I have exciting news for all you March Madness and Fantasy Football nuts! As well as anyone else who wants a little more stake in the PTCG results during worlds this 2016 season!

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For those of you who have participated in any fantasy sports league, this next part will be a bit of a recap. Basically how a standard fantasy league works is a group of friends, co-workers, etc. meet up and draft players to form their team. After you have drafted your team you are now the ‘manager’ of that team. In Fantasy Football for example, the Manager’s players gain points for touchdowns, completed passes, yards gained through a run or pass, and lose points for their defense allowing points to another team or their QB being sacked. You are pitted against the other Managers in your league and the goal is to get away with the most points, so picking better players over your favorites is standard procedure to win (Although I always have Hauska kicking for me, that dude has cannons in his pants (O.o)).

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Now here is how to turn this system into quite easily the nerdiest variation ever, and I for one, will revile in its beauty. PRAISE ARCEUS-AH! I SAY IT AGAIN-AH! PRAISE THE LAMA-LAWD-AH!! Anyways…

 

In this competition, all of the members of your league draft five players they think will perform the best at this year’s World Championships. For each successful player, that person’s team will gain points. Whoever scores the least amount of points will be declared the loser of the contest, and s/he will have to do something embarrassing as a result (I wanna say this isn’t optional, but I guess it is). Here’s how the points break down based on how a player finishes at the event.

Top 128 Top 64 Top 32 Top 16 Top 8 Top 4 Finals Champion
10 points 15 points 20 points 25 points 35 points 40 points 45 points 50 points

 

If a player goes undefeated, a bonus 10 points will be awarded in addition to the final placing. Although first place is worth a ton of points, a big reward should be in place for picking the winner in an event with over a thousand players!

What is the best strategy for this kind of competition? Obviously you want to gain as many points as possible, but what is the best method for doing so? Some would argue that picking players with byes from States, Regionals, and Nationals is the best way to go. Not only do they get free wins, but also their resistance gets boosted from the byes; this means that they will never miss cut as long as they have the minimum number of wins required. (A 6-3 with 2 byes will always make it ahead of a 6-3 with no byes.) Others would say you should pick players with a proven history at the event. A player like Tom Dolezal, who always seems to find himself in the Top 8, is a good example of that. Then again, plenty of World Champions seemingly came out of nowhere to win the event. Maybe it’s best to pick someone looking for a breakout performance? It’s anyone’s guess, so you do you boo-boo.

For the draft itself I recommend a standard snake draft. If you’ve ever played fantasy football, odds are you’ve done this before. Basically the participants choose a player in an order from 1-5, and then the order is backwards for the next round. While the person with the first pick gets to choose arguably the best player, the person in last is the first to get two picks. By doing this, the order of drafting is less impactful and gives everyone a fair chance.

Now, here is a list of the top 5 players from the different regions going into Worlds (just to make things easier for those who haven’t followed so far):

US & Canada

Justin boughter, Derek Babine, Cody Graham, Christian Ortiz, and Tim Patton. ((No Canadians made it to top 5, but there are some good Canadian players out there! Look ‘em up if you want! (Lookin at you TLM))

Europe

Natish Doolub, Joseph Philip, Ondrej Skubal, Jindrich Nepevny, and Gawein Wagner.

Latin America

Vincent Montes, Frederico Nattkem, Javier De Blas, Diego Cassiraga, and Irving Garcia

Asia Pacific

Frank T Tank, Henry Ho, and Erin Blackwell (Only three I guess)

Japan/ South Korea

Nationals have not been played yet, no player data.

Now, don’t use this list exclusively. It is based on nothing but their rankings on the Pokemon website, so take it with a grain of salt. Also, check to make sure your picks are actually going to worlds. Also, shout out to this article from “The Top Cut” for basically giving me this article on a silver platter: http://thetopcut.net/2013/06/28/the-top-cuts-2013-us-nationals-fantasy-draft/

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What I suggest to make things more interesting is making the rule to only having ONE player from a country on any given team, but if you want to, you can throw that idea back in the trash (where I may or may not have picked up the idea).

Hope you have fun with this!