2017 World Championships
The 2017 Pokémon World Championships was held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from August 18 to 20, 2017. It was the fourteenth invitation-only championships for players of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, as well as the ninth for players of the Pokémon video games. In addition, it is also the third event to host a Pokkén Tournament competition. The championships featured a share of over $500,000 in prizes. It is the second time that Anaheim held the World Championships, having previously held the TCG-only 2006 World Championships.
There was no Last Chance Qualifiers for either the Trading Card Game or the video games at the event. Instead, players who earned enough Championship Points during the preceding season had the opportunity to enter the tournaments on either Friday or Saturday, depending on the amount of Championship Points received. For the Pokkén Tournament Championships, however, Last Chance Qualifiers was held on Friday.
Trading Card Game Championships
The Pokémon Trading Card Game featured the 2016-17 Standard format, using all cards from Primal Clash onward. Players were able to receive invitations through the number of Championship Points they obtained throughout the season, with the best of them receiving Day Two Invitations.
Shunto Sadahiro of Japan is the defending champion. Sadahiro earned an invitation to Day Two, where he finished 43rd.
Tobias Strømdahl finished with a record of 8-0-2, becoming the first Norwegian Pokémon World Champion.
Jesper Eriksen of Denmark was the defending champion but became eligible for Masters Division in 2017. He earned an invitation to Day Two and withdrew after four rounds.
Zachary Bokhari became the new World Champion with a record of 8-0-2.
Shintaro Ito of Japan was the defending champion. He earned an invitation to Day Two, where he placed 41st.
Diego Cassiraga finished with a record of 9-1-1 to become the first Argentinian World Champion.
Video Game Championships
Players were able to receive invitations through the number of Championship Points they obtained throughout the season, with the best of them receiving Day Two Invitations. The Top 2 players in each age division received an invitation and Travel Award to the 2018 World Championships.
This year, participants used Pokémon Sun and Moon. All matches were conducted via Double Battles. Any Pokémon in the National Pokédex with a black clover in the Pokémon’s summary screen were able to be used, with the exception of some Legendary and Mythical Pokémon, including Solgaleo, Lunala, and Magearna. Pokémon were not allowed to hold Mega Stones.
Cory Connor of the United States was the defending champion but did not attend.
Nicholas Kan of Australia, the Junior Division Champion of the Oceania, Latin American, and North American International Challenges, became the new World Champion.
Carson Confer of the United States was the defending champion. He became eligible for the Master Division in 2017, where he was knocked out in Day One.
Hong Juyoung became the new World Champion.
Wolfe Glick of the United States was the defending champion and made it into the Top 16.
The Masters Division Japanese National Champion Ryota Otsubo became the new World Champion.
Pokkén Tournament Championships
For the 2017 Pokkén World Championships, the previous year's age divisions were removed, allowing players of any ages to compete against each other. However, the number of competitors followed the former Senior Division's limit of 16. Eight of these players received invites through two officially sanctioned tournaments (four from each): CEO 2017 in Orlando, Florida, the United States and Dreamhack Summer 2017 in Jönköping, Sweden. The remaining eight spots were given to Japanese players and those who qualified through the Last Chance Qualifiers held on Friday, August 18.
The Wii U version of the game was the one used for the tournament, as opposed to the updated Japanese arcade version. The tournament utilized the double elimination format. Top 32 and earlier sets were best two out of three games, while Top 16 and on were best three out of five. All games were played on Ferrum Stadium.
The previous year's two champions, Josh "woomy!gun" Simmonite of the United Kingdom and Masami "Potetin" Sato of Japan, did not attend the tournament. After winning EVO 2016 but not being able to attend Worlds that year, Hisaharu "Tonosama" Abe defeated Fujioka "Mikukey_HOMURA" Shuhei to become the Pokkén World Champion.
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