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Virizion Wireless: 2013 San Jose Runner-Up Team Analysis (Seniors)

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Tommy Y. (tlyee61) placed 2nd in the Seniors division at this year's San Jose, CA, Regional Championships. He shares the team he used to earn $500 and a Bye  in the first round of the United States National Championships with Nugget Bridge:

Virizion Wireless

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Hydreigon (F) @ Choice Scarf

Trait: Levitate

EVs: 244 HP / 252 SAtk / 12 Spd

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

- Dark Pulse

- Draco Meteor

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Scarf Hydreigon acted as the special side of my offense core. Along with Metagross, Hydreigon formed a fearsome duo that could decimate teams. Originally, I was testing various other Scarfed Dragons that could outspeed and OHKO Timid Latios. Hydreigon can do exactly this. With a Choice Scarf and 12 Speed EVs, Hydreigon outspeeds Latios by a whole two points! As long as Draco Meteor never missed (which unfortunately happened once or twice in the actual tournament) it would get a clean KO on the speedy blue dragon. Draco Meteor can also rip holes in opposing Pokemon, provided that they’re not Steel-types. Dark Pulse is an amazing secondary-STAB move for when I don’t want the crippling Sp. Attack loss. Fire Blast hits Steels that Draco Meteor cannot do much to and provides great coverage for Hydreigon. Unfortunately, Earth Power could not be used with Hydreigon for these Regionals, so I had to stick with Focus Blast. Luckily, it does hit Tyranitar for a nice chunk of damage when it hits.

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Thundurus (M) @ Sitrus Berry

Trait: Prankster

EVs: 196 HP / 204 SDef / 108 Spd

Calm Nature

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- Hidden Power [ice]

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After Hydreigon, this team starts to look a lot like

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Heatran (M) @ Chople Berry

Trait: Flash Fire

EVs: 244 HP / 52 Def / 76 SAtk / 4 SDef / 132 Spd

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

- Earth Power

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Like I said, Wolfey’s sets were too good not to use. This Heatran is extremely bulky, even tanking a Fight Gem Close Combat from Hitmontop with enough HP to set up a Substitute! Heat Wave is a great spread move in Doubles, which could net either a double KO or even a burn, which saved me on a few occasions as physical attackers took a burn and lost most of their attacking power. Earth Power is another good move, hitting Rock-types for super effective damage and neutral damage on most of the types Heat Wave can’t hit. Protect is a staple in Doubles, allowing Heatran to defend itself from any other move. Heatran has fantastic synergy with Virizion, covering each other’s weaknesses perfectly.

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Hitmontop (M) @ Fight Gem

Trait: Intimidate

EVs: 252 HP / 100 Atk / 156 SDef

Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)

- Fake Out

- Close Combat

- Sucker Punch

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Hitmontop is an extremely vanilla Pokemon in VGC. However, this did not stop me from using it. It is a great Pokemon to form the “glue” of your team. Fake Out is a great move to stop set up or allow Heatran to get in a free Substitute. Hitmontop was especially crucial in preventing the setup of many Trick Rooms.

A Careful nature and Hitmontop’s EV spread allows it to live Cresselia’s Psychic/Psyshock and Latios’ Psyshock/Dragon Gem Draco Meteor with a few HP left to spare. I pumped the rest into Attack so Hitmontop could still provide an offensive presence. Close Combat is a very strong move, and even though it lowers both defense stats, the sheer power is worth it. Sucker Punch is a good move that provides great coverage with Close Combat, allowing Hitmontop to hit Ghost Types. It also had a cool pairing with Thundurus’ Taunt, allowing it to hit Ghost-types with ease. Detect, a similar move to Protect, allows Hitmontop to guard itself from incoming moves. Even though it has less PP than Protect, VGC battles usually don’t last longer that 8 turns. Also, Detect cannot be Imprisoned by any Pokemon, except Smeargle.

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Metagross @ Steel Gem

Trait: Clear Body

EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

Adamant Nature

- Zen Headbutt

- Protect

- Meteor Mash

- Earthquake

Metagross is the second Pokemon in my offensive core, providing a superb physical presence -- no wonder he’s consistently a Top 10 used Pokemon in the VGC 2012 metagame. His EV spread makes opposing Metagross’ Earthquake a 3HKO, and he tanks +2 Metagross’ Earthquakes with a sliver of HP to spare. Zen Headbutt gets a guaranteed OHKO on Hitmontop, who threatens Hydreigon, Heatran and Virizion to an extent. Meteor Mash is an extremely powerful STAB move, and further boosted with Steel Gem, it absolutely nukes any Pokemon. Earthquake rounds out the coverage, allowing Metagross to hit other Steel-types, including opposing Metagross. Protect helps against Fire- and Ground-type moves. When I predict an opponent will use Heat Wave and Heatran and Metagross are out, I protect with Metagross so Heatran can obtain a free boost!

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Virizion @ Grass Gem

Trait: Justified

EVs: 44 HP / 212 Atk / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

- Helping Hand

- Leaf Blade

- Sacred Sword

- Protect

Virizion was kind of a surprise card added into my team. Seeing as Heatran and Virizion have exceptional synergy, it only seemed natural to have it on my team. The EV Spread allows Grass Gem Leaf Blade to OHKO a multitude of common Pokemon, such as Tyranitar, Terrakion, Rindo Gastrodon, Rotom-W and Politoed. It acts as an anti-weather Pokemon, killing off other weather starters. Also, most Thundurus and Cresselia’s Ice Beams or Hidden Power Ices are only 3HKOs, unless they invest heavily in Sp. Attack. Sacred Sword is another STAB. Before Regionals, I was debating between Sacred Sword and Close Combat, but I decided on Sacred Sword because Virizion already had many weaknesses and doesn't really enjoy a drop in both defenses. Sometimes, I wished I had the extra power, but I feel that Virizion would be too frail after a drop. Helping Hand is a move I kind of just threw on Virizion as filler. When Virizion is in low HP Range, it can assist its partner and boost its attacks. I feel like I could possibly replace it with Close Combat, but having two Fighting moves didn’t really appeal to me either.

Lead Combinations

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Hitmontop allows Heatran to set up a Substitute almost always without taking much previous damage and provides valuable Intimidate support to neuter some of Heatran's counters.

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Thundurus and Hitmontop have some nice synergy, with Hitmontop defending Thundurus from Rock- and Ice-types and Thundurus defending Hitmontop from Flying-types. Also, this pair can shut down Trick Room teams. Unless their user packs Mental Herb (which is uncommon in the first place) I can easily just Taunt + Fake Out their leads. If they have a slower Fake Outer / Ghost type TR setter, I fake out the partner. If the TR user is not Ghost, and the partner cannot use Fake Out, I double target the TR user with Fake Out + Taunt.

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Virizion and Heatran have great defensive synergy and cover each other’s weaknesses well. Helping Hand-boosted Heat Wave also hurts both of the opponent’s Pokemon.

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When I see a Hail team, these are my 2 favorite Pokemon to lead with. They both resist Blizzard, which Hail teams just love to spam. They can also KO all the usual Ice-types on a Hail team.

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Metagross and Hydreigon form a sublime offense core. Metagross easily handles the physical side, while Hydreigon decimates with its Special Attacks. Metagross’ Zen Headbutt takes care of Fighting types that plague Hydreigon, while Hydreigon can take care of the Fire and Ground types that hurt Metagross. Ice types are also a pushover, thanks to Metagross’ strong Meteor Mash.

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Heatran and Hydreigon are very similar to Metagross and Hydreigon. Heatran handles Ice-types easier -- resisting them 4x -- while Hydreigon can take care of Ground types. Unfortunately these two are both weak to Fighting types… but that’s what partners are for, right?

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These are my favorites to lead with when I see a standard Rain team approaching. Virizion’s Leaf Blade kills Politoed with ease, whereas Thundurus can paralyze a Swift Swimmer to slow it down to a reasonable speed. Virizion is also a great counter to common Pokemon contained on a Rain team. Some, such as Rotom-W, Gastrodon and Kingdra all fall to Leaf Blade. It is also a nice counter to the lesser-known Cradily, which is a strong Pokemon in its own right.

Article image created by ryuzaki and used with permission by Nugget Bridge. See more of ryuzaki’s artwork on deviantART.


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      - Swords Dance  
      - Protect
      A pretty standard Jolly Groudon set. I decided to run Rock Tomb over Rock Slide as it provides guaranteed Speed control, whereas Stone Edge has a high miss rate and Rock Slide has a low flinch rate, which I'd rather not rely on. Swords Dance is there over a Fire-type move as I figured +2 Precipice Blades would take care of the threats that Fire Punch would take care of just fine (mainly Ferrothorn and Scizor).
      The EV spread is 4/244/4/0/4/252 instead of 4/252/252 as Groudon's bulk is decent enough to justify investing a few more points into it. I'm running Jolly avoid being outsped by other Groudon, as since this Groudon has very little bulk, it's easily OHKOd by opposing Precipice Blades.
      Groudon is one of the most powerful and the most overused Pokemon in the meta, and for good reason. It has great physical bulk and massive physical Attack, allowing it to plow through entire teams, especially when set up with Swords Dance, although aid is usually provided by Liepard or Whimsicott when setting up. Groudon is threatened mainly by other Groudon, Salamence, Yveltal, and Kyogre (the last of which this team struggles to deal with at times). Overall, I think Groudon is a very solid offensive threat and definitely the most powerful Pokemon on this team.

      New Meta (Whimsicott) (F) @ Life Orb  
      Ability: Chlorophyll  
      Level: 50  
      EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe  
      Timid Nature  
      IVs: 0 Atk  
      - Grass Knot  
      - Moonblast  
      - Protect  
      - Encore
      A surprisingly threatening offensive Pokemon, Whimsicott is one of my favorite Pokemon and I wanted to try something new with it. I heard that Life Orb Whimsicott was used by at least a few people in the Japan Cup, so I wanted to try it for myself. I gave it the Chlorophyll ability and paired it with Groudon and I was amazed at how well it did, even without a Focus Sash. Although obviously extremely frail, Chlorophyll helps Whimsicott outspeed everything in the meta that isn't boosted by Tailwind, including +2 252+ Speed Timid Xerneas, allowing me to Encore it into Geomancy even without Prankster.
      The moveset is pretty different than the norm as well, of course. Moonblast and Grass Knot are great STAB choices and, when boosted by Life Orb, are able to deal big damage to its main partner's (Groudon) biggest threats, including Primal Kyogre, Primal Groudon, Mega Rayquaza, Mega Salamence, and Yveltal.
      Relevant calcs:
      252 SpA Life Orb Whimsicott Grass Knot (120 BP) vs. 140 HP / 0 SpD Primal Kyogre: 127-151 (65.8 - 78.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
      252 SpA Life Orb Whimsicott Grass Knot (120 BP) vs. 4 HP / 4 SpD Primal Groudon: 103-122 (58.5 - 69.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO 252 SpA Life Orb Whimsicott Moonblast vs. 4 HP / 4 SpD Mega Rayquaza: 151-179 (83.4 - 98.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
      252 SpA Life Orb Whimsicott Moonblast vs. 4 HP / 4 SpD Mega Salamence: 164-195 (95.9 - 114%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO
      252 SpA Life Orb Whimsicott Moonblast vs. 244 HP / 0 SpD Yveltal: 151-182 (65 - 78.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
      As I said before, Whimsicott is one of my favorite Pokemon. I thought the idea of a Life Orb Whimsicott sounded extremely far-fetched at first, but I decided to give it a try and I wasn't disappointed. I chose Chlorophyll over Prankster to ensure I outspeed everything. With that speed, I'm not only able to deal damage, but I'm also able to Encore Xerneas into Geomancy, Kangaskhan/Smeargle/Weavile/Raichu into Fake Out while Groudon Swords Dances and picks up the OHKO.

      Bacon Bird (Yveltal) @ Black Glasses  
      Ability: Dark Aura  
      Level: 50  
      Shiny: Yes  
      EVs: 244 HP / 28 Def / 4 SpA / 36 SpD / 196 Spe  
      Timid Nature  
      - Snarl  
      - Sucker Punch  
      - Protect  
      - Foul Play
      Pyritie here on NB inspired me to try Yveltal. I saw his set that he posted and thought it looked solid, so I tried it out myself and fell in love. (See his post here for relevant calcs.) I think Yveltal is a really solid Pokemon in this format, able to counter (or at least damage) many big threats such as Groudon, Landorus-T, Salamence, Rayquaza, Kangaskhan, and even Kyogre, just to name a few.
      I tried Tailwind for a while, but eventually settled on using the same moveset that was provided in the post. I feel that it covers a lot of bases. Snarl is a spread attack that gets a Dark Aura and Black Glasses boost, so it deals considerable damage and also drops the target's special attack stat. Sucker Punch is great priority move and the most powerful one, and it's able to pick up some necessary KOs on big threats. Foul Play is the main offensive move on this set and can dish out massive damage to the Pokemon listed above.
      In addition to being pretty solid on its own, Yveltal makes a great partner for Primal Groudon, as it basically hard-counters opposing Primal Groudon and is able to threaten and chip away at a lot of Pokemon that could potentially cause trouble for Groudon.

      Guinevere (Liepard) (F) @ Focus Sash  
      Ability: Prankster  
      Level: 50  
      EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 Spe  
      Timid Nature  
      - Foul Play  
      - Taunt  
      - Fake Out  
      - Swagger
      Liepard is an interesting Pokemon this format. It's not as fast as other Prankster users like Thundurus and Whimsicott (or 252 +Speed Meowstic, but I don't think anyone uses that), but it gets Fake Out and STAB- and Dark Aura-boosted Foul Play, (Sableye does too, but it's much slower and I'd rather have Speed on this team) which is why I chose it over the Pokemon mentioned previously.
      I first got the idea to use Liepard after seeing peckspec's team here. I used his standard 4/252/252 spread and movset and changed out Thunder Wave for Swagger, as I already had Thundurus for good speed control.
      Focus Sash is so it can survive powerful moves from many Pokemon. Foul Play is used for the same reason on Liepard as it is on Yveltal. Taunt is a great way to stop non-Mental-Herb Smeargle from spamming Dark Void as well as Thundurus, Whimsicott, and opposing Liepard. Fake Out support is great and can prevent crucial KOs on my Pokemon by not letting the opponent attack (this is especially useful when Groudon is trying to set up Swords Dance). Finally, Swagger is a great move as it not only gives the opponent a 50% chance to damage themselves, but it also doubles the damage done with Foul Play, so Liepard can priority Swagger and Black Glasses Yveltal can use Foul Play and pick up OHKOs on even Kyogre.
      +2 0 Atk Dark Aura Yveltal Foul Play vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Primal Kyogre: 180-213 (102.8 - 121.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO

      Tarboosh (Thundurus) @ Sitrus Berry  
      Ability: Prankster  
      Level: 50  
      EVs: 52 HP / 4 Def / 4 SpA / 196 SpD / 252 Spe  
      Timid Nature 
      - Thunderbolt  
      - Swagger  
      - Taunt  
      - Thunder Wave
      First off, if you're wondering what a Tarboosh is, it's a sort of fez. Because Thundurus wears a hat sort of thing. Kind of.
      Thundurus is as good as, if not better than, it has been in the past. It's still doing what it's always been good at: paralyzing, confusing, and causing people to lose their sanity. It's a great support option for multiple reasons, as it gets access to Taunt, Thunder Wave, Swagger, even Embargo, Role Play, and Electroweb. I chose it because I needed both a second Taunter and because I felt another Swagger user would better help out Yveltal. The EV spread was taken from Se Jun Park's Generation Showdown team (which I was surprised is not mentioned in the sample teams post: read it here), I just switched around the HP and the Speed and went with Timid over Calm because I felt like max Speed was more necessary this format than it has been in the past. I'm not sure what all of the relevant calcs were, or if he just wanted a specially-bulky Thundurus, but it has a decent chance to survive quite a few attacks.
      Relevant calcs:
      252+ SpA Primal Kyogre Origin Pulse vs. 52 HP / 196 SpD Thundurus in Heavy Rain: 142-168 (88.1 - 104.3%) -- 25% chance to OHKO
      252+ SpA Primal Kyogre Ice Beam vs. 52 HP / 196 SpD Thundurus: 138-164 (85.7 - 101.8%) -- 12.5% chance to OHKO
      +2 252 SpA Fairy Aura Xerneas Dazzling Gleam vs. 52 HP / 196 SpD Thundurus: 130-154 (80.7 - 95.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
      The moveset is the standard set that almost everyone uses. Thunderbolt is used as the offensive option because it has good base damage, STAB, and a slight chance to paralyze. Swagger's there for the same reason Liepard has it. It has Taunt as a backup or substitute for Liepard. Thunder Wave is a great form of speed control and allows my other Pokemon to outspeed big threats such as +2 Xerneas, Mega Rayquaza, Mega Salamence, and max speed Primal Kyogre, among many other things.
      I think Thundurus is a great choice for a supporting 'mon, as it provides fast, reliable speed control, it can Taunt, Swagger, and take out Flying-types with Thunderbolt due to its good base special attack stat.

      Saladmenace (Salamence-Mega) (F) @ Salamencite  
      Ability: Intimidate  
      Level: 50  
      Shiny: Yes  
      EVs: 4 HP / 4 Atk / 4 Def / 244 SpA / 252 Spe  
      Naive Nature  
      - Hyper Voice  
      - Double-Edge  
      - Protect  
      - Tailwind
      Mega Salamence is one of the most prominent threats in the meta. It's fast, it's powerful, and most of all, it's really cool-looking. (That's the most important part, right?)
      Besides Mawile, Salamence is my favorite mega evolution in the game. It's got solid stats all around and has access to a plethory of offensive and even a few support options. The EV spread is 4/4/4/244/252 because of the same reason Groudon's is. I went with a more specially-biased variant as Hyper Voice is a spread move and it will deal less damage to each opponent in exchange for targeting both of them, so I wanted it to be as powerful as possible, whereas Double-Edge is only single-target and deals great damage even with just 4 attack EVs. In addition to being a powerhouse, my Salamence also has Tailwind to support its team. Tailwind on Salamence is amazing as most people's first instinct typically isn't to Taunt a mega Salamence (although I feel like that will become more common soon), so I can set it up relatively safely, especially with Fake Out support from Liepard or Swagger from either Liepard or Thundurus.
      Salamence is a great option for a mega as it counters two of the four main restricted legendaries: Groudon and Rayquaza. It also can do a lot of damage to most other things in the meta.
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      Alright! Now that the team is done, I'll quickly list what I'm having problems with and share a few battle videos.
       
      Trick Room  The main problem I have, which you probably noticed, is with Trick Room. Everything on my team bar Yveltal has max speed and a +speed nature. It works out well overall, and I can outplay TR if it gets set up, but I'd rather have a much more reliable way of controlling it if it gets set up. The problem is, I don't know who to replace as I feel that they all play a pretty important role in the team.
      Primal Kyogre Primal Kyogre has been a problem occasionally. I feel like a Grass-type might be able to remedy this, but I'm not sure who to choose.
      Xerneas Despite having Primal Groudon, Xerneas is a pretty big weakness to my team if Whimsicott gets knocked out before I can Encore it.
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      Thanks for reading if you made it this far. This is my first RMT on Nugget Bridge, so I hope it was acceptable. I'd appreciate any and all help and feedback. Thank you!
       
      EDIT: Sorry that some of the sprites are so big! I don't know how to fix that
    • UK National Senior Preview
      By FeathVgc
      UK National senior preview 
      Hi everyone I'm Fergus or @FeathVgc and I'm writing my first article on nugget bridge. This preview for seniors has been done before by @Garchompguybut many people felt he failed to capture every aspect a preview needs to contain. I will write this with no bias and will work from knowledge of players and point systems to help me give the best analysis I can of the for coming  UK nationals.
      Difficulty : difficulty is hard to tell with this composition due to the varied success of players across the season also the turbulent nature of VGC makes it hard to call 100% of the time a clear winner. Because of this I will leave out a rating for thi compotition
      Championship points: so as it stands I will order the preview by the rating of CP from 1-10 positions this way I can get a clear order for who needs what place and how they will do.
      1) Fergus Costard (@feathvgc) -554 CP
      At the moment I am currently 1st in the uk in terms or championship points the season started well for me with a 2nd place at the London regional. and also picking up a 1st in the Glasgow regional. I currently lead the UK Seniors and need only top 16 for a paid worlds invite.
      2) Conor Gore (@UnitedCancerVGC) -512 CP
      Conor, despite having only played Pokémon at competitions for only a year, has done very well to earn his 512 CP and his 2nd in UK and 15 in Europe spot. He is the winner of Wakefield regional,3rd at London and took 2nd at the recent Nottingham MSS. he took a fall at Sutton but he has since recovered and is now looking for top 8 nationals and his paid worlds invite. He is a strong player and if he can get his head in the game he can come out with a good result.
      3) Sammy 'o Connor (@m3m3rVGC) -502CP
      Sammy is a strong player with experience from last years national here in the UK. he has amounted his CP via his top 4 placements at both Wakefield and Sutton coldfield as well as being the victor of a MSS showdown. A strong player who needs top 8/4 for worlds and with his level of play can probably do it.
      4) Sanjit Acharya (@TimeRiftVGC)-490CP
      Sanjit has had a mixed season with highs and lows. He played missed cut at both Sutton and London regionals but found success with his 2nd place at Wakefield regionals and MSS win in Nottingham. he has played consistently well this season and can hopefully get his top 4 spot and henceforth world invite.
      5) Calon Stevens (no known twitter) -480CP
      Coming of this paid trip to worlds in VGC15. Calon hit some turbulence in his adaptations to VGC16. He missed cut in his 1st and 2nd regional. he later bounced back with a top 8 in Sutton to go with his top 8 in London and also his top 8 in Wakefield. he is an experienced player who has huge potential and if anyone was to write his off for nationals they would have to be and idiot.
      6) Rhys Stevens ( no known twitter) - 439CP
      Rhys is calon's brother and is the youngest senior competing. Rhys just left the junior division with a top 2 place at nationals last year and has done very well to earn his spot. He is will need  top 2 in Liverpool's national to earn his paid worlds. He had got a top 2 before so who knows. He plays well and has achieved a top 8 at Sutton to help his point total.
      7) Jamie Stewart (@jammiedodgerVGC)- 429CP
      Jamie has had a varied season starting with just missing cut at London and a bubble at Wakefield which came down to the fact all his opponents lost their last games. he also bubbled again at Sutton claiming 9th place and missing the top 8 cut. This said he did have all this bad luck against him I one way or another and the pressure of exams but he still has got his self the chance for worlds with a top 2 for paid invite.
      8) Sam Pickering (@UKsamVGC)- 377CP
      Sam had a decent start to his season by picking up top 4 in London narrowly loosing to me after a heated Bo3 set. He followed up with a solid top 4 at Wakefield and is looking hopeful for worlds. Only problem is he had never won an event. until yesterday when he took a PC win against all odds. despite this he had a poor run a Sutton ending on 1-4  making worlds a hard call with a win at nationals the only thing to save him. He makes good plays and should not be underestimated.
      9) Theo Chevis (@kyogreworlds) -327 CP
      Theo is a strange player who in my opinion is the real wild card here. He has only played me once this season and I 4-0ed him but he goes on to win Sutton regional and also take the Boston open title back in 2015. His lack of tournaments is the reason for his lack of points but he has quite the reputation as a result a player to be feared and to watch. sadly a worlds win will only take him to a possible paid invite so he will have to really pull it out the bag here. Theo is the player to watch imo.
      10) Thomas Gilmore (no known twitter) - 180 CP
      I included Thomas in my top 10 even though he is not strictly top 10 in CP. I did this because Thomas is , like theo , a very odd player. he comes to 4 competitions an takes 1st in London regional 1st in a PC , last in a PC and top 16 in Sutton he is a very good player who just needs more self confidence and he will bloom. he cant make worlds even with a national win but in my opinion he could well take it.
       
      Honourable mentions: these are players who perhaps cant make paid worlds but are In the running for something high placed
      1) Jana (@WeeYellowBoy)-370CP
       Jana is a fairly isolated member of the community. Little is known about his apart from his top 2 finish at Glasgow and 5th place bubble at London. No one knows if he will even show up at nats but if he did he would need the win and as result he did not make my list.
      2)Eoin McMahon (no known twitter)-319CP
      Trained by Sammy o Connor, Eoin has performed well this season picking up good results at his events. Eoin and I have never met but his total and what people tell me shows he is a force to be reckoned with and well with in his capabilities to do well at nationals. Needing the win here at UK nationals he will have a tough time making worlds. Tough but not impossible.
      3)Mattie Morgan (@MattieMooVGC)- 301CP
      Mattie is the only worlds hopeful from Ireland. he has been to 2 regionals and picked up 1st at his Irish regional and 2nd at the Sutton coldfield one. I have only seen him play once and he looked ok. but from what I have been told he has improved massively and is truly in the running for the nationals win. sadly even with the national win ,Mattie  still needs a good amount of top 16 to drop out for him to clutch his spot. in the top 16.
      4) Jamie Molyneux (@AssAssinMine)-167 CP
      I put Jamie in this honourable mention place because he plays well and his top 8 at Wakefield reflects this he has not been to as many tournaments as others but I woud under no circumstances write him off at all. He can definitely make a big splash this tournament.
      5+6) AxilotlVGC and Tevin/Otto Arboren (@invicnati and @Hungryspheal )-586 + 552CP
      These two are our confirmed international visitors for the senior division. AxilotlVGC's real name is not known and all that is known is he and Otto must have left Sweden 2 times in order to acquire the point total they have. As the horse betting tip goes you should bet on the foreign horse as it wont have come all this way for nothing. Because of the success in other countries these 2 have had to get 4th and 7th in Europe. these 2 could well be in the running's of winning this thing. they both need top 16 for paid worlds and should be able to do this.
      Conclusion
      To conclude , UK nationals at the moment is really anyone's game and everyone will have to play their best to get to worlds. To call a winner would be stupid and guess work so i will leave it open and here but anyway thanks for reading my article and I hope you enjoyed an insight into seniors and our worlds hopes. Shout out to @Carlos666333VGC and @NacThePro1 who just told me they are coming to the National! c u there
       
      thanks for reading - @FeathVgc 
       
       
        
       
       
       
    • Which US Spring Regionals are you going to
      By SamuelTemple2
      Just curious who's exactly going to the US Spring Regionals your planning on attending this month
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