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2008 World Championships (TCG)

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The 2008 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships were held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista hotel in Orlando, Florida from August 15-17, 2008. They were the fifth World Championships event hosted by Pokémon Organized Play. In addition, this year featured the 2008 Video Game Showdown, which would evolve into the annual Video Game World Championships starting in 2009.

The event used the EX Holon Phantoms onwards Modified Format. The second day of the tournament featured seven rounds of Swiss Pairings for all three divisions. The top 32 players in each division were then seeded into single-elimination tournaments on Sunday to determine each division’s World Champion.

Single-Elimination Brackets

Junior Division

Jun Hasebe, of Japan, was the defending Junior Division World Champion. Jun finished in sixth place, losing in the quarterfinals to eventual runner up (and future World Champion) Takuto Itagaki.

Tristan Robinson, of the United States, claimed victory with a 10-2 record, defeating Takuto in the final.

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship Match
1  Joey Gaffney CA  
17  Tristan Robinson US     17  Tristan Robinson US  
9  Jacob Tamm US   9  Jacob Tamm US  
8  Emily Chan NO       17  Tristan Robinson US  
5  Sean Goh MY       29  Simone Zucchelli IT  
21  Joshua Simon US     5  Sean Goh MY
13  Olliver Barr US   29  Simone Zucchelli IT  
29  Simone Zucchelli IT       17  Tristan Robinson US
3  Takuto Itagaki JP       3  Takuto Itagaki JP
14  Andrew Lin Sun Choong AU     3  Takuto Itagaki JP  
11  Ty Wheeler US   6  Jun Hasebe JP  
6  Jun Hasebe JP       3  Takuto Itagaki JP
26  Heikki Kettunen FI       31  Noah Lawson US  
10  Kazuho Mizuta JP     10  Kazuho Mizuta JP
18  Olivier Marcant FR   31  Noah Lawson US  
31  Noah Lawson US  

Senior Division

Jeremy Scharff-Kim, of the United States, was the defending Senior Division World Champion, but chose to withdraw from the tournament after completing five rounds.

Dylan Lefavour, of the United States, posted a 9-3 record to win the tournament, along the way defeating 2005 Junior Division champion Curran Hill in the semifinals.

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship Match
1  Aziz Al-Yami US  
17  Malik Hisyam Bin Zaihan MY     1  Aziz Al-Yami US  
24  Keegan Cox US   8  Paul Atanassov CA  
8  Paul Atanassov CA       8  Paul Atanassov CA  
5  Jonathan Bristow US       29  Nicholas Kolibas US  
12  Garrett Farrington US     12  Garrett Farrington US
13  Justin Bokhari US   29  Nicholas Kolibas US  
29  Nicholas Kolibas US       8  Paul Atanassov CA
30  Dylan Lefavour US       30  Dylan Lefavour US
19  Takashi Yoneda JP     30  Dylan Lefavour US  
22  Tord Reklev NO   6  Andy Meier US  
6  Andy Meier US       30  Dylan Lefavour US
7  Dylan Bryan US       2  Curran Hill US  
23  Tim Hornung US     7  Dylan Bryan US
18  Christian Miller US   2  Curran Hill US  
2  Curran Hill US  

Masters Division

Tom Roos, of Finland, was the defending Masters Division World Champion, and finished 35th in Swiss Rounds.

Jason Klaczynski made history by winning his second World Championship with a record of 10-2. Jason is the only person to have achieved such a feat in the TCG (Ray Rizzo would win three Video Game (Senior/)Masters titles from 2010-2012). His path to victory included the defeats of the top two players from the 2008 U.S. National Championships.

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship Match
32  Esa Juntunen FI  
16  Agustin Pugliese AR     32  Esa Juntunen FI  
24  Kyle Sabelhaus US   25  Jimmy O'Brien US  
25  Jimmy O'Brien US       25  Jimmy O'Brien US  
5  Sami Sekkoum GB       20  Khanh Le NO  
12  Frank Diaz US     12  Frank Diaz US
20  Khanh Le NO   20  Khanh Le NO  
29  Morten Gundesen DK       20  Khanh Le NO
30  John Silvestro US       19  Jason Klaczynski US
19  Jason Klaczynski US     19  Jason Klaczynski US  
22  Tom Dolezal US   6  Yacine Sekkoum GB  
6  Yacine Sekkoum GB       19  Jason Klaczynski US
7  Takae Suzuki JP       15  Gino Lombardi US  
23  David Atanassov CA     7  Takae Suzuki JP
15  Gino Lombardi US   15  Gino Lombardi US  
2  Matthew Koo CA  

Invitation structure

Junior Senior Masters
2007 World Champions 4 4 4
National Championships Juniors Seniors Masters
Argentina 2 2 2
Australia 2 2 2
Austria 2 2 2
Belgium/Luxembourg 2 2 2
Canada 4 4 4
Chile 2 2 2
Czech Republic 2 2 2
Denmark 3 3 3
Finland 3 3 3
France 4 4 4
Germany 4 4 4
Italy 4 4 4
Japan 5 5 5
Malaysia 2 2 2
Malta 2 2 2
Mexico 4 4 4
Netherlands 4 4 4
New Zealand 2 2 2
Norway 4 4 4
Philippines 2 2 2
Portugal 2 2 2
Singapore 2 2 2
Slovenia 2 2 2
Spain 2 2 2
South Africa 2 2 2
Sweden 2 2 2
Switzerland 2 2 2
United Kingdom 4 4 4
United States 8 8 8
Premier Ratings Juniors Seniors Masters
Ratings APAC Zone 4 4 4
Ratings LA Zone 2 2 2
Ratings NA Zone 25 25 25
Ratings EU Zone 20 20 20
Last Chance Qualifier Juniors Seniors Masters
Guaranteed Invites 25 22 12

Previously, there were four guaranteed invites per division in the Last Chance Qualifiers: however, due to unprecedented numbers of players, Pokémon Organized Play announced an additional 47 invites into the World Championships. Similarly, it was announced at the United Kingdom Nationals that fourth place in each division would, in addition to the top three finishing players, receive an invitation to the championships.

There were, in total, 435 invites announced (also known as Travel Awards) for the 2008 World Championships; 145 in each division. Of these, Pokémon Organized Play sponsored and paid for 41 Travel Awards, including the top four finishers in last year's World Championships. After the announcement of various additional invitations, there were at least 485 invitations available for the World Championships.

Event Pokémon

Pokémon Info Trainer Memo Battle Moves Ribbons
Cherish Ball LUCARIO Dex No. 448 Adamant nature. Fighting Force Palm Classic Ribbon
Lv. 30 Type   Ground Bone Rush
Spr 5b 448.png Fighting Steel Pokémon Event Fire Sunny Day
OT WORLD08 Apparently had a Fire Blaze Kick
ID No. 08178 fateful encounter at This Pokémon was available in the United States
on August 17, 2008.
Item Ability Lv. 30.
Leftovers Leftovers Inner Focus  
The date this Pokémon was received is determined by the date on the DS when it was obtained from the Poké Mart.
This Pokémon is English in origin.
Can be obtained with: D P Pt HG SS
Obtained from: PBR Ranch Ra SoA GS Distribution
Please go here to know this Pokémon's in-game effect.

External links

Pokémon World Championships
Pokémon Trading Card Game only 2004-2008; TCG and Video Games 2009-on
2004: Blaziken TechMagma SpiritRocky BeachTeam Rushdown
2005: Bright AuraDark TyranitarKing of the WestQueendom
2006: B-L-SEeveelutionsMewtrickSuns & Moons
2007: FlyveesLegendary AscentRamboltSwift Empoleon
2008: Bliss ControlEmpotechIntimidationPsychic Lock
2009: StallgonCrowned TigerQueengarLuxdrill
2010: LuxChomp of the SpiritHappy LuckPower CottonweedBoltevoir
2011: MegazoneReshiphlosionThe TruthTwinboar
2012: Pesadelo PrismTerraki-MewtwoEeltwoCMT
2013: Anguille Sous RocheAmerican GothicDarkraiUltimate Team Plasma
Champions Jason KlaczynskiJun HasebeRay Rizzo

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