Welcome Back to our Player Presser series! Today, we were given the time to chat with a Regional Championship winner, the creator of our Malmö Regional Championships team and friend Daniel Tapp – AKA ProFluffyVGC.
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GP: When did you first get into Pokémon (first game etc)?
DT: I started playing back in the first generation; Blue was my first game.
GP: What was your earliest memory of Pokémon Blue?
DT: My earliest memory is probably losing to the Elite Four. My team only had one Pokémon at level 70, one at around level 30 and a level 17 Butterfree…
GP: Favourite Pokémon?
GP: How did you get involved in competitive Pokémon?
DT: I started learning about the ins and outs during the third generation on Ruby & Sapphire but my first tournament wasn’t until 2009 at Seattle Regionals.
GP: Do you remember your first team?
DT: Shuckle, Rhyperior, Bronzong, Marowak, Hippowdon… I think the sixth would have been Forretress
GP: What was your first event like? How did you do?
DT: It was a lottery event if I remember correctly, no official sign ups – your name had to be drawn out just to be able to participate. If I remember correctly it was 5 rounds and I ended up winning the whole thing!
GP: Tell me about the Regional Finals?
DT: It was my first time facing Dark Void but I managed to pull through and hit my opponents Snorlax with a critical hit!
GP: What keeps you coming back and competing?
DT: Honestly, it’s just the thrill of competing whilst seeing old friends and making new ones. My kids play competitively now as well!
GP: And finally, what are your plans for the future in competitive Pokémon?
DT: Next year we plan on going to Nationals and Worlds along with one of our local Regionals; I’m going to try to qualify for worlds and help my kids to as well!