2018 Worlds Preview – Oceania Edition

Oceania is one of the younger scenes but has began to make a name for themselves. After their first World Championships Top 8 appearance in 2014, they seemed to fade into obscurity despite Edward Cheung of Hong Kong and Sam Pandelis of Australia, top cutting in 2016. This label of obscurity was stripped in 2017 when they exploded onto the International scene. The world watched Zoe Lou of Australia defend their International and Christopher Kan of Australia take home North America’s trophy. At the World Championships, their Top Cut representative, the consistent Sam Pandelis, took it all the way to the finals before his tight loss to Ryota Otsubo of Japan. In 2018 the region has remained strong. They have Top Cut multiple Internationals and won an American Regional. The region itself is comprised of a number of countries, with Singapore and Australia housing the 8 Day 2 invitees.

1st: Melvin Keh [SG]
CP: 1680

  • 73rd European International Championships
  • 77th Oceania International Championships
  • 4th Latin American International Championships
  • 5th North American International Championships
  • 1st Hong Kong Special
  • 2nd Singapore Special (Jan 19)

2nd: Christopher Kan [AU]
CP: 1135

  • dnf European International Championships
  • 10th Oceania International Championships
  • – Latin American International Championships
  • – North American International Championships
  • 1st New Zealand Special
  • 1st Australia Special

3rd: Alister Sandover [AU]
CP: 1123

  • – European International Championships
  • 34th Oceania International Championships
  • – Latin American International Championships
  • 14th North American International Championships
  • 2nd Malaysia Special
  • 3rd Australia Special

4th: Nicholas Bingham [AU]
CP: 873

  • – European International Championships
  • 26th Oceania International Championships
  • – Latin American International Championships
  • – North American International Championships
  • 4th Melbourne Regionals
  • 7th Perth Regionals

5th: Ang Wei Wen [SG]
CP: 869

  • – European International Championships
  • 84th Oceania International Championships
  • 27th Latin American International Championships
  • 87th North American International Championships
  • 3rd Malaysia Special
  • 7th Singapore Special (Jan 19)

6th: Chelsea Tan [SG]
CP: 864

  • – European International Championships
  • dnf Oceania International Championships
  • 42nd Latin American International Championships
  • 91st North American International Championships
  • 1st Singapore Special (Jan 19)
  • 1st Singapore Special (Nov 17)

7th: Chris Giagozoglou [AU]
CP: 845

  • – European International Championships
  • 70th Oceania International Championships
  • – Latin American International Championships
  • – North American International Championships
  • 4th Malaysia Regionals
  • 4th Australia Special

8th: Yoko Taguma [SG]
CP: 790

  • – European International Championships
  • 95th Oceania International Championships
  • 69th Latin American International Championships
  • 120th North American International Championships
  • 2nd New Zealand Special
  • 8th Malaysia Special

Day 1 Highlights (Bar: 300 CP)

Benjamin Tan [SG]
CP: 784

Tan has had arguably the strongest last quarter season of anyone in the world. Being around 100 CP away from his Worlds invite, he won the Malaysia Special Event. He then followed this up with another victory at Malaysia Regionals, being one of the pioneers of Goth-Maw alongside Yanqing Sun from the United States. With two major wins under his belt, what does Tan do? He decides to win a third, this time winning the Singapore Special event with the same six Pokémon. This quick late season dominance nearly earned Tan a Day 2 Worlds invite. Expect big things from Tan in Nashville.

Jirawiwat Thitasiri [TH]
CP: 645

Jirawiwat has dominant throughout the 2018 season. Despite being from Thailand, he attends school in California and as a result goes to events there. In the fall, he won San Jose Regionals with a team he’d piloted well consistently for the majority of 2017. In 2018, he finished Top 8 at Costa Mesa Regionals. Since then he placed Top 16 at the June Malaysia Regionals, continuing to demonstrate his successes in consistent team selections. Being one of Oceania’s top ranked players for the last two years, Jirawiwat looks to add a high Worlds finish to his resume in Nashville.

James Kataros [AU]
CP: 527

James is an Australian player who has had a relatively strong 2018 campaign. Starting off with a Top 16 finish at Oceania Internationals, James put himself in a comfortable CP position. He reinforced this strong position with second place finish at the recent Melbourne Regional Championships with an archetype that seemed to be on its way out, Mega Manectric + Snorlax. Perhaps James can bring this consistency and strong team knowledge to Nashville and compete to earn Australia’s second Masters Worlds trophy.

Low Wai Yin [SG]
CP: 430

Yin is a Singaporean player that is known by many for her awesome team art. As a competitor this season, Yin has seen consistency at local and Regional level events. She finished her season strong with a second place finish at Singapore’s last special event, locking her worlds invite. As a multi-time veteran of the World Championships, Yin is used to playing in the Worlds atmosphere. Watch for big things from her at the World Championships this year.

Chien-Chien Tsai [TW]
CP: 400

Tsai has had an exceptional season, despite what you may think with 400 CP. Between three Regional level events, he touts two second places and a Top 16. These finals appearances come from the Hong Kong Open and Taiwan Regionals. Tsai is a player we know for a fact can perform at Worlds after his Top 8 finish in the Seniors division in 2015. Tsai’s consistency and Worlds experience should be all the tools he needs to see himself high on the world’s biggest stage once again.

Sam Pandelis [AU]
CP: 200 (World Championships 2017 Finalist)

Sam is one of the most successful Australian players to have ever touched VGC. A three time Regional champion and Nationals semi-finalist, he is not unfamiliar to the spotlight by any means. His success at the World Championships has also been at a higher level of consistency the past two years. In 2016, he cut and put Australia back on the International map. In 2017, he carried the nation on his back and placed 2nd, taking home Oceania’s first Masters division trophy. This season, Sam has been relatively quiet. With his invite to the World Championships secured in August last year, he took his foot off the gas. He placed Top 128 at the European International Championships and Top 8 at San Jose Regionals. Since then he has been attending a few close events and biding his time until his return to the stage.

Day 1 Players: CP

  • Benjamin Tan [SG] – 784
  • Khalid Alhuraiz [AE] – 755
  • Mitch Kendrick [AU] – 743
  • Jirawiwat Thitasiri [TH] – 645
  • Graham Amedee [AU] – 632
  • Eike Marvin Glicher [TW] – 585
  • Isaac Lam [NZ] – 571
  • James Katsaros [AU] – 527
  • Marco Yuen [HK] – 524
  • Joel Lee [MY] – 493
  • J S Deo [MY] – 449
  • Lee Ka Kok [HK] – 445
  • Low Wai Yin [SG] – 440
  • Malcolm Mackellar [AU] – 421
  • Liu Jang-Ting [TW] – 420
  • Ben de Ridder [AU] – 407
  • Wilson Foong [SG] – 405
  • Chien-Chien Tsai [TW] – 400
  • Lewis Foong [MY] – 396
  • Guntur Prabowo [ID] – 389
  • Chen Wu [TW] – 388
  • Zhengle Tu [CN] – 376
  • Edward Cheung [HK] – 359
  • Henry Rich [AU] – 355
  • Lam Tsz Hin [HK] – 349
  • Jie-Ru Lin [TW] – 348
  • Alan Chia [SG] – 341
  • Rayne Tay [SG] – 328
  • Mi Gu [TW] – 327
  • Brian Amedee [AU] – 321
  • Kevin J [TW] – 320
  • Tang Chun Ho Oscar [HK] – 313
  • Yang-Jie Huang [TW] – 312
  • Stephen Tan [MY] – 310
  • Leung Pak Hei [HK] – 309
  • Kevin Ngim [MY] – 305
  • Ismat Myron Beg [MY] – 304
  • Matthew Hui [SG] – 304
  • Kwok Pui Yin [HK] – 304
  • Shawn Tang [SG] – 303
  • M Hafidz Syahril [ID] – 302
  • Tsang TL [HK] – 301
  • Fu Chi Yuen [HK] – 300

Oceania Smart Money

Melvin Keh [SG]

This situation became similar to Yuree’s in that there just seemed to see an individual who was just that much better than his entire region. Melvin has had a spectacular end to his season on an International level. After a subpar Oceania performance, Melvin blew expectations and reached Top 4 of the Latin and Top 8 of the North American International Championships. Once you pair this with 3 regional/special Top Cuts and a win, Melvin radiates that dominance of a top player. Singapore has yet to cut a World Championships and if anyone is to break the streak, Melvin is the prime candidate.

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