2022 Pokémon UNITE World Championship: Revenant to represent India
True Rippers Esports, Enigma Gaming, Entity Gaming, and S8ul were among the 24 teams competing in the regional qualifiers. With a 5-0 record, Revenant finished first in their group, followed by S8UL Esports. The team dominated the tournament, winning all nine games in the group stages and playoffs.
“I am extremely delighted that the team has qualified for the World Championship,” Revenant Esports founder and CEO Rohit Jagasia said. “Considering the fact that these qualifiers were the current roster’s first competitive appearance. The way they sailed through the group stage and playoffs was impressive.
“Being the first Esports team to represent India in this particular tournament is a commendable achievement for us and we are confident that the team will make everyone proud.”
Revenant Esports, led by captain Raunak “Crowley” Sen, comprises Omkar “Omen” Sawardekar, Adnan “Badshah” Badshah, Anklesh “NOvaa” Satelkar, and Vishnu “Xesol” Khatri. For the Pokémon UNITE roster, the team also recently added Jeet “Swifty” Kundra, a former DOTA 2 player.
“Having earned a lot of recognition through DOTA 2, it feels like a great accomplishment to represent your country on the international stage for multiple games,” Crowley said.
“Everyone on the team put in a lot of effort and was confident about our chances right from the beginning. This was visible in the qualifiers as we went unbeaten in the regional championships in spite of the high level of competition. I hope that we transition that form to the World Championship as well and bag the trophy.”
Pokémon UNITE World Championship
The first Pokémon UNITE World Championship will be held at ExCeL, London, on August 19 and 20. Following the conclusion of its regional tournaments, the top 16 teams from 26 different countries advanced to the championship, where they will compete for a USD 500,000 prize pool.
The championship will be split into two days, with the group stage taking place on Day 1 and the playoffs on Day 2. Teams in each group will compete against each other in a best-of-three format, with the top two teams advancing to the playoffs. Except for the grand finale, the playoffs will be a double elimination bracket with all matches played in a best-of-three format.
The winning team will receive $100,000 in prize money, while the second and third-placed teams will receive $75,000 and $65,000, respectively.
Blvkhvnd won the Pokemon UNITE North America Championship, with IX Gaming coming in second. No Show and Eternity finished first and second in the South Korean Championship. Revenant is in Group B with T2, No Show, and No Lucario.
Pokémon UNITE World Championship is part of the 2022 Pokémon World Championships, where five tournaments for five games will be held. Other than UNITE, the event will include a trading card game tournament, a Sword and Shield championship, Pokémon GO, and Pokkén Tournament DX. Each game will have its own Twitch channel.