Wolfe Glick seems like your average college kid. Until you find out he’s one of the best competitive Pokemon players the world has ever seen.

 
 
 

What is Pokemon VGC?

VGC is short for Video Game Championships. They are tournaments held every year from the local to the international level. In the end, only one can be the very best. 

Since his competitive debut as a high school freshman in 2011, Wolfe has racked up:

6 Regional titles, 2 National titles, 7 World Championship appearances, the 2016 World Championship, and a massive fan base.

Why Pokemon?

It wasn’t too long ago that people were playing PokemonGo as a way to get more exercise, find dates, or plan robberies. The reincarnation of a world that was so important to my childhood made me curious to see why Pokemon came back.

Turns out, it never left.


Key Takeaways

  1. VGC is not what you played in primary school. It’s a combination of poker and chess. You’re trying to figure out what your opponent will do several turns before they do it.

  2. Pokemon is more than a video game, it’s a global community built on respect and friendship.

  3. Wolfe isn’t defined by his success, but rather his success is defined by his incredible character.

 
Dusting off my GameBoy Advance and playing Red Version for hours on end counts as research, right?
— Me