Pokken Tournament crowns its latest world champion as the game temporarily goes free

The Pokemon World Championship crowned its first official winner this weekend. The Pokken Tournament Championship Series kicked off Friday morning and ended early evening with Shadowcat defeating the top 15 players in the world and emerging victorious as the 2022 Pokken Tournament DX World Champion. This marks the end of official support from the Pokemon Company in the competitive Pokken Tournament, which won’t feature at next year’s World Championship.

Shadowcat didn’t qualify for Pokken Tournament Master 16 before the event, but earned their spot in the Last Chance Qualifier held on Thursday. With a team consisting of Braixen, Darkrai and Sceptile, Shadowcat swept the LCQ and dominated throughout the Masters Top 16. Mewtater, Shadowcat’s opponent in the Grand Finals, managed to force a support reset. The series finale went the distance, with Shadowcat winning three-to-two against Mewtater, winning the grand prize of $6,000.


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This is the last year for Pokken Tournament DX at the Pokémon World Championship. The Switch fighting game has been part of every world since its release in 2015. Despite rumors, there has been no official confirmation that a Pokken sequel is in development. Pokemon celebrated the legacy of Pokken Tournament DX with a touching video that shines a light on the community and some of the greatest moments in gaming history.

To celebrate the impact it has had on the Pokemon community, a free trial of Pokken Tournament DX is available to all Nintendo Switch Online subscribers for one week. The free trial started Friday, August 18 and will run until August 24. Players can also purchase the full game for 30% off right now, which is a particularly rare offer.

Pokken is just one of five games featured at this weekend’s Pokemon World Championship. As the TCG and VGC competitions continue, Pokemon Unite and Pokemon Go are both making their first appearances at Worlds this year. Each game has its own dedicated live stream on YouTube and Twitch so you can follow the action. Unite and Go will conclude these tournaments at the end of today, while the TCG and VGC competitions will conclude on Sunday.

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