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The 2019 Pokémon World Championships was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. from August 16 to 19, 2019. It was the sixteenth invitation-only championships for players of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the eleventh for players of the Pokémon video games, and the fourth for players of Pokkén Tournament. The championships featured a share of over $500,000 in prizes. It is the second time that Washington, D.C. held the competition, having previously held the 2014 World Championships.

Invitations for the Trading Card Game and the video game events were awarded to players who accumulated enough Championship Points throughout the season. Invitations for Pokkén Tournament were awarded to the top placements at three International Championships and players from Japan. There were also Last Chance Qualifiers held on Friday for Pokkén Tournament.

Trading Card Game Championships

The Pokémon Trading Card Game featured the 2019-20 Standard format, using all cards from Ultra Prism onward. Players received invitations from gaining enough Championship Points throughout the 2018-19 format or from the previous year's World Championships.

Junior Division

Naohito Inoue of Japan was the defending champion but became eligible for the Seniors Division in 2019. He did not advance to Day Two, finishing with a record of 4–3.

Haruki Miyamoto of Japan became the new World Champion with a record of 8-1-1.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Logan Maracle    
8  Hotaru Yoshinari    
    1  Logan Maracle    
    5  Haruki Miyamoto    
5  Haruki Miyamoto  
4  Mitchell Ransome    
    5  Haruki Miyamoto  
    7  Isaac Terceira  
3  Daniel Magda    
6  Cássio Moraes    
    6  Cássio Moraes  
    7  Isaac Terceira    
7  Isaac Terceira  
2  Sechan Oh    



Senior Division

Magnus Pedersen of Denmark was the defending champion but was eligible for the Masters Division in 2019. He earned an invitation to Day Two where he finished 73rd.

Kaya Lichtleitner of Germany became the new World Champion with a final record of 8-0-2.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Iain Harding    
8  Thomas Naylor    
    8  Thomas Naylor    
    4  Grant Shen    
5  YouTae Woo  
4  Grant Shen    
    4  Grant Shen  
    2  Kaya Lichtleitner  
3  Rowan Stavenow    
6  James Cox    
    3  Rowan Stavenow  
    2  Kaya Lichtleitner    
7  Noa Bell  
2  Kaya Lichtleitner    



Masters Division

Robin Schulz of Germany was the defending champion and finished in 20th place.

Henry Brand of Australia became the new World Champion, defeating the 2016 TCG World Champion Shintaro Ito of Japan. Brand finished with a record of 8-1-1.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Shintaro Ito    
8  Isaiah Williams    
    1  Shintaro Ito    
    4  Tord Reklev    
5  Pacco Saurus  
4  Tord Reklev    
    1  Shintaro Ito  
    6  Henry Brand  
3  Kaiwen Cabbabe    
6  Henry Brand    
    6  Henry Brand  
    2  Blaine Hill    
7  Ryota Ishiyama  
2  Blaine Hill    



Video Game Championships

Matches will take place in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and will be all Double Battles. All Pokémon except Ash-Greninja and Mythical Pokémon are eligible, given they have an Alola symbol. As with the 2010 and 2016 World Championships, up to two special Pokémon can be used under the GS Cup format. All moves and held items are allowed. Levels for all Pokémon were adjusted to level 50 and no duplicate Pokémon or items were allowed. Players were given seven minutes of move selection time per game.

Junior Division

Wonn Lee of Japan was the defending champion but was eligible for the Senior Division in 2019, where he finished 47th.

Pi Wu of Taiwan defeated Teddy French of England to become the first Taiwanese World Champion.

First round   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Justin Miranda-Radbord    
16  Morgan Lola Yuen       1  Justin Miranda-Radbord    
8  James Gilbert     9  Teddy French    
9  Teddy Gilbert         9  Teddy French    
4  Pietro Nihal Kaludra Silva         5  Connor Yuen    
13  Felipe Reyes Castro       13  Felipe Reyes Castro  
5  Connor Yuen     5  Connor Yuen    
12  Emily Eastham         9  Teddy French  
2  Pi Wu         2  Pi Wu  
18  Kenneth Fung       2  Pi Wu    
7  Sota Tamemasa     7  Sota Tamemasa    
10  Kotaro Isozaki         2  Pi Wu  
3  Keigo Tatsuma         14  Yuta Nakaue    
14  Yuta Nakaue       14  Yuta Nakaue  
6  Masahiro Miyamoto     6  Masahiro Miyamoto    
11  Jaesung Lee    



Senior Division

James Evans of the United States was the defending champion but was eligible for the Masters Division in 2019. He was knocked out in Round 6 of Day One.

Ko Tsukide of Japan defeated Lewis Tan of Australia to become the new World Champion.

First round   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Kareem Muakkit    
 Received a bye     1  Kareem Muakkit    
8  Baik Jongyoon     8  Baik Jongyoon    
9  Hidetoshi Asari         8  Baik Jongyoon    
4  Enzo Reci         5  Lewis Tan    
13  Nicholas Kan       4  Enzo Reci  
5  Lewis Tan     5  Lewis Tan    
12  Yuri Shimogauchi         5  Lewis Tan  
2  Kenshin Hosoi         3  Ko Tsukide  
15  Park Sungmin       2  Kenshin Hosoi    
7  Lee Junhee     7  Lee Junhee    
10  Sorane Ono         2  Kenshin Hosoi  
3  Ko Tsukide         3  Ko Tsukide    
14  Sayaka Hosoi       3  Ko Tsukide  
6  Alessandro Marchionne     6  Alessandro Marchionne    
11  Ràmi Combette    



Masters Division

Paul Ruiz of Ecuador was the defending champion. He received an invitation to Day Two but was knocked out in Round 3.

Naoto Mizobuchi of Japan became the new World Champion after defeating the Japanese National Champion Hirofumi Kimura.

First round   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Championship match
1  Jamie Boyt    
17  Naoto Mizobuchi       17  Naoto Mizobuchi    
8  Eric Rios     8  Eric Rios    
9  Eduardo Cunha         17  Naoto Mizobuchi    
4  James Baek         4  James Baek    
13  Brandon Meckley       4  James Baek  
5  Meaghan Rattle     5  Meaghan Rattle    
12  Aaron Traylor         17  Naoto Mizobuchi  
2  Gabriel Agati         11  Hirofumi Kimura  
15  Kazuki Kobayashi       15  Kazuki Kobayashi    
7  Álex Gomez     7  Álex Gomez    
10  Ryusei Yamane         15  Kazuki Kobayashi  
3  Zheyuan Huang         11  Hirofumi Kimura    
14  Stephen Mea       14  Stephen Mea  
6  Melvin Keh     11  Hirofumi Kimura    
11  Hirofumi Kimura    



Pokkén Tournament Championships

Invitations were given out to top placements at the Oceania, Europe, and North America International Championships. Two Senior and four Masters invites were awarded at the Europe and North America Championships each, while the Oceania Championships only awarded one Senior and two Masters invites. The remaining invitations were split between Japanese players and players who made it through the Last Chance Qualifiers.

Pokkén Tournament DX was used for the tournament, with every player required to use their own HORI Pokkén Tournament Pro Pad or HORI Pokkén Tournament DX Pro Pad. The tournament was double elimination and was the Team Battle format, with each match being best three out of five games.

Senior Division

Kato Yusuke of Japan was the defending champion in the Seniors Division and was runner-up for 2019. The previous year's runner-up, Colin "Ashgreninja1" Jones, defeated him to become Pokkén Tournament DX Senior Division Champion.

Winners Semifinals   Winners Final   Grand Final   Reset
 Kato    
 Ashgreninja1        Ashgreninja1    
 YveltalX    YveltalX     Shadow Mewtwo, Aegislash, Mewtwo  Ashgreninja1        N/A  
 Kotaro       Pikachu Libre, Aegislash, Mewtwo  Kato        N/A  
Losers Quarterfinals   Losers Semifinal   Losers Final
 Kotaro        YveltalX
 Indigomega      Indigomega      Kato  
 Kato      Kato    
 Sneezy  

Masters Division

Jacob "ThankSwalot" Waller of the United States was the defending champion in the Masters Division but was knocked out in Top 16. After finishing second in the Last Chance Qualifier, Subutan finished with no losses to become the new Pokkén Tournament DX Masters Division Champion.

Winners Semifinals   Winners Final   Grand Final   Reset
Shadow Mewtwo, Braixen, Decidueye  Tonosama    
Darkrai, Sceptile, Braixen  Shadowcat       Shadow Mewtwo, Decidueye, Braixen  Tonosama    
Pikachu Libre, Weavile, Mewtwo  Potetin     Pikachu Libre, Braixen, Aegislash  Subutan       Chandelure/Aegislash, Braixen, Pikachu Libre  Subutan        N/A  
Chandelure, Pikachu Libe, Braixen  Subutan       Pikachu Libre, Aegislash, Darkrai  Haruyuki        N/A  
Losers Quarterfinals   Losers Semifinal   Losers Final
Darkrai, Sceptile, Braixen  Shadowcat       Aegislash, Pikachu Libre, Darkrai  Haruyuki  
Pikachu Libre, Aegislash, Darkrai  Haruyuki       Aegislash, Pikachu Libre, Darkrai  Haruyuki       Shadow Mewtwo, Braixen, Decidueye  Tonosama  
Pikachu Libre, Weavile, Mewtwo  Potetin     Pikachu Libre, Weavile, Mewtwo  Potetin    
Decidueye, Mewtwo, Shadow Mewtwo  Sarutaro    

Pokémon GO Invitational Tournament

An invitational tournament for Pokémon GO was held on the first day of the World Championships. Six competitors and Game Freak's Junichi Masuda and Shigeki Morimoto competed in Trainer Battles against each other in a double elimination tournament. The Great League was utilized and each match was best three out of five games.

Winners Semifinals   Winners Final   Grand Final   Reset
3  PogoKieng    
0  Carrymeh       1  PogoKieng    
0  Strawburry17     3  Poké AK       2  Poké AK     0  Poké AK  
3  Poké AK       3  PogoKieng     3  PogoKieng  
Losers Quarterfinals   Losers Semifinal   Losers Final
3  Carrymeh       0  Carrymeh  
0  Yamada       3  Carrymeh       3  PogoKieng  
2  Strawburry17     0  Shigeki Morimoto    
3  Shigeki Morimoto    

Event Pokémon

#142 Aerodactyl /
  Level 50  
Type:
Rock Flying
Ability: Unnerve
Held item:   Rare Bone
ID: 081619
OT: Worlds19
Met: WCS 2019 (fateful encounter)
Nature: Random
Ribbon:   Event Ribbon
Ancient Power
Rock Special
Rock Polish
Rock Status
Wide Guard
Rock Status
Celebrate
Normal Status
Games Method Region Location Duration
SMUSUM local wireless all Walter E. Washington Convention Center Halls D & E, Washington, DC, United States August 16 to 18, 2019
Moves in bold can be taught again at the Move Reminder as a special move if forgotten.
Date received is the date on the system when the gift is picked up from the deliveryman.
This Pokémon is set to the same language as the game that received it.

Trivia

  • Isaac Terceira, upon receiving their Runner-up winner trophy; started to walk away holding the trophy when the silver cup broke off. He got the trophy fixed up moments afterward.

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
2021:
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.