Pokemon World Champions Crowned, Symphony Orchestra Coming
Six total champions were crowned for each of the tournament's divisions. Both the TCG and video game competitions are split into Masters Division for those born before 1998, Seniors Division for those born between 1999 and 2002, and Juniors Division for those born from 2003 on.
The 2014 Pokemon National Champions are:
-Brandon Salazar, Trading Card Game Masters Division Champion (Landorus-EX themed deck)
-Ishaan Jagiasi, Trading Card Game Senior Division Champion (Miltank themed deck)
-Andy Younger, Trading Card Game Junior Division Champion (Genesect-EX/Yveltal EX themed deck)
-Alex Ogloza, Video Game Masters Division Champion (Kangaskhan/Talonflame/Politoed/Hydreigon/Aegislash/Ludicolo)
-Mackenzie Karousos, Video Game Senior Division Champion (Aegislash/Garchomp/Salamance/Rotom Heat/Kangaskhan/Venusaur)
-Cory Connor, Video Game Junior Division Champion (Moltres/Manectric/Tyranitar/Ferrothorn/Azumarrill/Gallade)
The Trading Card Game champions received a Pokémon TCG National Championships First-Place Trophy, 500 League Championship Points, free travel to the 2014 World Championships in Washington, DC, A $5,000 scholarship, and 72 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions (Masters Division players receive an additional 144 booster packs).
The Video Game Champions received a Pokémon VG National Championships First-Place Trophy, 480 Championship Points, a Nintendo Wii U 32GB Deluxe Set, a combination of 72 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions, and other Pokémon-themed merchandise.
Among the championship festivities, The Pokemon Company also announced a Pokemon-themed traveling symphony orchestra, called Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions, that will be celebrating 20 years of Pokemon music starting in August.
The official website describes the event as a showcase of "memorable music from throughout the world of Pokémon, featuring all-new musical arrangements that will entertain not just Pokémon fans but all music lovers. Look forward to a wonderful symphonic experience that covers nearly 20 years of Pokémon entertainment around the world."
The tour starts in Washington DC's Warner Theatre on Aug. 15, the day before the Pokemon World Championships kick off in the nation's capital. Only one other date has been announced so far, Sept. 19 at the Mann Center in Philadelphia.
More dates and locations will be announced soon, so keep an eye on the Symphonic Evolutions website to see when the traveling Pokemon orchestra will be coming to your town.