Hello 6P! I’m back for another article where we discuss all things Pokémon! You might’ve heard that I won the São Paulo Regional Championships with Reshiram & Charizard-GX! I’ll be honest and tell you I was ecstatic for that win. Not only has it been over a year and a half since I last won a Regional (Vancouver, Oct 2017), but I also did it in my own region!
In the past, I’ve been heavily criticized for being part of the Latin America rankings, rather than the North America ones. We live in a globalized society, and the game encourages travel and a global mindset, as evidenced by International Championships replacing National ones. I still see people arguing over whether events should be region-locked, and I find it ridiculous. Having said that, outside of Internationals, I had never participated in a Regional outside of Mexico, USA, or Canada, so I was excited for the challenge. Of course, I’ve played in the last three LAICs in São Paulo, and I spent some time living there back in 2014. I’m very familiar with the region and quality of the player base, and the Regional was also the highest attended compared to the other two that weekend, Sydney and Santa Clara.
The last three times I was in São Paulo, I only managed to get CP once with a measly Top 128 result at the second LAIC, so that had me a little nervous about going. I don’t like being superstitious and I understand how variance works. Nevertheless, the day before, I was really struggling to decide between playing Reshiram & Charizard-GX and Weezing. Thankfully I stuck with my gut and I was able to win the whole thing with a Jirachi-based build of ReshiZard.
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