Pokemon World Championships 2023 Winners Revealed Alongside New TCG Mechanics And More

Published: August 14, 2023 11:02 AM /


Vance Kelley, one of the winners at the Pokemon World Championships 2023, holding a Pikachu trophy

The winners of the Pokemon World Championships 2023 have been crowned, with skilled gamers across four different Pokemon disciplines being recognized.

The championships took place in Yokohama, as previously announced back in February, and were teased just last month with a gorgeous animated trailer crafted by the studio behind hits like Your Name.

First up, the winners of the Pokemon Trading Card Game tournaments are as follows.

Taiwanese player Shao Tong Yen swept the junior tournament, while the senior tournament went to Brazil's Gabriel Fernandez. The US' Vance Kelley took home the top prize for the masters tournament.

In the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet tournaments, Japan swept the board. The junior title went to Sora Ebisawa, the senior title to Tomoya Ogawa, and the masters title to Shohei Kimura.

Several players holding aloft Pikachu trophies while hosts look on and smile at the Pokemon World Championships 2023 winners' ceremony
The winners of the Pokemon World Championships 2023 have every right to feel this pleased with themselves.

The Pokemon Go tournament was won by US player ItsAXN, with xXRubixMasterXx coming second and wdage coming third, both also from the US.

Finally, Pokemon Unite's top trophy went to esports team Luminosity, with OMO Abyssinian in second place and Oyasumi Makuro in third.

The World Championships concluded with a spectacular parade through the streets of Yokohama, followed by an impressively-choreographed live show.

We weren't able to embed these videos for you to watch, but they're linked above if you want to check them out. I'd recommend it; they're pretty awesome to look at.

As well as the winners of the aforementioned tournaments, the Pokemon World Championships also had plenty of info about Pokemon-related games for us.

For example, we learned that Pokemon Trading Card Game is getting new Ancient and Future Pokemon added to its roster soon, as well as ACE SPEC Cards, which made their first appearance in the Black and White series.

A new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet DLC trailer was also released, in which we got to see classic starters from previous generations, as well as a teased new Tera type and more.

During the ceremony, we also learned that next year's Pokemon World Championships will take place in Honolulu in Hawaii. The Pokemon Company also says it'll be donating $200,000 to Hawaii wildfire relief.

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