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 November 27th, 2016

Rank Player Z-Score
1 Frank Diaz 18.35
2 Kian Amini 16.90
3 Ross Cawthon 16.60
4 Azul Garcia Griego 16.28
5 Brad Curcio 16.03
6 Jason Klaczynski 13.80
7 Sam Chen 13.28
8 Jimmy Pendarvis 12.98
9 Aaron Tarbell 12.93
10 Kevin Baxter 12.75
11 Ryan Sabelhaus 12.65
12 Caleb Gedemer 12.58
13 Michael Pramawat 12.48
14 Jimmy McClure 12.03
15 TJ Traquair 11.88
16 Daniel Altavilla 11.80
17 Dylan Bryan 11.65
18 Alex Hill 11.53
19 Israel Sosa 11.30
20 Brandon Cantu 10.60
21 Andrew Mahone 10.38
22 Paul Johnston 10.15
23 Brit Pybas 9.98
24 Eric Gansman 9.88
25 Daniel Lynch 9.78
26 Christian Ortiz 9.70
27 Mark Garcia 9.63
28 Chase Moloney 9.55
29 Ahmed Ali 9.40
30 Ryan Grant 9.23
31 Russell LaParre 9.00
32 Connor Finton 8.90
33 Andrew Estrada 8.80
34 Jimmy O’Brien 8.65
T-35 Simon Narode 8.60
T-35 Sean Foisy 8.60
37 Dean Nezam 8.55
38 Chris Derocher 8.33
39 Chris Siakala 8.25
40 Travis Nunlist 8.03
41 Jacob Van Wagner 8.00
42 Elijah Covitz 7.98
43 Chris Schemanske 7.95
44 Mike Fouchet 7.83
45 Michael Canaves 7.65
46 Kristy Britton 7.45
47 Stefan Tabaco 7.35
48 Jacob Lesage 7.30
49 Max Armitage 7.25
50 Sam Hough 7.00
51 Henry Ross-Clunis 6.88
52 Simon Luong 6.85
53 Oscar Morales 6.73
54 Dustin Zimmerman 6.63
55 Nathian Beck 6.55
56 Nick Robinson 6.50
57 Jeremy Gibson 6.45
58 Jeremy Jallen 6.43
59 Jose Marrero 6.40
60 Ciaran Farah 6.35
T-61 Andrew Wamboldt 6.30
T-61 Sorina Radu 6.30
63 Treynor Wolfe 6.20
T-64 William Herrmann 6.18
T-64 Jonathan Paranada 6.18
T-66 Jeremiah Williams 6.15
T-66 Igor Costa 6.15
68 Bob Zhang 6.05
T-69 Jason Martinez 6.00
T-69 Dalen Dockery 6.00
71 James Depampilis 5.90
72 Justin Bokhari 5.85
73 Conner LaVelle 5.80
74 Brandon Salazar 5.75
75 Nathan Brower 5.65
T-76 Michael Diaz 5.60
T-76 Grant Manley 5.60
78 Marcos Garcia 5.50
79 Benjamin Sauk 5.45
80 Enrique Avila 5.40
81 Chris Murray 5.30
T-82 Alex Fields 5.20
T-82 Long Bui 5.20
T-82 Chris Collins 5.20
85 Roberto Lozada 5.15
86 Kyle Warden 5.13
87 James Hart 5.10
88 Cody Walinski 5.10
T-89 Jonathan Crespo 5.00
T-89 Fred Hoban 5.00
91 Drew Kennett 4.95
T-92 Alex Koch 4.90
T-92 Michael Slutsky 4.90
94 Kolton Day 4.85
95 Jay Young 4.65
T-96 Daniel Lopez 4.60
T-96 Kyle Haverland 4.60
T-98 Grafton Roll 4.58
T-98 Liam Williams 4.58
T-100 Jacob Mechaber 4.55
T-100 Kyle Sabelhaus 4.55

2016-2017 Single Season Power Rankings

Rank Player Z-Score
1 Jimmy Pendarvis 10
T-2 Sam Chen 8
T-2 Caleb Gedemer 8
T-4 Azul Garcia Griego 7
T-4 Chris Siakala 7
T-4 Travis Nunlist 7
T-4 Chris Derocher 7
T-4 Jonathan Crespo 7
T-9 Mike Fouchet 6
T-9 Ahmed Ali 6
T-9 Andrew Mahone 6
T-9 Drew Kennett 6
T-9 Alex Schemanske 6
T-14 Brad Curcio 5
T-14 Ryan Sabelhaus 5
T-14 William Herrmann 5
T-14 Justin Bokhari 5
T-14 Noel Totomoch 5
T-19 Eric Gansman 4
T-19 Ryan Grant 4
T-19 Igor Costa 4
T-19 Benjamin Sauk 4
T-19 Jeremiah Williams 4
T-19 Daniel Lopez 4
T-19 Rahul Reddy 4
T-19 John Orgel 4
T-19 Joshua Sergenton 4
T-19 Peter Kica 4
T-19 Tom Filbey 4
T-19 Clinton Kirkwood 4
T-19 Devon Tilson 4
T-19 Wesley Hollenberg 4
T-33 Aaron Tarbell 3
T-33 TJ Traquair 3
T-33 Alex Hill 3
T-33 Sean Foisy 3
T-33 Stefan Tabaco 3
T-33 Dean Nezam 3
T-33 Michael Diaz 3
T-33 Bob Zhang 3
T-33 James Depampilis 3
T-33 Roberto Lozada 3
T-33 Kyle Warden 3
T-33 Michael Slutsky 3
T-33 Jorge Feliciano 3
T-33 William Crawford 3
T-33 Juan Santiago 3
T-33 Addison Powell 3
T-33 Blake Crenshaw 3
T-33 James Arnold 3
T-33 Darin O’Meara 3
T-33 Tyler Vaughn 3
T-33 Quinn Kotechki 3
T-33 Jared Woitalla 3
T-55 Frank Diaz 2
T-55 Kian Amini 2
T-55 Jimmy McClure 2
T-55 Brandon Cantu 2
T-55 Christian Ortiz 2
T-55 Brit Pybas 2
T-55 Daniel Lynch 2
T-55 Jimmy O’Brien 2
T-55 Russell LaParre 2
T-55 Chris Schemanske 2
T-55 Connor Finton 2
T-55 Nathian Beck 2
T-55 Conner LaVelle 2
T-55 Chris Murray 2
T-55 Alex Fields 2
T-55 James Hart 2
T-55 Jay Young 2
T-55 Nick Chimento 2
T-55 Jacob Mechaber 2
T-55 Rith Ke 2
T-55 Ryan Allred 2
T-55 Christian Velazquez 2
T-55 Austen Vance 2
T-55 Franklin Arrarte 2
T-55 Evan Mitchell 2
T-55 Thomas Caballeros 2
T-55 Ryan Peterson 2
T-55 Kenton Anderson 2
T-55 David Richard 2
T-55 Noah Sawyer 2
T-55 Carson Goins 2
T-55 Taylor Barden 2
T-55 Zakwani Clay 2
T-55 Josh Fernando 2
T-55 Michael Catron 2
T-55 Andrew Delao 2
T-55 Matthew Brower 2
T-55 Nelson Cuevas 2
T-55 John Chimento 2
T-55 Jacob Rebescher 2
T-55 Josh Taylor 2
T-55 Greg Minkiel 2
T-55 Agustin Herrera 2
T-55 Jared Grimes 2
T-55 Dominic Bargardi 2
T-55 Robert Rood 2
T-55 Franco Takahashi 2
T-55 Kyle Warner 2

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

US Nationals/International Championships

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