In yet another series of international friendlies, 9 players from The Mirage Island represented Singapore and took on 9 Hong Kong players from the Hong Kong Pokemon World Tree (香港寵物小精靈世界樹) in a single best-of-three VGC ’15 match over the course of this weekend. Despite ending in a total 0-9 defeat for our Singaporean players, much insight could be gleaned from the various tactics which were skilfully deployed by our Hong Kong counterparts, and fresh experiences with creative twists in a year-old metagame would nevertheless prove to be valuable for most of the players.
Date & Time: 07 Nov 2015, 8.00pm (+8 GMT, SG time)
Venue: Online Wi-Fi
Format: VGC ’15
The event was jointly coordinated by Martin Tan & Ang Wei Wen from Singapore and Cyrus Or (who also fielded himself as a player) from Hong Kong.
In the weeks leading up to the friendly, Singapore and Hong Kong came up with selection methods to determine 9 players that would represent their own countries. Singapore held an online pre-qualifier tournament over the course of nearly 3 weeks, while Hong Kong picked the best-performing players from those who attended their local Premier Challenges. The results of the selection process culminates in the roster which you will see below, with teams that they fielded during the friendly.
|Poh Yu Jie|
Team Hong Kong
|Chan Tsz Hei|
|Cyrus Or (柯紀賢)|
|Yat Ching Hung|
|Yuen Nga Hin|
Pairings and Results
On 7 Nov, the friendly began and lasted for slightly over an hour, with three matches being played out every 20 minutes. Singaporean players gathered in a function room in Cecil Street to stream, battle and cheer on their fellow competitors, while the players from Hong Kong maintained a strong online presence from the comforts of their own homes.
At the end of the hour, the results were finalized and summarized in the following table:
|Bryan Tan||1-2||Chan Tsz Hei|
|Chelsea Tan||1-2||Esmond Leung|
|Justin Soh||1-2||Ivan Kwok|
|Nicholas Ong||1-2||Yuen Nga Hin|
|Poh Yu Jie||1-2||Travis Chu|
|Reuven Tan||1-2||Cyrus Or (柯紀賢)|
|Ryan Chiam||0-2||Hugo Ng|
|Shang Loh||0-2||Edward Cheung|
|Wilson Foong||1-2||Yat Ching Hung|
Hong Kong wins!
As previously mentioned, matches were streamed on our Twitch channel, with equipment provided by local tournament organizer Tan Zong Ying, and game commentary provided by Martin, Amir and Wei Wen. The 3 streamed matches have been conveniently included here, below.
Justin Soh [SG] vs. Ivan Kwok [HK]
Ryan Chiam [SG] vs. Hugo Ng [HK]
Chelsea Tan [SG] vs. Esmond Leung [HK]
All in all, our heartiest congratulations to Hong Kong for winning the friendly! Perhaps we’ll do better next time!
(Logo art by Tan Zong Ying. Follow at @Tan_ZYinG)