The best Pokémon Trainers from across the globe converge for one prestigious tournament each season—the Pokémon World Championships. Watch these competitors battle for glory and cash prizes by tuning into Pokemon.com/Live from August 18–20. Trainers will prove they’re the masters of the Alola region in the first year of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon competition, and tournaments for Pokkén Tournament and the Pokémon TCG will be broadcast live as well.
Opening Ceremonies start bright and early at 9:00 a.m. (PDT) on Friday, and the tournaments will begin shortly thereafter. Qualified Trainers will battle Friday for the final spots in Saturday’s event, where the top Trainers from all over the world will be waiting. Then, final rounds will take place on Sunday for both the Pokémon TCG and video game, so don’t forget to tune in. (And don’t miss out on the Pokkén Tournament finals Saturday afternoon, either.)
Unlike in the Pokémon TCG, where competitors often select an archetype for their deck and carefully modify it to suit their tastes and the expected competition, video game teams are often made up of six disparate Pokémon. It’s tricky to follow what these Trainers were thinking when they built teams, but we promise these players are putting more thought into their selections than just “picking the good ones.” Read on to learn more about some of the difficult decisions Trainers face as they prepare for the World Championships, then tune into Pokemon.com/Live to see who made the best calls.
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