Prologue: on sunday when Ray Rizzo was the only American left in the competition, i saw his heart was troubled and i came to him whiles he was sitting next to badintent and told him "ray rizzo you will win it all today, it has been prophecized" and then he was at peace. but BI just laughed. i wish i had gotten it on camera. Hello smogon sorry it has taken so long to make this picture thread but between the whole "hilton internet in the main lobby only" and making it through the LCQ into worlds. then i have work right when i got home just made this harder to post on schedule, anyways here it is enjoy. as always if you want to take some of these pictures outside of smogon please let me know so i can get the permission of those in it and if you would like to get your picture taken out of this thread just PM me. feel free to use these pictures for warstories etc and if you have your own pictures from worlds that you wish to contribute please do so i would love to see them Quick note: unlike my nationals picture thread this one barely has any pictures of smogonites in heated battles, mainly because i was in the action as well [played 2/3 days].but i know Zog, kinneas and Dtrain among others were taking pictures and videos so if one of you guys can contribute pictures of smogonites in action i would appreciate it. i also wont be making a warstory because this thread is huge i usually pick a random picture to start of the thread but this time this just makes more sense[from the left: Reese, Bluecookies and Drfidget] Congratulations Ray Rizzo, the new pokemon world champion. you have now joined an elite group of people who can call themselves pokemon masters, you have also earned braging rights for the rest of your days and reached a level of pokemon Fantastictude. when i rushed that stage i was so proud of you and happy that USA won that i cannot find the words to describe it. Thursday/Friday-It begins. when i was at the LA airport waiting for my connection flight to kona, i met up with other smogonites heading to worlds as well as the spanish represention for worlds [kefka, ruben and albert] all from smogon as well. albert did bad in spain but came in 2nd in lyon france. kefka won the spain national and ruben was in top 4 or 2. i also end up meeting the deagle brothers, Fmasamune and chrish I[but not grace beck] at the LA airport and we all flew together. in this picture you can see deagle who sat infront of me the plane barely made it to Kona before it started falling apart we arive at kona and take a group picture [chris and the spanish guys went off somewhere] from left to right: Deagle, Ninahaza, Fmasamune and metabou we then take an EXPENSIVE shuttle to the hilton where we drop off our stuff and start getting acquainted with other smogon people from left to right:Ninahaza, Albert, Froggy25, Ruben and Kefka as the day went on more smogon and Japanese people started filling up the main lobby and we spent the night just gathering in the main lobby to meet everyone TCG action starts braking out, Badintent would end up facing Dtrain and Len. Reese, Bluecookies and Kinneas were just chilling with the gang then BI faced Duy. i dont even know who won o thats right now i remember Duy- FUCK Badintent- YES Friday-LCQ and the after party [picture by Huy ha] and the competition begins zerograde fighting hard to make it to worlds. [picture by pokemon.com] greysong with his cute totodile plush make it as far as the 3rd round. 1 more and he would have been in. [picture by pokemon.com] the battles get heated up [picture by Huy ha] Dan was in action as well at the lcq [picture by Huy ha] Fmasamune and winterzombie ready and waiting for the signal to start [picture by Huy ha] Drfidget in the distance, he would make it to the 3rd round and face me, but only one would move on and get a worlds invite :( [picture by Huy ha] After the LCQ had concluded- from left to right: official worlds participents Fmasamune, Ninahaza, PBB and Zog[honorary qualifier]. smogon dominated the lcq with only 2 people i believe who made it and were not from smogon [the Japan guy and evan falco] speaking of official worlds participents, the arnold family had yet again another impressive showing. cant wait to see whats next for this family with B/W coming out. Froggy and Ninahaza living it up in hawaii after the lcq the gang went downstairs to catch a bus so we can eat outside and escape the expensive food at the hotel. to the right we were joined by kefka and ruben as we wait for the bus and others to get downstairs we recall the LCQ [by the way thats Skarms wife in the middle :) and jeremy is to the right of kinneas] matabou-hey ryan[deagle] look deagle-i love rectangle shaped things Fmasamune- i'll give it to you for $100 PBB- is that a hula dancing pikachu doll? the gang just got bigger and bigger so we decided to head over to the side events room random picture of this bird that was in the main lobby. it did tricks all over that ring it was fun watching it. infact that whole place was full of birds finally met up with greysong xD. and the girl battling him is the older sister of the juniors national champion. infact she was always around a smogon guy...hmmm maybe she is just attracted to smogon males :). smogon strong in the free gameplay/side events room. bluecookies in a heated battle with Dtrain as PBB and skarm try to help him out, skarmbliss strong right next to our table to the left is Len[alaka] hustling the japanese and little children. i think he made like $400. Skarm battling the juniors national champion, whiles his sister stares at that canadian hunk with such luscious hair. Bluecookies may be world champion but he got owned in the TCG side event by this little kid. it was truely a sight to see [just ask him] after seeing how much bank len was making hustling, Dan went to his room to get his stuff so he could set up shop. there was alot of money flowing through that room. things died down a little after the LCQ so i decided to brake off the group and get some pictures of the place half of the free gameplay/ side events room the middle of the grand ball room where the TCG was taking place still. that whole ball room is so HUUGGGEEE, i couldnt even get a picture of the whole thing, i tried and just deleted them cause i failed. main stage main hall leading down to the VGC game room, the shop and registration centers. its a long hall and those are mirrors decorated with pokemon along the way. here is just 1 mirror, the place was just huge it started getting crowded again so i went back to the free game play room to see what everyone was up too. BI and skarm engaged in a heated battle. deagle in skarm's corner and PBB in BI's corner z_z after getting his ass kicked by that young asain kid, Bluecookies try's an even yonger kid, which is a good strategy. Len's little brother, i forgot his name :( the ha's show up, Huy spots a pokemon plush he likes, len spots money he likes :). it was so worth the money and Dan sneaks into the picture Bluecookies finally wins againts that really young kid and proudly tells the tale of his mighty victory Bluecookies- i am telling you guys he had me against the ropes with his crobat deck, but i didnt give up that easly. its not the Rizzo way, i faught my way back with energy cards Metabou- ooooh Huy- your so awsome Zog- your my new hero Skarm- i love you ray rizzo Zog and i decided to take it a step further and play yugioh at a pokemon tournament. you really dont get anymore badass than this. its like eating taco bell in a Mcdanold play room. jeremy was facing huy's doube relicanth. although he was last year's junior world champion, even he felt the might of the double relicanth Dtrain and BI do some side bisness. next year i am bring stuff to sell too Bluecookies vs little kids TCG fever after Bluecookies heroic tale of conquest and glory. a fever catches on with the smogon pros facing little kids in TCG. and just like bluecookies first attempt. skarm looses here [just ask him] Dtrain also joined in, but i dont know who won. i bet dan won cause unlike bluecookies and skarm, he actually plays the tcg for real. BI joins in but he decides to play with the big kids Milan goes with BI's style and plays with the big kids but not len. or skarm or bluecookies. i think skarm just said screw it and forfieted to the kid. i met up with chris and we talked about the LCQ and how i faced grace, then we decide to get a picture. but thats when we found out Bluecookies is a champion but he really sucks at taking pictures Bluecookies picture bluecookies picture Bluecookies tells me the pictures arent coming out great so i go see whats up and tell him to just be really still when taking it yeah chris was really nice i really liked this picture. ninahaza, chris, mike and huy. Duy also got into the Yugioh action with zog. i hope Duy really doesnt retire from pokemon for yugioh. mike and huy. nice pic Bluecookies, skarm, omegadonut and huy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCR4mxNjPE4 Len left his shop to his little brother and bluecookies tried to hustle len's little brother, i was laughing so hard. check out the video now Huy was facing the juniors national champion. after an awsome day of nonstop pokemon from LCQ to the free game room/side events. we decided to go out for dinner here is a video of alaka and bluecookies trying to comunicate with ruben and albert upstairs the main lobby before we went out for dinner, funny shit man. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oSgpHiyxdY&feature=channel it was really nice that there was a cheap food court with DQ and subway and stuff. it had been a long day and some of us were tired another bluecookies picture. next time we meet up i am making sure you get a perfect picture ray. after dinner some of the party decide they want to go for a late swim. so here we are waiting on mike and his girlfriend :). jeremy was with us but i dont know where he went after this. we thaught those were possibly real turtles so we sent in omega to check it out they werent but then omegadonut decided to stay in the water and swim omegadonut was the only one to go in. we just sat on the pool chairs and talked about random stuff and then headed back to the main lobby to meet up with kongler and others we ended off yet another night in the lobby with everyone gathered around having fun with batlling and just talking. its really nice Saturday -Pokemon worlds championship 2010 begins. i woke up super excited to compete in worlds. i didnt get much sleep cause i was trying to create this thread, then woke up early to pick one of my old teams [didnt get a new team after all] and form hidden strategies with it. after froggy and i were ready we went to compete for the chance to be called pokemon world champion [a tittle we will have to chase again next year] pokemon sunday was there up and early to get coverage of the events the place was packed, and i just love how bluecookies gets in this picture with his breakfast left to right: Kefka, PBB, skarm, bluecookies and Zog. the competitors talking about strategy and how they are going to tackle the day. except for zog :(. next year zog forsure. and also :( to PBB for the DQ. remeber the hall of mirrors i showed you guys earlier. well there was no room this morning, it was packed coloring station at worlds FTW Opening ceremony begins a hawaiian senior sang a traditional welcome song to open the events up. here is a link to watch the openening ceremonies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_TTh2u-jCY mark and katy were our official 2010 world championship hosts a kick ass video played [again check the link above for entire ceremony]. after that the 2010 world championships had officially begun. snaged this picture of pikachu with the juniors before heading into the VGC room to compete. once again sorry for limited pictures of smogon/competitors in action as i was one of them myself. i will update this thread over this week as i get the pictures/videos from others. here what i manged to get in between rounds. TR_Jessie was there competing and Xerograde was there to catch the action everyone except for len and skarm was done battling in the 5th round. they took up all of thier 45 minutes time limit with just 2 battles [toxic blissey vs toxic blissey ]. so they went to sudden death. suden death-the first one to loose a pokemon looses the round. everyone was watching. waiting to hear the results. and len wins with a crit mach punch that takes skarms blissey down. skarm had had enough as he got up to leave. but little did he know next round he would be facing me and get locked in another blissey vs blissey stall fight [ which i won pfft] but he would take the round. TR_jessie was battling her 6th round right next to skarm and i and i managed to snag this photo of her cute growlithe then i got a picture with the german national champion kedavra[whose team was just completely my team's bane. i stood no chance] then PBB, bluecookies and zog got a picture with kedavra as well KKKKEEEEEFFFFFFFFKAAAAAAAA sex? sex? sex? after the heated battles were over. after hours of battling, standings where up and the top 8 were revealed, Huy, Ryan, Alan and Ray Rizzo moved on along with 4 japanese players we were back at the food court after a big day of battling and our appetite reflected it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vtt-p8_rDEw alright i think this maybe my best video of bluecookies and the spanish guys. they are teaching him how to fucking curse. and he asked for the lesson. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTqAHC_FRnA&feature=related after dinner we waited for our bus for about 45 minutes all because the bus driver decided to park like 20 feet away and take a break. the hispania's took this chance to teach bluecookies and PBB a love sex song. after getting back from dinner we Find Evan falco[possible porn name] in the lobby. this guy's story is either gonna piss you off or give you a good laugh so he came to worlds for the TCG, but on friday right before the VGC LCQ he was looking for a way to kill time before the TCG and decided to enter the LCQ, deagle provided him with a team, he ends up making it to worlds while more deserving players mike, zog and Dtrain didnt. he didnt win his whole way through. its like he was showered with luck because he gets beat in round 2[i believe it was round 2 or 3] but then as Evan Falco was walking out his opponent calls him back and gives him the win because his opponent was a qualified TCG worlds participant. THE LEGEND THAT IS EVEN FALCO. but he says he liked VGC so much next year he is droping TCG for it. at first i really hated what even Falco represented [because he made it through]. but as time went on i found out he was really just a nice kid. and after he made it he really did put in the practice time and learned to prepare himself for worlds the next day so ehh. deagle had this ? shirt that really made me laugh. what? focus sash groudon! Judd aka kongler was in hawaii to catch the fun and compete. he made an awsome comback, got a better standing than me hehe. yeah i love it. i didnt get to speak to kongler at nationals but we talked in hawaii, really cool guy. hope to see him again next year http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHu1sVTFluU&feature=channel in the lobby reese came to join us and the spanish guys started teaching him the love sex song they thaught bluecookies. check out the video then Kinneas came to the lobby and they thaught kinneas how to sing as well. he was so clueless as to what was going on. he didnt even sing along till the end lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dclgkuVy-S0&feature=channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCu1u1mJjJ0&feature=channel then after kinneas had it down kongler joined in and everyone sang the love sex song to thier best abillity, sooo fail. they needed more lessons. funny to watch though. the deagle brothers were just watching everyone sing and deagle had his "WTF" face on. -CONTINUED below 'v'