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Alessio “Yuree” Boschetto won the Pokémon Players Cup kickoff invitational for Pokémon Sword and Shield. It was the first in a series of online VGC events that will take place throughout June, July, and August. The Pokémon Players Cup also includes invitationals and open brackets for the Trading Card Game and Pokkén Tournament DX.

The Invitational was recorded on June 6 and 7, then livestreamed on June 20 and 21. It featured an eight-person double-elimination bracket. This differs from the traditional VGC format, which includes Swiss pools leading into a single-elimination bracket. Because he won this invitational, Yuree has earned a spot in the circuit finals that will take place in August.

Yuree began his run with a 2-0 victory over Ashton “Linkyoshimario” Cox. However, he quickly fell into losers after suffering an 0-2 loss at the hands of Álex “PokeAlex” Gómez Berna. Yuree then defeated Eduardo “EmbC” Cunha to advance into top 4.

Yuree continued his run after rematching Linkyoshimario, winning 2-0 once again. He then eliminated James “Jamesspeed1” Baek in order to advance into Grand Finals. There, he once again faced off against PokeAlex, the one who had sent him to the losers bracket. However, Yuree was much better prepared the second time around, sweeping PokeAlex 4-0 between both sets of Grand Finals.

A closer look at Yuree’s team

Yuree’s Pokémon Players Cup VG Invitational team made use of an interesting core of starter Pokémon with Hidden Abilities. This included Cinderace with Libero, Rillaboom with Grassy Surge, and Primarina with Liquid Voice. Yuree also added Togekiss and Dusclops as support Pokémon, plus a Bisharp with Defiant as another offensive threat.

Yuree’s team proved to be very flexible, taking on various different modes, especially across his several games with PokeAlex. Notably, his team featured two different kinds of speed control, making it difficult for his opponents to outpace him. Sometimes, he raised his own speed with Dynamax Cinderace’s Max Airstream. In other matches, he made slower Pokémon go first with Dusclops’ Trick Room.

In addition to the aforementioned players, this VGC tournament featured Markus “Yoshi” Stadter, Wolfe “Wolfey” Glick, and Graham “Ammodee” Amedee. The next Pokémon Players Cup event will be a Pokkén Tournament DX invitational. It will take place from June 27 – 28.