After kicking off the season with an exciting event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the 2019 International Championships made its way to Melbourne, Australia for the Oceania International Championships. More than 330 players competed to be crowned the third ever Pokémon TCG Masters Division Oceania International Champion, a title which included a $10,000 grand prize and 500 Championship Points—enough to automatically qualify for the 2019 Pokémon World Championships.
With the previous two Oceania International Championships having been won by European players, this year the Oceania community was particularly keen to crown a local champion. However, competition for the title was fierce. The event attracted skilled players from across the globe, including those from the North America, Europe, Latin America and Oceania rating zones who received a Travel Award to Melbourne because of their success at tournaments earlier in the season. With great talent came great strategies and a variety of interesting decks. Here is how the event unfolded.