After a full day of head-to-head Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) battles, Azul Garcia-Griego, 21, of Watertown took first place in the Masters Division at the 2015/2016 Pokémon City Championships in West Bridgewater.
Along with the coveted title and City Championship trophy, Azul earned valuable Championship Points that count toward a potential invitation to compete at the 2016 Pokémon World Championships in San Francisco next summer. In addition, players that achieve a top Championship Points ranking after the 2016 Spring Regional Championships in May will earn Travel Awards to compete at the 2016 Pokémon U.S. National Championships.
“The Pokémon City Championships are some of the most unique and inspiring set of tournaments that take place each year. Bringing together both new and more experienced players over a game they enjoy, the City Championships provide a stage for Pokémon players of all ages and skill levels to participate in premier events and hone their skills,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “We’re excited to continue watching these local players as they battle throughout the season, including at the upcoming Pokémon State and Winter Regional Championships, and perhaps making it 2016 Pokémon World Championships.”
Organized Play events are sanctioned by The Pokémon Company International and locally managed by Premier Tournament Organizers who run hundreds of Pokémon TCG and video game tournaments every year throughout North America. Collectively they oversee tens of thousands of Pokémon competitors who train and compete at various local league events and sanctioned tournaments on their quest to become a Pokémon World Champion.
Players of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate in Organized Play events that guarantee competitors the opportunity to play in multiple rounds, no matter what their win-loss record is. For more information on future tournaments including dates, locations, prizes, and tournament rules and regulations, visit www.pokemon.com/play.