2012 World Championships
The 2012 Pokémon World Championships were held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village hotel in Waikoloa Village, Hawaii in the United States from August 13 to 15, 2012. The event was the ninth annual invitation-only World Championships for players in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, as well as the fourth year for players of the Pokémon video games. This was the third time that the Waikoloa Village hosted the World Championships, the previous two years being 2007 and 2010.
Trading Card Game Championships
The Pokémon Trading Card Game continued with the 2011-12 Modified format introduced this year using all cards from HeartGold & SoulSilver onward. Players were able to receive invites from outstanding performances at their country's National Championships, the previous year's World Championships, or through the number of Championship Points they obtained compared to others in their region. In addition, players could win an invitation during the Last Chance Qualifier on the first day of the tournament.
The second day of the tournament featured seven rounds of Swiss Pairings within each division. At the end of the day, the top 16 players in each division were seeded into single-elimination tournaments on Sunday to determine each division's World Champion.
Gustavo Wada, of Brazil, was the defending Junior Division TCG World Champion, however he became eligible to participate in the Senior Division in 2012, where he would finish in 23rd place after day two.
Shuto Itagaki, of Japan, succeeded Gustavo as World Champion, finishing the tournament 10-1.
Christopher Kan, of Australia, was the defending Senior Division TCG World Champion, and finished in 48th place in after day two.
Chase Moloney, of Canada, succeeded Christopher as World Champion, finishing the tournament 10-1.
David Cohen, of the United States, was the defending Masters Division TCG World Champion, and finished in 109th place after day two.
Igor Costa, of Portugal, succeeded David as World Champion, finishing the tournament 9-2.
Video Game Championships
As Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 were not yet available worldwide, participants used the Black and White Versions for the tournament.
All matches were conducted via Double Battles and any Pokémon in the National Pokédex could be entered, with the exception of Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta and Genesect.
Similar to Flat Battle mode, Pokémon of Levels 51 and above were temporarily reduced to Level 50, while Pokémon Level 50 and below retained their levels. Held items may be used, but no two Pokémon from the same team may hold the same held item. Players were not allowed to change their held items after they have registered, and can only use items from within the game and those received at an official Pokémon event or promotion.
Moves were restricted to those learnt from the game through leveling up, breeding, TMs and HMs, from a character in the game or from an official event or promotion. Sky Drop and Dark Void were banned in this format, with Sky Drop being banned due to a glitch.
In addition, the Wonder Launcher was not permitted to be used.
Brian Hough, of the United States, was the defending Junior Division VG World Champion. Brian finished in second place to Abram Burrows, who succeeded Brian as World Champion, finishing the tournament 9-0.
Kamran Jahadi, of the United States, was the defending Senior Division VG World Champion. Kamran, who was undefeated after day two, finished in fifth place, losing in the quarterfinals.
Toler Webb, of the United States, succeeded Kamran as World Champion, finishing the tournament 7-2.
Ray Rizzo was the two-time defending Masters Division Video Game World Champion. Ray achieved victory once again, posting a 9-0 record to claim his third consecutive Video Game World Championship.
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|The date this Pokémon was received is determined by the date on the DS when the Wonder Card is received.|
|This article is part of both Project TCG and Project Games, Bulbapedia projects that, together, aim to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Video Game Championship Tournaments.|