to be and the Pokémon to beat. It dominated at the Regional and National level with 2016 US Nationals being a Xerneas mirror between Chase Lybbert and Aaron Traylor. While it was not as dominant at Worlds (pushed to Top ...

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2018 Worlds Preview – North America Edition

North America is arguably the most successful region to have played VGC. With four Worlds wins, Ray Rizzo’s Three-Peat between 2010-2012 and Wolfe Glick in 2016, the US is not unfamiliar to winning. In the Internationals era, they won three and more importantly, won the last two. Jeremy Rodrigues and Carson Confer’s victories in North America and Latin America respectively ...

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2018 Worlds Preview – Russia Edition

By Stephen Mea and Irina Tyurina Russia is one of the most unexplored scenes in the whole of VGC. Unfortunately for the dedicated players there, Nintendo of Russia is very vague and at times misleading regarding the circuit and Worlds qualifications. Despite this, the Russian community has been an active hub for VGC players since 2014. In 2018, it was ...

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2018 Worlds Preview – Latin America Edition

By: Stephen Mea with assistance from Javier Valdés, César Reyes, and André Fumis They told us, they weren’t lying. Everyone decided to sleep on Latin America (Latam), and then they took half of the Worlds 2017 Top 8 spots, and Paul Ruiz of Ecuador leaving with a trophy. Latam had not seen too much International success before the release of ...

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2018 Worlds Preview – Korea Edition

By Stephen Mea with consultation from Sejun Park and Wonseok Jang Many associate the Korean VGC scene with the 2014 World Champion, Sejun Park. Alongside his 2nd Place in Seniors in 2011, Top 8 in masters in 2012, and Top 8 in 2013, Sejun is one of the game’s all time greats. However, the region has more to offer then ...

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2018 Worlds Preview – Japan Edition

By Stephen Mea, George Tifverman, and Forte with consultation from Ryokon. Japan has been one of the strongest countries in VGC’s history. They always seem to return home from the World Championships with some hardware, including four first place Masters trophies. Despite an off 2016, Japan re-surged in 2017, earning multiple Worlds Top Cut spots and winning the tournament. Continuing ...

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2018 Worlds Preview – Oceania Edition

Oceania is one of the younger scenes but has began to make a name for themselves. After their first World Championships Top 8 appearance in 2014, they seemed to fade into obscurity despite Edward Cheung of Hong Kong and Sam Pandelis of Australia, top cutting in 2016. This label of obscurity was stripped in 2017 when they exploded onto the ...

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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 ...

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