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Pokémon Video Game Winter Regional Championships Begin This Sunday

Posted by Andy Green

A special Cloyster up for grabs

This Sunday thousands of dedicated Pokémon trainers will flock to several host cites with their copies of Pokémon Black and White Version 2 to attend the Pokémon Video Game Winter Regional Championships.

The tournament will see competitors from three different age divisions battle it out for the title of Pokémon Winter Regional Champion. The prize for their endeavours? First place finishers in each division will receive Travel Awards to the 2013 Pokémon U.S. National Championships, which will be taking place 5th-7th July in Indianapolis, Indiana. A selection of other top finishers will also earn Championship Points, improving their chances of getting an invitation to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver, Canada this coming August.

To celebrate Sunday's shenanigans, attendees at all five locations who bring their Nintendo DS or 3DS and a copy of Pokémon Black and White — or Pokémon Black and White Version 2 — to the event will receive a special gift: a Cloyster based on the one Abram Burrows used in his 2012 Junior Division World Championship team. It will be holding a Choice Scarf and comes with a bunch of rare and powerful moves: Icicle Spear, Rock Blast, Hidden Power, and Razor Shell.

The host cities are Long Beach, California; Lake Buena Vista, Florida; St. Charles, Missouri; Salem, Oregon; and Sandston, Virginia. For more information and the locations' specific addresses head over to the Video Game Event Locator or the TCG Event Locator.

Will any of you be heading to this event? You don't need to be competing to attend, as it's an open event aimed at bringing as many Pokémaniacs together as possible. If you do go, let us know how you get on!

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EarthboundBenjy said:

Heh, those moves on Cloyster aren't rare. It's just utilising a good strategy, using Icicle Spear and Rock Blast in combination with its (assumed) Skill Link ability. Though getting the perfect type and strength on Hidden Power is always a pain, so if the prize is accurate to the original Cloyster, it's a pretty good one.



EvilLucario said:

@EarthboundBenjy Seconded. I can't tell you how many times I got a "defective" Litwick just because of that stupid IV system. Yeah, it gives Pokemon personality, but it also just feels like an overly drawn out breeding program to make the most efficient killing machines or tanks out there.



turtlelink said:

I already have a better Cloyster. I mean, who the hell uses Cloyster without shell smash? It basically makes it uber with that and power herb.



Gridatttack said:

Man, I remember that cloyster with shell smash and skill link as ability set. Was a pain to defeat this dude in a random online battle.



Bulbousaur said:

I have to say, that Cloyster is pretty bad. Who uses one without Shell Smash as a offensive Poke?!? Replace Hidden Power with Shell Smash, put on a White Herb, then we can start talking.



Xilef said:

Scarf Cloyster? That's interesting. Then again, everyone will be predicting a Shell Smash one so i guess it's pretty clever.



atariman said:

Whoa! these locations are way far away from where I live! Oh well Pokemon sucks anyways. (no offence to Pokemon fans)



Otto-Soq said:

I am serious considering buying Pokemon White 2. I never touched a Pokemon game in my whole life, and i am serious thinking i am missing a good turn-based serie to play. I hope i can look through the over the top pixelated graphics.



Aviator said:

People actually name pokemon because of what items they're holding?

Man it's changed.



EarthboundBenjy said:

People name Pokémon anything they want. Though some strategies are only possible due to some items, and if you want to utilise a specific strategy effectively, you have to raise the Pokémon so that it's entirely devoted to that strategy... so why not give it a name that fits for its purpose?

If I had one of those level 1 Aron with Endeavor, Sturdy, a Shell Bell and sandstorm support, I would definitely name it something different to one I was going to evolve into an Aggron. I would name it something like "immortal obnoxious tiny dinosaur thing that kills most things unprepared for it", except condenced into 10 characters. Mmm hm.



Drawdler said:

Ugh, I hate the competitive/championships stuff. No offense to people who do enjoy it, but I'd much rather just play ingame, yet I also want to go battle online... But I can't because I just don't have the time to learn how to be competitive nor actually do so. It's frustrating that I can't play Random Matchups without becoming a Smogonite. I do like the idea of it and all, but I really find it boring to actually get desired IVs, Nature and Ability and it makes training Pokémon boring. I really, seriously wish I could just battle a regular good old battle someday. But everyone's gone competitive nowadays. I'm not strictly anti-competitive, but it's a bit of a problem when it's a chore to look for people that don't battle with a competitive team.



TKOWL said:

@Nibelilt If you're scared by the competitive scene just because it seems to overwhelming, then NuggetBridge is a great place for beginners to edge themselves into the metagame.

Trust me, it took awhile for me to learn it, but competitive battling really adds a whole new level of replayability to the game.



DePapier said:

@Nibelilt I completely agree with you. And mostly, HIDDEN POWER SHOULD BE FORBIDDEN (or should only be used by Unown, the legitimate Pokémon which introduced it). Game Freak needs to make it more fun to play Pokémon at a high level, and to make Pokémons way more equal for those who want to compete without having to sell their souls to some Ferrothorn.

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