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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 June 6th, 2017

Rank Player Z-Score
1 Azul Garcia Griego 20.48
2 Brad Curcio 18.78
3 Kian Amini 18.23
4 Aaron Tarbell 17.80
5 Israel Sosa 17.35
6 Michael Pramawat 17.30
7 Ross Cawthon 17.03
8 Jimmy Pendarvis 16.78
9 Igor Costa 16.15
10 Chris Siakala 16.00
11 Alex Hill 15.63
12 Connor Finton 15.15
13 Sam Chen 15.03
14 Frank Diaz 14.73
15 Daniel Altavilla 13.65
16 Ryan Sabelhaus 12.70
17 Chris Schemanske 12.38
18 Daniel Lynch 11.78
19 Jacob Lesage 11.48
20 Rahul Reddy 11.38
21 Kenny Britton 11.05
22 Mark Garcia 10.60
23 Ahmed Ali 10.55
24 Kevin Baxter 10.53
25 Caleb Gedemer 10.48
26 Travis Nunlist 10.43
27 Drew Kennett 10.18
28 Russell LaParre 9.70
29 Grafton Roll 9.58
30 Jason Klaczynski 9.55
31 Dylan Bryan 9.43
32 Sam Hough 9.40
33 Tyler Ninomura 9.38
34 TJ Traquair 8.70
35 Grant Manley 8.58
T-36 Dalen Dockery 8.50
T-36 Alex Schemanske 8.50
38 Eric Gansman 8.43
39 Andrew Mahone 8.38
40 Justin Bokhari 8.05
41 Paul Johnston 7.85
T-42 Jimmy McClure 7.83
T-42 Michael Canaves 7.83
T-42 Chris Derocher 7.83
45 Jeffrey Cheng 7.75
46 Sean Foisy 7.53
47 Brit Pybas 7.23
48 James Arnold 7.18
49 Andrew Wamboldt 7.13
T-50 Ryan Grant 6.90
T-50 Marcos Garcia 6.90
T-52 Stefan Tabaco 6.80
T-52 Christian Ortiz 6.80
54 Brandon Cantu 6.63
55 Chase Moloney 6.53
56 Dean Nezam 6.43
57 Roberto Lozada 6.38
T-58 Andrew Estrada 6.35
T-58 Alex Koch 6.35
60 James Depampilis 6.25
61 Mike Fouchet 6.15
62 Jeremiah Williams 6.03
T-63 Jose Marrero 5.95
T-63 Jacob Van Wagner 5.95
T-63 Alex Wilson 5.95
66 Jimmy O’Brien 5.78
T-67 Long Bui 5.75
T-67 Simon Narode 5.75
T-67 Fred Hoban 5.75
T-67 Nick Robinson 5.75
71 Oscar Morales 5.73
72 Elijah Covitz 5.70
T-73 John Kettler 5.68
T-73 Ciaran Farah 5.68
75 Simon Luong 5.58
76 Xander Pero 5.50
77 Jacob Mechaber 5.08
78 Noah Sawyer 5.05
79 Tony Jimenez 5.00
80 Dustin Zimmerman 4.95
81 Isaiah Williams 4.88
T-82 Jeremy Gibson 4.85
T-82 William Herrmann 4.85
84 Cody Walinski 4.83
85 David Richard 4.70
86 Jonathan Paranada 4.68
T-87 Kristy Britton 4.60
T-87 Austen Vance 4.60
T-89 Henry Ross-Clunis 4.55
T-89 Jay Young 4.55
T-89 Jonathan Crespo 4.55
T-92 Conner LaVelle 4.53
T-92 Max Armitage 4.53
94 Nathian Beck 4.48
95 Peter Kica 4.43
T-96 Michael Diaz 4.40
T-96 Bob Zhang 4.40
98 Nathan Brower 4.38
T-99 William Boatman 4.35
T-99 Benjamin Sauk 4.35

2016-2017 Single Season Power Rankings

Rank Player Z-Score
T-1 Igor Costa 24
T-1 Chris Siakala 24
3 Azul Garcia Griego 23
4 Jimmy Pendarvis 22
5 Israel Sosa 21
T-6 Aaron Tarbell 20
T-6 Connor Finton 20
T-6 Rahul Reddy 20
T-6 Kenny Britton 20
T-10 Alex Hill 18
T-10 Sam Chen 18
T-10 Drew Kennett 18
T-13 Brad Curcio 17
T-13 Michael Pramawat 17
T-13 Alex Schemanske 17
16 Chris Schemanske 16
T-17 Ryan Sabelhaus 15
T-17 Travis Nunlist 15
T-19 Kian Amini 14
T-19 James Arnold 14
T-21 Grafton Roll 13
T-21 Tyler Ninomura 13
T-23 Ahmed Ali 12
T-23 Justin Bokhari 12
T-25 Daniel Altavilla 11
T-25 Jacob Lesage 11
T-25 Caleb Gedemer 11
T-25 Xander Pero 11
T-29 Daniel Lynch 10
T-29 Mark Garcia 10
T-29 Chris Derocher 10
T-29 Jeffrey Cheng 10
T-29 Tony Jimenez 10
T-34 Ross Cawthon 9
T-34 Russell LaParre 9
T-34 Grant Manley 9
T-34 Roberto Lozada 9
T-34 John Kettler 9
T-39 Dalen Dockery 8
T-39 Andrew Mahone 8
T-39 Noah Sawyer 8
T-39 David Richard 8
T-39 Peter Kica 8
T-39 Noel Totomoch 8
45 Michael Canaves 7.5
T-46 Jeremiah Williams 7
T-46 Alex Wilson 7
T-46 Isaiah Williams 7
T-46 Jonathan Crespo 7
T-46 Chip Richey 7
T-46 Alex Bobenrioth 7
T-52 Frank Diaz 6
T-52 Dylan Bryan 6
T-52 Sam Hough 6
T-52 Andrew Wamboldt 6
T-52 Alex Koch 6
T-52 James Depampilis 6
T-52 Mike Fouchet 6
T-52 Long Bui 6
T-52 Austen Vance 6
T-52 Mike Newey 6
T-52 Jordan Nelle 6
T-52 Charlie Lockyer 6
T-52 Ray Fernandez 6
T-52 Michael Del Rosario 6
T-52 Clinton Kirkwood 6
T-52 Pablo Meza 6
T-52 Josh Fernando 6
T-52 Wesley Hollenberg 6
T-52 Lawrence Xu 6
T-71 Kevin Baxter 5
T-71 Sean Foisy 5
T-71 Stefan Tabaco 5
T-71 Jose Marrero 5
T-71 Jacob Mechaber 5
T-71 William Herrmann 5
T-71 Kyle Sabelhaus 5
T-71 Carl Sitavi 5
T-71 Daniel Lopez 5
T-71 Colin Peterik 5
T-71 Alex Krekeler 5
T-71 John Sienkiewicz 5
T-71 Tyler Vaughn 5
T-71 Trevor Bustamante 5
85 Eric Gansman 4.5
T-86 Ryan Grant 4
T-86 Marcos Garcia 4
T-86 Dean Nezam 4
T-86 Oscar Morales 4
T-86 Jay Young 4
T-86 William Boatman 4
T-86 Benjamin Sauk 4
T-86 James Hart 4
T-86 Andrew Jackson 4
T-86 John Pham 4
T-86 Anthony Nimmons 4
T-86 Main Ahmed 4
T-86 Bryan Hunter 4
T-86 John Orgel 4
T-86 Joshua Sergenton 4
T-86 Jimmy Zhang 4
T-86 William Crawford 4
T-86 Seena Ghaziaskar 4
T-86 Wade Oliver 4
T-86 Tom Filbey 4
T-86 Devon Tilson 4
T-86 Luis Zambrana 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

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