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My favourite Pokémon VGC teams from the 2022 Vancouver Regionals

The 2022 Vancouver Regionals are over and—spoiler alert—sun won this time. But here are some of my alternative picks of the tournament.

The 2022 Vancouver Regional Championships took place this weekend across three Pokémon competitions: VGC (Video Game Championships), TCG (Trading Card Game), and Pokémon GoVictory Road compiled a list of the top 32 teams and I’m going to pick out my favourites.

Zac Emerzian’s team (finished 2nd)

Team members: Solgaleo, Calyrex-S, Rotom-H, Tapu Fini, Grimmsnarl, and Nihilego

I love this mix of VGC 2020, 2021, and 2022 with the Rotom, Weakness Policy Solgaleo, Tapu Fini (which is picking up in popularity), and Nihilego which I don’t think I’ve seen in any top cuts this year. Zac pushed Gavin Michaels (the eventual champion) all the way to a Game 3 but couldn’t take the victory. Impressive performance with this team.

Nathan Ortiz’s team (finished 3rd)

Team members: White Kyurem, Calyrex-S, Talonflame, Sableye, Urshifu (Single Strike), and Ditto

Another awesome team with some non-standard picks including White Kyurem, Talonflame, Sableye, and Ditto, affectionately known as the third restricted due to it often transforming into the opponent’s restricted Pokémon when sent out.

Josh Ferris’s team (finished 13th)

Team members: Zacian, Lugia, Arcanine, Rillaboom, Grimmsnarl, Regieleki

2/3rds of the team is pretty standard but it’s another outing for Lugia in the last few regionals, alongside Arcanine which was a popular pick a few series ago. I don’t know if Josh’s team featured on stream at all but those two Pokémon in particular are very interesting. Finally, some justice for Lugia!

Gary Qian’s team (finished 14th)

Team members: Yveltal, Kyogre, Alolan Marowak, Alolan Exeggcutor, Indeedee-F, Rotom-M

It’s another Rotom form but Mow rather than Heat or Wash. We also see an Alolan Exeggcutor with an Alolan Marowak which is an interesting pick for a team without a Groudon but it did well enough to make the Top 16.