The following players have advanced to the second day of the World Championships!
1 Sami Sekkoum (Darkrai)
2 Patricio Gonzalez Walsh (Darkrai/Mewtwo)
3 Stefan Tabaco (CMT)
4 Yuta Komatsuda (Darkrai/Mewtwo)
5 Xavier Chua (CMT)
6 Jay Hornung (Darkrai/Mewtwo)
7 Michael Pramawat (Darkrai)
8 Michael Diaz (Darkrai/Mewtwo)
9 Adrian Loke (Darkrai/Terrakion)
10 Steven Mao (CMT)
11 Aaron Curry (Zekrom/Eelektrik)
12 Igor Costa (Darkrai/Mewtwo/Terrakion)
13 Clifton Goh (Mew/Accelgor/Chandelure)
14 Roberto Shirasago (Darkrai/Mewtwo)
15 Harrison Leven (Darkrai)
16 Dylan Bryan (Terrakion/Mewtwo)
Looks like Darkrai was the force to be reckoned with at Worlds, taking ten spots of the Top 16. Overall, there were no rogue decks to make the cut; it seems like the format was figured out. Vileplume decks had much less success than at US Nationals, with only one Accelgor deck making the cut.
For the second year in a row, Sami Sekkoum went undefeated through the Swiss rounds, surely cementing his place as one of the greatest Worlds performers of all time. In fact, there are a lot of familiar faces in this year’s Top 16. Yuta Komatsuda was the 2010 World Champion, Michael Pramawat finished 2nd in 2010, Jay Hornung took 3rd in 2009, and Dylan Bryan made Top 16 in 2011. In addition, Michael Diaz made Top 8 in Seniors in 2010. Still, there are a lot of new players who are trying to make names for themselves as well.
Perhaps the most impressive story is how well some of the players from the LCQ have done. In total, three players from the grinder kept their momentum going into Worlds. Stefan Tabaco, the player from California, went 6-0 until running into Sami Sekkoum in the final round. Aaron Curry, who knocked out Tsuguyoshi Yamato from the LCQ, managed to have a great 6-1 showing as well. Finally, Michael Diaz continued with a strong 6-1 showing, continuing his trend of doing well in Hawaii.
Who will win and become the 2012 World Champion? Will it be an established pro, or will it be someone who comes out of nowhere? Can Yuta Komatsuda match Jason Klaczynski’s feat of becoming a two-time World Champion? What deck will come out on top? We will find out tomorrow as the 2012 World Championship concludes!