These Are the Best Pokémon Trainers in the World

Thousands of fans flocked to San Diego, California this weekend to determine which six trainers were destined to be the very best at the 2011 Pokémon World Championships.

You wanted more eSports coverage, we're bringing you more eSports coverage! Over the weekend more than 400 players from over 27 countries came together in San Diego for the culmination of a grueling season of professional Pokémon Black and White battling. They picked their pocket monsters, trained them to the peak of physical, psychic, grass, fire, dark, ice, rock, and ghost perfection, and then had them fight to the faint in this tension-filled global arena.

"The Pokémon World Championships is more than a tournament; it's a global event for our entire community to compete, have fun, and create lifelong friendships," said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. "It's been an incredible weekend, and we couldn't be happier to congratulate this year's World Champions for their dedication, their unbelievable talent, and most importantly, their sportsmanship during the entire Play! Pokémon season."

Yes, yes, sportsmanship whatever. The competition is about bringing more pain to your opponent's cuddly critters than they do yours. Six competitors proved themselves the best this weekend, and here they are, along with their triumphant Pokémon teams.

Juniors Class
Brian Hough: Meinshao, Terrakion, Hydreigon, Musharon, Amoongus and Thundurus.

Ian McLaughlin: Whimsicott, Terrakion, Chandelure, Zoroark, Amoongus, Jellicent

Seniors Class
Kamran Jahadi: Jellicent, Chandelure, Amungus, Terakron, Thundurus and Tornadus.

Sejun Park: Amoongus Thundurus, Tornadus, Chandelure, Scrafty, Conkeldurr

Masters Class
Ray Rizzo: Gothitelle, Hydreigon, Thundurus, Escavelier, Terrakion, Conkeldurr

Matteo Gini: Thundurus, Tornadus, Eelektross, Scrafty, Haxorus and Krokodile.

Ray Rizzo was, of course, one of last year's world champions as well, his feel-good tale sure to earn him many a free drink in his twilight years.

Check out the gallery for choice scenes from the event, and hit up the link for more competitive Pokémon madness.

Pokemon World Championships 2011 [Official Site]


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These Are the Best Pokémon Trainers in the World


Excitement filled the air this weekend (August 13-14) at the 2011 Pokémon World Championships in San Diego, CA. More than 400 of the world's best Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game players, representing over 27 countries, participated in two days of intense Pokémon battles.

These Are the Best Pokémon Trainers in the World


Brian Hough, age 11, from Ann Arbor, MI contemplates his final knock out, securing the title of Pokémon Video Game World Champion at the 2011 Pokémon World Championships in San Diego, CA. The Pokémon World Championships, sanctioned by The Pokémon Company International, is an intense, action-packed annual event following a season of qualifying tournaments held across the globe.

These Are the Best Pokémon Trainers in the World


Ray Rizzo, age 18, from Marlton, New Jersey is hoisted on the shoulders of fellow competitors as he celebrates his second consecutive Pokémon Video Game World Championship title at the 2011 Pokémon World Championships in San Diego, CA on August 14, 2011. The annual event featured the best Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game players from more than 27 countries who competed for trips, custom Pokémon prizes, and scholarships totaling over $100,000.