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2013 World Championships

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The 2013 Pokémon World Championships were held at the East Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from August 9 to 11, 2013. It marked the tenth invitation-only championships for players of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, as well as the fifth for players of the Pokémon video games. For the first time, the World Championships were being held outside of the United States.

This year marked the only time that all four semifinalists in the TCG Masters Division were from the United States. In all other years of the tournament, at least one semifinalist was from outside of the United States; in the 2007 World Championships, all four semifinalists were not American.

Trading Card Game Championships

The Pokémon Trading Card Game continued with the 2012-13 Modified format, using all cards from Black & White 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 throughout the year. 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 Swiss Rounds for the Junior Division, the Senior and Masters Divisions playing eight. At the end of rounds, the top players in each division were seeded into single-elimination tournaments, with the finals being played on Sunday, to determine each division's World Champion.

Junior Division

Shuto Itagaki of Japan was the defending Junior Division TCG World Champion; however, he became eligible for the Senior Division in 2013, where he finished in 72nd place after day two.

Ondrej Kujal of the Czech Republic became the new Junior Division TCG World Champion, finishing with a record of 10-1.

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Abaan Ahmed United States of America  
16  Roman Thome United States of America     1  Abaan Ahmed United States of America  
9  Samuel Mowrey United States of America   9  Samuel Mowery United States of America  
8  Marcos Haugestad Norway       1  Abaan Ahmed United States of America  
5  Yugo Sato Japan       5  Yugo Sato Japan  
12  Jackson Ford Canada     5  Yugo Sato Japan
13  Robert Lau Denmark   4  Quentin Deppe United States of America  
4  Quentin Deppe United States of America       5  Yugo Sato Japan
3  Carson St. Denis United States of America       7  Ondrej Kujal Czech Republic
14  Xeius Tran Canada     3  Carson St. Denis United States of America  
11  Samuel Battis United States of America   11  Samuel Battis United States of America  
6  Koto Nishimura Japan       11  Samuel Battis United States of America
7  Ondrej Kujal Czech Republic       7  Ondrej Kujal Czech Republic  
10  Omar Ben-Gacem United Kingdom     7  Ondrej Kujal Czech Republic
15  Brian Rivas United States of America   2  Alex Reger United States of America  
2  Alex Reger United States of America  


Senior Division

Chase Moloney of Canada was the defending Senior Division TCG World Champion; however, he became eligible for the Masters Division in 2013. There, Chase advanced to the Round of 16, where he finished in 15th place.

Kaiwen Cabbabe of Australia posted a perfect 13-0 record to win the Senior Division title.

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Kaiwen Cabbabe Australia  
17  Hale Obernolte United States of America     1  Kaiwen Cabbabe Australia  
24  Emily Cheng United States of America   25  Dario Ang Singapore  
25  Dario Ang Singapore       1  Kaiwen Cabbabe Australia  
28  Joey Gaffney Canada       28  Joey Gaffney Canada  
12  Jan Nickel Germany     28  Joey Gaffney Canada
13  Jacob Howard United States of America   4  Spencer Lawson United States of America  
4  Spencer Lawson United States of America       1  Kaiwen Cabbabe Australia
3  Jeremy Gibson United States of America       18  Clement Lamberton France
19  Ian Whiton United States of America     19  Ian Whiton United States of America  
11  Alexander Weber Austria   6  Alex Hedge United States of America  
6  Alex Hedge United States of America       19  Ian Whiton United States of America
26  Noah Yoshida United States of America       18  Clement Lamberton France  
23  Jacob Carrasco United States of America     23  Jacob Carrasco United States of America
18  Clement Lamberton France   18  Clement Lamberton France  
2  Tomas Blei Argentina  


Masters Division

Igor Costa of Portugal was the defending Masters Division TCG World Champion. Igor chose to withdraw after the final round of swiss, with a record of 2-6.

Jason Klaczynski of the United States made history by winning his third World Championship in the Masters Division, previously winning in 2006 and 2008. In addition to putting up an 11-2 record for the main event, Jason also qualified for the tournament through the year's Last Chance Qualifier, giving him a final weekend record of 17-2.

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Takuya Yoneda Japan  
17  Gunther Kirchhofer Austria     1  Takuya Yoneda Japan  
9  James Good United States of America   9  James Good United States of America  
8  Gino Lombardi United States of America       9  James Good United States of America  
5  Johnny Rabus United States of America       13  Simon Narode United States of America  
21  Joey Ho Singapore     5  Johnny Rabus United States of America
13  Simon Narode United States of America   13  Simon Narode United States of America  
29  Chase Moloney Canada       13  Simon Narode United States of America
30  Kerwin Lee Australia       26  Jason Klaczynski United States of America
19  Dustin Zimmerman United States of America     19  Dustin Zimmerman United States of America  
11  Josue Palomino Mexico   7  Rick Verwaal The Netherlands  
6  Rick Verwaal The Netherlands       19  Dustin Zimmerman United States of America
26  Jason Klaczynski United States of America       26  Jason Klaczynski United States of America  
10  Dylan Bryan United States of America     26  Jason Klaczynski United States of America
15  Mike Newman United States of America   31  Jonathan Bristow United States of America  
31  Jonathan Bristow United States of America  


Video Game Championships

This year, participants used Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. All matches were conducted via Double Battles and any Pokémon in the National Pokédex can 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 would retain their levels. Held items may be used, but no two Pokémon from the same team may hold the same held item. Players are 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 learned 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 are 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

Abram Burrows of the United States was the defending Junior Division Pokémon Video Game World Champion; however, he became eligible for the Senior Division in 2013, where he finished in 21st place after day two.

Brendan Zheng of the United States became the new World Champion in the Junior Division, winning with a perfect 9-0 record.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Brendan Zheng United States of America  
8  Izumi Motoe Japan  
    1  Brendan Zheng United States of America  
    5  Haruka Narita Japan  
5  Haruka Narita Japan
4  Seigo Nakamura Japan  
    1  Brendan Zheng United States of America
    2  Fuko Nakamichi Japan
3  Ryusei Yasue Japan  
6  Kota Nakamura Japan  
    3  Ryusei Yasue Japan
    2  Fuko Nakamichi Japan  
7  Melisa Akcos Germany
2  Fuko Nakamichi Japan  


Senior Division

Toler Webb of the United States was the defending Senior Division Pokémon Video Game World Champion; however, he became eligible for the Masters Division in 2013, where he finished in 12th place after day two.

Hayden McTavish of the United States won the the Seniors Division Pokémon Video Game World Championship with a final record of 7-2.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Cameron Swan United States of America  
8  Paul Chua United States of America  
    1  Cameron Swan United States of America  
    5  Hayden McTavish United States of America  
5  Hayden McTavish United States of America
4  Mark Mcquillan United Kingdom  
    5  Hayden McTavish United States of America
    3  Ben Hickey United States of America
3  Ben Hickey United States of America  
6  Alejandro Gomez Spain  
    3  Ben Hickey United States of America
    7  Brian Hough United States of America  
7  Brian Hough United States of America
2  Markus Liu Germany  


Masters Division

Ray Rizzo of the United States was the three-time defending Masters Division Pokémon Video Game World Champion. Ray's fortune would not continue this year, finding losses in rounds one, four and six, finishing in 26th place, right behind rival Wolfe Glick in 25th.

Arash Ommati of Italy became the new VG World Champion in Masters, playing to an 8-1 record. Arash is the only European player to win the Pokémon Video Game World Championships in any division.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Se Jun Park South Korea  
8  Ryosuke Kosuge Japan  
    8  Ryosuke Kosuge Japan  
    4  Aaron Zheng United States of America  
5  Luigi Lo Giudice Italy
4  Aaron Zheng United States of America  
    8  Ryosuke Kosuge Japan
    3  Arash Ommati Italy
3  Arash Ommati Italy  
6  Matthias Hellmoldt Germany  
    3  Arash Ommati Italy
    7  Benjamin Gould United Kingdom  
7  Benjamin Gould United Kingdom
2  Enosh Shachar United States of America  


Event Pokémon

Pokémon Info Trainer Memo Battle Moves Ribbons
Cherish Ball Smeargle Dex No. 235 Jolly nature. Normal False Swipe Event Ribbon
Lv. 50 Type   Grass Spore
Spr 5b2 235.png Normal Unknown Worlds 2013 Normal Odor Sleuth
OT WORLD13 Apparently had a Normal Mean Look
ID No. 08113 fateful encounter at This Pokémon was available in Canada
from August 10 to 11, 2013.
Item Ability Lv. 50.
Silk Scarf Silk Scarf Technician  
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.

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
2014: Plasma PowerTrevgorEmerald KingCrazy Punch
Champions Jason KlaczynskiJun HasebeRay Rizzo


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