The Road to Nationals: A Junior Player Who Thinks Big
06 June, 2013 in Play! Pokémon
Spring Regionals Champion Beau Berg finds the right mix of smart strategy and lofty goals.
Check back every week leading up to the National Championships as we talk with top players and their plans and goals for the big event.
In his last year as a Junior Division player, Beau Berg is ready for another shot at the top. After a disappointing finish at last year’s Pokémon Video Game National Championships, he’s eager to prove he’s got what it takes to win!
Pokemon.com: First let’s talk about your first-place win at the Spring Regionals in Madison, Wisconsin. How did those matches go?
Beau: I went undefeated in my first five matches. But then I had tough matches in both the semi-finals and the finals.
Pokemon.com: Tell us about that final match.
Beau: I won by predicting what Pokémon my opponent was going to send in. But first I was predicting that he thought I was going to bring in my Garchomp, and so I thought he was going to bring in his Jellicent because my Garchomp can’t do much against it. He’d brought out his Jellicent in the last game, which he’d won, so I was guessing he’d try again. Instead, I sent out my Zapdos and was able to knock out Jellicent for the win.
Pokemon.com: It sounds like you have a pretty strong strategy. Looking ahead to the National Championships, do you think you’ll have to make a lot of changes to your team?
Beau: Not too many changes. I’ll probably keep all of the same Pokémon, but swap out a few moves. I’m really happy with my team right now.
Pokemon.com: How would you describe your Pokémon team’s overall strategy?
Beau: It’s a Sandstorm team. I went with it because there are a lot of Rain teams in the Junior Division right now, so I feel like I have an advantage with Sandstorm. I use Tyranitar, which has a really high Defense, and a lot of the Junior players play really offensively. I play more defensively with Pokémon like Tyranitar so I can counter what they’re doing.
Pokemon.com: Do you expect to see far more difficult matches at Nationals?
Beau: Yeah. I went to Nationals last year and I didn’t play all that well. I was pretty disappointed. I’m definitely expecting much tougher competition.
Pokemon.com: As someone who’s played at Nationals before, what are you looking forward to most?
Beau: Mainly, I just want to do better than I did last year. This is my last year in the Junior Division, so I just want to make the most of it.
Pokemon.com: How do you think playing previously in the National Championships will help? Will you be more comfortable?
Beau: Well, I don’t think it’s good to be totally calm. I think it’s good to be a little nervous!
Pokemon.com: What would it mean for you to win the National Championships this year?
Beau: It would be really exciting for me. I’ve never been to the World Championships before, and if I finish in the top 4, then I’ll get an invitation and Travel Award. That’s what I’m really hoping for.