Miska Saari is the Seniors winner of the 2006 World Championships special expansion of the Pokémon Trading Card Game and the first European world champion. Originating from Finland, his winning deck is called Suns & Moons.
TCG playing history
Prior to the 2006 World Championships, Saari was active in a players' group in Hyvinkää, Finland. In the Finnish National Championships, he placed third.
Saari has stated that he tends to play decks that have an advantage over the types of decks typical in the metagame at a given time. In a training camp in the summer of 2006, Saari decided to use a LunaRock type deck in the upcoming championships. The reasoning was that the deck would have an advantage over the then-dominant deck archetype B-L-S. As predicted, in the World Championships he faced B-L-S decks each round except for the final.
In 2011, having played seven years, Saari stated friends and community have kept him with the TCG so long. "The Spirit of the Game is very high in the Finnish Pokémon TCG community and people are always kind to each other," he said and noted that he also had most of his friends from there.
Notable tournament performances
- Seniors 1st place, 2006 World Championships
- Seniors top 8, 2007 World Championships
- Seniors 1st place, 2009 Finland National Championships
- Seniors top 4, 2009 World Championships
- Masters top 16, 2011 World Championships
- Power Player interview: Miska Saari. The Deck Out. Published 15 December 2011.
- Miska Saari is World Champion of the Pokémon TCG (Finnish). Plaza. Published 24 August 2006.
- The Finnish boy became the Pokémon World Champion (Finnish). Evening News. Published 23 August 2006.
- Pokémon – The Official Gaming Magazine 5/2006 (Finnish). Egmont Publishing Ltd 2006.