A Devoted Female Pokemon Player Just Won A Big International Tournament

by Robert Workman

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It’s always great to see an underdog come out of nowhere and score a sweet victory in a championship, especially when you don’t see them coming. That’s what happened with Zoe Lou, a player that’s never had a big finish in the Pokemon tournaments she’s finished in. But that changed this past weekend during a real big tournament in Australia, where she managed to clean house as the first woman to score such a victory in the oldest age division of the game, according to Kotaku.

Lou is actually pretty savvy with Pokemon planning, having adapted to tweaks and variances with her squad, consisting of the likes of Tapu Lele and Drifblim, as well as Gyarados, Garchomp, Magnezone and Tapu Koko. 

Lou’s early matches in the contest couldn’t be seen on Twitch, but her record within the first day ended up being 8-1, which isn’t too shabby at all. However, day two got a little bumpier, where she ended up around 10-4 with her record, due to a few losses. However, she made it to the single elimination bracket in 8th, and she won an opening match after her opponent dropped out to catch a flight home.

She later defeated fan favorite Ben Kyriakou (who had won big in the European International Championships in fourth place previously), and then later challenged Nico Davide Cognetta, a seasoned Italian player.

Due to the removal of one of Cognetta’s players (Kartana, since he wasn’t on the team sheet properly enough), Lou had a chance to move in and take over with her team. She managed to defeat his Porygon 2 with some team effort, and, afterwards, she won the tournament. You can catch video from that round below.

Fans were thrilled to see Lou score the victory across the Internet, and now attention is turning to the next big International Championships, which will take place in Sao Paulo this April.

Congrats to Zoe Lou on her huge win. Gotta catch ‘em all!

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.