It’s Hip to Be…

SQUARE Eternatus, Centiskorch VMAX, and Slumbering Mill for UPR–DAA

Hello 6P! Welcome back to another article of mine! The Players Cup has concluded and I… can’t say how I did! Because I signed an NDA with Pokémon and there’s a chance they stream my Week 3 games. You’ll just have to tune in to the stream on Friday (July 31) @ 3–5 PM PT on the official Pokémon Twitch channel to find out if I made it through to the finals or not in August!

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Who doesn’t want to be crowned the “POG Champ”?

Speaking of August, we have the very exciting Darkness Ablaze set coming out in a couple of weeks, and also the Pokémon Online Global (POG) Championship happening right before rotation at the end of the month. This community-driven tournament is happening on the same weekend Worlds 2020 would’ve happened, with the format being UPR–DAA, rather than rotating to TEU–DAA right on that weekend. This is different from last year’s setup which saw rotation take place on the day of Worlds, which meant a completely new metagame.

The tournament will feature a Day 1 and Day 2 spread, just like Worlds, and I’ve been awarded a Day 2 invite given my 2020 season performance up to the point where it was canceled. Given how I was just out of Top 8 for LATAM for Day 2, with 2 ICs and 3 Regionals finishes still to add to my total, and plenty of SPEs lined up, I was fairly confident I would easily clinch a Top 8 LATAM spot by the end of the season, so I’m happy that with whatever criteria they used to invite players I ended up receiving an invite.


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