The 2013 Pokemon Championship Series has recently come to a conclusion in Vancouver, Canada. After a full year of Pokemon battles, six champions held the title for the world’s best Pokemon Trading Card Game, and video game players. These champions battled over 100 other players, who traveled from 25 other countries, and proved that they deserve the title. These new champions achieved the mile stone as this was the 10th anniversary of the global event.
J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International said,
“The Pokémon World Championships celebrate an international community that is unified by the fun, friendship, and mutual respect that the Pokémon spirit embodies.We are incredibly proud of all the players who competed this weekend and want to extend a big congratulations to the 2013 Pokémon World Champions who represented their nations proudly.”
I would like to say congratulations to the following players who are the 2013 Pokemon Championship Winners, good luck next year!
- 2013 Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion, Ondrej Kujal from Czech Republic.
- 2013 Pokémon Video Game Junior Division World Champion, Brendan Zheng from United States.
- 2013 Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion, Kaiwen Cabbabe from Australia.
- 2013 Pokémon Video Game Senior Division World Champion, Hayden McTavish from United States.
- 2013 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion, Jason Klaczynski from United States.
- 2013 Pokémon Video Game Masters Division World Champion, Arash Ommati from Italy.
These winners brought home an awesome Pickachu trophy, a trip to next years tournament, as well as scholarship money to a school of their choice.
Additionally, at the end of the 2013 Pokemon World Championship, attendees at the tournament were given a exclusive video that displayed the new Mega Evolution feature coming to Pokemon X and Y. The Pokemon that have been confirmed to get a mega evolution are Mewtwo, Lucario, Blaziken, Ampharos, Absol, and Mawile.
Mega Evolutions allows certain Pokemon to tap into hidden strengths that they can use in battle. These pokemon are suppose to have a dominant advantage over the battlefield, and are sure to be something most trainers want on their team. When a Pokemon is about to Mega Evolve somethings change with it. Stats, Abilities, and even Types are all subject to change when the Pokemon Mega Evolves. A Pokemon must be holding a mega stone to evolve, and we know that the event only happens in battles and is not permanent. Also, each team can only consist of one Pokemon that can mega evolve.
I have been playing Pokemon since I was five and I thought that this championship was really cool. I mean outside from the awesome Pickachu trophy, I think it is nice to see that the Pokemon Company gives scholarship money to the contestants as well. Most of the contestants are of a younger age, so it is nice to see how the company helps their fans with their future endeavors. Again, congrats to all the participants and the winners of this tournament: I hope everyone had a great time at the event.
Onto the Mega Evolutions now, these things are really interesting and will for sure change the competitive battling scene. I don’t really like the choice of giving Mewtwo and Blaziken a mega evolution, just because they already belong to the Uber tier. They will be a dominant force in the competitive game and I’m sure you will see them a lot online. Now the other Pokemon though I am really excite for. I am sure Lucario w/Megastone will be knocked up to uber, and Ampharos may be knocked into the OU (overused) Tier as well. It has also been recently announced that Kangaskhan will have a MegaEvolution, and apparently his lets all of his moves hit twice. Competitive battling will change and I hope this brings more players into the community. I personally can’t wait to pop both games into my 3DS and enjoy the new adventure Gamefreak has in store for me.