For the first time in Pokkén Tournament history, the 2018 Pokémon World Championships saw a non-Japanese player crowned as the Pokkén Tournament DX champion.
Despite the other three Top 4 spots being taken up by Japanese pros TARUTARO, haruyuki and subutan, 17 year old Jacob "ThankSwalot" Waller was able to become the first ever North American World Champion for Pokkén Tournament. Defeating the likes of Twixxie, Wingtide, Mikukey_HIKARI and more, ThankSwalot showed everyone that he is quite possibly the best Pokkén Tournament DX player in the world.
ThankSwalot is a fan favorite for his exciting character and playstyle. Thanks to the intense battle that he and TARUTARO put up, the Pokkén Grand Finals has gained over 650,000 views on the official Pokémon YouTube channel.
With all of this in mind, it only seems right that the first Player Profile on Pokkén Arena is featuring your 2018 Pokkén Tournament DX World Champion, ThankSwalot!
This series of posts aims to introduce readers to top Pokkén Tournament DX players, Following this post, we'll be posting an interview with ThankSwalot this Sunday!
During the interview, we'll be asking ThankSwalot questions asked by the community over the next 24 hours. To ask a question, you can either leave a comment on this post or ask on Twitter by tagging @PokkenArena and including the hashtag #AskSwalot. Then, check back this Sunday to get ThankSwalot's answer!
(I'd also like to give a huge thanks to Jetsplit for helping me out with this idea, along with the cooperation of the community in future projects like this one!)
ThankSwalot defeats Japanese legend TARUTARO to become the 2018 Pokkén Tournament World Champion!
The Pokémon Company
Name: Jacob Waller
Birth Date: December 4, 2000 (age 17)
Location: Oak Forest, Illinois
DX Mid-Season 1 Ranking: 5th
Other Competitive Titles: Pokémon VGC
|2018 Pokkén Tournament World Championships||August 25, 2018||1st|
|2018 Pokémon North America International Championships||July 7-8, 2018||1st|
|DreamHack Austin 2018||June 2, 2018||7th|
|Combo Breaker 2018||May 26, 2018||1st|
|NorCal Regionals 2018||April 1, 2018||1st|
|Final Round 2018||March 18, 2018||2nd|
|Winter Brawl XII||February 18-19, 2018||2nd|
|Frosty Faustings X||January 20, 2018||5th|
|NEC 18||December 17, 2017||2nd|
|Final Boss||October 28-29, 2017||7th|
- 2018 Pokémon World Championships: Pokkén Tournament DX Grand Finals
- 2018 Pokémon North America International Championships: Pokkén Tournament DX Grand Finals
- NCR 2018 Grand Finals: ThankSwalot (Sceptile) Vs slippingbug (Pikachu Libre)
- Pokkén Tournament DX Top 4 Finals - Combo Breaker 2018
- 2018 NA Masters Champ | FT5 vs ThankSwalot Shadow Mewtwo vs Empoleon
- Pokkén Arena profile
- Twitter account
- DeviantArt profile
- YouTube channel
- DiscordTag: ThankSwalot#4470
Remember, you can ask ThankSwalot questions either by leaving a comment on this post or by tagging @PokkenArena on Twitter and including the hashtag #AskSwalot. ThankSwalot will be answering your questions in his Player Interview, which will be published this Sunday, September 9!