2014 Pokémon World Championships

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2014 Pokémon World Championships
2014
Tournament information
LocationWashington, D.C.
DatesAugust 13–15
Administrator(s)Play! Pokémon
Tournament
format(s)
Swiss rounds, knock-out finals
Venue(s)Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Participants155
PurseUS$5,000 in scholarships
Final positions
ChampionsSouth Korea Se Jun Park (Masters) United States Nikolai Zielinski (Seniors) Japan Kota Yamamoto (Juniors)
Runner-upUnited States Jeudy Azzarelli (Masters) United Kingdom Mark Mcquillan (Seniors) United States London Swan (Juniors)
Tournament statistics
Matches played481 matches in 3 divisions
Attendance3,000
← 2013
2015 →
attendees of the 2014 World Championships

The 2014 Pokémon World Championships was the sixth annual e-Sport invitee tournament held by Play! Pokémon, a branch of The Pokémon Company who reunites the top Pokémon video game players from North America, Europe, South Africa, Australia, South Korea and Japan. The event took place in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Washington D.C. alongside the 2014 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championship who were in their eleventh edition.[1]

The tournament was streamed via Twitch for the first time in the tournament history and reached a viewership of more than 800,000.[2]

The defending Video Game champions were Arash Ommati from Italy (Masters Division), Hayden McTavish from the United States (Senior Division), and Brendan Zheng from the United States (Junior Division). The opening ceremony of the event was attended by Junichi Masuda, the video game designer for the Pokémon franchise and a member of the board of directors of Game Freak.

Qualification[edit]

The qualification process for the 2014 Pokémon World Championships was primarily based on Championship Points accumulated by players from official Play! Pokémon tournaments such as Premier Challenges, Regional Championships and National Championships. In addition, the top 4 players of the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in each division, and the top 4 players of a tournament known as the 'Last Chance Qualifier' will also receive an invitation to play in the World Championships.[3]

The invitations for the Masters Division of the tournament were distributed in the following manner:[4]

  • Top 4 players from the 2013 Pokémon World Championships,
  • Top 32 players from Europe with the most Championship Points,
  • Top 16 players from North America with the most Championship Points,
  • Top 4 players from Australia with the most Championship Points,
  • Top 2 players from South Africa with the most Championship Points,
  • Top 8 players from the Japan National Championships,
  • Top 2 players from the South Korea National Championships, and
  • Top 4 players from the Last Chance Qualifier, a tournament held the day before the World Championships in the same venue.

Most of the invitations doesn't include a fully paid trip to the tournament, in consequence several players can't attend the tournament.

Tournament[edit]

Players per country[edit]

  • Masters Division [5]
Country Zone # of Players
 United States North America 22
 Germany Europe 10
 United Kingdom Europe 7
 Japan Japan 7
 Australia Australia 4
 Italy Europe 3
 Spain Europe 2
 South Korea South Korea 2
 South Africa South Africa 1
 Canada North America 1
 Ireland Europe 1

Results[edit]

Six rounds of Swiss was played by 60 players in the tournament, and each round was played with a set of best-of-three matches. The top 8 players after the Swiss rounds advances to the best-of-three Single Elimination matches.

The defending World Champion Arash Ommati and former three-times World Champion Ray Rizzo did not advance to the single elimination rounds.

  • Masters Division [6]
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
1  JPN Ryosuke Kosuge 1
8  GER Markus Liu '2
8  GER Markus Liu 0
5  USA Jeudy Azzarelli 2
5  USA Jeudy Azzarelli 2
4  UK Lee Provost 0
5  USA Jeudy Azzarelli 0
6  KOR Se Jun Park 2
3  ESP Miguel Marti de la Torre 0
6  KOR Se Jun Park 2
6  KOR Se Jun Park 2
2  USA Collin Heier 0
7  AUS Dayne O'Meara 0
2  USA Collin Heier 2

Final standings[edit]

Place Masters Division Senior Division[7] Junior Division[8]
1st South Korea Se Jun Park United States Nikolai Zielinski Japan Kota Yamamoto
2nd United States Jeudy Azarelli United Kingdom Mark Mcquillan United States London Swan
3rd United States Collin Heier Spain Eric Rios Japan Haruka Narita
4th Germany Markus Liu United States Ian McLaughlin Japan Riku Miyoshi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 World Championships Location - Pokemon.com". pokemon.com. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Six Pokémon Trainers Crowned World Champions at the 2014 Pokémon World Championships". Anime News Network.
  3. ^ "The Road to Worlds". pokemon.com. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  4. ^ "2014 Pokémon Video Game World Championships Invitees". pokemon.com. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Tournament Results". pokemon.com. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Tournament Results". pokemon.com. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Tournament Results". pokemon.com. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Tournament Results". pokemon.com. Retrieved 24 August 2015.