It has been more than four years since that fateful day, where atop Tampines Mall, the final match of the 2010 Pokémon Christmas Bash Tournament reached its conclusion. Torrential rain poured from the skies above Kyogre, though the injured Garchomp across it remained unfazed. Kyogre was, after all, deep in slumber. Finally, with confident instructions from its trainer, Garchomp’s claws grazed Kyogre’s body, striking a fatal blow: Kyogre, the last of its trainer’s healthy Pokémon, collapsed and was recalled back into its Poke Ball, and a winner was decided. The sound of applause and cheering immediately followed.
Back in the corner, Ryan Loh got up from his seat and nodded at the tournament organizer, Ng Soon Aik. Having witnessed more than just a good match, but rather the gathering of a small group of competitive Pokémon fans, the two hatched a plan, and Team Robo Video Games was formed. Even though the match was over, the fires of competitive play in Singapore had only just been lit.
We’ve come a long way since then. From our beginnings as a small group huddled in the dimly-lit corners of E2Max, we’ve manage not only to grow in size and influence, but we’ve managed to improve our game and host a series of national tournaments such as the 2013 GE3 and the 2014 Elite Four Challenge. We’ve established our Elite Fours as respected figures in the community, crowned Matthew (2011), Eugene (2012) and Nelson (2014) as Champions, and can boast about our players Wai Yin and Yu Jie for having made it to the World Championships in the 2013 Masters and 2014 Senior divisions respectively.
We’re proud of what our players have accomplished and would like to honour their achievements, but at the same time we have bigger opportunities headed our way and we’d like to think about where we’re headed in the near future.
Team Robo Video Games renamed to ‘The Mirage Island’
In conjunction with the lunar new year, Team Robo Video Games will be renamed ‘The Mirage Island’ with effect from 21 Feb 2015 (Sat). The rename comes after months of deliberation and discussion with admins and senior members of our community, and it was agreed that a name change would be appropriate to renew the image of our community.
‘The Mirage Island’ refers to the disappearing island found in the RSE version of Hoenn, and by extension the islands that appear and disappear when soaring in the skies with Latias/Latios in ORAS. It reflects our geography as a tiny island state and our group’s commitment to the Pokémon video games, as the Mirage Island primarily appears in the video games. The association to Hoenn is by no means coincidental; the release of ORAS serves as a milestone in our group’s timeline and is forever embedded in the history of our community.
Soft Launch of the ‘The Mirage Island’ website
As a fresh start into the new era of our group, we will be soft launching the ‘The Mirage Island’ website today, which can be found at http://themirageisland.com.
The website aims to be as integrative and comprehensive as possible, and it will serve as the primary means for us to communicate with the community. Here you will find all our announcements, events details and other juicy bits of information to help you learn more about our community, as well as convenient links such as to our YouTube and Twitch Livestream pages.
Content on the website will be updated regularly, and we will make announcements, share team reports and deliver stories from our local players as they are made available. You may also view tournament and ladder scores as they are updated after each of our in-house tournaments and events.
Do note that the website is in soft launch, which means that some features may suddenly be added or removed, images may not load correctly, or minor bugs and errors may appear. If you find a bug and would like to report it, or would like a certain feature implemented on the website, do let us know by commenting on this post!
We’re working towards our official launch of the website and will reveal the community logo during that time.
On contributing content to the website
Last but not least, if you have a team report, warstory, guide, or some interesting information you would like to share with the community, drop our editors (Shawn Tang or Matthew Hui) a note, and we’ll see what we can do about getting it published.
(Note: works that are intended to be submitted for publication on The Mirage Island website should be your own. Plagiarised work will not be published.)