2011 Winners
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TCG Junior Division World Champion Gustavo Wada

Country: Brazil
Deck: Megazone
Interesting Fact: Was particularly worried about facing Yanmega decks

Gustavo Wada hadn't been World Champion for more than an hour when he was already thinking about next year's competition. "There's a card coming out that will change the current environment a lot," he says, referring to Pokémon Catcher, which he had just seen in the Prerelease tournaments. It's that sort of focus that took him all the way to the top. "This is an amazing tournament," he says. "In Brazil, we don't have such huge events. Everything—the environment, the decorations, the players. It's all amazing."

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TCG Senior Division World Champion Christopher Kan

Country: Australia
Deck: Reshiphlosion
Interesting Fact: Went from 11th seed all the way to champion!

Christopher Kan was just as happy to test his winning deck against other decks of his own construction as he was to find other people to play against on his road to Worlds. His greatest worry along the way was what might happen if he encountered more-skilled players who were using the same deck he was—a distinct possibility. "So," he says, "I tried to psych my opponents into thinking my cards were bad and then wrecking them with a surprise." It was a strategy that served him well. His Reshiram-Typhlosion deck might have seen a lot of play at this year's Worlds, but no one played it as capably as World Champion Christopher Kan did.

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TCG Masters Division World Champion David Cohen

Country: United States
Deck: Twinboar
Interesting Fact: Used Rayquaza and Deoxys LEGEND for impressive wins multiple times!

San Diego has been good to David Cohen. Back in 2009, he placed second in the Senior Division at the World Championships in San Diego. Now, in the same city, but two years and one age division later, he is the best Pokémon TCG player in the world. Yet he admits, "I did not have high hopes for myself." Many others did, however, especially the friends who cheered him on and who offered him deck-building advice as he tested his deck in the weeks before Worlds. "But everyone here is very good," he says. "Always have respect and beware new opponents as this level."

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Video Game Junior Division World Champion Brian Hough

Country: United States
Pokémon Team:
Mienshao
Terrakion
Hydreigon
Thundurus
Musharna
Amoonguss

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Video Game Senior Division World Champion Kamran Jahadi

Country: United States
Pokémon Team:
Jellicent
Amoonguss
Chandelure
Terrakion
Tornadus
Thundurus

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Video Game Masters Division World Champion Ray Rizzo

Country: United States
Pokémon Team:
Escavalier
Conkeldurr
Terrakion
Gothitelle
Thundurus
Hydreigon