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The Ultimate 2011 Pokemon Video Game Championship Report (With Pictures!)

The winners list, plus their top Pokemon, and which moves you need to teach your monsters.

July 1, 2011

Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott.



The 2011 Pokemon Black and Pokemon White Video Game Championship has finished up its Regional Tournaments, and is gearing up for the National Championship on July 8-10. It's going to be freaking huge. But now that I've had a moment to breathe and look at the results from the Regionals, I broke down some of the stats. Instead of just boring you with play by plays of Pokemon battles, I'm going to illustrate the strategies that go into wining these tournaments. Also pictures are more fun than words, right?

Interested in seeing how the tournament played out? Check out videos of the final matches from the most recent tournament!

Building a Better Team


When it comes to selecting the teams, choosing the right Pokemon can be crucial. Sure, Samurott seems like a good choice, but that's because I'm dumb, and I'd get my butt kicked. I crunched the numbers for you, and based on what the top players have in their team, this is the ultimate Pokemon lineup.






Hydreigon was far and away the most popular Pokemon in the tournaments, with 53 percent of winning trainers putting him on their team. And with so many Ghost types in Pokemon Black and White it's no wonder that both Jellicent and Chandelure round out the team bracket (actually you probably wouldn't want both of them in your team, but it's interesting that up to 60 percent of trainers were rocking some Ghosts).

Surviving the Elements


I'll admit, I have a soft spot for Normal Types. It just happens that a lot of my favorite Pokemon end up being Normals. Which sucks for tournaments because those guys are whack. Look at how tiny they are on this pie chart!






Lucky for me, I love me some Dark Types too. Zoroark and Hydreigon carried the weight representing that chunk. Now this chart only shows the primary element type, which is part of the reason Steel is so small there. Plenty of Pokemon with Steel (and Dragon) were all up in this tournament.

Best Offense is a Good Defense


My strategy for Pokemon generally boils down to: FIRE EVERYTHING! But take a look at the move breakdown. My battles would probably look something like this:






Now 14 percent may not sound like a lot, but considering how many freaking moves there are, and that the next highest move is only a third of that and it becomes clear that Protect is how you win. There are a lot of interesting strategies built around the move (moves like Giga Drain and Trick Room are not uncommon), and battles can sometimes last nearly forever when two players use Protect effectively.

Click the next page to see the results of the Regional Tourneys, and learn the names of all the people who are better than you at Pokemon.

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