VR Welcome to Paldea

EventVictory Road: Welcome to Paldea
LocationOnline
Date10–11 December 2022
Attendance465 players
VideogamePokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet
Season2023 Season – VGC Series 1
Format9 Swiss rounds + X-2 top cut single elimination
Closed teamsheets, public Tera Types
OrganizerVictory Road

Table of Contents

Teams and results

Top cut

#SwissFlagPlayerPrizeTeamExp.
17-2USAAdrien Hurley
(ColdingLight)
$1383
meowscaradatorkoaldondozopawmotgothitelletatsugiri
27-2USANick Navarre
(Nails)
$791
amoongussarcaninegyaradoskingambitgothitellegarganacl
37-2IRLMattie Morgan
(Mattie)
$296
meowscaradaannihilapeazumarillgholdengomausholdhydreigon
47-2CHNXie Yantong
(Darko)
$296
meowscaradaarmarougemausholdannihilapemurkrowindeedee-female

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58-1ITAArash Ommati
(Alstroemeria)
$148
gardevoirtalonflamekilowattrelkingambitgengargarchomp
67-2CHNPeng Chongjun
(伊藤峻峻)
$148
amoongussgrimmsnarlazumarillannihilapemurkrowhydreigon
77-2FINAapo Niemiranta
(Aapo)
$148
amoongussvolcaronarotom-washcorviknightgrimmsnarlgarchomp

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87-2FINKasper Kallio
(Kasper)
$148
lilliganttorkoalmausholdkingambitindeedee-femalegardevoir
98-1JPNShohei Kimura
(ナンス)
$74
meowscaradaarcaninedondozogholdengosylveontatsugiri
108-1CHNRen Chengfu
(小夫)
$74
meowscaradabarraskewdapalafinkingambitfarigirafpelipper
117-2ESPDaniel Rodríguez
(Nanami)
$74
mausholdannihilapegarchompgholdengomurkrowhydreigon
127-2CHNWang Bingjie
(小肥仔圆圆)
$74
mausholdarmarougeannihilapegholdengomurkrowgrimmsnarl
137-2DEUMarkus Stadter
(Yoshi)
$74
meowscaradatalonflamedondozogholdengotatsugirihydreigon
147-2ITAFrancesco Iozzia
(Nova)
$74
amoongussceruledgerotom-washkingambitgrimmsnarlgarchomp
157-2ITAMarco Silva
(marcofiero)
$74
sylveonannihilaperotom-washgholdengomurkrowgrimmsnarl
167-2USAJoshua Dimond
(Dimond>5)
$74
tsareenapelipperdrednawkingambitsableyetoxtricity-low-key
179-0JPNConan Yoshikawa
(スカーレット)
amoongussskeledirgegyaradosgarchompgrimmsnarlhydreigon
188-1JPNMao Harada
(シズ)
meowscaradaarcaninedondozogholdengosylveontatsugiri
198-1GRCPaschalis Dermentzis
(PasDer)
amoongussskeledirgerotom-washgarganaclgrimmsnarlgarchomp
208-1THANarawitch Naenna
(MyStars)
meowscaradaskeledirgepalafinpelippergrimmsnarlamoonguss
218-1SWIGaëtan Lugon-Moulin
(gataen CH)
breloommaushold-threegarchompgholdengomurkrowhydreigon
228-1USAAndrew Gouck
(Andy)
abomasnowtalonflamegastrodon-eastpawmottinkatonhydreigon
237-2ITAStefano Greppi
(Ste)
amoongusstalonflamerotom-washgarchompgrimmsnarlhydreigon
247-2POLBartosz Kuskowski
(Bartek)
meowscaradapelipperpalafinkingambitmausholdsalamence
257-2USAEthan Simpson
(Generic name)
indeedee-femalearmarougegyaradosmudsdalesylveonkilowattrel
267-2GBRMax Waterman
(Simipour)
indeedee-femalearmarougeazumarilltorkoalmimikyuhydreigon
277-2JPNKeisuke Sunaoshi
(けいすけ)
sylveonarcaninegengargarganaclfarigirafhydreigon
287-2ITADaniele Fanelli
(daniele)
amoongussrotom-heatgastrodoncorviknighttyranitargarchomp
297-2DEUTim Sudermann
(Flip)
abomasnowarmarougeazumarillkingambitindeedee-femaleannihilape
307-2ITAEugenio Calafato
(Eughe)
meowscaradarotom-heatazumarillgholdengomausholdhydreigon
317-2CHNTang Shiliang
(20亮亮)
amoongussannihilapeazumarillgrimmsnarlmurkrowhydreigon
327-2ITAGilberto Goracci
(Gilberto)
mausholdceruledgeweavilegholdengomurkrowhydreigon
337-2INDDevon Singh
(Teenspirit)
meowscaradaskeledirgepelippergholdengobearticgarchomp
347-2USASeth Rutman
(Ferret)
amoongussceruledgegyaradosgholdengohariyamahydreigon
357-2CUBKevin Salvetto
(Lil Bo Peep)
meowscaradaskeledirgetalonflamegarchompgrimmsnarlhydreigon
367-2ESPJuanma Luque
(JuanmaEl32)
lilliganttorkoalsylveonkingambitoranguruhariyama
377-2CHNXi Xiangyu
(lily)
meowscaradapawmotdondozogholdengotatsugirihydreigon
387-2DEUConstantin Klose
(Conni)
meowscaradapelipperpalafingholdengoamoongussdragonite
397-2USAJeremy Parson
(Zanzibar)
meowscaradatalonflamemausholdgarchompsylveonhydreigon
407-2USADan Brown
(StoutGaming)
meowscaradaskeledirgecetitankingambitabomasnowhariyama
417-2USAJoseph Ugarte
(JoeUX9)
sylveonskeledirgegarchompkingambitgrimmsnarlhydreigon

Further standings

If applicable, insert here the table from TopCut_Automatizado with the rest of standings (limited to 32 in the sheet).

Seeding

The bracket was seeded according to the Swiss rounds results:

Usage stats

#PokémonUsageTop Cut
1
hydreigon
47.41%18/220
2
gholdengo
46.34%14/215
3
garchomp
45.47%13/211
4
murkrow
41.59%8/193
5
meowscarada
28.02%16/130
6
amoonguss
25.22%12/117
7
grimmsnarl
21.55%12/100
8
annihilape
18.97%8/88
9
mausholdmaushold-three
17.67%10/82
10
sylveon
17.67%8/82
11
armarouge
17.24%5/80
12
rotom-wash
17.24%5/80
13
arcanine
15.73%4/73
14
kingambit
11.21%11/52
15
indeedee-female
10.99%5/51
#PokémonUsageTop Cut
16
skeledirge
9.91%7/46
17
gengar
9.70%2/45
18
ceruledge
8.84%3/41
19
dragonite
7.97%1/37
20
gyarados
7.33%4/34
21
tyranitar
7.33%1/34
22
dondozo
7.11%5/33
23
tatsugiri (all)
7.11%5/33
24
torkoal
6.90%4/32
25
talonflame
6.68%6/31
26
volcarona
6.68%1/31
27
garganacl
6.47%3/30
28
breloom
6.47%1/30
29
palafin
6.25%4/29
30
hariyama
6.03%3/28

Some takeaways:

  • Hydreigon, Gholdengo, Garchomp and Murkrow establish themselves in the top spots!
  • Kingambit and Talonflame had around a 20% top cut percentage, which is pretty big. Keep an eye on them going forward!
  • Gothitelle was in both finalists’ teams, even though it was 50th in usage: there were only 7 in the whole tournament. Big meta call!
  • Weather teams are shy for now. Tyranitar‘s Sand has been more used, but Torkoal‘s Sun has been more successful!

Platform and schedule

The tournament was held online through Battlefy. All communication between the players must be done through the Battlefy chat enabled in each round.

Official communication from the organizer staff is performed through Discord, in the Victory Road Discord server.

The tournament started on 10 December at 13:00 UTC with the Swiss rounds. The top cut, to which all players with 2 or fewer losses (X-2) advanced, was played on 11 December at the same time.

Prizes

This event is a grassroots tournament and is not a part of any 2023 official circuit. This means that it does not reward any Championship Points (CPs).

The best-placed players received the following prizes depending on attendance. Final prizepool was confirmed upon closure of registrations:

PlacementPrize money
Winner$1383
Runner-up$791
Semifinalists$296 each
5th to 8th$148 each
9th to 16th$74 each
511 or fewer players
PlacementPrize money
WinnerAround 30~35% of the prizepool
Runner-upAround 15~20% of the prizepool
SemifinalistsAround 8~10% of the prizepool
5th to 8thAround 4~5% of the prizepool
512 to 799 players
PlacementPrize money
WinnerAround 30~35% of the prizepool
Runner-upAround 15~20% of the prizepool
SemifinalistsAround 8~10% of the prizepool
5th to 8thAround 4~5% of the prizepool
9th to 16thAround 0.5~1% of the prizepool
800 to 1023 players
PlacementPrize money
WinnerAround 30~35% of the prizepool
Runner-upAround 15~20% of the prizepool
SemifinalistsAround 8~10% of the prizepool
5th to 8thAround 4~5% of the prizepool
9th to 16thAround 0.5~1% of the prizepool
17th to 32ndAround 0.5% of the prizepool
1024 or more players
PlacementPrize money
WinnerAround 30~35% of the prizepool
Runner-upAround 15~20% of the prizepool
SemifinalistsAround 8~10% of the prizepool
5th to 8thAround 4~5% of the prizepool
9th to 16thAround 0.5~1% of the prizepool
17th to 32ndAround 0.5% of the prizepool
33rd to 64thAround 0.2% of the prizepool

Streaming

Unfortunately, there was no stream for this tournament due to team constraints. Players that streamed their run were promoted by Victory Road during the tournament.

Sign-up instructions

Sign-ups for the event were done through Battlefy platform. Sign-ups were $10 (+ $1 Battlefy tax) and open upon announcement. 85% of the total entry fee money was directed towards the prizes ($8.5 per player), and 15% was used to compensate the staff members, tournament organizers & judges ($1.5 per player). This was initially announced as 80%/20%, but was modified due to the lack of stream and its related cost.

All players needed to provide a teamsheet in PokéPaste format with all data about the team’s Pokémon (including form, Tera Type, ability, held item, moves and either stat values or minted Nature + IVs + EVs).

Additionally, since Tera Types would be revealed to the opponents, the six Pokémon with their forms (even aesthetic ones) and their Tera Types had to be provided. If you are using Pokémon Showdown for this, please write the omitted Tera Types to avoid ambiguities!

Please ask any staff member if you need help registering the teamsheets.

Sign-ups closed 15 min before the event started. Players that did not show up for the first three rounds were dropped from the tournament before round 4.

Overview

VR Welcome to Paldea was an online event hosted by Victory Road. It also was the first VGC major online event to be hosted by VR worldwide in the new Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet games!

The ruleset was VGC Series 1. The tournament was closed teamsheets except for Tera Types, which were revealed to the opponents. To clarify any doubts, Female Indeedee with Trick Room could be used since it could be found through normal gameplay and was allowed in online battles.

All detailed tournament procedures, including rules and penalties, can be found here.

A little bit of history

Victory Road has been consistently holding online grassroots tournaments for years, including standalone events, online invitationals featuring qualifier events, and the yearly biggest online team competition in the World Cup of Pokémon VGC. Victory Road has also provided streams to several official Regional Championships in Europe since 2019.

Our most recent tournament was the VR Galar Farewell, the last one played in Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield with the VGC Series 12 ruleset in November 2022. The finals saw Japanese Tomoyuki Yoshimura defeat Spaniard Juan Manuel Odriozola.

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