My expertise on the 2023 World Championships – A narrative of triumph and despair.
GO Fest – Osaka
Earlier than we knew it, the weekend had rolled round and this meant that it was time to grind at GO Fest. This 12 months's GO Fest had 3 in-person areas that trainers might go to so as to expertise completely different regionals, bonuses and extra. London, New York Metropolis and, after all, Osaka.
It was an incredible expertise to meet up with my fellow Aussie mates who had been additionally both competing or spectating on the World Championships. I managed to satisfy tonnes extra of the rivals from different nations and even noticed some acquainted faces from final 12 months's World Championships in London!
As a lot as I beloved Osaka, it was time to say goodbye and catch the 3-hour bullet prepare to Tokyo, the place I might spend time exploring earlier than the World Championship. The views on the bullet prepare had been breathtaking and we even handed by the well-known Mt Fuji.
After arriving in Tokyo, I wished to journey round and see some well-known cities and sights surrounding the realm equivalent to Shinjuku and Akihabara. Whereas some might agree that these locations are a sensory overload, I loved trying round every completely different angle and seeing one thing new. The colorful buildings, vivid flashing lights, smells of all of the scrumptious meals and all of the individuals strolling round felt like a dream since I've solely ever seen Tokyo via a display.
With the sightseeing performed and dusted, it was time to buckle down and focus because it was time for the World Championships which was Positioned on the Pacifico Exhibition Centre in Yokohama. Friday started with a bang as we had been in a position to see all the setup of the venue for the primary time which was unbelievable to see the quantity of effort all of the workers had gone via.
World Championships – Day 1
My first opponent was TomohawkUK, an extremely powerful opponent who has reached 3600 ELO in GO Battle League, it hit me at this level that this match was going to be powerful. These video games managed to go my manner and I went 2-0 which meant it was onto the following sport.
My subsequent opponent was DijonTheDjinn, runner-up on the Knoxville Regional Championship. I additionally managed to attain a 2-0. The subsequent sport was up towards GabrielYehovah, finalist on the 2023 Latin America Worldwide Championships, this one got here right down to the wire, 2-1 for me. At this level, I used to be performed for the day and made it to day 2.
Solely the High 32 gamers made it to at the present time.
World Championships – Day 2
This was an necessary day for me, my first opponent was up towards one other Australian battler and buddy, Ricflareon.
To make issues much more aggravating, our battles had been live-streamed to 1000's of gamers worldwide whereas we fought it out on the primary stage. The lead in sport one didn't begin off properly for me, I led Altaria into Ric's Alolan Sandslash. In the direction of the top of the sport, my solely win situation was to catch a double-super efficient Ice Punch and fortunately I managed to take action. This catch was even highlighted on the official Pokémon GO Twitter page.
Day 2 of #PokemonWorlds is heating up as our High 32 Trainers start to battle. Watch as Avrip purposefully takes a double super-effective Ice Punch on Altaria on this game-winning catch!#PokemonGOWorlds2023 #PokemonGO pic.twitter.com/XobJOt5uke
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) August 12, 2023
Sport 2 was extra even, we each led Altaria. As the sport went on, My Shadow Swampert managed to shut out the sport by farming down Ric's Shadow Charizard and having the power to Earthquake his Lanturn. A 2-0 for me for my first time ever being on an official PlayPokemon livestream, I used to be feeling exhilarated.
This sport can be performed on the primary stage and streamed. Issues began off extremely properly for me as I managed to win sport one. Sport two was a special story and sadly ended with my Swampert being farmed down by his Altaria. The subsequent sport was the decider. Sadly, that is the place a scenario occurred out of my management and the place I grew to become the discuss of the city.
After locking in our groups, my sport had sadly loaded in late which meant that Wdage acquired 3-4 counters price of injury from his Medicham to my Altaria, this was picked up instantly by everybody within the spectator stand and in addition on the Livestream. Finally, this main head begin together with lacking turns all through the sport triggered me to lose this sport.
As I've talked about in a recent tweet of mine, because it was my first time ever being on stream that day, a mix of nerves and never realizing the precise protocol a participant should take when in a scenario like this made me maintain it to myself.
I've seen backlash from gamers at regional tournaments who've disputed and gained a number of hate for it. I didn't wish to be often known as ‘that man' who has to dispute to get a win, despite the fact that the lag was clear as day and could be considered within the official vod.
This loss lower me deep because it meant that I missed out on turning into high 3, gaining a considerably bigger quantity of prize cash and even blowing my probabilities at profitable all the match. It nonetheless hurts to write down this because the wound continues to be very a lot open. I really consider that we as a neighborhood ought to be capable to put our arms up if one thing isn't proper with out the concern of being shunned by the neighborhood. I additionally really feel strongly that referees and officers ought to have the choice to cease a sport if they'll see that one individual is both lagging, lacking turns or loaded in late.
I formally positioned ninth on the World Championships. I'm extremely pleased with my efficiency and to be the final remaining Australian participant in the entire match was a one-of-a-kind feeling. Being within the high 10 for a contest of actually the world's greatest gamers is nothing to look down upon. I simply really feel as if I used to be robbed of a possible increased putting. To at the present time, I'm nonetheless repeating the situation in my head.
World Championships – Day 3
Huge congratulations to Axn
Concluding the Journey
The next days for me had been a mix of feelings starting from feeling pleased with how far I acquired to emotions of despair for the scenario I needed to take care of. Fortunately… Going to DisneySea in Tokyo helped with that as a result of who might presumably be unhappy there? Proper…?
With the Pokémon aspect of the journey over, it was time for me to spend the rest of my week in Shibuya, residence of the well-known Shibuya scramble crossing you've possible seen earlier than in TV exhibits, Anime and extra.
The ultimate day in Japan led me to the Zojoji Temple subsequent to Tokyo Tower. A superb approach to wind down after a visit stuffed with fixed stimulation. I loved studying extra about Japanese tradition and seeing the locals come to hope and present their respect.
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