Voted the best warstory of 2011 by the Smog Awards! Posing with only like 50 of the coolest people ever. No big deal or anything. From 17th Place to 1st to 17th... A VGC 2011 Worlds Warstory, by Aaron / Cybertron. Introduction This is always the long part... in fact, none of it even talks about the actual event. Still, I find it fun to write and include in all my warstories. Read if you're bored :D First off, you don't know how long I've been putting this off. I wrote most of this warstory 3 weeks after Worlds, but never really got to posting it because I still had so much to finish, but I don't want this to just disappear since I really had a lot of fun writing this and I don't want the memories to just fade away... I hope you enjoy this warstory, even if it's like 7 weeks overdue. I'll start off by introducing myself. Most VGC players already know me, but my name is Aaron. I'm just your average 13 year old... who has a huge passion for Pokemon. I've been playing Pokemon ever since I was around 7, and started playing competitively after going to the JAA stop in Long Island in 2006. My main passion for Pokemon started with the Trading Card Game. In 2008, I finished in the Top 16 at Nationals and qualified for the World Championships through a ranking invite. That was also the year they held the first official "VGC" tournament, known as the Video Game Showdown back then. After learning about it through my good friend Dan, also known as dtrain, I decided I wanted to check it out just for fun. To my surprise, I ended up finishing in the Top 4 with a rather random team that I built last minute, which consisted of Pokemon such as Kingdra and Vaporeon. Pokemon paid for my trip to Worlds that year, and I ended up declining my TCG invite and tried my hand at the VGC. Unfortunately, I got knocked out the first round in the single elimination tournament because of some hax and that ended my run. Still, I became hooked with playing the video game competitively and decided I would focus on it more in future years. To shorten the next three years up (2009, 2010, 2011), I steadily improved with each year. In 2009, I was denied a chance of playing because of the silly lottery system that they had, and my flight to Nationals was canceled due to poor weather. My last year as a Junior, and I wouldn't get a chance to even play! In 2010, with only two divisions, I was basically the youngest in the "Seniors" division. To my surprise, I finished in 4th out of 768 at the Newark Regionals, and barely missed out on the Worlds Invite at Nationals, finishing 17th. I also convinced my younger brother, Brendan, to play last year. He did pretty awesome too, for his first year! He finished 3rd at the Newark Regionals, and 26th at Nationals. Neither of us qualified for Worlds, but we still had a great experience and learned a lot. Now we're up to this year - 2011. (PS: A lot of this is just repeating what I said in my Regionals/Nationals warstory!) I started practicing under the VGC rules way later than everyone else, maybe only a month before tournaments started throughout America. I ended up using a Tailwind team, which consisted of Tornadus, Terrakion, Chandelure, Jellicent, Amoonguss, and Thundurus at Regionals, Nationals, and Worlds. My brother had a very similar team, which basically had the same Pokemon. After we both finished 1st at the Washington DC Regionals, I saw that we both stood a solid chance this year - we were finally making a name for ourselves! Nationals at Indianapolis was a huge success for both of us. My brother finished 2nd, losing only to Henry/Snake, one of the coolest Juniors and a very strong trainer. I managed to win the whole tournament, beating many friends and good opponents along the way. The whole thought of representing the USA at the World Championships is pretty cool, and I was glad to just make it back after a disappointing year in 2008. And for how we ended up doing at Worlds... guess you'll just have to keep on reading. Prologue: Post Nationals After winning Nationals, I had a lot of confidence with the team I used. My brother used the same team and finished 2nd in the Juniors division, and Simon/TDS used a similar team in Masters and finished 3rd in the Masters division. I knew it was solid, and really didn't want to switch a team I didn't have much confidence in. The only thing keeping me away from using it was that I wouldn't have the element of surprise on my hand, but I figured that it was worth it. I didn't have much time to spend practicing, since I spent my summer at Google's NYC office at a programed called "CAPE," where I learned computer science and programing for basically the whole day. I spent the time that I did have practicing with one of the most amazing friends ever, Unreality/Aaron. We both ended up using the same team we used at Nationals, and to be honest, I really thought we had a really strong chance at Worlds. As for my brother, I gave him the speedy Amoonguss that I used. At Regionals, he only used the same 4 every time. (Tornadus, Terrakion, Thundurus, Jellicent) At Nationals, we added Chandelure to those four, and his team at Worlds was the exact same as mine. Brendan learned exceptionally quickly, I only spent maybe a day or two teaching him how to use those two Pokemon, and he used them so well. Way to go, buddy! Here's the team I ended up using. Thanks to Elemt, Bitterlemon, andrea, Cassie, and JRank for providing me and my brother our teams. Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide GetTheGirl the Terrakion @ Choice Scarf Trait: Justified EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Close Combat - Rock Slide - Earthquake - Quick Attack 17th Place the Amoonguss (M) @ Coba Berry Trait: Effect Spore EVs: 76 HP / 164 Def / 12 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Spore - Rage Powder - Giga Drain - Protect WinWorlds the Tornadus (M) @ Flight Gem Trait: Prankster EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Acrobatics - Taunt - Substitute - Tailwind MZhengky the Thundurus (M) @ Electric Gem Trait: Prankster EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Thunderbolt - Hidden Power [Ice] - Grass Knot - Protect Cyberwong the Chandelure (M) @ Focus Sash Trait: Flash Fire EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Hidden Power [Ice] - Overheat - Heat Wave - Shadow Ball Coobertron the Jellicent (M) @ Water Gem Trait: Water Absorb EVs: 152 HP / 252 SAtk / 100 Spd Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Water Spout - Shadow Ball - Protect - Ice Beam Some notes about the team: Yes, it's standard as Muk, but it WORKS. As for my nicknames, my leads were generally Win Worlds and Get the Girl, my Tornadus and Terrakion. Based off an amazing inside joke before Raikoo ruined it. MZhengky the Thundurus was to represent the legendary MSankey. The rest were names that the Ha family used to call me. 17th Place as that was the place I got at Nationals last year, Coobertron because I'm cool, and Cyberwong for all my Asians out there! Except it was supposed to be Cyberwrong. Oops... My brother had nicknames for strong members of Team Seniors (sorry I could only fit a few out of so many amazing people.). Out of his 6, we had JRank♥, Cybertron♥, Babbytron♥, Maski♥, Unreality♥, and Human♥. Shout outs to everyone else in Team Seniors that couldn't have been represented through Pokemon... I love all of you guys! But enough about all this stuff... I'm sure you're dying to read the actual warstory. :naughty: Day 1: August 10th We started the first day of our Worlds journey by waking up at the time of... four in the morning... For those that don't know, me and my brother won four flights though Nationals. We also had 8 nights at the Hilton, so we extended our vacation by a day and reduced a room in the other room we had. At first, our dad decided he was going to come, but changed his mind, so we brought our grandma using that last ticket. Then, last second, my dad decided he wanted to come again so we had to buy another ticket. Fortunately, the times worked out well and our flights had great timing. Still, it's never fun waking up so early... especially when you sleep at two in the morning, lol. Still half asleep, I take a look around my room and make sure everything is packed up. Clothes, check. Cards, check. DS and game, check. Medals, check. Swag? Check. Bam. I got this. We get to JFK International airport at like 5:30, and my dad's flight soon takes off to Arizona, before laying over to San Diego. Meanwhile, our flight wasn't for another two hours, so I bought myself and Brendan some breakfast. A chicken wrap for $8... bleh. Food is food though. I kill time by checking Smogon and falling asleep every now and then. Brendan was knocked out soon enough though. Here's a cute picture of him. DM: Go get 'em, Babby! FISHY LOVES DRAGONS OMG (lol): too cute babby Captain Falcon: :3 Tyler: HES GOING DOWN! (to in n out) Two hours seemed like forever, but soon enough, we were off to San Diego! Not a very eventful flight, and I couldn't fall asleep so I jammed out to some Chris Webby, one of my favorite rappers! They had satellite TV, and me and Brendan rocked out to some Spongebob (shout out to Kenan/Lucien Lachance :D). I saw that they were showing the one and only... Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide FINAL DESTINATION, NUMBERO UNO. This movie is serious business, lemme tell you. For those that don't know, Final Destinations are always about people who get visions and don't die when they're supposed to and then dey all end up dying rofl. They're not even that great lol... but I had nothing better to do so I ended up watching it. Freaked me out though, since it was about an airplane flying out of JFK that explodes... remember where I flew out from? Fortunately, our airplane DOESN'T explode and we make it to San Diego safe and sound. I take a step out the plane and a cool breeze blows past me. God, I miss that weather. We find out that my dad's flight was delayed by an hour, so I end up walking around and taking some pictures of the airport, along with grabbing some good pizza from one of the stores there. I find out that there is free Wi-Fi at the airport like 3 minutes before my dad lands, and go on IRC and rant to dtrain/people in Team Seniors about how nice the weather is compared to NYC... My dad finally lands and we're off! Our first stop: Enterprise, to pick up a rental car. A shuttle bus picked us up, and soon enough, we were in our "car" for the next few days! After not following our GPS's directions, we end up taking a bridge and end up on the other side of the river... across from the Hilton. It was nice to go around the area though! Here are some pictures: Babbytron doing some shady business... (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Babbytron doing some shady business... (open) Babbytron doing some shady business... (close) Oh... thanks for the warning... (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Oh... thanks for the warning... (open) Oh... thanks for the warning... (close) Driving the wrong way... the Hilton can be seen in the background. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Driving the wrong way... the Hilton can be seen in the background. (open) Driving the wrong way... the Hilton can be seen in the background. (close) Dad! That's not the right way... (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Dad! That's not the right way... (open) Dad! That's not the right way... (close) After driving around, we finally make it to the area where the hotel was. We end up checking in going up to our room. (Funny story here, actually. Take a look at a few more pictures before I tell that story!) Petco Park. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Petco Park. (open) Petco Park. (close) Side view of the ramp to the hotel... such a fancy ramp lol. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Side view of the ramp to the hotel... such a fancy ramp lol. (open) Side view of the ramp to the hotel... such a fancy ramp lol. (close) Oh look (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Oh look (open) Oh look (close) The fancy lobby... where someone barfed in one day. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) The fancy lobby... where someone barfed in one day. (open) The fancy lobby... where someone barfed in one day. (close) Our BEAUTIFUL view from the room! Just look at that amazing... Dole factory? (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Our BEAUTIFUL view from the room! Just look at that amazing... Dole factory? (open) Our BEAUTIFUL view from the room! Just look at that amazing... Dole factory? (close) The room. Not worth $250+ a night if you ask me. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) The room. Not worth $250+ a night if you ask me. (open) The room. Not worth $250+ a night if you ask me. (close) Check out our sweet medals ;) (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Check out our sweet medals ;) (open) Check out our sweet medals ;) (close) MAI PLUSHES! (Move your mouse to reveal the content) MAI PLUSHES! (open) MAI PLUSHES! (close) So arriving at the hotel, my dad tells us that he was going to wait in the car while we checked in and dropped our stuff off. About that funny story... while checking in, I notice a bunch of asian kids playing Pokemon. (And I'm not being racist or anything, but they REALLY looked Korean, and I can normally tell between Chinese and Korean people :x) I thought they were Korean VGC players, so I approached the family and introduced myself and asked if they were here for the tournament, and they told me they were just visiting. Oh... We were walking behind them when I realized I actually understood what they were saying in Chinese... oh... that's not awkward at all, lol. My embarrassing story of the day! Anyway, after dropping off our stuff, we decided we wanted to check out the famous San Diego Zoo, and head off for the zoo. We finally get there... picture time again! Oh wait. There aren't that many pictures because the zoo costs $40 per person. What a joke! [HIDE='sup, giant elephant.] [/HIDE] $40? No thanks. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) $40? No thanks. (open) $40? No thanks. (close) After realizing the zoo was a total rip off, we decided to drop our plans and looked for free things to do around the area. After driving around for a bit more, Seaport Village seemed like a pretty cool thing to check out. It was right around the hotel and had a bunch of stores and places to take pictures. More pictures now! (Getting annoyed yet? I uploaded like 800+ on Facebook, and me and my dad combined probably took over 3000 lol) Random pictures around the city. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Random pictures around the city. (open) Random pictures around the city. (close) After touring Seaport Village for like 2 hours, Brendan starts complaining about how it's getting cold. We decided to call it a day and head back to the hotel to relax and eat some of our... RAMEN NOODLES! That's right - we brought 8 packs of Instant Cook Ramen Noodles! My parents drop me and Brendan off at the hotel before going to purchase some groceries for the weekend, while me and Brendan relax. I contact my man BHARMALARMALARMARM and meet up with him, Lord Gtr, and his sister later on that night. I have a picture with all of them, I'll try to upload that later. After meeting up with them, I go back in the room and use the computer for the rest of the night. Oh, here's another embarrassing story - Wifi cost like $7 an hour or $14 a day. I managed to click the wrong button (oh... I just noticed... I've been clicking wrong buttons throughout the whole weekend...). Silly me. The first day was rather eventful, just because hardly anyone was actually in San Diego, but it was nice to just tour the area and meet the European players. The 2nd day was where the fun really started to happen. End Day 1. Day 2: August 11th - Let the fun begin! The second day starts off bright and early. My parents and grandma actually left the hotel and spent the day in LA, while we stayed back at the hotel. I really wanted to go with them, but at the same time, I really didn't want to miss spending a day with all my friends so me and Brendan decided to stay. I get on IRC, and find out that bharharharhahrmalm was at Starbucks along with Plusle! Once again, I have a picture with him but it's on my phone somewhere so I'll upload that later when I get some time. We hang out there for a bit and meet Zog and his brother. Also, bharmalm managed to get hacked on Smogon by some cute users and he thought it was me and Plusle the whole time. Fun stuff. Anyway, me, bharmalm, and Plusle decide to check out the open gaming room - a 24 hour gaming room for TCG and VGC players alike. There were a bunch of Japanese vendors there, and they were selling some really nice artwork for $5 a piece. I buy two, one for myself and one for Brendan. Slowly, players and friends began to come in one by one - get ready for more pictures! Me with 7014gree. Hella cool guy. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Me with 7014gree. Hella cool guy. (open) Me with 7014gree. Hella cool guy. (close) Posing with the soon to be World Champion :o (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Posing with the soon to be World Champion :o (open) Posing with the soon to be World Champion :o (close) Another Team Aaron picture. We are the best. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Another Team Aaron picture. We are the best. (open) Another Team Aaron picture. We are the best. (close) You better believe it. There's only one RIZZO! (Move your mouse to reveal the content) You better believe it. There's only one RIZZO! (open) You better believe it. There's only one RIZZO! (close) Me with Danny/TTS :D (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Me with Danny/TTS :D (open) Me with Danny/TTS :D (close) Awkwardly posing with Synre/Scott (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Awkwardly posing with Synre/Scott (open) Awkwardly posing with Synre/Scott (close) So, while hanging with mai European boys, the TRUE masters begin to come in. I finally get to meet kamz, future World Champion, one of the coolest kids ever, along with getting a picture with Scott, a really funny guy with an awesome personality. I swear, I'm always laughing when I'm around him. I also see some familiar faces, including talking toilet seat Danny, WORLD CHUMP Ray, and fellow Team Aaron member Aaron! We were all hanging around and talking when the one and only... RUBEN WALKS IN. HOLY CRUD. HOLA!!!! AMIGO!!!! Fellow champions Ray and Ruben SPARK up a conversation! Me and Ruben had a battle at one point that day, and when my HP Ice KO'd his Haxorus, he called me a puta!!! It's alright though we're buddies and all. I decided to walk out and see if anyone else was arriving... well, talk about good timing! I meet four more awesome people - Snake, Greysong, Phillip, and Kristan! Picture time again! National Champs! (Move your mouse to reveal the content) National Champs! (open) National Champs! (close) Repping dem Minorities. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Repping dem Minorities. (open) Repping dem Minorities. (close) AHHHHH ASIANS EVERYWHERE (Move your mouse to reveal the content) AHHHHH ASIANS EVERYWHERE (open) AHHHHH ASIANS EVERYWHERE (close) With Greysong (Move your mouse to reveal the content) With Greysong (open) With Greysong (close) After saying hello to some old friends, more familiar faces begin to roll in, along with new faces! Can anyone say... more pictures? With fellow National Champ Wolfe - probably one of the coolest guys in Pokemon. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) With fellow National Champ Wolfe - probably one of the coolest guys in Pokemon. (open) With fellow National Champ Wolfe - probably one of the coolest guys in Pokemon. (close) Oh my god... Dozz... THE funniest person of the weekend. Oh the stories... (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Oh my god... Dozz... THE funniest person of the weekend. Oh the stories... (open) Oh my god... Dozz... THE funniest person of the weekend. Oh the stories... (close) Oh god... you're probably dying from me hiding all of these pictures... well, there's a lot more to come, so you better get ready ;) After meeting Wolfe and Dozz, (I know I say this a lot, but seriously, these guys are REALLY cool and chill and funny too. Wolfe has a really bright personality, and an awesome name to boot. Dozz... makes everything funny, especially when a bunch of bloody Americans are playing "football.") Bruno/Kid Kadabra aka the coolest Senior ever comes in and we give each other bro hugs and all. A couple of us then head over to the RAY RIZZO'S ROOM to play some N64. Team Aaron/Ray vs. Team Scott/Danny. Ray kicks major butt in this game. The winning team poses for a picture, along with some new CREEPERS! After Ray destroys everyone in Mario Tennis and Pokemon Stadium Quizzes, more people begin to show up in Ray's room... as you can tell from the picture that Henry, Enosh, and Thomas photobombed oh so well. I see my man DANTRAIN as well and go YES in my mind. Ya know, 'cause we tight and all. Bruno and my Asian Bro, 2009 World Champion JEREMY FANN show up as well, so of course, we have to get a picture together. (Oh I'm sorry, am I bothering you with these pictures?) Hey. My name is Bruno and I'm too cool to look at the camera. BAM. After Ray destroys everyone in some Quizzes again, we decided that this was TOO MUCH for us, so we headed back to the open gaming room. Oh god. You know what this means. PICTURE TIME! Fun in the open gaming room. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Fun in the open gaming room. (open) Fun in the open gaming room. (close) Such qt3.14's. MY ARMY! Everyone having some fun battling! Cuties! (And Enosh ;]) Team Juniors and... OH GOD DAN WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! Stop it Dan... you're too tall >:( Tired of the pictures? I'm sure you are. But buddy, we're just getting started! Get ready for some more pictures with friends! (bad) picture with PBB/Thomas (Move your mouse to reveal the content) (bad) picture with PBB/Thomas (open) (bad) picture with PBB/Thomas (close) Me and my boy Tyler Hagan ehh sporting a INNOUT SHIRT (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Me and my boy Tyler Hagan ehh sporting a INNOUT SHIRT (open) Me and my boy Tyler Hagan ehh sporting a INNOUT SHIRT (close) Don't worry we're friends. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Don't worry we're friends. (open) Don't worry we're friends. (close) With Ben/DarkPenguin67. Really nice kid. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) With Ben/DarkPenguin67. Really nice kid. (open) With Ben/DarkPenguin67. Really nice kid. (close) IT'S MUDKIP MASTER OMG. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) IT'S MUDKIP MASTER OMG. (open) IT'S MUDKIP MASTER OMG. (close) After meeting a lot of new faces and reuniting with old friends, a bunch of the Ducks, including Scott, Danny, Paul, and Tyler head off back to Paul's hotel. Me and kamz go with them... only like five minutes after they left, so we were basically wandering around hopelessly. My phone ran out of power with the directions to the hotel like 3 minutes before we got there, so we were in the dark lol. Fortunately, we spotted them across the street at one point and run over there... only to find out we were going to walk all the way back to Tyler's hotel - also known as where my mate G-E-C is staying. Walking away from the hotel with kamz. We reach Tyler's room and I am given the command to call G-E-C's room... he picks up and I say "Herro prease?" He says "Who is this" and I'm all like "Herro, please come over to this room. We shall have fun. Gud bye." He tells us on IRC he was "getting ready." Probably preparing that ridiculous (ly amazing) hair of his. This is when a bond, so strong, is created. MIN DATOO asks who was calling on the phone. Was it Tyler's little sister Janelle? WRONG. IT was me. Oh. I didn't know I sounded like a 7 year old girl. That's not a problem at all. Me and Scott have a battle at some point, and he crushes me since his leads destroyed mine. It was a good game both teams played hard. We head back to the Hilton, where more people come in, including fellow rival Dynasty... the HA'S! I head up to Danny's room to give Dan TCG cards for the LCQ the next day, and hang out there for a while with Danny, Dan, Huy, RUBEN, Thomas, and newcomer BadIntent/Omari! I head back down later after making plans to go to IN N OUT with da crew, and bump into some of the finest trainers - the CSmugs. Enfuego: "Oh, no pictures, it means i'll end up on Smogon." Chaud up. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Chaud up. (open) Chaud up. (close) STRONGING Up. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) STRONGING Up. (open) STRONGING Up. (close) After meeting up with these pwrful trainers, we gather da crew and split up to go to In N Out. Da crew consisted of many pwrful trainers, including Tyler, Min Datoo ehhh, Duh, Huy, Paul, caffwin, Fish, Simon Yop, Len/Alaka, Alan/Dubs and many others that I can't remember right now because it's almost 1 in the morning here and my brain is being a fart. After some discussing with Len, we split up into two crews. Len took Paul and Alan, while Tyler took me and Min. I sat in the front seat and said a prayer with Min, hoping that we would make it out alive. And then our journey to the airport to pick up Simon Yop began. "You're supposed to make a right turn there." "NO YOU IDIOT YOU'RE NOT." To my surprise... OUR MATE TYLER WAS AN EXCELLENT DRIVER. We jammed out to some tunes on the ray-de-oh, since getting to the airport took like 50 minutes because of some stupid accident. We finally pick up the final member of the crew, and Team MinTylerAaronSimon was off to In N Out... only after attempting to make a legal U Turn. Tyler was a class driver and got us to In N Out safely. +1 for you duder. We all order my food, and I begin to dig into my first In N Out burger... Those fries were sooooooo good. BAM. GOOD FOOD, JUST LIKE THAT. Except eating dat burger was impossible since it like melted with the wrapper around it. I finished like three quarters of my meal and threw out the rest because I am a fart. Something I haven't brought up yet: Constant teasing about the one and only... MASKI. Ya know, since we're like best friends and all. Oh god, Duy made a joke about it every other minute. Thanks bro >:( After a delish meal at In N out, Tyler fills up on some gas and offers us some gum. Good gum, it was. We finally return to the hotel. I give Tyler an A+ for his driving skills, and I finally get to see MASKI AGAIN!!!! YES!!!! /me awkward hugs. I help her finish her team up while we're in the lobby, and the two Masters who T2'd France were there too. We challenged the 2nd place finisher to a couple of battles. He lead with Mienshao and Crustle, his same leads from France. He won the first game, I won the second, and my game turned off before we finished the third. They were really cool guys though, and it was nice talking and battling with them! I finally finish up my part for Maski's team and she heads off with her dad to go to bed, but not before giving me my awesome Mew hat :D BAM. I'm kind of cute. LOLJK. After saying good night to Maski, Scott, Duy, and Huy come down and we decide that with everyone else in bed sleeping, we were going to tough it out and walk around like the MEN we are!!! We head to the open gaming room, where I crush Huy in a couple of battles. No big deal or anything. We finally decide to eventually head out and get ready for the first official day of Worlds - DA LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER. I set my alarm to like 7 in the morning and go back to my room. GOOD NIGHT Y'ALL. End Day 2. Day 3 - August 12th: Let the battles begin! Once again, I wake up bright and early, not because I wanted to this time but rather because of the time difference. Quickly took a shower and headed down to meet Aaron and everyone else in the LCQ line. I finally got to meet TheCalmSnivy... MY SWORN ENEMY. But seriously, he was a really nice guy who made it through the LCQ with a really sweet team. (It had a special Landorus in it!) I also got to see Jeremy, Maski, Bruno, and finally... the one and only KINGOFKONGS. Yay Gavin! I don't have a picture with him from that morning though >:( Oh... don't mind my wet hair. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Oh... don't mind my wet hair. (open) Oh... don't mind my wet hair. (close) I'm guessing you're tired of group pictures now. How about some pictures of the tournament area? Pictures of the area. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Pictures of the area. (open) Pictures of the area. (close) While the line started to move, me and Aaron went and took a few pictures. Oh no. MORE PICTURES? Oh. We're creative. I used to be a winner. Now I'm a non winner :( So the line finally moves, and we all go in to start watching the matches. TheCalmSnivy/Matt blew through the competition and was one of the first people to make it through. One by one, the seniors made it to round 2, including Jeremy, Maski, Bruno, kamz, Talon, and others. Sadly, Gavin was knocked out early on after playing a great player Round 1. Maski had a tough matchup, playing Wade Stanley, the 2010 Jr. National Champion R2 and kamz R3. In the end, Bruno got knocked out, but Talon, kamz, and Jeremy made it through. A strong lineup for the next day! Kamz vs. Maski was an excellent game that was on TV for everyone to watch. Kamz basically missed Heat Wave/Overheat three times, and had a 11 HP Chandelure against an Amoonguss and Elektross, and got the crit he needed to win the game. Such a clutch game. It was upsetting to see two friends get paired up with each other, but what can you do? :/ Aaron's brother, Amanda, managed to make it in through too, and we all celebrate for those that made it in! After the Juniors/Seniors LCQ, it was time for all the competitors to check in. Me, Aaron, Henry, and a bunch of others make our way down and get in line. For those that don't know: Pokemon gives competitors special gift packages for qualifying every year, which has binders, cards, playmats, clothes, shirts, etc. They're really cool! After a good time spent in line playing Mario Kart, we finally get our competitor packages. Check out the swag we got! Yay for free stuff! (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Yay for free stuff! (open) Yay for free stuff! (close) PS: Medal not included! After getting our bags, me, Aaron, Snake, and Jeremy headed back up to the room where the competition was going on and chilled by the trophy case, where we all had an eye on the beautiful prizes. To believe Ray has 2 of these oh my gosh... We were all gaming when one of the really cool interviewers, who took videos and pictures for the opening and closing ceremony came over. Aaron mentioned how we were a strong group of trainers - 4 Regional Champions, 3 National Champion, and 1 World Champion amongst us, and got all of us interviews... except himself >:( It's okay though, none of our interviews were used lol. He even got this random kid who hung around us an interview too! After being interviewed, we decided to meet up with the other Seniors to hang out a bit and grab some food before the Masters LCQ started, but not before some PICTURES with Terrakion! Aren't they adorable? Awww c: Snake has serious swag in this one. Asian pride! (+ Snake) Alright, alright, enough pictures. Anyway, after posing with the strongest Pokemon in VGC 2011, we all head upstairs to Maski's room. Funny story about this, we never actually went inside her room, we just stayed outside. I had the pleasure meeting Maski's mom, who was really nice and sweet. It was funny, because she knew everyone from their Smogon usernames rather than their actual names! I also got to meet Maski's dad again, who was kind enough to let us raid their room at Nationals this year :D Oh yeah, and Matt's dad was there too! The group consisted of: Me, Brendan, Jeremy, Henry, Aaron, Aaron's sister Amanda, Maski, Bruno, Gavin, and Matt. Hella cool group. Of course, we all pull out our DS's and start battling again. Soon enough, we decided we were hungry and headed out to Subway. With my great directions and my handy iPhone, we actually got there quickly and ordered sum fud! How's that sandwich going for ya, brah? A good meal was had by all. After a quick lunch break, we all headed back to the LCQ room to check out our Masters! I started streaming a couple of matches, including Paul's match. Huy and Paul were eliminated quickly, sadly. They kept on pairing people together, such as Trista and Mitch early on, and the infamous Len vs. Deagle match. People had a bounty over Deagle's head, and when Len won because of hax, we offered to give Len like $50 for beating Deagle!!! Deagle was really nice though, he's pretty kewl IRL. In the end, we had Scott, Duy, Luke/tad38, Trista, Mike/OmegaDonut, Kamaal/Sixonesix and a couple of others in the Final 12. Trista and Mike got byes into Worlds, while Scott, Duy, and Luke had to fight it out. We saw Duy get paired with Luke, where Luke won, and Scott lost to some random. A job well done to those who made it in! It's a shame that Luke had to play Duy though, that really made me upset. The matches finally end, and we split up into several groups again. The Masters + Human headed out to TACO SMACKDOWN to get some grub, while the rest of us decided we wanted to go swimming! So, we all head up to my room, when I realize... Crap. I don't have my card with me. My brother doesn't have his card with him. My parents were off in the city, having fun. We had to call security to get them to open my room. It only took them, oh I don't know, 45 minutes to get there? One of the security guards knocked on the room next to mine and then just left... and came back like 15 minutes later realizing that WE were the ones locked out. hurdurrrrrrrp. We finally managed to get in though! I got my swimming trunks, and when I turn around, I see... OH MY GOD BRUNO WHAT ARE YOU DOING???? Bruno's hella strong and he started benchpressing Brendan and Snake like it was no big deal at all. While this was all going on, we got another knock on our door from security... asking us if we saw a Ben with a red hat. Sorry. No Ben with a red hat. We apologize for the inconvenience, and their quest to find the missing child continued. We finally all gathered together at the pool, and brought our PokeBeachBalls! Funny story here, actually. People kept on stealing our beach balls, and I approached this little kid about it, asking him where he got his when it was obviously ours. First, he stutters for a bit, then says he brought it from his house? I go... uh, sure, and then realize his dad was there. Best not to start trouble with a dad... You can keep our beach ball... Jeremy and Bruno I think started wrestling in the pool at one point, and we all went to the jacuzzi to warm up after a nice swim. We even video chat with fellow Smogon member Solace. while at the pool! A fun time was had by all. We all decide that we had enough fun at the pool for one day, and Human comes by the pool right when we were about to leave. Talk about good timing! Aaron mentions that there were free cupcakes that night, so we all went over to make some great cupcakes. You know what that means. PICTURE TIME! Bet this will make you hungry. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Bet this will make you hungry. (open) Bet this will make you hungry. (close) To finish the night off, we all all headed over to Ray's room for some fun. There were like 20 people in the room at one point! Brendan and Ray make a compromise - Ray teaches Brendan in the video game if Brendan teaches Ray in the cards. Ray and Mike make a strong team and play against my brother in a few games of TCG. They were too strong, even though they cheated every now and then... Oh yeah, we summon this Gyarados (ryuzaki:3) with four water energies out of no where nbd.... In the end, Team Mike/Ray beat Babbytron in some close (unfair) games. IT WAS A GOOD GAME BOTH TEAMS PLAYED HARD. We all had a blast in Ray's room, and most of us headed back to our rooms to get ready for what we came here for - the big competition. Brendan leaves later, and in a few minutes, I get a call from my mom saying that Brendan was upset because I didn't tell him some strategies I promised I would tell him with the team, so I say good bye to everyone and head back to the room. I tell him what to do against certain Pokemon and strategies such as a Scarf Haxorus and other max speed Amoonguss', and we both soon try to get some sleep to prepare for the big day. End Day 3.