Jiseok “Meluca” Lee is a South Korean VGC player and the 2020 Pokémon Players Cup finalist. Most known by his accomplishments in his country of birth, between 2016 and 2017 he obtained notable results in the Korean circuit. The most distinguishable, 2016 Korean National Championship. As a consequence, he obtained a Day 2 invite to San Francisco World Championship
International Championships are the largest events before Worlds. Since 2016, this tournament is held in 4 different regions: Europe, North America, Latinamerica and Oceania.
They are in-person events where players spend around 3 days competing. Firstly, nine swiss rounds from which x-2 players should continue to the next stage. The following day, those competitors are reduced to a Top Cut which modifies depending on the attendance. This day also should determine the finalists. The third and last day, every single division and category plays on streaming its corresponding final matches.
Baris “Billa” Ackos is a german VGC player, judge and caster. His VGC career goes back to 2013 when, in his first WCS appearance he got a Top 16 in Vancouver. Since then, he has obtained several good performances around the world and, in addition, becoming the first player to compete in all continents. 3 years after his first Pokémon World Championship, Baris got his best result so far: an 8th place in San Francisco WCS.
Jens Arne Maekinen is a Norwegian VGC player and x2 times world competitor. 2017-2018 season has been his most accomplished format so far with excellent results internationally. During that year, Jens managed to obtained two Top 8 in Regional and Spe championships and astonishing performances in Oceania and Worlds.
Meaghan Rattle is an Australian player. Her VGC carreer started in 2016 when she made Day 2 in her first worlds appearance. The following two years Meaghan barely achieve great results with the exception of Melbourne where she obtained a 28th place. The next season though she made incredible performances in the three formats. In Sun Series, Meaghan cut the Brisbane Regionals, then in Moon Series she placed 9th in the OCIC and managed to obtain her first Championship in Perth. In Ultra Series, she secured her paid trip (the only female in the world in 2019) with NAIC after finishing in the TOP 64. Months later, Meaghan could make it into Top Cut and quarterfinals losing against James Baek.
Stephen “Gramgus” Mea is a US player and 3 times world competitor. His first world appearance was in the Senior Division when he could get Day 2. From that moment on, Stephen made it into Masters and obtained some notable results from Regional and International Top Cuts to even a Special Event Championship. However his best accomplishments came with 2018 and 2019 obtaining two consecutive times Day 2 thanks to Specials and Regional Championships.