These Pokémon World Champions Are the Very Best

Like no one was before

Last weekend saw the Pokémon trading card game and video world championships in San Diego, and now the winners have been crowned it's time to shower them in golden Internet glory.

Each game was split into three age categories: Junior, Senior and Master, with the Pokémon video game master crowned as American Ray Rizzo. His team of Escavalier, Conkeldurr, Terrakion, Gothitelle, Thundurus and Hydreigon took out Italy's Matteo Gini in the final, earning him a neat Pokémon prize pack of mystery.

In the trading card stakes, the wise saga David Cohen emerged victorious with his Reshiram deck, besting compatriot Ross Cawthon in the finals.

Congratulations to all the champions and may your voices break soon.

WORLD’S BEST POKÉMON PLAYERS CROWNED AT 2011 POKÉMON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Elite Players from More Than 27 Countries Battled in San Diego for the Ultimate Titles of Pokémon Trading Card Game and Video Game World Champions

San Diego, California — August 15th, 2011 — The dreams of competitive Pokémon™ Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game players around the world came true for a select few this weekend at the 2011 Pokémon World Championships in San Diego, CA.

Thousands of the world’s top Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game players, family, friends, and fans attended the most anticipated event of The Pokémon Company International’s Play! Pokémon season. The 2011 Pokémon World Championships featured the world’s best Pokémon players competing for the title of World Champion after advancing through nearly a year of regional and national tournaments around the globe.

Once the dust settled after three days of intense Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game battles, six skilled individuals were crowned World Champions, proudly representing their family, supporters, and home countries. The Pokémon Company International announced today its 2011 Pokémon World Champions:

2011 Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion, Gustavo Wada from Brazil.

2011 Pokémon Video Game Junior Division World Champion, Brian Hough from the USA.

2011 Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion, Christopher Kan from Australia.

2011 Pokémon Video Game Senior Division World Champion, Kamran Jahadi from the USA.

2011 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion, David Cohen from the USA.

2011 Pokémon Video Game Masters Division World Champion, Ray Rizzo from the USA.

More than 400 players from over 27 countries competed in the annual event. Winners of the invite-only tournament received medals, trips, Pokémon merchandise, and collectively more than $100,000 in scholarships. The event showcased the chief qualities of Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game players: skill, strategy, creativity, sportsmanship, and fun.

“The Pokémon World Championships is more than a tournament; it’s a global event for our entire community to compete, have fun, and create lifelong friendships,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “It’s been an incredible weekend, and we couldn’t be happier to congratulate this year’s World Champions for their dedication, their unbelievable talent, and most importantly, their sportsmanship during the entire Play! Pokémon season.”

Pokémon is celebrating a blockbuster year in 2011 with the launch of the best-selling Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version video games; a brand-new trading card game expansion, Pokémon TCG: Black & White; an all-new season of animation, Pokémon: Black and White; and the debut of the hit movie, Pokémon—Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

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