Paul Chua Reigns at U.S. Nationals!
07 July, 2013 in Play! Pokémon
Senior Division Champion Paul Chua picked the right Pokémon to lead him to victory!
Your new Video Game Senior Division U.S. National Champion is Paul Chua! It's been a long year for Paul after losing in the semifinals last year, but he's returned to take the title. With a well-planned team to take on whatever team he faced, Paul charged through the tournament at full steam. Runner-up DeVon Ingram delivered a spirited battle in the finals, but Paul swept the first two games to win and become National Champion!
Pokemon.com: Congratulations, Paul. How has your record been in big tournaments leading up to this?
Paul: I made it to top-4 at Nationals last year, and I just missed the top-8 at Worlds. And now I'm National Champion!
Pokemon.com: How does it sound when you say that you're National Champion?
Paul: Ha, yeah, it feels really great to be National Champion. Last year I was so close, so it feels great to be back here and actually be champion.
DeVon (left) and Paul stay cool under the bright lights of the finals stage as they contemplate their next moves.
Pokemon.com: Since you were so close last year, what did you do differently to prepare this year? Did you feel like you had to make big changes?
Paul: For this year I decided to make my team have all kinds of different ways to counter my opponents. It's actually mostly a Rain team, but I have a few surprises to catch my opponents off guard. One example is my Scrafty with Stone Edge, and another is the Grass-type Hidden Power on my Politoed to counter Gastrodon and Groudon.
Pokemon.com: What Pokémon was your top performer throughout Nationals?
Paul: The Scrafty with Stone Edge for sure. It got me the win in the finals.
Pokemon.com: How did you do in the Swiss rounds?
Paul: I went 7-1. In my one loss, my opponent was kind of new to the game. He wasn't playing like I would expect and it really threw me off! I started making a lot of mistakes.
Pokemon.com: Let's talk about the finals match. Tell us how your games went.
Paul: In the first game I was in a losing position, but I was able to regain the lead once I was able to Paralyze my opponent's Raikou. In the second game, Scrafty came through for me.
Pokemon.com: What kind of adjustments will you have to make before going to the World Championships next month?
Paul: I'll definitely have to make some changes. I'm not used to the best-of-three format and I have to adjust for that. But I think I have a pretty good shot to win after doing pretty well last year.
Pokemon.com: How are you going to celebrate becoming the National Champion?
Paul: Well, I wasn't really expecting to win! So I don't have any plans. Even though I finished well last year, I wasn't very confident. I didn't even expect to make top-16!
Pokemon.com: When you come back to Nationals next year, do you think people will be concentrating on trying to beat you?Paul: Yeah, but I think that'll be fun. I really like having a challenge!
Paul raises his National Championship trophy high for all to see!