It’s been an incredible weekend for Pokémon TCG players and fans. The non-stop action that began on Friday with the Last Chance Qualifier concluded Sunday with three exciting finals matches. In front of a huge crowd of fans, our six finalists showed exactly why they deserved to be playing for the title of World Champion!

2011 Pokémon World Championships

Your 2011 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Champions!

Masters Division Champion: David Cohen (US)
Masters Division Runner-Up: Ross Cawthon (US)

Senior Division Champion: Christopher Kan (Australia)
Senior Division Runner-Up: Marco Facchin (Italy)

Junior Division Champion: Gustavo Wada (Brazil)
Junior Division Runner-Up: Kohei Takenaka (Japan)

2011 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion David Cohen

2011 Pokémon World Championships

2011 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion David Cohen

Congratulations, David. How does it feel to be Champion?
It feels unreal. I never thought this would happen at all.

You’re a veteran of Worlds, even making it to a final table previously, correct?
Yeah, I finished in second place in 2009. It feels a lot different to walk off the stage today as a Champion.

What do you think about playing in front of this many people?
I’m fine with playing it, except I know that when I misplay, I’ll be hearing about it from everyone.

How long have you been working on the deck you used today?
About a month. I spent a lot of time testing with my friends. We put together the kinds of decks we think we’re going to see at Worlds, then work with each other to improve them all.

What kind of deck are you playing?
My deck is a fairly straightforward Reshiram deck. I also use Magnezone and Rayquaza & Deoxys LEGEND. It’s designed to do a lot of damage. I avoid coin flips as much as I can, and there’s not much trickery. I don’t even play Pokémon Reversals, unlike pretty much everyone else.

Your finals opponent, Ross Cawthon, had a unique deck that featured Vileplume. Had you faced anything like it before playing him?
That was the first Vileplume, and the first deck like that I’d seen. I saw him playing it last night while they were testing it. I had no idea how I’d play against it. I’m still wondering how it works. I’m just excited I won.

Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion Christopher Kan

2011 Pokémon World Championships

Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion Christopher Kan

How did your Finals match go?
I got pretty lucky. Marco [Facchin, Senior Division Runner-Up] got a lot of tails in the first game that allowed me to catch up after being down. Then in the second game, it looked like I was out of it again, but this time he ran out of Energy and eventually his deck ran out of cards.

How did you qualify for the Pokémon World Championships?
I won the Australian National Championships. It was a different format for that tournament, so my deck is different here.

How long have you been working on the deck you brought to Worlds?
I built it about three weeks before Worlds. I’ve just been testing it by playing against my friends, and making small changes to make it better.

Can you give us a description of how your deck works?
It’s a Reshiram deck with Typhlosion to keep putting Energy on it. It’s a little different than some of the others—I didn’t have any Ninetales, and I added more Supporters than other Reshiram decks. I think it made a difference by allowing me to set up really fast.

We understand that you had an inspiration for your deck from U.S. Nationals.
Yeah. There was a guy at the United States Nationals who won all nine of his Swiss Round matches who played a Reshiram/Typhlosion deck, so I started working on mine.

This was a huge crowd to play in front of. How did affect your game?
Well, I was nervous at first, but I was able to put the crowd out of my mind.

Next year you’ll be travelling to Hawaii for the 2012 Pokémon World Championships. How does that sound?
I’m already excited. And it’ll be a shorter flight from Australia!

Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion Gustavo Wada

2011 Pokémon World Championships

Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion Gustavo Wada

Congratulations, Gustavo! How do you feel?
I’m very excited. I trained so hard to make it here. I was only hoping for a Top Four finish, but I managed to win.

What was your strategy to win today?
I knew I was going to play against a lot of Typhlosion, so I used Pokémon Reversal or hit them with my Yanmega to take out my opponents’ Cyndaquil before they could evolve into Typhlosion.

You won when your opponent ran out of cards to draw. Were you surprised by how it ended?
Not really. Kohei [Takenaka, Junior Division Runner-Up] was using a lot of Professor Junipers to draw a lot of cards.

How long have you been working on this deck?
I’ve been working on it for a long time. I played Dialga/Garchomp at last year’s Worlds. After those cards rotated out, I started working on this one.

How did you train before coming to Worlds?
I played against a lot of decks. My sister and my dad both play.