2008 World Championships (TCG)

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The 2008 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships were held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista hotel in Orlando, Florida in the United States from August 15 to 17, 2008. They were the fifth World Championships event hosted by Play! Pokémon. In addition, this year featured the Pokémon Video Game Showdown 2008, which would evolve into the annual Video Game World Championships starting in 2009.

The event used the EX Holon Phantoms onwards Modified Format. The second day of the tournament featured seven rounds of Swiss Pairings for all three divisions. The top 32 players in each division were then seeded into single-elimination tournaments on Sunday to determine each division’s World Champion.

Single-elimination brackets

Junior Division

Jun Hasebe, of Japan, was the defending Junior Division World Champion. Jun finished in sixth place, losing in the quarterfinals to eventual runner up (and future World Champion) Takuto Itagaki.

Tristan Robinson, of the United States, claimed victory with a 10-2 record, defeating Takuto in the final.

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship Match
1  Joey Gaffney    
17  Tristan Robinson       17  Tristan Robinson    
9  Jacob Tamm     9  Jacob Tamm    
8  Emily Chan         17  Tristan Robinson    
5  Sean Goh         29  Simone Zucchelli    
21  Joshua Simon       5  Sean Goh  
13  Olliver Barr     29  Simone Zucchelli    
29  Simone Zucchelli         17  Tristan Robinson  
3  Takuto Itagaki         3  Takuto Itagaki  
14  Andrew Lin Sun Choong       3  Takuto Itagaki    
11  Ty Wheeler     6  Jun Hasebe    
6  Jun Hasebe         3  Takuto Itagaki  
26  Heikki Kettunen         31  Noah Lawson    
10  Kazuho Mizuta       10  Kazuho Mizuta  
18  Olivier Marcant     31  Noah Lawson    
31  Noah Lawson    



Senior Division

Jeremy Scharff-Kim, of the United States, was the defending Senior Division World Champion, but chose to withdraw from the tournament after completing five rounds.

Dylan Lefavour, of the United States, posted a 9-3 record to win the tournament, along the way defeating 2005 Junior Division champion Curran Hill in the semifinals.

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship Match
1  Aziz Al-Yami    
17  Malik Hisyam Bin Zaihan       1  Aziz Al-Yami    
24  Keegan Cox     8  Paul Atanassov    
8  Paul Atanassov         8  Paul Atanassov    
5  Jonathan Bristow         29  Nicholas Kolibas    
12  Garrett Farrington       12  Garrett Farrington  
13  Justin Bokhari     29  Nicholas Kolibas    
29  Nicholas Kolibas         8  Paul Atanassov  
30  Dylan Lefavour         30  Dylan Lefavour  
19  Takashi Yoneda       30  Dylan Lefavour    
22  Tord Reklev     6  Andy Meier    
6  Andy Meier         30  Dylan Lefavour  
7  Dylan Bryan         2  Curran Hill    
23  Tim Hornung       7  Dylan Bryan  
18  Christian Miller     2  Curran Hill    
2  Curran Hill    



Masters Division

Tom Roos, of Finland, was the defending Masters Division World Champion, and finished 35th in Swiss Rounds.

Jason Klaczynski made history by winning his second World Championship with a record of 10-2. Jason is the only person to have achieved such a feat in the TCG (Ray Rizzo would win three Video Game (Senior/)Masters titles from 2010-2012). His path to victory included the defeats of the top two players from the 2008 U.S. National Championships.

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship Match
32  Esa Juntunen    
16  Agustin Pugliese       32  Esa Juntunen    
24  Kyle Sabelhaus     25  Jimmy O'Brien    
25  Jimmy O'Brien         25  Jimmy O'Brien    
5  Sami Sekkoum         20  Khanh Le    
12  Frank Diaz       12  Frank Diaz  
20  Khanh Le     20  Khanh Le    
29  Morten Gundesen         20  Khanh Le  
30  John Silvestro         19  Jason Klaczynski  
19  Jason Klaczynski       19  Jason Klaczynski    
22  Tom Dolezal     6  Yacine Sekkoum    
6  Yacine Sekkoum         19  Jason Klaczynski  
7  Takae Suzuki         15  Gino Lombardi    
23  David Atanassov       7  Takae Suzuki  
15  Gino Lombardi     15  Gino Lombardi    
2  Matthew Koo    



Invitation structure

Junior Senior Masters
2007 World Champions 4 4 4
National Championships Juniors Seniors Masters
Argentina 2 2 2
Australia 2 2 2
Austria 2 2 2
Belgium/Luxembourg 2 2 2
Canada 4 4 4
Chile 2 2 2
Czech Republic 2 2 2
Denmark 3 3 3
Finland 3 3 3
France 4 4 4
Germany 4 4 4
Italy 4 4 4
Japan 5 5 5
Malaysia 2 2 2
Malta 2 2 2
Mexico 4 4 4
Netherlands 4 4 4
New Zealand 2 2 2
Norway 4 4 4
Philippines 2 2 2
Portugal 2 2 2
Singapore 2 2 2
Slovenia 2 2 2
Spain 2 2 2
South Africa 2 2 2
Sweden 2 2 2
Switzerland 2 2 2
United Kingdom 4 4 4
United States 8 8 8
Premier Ratings Juniors Seniors Masters
Ratings APAC Zone 4 4 4
Ratings LA Zone 2 2 2
Ratings NA Zone 25 25 25
Ratings EU Zone 20 20 20
Last Chance Qualifier Juniors Seniors Masters
Guaranteed Invites 25 22 12

Previously, there were four guaranteed invites per division in the Last Chance Qualifiers: however, due to unprecedented numbers of players, Pokémon Organized Play announced an additional 47 invites into the World Championships. Similarly, it was announced at the United Kingdom Nationals that fourth place in each division would, in addition to the top three finishing players, receive an invitation to the championships.

There were, in total, 435 invites announced (also known as Travel Awards) for the 2008 World Championships; 145 in each division. Of these, Pokémon Organized Play sponsored and paid for 41 Travel Awards, including the top four finishers in last year's World Championships. After the announcement of various additional invitations, there were at least 485 invitations available for the World Championships.

Event Pokémon

Pokémon Info Trainer Memo Battle Moves Ribbons
  LUCARIO Dex No. 448 Adamant nature. Fighting Force Palm  
Lv. 30 Type   Ground Bone Rush
  Fighting Steel Pokémon Event Fire Sunny Day
OT WORLD08 Apparently had a Fire Blaze Kick
ID No. 08178 fateful encounter at This Pokémon was available in the United States
on August 17, 2008.
Item Ability Lv. 30.
  Leftovers Inner Focus  
The date this Pokémon was received is determined by the date on the DS when it was obtained from the Poké Mart.
This Pokémon is English in origin.
Can be obtained with: D P Pt HG SS
Obtained from: PBR Ranch Ra SoA GS Distribution
Please go here to know this Pokémon's in-game effect.

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Pokémon World Championships
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2007: FlyveesLegendary AscentRamboltSwift Empoleon
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2010: LuxChomp of the SpiritHappy LuckPower CottonweedBoltevoir
2011: MegazoneReshiphlosionThe TruthTwinboar
2012: Pesadelo PrismTerraki-MewtwoEeltwoCMT
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2014: Plasma PowerTrevgorEmerald KingCrazy Punch
2015: The Flying HammerPunches 'n' BitesHonorStoisePrimal Groudon
2016: Black DragonBebe DeckMagical SymphonyNinja Blitz
2017: Infinite ForceGolisodorIce Path FTWSamurai Sniper
2018: Victory MapDragones y SombrasGarbanetteBuzzroc
2019: Pikarom JudgeFire BoxMind BlownPerfection
2021:
Champions Jason KlaczynskiJun HasebeRay Rizzo


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