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2006 World Championships (TCG)
The 2006 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships were held at the Hilton Anaheim hotel in Anaheim, California in the United States from August 18 to 20, 2006. They were the third World Championships event hosted by Play! Pokémon.
The event used the EX Hidden Legends onwards Modified Format and was the last premier event before the new age division groups (Junior, Senior and Masters) were introduced. The second day of the tournament featured seven rounds of Swiss Pairings for the two younger divisions, while the Fifteen and Over division featured eight rounds. The top 32 players in each division were then seeded into single-elimination tournaments on Sunday to determine each division’s World Champion.
Curran Hill of the United States was the defending World Champion in the Ten and Under Division, but he became eligible for the Eleven to Fourteen Division. There, he finished 37th in Swiss Rounds.
Hiroki Yano of Japan succeeded Curran as World Champion, finishing with a 10-2 record.
Ten and Under
Eleven to Fourteen
Stuart Benson, of the United States, was the defending World Champion in the Eleven to Fourteen Division, but became eligible for the Fifteen and Over Division, choosing to withdraw after completing five of his rounds.
Miska Saari, of Finland, succeeded Stuart as World Champion, finishing with a record of 10-2.
Fifteen and Over
Jeremy Maron, of the United States, was the defending World Champion in the Fifteen and Over Division. Jeremy was defeated in the semifinals of the tournament by the eventual runner-up Jimmy Ballard. Jeremy would then defeat future World Champion Yuta Komatsuda in the Third Place Match. A record that still stands today, Jeremy has the highest finish of any defending TCG Champion in the Fifteen and Over/Masters Division.
Jason Klaczynski, of the United States, won his first World Championship, defeating fellow American Jimmy Ballard in the final, posting a final record of 11-2.
Championship Theme Decks
- B-L-S - Hiroki Yano (World Champion, Ten and Under)
- Suns and Moons - Miska Saari (World Champion, Eleven to Fourteen)
- Mewtrick - Jason Klaczynski (World Champion, Fifteen and Over)
- Eeveelutions - Jimmy Ballard (Second Place, Fifteen and Over)
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