What is Worlds?
Deck: Power Cottonweed
Interesting Fact: Went from Last Chance Qualifier to World Champion!
TCG Junior Division World Champion
Yuka Furusawa was surprised that she won the World Championship title: "I really didn't practice much beforehand," she admits. Yet four years of play against everyone in her family and the deck she built with her brother carried her all the way to the top, despite a first-round loss. "I was able to attack quickly," she says of her strategy, "and I was always preparing for my next attack." This, combined with her calm demeanor while playing, made her only the second female World Champion in Pokémon TCG history!
Interesting Fact: Got his start when his brother gave him a Suicune for his birthday
TCG Senior Division World Champion
As the Senior National Champion of Canada, Jacob Lesage has bested many opponents, and his road to the title of World Champion saw him battle some of the finest. He faced and defeated the French, Belgian, Portuguese, and Finnish National Champions, and finally overcame Japanese National Champion Hiroki Yano to reach the Finals against Last Chance Qualifier Mychael Bryan. So, what was his strategy against such amazing opposition? "My play style was disruption," he says, but he also built on the excitement that came from "meeting legendary players like Michael Diaz, Takuto Itagaki, and so many others."
Deck: LuxChomp of the Spirit
Interesting Fact: Would like to work on creating Pokémon for the game someday
TCG Masters Division World Champion
Yuta Komatsuda has played the Pokémon TCG since it first began—and it makes him happy. "Everyone [at Worlds] was having fun," he observes, "from early in the morning until late at night, no matter how old they were." And though claiming the title of Pokémon TCG World Champion itself was something he truly wanted, he also wanted to win on certain terms. "I didn't want to play against other Japanese players," he admits, "because I know most of them." His courtesy and his positive style of play paid off with an outbreak of appreciation when he won. "People—even the ones who don't know me—were clapping and cheering for me," he says.
Video Game Junior Division World Champion
Country: United States
Video Game Senior Division World Champion