Last summer, people went crazy when the mobile game Pokémon GO was released. Since its heyday in the early 2000s, the little pocket monsters havn’t been so successful. Many people who were on the hunt for Pokémon considered themselves ‘Pokémon Masters’ but little did they know. In fact, there is a competitive Pokémon scene.
As an esports discipline, Pokémon is a strategic turn-based battle game. Each player has a team of six monsters of which they choose four for the battle. Before they make their choices, they have a look at the six creatures of their opponents. Thus, they can make predictions on which of their opponent’s Pokémon are actually going to fight. In order to avoid too defensive strategies, and excessive exchanges, each player fights with two Pokémon at once.
With its more than 700 different Pokémon, the game offers many strategic options to its players. Mind games are as important as the right training of your fighting pets. Although, there are line-ups that have displayed their viability, there is always a way to work around the meta as well. This creates a strategic depth which one can overlook at first.
We are very proud that we have a true Pokémon Master in our podcast today. Markus Stadter is a 21-year-old psychology student, who goes by the name ‘13Yoshi37’ in the scene. Not only did he win the German championship in 2014 and 2015 but he finished also third at the Pokémon World Championship last year. Very recently, he became a DreamHack Champion as well.
We talk with Markus about his career, and how he ended up being a pro. Of course, his story starts in his childhood when Pokémon conquered all our rooms and school yards. How is Pokémon different today from what it used to be? What goals does Markus have for 2017? Which role can the game play in the system of esports?
This episode is a journey to your past, so please make yourself comfortable and listen to this very special episode of Esport-Talk!
Links you should check out:
Check out the Pokemon Invitational