At the end of the Fresno Regional, Emilio Forbes comes out on top once again.
Its crazy to think that a former World Championship finalist may just be having his best year ever.
Emilio's previous achievements:
▶️ 2022 Secaucus Regional Champion
▶️ 2020 San Diego Regional Champion
▶️ 2018 Worlds Finalist
▶️ 2018 San Jose Regional Finalist pic.twitter.com/sgXBtyW2lv
— Victory Road (@VGCVictoryRoad) June 12, 2023
Emilio Forbes is becoming a North American legend year by year. His consistency from his year in the Pokémon VGC 2018 World's final, all the way up to this win at the Fresno Regional shows that he's a figure that'll always be prominent until he leaves the Pokémon VGC scene. Not only did he place 1st in the Fresco Regional, but he also took a 13-1 record in the swiss rounds. For perspective, he was the only one to do so, and the second best was Chuppa Cross IV with a 12-2 record. No other players placed better that 11-3 in the swiss rounds. Emilio absolutely dominated the entire regional from start to finish.
Flutter Mane @ Choice Specs Ability: Protosynthesis Tera Type: Fairy - Dazzling Gleam - Moonblast - Shadow Ball - Trick Room
Kingambit @ Black Glasses Ability: Defiant Tera Type: Dark - Kowtow Cleave - Sucker Punch - Swords Dance - Protect
Arcanine @ Safety Goggles Ability: Intimidate Tera Type: - Flare Blitz - Extreme Speed - Will-O-Wisp - Protect
Iron Bundle @ Booster Energy Ability: Quark Drive Tera Type: Ice - Hydro Pump - Icy Wind - Freeze-Dry - Protect
Amoonguss @ Sitrus Berry Ability: Regenerator Tera Type: Water - Spore - Rage Powder - Pollen Puff - Protect
Iron Hands @ Assault Vest Ability: Quark Drive Tera Type: Grass - Drain Punch - Volt Switch - Heavy Slam - Fake Out
Emilio brought the perfect mix of long time meta Pokémon VGC picks. No Ting Lu, no Chi Yu, not even an Annihilape. His team is entirely Regulation B meta, and it's proving to still be very viable in the right hands. A talented trainer like Emilio could run through multiple regulations with this well crafted team. Using minimal support, this team focuses on type coverage hard hitters to be able to land heavy blows on any opponent. With few Special Attackers being used as top tier VGC Pokémon, Flutter Mane being the highlight of this team is quite impressive as well.
Defeating Len Deuel, Zackary Thornberg, and Gavin Michaels in Top 8 to win the bracket isn't the toughest road there is, but he played so excellently that nobody doubted he could defeat almost any player in the Fresno Regional. He's well earned his way towards the 2023 VGC World Championship thus far. Already being a former World Championship finalist, every VGC fan knows he's more than worthy of the highest level of Pokémon VGC play.