Today was the first day of the 2014 Pokémon World Championships, bringing the best players of both Pokémon X & Y and the Pokémon trading card game from around the world to convene on Washington, D.C. in hopes of claiming eternal glory for their Mudkips. While the tournament proper doesn't begin until tomorrow, the Last Chance Qualifiers were today, allowing hundreds of players to compete for a handful of remaining non-invitational spots in the Championships.
Outside the LCQs, today was also a simple celebration of Pokémon, with fans gathering around the Washington E. Convention Center to battle for fun, trade, cosplay, and revel in mutual 'mon appreciation. We've decided to produce a gallery of images to kick off our coverage for the weekend; you can click on the photos to enlarge:
We'll have more photos the the next two days, as well as interviews, coverage and live streams of the tournament itself! Be sure to stay posted to Nintendo Life.
Awesome,looks fun there
It was so close to me this year-- I wish I could have spared the expenses to go.
'Dat Shuckle hat tho...
Let us know how great the symphony is if you guys are going tonight?
@JellySplat and 'Dat Rocky Helmet... amazing haha
That Arcanine mask looks like doge. lol These are some dedicated fans!
LOL did anyone notice the kid in the background of the rocket helmet picture?
@Retro_on_theGo Something tells me he accidentally touched the Rocky Helmet.
That Magikarp is amazing! XD Wow, lol Looks like fun.
He just got flashed... By a Pikachu!
People take notes while battling? Now that is commitment!
@Interneto Exactly what I was thinking!
Man, everything looks so cool there. I may just need get up to date with this competitive battling stuff and enter one of these someday.
@Retro_on_theGo Brock's Son.
A DELPHOX STOLE MY BABY!
@Retro_on_theGo As the guy wearing the rocky helmet, I can confirm that people were touching it while I was competing lol. But I have a feeling that kid might just be reacting to me using Roserade and Cloyster!
@ProfShroomish lol that's great! It's always great seeing people use different pokemon. Been wanting to try out Roserade for a while.
Do that. It's a great experience, whether you play cards or videogame.
@Luffymcduck I'd more experienced with the videogame I think, so I'll train for that I guess.
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