The Road to Worlds: Winter Regionals 2014
Updated January 7th, 2014 at 9:23 AM by Griffinbane
A season come and gone and it is now a week before the VA regionals. Here I am, half asleep, sitting with my back leaning against the heater, with papers everywhere and a bunch of windows up doing calculations and team building.
Unlike what most people think, it is difficult, even for experienced players, to do well in a Regional. It takes lots of math, lots of practice, lots of luck, in order to place in the top 100, much less the top 16. Well, it is for the Northeast, anyway. But you know? It's worth going because you meet all sorts of people there, and everyone there loves Pokemon. Well, almost everyone. I'm pretty sure only about a quarter of the chaperones there are actually into it.
Well, me and a bunch of people from PC will be meeting up at Virginia and competing together. There's Wiilio, Ooka, and Tman (poor TheGr8 ain't coming this time but then again, he doesn't need to go to another regionals, lucky bum). Someone will be representing PC at Orlando, but I forget who. Sorry! I wish everyone luck and lots of fun! Going to regionals is totally worth it for any competitive Pokemon battler. There's so many things to see, lots of people to hang out with, plenty of folks to gripe together with. Last Philly regional, I swear at least half of the Masters had a Nugget Bridge account.
Anyhow, the stakes are up for me. For all of us from PC who's going, anyway. I need to place high enough to earn 10 championship points. 10 championship points are the key, because that's the minimum a person needs in order to qualify to battle at Last Chance Qualifiers at the World Championships. Yep, the pressure is on.
So here I am, practicing and tweaking my team. It's difficult, because I'm getting used to 2014 VGC playstyle very late. Just last night did I finally finish my team. And what a train wreck it is! Three wins, eight losses. I have to narrow down my weaknesses and do some major patchwork, and I have five days left to do it.
Well. This regional shouldn't go to badly. I'll need to place above 40th in order to get some points. Nothin' to it!
... Let's hope I don't get matched against Aaron Zheng again. Ugh.
Posted January 5th, 2014 at 8:01 AM by donavannj
Posted January 5th, 2014 at 4:15 PM by Griffinbane
Posted January 5th, 2014 at 8:58 PM by donavannj