Gavin Delivers a Masterpiece!
07 July, 2013 in Play! Pokémon
Masters Division player Gavin Michaels is the new Pokémon Video Game U.S. National Champion!
The audience for the final event of the U.S. National Championships was packed to watch Gavin Michaels battle Enosh Shachar, and they weren't disappointed. Loud cheers rang out for both players as they dueled on the main stage. Ultimately, Gavin's team of powerful Pokémon prevailed, delivering him the title of National Champion!
Pokemon.com: How does it feel to be the new National Champion, Gavin?
Gavin: Honestly, it's indescribable. You can never really go into a tournament thinking you can win it all. I went in thinking I could do well with a team, but what was really important was perseverance. I lost my first match of the tournament, but came back to win seven in a row. I didn't get a lot of bad luck after that first match.
Pokemon.com: How do you describe your team?
Gavin: The entire team strategy is centered around Volcarona. I just think it's an absolutely fantastic Pokémon. Usually Volcarona is paired with Hitmontop, but I don't like using Hitmontop because it has limited offense. I decided instead that Ludicolo was a better option. Everything else was supplemental, such as Landorus, who does well against Metagross and Scizor, as well as Tyranitar with Choice Scarf. I made it so that I could use the team in any way.
Pokemon.com: You decided against making a team that used a particular weather status or move such as Trick Room.
Gavin: I think that what really helped me with this team was the meta game focus. For example, with Pokémon like Breloom and Excadrill rising in popularity, Landorus Incarnate Forme was a good choice for me, too.
Gavin (left) and Enosh spar in the Pokémon Video Game World Championships final match.
Pokemon.com: What changes do you have planned before the World Championships?
Gavin: I don't really like to keep using the exact same team. I might start from scratch. I might use some of the Pokémon, but I don't think I can use the same team. Anyone can know the team I just played and think about how to beat me. So I gotta change it up.
Pokemon.com: You did pretty well at Worlds last year, too. What are your expectations this year?
Gavin: Yeah, I made it to top-8 before losing to eventual World Champion Toler Webb. I just want to do my best, whatever that is. I just want to win as many matches as I can. Hopefully at least single elimination, which is always a big goal at Worlds.
Pokemon.com: Do you follow what Pokémon strategies are popular internationally?
Gavin: Not really. I think that North America is the driving force behind most strategy. There's more interesting stuff here. There have been good contributions from Japan, including Heatran that knows Eruption. People used it, but a lot of people were prepared for it, too.
Pokemon.com: What do you like about playing Pokémon games competitively?
Gavin: Honestly, Pokémon is such a fantastic competitive game. You have to take risks and get lucky, as well as make predictions on what your opponent is going to do. And it's really about thought process, since you have to choose your moves the same time as your opponent.
Pokemon.com: How are you going to celebrate your National Championship?
Gavin: Well, I need to call my parents. I told them I was in the finals, but I've been mobbed by friends since the final match. I'm sure they'll be happy!
Both of the Masters Division finalists appreciated the hard fought battle they had just completed.