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I'm 20 years old, currently residing in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, and I play Pokemon mostly in the Toronto area (usually referred to as the GTA). I started playing approximately 13 years ago, dating all the way back to 7-year-old Jacob eating his brother Zach's cherished Suicune card. The following year, I revoked the edible, and began to strive for consistent finishes. In 2010, I was able to win one of every single tournament, including a Battle Road (an olden League Challenge), a City Championships, a State Championships, a Regional Championships, a National Championships, and lastly the World Championships. The following year I made Top 8 at Worlds 2011, and proceeded to go into Masters very cocky -- I was in for a rude awakening. I stumbled in 2013, and came just shy of my World Championship invite in 2014 by a few Championship Points; the next year, I came back with a vengeance, earning my Worlds invitation after multiple Top 8's at large events. In 2016, I was able to strive deep enough to finish within the Top 16 in North America, earning me a stipend to the World Championships in San Francisco (which I also finished Top 16 at). All of these events led me to this year, where I swiftly bombed my first Regional Championships of the season due to a last minute deck change -- my confidence was at an all-time low. Going into the first Intercontinental Championships, I figured I wanted to stick to something rather simple and familiar - Yveltal/Garbodor seemed to fit the bill. I managed to finish 2nd place overall at the event.