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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 US  
16  Roman Thome US     1  Abaan Ahmed US  
9  Samuel Mowrey US   9  Samuel Mowery US  
8  Marcos Haugestad NO       1  Abaan Ahmed US  
5  Yugo Sato JP       5  Yugo Sato JP  
12  Jackson Ford CA     5  Yugo Sato JP
13  Robert Lau DK   4  Quentin Deppe US  
4  Quentin Deppe US       5  Yugo Sato JP
3  Carson St. Denis US       7  Ondrej Kujal CZ
14  Xeius Tran CA     3  Carson St. Denis US  
11  Samuel Battis US   11  Samuel Battis US  
6  Koto Nishimura JP       11  Samuel Battis US
7  Ondrej Kujal CZ       7  Ondrej Kujal CZ  
10  Omar Ben-Gacem GB     7  Ondrej Kujal CZ
15  Brian Rivas US   2  Alex Reger US  
2  Alex Reger US  


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 AU  
17  Hale Obernolte US     1  Kaiwen Cabbabe AU  
24  Emily Cheng US   25  Dario Ang SG  
25  Dario Ang SG       1  Kaiwen Cabbabe AU  
28  Joey Gaffney CA       28  Joey Gaffney CA  
12  Jan Nickel DE     28  Joey Gaffney CA
13  Jacob Howard US   4  Spencer Lawson US  
4  Spencer Lawson US       1  Kaiwen Cabbabe AU
3  Jeremy Gibson US       18  Clement Lamberton FR
19  Ian Whiton US     19  Ian Whiton US  
11  Alexander Weber AT   6  Alex Hedge US  
6  Alex Hedge US       19  Ian Whiton US
26  Noah Yoshida US       18  Clement Lamberton FR  
23  Jacob Carrasco US     23  Jacob Carrasco US
18  Clement Lamberton FR   18  Clement Lamberton FR  
2  Tomas Blei AR  


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 JP  
17  Gunther Kirchhofer AT     1  Takuya Yoneda JP  
9  James Good US   9  James Good US  
8  Gino Lombardi US       9  James Good US  
5  Johnny Rabus US       13  Simon Narode US  
21  Joey Ho SG     5  Johnny Rabus US
13  Simon Narode US   13  Simon Narode US  
29  Chase Moloney CA       13  Simon Narode US
30  Kerwin Lee AU       26  Jason Klaczynski US
19  Dustin Zimmerman US     19  Dustin Zimmerman US  
11  Josue Palomino MX   7  Rick Verwaal NL  
6  Rick Verwaal NL       19  Dustin Zimmerman US
26  Jason Klaczynski US       26  Jason Klaczynski US  
10  Dylan Bryan US     26  Jason Klaczynski US
15  Mike Newman US   31  Jonathan Bristow US  
31  Jonathan Bristow US  


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.

Round six   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
        
           1  Brendan Zheng US  
         8  Izumi Motoe JP  
             1  Brendan Zheng US  
             5  Haruka Narita JP  
           5  Haruka Narita JP
         4  Seigo Nakamura JP  
             1  Brendan Zheng US
             2  Fuko Nakamichi JP
           3  Ryusei Yasue JP  
         6  Kota Nakamura JP  
             3  Ryusei Yasue JP
             2  Fuko Nakamichi JP  
           7  Melisa Akcos DE
         2  Fuko Nakamichi JP  
        


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.

Round six   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
        
           1  Cameron Swan US  
         8  Paul Chua US  
             1  Cameron Swan US  
             5  Hayden McTavish US  
           5  Hayden McTavish US
         4  Mark Mcquillan GB  
             5  Hayden McTavish US
             3  Ben Hickey US
           3  Ben Hickey US  
         6  Alejandro Gomez ES  
             3  Ben Hickey US
             7  Brian Hough US  
           7  Brian Hough US
         2  Markus Liu DE  
        


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.

Round six   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
        
           1  Sejun Park KR  
         8  Ryosuke Kosuge JP  
             8  Ryosuke Kosuge JP  
             4  Aaron Zheng US  
           5  Luigi Lo Giudice IT
         4  Aaron Zheng US  
             8  Ryosuke Kosuge JP
             3  Arash Ommati IT
           3  Arash Ommati IT  
         6  Matthias Hellmoldt DE  
             3  Arash Ommati IT
             7  Benjamin Gould GB  
           7  Benjamin Gould GB
         2  Enosh Shachar US  
        


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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