North American Pokemon Player Power Rankings

The following page contains The Charizard Lounge’s Pokemon Player Power Rankings for the Pokemon Trading Card Game. The power rankings use a 3-year period to judge players upon and only take into account results from larger tournament series, leaving out smaller local events such as City Championships and League Challenges. The Power Rankings will be updated after each major tournament event.

To see an archive of all past Power Rankings, click here.

Table of Contents

Current Power Rankings

Last Updated September 4th, 2017

Rank Player Z-Score
1 Sam Chen 21.88
2 Brad Curcio 21.33
3 Jimmy Pendarvis 21.18
4 Azul Garcia Griego 21.13
5 Kian Amini 20.88
6 Igor Costa 20.20
7 Michael Pramawat 19.00
8 Israel Sosa 18.60
9 Daniel Altavilla 18.15
10 Connor Finton 17.65
11 Chris Siakala 17.35
12 Ryan Sabelhaus 16.70
13 Aaron Tarbell 16.05
14 Frank Diaz 15.48
15 Alex Hill 13.73
16 Ross Cawthon 13.43
17 Xander Pero 13.00
18 Rahul Reddy 12.88
19 Caleb Gedemer 12.48
20 Chris Schemanske 12.13
21 Daniel Lynch 12.08
22 Sam Hough 11.40
23 Grafton Roll 11.28
24 Kenny Britton 11.05
25 Mark Garcia 10.20
26 Drew Kennett 10.18
T-27 Travis Nunlist 10.13
T-27 Jacob Lesage 10.13
29 Ahmed Ali 10.10
T-30 Andrew Mahone 9.68
T-30 John Kettler 9.68
32 Michael Canaves 9.33
33 Kevin Baxter 9.23
34 Dalen Dockery 9.20
35 Alex Schemanske 9.00
36 Tyler Ninomura 8.93
37 Chris Derocher 8.73
38 Russell LaParre 8.50
T-39 Dylan Bryan 8.43
T-39 Jimmy McClure 8.43
41 Grant Manley 8.38
42 Justin Bokhari 8.05
43 TJ Traquair 7.95
44 Eric Gansman 7.53
45 Pablo Meza 7.50
46 Jeffrey Cheng 7.45
47 James Arnold 7.18
48 Alex Krekeler 7.00
49 Jason Klaczynski 6.60
50 Andrew Wamboldt 6.53
T-51 Tony Jimenez 6.50
T-51 Christian Ortiz 6.50
53 Elijah Covitz 6.25
54 Paul Johnston 6.20
55 Roberto Lozada 6.08
T-56 Ryan Grant 6.05
T-56 Alex Koch 6.05
58 Jeremiah Williams 6.03
T-59 Jose Marrero 5.95
T-59 Alex Wilson 5.95
61 Peter Kica 5.93
T-62 Mike Fouchet 5.85
T-62 Marcos Garcia 5.85
64 Sean Foisy 5.83
65 Jimmy O’Brien 5.78
66 Stefan Tabaco 5.70
67 Nick Robinson 5.55
68 Dean Nezam 5.53
69 James Depampilis 5.50
70 Simon Narode 5.40
71 Tristan Macek 5.28
72 Jay Young 5.25
73 Jordan Nelle 5.18
74 Noel Totomoch 5.15
75 Brit Pybas 5.08
76 Noah Sawyer 5.05
T-77 Long Bui 5.00
T-77 Fred Hoban 5.00
T-79 Oscar Morales 4.98
T-79 Cody Walinski 4.98
81 Ciaran Farah 4.88
82 Jeremy Gibson 4.85
83 Brandon Cantu 4.83
84 Jacob Mechaber 4.78
85 Benjamin Sauk 4.75
T-86 Treynor Wolfe 4.68
T-86 Jonathan Paranada 4.68
88 Jonathan Crespo 4.55
89 Chase Moloney 4.53
90 Nathian Beck 4.48
91 William Herrmann 4.45
92 Bob Zhang 4.40
T-93 Nathan Brower 4.38
T-93 Main Ahmed 4.38
95 William Boatman 4.35
T-96 Austen Vance 4.30
T-96 David Richard 4.30
98 Andrew Estrada 4.20
T-99 Bryan Hunter 4.15
T-99 Chris Venier 4.15

2017-2018 Single Season Power Rankings

Rank Player Z-Score
1 Michael Pramawat 7
2 Sam Chen 6
T-3 Chris Siakala 5
T-3 Chris Venier 5
T-5 Israel Sosa 4
T-5 Jac Carter 4
T-5 Zach Zamora 4
T-5 Gibson Archer-Tang 4
T-9 Igor Costa 3
T-9 Ryan Sabelhaus 3
T-9 Jordan Nelle 3
T-9 Cody Walinski 3
T-9 Kyle Lesniewicz 3
T-9 Zach Lesage 3
T-9 Alex Mullen 3
T-9 Will Jenkins 3
T-17 Brad Curcio 2
T-17 Jimmy Pendarvis 2
T-17 Daniel Lynch 2
T-17 Dalen Dockery 2
T-17 Grant Manley 2
T-17 Pablo Meza 2
T-17 Benjamin Sauk 2
T-17 Bryan Hunter 2
T-17 Enrique Avila 2
T-17 Michael Bergerac 2
T-17 Nick Chimento 2
T-17 Brandon Salazar 2
T-17 Austin Ellis 2
T-17 Travion Tiller 2
T-17 Michael Long 2
T-17 Oscar Soto 2
T-17 Bryon Williams 2

2016-2017 Single Season Power Rankings

Rank Player Z-Score
1 Igor Costa 35
2 Jimmy Pendarvis 32
3 Sam Chen 31
T-4 Azul Garcia Griego 26
T-4 Xander Pero 26
T-6 Daniel Altavilla 25
T-6 Connor Finton 25
T-8 Kian Amini 24
T-8 Brad Curcio 24
T-8 Chris Siakala 24
11 Rahul Reddy 23
12 Ryan Sabelhaus 22
13 Israel Sosa 21
T-14 Aaron Tarbell 20
T-14 Kenny Britton 20
T-16 Alex Hill 18
T-16 Drew Kennett 18
T-16 Alex Schemanske 18
T-19 Michael Pramawat 17
T-19 Chris Schemanske 17
T-19 Grafton Roll 17
T-19 John Kettler 17
T-23 Caleb Gedemer 15
T-23 Travis Nunlist 15
T-25 James Arnold 14
T-25 Alex Krekeler 14
T-27 Sam Hough 13
T-27 Daniel Lynch 13
T-27 Andrew Mahone 13
T-27 Tyler Ninomura 13
T-27 Chris Derocher 13
T-27 Pablo Meza 13
T-27 Tony Jimenez 13
T-34 Frank Diaz 12
T-34 Ahmed Ali 12
T-34 Justin Bokhari 12
T-37 Jacob Lesage 11
T-37 Peter Kica 11
39 Michael Canaves 10.5
T-40 Mark Garcia 10
T-40 Jeffrey Cheng 10
T-40 Noel Totomoch 10
T-43 Ross Cawthon 9
T-43 Russell LaParre 9
T-43 Grant Manley 9
T-43 Roberto Lozada 9
T-47 Dalen Dockery 8
T-47 Noah Sawyer 8
T-47 David Richard 8
T-47 Seena Ghaziaskar 8
T-47 Michael Del Rosario 8
T-47 Michael Catron 8
T-53 Jeremiah Williams 7
T-53 Alex Wilson 7
T-53 Tristan Macek 7
T-53 Jonathan Crespo 7
T-53 Isaiah Williams 7
T-53 Chip Richey 7
T-53 Alex Bobenrioth 7
T-53 Wesley Hollenberg 7
T-61 Dylan Bryan 6
T-61 Andrew Wamboldt 6
T-61 Alex Koch 6
T-61 Mike Fouchet 6
T-61 James Depampilis 6
T-61 Jay Young 6
T-61 Long Bui 6
T-61 Main Ahmed 6
T-61 Austen Vance 6
T-61 Michael Natto 6
T-61 Jordan Nelle 6
T-61 Mike Newey 6
T-61 Charlie Lockyer 6
T-61 Ray Fernandez 6
T-61 Clinton Kirkwood 6
T-61 Josh Fernando 6
T-61 Lawrence Xu 6
T-78 Kevin Baxter 5
T-78 Jose Marrero 5
T-78 Sean Foisy 5
T-78 Stefan Tabaco 5
T-78 Jacob Mechaber 5
T-78 William Herrmann 5
T-78 Kyle Sabelhaus 5
T-78 Carl Sitavi 5
T-78 Ryan Allred 5
T-78 Daniel Lopez 5
T-78 Colin Peterik 5
T-78 John Sienkiewicz 5
T-78 Tyler Vaughn 5
T-78 Trevor Bustamante 5
T-78 Zachary Taylor 5
T-78 John Roberts 5
T-78 Christian Cruz 5
95 Eric Gansman 4.5
T-96 Jimmy McClure 4
T-96 Ryan Grant 4
T-96 Marcos Garcia 4
T-96 Dean Nezam 4
T-96 Oscar Morales 4
T-96 William Boatman 4
T-96 James Hart 4
T-96 Benjamin Sauk 4
T-96 John Pham 4
T-96 Anthony Nimmons 4
T-96 Andrew Jackson 4
T-96 Bryan Hunter 4
T-96 John Orgel 4
T-96 Joshua Sergenton 4
T-96 Hunter Harless 4
T-96 Abe Morales 4
T-96 Jimmy Zhang 4
T-96 Chris Abernathy 4
T-96 William Crawford 4
T-96 Carson Goins 4
T-96 Wade Oliver 4
T-96 Tom Filbey 4
T-96 Devon Tilson 4
T-96 Luis Zambrana 4
T-96 Logan Fleming 4
T-96 Jackie Moc 4

 

2015-2016 Single Season Power Rankings

Rank Player Z-Score
1 Brad Curcio 21
T-2 Frank Diaz 20
T-2 Michael Pramawat 20
T-2 Azul Garcia Griego 20
5 Ross Cawthon 19.5
6 Kian Amini 18.5
7 Paul Johnston 16
8 TJ Traquair 15
9 Kevin Baxter 14.5
T-10 Christian Ortiz 14
T-10 Eric Gansman 14
T-10 Israel Sosa 14
T-10 Sam Hough 14
14 Elijah Covitz 13.5
T-15 Aaron Tarbell 13
T-15 Connor Finton 13
T-15 Jimmy McClure 13
T-15 Nick Robinson 13
19 Dalen Dockery 12
T-20 Jimmy O’Brien 11.5
T-20 Jacob Lesage 11.5
T-20 Jonathan Paranada 11.5
T-23 Daniel Altavilla 11
T-23 Caleb Gedemer 11
T-23 Mark Garcia 11
T-23 Marcos Garcia 11
T-27 Ahmed Ali 10
T-27 Fred Hoban 10
T-29 Chris Schemanske 9.5
T-29 Nathian Beck 9.5
T-29 Cody Walinski 9.5
T-32 Jose Marrero 9
T-32 Liam Williams 9
T-32 Steven Singer 9
T-35 Ciaran Farah 8.5
T-35 Simon Luong 8.5
T-37 Andrew Estrada 8
T-37 Austin Attaway 8
T-37 Jeremy Gibson 8
T-37 Russell LaParre 8
T-37 Jeremy Jallen 8
T-37 Brandon Flowers 8
T-37 Michael Canaves 8
T-37 Kevin Abernathy 8
T-37 Michael Bergerac 8
T-46 Dean Nezam 7.5
T-46 Ryan Grant 7.5
T-46 Andrew Wamboldt 7.5
T-46 Conner LaVelle 7.5
T-46 Edwin Lopez 7.5
T-46 Max Armitage 7.5
T-46 Nathan Brower 7.5
T-46 Treynor Wolfe 7.5
T-54 Stefan Tabaco 7
T-54 Jimmy Pendarvis 7
T-54 Jason Lum 7
T-54 Jefferey Cheng 7
T-54 Alex Wilson 7
T-54 Bob Zhang 7
T-54 Alex Koch 7
T-54 Zander Bennett 7
T-54 Kyle Lesniewicz 7
T-54 Sorina Radu 7
T-54 Sam VerNooy 7
T-65 Dylan Bryan 6.5
T-65 Jacob Mechaber 6.5
T-65 Tyler Ninomura 6.5
T-68 Jason Klaczynski 6
T-68 Daniel Lynch 6
T-68 Alex Hill 6
T-68 Ryan Sabelhaus 6
T-68 Chris Siakala 6
T-68 Jay Young 6
T-68 JC Sharp 6
T-68 John Foster 6
T-68 Grafton Roll 6
T-68 Travis Nunlist 6
T-68 Mike Fouchet 6
T-68 Hayden Cameron-Jacobus 6
T-68 Phillip Barta 6
T-68 Stephen Bates 6
T-68 Jorge Garcia 6
T-83 Bodhi Tracy 5.5
T-83 Jeremiah Williams 5.5
T-83 Zach Lesage 5.5
T-83 Kyle Warden 5.5
T-83 Kevin Murphy 5.5
T-83 Sebastian Crema 5.5
T-89 Brit Pybas 5
T-89 Calvin Nordberg 5
T-89 Chris Rodriguez 5
T-89 Dale Lynch 5
T-89 James DePamphilis 5
T-89 James Miller 5
T-89 Joseph Sanchez 5
T-89 Justin Bokhari 5
T-89 Matt Price 5
T-89 Sammy Sosa 5
T-89 Michael Stromp 5
T-89 Francisco Osorio 5
T-89 Richard Reynolds 5
T-89 Richard Goldsberry 5
T-89 William Boatman 5
T-89 Sam Liggett 5

2014-2015 Single Season Power Rankings

Rank Player Z-Score
1 Jason Klaczynski 30
2 Dylan Bryan 21
T-3 Sam Chen 19
T-3 Simon Narode 19
T-5 Alex Hill 17.5
T-5 Chase Moloney 17.5
T-5 Henry Ross-Clunis 17.5
T-8 Jacob Van Wagner 17
T-8 Kristy Britton 17
T-10 Frank Diaz 16.5
T-10 Daniel Lynch 16.5
T-10 Andrew Mahone 16.5
13 Kian Amini 16
14 Brit Pybas 15.5
T-15 Brandon Cantu 15
T-15 Jason Martinez 15
T-17 Ross Cawthon 14
T-17 Ryan Sabelhaus 14
T-17 Sean Foisy 14
20 Jimmy McClure 12.5
T-21 Daniel Altavilla 12
T-21 Curtis Lyon 12
23 Jimmy Pendarvis 11.5
T-24 Kevin Baxter 11
T-24 Dustin Zimmerman 11
T-24 Grant Manley 11
T-24 Kyle Haverland 11
T-28 Oscar Morales 10.5
T-28 Orion Craig 10.5
T-30 Aaron Tarbell 10
T-30 Max Armitage 10
T-30 Kyle Sabelhaus 10
T-33 Ryan Grant 9.5
T-33 Dylan Dreyer 9.5
T-35 Mark Garcia 9
T-35 Brandon Salazar 9
T-35 Enrique Avila 9
T-35 Harrison Leven 9
T-39 Michael Canaves 8.5
T-39 Steve Guthrie 8.5
T-39 Dane Schussler 8.5
T-39 Jordan Roberts 8.5
T-43 Israel Sosa 8
T-43 TJ Traquair 8
T-43 Russell LaParre 8
T-43 Sorina Radu 8
T-43 Michael Diaz 8
T-43 Ray Cipoletti 8
T-49 Azul Garcia Griego 7.5
T-49 Caleb Gedemer 7.5
T-49 David Lopez 7.5
T-52 Jeremy Gibson 7
T-52 Treynor Wolfe 7
T-52 Joey Gaffney 7
T-52 Kolton Day 7
T-52 Chris Collins 7
T-52 Ben Moskow 7
T-52 James Hart 7
T-52 Roberto Lozada 7
T-52 Benjamin Sauk 7
T-52 Adrian Mamaril 7
T-52 Ross Wooten 7
T-63 Brad Curcio 6.5
T-63 Chris Murray 6.5
T-63 Eduardo Gonzalez 6.5
T-63 Jorge Feliciano 6.5
T-63 Jacob Dudzik 6.5
T-63 Andrew Jackson 6.5
T-69 Andrew Estrada 6
T-69 Dean Nezam 6
T-69 Andrew Wamboldt 6
T-69 Ciaran Farah 6
T-69 Jason Annichiarico 6
T-69 William Herrmann 6
T-69 Michael Slutsky 6
T-69 Justin Sanchez 6
T-69 Rith Ke 6
T-69 Omar Izaguirre 6
T-69 James Stumbo 6
T-69 Omar Reyhan 6
T-69 Andre Chiasson 6
T-82 Chris Derocher 5.5
T-82 Nick Chimento 5.5
T-84 Jimmy O’Brien 5
T-84 Stefan Tabaco 5
T-84 Nathan Brower 5
T-84 Mike Fouchet 5
T-84 Chris Siakala 5
T-84 James DePamphilis 5
T-84 Richard Reynolds 5
T-84 Simon Ford 5
T-84 Greg Sweeney 5
T-84 Charles Randall 5
T-84 Jake Jensen 5
T-84 Matt Brooks 5
T-84 Geoffrey Sauk 5
T-84 Curtis Swick 5
T-84 Jake Quiroz 5
T-84 Carter Copeland 5
T-84 Nic Conlin 5
T-84 Michael Lesky 5
T-84 Colin Schaetzke 5

2013-2014 Single Season Power Rankings

Rank Player Z-Score
1 Israel Sosa 20
2 Sam Chen 18.5
3 Andrew Estrada 18
4 Ryan Sabelhaus 17
5 Michael Pramawat 16.5
6 Ross Cawthon 16
7 Henry Prior 15
T-8 Brandon Cantu 14
T-8 Daniel Altavilla 14
T-8 Trevore Read 14
11 Dustin Zimmerman 12.5
T-12 Kevin Baxter 12
T-12 Long Bui 12
T-12 Adler Pierce 12
T-12 Ricky Gao 12
T-12 Chris Schemanske 12
T-12 Karl Kitchin 12
T-12 Stephen Clark 12
T-19 Nikolas Campbell 11
T-19 Jose Marrero 11
T-19 Brandon Smiley 11
T-22 Chase Moloney 10.5
T-22 Frank Diaz 10.5
T-22 Chris Murray 10.5
T-22 Kenton Anderson 10.5
T-22 Jonathan Bristow 10.5
T-27 Chris Venier 10
T-27 Calvin Nordberg 10
T-29 Aaron Tarbell 9.5
T-29 Christopher Nguyen 9.5
T-31 Kian Amini 9
T-31 Jason Martinez 9
T-31 Brandon Salazar 9
T-31 Evan Baker 9
T-35 Mia Violet 8.5
T-35 Ben Potter 8.5
T-35 Brandon Jones 8.5
T-35 Robby Weidemann 8.5
T-39 Kyle Sabelhaus 8
T-39 Russell LaParre 8
T-39 Dean Nezam 8
T-39 Justin Sanchez 8
T-39 Simon Luong 8
T-39 Daniel Lopez 8
T-39 Jeremy Jallen 8
T-39 Johnny Rabus 8
T-39 Edward Kuong 8
T-39 Nicholas Bailey 8
T-39 Angel Miranda 8
50 Colin Moll 7.5
T-51 Dylan Bryan 7
T-51 Jacob Van Wagner 7
T-51 Brit Pybas 7
T-51 Oscar Morales 7
T-51 Nick Chimento 7
T-51 Stefan Tabaco 7
T-51 Josh Marking 7
T-51 Alex Fields 7
T-51 Matthew Koo 7
T-51 Isaiah Williams 7
T-51 Kabir Virji 7
T-51 Conner LaVelle 7
T-63 Mark Garcia 6.5
T-63 Joey Gaffney 6.5
T-65 Alex Hill 6
T-65 Harrison Leven 6
T-65 Michael Diaz 6
T-65 David Lopez 6
T-65 Jason Annichiarico 6
T-65 Chris Derocher 6
T-65 Paul Johnston 6
T-65 JW Kriewall 6
T-65 Sam Salvador 6
T-65 Michael Skoran 6
T-75 Dylan Dreyer 5.5
T-75 Tristan Macek 5.5
T-75 Brent Siebenkittel 5.5
T-75 Andrew Zavala 5.5
T-75 Joseph Sanchez 5.5
T-75 Tyler Westover 5.5
T-81 Ray Cipoletti 5
T-81 Brad Curcio 5
T-81 Jorge Feliciano 5
T-81 Rudy Paras 5
T-81 Zak Krekeler 5
T-81 Chris Silver 5
T-81 Kyle Sucevich 5
T-81 Chris Bianchi 5
T-81 Yehoshua Tate 5
T-81 Santiago Rodriguez 5
T-81 Francis Ibijemilusi 5
T-81 Mike Newey 5
T-81 Evan MacPhaul 5
T-81 Recco Connor 5
T-81 Christian Velazquez 5
T-81 Grant McCellan 5
T-81 Justin Phillips 5
T-81 Austin Cook 5
T-100 Michael Canaves 4.5
T-100 Scott DeGraw 4.5
T-100 Mason Hein 4.5
T-100 Jay Hornung 4.5
T-100 Corey Weidner 4.5

Methodology

The Zard Score (Z-Score) is essentially a modified Championship Point system. Z-Score diverges from Championship Points in two primary ways. First, Z-Score only takes into higher level Pokemon events, only taking into account State Championships (+Open Special Events), Regional Championships, National Championships, and the World Championship. Secondly, there is some tournaments within the same tournament series are worth more based on attendance.

The Power Rankings take into account a 3 year rolling period. At the beginning of each calendar month a rotation check will occur, and event series that are more than three years old will be rotated out of the Z-Score calculations. The rankings are also weighted based on recency, this weighting is as follows:

0-1 Year = 50%
1-2 Years = 35%
2-3 Years = 15%

The following are the point distributions for each level of tournament:

State Championships

Top 4 Cuts

1st – 2 pts
2nd – 1 pt

Top 8 Cuts

1st – 3 pts
2nd – 2 pts
Top 4 – 1 pt
Top 8 – 1/2 pt

*Note, while we would like further differentiation based on State Championship attendance, this data is not something that can easily be found to do so. There will be no State Championships after the 2015-2016 season.

Regional Championships and Special Events

Note: Canadian Nationals follows Regional/Special Event payouts.

4 Rounds and Below

No points

5 Rounds

1st – 2 pts
2nd – 1 pt
Top 4 – 1/2 pt

6 Rounds

1st – 3 pts
2nd – 2 pts
Top 4 – 1 pt
Top 8 – 1/2 pt

7 Rounds

1st – 4 pts
2nd – 3 pts
Top 4 – 2 pts
Top 8 – 1 pt

8 Rounds

1st – 5 pts
2nd – 4 pts
Top 4 – 3 pts
Top 8 – 2 pts
Top 16 – 1 pt

15 Rounds

1st – 6 pts
2nd – 5 pts
Top 4 – 4 pts
Top 8 – 3 pts
Top 16 – 2 pts
Top 32 – 1 pt

15 or 16 Rounds (512+ Attendance)

1st – 7 pts
2nd – 6 pts
Top 4 – 5 pts
Top 8 – 4 pts
Top 16 – 3 pts
Top 32 – 2 pts

For events with more than 32 players in Day 2, Top 32 includes everyone in Day 2 from 17th-xth place.

US Nationals/International Championships

Small (Like a Day 2 Regional)

1st – 7 pts
2nd – 6 pts
Top 4 – 5 pts
Top 8 – 4 pts
Top 16 – 3 pts
Top 32 – 2 pts

Large (Two Flights)

1st – 8 pts
2nd – 7 pts
Top 4 – 6 pts
Top 8 – 5 pts
Top 16 – 4 pts
Top 32 – 3 pts
Top 64 – 2 pts

World Championship

1st – 10 pts
2nd – 9 pts
Top 4 – 8 pts
Top 8 – 7 pts
Top 16 – 6 pts
Top 32 – 5 pts