Matt Sensei Noticed Me: A Singapore Nationals Top 8 and Malaysia Regionals Champion Report

Good day to all. I am Poh Yu Jie, a member of the local Pokemon VGC community, The Mirage Island, and I am here to share with you the team that carried me through the VGC ’15 season.

Staring at my 38 CPs before Singapore Regionals, I had to do something drastic to even stand a chance at qualifying for the 2015 World Championships. Due to my O-Levels this year, I didn’t have as much time to create teams and understand the meta well, combine this with unwise item choices such as BrightPowder and I ended up having a very bad start to the season. It was then that I decided to copy what was working locally, namely Kenny’s team (which we now know as CHALK), while making my own modifications. Continue reading “Matt Sensei Noticed Me: A Singapore Nationals Top 8 and Malaysia Regionals Champion Report”

Australian Weather Rings the Victreebels – Yang Ze’s PC#6 Winner Report

Hi! I’m Yang Ze (Level 51), a VGC player hailing from the sunny island of Singapore. I’m here today to talk about a very silly team I created called Australian Weather, which, in its simplest form, aims to surprise opponents with Victreebel’s rather, well, surprising damage output. However, unlike most powerhouses of the ORAS era, Victreebel’s damage output comes not from a sky-high base stat—its Special Attack is “just” 100, which is pretty medicore by today’s standards—but from the coverage options which this team provides it with through Weather Ball.

Although Victreebel is very much a best-of-one oriented set (and, to be completely honest, Pokémon in general), I tried to build a team which could also play well in best-of-three. This worked, though honestly not in the way I planned—instead of the team being solid enough to carry me through extended sets, the team won these sets by manipulating my opponents’ expectations of the team’s sets and therefore its playstyle, very often letting me catch them off-guard with a move they might not have expected even across multiple games. Continue reading “Australian Weather Rings the Victreebels – Yang Ze’s PC#6 Winner Report”

Results of the 2015 Singapore vs Hong Kong International Friendly

In yet another series of international friendlies, 9 players from The Mirage Island represented Singapore and took on 9 Hong Kong players from the Hong Kong Pokemon World Tree (香港寵物小精靈世界樹) in a single best-of-three VGC ’15 match over the course of this weekend.  Despite ending in a total 0-9 defeat for our Singaporean players, much insight could be gleaned from the various tactics which were skilfully deployed by our Hong Kong counterparts, and fresh experiences with creative twists in a year-old metagame would nevertheless prove to be valuable for most of the players. Continue reading “Results of the 2015 Singapore vs Hong Kong International Friendly”

The Mother We Share – Wai Yin’s VGC’15 Season Summary

Introduction

Hi guys, Wai Yin here, and this is my VGC 15 season report! Some background on me: I joined the Team Robo Video Games community in 2011 when I Top 16’d that year’s Elite Four tournament, and I’ve been playing VGC ever since. I’m also the first Singaporean to get into the VGC World Championships (2013, 41st position) and now I’ve participated in Worlds twice, finishing 36th this year in Boston. Continue reading “The Mother We Share – Wai Yin’s VGC’15 Season Summary”

Ryan Chiam – Forging my own path to fight for my dreams: Singapore Nationals Top 32

Hi everyone! This is Ryan Chiam, and today I’m writing a season review/report on the teams that I have used throughout the entire VGC’15 season. I did not really have any notable finishes at major events like Regionals and our very first Nationals. Life just decided to catch up on me and as a result, VGC’15 was not really a good season for me. Nevertheless, let us begin. Continue reading “Ryan Chiam – Forging my own path to fight for my dreams: Singapore Nationals Top 32”

Heropon Skyler can do it! – Singapore Nationals 2015 Top 16

Ohai, I am Skyler Guo, otherwise known as InKognito, and this is my report covering my participation in both the Australia and Singapore National Championships held in 2015. I finished in the Top 64 in Australia and Top 16 in Singapore. Some of you may have seen me around in local community events as well. My tournament performances early in the season were mostly forgettable due to a lack of motivation, I was not overly keen on aiming for an invitation to Worlds. [Editor’s Note: Also, he kept bringing mons with the wrong movesets into tournaments] However, a mixture of boredom and watching how hard my friends were fighting for the invitation inspired me to get back on my feet. Continue reading “Heropon Skyler can do it! – Singapore Nationals 2015 Top 16”

Martin Tan – Cup your ears, Hyper Voicing to deafness: Singapore Nationals Top 32

Greetings from the warm island of Singapore!

My name is Martin Tan, and I’ve been playing Pokemon competitively from Gen 4. However I first started out in the 6v6 Singles format (which is largely based on Smogon rules). One fine day I was being introduced to this format by a friend, and I’ve been hooked ever since. With the advent of revamped breeding and IV passing mechanics in Pokemon X and Y, I was given the motivation and kick-start for my VGC journey! Continue reading “Martin Tan – Cup your ears, Hyper Voicing to deafness: Singapore Nationals Top 32”

Results from the 2015 Asia National Championships

After 2 days of intense, gruelling battles (27-28 June 2015) at the first ever National Championships held in Asia, the results are finally in for the Top Cut of both Senior and Masters Division players. Congratulations to Zarif Ayman representing Malaysia as our Masters Division Champion and Tsai Chien-Chien representing Taiwan as our Senior Division Champion!

Here are the rest of the results:

Masters Division

  1. Zarif Ayman [MY]
  2. Zulherryka Yusof [SG]
  3. Edward Cheung Ka Hin [HK]
  4. Phillip Nguyen [AU]
  5. Low Wai Yin [SG]
  6. Poh Yu Jie [SG]
  7. Hin Yuen Nga [HK]
  8. Jaryl Chan [SG]

Senior Division

  1. Tsai Chien-Chien [TW]
  2. Chelsea Tan [SG]
  3. Edward Ang [ID]
  4. Nigel Tan [SG]

Junior Division

  1. Hamish Davidson [AU]
  2. Corey Elliot Yuen [SG]

 

VGC 2015 Singapore Nationals Preview

With only a few hours left to Asia’s first ever National Championships tournament, the second and last in the Asia Pacific zone as a whole, things are shaping up in what promises to be one of the most intense battlegrounds within the region. Players from various countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand will converge at ITE College Central, Singapore, on 27 – 28 June 2015 to battle it out for the title of Asia’s National Champion. Held in conjunction with Campus Game Fest, players will duke it out in intense best-of-three matches over two days to determine who finally earns an invite to play in the 2015 Pokémon World Championships held at Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on 21 – 23 August 2015. Continue reading “VGC 2015 Singapore Nationals Preview”

Results from the 2015 Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan Regional Championships

The conclusion of yesterday’s 2015 Taiwan Regional Championships marks the end of the Regional Championship tournament series in Asia Pacific, and the results are in for the Master’s Division Top Cut of the 2015 Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan Regional Championships. Congratulations to all these players! Continue reading “Results from the 2015 Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan Regional Championships”