Last weekend the 2016 Pokémon World Championships in San Fransisco
came to a close, and it was an intensely emotional moment for Video Game
Championship fans all around. After years of nonstop practice and
competition, Wolfe Glick finallytook home the gold,
and for the first time in several years the USA seized first place in
every VGC division.
It wasn’t the best year for the VGC as a
whole–tournament diversity was at an all-time low thanks to the
legendary rules, infinite weather battles dominated–but the final games were tense and unpredictable. I
watched all three days and was numb to the Big Six teams showing up
early in the tournament, but the top cut kept throwing out surprises. (Raichu!?)
And so my thoughts have turned to the question, can there be a Digimon World Championships series?
The closest thing we have in modern times to the former D-1 Grand Prix are the DIGIMADO conventions,
which meet four times a year in Japan holding miscellaneous competitions and are only attended by ~40
persons per event. These days DIGIMADO is lucky to see six
people in the Sleuth tournaments, whereas their past Decode tournament had sixteen entrants, enough to have a real eight-man top cut. We’re facing the Super Smash Bros. dilemma,
having to single out one game among an entire franchise that’s
representative of the best it can be as a multiplayer experience.
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To all the legitimate players who played at worlds this year,
I’m glad to hear at least some of you had a good experience. Sounds like you had a lot of fun :D
In the wider scope though, they had Ray Rizzo commentating, Wolfe fucking Glick is the Masters division champ, and there are dozens of other top VGC players who freely admit to genning their Pokémon. The integrity of competitive Pokémon is in the bloody toilet right now, and quite frankly it makes me physically ill.
Looking forward, I’m clinging to the hope that Gamefreak will make Sun & Moon far more tamper proof, and that tPCI will depart from their current policy of feigned ignorance and complacency toward the illegitimate players within the VGC elite.
Today marks the final day of the Pokémon World Championships and as games have hit their finals, the stream has been condensed to the main stream and will run through all the Finals as and when they happen, with no set schedule for each final.
The stream will begin shortly before 17:00 BST / 12:00 EDT / 09:00 PDT / 02:00 AEST
Edit: The World Champions are starting to be decided. They are: TCG Juniors: Shunto Sadahiro (Japan) TCG Seniors: Jesper Eriksen (Denmark) TCG Masters: Shintaro Ito (Japan) VGC Juniors: Cory Connor (US)
Edit: VGC Seniors: Carson Confer (US)
Edit: VGC Masters: Wolfe Glick (US)
Edit: The 2017 World Championships will be held in Anaheim, California