J-Wittz’s 5th Place 2011 World Championships Report

Preface: As a lot of you know, I love doing things by video. I’ve included both a link to my official video for my tournament report for those of you who would like my more in-depth explanation of in-game scenarios, and for those of you who prefer the visual format of reading, there’s a mini-report at the end. I hope you enjoy either format!

Hey everybody! My name is Josh Wittenkeller, and over the past 2 years I’m sure most of you have begun calling me J-Wittz. I’ve been working since November of 2009 on a YouTube show called Prof-It! The show’s aim is to help the beginning player with the competitive atmosphere of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Eventually as time went on, I’ve made it my goal to improve myself as a player to A) perform the best that I can while still having fun, B) legitimize the show by showing that the information comes from a good and experienced player, and C) eventually allow myself to provide information to both the new and seasoned players at the same time.

Despite not really achieving much as the show started, things got way bigger (and I mean way, WAY bigger) than I ever expected while still having minimal experience back in the game, I was also forced with D) the expectation that I needed to well because I’m “that famous YouTube guy”.

Inversely, I also wanted to do better because of E) the guys who DON’T expect me to do well because “I’m that YouTube guy” and nothing more.

I feel like with this season finally over, I’ll come much closer to achieving those five things.

Long story short, I’ve worked hard and turned out a heck of a season. I had a mediocre Cities slump that was broken with a win at the very end, and things just turned around from there. I ended up taking 2nd at IL and WI states, followed by a 5th place at Regionals, and from there my rating skyrocketed and I was pretty much set for a spot to compete in the 2011 World Championships.

At Nationals I went 2-1 drop to play it safe and not take any possible risk of dropping below the “safe zone” for qualifying on rating. I ended up being far above what was needed to be safe, but I regret nothing. I had an amazing time at Nationals meeting everyone and getting the best coverage that I could, and I left the event very satisfied.

After now being at Worlds and seeing “what the fuss” is all about, I’d make the same decision every single time—EVEN if I went 2-5 for the day at Worlds itself! Yes, the rating system is a little flawed, but being given the option to at least deal with its flaws and prevent myself from losing the opportunity was enough for me.

I know everyone has their opinions, but for me Worlds was another level from Nationals entirely. I felt like I was still able to meet a large amount of the people that I’ve grown to become friends with in the game, all while meeting an amazing amount of friends and fans from across the globe. Throw in the greater hype, atmosphere, and sheer amount of options than any tournament out there, and I was blown away.

But let’s be honest, you didn’t come here to read some sappy emotional stuff! You probably just want to get to my report and see how the games went! As I’ve put at the top—you can skip out on my life story and instead listen to me talk about my games in my video.

I thought it’d be a nice quick way to deal with things, but I actually went into a great amount of detail with my full story—the video itself is half an hour! I know that might sound daunting, but just play it in the background while doing something else that requires a minimal attention span, and I’m sure you’ll still get a lot out of it without getting bored : P.

One last thing before I get to what you really came here to read—thank you, everybody! Staff of all kinds, players of all kinds, and fans of all kinds, you guys truly are the best community for a competitive card game, and I hope to see things grow year after year.

Thanks for all the support for me as either a YouTuber or a player, and I definitely wouldn’t be doing anything close to what I’ve done in either category without the thousands of you that make this game awesome. I hope you all had a great season, and I’ll see you guys at Battle Roads soon!

– J-Wittz (but I’ll still always just be Josh : P)

Quick-And-Dirty Report

I played: Magnezone/Yanmega with 1-0-1 Kingdra and Jirachi

Round 1 vs. Curtis Lyon (CA) w/ Reshiphlosion + Kingdra

pokebeach.comI go first, set up fast, and take over his slower setup.

1-0

Round 2 vs. Tom Hall (UK) w/ Zekrom/Yanmega

I go first, and take a large lead off his weak start. I’m about 2-3 Prizes up on time despite a few misplays, and he can’t come back after the +3 time extention.

2-0

Round 3 vs. Bruno Martin (AR) w/ ZoneMega + Kingdra

I go first, and he gets 2 basics over the course of his 2 turns. I set up basics turn 1, and ko each of his basics turns 2 and 3 for a very lucky and fast win.

3-0

Round 4 vs. Jayson Harry (US) w/ ZoneMega + Kingdra

I go first, but start slower. I use Reversals on his 0-energy zones to buy time to catch up, and eventually getting the only Kingdra on either side of the board lets me mount a comeback. I eventually win with a double devolve with Jirachi sealing the deal.

4-0

Round 5 vs. Ross Cawthorn (US) w/ Pichu/Tropical Beach/Vileplume/Reuniclus/Blissey/Donphan/Zekrom/Entei Suicune Legend

Yes I’m serious. That was the deck. Yes, the Tropical Beach was the promo we got the DAY BEFORE. Props for going so risky and so rogue.

I go second. This one is best explained in the video, but long story short I take the first 4 Prizes, and he isn’t given enough time with 30+3 to mount a potential comeback.

5-0

Round 6 vs. Tom Dolezal (US) w/ Reshiphlosion

pokebeach.comI go second. He starts poor, I start poor. Ends up being a close prize exchange, with me pulling ahead for the win on turn 3 of time, despite drawing my entire deck to do it.

6-0

Round 7 vs. Sami Sekoum (UK) w/ ZoneMega + Kingdra/Jirachi

I go second. I start terribly while he sets up well. He goes up around 2 Prizes before I’m able to come back and get the Kingdra out to start doing what I did against Jayson. I mount a great comeback but am just one turn and 1 Prize behind to end up on the great game.

6-1

I enter top 16 as the 4th seed!

Top 16 vs. Miska Sarim (FI) w/ Reshiphlosion

I go second games 1 and 2. Both games he struggles to setup with Manaphy starts, while I go exceptionally well with both setup and reversal flips. I win both pretty easily and quickly to earn a spot in the top 8.

7-1

Top 8 vs. Tom Dolezal (US) w/ Reshiphlosion

Game 1: I go second. He sets up 2 Typhlosion Primes before I have anything, and proceeds to go up 2-3 Prizes before I quickly scoop to a new game.

Game 2: I choose to go first and set up well. I misplay several times, but started well enough to carry the game to victory regardless.

Game 3: He chooses to go first and sets up very well to my incredibly poor start. I luck out with great Cleffa flips to deny prizes and set up myself. We end the game in a prize exchange that is cut short by time about halfway through the game prize-wise.

I attempt to Eeeeeeek with Cleffa to deny him his chance at taking a prize every turn, and flip heads this time. It doesn’t give him the game right there, but it allows him to take the lead before I tie back up again on turn 3, allowing him to end the game on “turn 4” with a double pluspower blue flare.

7-2, 5th Place Overall.

Whether you watched the full video or just read my mini report, I hope you enjoyed it!

Props

  • Renae, my girlfriend, for coming with, getting great coverage for when I couldn’t, providing constant support, and being the reason I even came back to this game in the first place. I love that girl to death.
  • My friends and family for the encouragement and practice along the season
  • Having an amazing run for my first Worlds
  • SixPrizes Underground Staff for helping me hone my skills and test before the event
  • Alex, Con, and Jay for crushing me in the mirror, and then helping me make my list more consistent
  • Countless Reshiram players who helped me test the night before the main event
  • Mike S. and Kevin K. for surviving the grinder
  • Alex from Oregon for letting us keep our luggage safely in your room until I could switch over to the new hotel. It shows a lot about this community that I could trust someone I met at Worlds for the first time with all of my Worlds swag and personal belongings.
  • Carlos P. for providing additional Reshiphlosion testing (and additional beatings), along with the generous help providing a room for Renae and me when he had an extra.
  • Every match I played had a respectful and fun opponent
  • Countless foreign players coming up to me with praise for the show (and more local players I didn’t meet at Nats!)
  • Judges, staff, translators, and everyone who helped the project come together!
  • Lucky Hoppips!
  • Exobyte (Dylan M—TPCi) for the lols, praise, and gift of a signed WC Hoppip card!
  • Amazing venue, atmosphere, and event
  • Everyone else I forgot!

Slops

  • Hour+ delays due to having to move planes
  • Cloudy and moderately chilly weather in San Diego
  • Nothing Else!

The Video Report

Reader Interactions

26 replies

  1. Anonymous

    Excellent job there, Josh! You had a great run for your first worlds! 5th place is really good and is farther than most people go!

    Hope to see you around Wisconsin again this season either states or a cities or something! We still never got to play a game there yet :(

    • Anonymous  → Anonymous

      It’s likely I’ll be back for States again next year, and I’ll likely be around for a Cities or two if they’re close! See you around next season!

      • Ethan Mommaerts  → Anonymous

        Well, if you’re not, we’ll find a way. I’m pretty sure you live in Illinois, right? I might end up going to IL for states this season and possibly a cities or something.

    • Denny Blake  → Adam

      Awesome report JWittz, great achievement.

      The one thing that gets me about this report is that although this guy got slated for putting the same article on PokeGym: https://sixprizes.com/tips-and-strategy/complete-set-review-call-legends-epic/
      … it seems to have gone unnoticed that this report is also on PokeGym too: http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread.php?t=152537

      • Anonymous  → Denny

        I put it on the ‘gym because there are a ton of people on the ‘gym that don’t regularly visit 6P–a lot of them that I met for the first time at Worlds. Posting on the ‘gym is kind of symbolic for me, because I used to always eagerly read every thread about a player that made top cut with scrutiny, and now I’m finally one of “those” people!

        I owe both sites a lot for my success and thought I should post to them both. I think in the past Adam re-posted something from the ‘gym as advice here on six prizes–it might have even been something by Jay Hornung if I recall correctly! Either way, I didn’t mean to discredit anybody by posting to both, and I hope that it doesn’t bother anybody. 

        • Denny Blake  → Anonymous

          It doesn’t bother me personally, I see your reasons as being great ones, Just makes me sad for the other guy who got torn apart for it. I think it should be same rules for everyone.

          Did I say great job, btw? Great job!

        • abudoggie  → Denny

          IMO, a tourney report isn’t remotely the same as publishing and reposting an article.  I could absolutely understand Adam caring about the intellectual property value of a published article but I seriously doubt he would have any heartburn over someone posting their own tourney report on multiple sites.

  2. Oliver Barnett

    and we all cheered you on from facebook and twitter it seems its paid off :p

    • Anonymous  → Oliver

      It was great coming back to my twitter/facebook to see all the praise! I only uploaded statuses via SMS because I have no phone internet, so it was too bad I could only interact every couple of hours, but hopefully in the future I’ll have ways to give constant updates too, while being able to respond to comments/questions

  3. Joai

    Hey!  I so wanted to come up and meet you, as well as get to play you.  I made it thru grinders but ended up 2-3(2-2 if you as me but my cards were misplaced so I missed a round searching for them)…but just getting in and beating a couple players was satisfying enough for me!  Hopefully I will earn my invite next season, cause the grinder is really difficult!

  4. Matthew Riddle

    For all that Josh does for the game, I’m happy to hear that something great happened for him. He definitely deserved it and I’m sure I’m not the only person who feels that way.

  5. jan scheerlinck

    i was really cheering for you and i’m happy that you make top 8 congrats…

  6. Sebastian Lugo

    @Josh Wittenkeller u invested a lot of time the past season, it shows how dedication did those “GOOOOD” results. Good job

  7. beyblade1410

    Im so happy for U Josh! Glad you had a great time!

    • Anonymous  → eli

      You’d be lumped into the “Countless Reshiram players who helped me test the night before the main event” : P. I don’t remember if I included your name in the video or not, but I really appreciate the help man! Everyday I’m shufflin!

  8. eli moses

    No wait Stop, haitingis bad, lol sounds good bro but I was THE redhiram players that helped you I played at least 15 times.

  9. abudoggie

    Josh… congrats on a great run at World’s.  But most importantly, thank Renae for styling Sydney’s hair for her Top16 match.  Wish it would have brought Syd better luck but Alex hung tough.  At least her mother was happy that Renae did far better prep than I did for Syd at Nats. :D

    We both really enjoyed meeting you and Renae.  Best of luck until we meet up again.

    • Anonymous  → abudoggie

      Thanks, it was our pleasure! You and Syd both treated us like you’ve known us for years which was really cool. Hopefully over her next few years in Juniors we can get the lucky hair to take 1st : P

  10. Anonymous

    Is there a way to get decklists of the top 8 from each division?  If so, where?

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