2017 World Championships

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The 2017 Pokémon World Championships was held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from August 18 to 20, 2017. It was the fourteenth invitation-only championships for players of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, as well as the ninth for players of the Pokémon video games. In addition, it is also the third event to host a Pokkén Tournament competition. The championships featured a share of over $500,000 in prizes. It is the second time that Anaheim held the World Championships, having previously held the TCG-only 2006 World Championships.

There was no Last Chance Qualifiers for either the Trading Card Game or the video games at the event. Instead, players who earned enough Championship Points during the preceding season had the opportunity to enter the tournaments on either Friday or Saturday, depending on the amount of Championship Points received. For the Pokkén Tournament Championships, however, Last Chance Qualifiers was held on Friday.

Trading Card Game Championships

The Pokémon Trading Card Game featured the 2016-17 Standard format, using all cards from Primal Clash onward. Players were able to receive invitations through the number of Championship Points they obtained throughout the season, with the best of them receiving Day Two Invitations.

Junior Division

Shunto Sadahiro of Japan is the defending champion. Sadahiro earned an invitation to Day Two, where he finished 43rd.

Tobias Strømdahl finished with a record of 8-0-2, becoming the first Norwegian Pokémon World Champion.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Kabu Fukase Japan  
8  Regan Retzloff United States of America  
    1  Kabu Fukase Japan  
    5  Minaki Hasegawa Japan  
5  Minaki Hasegawa Japan
4  Tsubasa Watanabe Japan  
    5  Minaki Hasegawa Japan
    3  Tobias Strømdahl Norway
3  Tobias Strømdahl Norway  
6  Niko Ishida Japan  
    3  Tobias Strømdahl Norway
    7  William Wallce United States of America  
7  William Wallace United States of America
2  Lucas Mancuso United States of America  


Senior Division

Jesper Eriksen of Denmark was the defending champion but became eligible for Masters Division in 2017. He earned an invitation to Day Two and withdrew after four rounds.

Zachary Bokhari became the new World Champion with a record of 8-0-2.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Nick Conocenti United States of America  
8  Yuu Ito Japan  
    8  Yuu Ito Japan  
    5  Michael Long Canada  
5  Michael Long Canada
4  Justin Lambert United States of America  
    5  Michael Long Canada
    2  Zachary Bokhari United States of America
3  Takumi Kaji Japan  
6  Connor Pedersen United States of America  
    3  Takumi Kaji Japan
    2  Zachary Bokhari United States of America  
7  Tanner Hurley United States of America
2  Zachary Bokhari United States of America  


Masters Division

Shintaro Ito of Japan was the defending champion. He earned an invitation to Day Two, where he placed 41st.

Diego Cassiraga finished with a record of 9-1-1 to become the first Argentinian World Champion.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Reiji Nishiguchi Japan  
8  Sho Sasaki Japan  
    8  Sho Sasazki Japan  
    4  Naoto Suzuki Japan  
5  Sam Chen United States of America
4  Naoto Suzuki Japan  
    4  Naoto Suzuki Japan
    6  Diego Cassiraga Argentina
3  Pablo Meza Mexico  
6  Diego Cassiraga Argentina  
    6  Diego Cassiraga Argentina
    7  Xander Pero United States of America  
7  Xander Pero United States of America
2  Jimmy Pendarvis United States of America  


Video Game Championships

Players were able to receive invitations through the number of Championship Points they obtained throughout the season, with the best of them receiving Day Two Invitations. The Top 2 players in each age division received an invitation and Travel Award to the 2018 World Championships.

This year, participants used Pokémon Sun and Moon. All matches were conducted via Double Battles. Any Pokémon in the National Pokédex with a black clover in the Pokémon’s summary screen were able to be used, with the exception of some Legendary and Mythical Pokémon, including Solgaleo, Lunala, and Magearna. Pokémon were not allowed to hold Mega Stones.

Junior Division

Cory Connor of the United States was the defending champion but did not attend.

Nicholas Kan of Australia, the Junior Division Champion of the Oceania, Latin American, and North American International Challenges, became the new World Champion.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Zachary Lazaroff United States of America  
8  Cho Sangyeon South Korea  
    1  Zachary Lazaroff United States of America  
    5  Tomás Serrano Spain  
5  Tomás Serrano Spain
4  Ren Tanioku Japan  
    5  Tomás Serrano Spain
    3  Nicholas Kan Australia
3  Nicholas Kan Australia  
6  Corey Yuen Singapore  
    3  Nicholas Kan Australia
    7  Wonn Lee Japan  
7  Wonn Lee Japan
2  William Axel Jesus Sanchez Bernal Paraguay  


Senior Division

Carson Confer of the United States was the defending champion. He became eligible for the Master Division in 2017, where he was knocked out in Day One.

Hong Juyoung became the new World Champion.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Taiki Okamoto Japan  
8  Yuki Wata Japan  
    8  Yuki Wata Japan  
    5  William Sepesi United States of America  
5  William Sepesi United States of America
4  Chang Joonseo South Korea  
    8  Yuki Wata Japan
    2  Hong Juyoung South Korea
3  Izumi Motoe Japan  
6  Beau Berg United States of America  
    6  Beau Berg United States of America
    2  Hong Juyoung South Korea  
7  Parth Patel United States of America
2  Hong Juyoung South Korea  


Masters Division

Wolfe Glick of the United States was the defending champion and made it into the Top 16.

The Masters Division Japanese National Champion Ryota Otsubo became the new World Champion.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Nils Dunlop Sweden  
8  Ryota Otsubo Japan  
    8  Ryota Otsubo Japan  
    5  Tomoyuki Yoshimura Japan  
5  Tomoyuki Yoshimura Japan
4  René Alvarenga El Salvador  
    8  Ryota Otsubo Japan
    6  Sam Pandelis Australia
3  Sebastian Escalante Argentina  
6  Sam Pandelis Australia  
    6  Sam Pandelis Australia
    7  Paul Ruiz Ecuador  
7  Paul Ruiz Ecuador
2  Dorian Andre Quiñones Vallejos Peru  


Pokkén Tournament Championships

For the 2017 Pokkén World Championships, the previous year's age divisions were removed, allowing players of any ages to compete against each other. However, the number of competitors followed the former Senior Division's limit of 16. Eight of these players received invites through two officially sanctioned tournaments (four from each): CEO 2017 in Orlando, Florida, the United States and Dreamhack Summer 2017 in Jönköping, Sweden. The remaining eight spots were given to Japanese players and those who qualified through the Last Chance Qualifiers held on Friday, August 18.

The Wii U version of the game was the one used for the tournament, as opposed to the updated Japanese arcade version. The tournament utilized the double elimination format. Top 32 and earlier sets were best two out of three games, while Top 16 and on were best three out of five. All games were played on Ferrum Stadium.

The previous year's two champions, Josh "woomy!gun" Simmonite of the United Kingdom and Masami "Potetin" Sato of Japan, did not attend the tournament. After winning EVO 2016 but not being able to attend Worlds that year, Hisaharu "Tonosama" Abe defeated Fujioka "Mikukey_HOMURA" Shuhei to become the Pokkén World Champion.

Winners Semifinals   Winners Final   Grand Final   Reset
Suicune  Elm Japan  
Chandelure  Mikukey_HOMURA Japan     Chandelure  Mikukey_HOMURA Japan  
Braixen  Tonosama Japan   Braixen  Tonosama Japan     Braixen  Tonosama Japan   Braixen  Tonosama Japan
Machamp/
Sceptile/Mewtwo
 Azazel Japan     Chandelure  Mikukey_HOMURA Japan   Chandelure  Mikukey_HOMURA Japan
Losers Quarterfinals   Losers Semifinal   Losers Final
Suicune  Elm Japan     Chandelure  Mikukey_HOMURA Japan
Gengar  APOLLO Japan     Suicune  Elm Japan     Mewtwo  Azazel Japan
Machamp  Azazel Japan   Machamp  Azazel Japan  
Mewtwo  Thulius United States of America  

Event Pokémon

#103 Exeggutor
Alola Form
Cherish Ball Level 50 103Exeggutor-Alola.png
Type:
Grass Dragon
Ability: Harvest
Held item: Sitrus Berry Sitrus Berry
ID: 081817
OT: Worlds17
Met: WCS 2017 (fateful encounter)
Nature: Modest
Ribbon: Event Ribbon Event Ribbon
Power Swap
Psychic Status
Celebrate
Normal Status
Leaf Storm
Grass Special
Draco Meteor
Dragon Special
Games Method Region Location Duration
SM local wireless all Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, United States August 18 to 20, 2017
Moves in bold can be taught again at the Move Reminder as a special move if forgotten.
Date received is the date on the system when the gift is picked up from the deliveryman.
This Pokémon is set to the same language as the game that received it.

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
2015: The Flying HammerPunches 'n' BitesHonorStoisePrimal Groudon
2016: Black DragonBebe DeckMagical SymphonyNinja Blitz
2017: Infinite ForceGolisodorIce Path FTWSamurai Sniper
Champions Jason KlaczynskiJun HasebeRay Rizzo


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