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2006 Pokemon TCG World Championships

 

 

The 2006 Pokemon TCG World Championships are held during August 18-20, 2006, in Anaheim, California. Hundreds of players from more than 30 countries will compete at this year’s event. Competitors are divided into three age categories: 10 and younger, 11 to 14, and 15 and older. The top 32 winners in each of the three categories will be awarded various Pokemon prizes and merchandise. Additionally, the top 16 players in each age category will receive scholarship awards worth more than $100,000 total.

 

Not Competing?

All players, even those not participating in the World Championships competition, will also be able to take part in a variety of other activities held during the event. Popular Pokemon characters will be on hand for photos, league play and side tournaments will allow players to compete in other competitions, Pokemon artists and creators will be on hand for autographs, and much more. The 2006 Pokemon TCG World Championships are open to the public.

 

Top 20 Pokemon

Getting one of the top 20 fan-voted Pokemon is one of the various activities you can do at the event. The Pokemon available are Bulbasaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, Alakazam, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Dragonite, Typhlosion, Espeon, Umbreon, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Tyranitar, Blaziken, Absol, Latias, and Latios. The schedule is:

 

Saturday

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Sunday

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

WHO: Worldwide Pokemon Players

WHAT: 2006 Pokemon TCG World Championships

WHEN: August 18–20, 2006

WHERE: Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.

 

For more information, please visit http://op.pokemon-tcg.com/.

 

Pokemon Elite 2000 Will Be There

I will be there covering the event for all three days. So I'll see you there if you're attending! If you can't make it, Pokemon Elite 2000 will have a full recap of the event!

 

 

 

Contents

Page 1: Day 1 - Last Chance Qualifier

Page 2: Day 2 - Pokemon TCG World Championships Begin

Page 3: Day 3 - Pokemon TCG World Championships Finals

 

 

 

Pictures from the Event

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Picture 1 and Picture 2: Here we are, the 2006 Pokemon TCG World Championships at the Hilton in Anaheim, California. Picture 3: It's not the Pikachu from Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, but this Pikachu is still huge! It's the first thing you see when you enter the hotel.

 

Picture 1: Participants in the Last Chance Qualifier for the World Championships lined up early in the morning, many of whom just sat in line and played the TCG while they waited. Picture 2 and Picture 3: Inside the tournament area, the staff are preparing for the flood of people preparing to enter. A Main Event stage was set up for the World Championships, and a stage for Side Events.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: The blue tables are for the 15 and over, green for the 11 to 14, and the red tables are for the 10 and under. It's nice and quiet then, but it won't be for long as hundreds of competitors will be battling on these tables.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: And they're in! All the competitors had to register their decks first at the purple tables (the purple tables are used for side events during the event).

 

Picture 1: Checking decks for every single competitor was a really time consuming process, but it went fairly well since it was well staffed. Picture 2 and Picture 3: People are starting to take their seats in preparation for the start of the Last Chance Qualifier.

 

Picture 1 and Picture 2: So I was roaming around, and then I saw someone familiar. Recognize him? It's Aziz Al-Yami, the second place finisher in the 2006 Pokemon Video Game National Championships, which was held just 10 days earlier before this event (which I was there to cover as well, more information on that here: Party of the Decade). Right now, he's just playing for fun as they wait for their pairings to be posted up. I didn't have a chance to meet him during the Party of the Decade event, so this is the first time I've met him. He told me he goes to my website frequently, so that's nice to know he's a visitor of the site as well. Picture 3: Players in the side events are also ready for some serious battles.

 

Picture 1: The Last Chance Qualifier began with a simple announcement: "You may begin!" Picture 2 and Picture 3: Again, the blue tables are for the 15 and up, but since there were so many players in that age category (hundreds in that age category alone), many players actually had to play in the other tables since they can't fit all the 15 plus players in the blue tables available.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: It's William Hung, the American Idol star. And if you didn't know by now, William is actually a huge fan of Pokemon, and of course, does quite well in the Pokemon TCG.

 

Picture 1: I took a few pictures of these two before this shot, and joked about how I'll put them on the front page of the website. One of them then posed for the picture, and here's that shot. I actually did use this picture on the front page of the website in the Sneak Peek Recap: 2006 Pokemon TCG World Championships news. So I kept my word. Picture 2 and Picture 3: The Pokemon Center store was available at the event, so you'll be seeing a lot of people wearing Pokemon hats and having their Pokemon plush toys with them as well.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3: The red tables are for the 10 and under age group (no, these are not overgrown 9 and 10 year olds), but as I've mentioned, there were a lot of competitors for the 15 and over age group, so here are some of them that migrated to the red tables. They had open tables there, so it wasn't a problem.

 

Picture 1 and Picture 2: More pictures of people battling. Picture 3: There's William again, facing a different opponent in another round.

 

Picture 1 and Picture 2: Here's Meowth and Minun. Minun got a big hug from a big fan. Picture 3: Looks like Minun is doing just fine after being tackled... I mean... hugged.

 

Picture 1: Pikachu! Picture 2 and Picture 3: More pictures of players battling, this is the Pokemon TCG World Championships, what did you expect?

 

Picture 1: Here's Aziz again. I was rooting for him to win. Unfortunately, he didn't make the top 8 in his age group, so he didn't advance to the World Championships. There were plenty of side events going on throughout the event, so even players that didn't get into the World Championships were kept very occupied. And off to the side you see two Pokemon Professors sorting things out in another battle right next to them. Each age group area had a staff of Pokemon Professors, making sure things go as smoothly as possible.

 

Concluding Day 1: In the schedule I was given before the event began, it said that the Last Chance Qualifier would end at 8 PM. The actual ending was way beyond that. It was clear to me early on that a 8 PM end time would not be possible given the huge turn out and the number of rounds that needed to be played still. After a dinner break, play continued well past midnight, all the way to 3 AM in the morning of Saturday (the second day of the event, which means the beginning of the World Championships). In the end, 32 players from the Last Chance Qualifier moved on to the World Championships (the top 16 players from the 10 and under, and top 8 players each from 11 to 14 and 15 and over age groups). These players had to get quick sleep because at 8 AM, just 5 hours later, they had to come in for deck registration.

 

 

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