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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 United States of America  
16  Ian Robb United States of America     16  Ian Robb United States of America  
9  Brandon Sharp United States of America   9  Brandon Sharp United States of America  
8  Terao Motoharu Japan       16  Ian Robb United States of America  
5  Aleksandrs Brodie Canada       4  Itsuku Kito Japan  
12  Alex Schemanske United States of America     12  Alex Schemanske United States of America
13  Ondrej Kujal Czech Republic   4  Itsuku Kito Japan  
4  Itsuku Kito Japan       16  Ian Robb United States of America
3  Shuto Itagaki Japan       3  Shuto Itagaki Japan
14  David Tomahave United States of America     3  Shuto Itagaki Japan  
11  Ishaan Jagiasi United States of America   6  Giacomo Forza Italy  
6  Giacomo Forza Italy       3  Shuto Itagaki Japan
7  Zachary Bokhari United States of America       7  Zachary Bokhari United States of America  
10  Tristan Paguirigan Canada     7  Zachary Bokhari United States of America
15  Daniel Sargent United States of America   2  Wesley Hollenberg United States of America  
2  Wesley Hollenberg United States of America  



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 United States of America  
16  Dario Ang Singapore     16  Dario Ang Singapore  
9  Colter Decker United States of America   9  Colter Decker United States of America  
8  Samu Saarinen Finland       9  Colter Decker United States of America  
5  Jack Pitcher Canada       5  Jack Pitcher Canada  
12  Miloslav Posledni Czech Republic     5  Jack Pitcher Canada
13  Kohei Takenaka Japan   4  Koichi Nishida United States of America  
4  Koichi Nishida United States of America       9  Colter Decker United States of America
3  Dean Nezam United States of America       2  Chase Moloney Canada
14  Brandon Smiley United States of America     3  Dean Nezam United States of America  
11  Karuki Ishimaru Japan   6  Alex Croxton United States of America  
6  Alex Croxton United States of America       3  Dean Nezam United States of America
7  Wo Pan Wong Hong Kong       2  Chase Moloney Canada  
10  Hayden Caneron-Jacobus United States of America     7  Wo Pan Wong Hong Kong
15  Henry Prior United States of America   2  Chase Moloney Canada  
2  Chase Moloney Canada  


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 United Kingdom  
16  Dylan Bryan United States of America     1  Sami Sekkoum United Kingdom  
9  Adrian Loke Canada   8  Michael Diaz United States of America  
8  Michael Diaz United States of America       8  Michael Diaz United States of America  
5  Xavier Chua Singapore       12  Igor Costa Portugal  
12  Igor Costa Portugal     12  Igor Costa Portugal
13  Clifton Goh Singapore   4  Yuta Komatsuda Japan  
4  Yuta Komatsuda Japan       12  Igor Costa Portugal
3  Stefan Tabaco United States of America       15  Harrison Leven United States of America
14  Roberto Shirasago Mexico     3  Stefan Tabaco United States of America  
11  Aaron Curry United States of America   6  Jay Hornung United States of America  
6  Jay Hornung United States of America       6  Jay Hornung United States of America
7  Michael Pramawat United States of America       15  Harrison Leven United States of America  
10  Steven Mao Germany     7  Michael Pramawat United States of America
15  Harrison Leven United States of America   15  Harrison Leven United States of America  
2  Patricio Gonzalez Walsh Argentina  


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.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship Match
1  Abram Burrows United States of America  
8  Bianca Coluccelli Italy  
    1  Abram Burrows United States of America  
    5  Kippei Takaki Japan  
5  Kippei Takaki Japan
4  Aiko Hiura Japan  
    1  Abram Burrows United States of America
    2  Brian Hough United States of America
3  Brendan Zheng United States of America  
6  Ayaan Nadeem Canada  
    3  Brendan Zheng United States of America
    2  Brian Hough United States of America  
7  Nathan Aubert France
2  Brian Hough United States of America  


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.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship Match
1  Kamran Jahadi United States of America  
8  Jaime Martinez Alonzo Spain  
    8  Jaime Martinez Alonzo Spain  
    4  Nitesh Manem Canada  
5  Aaron Zheng United States of America
4  Nitseh Manem Canada  
    8  Jaime Martinez Alonzo Spain
    7  Toler Webb United States of America
3  Santa Ito Japan  
6  Henry Mason United States of America  
    6  Henry Mason United States of America
    7  Toler Webb United States of America  
7  Toler Webb United States of America
2  Gavin Michaels United States of America  


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.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship Match
1  Ray Rizzo United States of America  
8  Jumpei Yamamoto Japan  
    1  Ray Rizzo United States of America  
    5  Joe Pulkowski United States of America  
5  Joe Pulkowski United States of America
4  Matthew Coyle United States of America  
    1  Ray Rizzo United States of America
    6  Wolfe Glick United States of America
3  Sejun Park South Korea  
6  Wolfe Glick United States of America  
    6  Wolfe Glick United States of America
    2  Abel Martin Sanz Spain  
7  Guillermo Castilla Italy
2  Abel Martin Sanz Spain  


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: Plasma PowerTrevgorEmerald KingCrazy Punch
Champions Jason KlaczynskiJun HasebeRay Rizzo


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