Author Archives: Mindape

A Pokemon fan since Blue and Red. Rarely seen as a trainer in the wild due to irl commitments, but dedicated to contributing to the community regardless. Rio 2016 Olympian.

Australians in the Nugget Bridge Major: Round 1 and 2 Update

  The first two rounds of the Nugget Bridge Major 5 have been completed, so let’s take the opportunity to see how Australia’s representatives have gone so far. We’ve counted 26 Australians competing in this year’s edition, the second highest contingent behind the USA, in an international competition with 28 countries represented! After two battles, there remain four Australians undefeated: ...

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Following Australians in the Nugget Bridge Major

  G’day everyone! You may have seen our recent news post about the 5th Nugget Bridge Major, a huge online Pokémon Tournament hosted by VGC website Nugget Bridge. Here at PokéAus, we’re happy to announce that we will be keeping track of how Australia’s representatives go in this tournament, both individually and collectively, via an online spreadsheet. Similarly to our Around the Stadiums series, we’ll ...

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Around The Stadiums: Blaziken Series #2 – A Premier Challenge Summary

  Hello all, and welcome back to another edition of Around the Stadiums. Today we’re continuing on with the Blaziken Series of Premier Challenges, this time with the new VGC2016 format. You can familiarise yourself with the rules here if you don’t know them already. While only three states had PCs this month, we expect that number to increase in ...

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Around The Stadiums: Blaziken Series #1 – A Premier Challenge Summary

  Hello all! All of us here at PokeAus hope you had an enjoyable and safe time over the Christmas/New Year period. This edition of Around the Stadiums covers the first month of the Blaziken Premier Challenge series, which was also the last month of events operating under the VGC2015 ruleset. From January, all events will be conducted using the ...

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Around The Stadiums: Sceptile Series #2 – A Premier Challenge Summary

  Hello all, and welcome back to another edition of the Around the Stadiums Premier Challenge (PC) results wrap up. This edition will be the second and final edition of the Sceptile PC Series, with the Blaziken Series speed boosting off from December 1st. We’ve had PCs in four states over the last couple of weekends, so there is plenty ...

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Around The Stadiums: Sceptile Series #1 – A Premier Challenge Summary

  After enduring a quiet few months in the post-World Championship period, Australia’s VGC scene is back at it again as the journey towards the 2016 World Championships in San Francisco gets underway in earnest with a plethora of Premier Challenges (PCs) having been announced in recent weeks, and the first of those beginning to be held. Here at PokéAus, ...

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Pokémes Amis: Getting Involved in Your Local VGC Community

  Do you love playing Pokémon, and battling others, but don’t feel like you have anyone to hang out with and talk Pokémon on a regular basis? This might be the article for you! Here we will look at the different things you can do to get involved with, and help build up, your local VGC community. This includes looking ...

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Training for Pokémon like an Elite Athlete

G’day, Rhydian Cowley here. I go by Mindape in the Showdown chat, on the forums, and in Twitch chat. When I’m not playing Pokémon, I train and compete at an elite level in athletics (my event is the glamorous 20 km Walk). I have represented Australia at international events, and I’ve travelled to many foreign countries. My ultimate goal is ...

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