Beau Becomes the Best in Indy!
07 July, 2013 in Play! Pokémon
Meet the 2013 Video Game Junior Division U.S. National Champion, Beau Berg!
When we talked with Beau Berg in our Road to Nationals series, we sensed that he was prepared to go deep into the tournament. His confidence turned out to be correct, and he's now the new Junior Division U.S. National Champion! In his finals match, he went down a game to runner-up Maylee Hornak, who came out with a great team. But he made changes and battled back, and now he's a champion!
Pokemon.com: Beau, you just won the Junior Division National Championships! How does that feel?
Beau: I'm really excited. Last year I didn't do so well here, and I knew I wanted to get more competitive. I went online and did a lot of research, and I feel I got better.
Pokemon.com: So all year long you worked on getting better. Were you pretty confident coming to Nationals this year?
Beau:Yeah. After I won Spring Regionals, I thought, "OK. I think I know what to do."
With headphones on so they can't hear the crowd, Beau and Maylee concentrate on hopefully making the decision that will take them to victory.
Pokemon.com: What kind of team are you playing this time?
Beau:I'm playing a Sandstorm team. It has Tyranitar, Garchomp, Zapdos, Cresselia, Hitmontop, and Scizor.
Pokemon.com: Which one of those was your hero through the tournament?
Beau:Probably Cresselia. I used it in almost every game. You can use Cresselia against just about any team. It's so versatile.
Pokemon.com: How did you perform in this year's Nationals in the Swiss Rounds?
Beau:I went 5-2. In the two losses a lot of bad stuff happened to me. My Pokémon got burned, paralyzed, a lot of stuff like that. But they were both against really good players.
Pokemon.com: In the finals match, you lost the first game pretty handily. What happened?
Beau:I didn't see the Discharge/Earthquake strategy during Team Preview so I sent out two Pokémon, and then was like, "Ohhh..." [laughs] So the next game I guessed my opponent would probably lead with that strategy since it worked really well, so I decided to choose other Pokémon to counter that lead.
Pokemon.com: Are you going to have to make any changes leading up to the World Championships?
Beau:I'll probably have to make a few changes, but not too much.
Pokemon.com: This is your last year in the Junior Division. What are your thoughts about moving up to the Senior Division next year?
Beau:I'm nervous about the competition. I'm probably going to have to do even more research!
Congratulations again Beau, and good luck in Vancouver, B.C. next month!
Beau raises his arms in celebration after becoming the Junior Division U.S. National Champion!