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2012 World Championships

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The 2012 Pokémon World Championships were held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village hotel in Waikoloa Village, Hawaii from August 13-15, 2012. The event was the ninth annual invitation-only championships for players in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, as well as the fourth year for players of the Pokémon video games. This was the third time that the Waikoloa Village hosted the World Championships, the previous two years being 2007 and 2010.

Trading Card Game Championships

The Pokémon Trading Card Game continued with the 2011-12 Modified format introduced this year using all cards from HeartGold & SoulSilver onward. Players were able to receive invites from outstanding performances at their country's National Championships, the previous year's World Championships, or through the number of Championship Points they obtained compared to others in their region. In addition, players could win an invitation during the Last Chance Qualifier on the first day of the tournament.

The second day of the tournament featured seven rounds of Swiss Pairings within each division. At the end of the day, the top 16 players in each division were seeded into single-elimination tournaments on Sunday to determine each division's World Champion.

Junior Division

Gustavo Wada, of Brazil, was the defending Junior Division TCG World Champion, however he became eligible to participate in the Senior Division in 2012, where he would finish in 23rd place after day two.

Shuto Itagaki, of Japan, succeeded Gustavo as World Champion, finishing the tournament 10-1.

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship Match
1  Joey Ruettiger US  
16  Ian Robb US     16  Ian Robb US  
9  Brandon Sharp US   9  Brandon Sharp US  
8  Terao Motoharu JP       16  Ian Robb US  
5  Aleksandrs Brodie CA       4  Itsuku Kito JP  
12  Alex Schemanske US     12  Alex Schemanske US
13  Ondrej Kujal CZ   4  Itsuku Kito JP  
4  Itsuku Kito JP       16  Ian Robb US
3  Shuto Itagaki JP       3  Shuto Itagaki JP
14  David Tomahave US     3  Shuto Itagaki JP  
11  Ishaan Jagiasi US   6  Giacomo Forza IT  
6  Giacomo Forza IT       3  Shuto Itagaki JP
7  Zachary Bokhari US       7  Zachary Bokhari US  
10  Tristan Paguirigan CA     7  Zachary Bokhari US
15  Daniel Sargent US   2  Wesley Hollenberg US  
2  Wesley Hollenberg US  



Senior Division

Christopher Kan, of Australia, was the defending Senior Division TCG World Champion, and finished in 48th place in after day two.

Chase Moloney, of Canada, succeeded Christopher as World Champion, finishing the tournament 10-1.

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship Match
1  Liam Williams US  
16  Dario Ang SG     16  Dario Ang SG  
9  Colter Decker US   9  Colter Decker US  
8  Samu Saarinen FI       9  Colter Decker US  
5  Jack Pitcher CA       5  Jack Pitcher CA  
12  Miloslav Posledni CZ     5  Jack Pitcher CA
13  Kohei Takenaka JP   4  Koichi Nishida US  
4  Koichi Nishida US       9  Colter Decker US
3  Dean Nezam US       2  Chase Moloney CA
14  Brandon Smiley US     3  Dean Nezam US  
11  Karuki Ishimaru JP   6  Alex Croxton US  
6  Alex Croxton US       3  Dean Nezam US
7  Wo Pan Wong HK       2  Chase Moloney CA  
10  Hayden Caneron-Jacobus US     7  Wo Pan Wong WK
15  Henry Prior US   2  Chase Moloney CA  
2  Chase Moloney CA  


Masters Division

David Cohen, of the United States, was the defending Masters Division TCG World Champion, and finished in 109th place after day two.

Igor Costa, of Portugal, succeeded David as World Champion, finishing the tournament 9-2.

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship Match
1  Sami Sekkoum GB  
16  Dylan Bryan US     1  Sami Sekkoum GB  
9  Adrian Loke CA   8  Michael Diaz US  
8  Michael Diaz US       8  Michael Diaz US  
5  Xavier Chua SG       12  Igor Costa PT  
12  Igor Costa PT     12  Igor Costa PT
13  Clifton Goh SG   4  Yuta Komatsuda JP  
4  Yuta Komatsuda JP       12  Igor Costa PT
3  Stefan Tabaco US       15  Harrison Leven US
14  Roberto Shirasago MX     3  Stefan Tabaco US  
11  Aaron Curry US   6  Jay Hornung US  
6  Jay Hornung US       6  Jay Hornung US
7  Michael Pramawat US       15  Harrison Leven US  
10  Steven Mao DE     7  Michael Pramawat US
15  Harrison Leven US   15  Harrison Leven US  
2  Patricio Gonzalez Walsh AR  


Video Game Championships

As there were no newer versions of the game released at the time, participants used the Black and White Versions for the tournament.

All matches were conducted via Double Battles and any Pokémon in the National Pokédex could be entered, with the exception of Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta and Genesect.

Similar to Flat Battle mode, Pokémon of Levels 51 and above were temporarily reduced to Level 50, while Pokémon Level 50 and below retained their levels. Held items may be used, but no two Pokémon from the same team may hold the same held item. Players were not allowed to change their held items after they have registered, and can only use items from within the game and those received at an official Pokémon event or promotion.

Moves were restricted to those learnt from the game through leveling up, breeding, TMs and HMs, from a character in the game or from an official event or promotion. Sky Drop and Dark Void were banned in this format, with Sky Drop being banned due to a glitch.

In addition, the Wonder Launcher was not permitted to be used.

Junior Division

Brian Hough, of the United States, was the defending Junior Division VG World Champion. Brian finished in second place to Abram Burrows, who succeeded Brian as World Champion, finishing the tournament 9-0.

Round Six   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship Match
        
           1  Abram Burrows US  
         8  Bianca Coluccelli IT  
             1  Abram Burrows US  
             5  Kippei Takaki JP  
           5  Kippei Takaki JP
         4  Aiko Hiura JP  
             1  Abram Burrows US
             2  Brian Hough US
           3  Brendan Zheng US  
         6  Ayaan Nadeem CA  
             3  Brendan Zheng US
             2  Brian Hough US  
           7  Nathan Aubert FR
         2  Brian Hough US  
        


Senior Division

Kamran Jahadi, of the United States, was the defending Senior Division VG World Champion. Kamran, who was undefeated after day two, finished in fifth place, losing in the quarterfinals.

Toler Webb, of the United States, succeeded Kamran as World Champion, finishing the tournament 7-2.

Round Six   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship Match
        
           1  Kamran Jahadi US  
         8  Jaime Martinez Alonzo ES  
             8  Jaime Martinez Alonzo ES  
             4  Nitesh Manem CA  
           5  Aaron Zheng US
         4  Nitseh Manem CA  
             8  Jaime Martinez Alonzo ES
             7  Toler Webb US
           3  Santa Ito JP  
         6  Henry Mason US  
             6  Henry Mason US
             7  Toler Webb US  
           7  Toler Webb US
         2  Gavin Michaels 2  
        


Masters Division

Ray Rizzo was the two-time defending Masters Division Video Game World Champion. Ray achieved victory once again, posting a 9-0 record to claim his third consecutive Video Game World Championship.

Round Six   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship Match
        
           1  Ray Rizzo US  
         8  Jumpei Yamamoto JP  
             1  Ray Rizzo US  
             5  Joe Pulkowski US  
           5  Joe Pulkowski US
         4  Matthew Coyle US  
             1  Ray Rizzo US
             6  Wolfe Glick US
           3  Sejun Park KR  
         6  Wolfe Glick US  
             6  Wolfe Glick US
             2  Abel Martin Sanz ES  
           7  Guillermo Castilla IT
         2  Abel Martin Sanz ES  
        


Event Pokémon

Pokémon Info Trainer Memo Battle Moves Ribbons
Cherish Ball Pikachu Dex No. 025 Timid nature. Flying Fly Event Ribbon
Lv. 50 Type   Electric Thunderbolt
Spr 5b 025 f.png Electric Unknown Worlds 2012 Grass Grass Knot
OT WORLD12 Apparently had a Normal Protect
ID No. 08122 fateful encounter at This Pokémon was available in the United States
on August 12, 2012.
Item Ability Lv. 50.
Light Ball Light Ball Lightningrod  
The date this Pokémon was received is determined by the date on the DS when the Wonder Card is received.
This Pokémon is English in origin.
Can be obtained with: B W B2 W2
Please go here to see this Pokémon's in-game effect.

See also

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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
2014:
Champions Jason KlaczynskiJun HasebeRay Rizzo


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