2013 World Championships

World Championships

The 2013 Pokémon World Championships were held at the East Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from August 9 to 11, 2013. It marked the tenth invitation-only championships for players of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, as well as the fifth for players of the Pokémon video games. This was the first time the Pokémon World Championships were held outside of the United States.


This year marked the only time that all four semifinalists in the TCG Masters Division were from the United States. In all other years of the tournament, at least one semifinalist was from outside of the United States; in the 2007 World Championships, all four semifinalists were not American.

Trading Card Game Championships

The Pokémon Trading Card Game continued with the 2012-13 Modified format, using all cards from Black & White 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 throughout the year. 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 Swiss Rounds for the Junior Division, the Senior and Masters Divisions playing eight. At the end of rounds, the top players in each division were seeded into single-elimination tournaments, with the finals being played on Sunday, to determine each division's World Champion.

Junior Division

Shuto Itagaki of Japan was the defending Junior Division TCG World Champion; however, he became eligible for the Senior Division in 2013, where he finished in 72nd place after day two.

Ondrej Kujal of the Czech Republic became the new Junior Division TCG World Champion, finishing with a record of 10-1.

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Abaan Ahmed    
16  Roman Thome       1  Abaan Ahmed    
9  Samuel Mowrey     9  Samuel Mowery    
8  Marcos Haugestad         1  Abaan Ahmed    
5  Yugo Sato         5  Yugo Sato    
12  Jackson Ford       5  Yugo Sato  
13  Robert Lau     4  Quentin Deppe    
4  Quentin Deppe         5  Yugo Sato  
3  Carson St. Denis         7  Ondrej Kujal  
14  Xeius Tran       3  Carson St. Denis    
11  Samuel Battis     11  Samuel Battis    
6  Koto Nishimura         11  Samuel Battis  
7  Ondrej Kujal         7  Ondrej Kujal    
10  Omar Ben-Gacem       7  Ondrej Kujal  
15  Brian Rivas     2  Alex Reger    
2  Alex Reger    

Senior Division

Chase Moloney of Canada was the defending Senior Division TCG World Champion; however, he became eligible for the Masters Division in 2013. There, Chase advanced to the Round of 16, where he finished in 15th place.

Kaiwen Cabbabe of Australia posted a perfect 13-0 record to win the Senior Division title.

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Kaiwen Cabbabe    
17  Hale Obernolte       1  Kaiwen Cabbabe    
24  Emily Cheng     25  Dario Ang    
25  Dario Ang         1  Kaiwen Cabbabe    
28  Joey Gaffney         28  Joey Gaffney    
12  Jan Nickel       28  Joey Gaffney  
13  Jacob Howard     4  Spencer Lawson    
4  Spencer Lawson         1  Kaiwen Cabbabe  
3  Jeremy Gibson         18  Clement Lamberton  
19  Ian Whiton       19  Ian Whiton    
11  Alexander Weber     6  Alex Hedge    
6  Alex Hedge         19  Ian Whiton  
26  Noah Yoshida         18  Clement Lamberton    
23  Jacob Carrasco       23  Jacob Carrasco  
18  Clement Lamberton     18  Clement Lamberton    
2  Tomas Blei    

Masters Division

Igor Costa of Portugal was the defending Masters Division TCG World Champion. Igor chose to withdraw after the final round of swiss, with a record of 2-6.

Jason Klaczynski of the United States made history by winning his third World Championship in the Masters Division, previously winning in 2006 and 2008. In addition to putting up an 11-2 record for the main event, Jason also qualified for the tournament through the year's Last Chance Qualifier, giving him a final weekend record of 17-2.

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Takuya Yoneda    
17  Gunther Kirchhofer       1  Takuya Yoneda    
9  James Good     9  James Good    
8  Gino Lombardi         9  James Good    
5  Johnny Rabus         13  Simon Narode    
21  Joey Ho       5  Johnny Rabus  
13  Simon Narode     13  Simon Narode    
29  Chase Moloney         13  Simon Narode  
30  Kerwin Lee         26  Jason Klaczynski  
19  Dustin Zimmerman       19  Dustin Zimmerman    
11  Josue Palomino     7  Rick Verwaal    
6  Rick Verwaal         19  Dustin Zimmerman  
26  Jason Klaczynski         26  Jason Klaczynski    
10  Dylan Bryan       26  Jason Klaczynski  
15  Mike Newman     31  Jonathan Bristow    
31  Jonathan Bristow    

Video Game Championships

This year, participants used Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. All matches were conducted via Double Battles and any Pokémon in the National Pokédex can 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 would retain their levels. Held items may be used, but no two Pokémon from the same team may hold the same held item. Players are 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 learned 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 are banned in this format, with Sky Drop being banned due to a glitch.

In addition, the Wonder Launcher was not permitted to be used.

Junior Division

Abram Burrows of the United States was the defending Junior Division Pokémon Video Game World Champion; however, he became eligible for the Senior Division in 2013, where he finished in 21st place after day two.

Brendan Zheng of the United States became the new World Champion in the Junior Division, winning with a perfect 9-0 record.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Brendan Zheng    
8  Izumi Motoe    
    1  Brendan Zheng    
    5  Haruka Narita    
5  Haruka Narita  
4  Seigo Nakamura    
    1  Brendan Zheng  
    2  Fuko Nakamichi  
3  Ryusei Yasue    
6  Kota Nakamura    
    3  Ryusei Yasue  
    2  Fuko Nakamichi    
7  Melisa Akcos  
2  Fuko Nakamichi    

Senior Division

Toler Webb of the United States was the defending Senior Division Pokémon Video Game World Champion; however, he became eligible for the Masters Division in 2013, where he finished in 12th place after day two.

Hayden McTavish of the United States won the Seniors Division Pokémon Video Game World Championship with a final record of 7-2.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Cameron Swan    
8  Paul Chua    
    1  Cameron Swan    
    5  Hayden McTavish    
5  Hayden McTavish  
4  Mark Mcquillan    
    5  Hayden McTavish  
    3  Ben Hickey  
3  Ben Hickey    
6  Alejandro Gomez    
    3  Ben Hickey  
    7  Brian Hough    
7  Brian Hough  
2  Markus Liu    

Masters Division

Ray Rizzo of the United States was the three-time defending Masters Division Pokémon Video Game World Champion. Ray's fortune would not continue this year, finding losses in rounds one, four and six, finishing in 26th place, right behind rival Wolfe Glick in 25th.

Arash Ommati of Italy became the new VG World Champion in Masters, playing to an 8-1 record. Arash is the only European player to win the Pokémon Video Game World Championships in any division.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Se Jun Park    
8  Ryosuke Kosuge    
    8  Ryosuke Kosuge    
    4  Aaron Zheng    
5  Luigi Lo Giudice  
4  Aaron Zheng    
    8  Ryosuke Kosuge  
    3  Arash Ommati  
3  Arash Ommati    
6  Matthias Hellmoldt    
    3  Arash Ommati  
    7  Benjamin Gould    
7  Benjamin Gould  
2  Enosh Shachar    

Event Pokémon

Pokémon Info Trainer Memo Battle Moves Ribbons
  Smeargle Dex No. 0235 Jolly nature. Normal False Swipe  
Lv. 50 Type   Grass Spore
  Normal Unknown Worlds 2013 Normal Odor Sleuth
OT WORLD13 Apparently had a Normal Mean Look
ID No. 08113 fateful encounter at This Pokémon was available in Canada
from August 10 to 11, 2013.
Item Ability Lv. 50.
  Silk Scarf Technician  
The date this Pokémon was received is determined by the date on the DS when the Wonder Card is received.
This Pokémon is English in origin.
Can be obtained with: B W B2 W2

External links

Pokémon World Championships
Pokémon Trading Card Game only 2004-2008; TCG and Video Games 2009-on
2004: Blaziken TechMagma SpiritRocky BeachTeam Rushdown
2005: Bright AuraDark TyranitarKing of the WestQueendom
2006: B-L-SEeveelutionsMewtrickSuns & Moons
2007: FlyveesLegendary AscentRamboltSwift Empoleon
2008: Bliss ControlEmpotechIntimidationPsychic Lock
2009: StallgonCrowned TigerQueengarLuxdrill
2010: LuxChomp of the SpiritHappy LuckPower CottonweedBoltevoir
2011: MegazoneReshiphlosionThe TruthTwinboar
2012: Pesadelo PrismTerraki-MewtwoEeltwoCMT
2013: Anguille Sous RocheAmerican GothicDarkraiUltimate Team Plasma
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
2022: ADPThe Shape of MewCheryl AgainIce Rider Palkia
2023: Mew's RevengePsychic EleganceColorless LugiaLost Box Kyogre
Champions Jason KlaczynskiJun HasebeRay Rizzo

  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.