After three long and gruelling days of Pokémon battling, the 2016 Pokémon World Championships wrapped up yesterday afternoon in San Francisco - or earlier this morning depending on your timezone.
While the Pokkén Tournament finals were settled on Saturday, and its victors sadly missing during the Worlds closing ceremonies, our TCG and VGC finals were held on Sunday. Trophies were presented to our TCG and VGC winners during the closing ceremonies by Game Freak's Junichi Masuda and the Pokemon Company's president/CEO, Tsunekazu Ishihara. Congratulations to all of our new champions and to the rest of the players who took part in this year's Pokémon World Championships, and an especially big congrats to our first ever Pokkén Tournament World Champions!
Last but certainly not least, you can view the full rundown of our Pokkén, TCG, and VGC 2016 World Champions and runner-ups below. If you're interested in seeing a breakdown of the Top-8 players' TCG decks and VGC teams from the various age divisions, check out the corresponding links for each.
Pokkén Tournament FinalistsSenior Division
Champion: Josh "Woomy!gun" Simmonite (Charizard - UK)
Runner-up: Dale "Bolimar" C. (Lucario - USA)
Champion: Masami "Potetin" Sato (Chandelure, Weavile, Mewtwo - Japan)
Runner-up: Takuma "Azazel" Araki (Machamp - Japan)
Pokémon Trading Card Game FinalistsJunior Division
Champion: Shunto Sadahiro (Japan)
Runner-up: Riku Ushirosako (Japan)
Champion: Jesper Eriksen (Denmark)
Runner-up: Connor Pedersen (USA)
Champion: Shintaro Ito (Japan)
Runner-up: Cody Walinski (United States)
Pokémon Video Game FinalistsJunior Division
Champion: Cory Conner (USA)
Runner-up: Shu Harasaki (Japan)
Champion: Carson Confer (USA)
Runner-up: Yuki Wata (Japan)
Champion: Wolfe Glick (USA)
Runner-up: Johnathan Evans (USA)
This brings us to the close of the 2016 Pokémon World Championships. Congrats once again to all of you who gave it your all during this past year, may it be during the various online tournaments, local events, Regionals, Nationals, Worlds, and beyond. Whether you enjoyed this year's rulesets or not, here's hoping that the 2017 Pokémon World Championships are even better.