Roanoke Free Press
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Alex Dennis is the winner in Pokémon Trading Card Game

Alex Dennis crowned City Champion in the Junior Division in Pokemon contest.

Alex Dennis crowned City Champion in the Junior Division in Pokemon contest.

Roanoke’s own, Alex Dennis, 9, put his Pokémon trading card skills to the test on December 30th during the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) City Championship in Fincastle, VA.

After a full day of head-to-head battles, Alex was crowned City Champion in the Junior Division, earning him a City Championship trophy and Championship Points which count toward him potentially earning an invitation to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver, BC

Alex  Is the son of Jeff and Marina Dennis of Vinton. Alex said he spent  5 months in preparing for the games. In a phone call Alex said, “it was a tough contest and he had a lot of competition.”

He said that it felt good to win. Alex had a lot of fun. The contest was new to the family – “It’s been different,” said Jeff Dennis. ” At first I thought it was just another card game and there was not a whole lot to it.” He found out quickly that there was a lot of strategy and math involved. “I was absolutely impressed  and I got involved with it because Alex needed someone to play with at home.” His father admitted that Alex was absolutely better at it then he was. “All I knew about it before this is that it was a cartoon,” he laughed.

Neither Alex nor his father realized that with the accumulation of points it was possible that Alex could be going to the 2013 World Championships. He was ready to pack though if Alex was selected and take the jaunt to Vancouver, BC.

The Pokémon City Championship tournaments bring together Pokémon players of all skill levels to test their Pokémon TCG skills, strategy, and creativity. The Fincastle Pokémon community of fans, family, and friends were on-hand cheering for their Trainers as they battled to become a Pokémon City Champion. Play! Pokémon Premier Events are sanctioned by The Pokémon Company International and locally managed by Premier Tournament Organizers who run hundreds of Pokémon TCG and video game tournaments every year throughout North America. Collectively they oversee tens of thousands of Pokémon competitors who train and compete at various local league events and sanctioned tournaments on their quest to become a Pokémon World Champion.

“Pokémon City Championships are special because they are a great way for both new and veteran players to come together and compete in a game they really enjoy,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “The Fincastle-area had a strong turnout of Pokémon TCG players and we’re excited to follow these local players as they continue to battle throughout the season, perhaps making it to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver.”

Play! Pokémon competitors are divided equally into three divisions: Junior Division (born in 2002 or later), Senior Division (born in 1998–2001), and Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier). For more information on future tournaments, including dates and locations or if you would like to learn more about joining a local league, please visit www.pokemon.com/play. 

Be sure to Like the official Pokémon Facebook page at Facebook.com/Pokemon and follow Pokémon on Twitter @Pokemon for the latest Pokémon news and fun! 

About Pokémon

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com.

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