by Jeff Hoogland, Contributing Writer
Thousands of Trainers on hundreds of teams have competed at the highest level throughout the inaugural Pokémon UNITE Championship Series. As the dust settles from the various qualifying events, a handful of teams remain to compete in the Pokémon UNITE World Championships later this month. Fans are looking forward to watching teams like Secret Ship (from Japan), No Show (from South Korea), Renaissance (from the APAC region), and many more. In addition to being the first time many of these teams have faced each other competitively, this will also be the first tournament played on a local area network (LAN), ensuring the most equitable and exciting battles to date.
Before the matches kick off in London on August 19, let’s take a look at what to expect at Worlds. Then, be sure to catch the action at Twitch.tv/PokemonUnite
to see which team will earn the title of Pokémon UNITE World Champion!
Pokémon UNITE Teams to Watch For at Worlds
Every team competing in the inaugural Pokémon UNITE World Championships has earned its spot. They’ve all proven themselves at qualifying competitions this year, and each would make a fantastic first-ever Champion. Over the course of the season, several teams have had incredible runs in their home region. As we head into our biggest event so far, a few stand out as ones to watch: teams Stamina CA, XIS Gaming, and Nouns Esports. Note that team travel arrangements are still being made, so the final slate of teams who will be participating at the World Championships is tentative
Hailing from Brazil, XIS Gaming does not know the meaning of the word “defeat.” In every single one of the five Pokémon UNITE Championship Series finals in their region, they took home first place.
In XIS Gaming’s Aeos Cup run, we saw them buck the conventional wisdom of having a scaling Pokémon clear the central area. Instead, they chose to lean into Alolan Ninetales, a Pokémon that hits its power spike earlier and can have an impact sooner than a traditional central area carry Pokémon can. This allowed them to generate an early lead, which they carried through to dominate endgame positioning and win team fights in the final minutes of the game.