IamA Hi Reddit! I'm a Competitive Pokemon TCG Player, and was in attendance of the Pokemon World Championships 2015 in Boston, MA. AMA!
My short bio: I'm a young guy from Indianapolis, IN. I've been involved with casual Pokemon since 2007, and went to a competitive level in 2013. An all-around nerd.
I came to the Pokemon World Championships this year not as a competitor (unfortunately didn't make the cut), but I participated in side events, watched friends play in the tournament, and helped run an invitational tournament for some of the best players in the Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) at the Pokemon Card site I happen to work for.
Since there was a bit of controversy over this year's World Championships (with the gun threats over Facebook), I thought I might create an AMA to answer your questions regarding the event, as well as answer any questions you guys have about Pokemon. The competitive scene, how it's grown over the years, etc.
Edit: Thanks everyone! I've never been on the front page, and this is exciting for me both as a player and redditor! I would keep on answering, but I've gotten extremely tired and need to get some sleep.
If you missed out, just leave your questions below and I'll sift through them tomorrow morning.
Edit 2: I'll be logging off now, but if you're still late, I'll see about answering some over the next few days. I've had a ton of fun answering your questions!
Just a few links to the Pokemon curious:
r/pkmntcg (A subreddit dedicated to the Pokemon Trading Card Game)
I've gotten some questions about fansites, so I'll leave links to some of them if you want advice on deck building or fancy reading (or watching) more about Pokémon.