Regan Retzloff hopes he can play his cards right.
The 13-year-old will contest this weekend during a 2019 Pokémon World Championships in D.C., going for a share of over $500,000 in esteem money. Regan plays a normal label game; there will also be tournaments for a “Pokémon Ultra Sun” and “Pokémon Ultra Moon” role-playing video games, as good as “Pokkén Tournament,” a fighting video game. And there’s an open contest for some-more infrequent players.
Regan, whose favorite Pokémon these days is Weezing, will be competing in a seniors multiplication (for those innate in 2005-2008) after punching his sheet with a second-place finish during a North America International Championships in Columbus, Ohio, in June. (You can watch his match, finish with commentary, on YouTube. It was a squeaker.)
“I initial got into Pokémon when my friends from ball started to play and we had Pokémon cards though didn’t know what they did,” says Regan, who lives in Cape Coral, Fla. “My relatives took me to a comic emporium and that’s where we schooled to play.” Regan now frequently plays in tournaments, as good as in a weekly league.
Though there is competition, this weekend’s eventuality during a Washington Convention Center is unequivocally a jubilee of all things Pokémon, from a common low-CP Pidgey to a holographic first-edition Charizard.
“This is a perfection of all Pokémon for a year,” says Elvin Gee, selling manager for Pokémon Company International. The sold-out eventuality will embody not usually a championship (which can be streamed during twitch.tv/team/pokemon), though a video gaming loll with demo versions of “Pokémon Sword” and “Pokémon Shield,” that won’t be expelled until November; classes for those who wish to learn; and 4 screenings of a 2019 charcterised film “Pokémon Detective Pikachu.”
“We design some-more than 6,000 attendees. About 2,300 are competitors entrance from over 40 countries,” says Gee, whose favorite Pokémon is Snorlax. “There are no borders when it comes to Pokémon.”
Wolfe Glick knows that. If Regan is a immature startup, Glick is a veteran. He’ll be personification “Pokémon Ultra Sun” and “Pokémon Ultra Moon” on a Nintendo 3DS this weekend — it’s his ninth universe championship contest (he won in 2016). This one will be a small easier to get to, given a McLean, Va., native, 23, lives in a Mount Vernon Triangle area of D.C. (“It’s a initial time I’ll be means to walk,” he says.)
“I’ve done a lot of friends by a diversion and we have this whole village I’ve been a partial of for a past 9 years. we have friends where we don’t pronounce a same language, though we can still play Pokémon,” says Glick, whose favorite Pokémon during his childhood was Chikorita. “The reason I’ve been personification so prolonged is I’ve got friends all over a world, and if we weren’t personification we wouldn’t be means to see them as much.”
Despite — or since of — Glick’s prolonged story as a competitor, he isn’t cocky. “In some games, if you’re one of a best, you’re approaching to win each time,” he says. “But with Pokémon, there’s a lot of fitness concerned and it’s a really difficult game. You can play it good and still lose; we can play it feeble and win.”
Regan is looking during a contest a bit differently. “Pokémon is kind of vital and I’ve always been good during plan games,” he says. “And we play in a lot of tournaments. I’m not that shaken since I’m used to it.”
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW; Fri., 8 a.m., Sat., 8 a.m., Sun., 9 a.m., witness badges sole out.