2018 Worlds Preview – Korea Edition

By Stephen Mea with consultation from Sejun Park and Wonseok Jang

Many associate the Korean VGC scene with the 2014 World Champion, Sejun Park. Alongside his 2nd Place in Seniors in 2011, Top 8 in masters in 2012, and Top 8 in 2013, Sejun is one of the game’s all time greats. However, the region has more to offer then just Sejun. In 2016, Wonseok Jang Top Cut the World Championships and placed 19th. Wonseok would cut again in 2017 alongside fellow Korean, Junghoon Shin with both of them finishing in the Top 16. Pokémon Korea advertises that at Korean Nationals the Top 4 will receive Day 2 Invites and the Top 8 will receive Day 1 invites. However, as has happened in previous years, the threshold for Day 1 was extended to the Top 32. Unfortunately, due to the difficulties of travel and other factors, only 5 Koreans are confirmed to attend the 2018 World Championships even with the invite extension. Due to the fact that many Korean players do not have twitters, we will link you their blogs so you can still support them!

Confirmed Attendees – Day 2

Suwoong Jeong

Suwoong is the defending Korean National Champion, and will be debuting at Worlds this year. In the Korean equivalents to Regionals (Seasoned Leagues), he touts a 2nd place at the 2017 Autumn League and a Top 4 at the 2016 Winter League. He took victory in Songdo using a unique double Tapu + Snorlax team. Being a newer player could allow for a great element of surprise in Nashville so watch out for him.

Juyoung Hong

Juyoung is one of Korea’s elite and will be making his historic first appearance at Worlds as a master. He has finished X-2 or better in every Seniors Worlds he played in. He took gold last year in Anaheim, capping off his legendary seniors career with a bang. He placed 4th at his first Masters National and qualified for Worlds once again. Expect big things from Juyoung in Anaheim.

Junha Choi

Junha is Korean player that will be returning to the World Championships in Nashville. In 2017, he qualified for the World Championships through Korean Nationals in Seniors. He placed 45th, and gained valuable experience. As a first year Master, he placed 6th at Korean Nationals. Due to the fact that the runner up and a semi finalist opted to not take the Day 2 invites, he played in a playoff with the other Top 8 finishers to win the coveted invite. Having placed in the Top 2 of the playoff allows us to confirm his attendance in the second day in Nashville.

Wonsoek Jung
Blog | @jungtendo1

Wonsoek is relatively well known Korean player. In 2017, he placed 2nd at Korean Nationals in seniors. Through this accomplishment, he was able to attend his first World Championships. He placed 40th in Seniors Day 2. In his first year as a master, he won the Korean Autumn league among a stacked crowd of players. He also placed 8th at Korean Nationals. Like Junha, he placed Top 2 in the Day 2 playoff and earned his invite. Seeing Wonsoek return to Worlds will be exciting as he will be put to the test once again by the world’s elite.

Day 1

Sangyoon Jung

Sangyoon placed Top 32 at Korean Nationals for the second year in a row. This year hewill be opting to attend Worlds after the invite extension. Look out for him in Day 1 this year!

Korean Nationals Final Standings – Day 2 Qualified

1st – Suwoong Jeong
2nd – Keunwoo Kim
3rd – Daegun Jeong
4th – Juyoung Hong

Day 1 Qualified

5th – Jaebeum Choi
6th – Junha Choi
7th – Jinho Park
8th – Wonsoek Jung
9th – Jungyoung Park
10th – Yeongwoong Kim
11th – Subin Yoon
12th – Sejun Park
13th – Sanghwan Lee
14th – Hyeongjun Kwon
15th – Junebum Ryoo
16th – Joongyu Baek
17th – Jinwoo Lee
18th – Minsu Lee
19th – Sanghoo Park
20th – Jiwoo Kim
21st – Jungin Jang
22nd – Jihyun Ryu
23rd – Seungyoon Kwon
24th – Sangyoon Jung
25th – Wonsoek Jang
26th – Donguk Jung
27th – Kyeongmin Jeon
28th – Jeonggyu Choi
29th – Taeseok Rho
30th – Minha Cho
31st – Minsoo Kim
32nd – Daekyeong Oak

Website with official Korean Nationals results

Korean Smart Money

Juyoung Hong

That trophy is all you need to see to know that Juyoung has what it takes to win a World Championship. 4th at his first National as a first year Master is an incredible accomplishment. What might be more shocking is his unreal level of consistency in the Seniors division. A Senior with three Worlds Top Cuts in the four years, is an accomplishment only matched by an elite few. Top 8 in 2014, Top 8 in 2016, and first in 2017 speak for themselves. He was the King of Korea for three years, winning Nationals three times between 2015, 2016, and 2017. Juyoung is a player that knows how to perform on the big stage. He has cut Worlds multiple times. He owns a gold trophy Pikachu. Unleashing him into the Masters division may have been the biggest mistake that TPCI made this year as he emerges as a clear favorite to win his second World Championship.

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