Hidden Power Water: Or How I Memed My Way to a World Championship

Greetings, hat lovers!

Carson here. I am fairly new to VGC With Hats, but excited to be a writer. Before I talk about the team, I wanted to share the backstory about my journey to becoming World Champion. I started playing Competitive Pokemon only two years ago, after watching Sejun Park win it all with his Pachirisu. After a lot of ups and downs, I was able to cut and win my first regionals last year in Kansas. After that, I cut my first Nationals, but barely missed out on a paid invite to Worlds. I attended, but went 1-3 on Day 1 and was eliminated. However, I played in the Boston Open, and made Top 16, giving me a head start for the new season. I did fairly well, getting 4th at Houston and winning a few PCs, before I had a 3-3 flop at Virginia Regionals. Right after this, I decided to focus on another upcoming competition, the National Science Bowl, and didn’t touch Pokemon for March through April. I started playing just two weeks before Kansas Regionals, which brings me to my time using this team. Now, let’s jump right in!

 

Team History and Season Overview

My usage of this team originally started when I returned from a two-month hiatus. Most of my friends were running the team detailed here. I promptly started using that team as a place to start relearning the format, as I knew my friends would be able to provide assistance. The team was amazing, and I decided that I would bring at least a modified version to the upcoming Kansas City regionals. I ended up bringing Kangaskhan / Salamence / Thundurus / Cresselia / Groudon / Kyogre. I was able to go 3-1, but missed cut on resistance due to the lack of players. I was disappointed, but was still able to get enough CP to qualify for a paid trip to Nationals.

In the leadup to Nationals, I tested a great variety of things, ranging from standard Big 6 to Specs Zard on Yveldon. However, about three weeks before, I decided to try Bronzong Dual Primals and never looked back. With its great Big 6 matchup, I found the games much easier to play, and I had an endgame to work toward with Bronzong Kyogre. I once again started with the GS Squad (see above link) and worked from there. My first changes involved swapping things for Mawile, but I soon realized that Mawile was essential to how the team functioned in a time of Yveltal being a prominent threat. Things really started shaping up when I experimented with the Salamence slot. Togekiss was one of the first Pokemon I used to fill the slot, and was the one I used in the IC. I did well in the IC, placing 4th on my main cart and 5th on my alt cart, but I still felt like the team could be better. The week before Nationals, I realized that Kangaskhan fixed all the problems I had had in the IC. This was the team I brought to Nationals: I ran with Kangaskhan / Mawile / Thundurus / Bronzong / Groudon / Kyogre. It performed quite well, netting me Day 2, with my only losses being to Mostafa, Andras, and Dylan (who all made top cut). However, the team had no way to deal with Scarf Landorus on RayOgre. Obscure as it may be, I still hated having a matchup where I felt helpless to do anything but hope to not flinch, but even if I didn’t flinch I would still lose the damage trade most turns. This, in combination with the fact that I thought Dual Primals would be a bad Worlds meta call are what made me experiment with the Big C archetype for the next month or so.

With about three weeks to Worlds, and the answer to the last two slots on the team seemed frustratingly out of reach, I switched back to my Nationals team, not knowing what to do. That was when it hit me: With Icy Wind Cress I could get the speed control that I so needed versus RayOgre. I had seen the combination of Bronzong and Cresselia at Nationals, which gave me the confidence to test this idea, which had been stirring in my head. I was a little surprised when I realized it wasn’t terrible! I was able to reach my highest rating on PS! (only 1687 though lol), but it was significant to me because I knew that I played much better at tournaments, with the pressure on. If I was able to do that much better than normal online, maybe I could do well at Worlds. With my team all but set in my mind, I felt nervous yet confident that I had chosen the right team.

 

The Team: Used for Day 1, Day 2, and Finals

Kangaskhan @ Kangaskhanite
Ability: Inner Focus
Level: 50
EVs: 12 HP / 164 Atk / 76 Def / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
– Fake Out
– Double-Edge
– Low Kick
– Protect

This Kangaskhan was brought to almost every single game, and for good reason. With Fake Out and strong, consistent damage, I was able to bring it to most matchups relatively safely. Combined with Thundurus, it made up the majority of my leads. This set is a bit odd, and Low Kick and Protect are probably worth explaining. Low Kick was chosen over Power-Up Punch due to the problems I had with Dialga, and to get large amounts of damage without recoil on opposing Kangaskhan. Protect was chosen because of its ability to catch double targets into Kangaskhan and force my opponents to respect my options in a best of three.

Thundurus @ Life Orb
Ability: Prankster
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 248 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 30 Def / 30 SpA
– Thunderbolt
– Hidden Power [Water]
– Taunt
– Thunder Wave

Thundurus was definitely my most valuable Pokemon over the weekend, with effective options for speed control, Smeargle control, and Groudon control. Hidden Power Water was hit only twice sadly, once in Day 1 and once in the Finals. I went for it twice in Day 2 Swiss but my opponents saw it coming. If you are wondering why I chose to use it over something such as Protect, it was because the ability to take out something as important as Groudon in one hit was a huge boon, along with it giving me something else to abuse Kyogre’s rain. Thunderbolt was able to 2HKO most things, including Salamence, Kangaskhan, Kyogre, and Rayquaza/Mega Rayquaza out of delta stream. It was also able to OHKO Mental Herb Smeargle, which was very useful in a best-of-three setting. Taunt and Thunder Wave were used for their utility, being able to instantly gain a speed advantage or stop a Trick Room was incredible throughout both days.

Bronzong @ Chesto Berry
Ability: Levitate
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 92 Def / 172 SpD
Sassy Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
– Gyro Ball
– Trick Room
– Safeguard
– Skill Swap

DING DONG BRONZONG. Bronzong was a very important piece of this team, but sadly saw little action over the weekend, as I faced only three XernDon teams. Chesto over Lum was an interesting decision I made after reading Grant(@VelocityVGC)’s report here. Funnily, he references the same report written by Justin (@SpurrificVGC), Rapha(@RaphaelBagara), and Kelvin (@LyingLiepard) when explaining facets of his Bronzong. Anyways, Bronzong’s moveset is specifically tailored to the Big X matchup, with Safeguard shutting down Smeargle and Skill Swap getting the rain back up. Trick Room and Gyro Ball are almost mandatory for Bronzong, as they are its main tools for support and damage. This EV spread is the same one I used for Nationals, and survives two +2 Moonblasts from Timid Xern, along with having the largely irrelevant ability to survive a -1 Fire Punch from 196+ Primal Groudon in sun. Finally, Levitate was chosen as the ability in order to set up endgames with Kyogre, and because Bronzong will usually be paired with Kyogre, so Heatproof wouldn’t have done much good.

Cresselia @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Levitate
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 36 Def / 4 SpA / 28 SpD / 196 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Icy Wind
– Trick Room
– Gravity
– Skill Swap

Initially, the two things that stand out about this Cresselia are its Nature and its Moveset, which are both a bit odd. Cresselia’s Timid Nature was required for many of the things I desired to outspeed after an Icy Wind, which included Mega Salamence, Scarf Smeargle, and Scarf Kyogre. This comes with the added benefit of initially outspeeding anything slower as well, so things like Timid Smeargle, Adamant Groudon, and even most non-Timid Xerneas all fell behind in speed. The rest of the spread was primarily a bulk dump, but it survives key moves such as Kangaskhan’s Double-Edge and a Timid LO Yveltal Dark Pulse. Gravity was the second most important move in this set, after Icy Wind, because it gave the Cresselia Groudon duo a great advantage versus Rayquaza. Trick Room and Skill Swap were both moves I was iffy on going into Worlds, but I decided there were more situations where I wanted them over other moves such as Helping Hand and Psychic. However, with the rise of X-Ray, Gengar, and Hitmontop, they could be worth looking into. Trick Room was primarily used to reverse opposing Trick Rooms, punish Tailwinds, and punish Geomancies (Geomancys? Geomancyings?). Skill Swap was for Dual Primal mirrors, so that I could keep my weather up after slowing down my opponents with Icy Wind. I mainly brought Cresselia to teams with Rayquaza, or certain Dual Primal mirrors.

Groudon @ Red Orb
Ability: Drought
Level: 50
EVs: 204 HP / 108 Atk / 4 Def / 92 SpD / 100 Spe
Adamant Nature
– Precipice Blades
– Fire Punch
– Rock Slide
– Protect

The lone Groudon that won Worlds. Wow, I never thought I would say that. Groudon was my first Primal and the first part of the Dual Primal restricted core. Groudon’s moveset is fairly standard, with Rock Slide being the only odd choice. Rock Slide was very useful to hit things like Rayquaza, or any flying type in the rain. With one of this team’s main options being to set up speed control while denting the other team, then come in for a Primal sweep with rain up, this move was a key addition. Groudon’s spread survives a Timid 252 Spatk Groudon Earth Power, and outspeeds -1 Mega Rayquaza. This is what allowed the Cresselia Groudon duo to have such an advantageous matchup against Rayquaza; after a single Icy Wind I could go for a Gravity + Precipice Blades. On the first day, I accidentally gave this Groudon 84 speed EVs, and learned out the hard way when I was outsped by a Mega Rayquaza at -1. This didn’t cost me any games though, and I was glad I was able to find out Day 1. I was able to change it for Day 2, and it came into effect 2 or 3 times.

Kyogre-Primal @ Blue Orb
Ability: Primordial Sea
Level: 50
EVs: 172 HP / 212 Def / 76 SpA / 4 SpD / 44 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Water Spout
– Ice Beam
– Scald
– Protect

The last member of the team and the Dual Primals core, the blue whale itself, Kyogre! The spread and moveset was stolen from the once again above linked report by Justin, Rapha, and Kelvin, so I won’t bother to explain that part. I do want to talk about, however, how I used this Kyogre. In my mind, there are two ways that this team can use Kyogre. The first way is the primary option for Big X, where Kyogre is used for its ability to protect Bronzong and set up Hidden Power Water snipes. When I did this, Groudon was left on the bench in order to not have a conflict of weather. The second way is how I use it in the Primals mirror, where it is used for offense after setting up speed control. It seems Kyogre turned out to be the Pokemon with the best Worlds showing, after being doubted by many people the last couple months.

 

Matches

I don’t write much down in my notes besides leads, so I will primarily talk about those along with my thoughts going into the match. If I remember anything else, that will be included also.

 

Day 1

Gunnar Sverdrup, 0-0:

In the first round, I was paired against a kid using Carson St. Denis’s exact Nationals team. He was very nice, but seemed fairly new. I had a lot of experience against this team, and was truly frightened of the team in his hands only. I was able to lead Kangaskhan Thundurus both games into his Top/Toge Ogre leads for a relatively easy sweep.

Alyssa Smith, 1-0: 

A bit of an odd XernDon team, but once again I led Kangaskhan Thundurus (you will notice a trend) into her Salamence Thundurus lead both games. Game 1 was very close, and came down to some Wide Guard mind games, but Game 2 I got her to double into my Protect Kang and I managed to hit her Groudon with Hidden Power Water, so I ran away with it.

Benjamin Li (@sheepysheep_vgc), 2-0: 

This team at first glance is very odd, and continues to look very odd for every glance after that. It was an X-Ray team with none of the usual partners, and it included an Audino. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but thought he might bring Weavile, given that it can hit half my team for super-effective damage. I was correct in my assumption, so I led Kangaskhan Groudon into Weavile Xerneas. I don’t remember much about this match, but in my notes I wrote down that games 1 and 2 we both led the same things, and I won the first and he won the second. Game 3 I led Kangaskhan Thundurus versus his Talonflame Weavile. An interesting pin that Kang Thundy can put Weavile in is that it either gets Paralyzed or OHKO’d, and I knew getting Weavile out early was important. Once again I don’t remember all the details, but I did come out on top. Something interesting to note is that he didn’t bring Rayquaza a single time.

Zachary Boyd (@SmeargleKid), 3-0:

With one win left until I advanced to Day 2, this was the last person I wanted to face. I still have nightmares about our set Round 1 of last year’s Worlds. I decided to lead Kangaskhan Bronzong game 1, but lost hard to Taunt Talonflame with Kangaskhan. Game 2 I led Kang Thundurus, and was able to win, but for some reason I led Kangaskhan Bronzong again Game 3 against his once again Kangaskhan Talonflame lead and lost. I think the Kangaskhan Bronzong lead can be effective versus some of Big 6’s options, such as Xerneas lead, but it is often quite obvious to the opponent, and they avoid leading something with a bad matchup to it. After this round, the pressure started to build–I had to win one of the next two sets in order to advance.

Tomohiro Hirakawa, 3-1:

When I saw the JPN next to his name, I was immediately a little scared, but thinking back to Junio’s practice tournaments I realized that the Japanese were not unbeatable, and that I could win this game. He had the standard Dual Primals team, and Game 1 we both led Kangaskhan Thundurus. Due to the offensive nature of my Thundurus set, this was a matchup I rather enjoyed, and I took Game 1. Game 2, I switched it up and led Kang Cress against his Kang Thundy lead. With Icy Wind, I was able to take control of the match and advance to Day 2!

I was incredibly excited to make it to Day 2, as I hadn’t expected to make it out of the first few rounds of Day 1. I talked with my little brother, who also advanced through Day 1 (Big B!) and my friends William and Beau, who also made Day 2. Sadly, my other friend Darrin went 3-0 to 3-3, barely missing his chance to play in Day 2. That night we hung out, but I ended up spending most of the night trying to recover my hacked email address >_< I also re-EV’d my Groudon in order to outspeed Mega-Ray at -1. The next morning, I was so nervous I could hardly eat anything. Sitting in player meeting with all the big name players surrounding me was kind of crazy, as I am used to almost getting to that point but falling short. Next, my Day 2 matches!

 

Day 2

Mihrab Samad (@MegaChar10), 0-0:

Getting matched up round 1 against the Nationals runner-up is never something you want. Especially when you have a bad team matchup. I knew that trying to get rid of Scrafty would be key, because I can’t touch Dialga when Intimidated. An interesting anecdote, a judge mistakenly said I couldn’t use my note template, but luckily Mihrab loaned me a piece of his paper (Thanks, man). Game 1 I led Kang Thundy into Dialga Scrafty, and I tried to eliminate Scrafty as quick as possible, and I think I got one lucky crit to seal the game. Game 2, however, I should have lost. The leads started out the same, but he set up Trick Room with Dialga and I was in a bad spot. Groudon came in and set up a Swords Dance, but my Kyogre dodged its Precipice Blades, costing Mihrab the match.

Emiliano Castro, 1-0:

This match is kind of a blank space in my memory, so I only have my scant notes to go off of. I know that I lead Kang Thundy into his Weavile and Salamence Game 1, and that I won. Game 2 I led the same thing, but he made a smart adjustment and brought Weavile Xerneas, and was able to take that match. Game 3 is the match I remember most about. It started off with a Kangaskhan Groudon lead against his Weavile and Xerneas. If my memory serves me correctly, it came down to my Kyogre surviving two Precipice Blades, and I lived at 7. Good games to him, sorry I don’t remember more.

Daravone Souphommanychanh (@squintyvgc), 2-0:

Daravone was someone I definitely didn’t want to get paired against, because you never want to face your friends at Worlds. He was running the cookie cutter Dual Primal team, so I felt fairly confident that my Life Orb Thundurus would be able to carry me through the games relatively easily. Wow was I wrong. My (quite standard for me) lead of Kang Thundurus went up against his Kangaskhan and Groudon, and being the noob that I am I went for HP Water on his Groudon turn 1, completely forgetting that I had used the same thing on him at Nationals. He went for the safe play of Protecting Groudon, and from there beat me pretty badly. Game 2 I led Kang Cresselia into his Kang Thundy lead, and if I recall correctly was unfortunately Fully Paralyzed a few times on Cresselia. However, I wasn’t very angry because I realized that I had gotten very lucky in my other matches, and I knew that maintaining that positive mindset would be the key if I wanted to make it to Top Cut. Congratulations to Daravone on Top 8, he really deserved it. Go give him a follow @squintyvgc.

Park Jaehyun, 2-1:

When I saw this team, I was scared but intrigued by it’s unique makeup. It wasn’t until later in the day that I found that all the Korean seniors were running the same team! Anyways, I wasn’t really sure how to approach this matchup, but since Trick Room + Amoonguss seemed like a problem for me I led Kyogre and Cresselia into his Cresselia and Amoonguss. While I tried to keep reversing Trick Room when he set it up, he was eventually able to win the mindgame and his Mawile and slow Kyogre were able to easily sweep my team. The next game, I made a good adjustment by bringing Thundurus to Taunt Amoonguss and Cresselia with my Kyogre. He led the same thing and I won. I didn’t write down what he brought game 3, but I vaguely remember him adapting well, and at some point showing his Special LO Landorus-T with Grass Knot. I lost this game, and was now on the brink of elimination.

Ree Jeong So, 2-2:

Facing the same team you just lost to while on the brink of elimination can be a bit disheartening, but I felt that if I played my best I could win. Game 1 I led Thundy Kyogre against his Amoonguss Kyogre. Taunt was pivotal in stopping Amoonguss, and I was able to win. Game 2 was very unfortunate for him, because although we had the same leads, he would have won had he hit either his Thunder in Sun or his Thunder in Air Lock. I guess that is why Thunder is bad.

Theo Chevis (@RealCheoThevis), 3-2:

Going into the match, I really hoped he was not running the Landorus Ludicolo XernDon team he used to win UK Nationals, because my team has a bit of a Landorus problem. Thankfully, he was running a standard Dual Primals team. I led Thundurus and Cresselia both games to establish speed control and get rid of things like Salamence, and I was able to win both games against his Thundurus and Salamence lead game 1 and his Groudon and Cresselia lead game 2.

Raghav Malaviya (@MudhimanVGC), 4-2:

Before the final round, I looked through the roster of people I could play for the final round and decided that as long as I didn’t play Raghav I felt very certain I could make Top Cut. However, TOM had something different in mind… We both knew each other’s teams going into the match, and I realized that if I didn’t get rid of Manectric fast, I would have to hope and pray for critical hits. Game 1 he led Manectric and Bronzong, while I led Cresselia and Groudon. I had to play around the potential HP Water, and lost this game pretty badly. Game 2 I switched it up and led Kangaskhan Thundurus, while he led the same thing. Thanks to a crit, I was able to win this game. Game 3 we went for the same leads as game 2, and the best battle I have ever had in my life ensued. While there were some critical hits from Kangaskhan, the level of play in that match was the highest I have ever experienced in my life. I felt like he was reading every play I made, but I was able to sneak one good play in when I taunted his already taunted Groudon slot on the Bronzong switch-in. I was sorry that I had to win that way, but ecstatic to have made it into Top Cut.

Top 16: Carlos Ventura:

Coming into Top 16, I was the 16 seed so I was paired against the 1 seed, Carlos. Carson St. Denis was able to give me a little bit of information on his team, like that his Gengar had Icy Wind and Shadow Ball, his Rayquaza had Overheat over Swords Dance, and that his Hitmontop was max speed with Eject Button. I was able to use this information to the fullest throughout the set, mainly through abusing his Eject Button so he couldn’t attack. Game 1 I went with my standard lead of Kangaskhan Thundurus, with I think Groudon and Cresselia in back. He brought Hitmontop with Mega Gengar, with his restricteds in back. By abusing his Eject Button, I was able to protect my Kangaskhan from Close Combat damage, and win fairly quickly. Game 2 he brought his Crobat alongside his Mega Gengar, while I brought Kang and Thundy again. I was able to get a quick OHKO on his Crobat, but he Sludge Bombed my Thundurus for the trade. Thundurus was the key to the game, but I was able to bring it back and win.

Top 8: Nils Dunlop (@Invicnati):

I couldn’t believe I was this far in Worlds, but I knew that if I could get this far, I could go all the way. Facing Nils was something I didn’t want to do at all, because I had seen his dominance in JUNIO’s online bo3 tournaments, which I had struggled in. Before our match started, though, we had a delay of about 45 minutes while the judges discussed screenpeaking allegations against Nils in his Top 16 set vs Mark (@Kirito11VGC). If Mark had been the one to advance, I think my run would have ended there. My team is weak to X-Ray, which Mark was using, especially in the hands of a very good player. However, Nils was still allowed to play, so our battle commenced. I led my standard Kangaskhan Thundurus lead, while he led Amoonguss and Kyogre. He played very well, and got a Swords Dance with his Rayquaza, but Thunder Wave was clutch and I got 3 full para’s. It was very unfortunate for him, but he showed why he was in Top 8 in game 2 when he adjusted beautifully with a Kangaskhan Kyogre lead. His Kangaskhan set up a Power-Up Punch and it was over from there. Game 3 I brought Kangaskhan and Cresselia to try and beat his Kangaskhan, which he brought again. I was able to win this game and moved to Top 4.

Top 4: Mostafa Afr (@IcyBreloom):

A rematch from Round 3 Nationals, but this time the stakes were much higher. All day I had dismissed Mostafa’s claims that he would “make it to the finals,” but here we were, fighting for a chance to become the World Champion. After I had choked away a guaranteed win condition at Nationals, I had obsessed over our battle, and theorized ways to beat his team. My friends also gave me another potential lead option, so I felt very confident that I had enough ways to beat his team.

The matches are on YouTube here:


Big thanks to TRE for recording and uploading this set to YouTube! Game 1 there isn’t much to say, I played the 50/50 wrong when protecting my Groudon but it worked out fine in the end. I did have to hope I was faster than his Kyogre, but luckily I was. I thought he would lead TerraCott, so I led my same anti-TerraCott lead. Game 2 had a very odd endgame. I went for a very hard read, expecting him to Beat Up Ice Beam my Kyogre, expecting Groudon to Protect. However, I didn’t realize that he could just hope for a double protect and Ice Beam my Groudon. I felt fine going for the hard read with a lead in the set, but probably would have made the safer play had I been down. Game 3 I decided to switch up my lead on a recommendation from Beau and Joseph. I reasoned that the advantages of having Cresselia over Bronzong warranted sacrificing a Primal. The turn where I switched Cresselia out, I didn’t expect him to go for a Water-Type attack, so I thought the reward was greater than the risk. It turned out that way when he went for a Protect. After that, Levitate Groudon was nearly impossible for his team to take down, and I got the win and a birth in the Finals!

FINALS: Yuki Wata (@uk1cp):

I couldn’t believe that I made the finals. My friends rushed me, eager to prepare for the finals the next day. We knew that he had big 6, but we didn’t know anything else. I asked around for hours if his Talonflame had Taunt, but no one seemed to know. I talked to a few people, then went to watch the Masters Top 4 and talk to a few more people, still trying to find out if his Talonflame had Taunt (I wanted to set up Trick Room with my Bronzong). After that, I theorized a bit with Mark, Hayden, and Joseph before setting off to my hotel. I woke up in the morning to the beautiful surprise of Yuki’s team on Pokemon.com, and memorized it straight away. The most important things were Tauntless Talonflame and Protectless Smeargle. It was shaping up into an amazing matchup for me, and I decided that since he couldn’t Protect with Smeargle I could lead Kangaskhan Thundurus and get a free Fake Out onto Smeargle to break its Sash, since I assumed he would lead Khan Artist. After getting ready some more with Rapha, Max, Justin, Joseph, and some others, I was led to the reserved seating by my handler next to Wolfe and Markus. After watching Corey’s amazing interview, I started thinking about what I would say if I won during the 30 minute downtime, since I had already decided on my gameplan for the match. After the break, I was led backstage, where I gave up my DS so I could be on the streaming one. Soon we were about to go on stage, and I was told to run up and be as enthusiastic as I could. Needless to say I tried a little harder on that part than Yuki http://bit.ly/2cXLes7. As the battle started, having everything planned out really helped me deal with the pressure of being on stage, and I started writing notes just to get into the right mindset.

Here is a link to the battles. Game 1 I went for my Kang Thundy lead while he went for the expected Khan Artist lead. This game was very close, and the plays that stick out are the Thunder Wave + Low Kick on Kang and the Double-Edge into Talonflame over Smeargle. The first play was made in order to put the odds of knocking out his Kangaskhan in my favor, and I was luckily able to move first. The second play was a read that he would switch in Groudon in order to get the OHKO on my Bronzong, so I was able to put myself in a great position. Game 2 I switched it up, expecting a Kang Groudon lead. However, he stuck with his same lead. He was able to maneuver himself into a very good position, and squashed my one hope of winning through some very smart switches. Game 3 was surreal for me. I started off the game well, not giving in to his Kangaskhan Fake Out mindgame, and next turn he lost the game. The combination of a bad switch and the Low Kick critical hit squashed any chance he had at a comeback. Next turn I knew if I killed smeargle he couldn’t win, so I doubled into it. I was then able to hit an HP Water to make sure he couldn’t paralyze me with thunderbolt indefinitely. It was the best way to win that I could have hoped for. Winning Worlds had always been a dream of mine, and I still can’t believe I did it one month later. After giving an interview, I was able to see my friends and take some pictures before the Masters finals. Everyone was so excited, and a random person even came up and asked for a picture with me! Thanks to everyone that came up and congratulated me at the event, and those who said so online. After tons of pictures Darrin’s mom brought me some pizza because I had been too nervous to eat and I watched a great Masters finals. I spent the rest of the day hanging out with my friends, which was the best prize I could have asked for. Worlds this year was incredible, so now I want to thank everyone that made it such a great experience!

 

Shoutouts

– My parents, for supporting me and taking me to so many events, even when I did bad
– My brother, for making it through day 1 and getting 24th
– Justin, Kelvin, and Rapha for making the original team, helping me practice, and supporting me
– Arsal, Adrian, Aaron, Sohaib, and Alec for the support
– Beau, Darrin, and William for the memes and cowbells
– Grant and Aaron (@NBUnreality) for their inspiring teams
– Milton, Joseph, Carson, and Raghav for practicing with me on PS
– Hayden, Mark, Joseph, Beau, William, Darrin, and anyone else who helped me prepare for finals! Couldn’t have done it without your help
– The Midwest seniors for being cool to hang out with and for dinner
– Beau (@OreiosVGC) for the article art :3
– Darrin’s mom for the pizza after the finals
https://twitter.com/LifeOrb_/status/767564054965608453
– Anyone else who helped me prepare, practice, or that I faced at the event
– You, for making it through my Senior ramblings

That’s all for now, see you guys in Anaheim!

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