Player Profile: Lutano | Pokémon UNITE Championship Series Lutano has consistently been a top player in the NA region of the UNITE Championship Series and recently earned a new accolade: NA Aeos Cup Champion! Lutano had many top finishes in the NA region in 2022, including winning the February and May Finals. This year, he’s joined forces with some existing teammates and other top players in the region on team TTV. They recently earned their first title of the year by becoming the NA Aeos Cup Champions. With 500 Championship Points each for that win, Lutano and the rest of TTV sit at #2 in the NA region’s rankings halfway through the 2023 season. If they can keep up the consistency, they’re in a great position to qualify for the 2023 Pokémon UNITE World Championships in Yokohama this August! Get to know Lutano in this Player Profile!
Player Profile: Yutao | Pokémon UNITE Championship Series Yutao is a rising star in the UNITE Championship Series. After winning both the EU February and March Finals with Talibobo Believers, the future looks bright for Yutao! There’s been a changing of the guard in the EU region. Nouns Esports, the 2022 World Championships Runners-Up, have seen some stiff competition from Talibobo Believers. With back-to-back Grand Finals wins, Talibobo Believers look poised to advance to the EU Aeos Cup Finals at EUIC this April. At the center of it all is Yutao, a central area player who has garnered acclaim for his top-tier gameplay, even in the most stressful moments. Get to know more about the phenom in this Player Profile!
Player Profile: Guizin | Pokémon UNITE Championship Series In 2022, Guizin reached the Pokémon UNITE World Championships after a storybook season. This year, he’s forging his own path with new teammates on True, in hopes of making it to the biggest stage once more! Last year, Guizin’s team won all 5 UNITE Championship Series tournaments in their region to qualify for the World Championships. It was an incredible feat that no other team in the world accomplished in their respective region. But this year, Guizin has split off from that superstar squad to compete with new teammates on True. Guizin and True already look strong in 2023, as they reached the Brazil February Grand Finals and finished just behind Guizin’s old squad, now known as 00 Nation. Guizin says to expect big things this year, as True have the potential to make an impact in the Brazil region. Learn more about Guizin in this Player Profile!
Player Profile: Overlord | Pokémon UNITE Championship Series Overlord became a Pokémon UNITE World Champion with BLVKHVND in 2022, and he’s back in 2023 to defend his title! Considered by many to be the strongest player at the 2022 Pokémon UNITE World Championships, Overlord dazzled fans in the audience with his skills as Lucario, Aegislash, Tsareena and more. With previous competitive experience in traditional sports, Overlord transferred that competitive drive into Pokémon UNITE, the first video game he ever decided to compete in. Months of hard work paid off when Overlord and BLVKHVND hoisted their trophies high after defeating Nouns Esports in the Grand Finals match in London. Confident in his team’s ability to run it back, Overlord is ready to tackle another year of the Pokémon UNITE Championship Series and earn a trip to Yokohama. Learn all about Overlord in this Player Profile!
Player Profiles: Bruv | Pokémon UNITE Championship Series With a second place finish at the Pokémon UNITE World Championships, 2022 was a successful year for Bruv of Nouns Esports! In this Player Profile, Bruv discusses how Nouns Esports prepared for the biggest event of the year, the Pokémon UNITE World Championships. After a first-round loss in the bracket, Nouns Esports needed to make an incredible run to reach the Grand Finals, and Bruv explains what it was like to play high-stakes matches in the Losers Bracket. Plus, hear more about how Bruv started playing Pokémon UNITE and what’s next as he looks ahead to 2023. Learn all about Bruv, a finalist from the Pokémon UNITE World Championships, in this Player Profile!
Player Profiles: MrCrowley | Pokémon UNITE Championship Series MrCrowley of Revenant Esports is ready to represent India at the Pokémon UNITE World Championships! A longtime esports competitor, MrCrowley brings years of experience to Revenant Esports, which helped them win the India Regional Finals in June to qualify for the upcoming Pokémon UNITE World Championships. In this Player Profile, MrCrowley discusses how he met his teammates, how they decided to compete, and what he loves about Pokémon UNITE, the first Pokémon game he’s ever played! Learn all about MrCrowley before the Pokémon UNITE World Championships in this Player Profile!
Player Profiles: Mame | Pokémon UNITE Championship Series His name is Mame, and he’s going to the 2022 Pokémon UNITE World Championships! Mame is a member of T2 in the Japan region of the Pokémon UNITE Championship Series. In June, T2 qualified for the Pokémon World Championships in London by finishing as the Japan Regional Runners-Up, just behind Secret Ship. Now, as T2 prepares for the biggest competition of the year, Mame discusses everything from his first Pokémon game, all the way to his team’s recent performance in the Japan Regional Finals. Learn all about Mame in this Player Profile, hosted by UNITE Championship Series caster doobsnax!
Player Profiles: Ombeagle | Pokémon UNITE Championship Series A Trainer in the Oceania region of the UNITE Championship Series, Ombeagle is no stranger to competitive Pokémon! Previously a Pokemon VG player, he brings a methodical and strategic approach to Pokémon UNITE, where he currently competes with Team Gap. Most recently, Ombeagle and Team Gap finished in the Top 4 in the Oceania Regional Finals. Learn more about the longtime Pokémon player and competitor in this Player Profile! Get more Pokémon UNITE details and learn where to download the game here: https://bit.ly/3gujGug
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Player Profiles: Sejun | Pokémon UNITE Championship Series Sejun, a member of Eternity in the UNITE Championship Series, has a unique list of accolades. Not only did he win the Korea Aeos Cup in April and the Korea May Finals the following month, but he is also highly respected for his iconic VG win with Pachirisu at the 2014 Pokémon World Championships. In this Player Profile, hosted by UNITE Championship Series caster spragels, Sejun discusses his life with Pokémon. From playing Pokémon Gold and Silver as a child, to his success across competitions in more recent years, Sejun has plenty to share! Get more Pokémon UNITE details and learn where to download the game here: https://bit.ly/3gujGug
Player Profiles: Yoshi | Pokémon UNITE Championship Series Yoshi, captain of the team PogChamp, is driven to win the UNITE Championship Series. Aside from winning the March Cup in the EU region, Yoshi and PogChamp also finished within the Top 4 of both the February Finals and the Aeos Cup. While they rack up Championship Points on the road to the Regional Finals, Yoshi has his sights set on the ultimate goal, the World Championships in London! His message to opponents: “If you face PogChamp, be ready to lose, my friends.” Learn more about Yoshi in this Player Profile!
Player Profiles: BabyMazo | Pokémon UNITE Championship Series Within Pokémon UNITE, BabyMazo is a member of From Brazil and a two-time Monthly Champion in the South America-East Region of the UNITE Championship Series. Outside of the game, he’s busy from morning to night with work, school, and content creation. Learn more about the skilled attacker in this Player Profile!
Player Profile: Goof | Pokémon UNITE Championship Series Goof, an Attacker for North American team Gaimin Gladiators, has already made a huge impact on the Pokémon UNITE Championship series. Goof and Gaimin Gladiators won the NA February Finals and finished in the region’s Top 6 in March. But there’s much more to Goof than just Pikachu and Hoopa! From gym to scrims, see a day in the life of Goof in this Player Profile!
How Gaimin Gladiators Prepared for the Pokémon UNITE Championship Series
Hear how one of the top Pokémon UNITE teams prepared for their biggest matches.By George “Goof” Gebhardt, Contributing Writer The February Pokémon UNITE circuit finals have concluded, giving fans of the competitive scene their first official look at which team reigns supreme in each region. I am fortunate to be on one of the top teams in North America, the Gaimin Gladiators. We won the first event of the Pokémon UNITE Championship Series—the February Finals—without dropping a single game, and we look forward to continuing our success right up to the World Championships. Our team has put in a lot of hard work to get to the level we’re at, and a lot of aspiring players probably want to know more about what has led us to our success. In this article, I will explain how we formed our team, our preparation for this tournament, and our dominant run through the event. First, let’s look at some of the other top teams from when the Pokémon UNITE Championship Series kicked off. The European February Grand Finals were action-packed, with Yerman Burger Flippers facing off against Random Gaming. Both teams brought their best scoring-focused compositions and battled it out in chaotic style. Random Gaming surprised their opponents with a niche Crustle pick that tilted this no-defense, pure-scoring battle in their favor. With this win, Random Gaming, after having fallen to the lower bracket earlier in the event, claimed victory in the Grand Finals. As for Oceania, the favorite to win—Ground Zero Gaming—decided to play a more traditional style. With some brilliant adjustments to the standard western metagame, this team unleashed Talonflame and a solo top path Charizard. Their strategy paid off, securing them a 2–1 victory in the Grand Finals. In the following weeks, we saw the top teams of other regions experimenting with this Charizard strategy. Needless to say, there’s a lot of talent and a lot of evolving strategy everywhere that Pokémon UNITE is being played. OK, let’s take a look at the work Gaimin Gladiators put into their winning team strategy!
Background: Building Our TeamA good place to start is the beginning. Leading up to the release of Pokémon UNITE, my friends and I were all really excited to jump in. We have competitive backgrounds in similar games, and many of us really just love Pokémon. Before we knew what the metagame would be, and before we knew if there would be a competitive scene, we had a rough idea of who would be playing what. Here is what each teammate brought to the table with regard to both talent and attitude.
IndieツWith Indie’s long history of playing the healer role across similar games, we knew Indie would be the perfect fit playing Supporter Pokémon. The thing about Indie is that he’s perfectly content just to float around on Eldegoss, saving us with Cotton Guard, but he’s also skilled enough to play any Pokémon or role. This is a rare combo in competitive games. He brings a positive attitude, and he’s always willing to take responsibility for his mistakes.
ZugrugZugrug has a professional background across multiple other competitive titles—and a penchant for the “tank” role. Zugrug was a shoo-in for the Defender spot on our yet-to-be Pokémon UNITE team. He is nearly always calm under pressure and has experience on the big stage playing in front of a crowd (for if and when the time comes at the World Championships).
LutanoOur plan for Lutano going into Pokémon UNITE was simple. We would figure out which Pokémon was the hardest and most mechanically demanding, then stick Lutano on it. This guy has been bringing it to our opponents on Lucario since the release of the game, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
ToonslimToon was an easy pick for our Pokémon UNITE team as our longtime friend and consistent overperformer in any game our group has played. Toonslim is really having his time to shine in Pokémon UNITE and is arguably the best central area player in the world.
GoofThis is me. I play the bottom path attacker for my team. When Pokémon UNITE released, I really wanted to play as Pikachu. Recently, my dream came true, and we won the February Finals with me piloting everyone’s favorite Electric-type Mouse Pokémon. I won’t talk up my gaming history here besides to say that it allowed me to make all the right friends for this journey.
Competitive Roles and the MetagameDespite all our preparation before the release of the game, the metagame of Pokémon UNITE was hard to predict months in advance. I’ll quickly break down the current “1-1-3” or “western” metagame as it pertains to the roles on my team and areas of the map.
The Top PathThe top path is typically home to a 1-on-1 battle, with each team sending one Pokémon that excels at this duel for control. Lucario has been the prevailing choice since the release of the game, but we’ve seen Tsareena, Garchomp, Machamp, and recently, as mentioned earlier, Charizard from our Oceania February champions.
The Central AreaThe central area pick for each team is typically one Pokémon that benefits significantly from a large Exp. Points lead. This player must help their teammates on the top or bottom paths at two key early points in battle: 8:50 and 7:20, when the Vespiquen appear. It’s important that the chosen Pokémon is powerful at these times so it can begin building a lead.
The Bottom PathThe bottom path is an all-out 3-on-3 battle. There’s usually a healing Supporter Pokémon, which has predominantly been Eldegoss. Joining it is a Ranged Attacker, as well as a Defender or a bulky Supporter to secure the last hits on wild Pokémon.
RolesThis leaves the roles in the current metagame as follows:
- Top path solo player
- Central area “carry”
- Bottom path “tank”
- Bottom path “attacker”
- Bottom path “healer”
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