Edited 26 Feb: We have learned that as the tournament had less than 201 competitors, Simone’s prize money was US$1,500 not US$5,000 or a scholarship.
7-year-old Simone Lim has won the Pokémon Oceania International Junior Championships, winning the hearts of Pokemon fans around the world with her amazing tournament performance last weekend in Melbourne, Australia.
The Singaporean Pokémon prodigy beat number one seed Justin Miranda-Radbord, an older and more experienced player who’s won multiple Pokémon tournaments, including the Hartford Regional Championships.
On the very last game of the Grand Finals match, Lim was down to her final Pokémon, a Tyranitar; while Radbord still had both his Rhyperior and Dusclops. With no room for error left, Lim confidently read Radbord’s next move.
Lim correctly predicted that Radbord would use Protect on Rhyperior. This gave her the perfect opportunity to knock out Radbord’s Dusclops with Crunch, a Dark-type ability that Dusclops is weak against.
Lim then used Tyranitar’s Superpower attack on Radbord’s Rhyperior to finish the tournament and secure her first Pokémon Sword and Shield championship.
The young competitor then grabbed her Eevee plushie and gave the most adorable post-game esports interview we’ve ever seen.
For her first-place finish, Lim was awarded
US$5,000 or her choice of scholarship. US$1,500.