Get to know the PokéStats TEU-CPA Invitational competitors!

The PokéStats TEU-CPA Invitational takes place this Saturday, November 21st: a double-elimination bracket consisting of the Top 16 qualified players across online tournaments during the last several months. PokéStats took the time to get to know each player a little bit better, and we bring you a short bio for each competitor so you have some more knowledge of who you'll be watching on stream this weekend! (Responses have been slightly edited for clarity.) 


Kashvinder Singh Mann
Age: 30
Home: Singapore
Occupation: unemployed - recently graduated (Accounting & Finance) and active Singapore Army personnel
Playing since: 2016 (Evolutions) but started back in 1999 with Base Set before taking a long break

What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Top 8 at the 2019 Singapore SPE which was a big surprise to me as the 2018-2019 was the first year I started to play more competitively in CP events

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? Centiskorch VMAX since it got me 3 tourney wins in the space of 15 days. I'm known for playing Welder decks and Centiskorch filled up the space left by TurboZard for me and I've been having a lot of fun playing it even if it might not be one of the best decks around.

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? No one in particular, I need to beat them all anyway! 

Favorite food: Hainanese chicken rice



Marco Antonio Cifuentes Meta
Age: 19
Home: Chile
Occupation: student (engineering)
Playing since: around the HeartGold & SoulSilver block

What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? 2x Regionals Top 4, especially my second one [2019 Santiago Regionals] where I played Shedinja Control not expecting to do well.

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? I played a lot of everything; I'm not really one to settle on a deck and play it for the whole format. The most fun I had was probably with Mewtwo & Mew-GX/Welder. 

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Not sure--I play with all of these players a lot since I am very active in online tournaments. Based on my probable deck choice, though, I'm hoping I dodge Pikachu & Zekrom-GX players... 

Favorite food: fettuccine 



Augusto Beringuer
Age: 23
Home: Brazil
Occupation: student (civil engineering)
Playing since: 2015 (my first deck was Night March, but at that time I had no Shaymin-EX, so it was a difficult start!)

What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Top 8 at 2017 São Paulo Regionals with Rainbow Force [Xerneas BKT]. At the time, many people considered Rainbow Force a bad deck. I played all season with the deck, polishing my list, and I was rewarded with this Top 8 at Brazil's last Regional of the season. I was given the nickname "Rainbow Boy." 

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? I really liked Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX/Zacian V with Pokémon Catcher, but my favorite is Centiskorch VMAX. 

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I'm happy that my Brazilian friend Vini Fernandez qualified. I'm also happy for Kash, he always cheered for me when we played Centiskorch VMAX in tournaments. 

Favorite food: pizza



Le Bui
Age: 22
Home: Washington, USA
Occupation: student (journalism)
Playing since: 2018 (Ultra Prism)

What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Top 4 at 2018 Anaheim Regionals with Zoroark-GX Hand Lock 

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? Blacephalon 

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I am excited for Tate Whitesell (editor's note: Tate Whitesell is not playing in this tournament)

Favorite food: anything fried


Jonathan Patricio
Age: 31
Occupation: marketing
Playing since: 2012 (Dark Explorers)

What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Top 16 at Chilean Nationals

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? Decidueye/Galarian Obstagoon

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Brandon

Favorite food: spaghetti



Vini Fernandez
Age: 13
Home: São Caetano do Sul, Brazil
Occupation: student
Playing since: 2017 (Burning Shadows)

What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Top 8 in the Senior Division at the Latin American International Championships with Florges Stall. 

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Yusuke, Lucas, Andrew, and my friend from Brazil, Augusto! 

Favorite food: pasta



Joshua Sutherland
Age: 21
Home: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Playing since: 2013 

What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? 17th at 2019 Daytona Regionals with Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? no one

Favorite food: not sure



Brandon Jones
Age: 25
Home: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Occupation: account development manager
Playing since: 2007-2008 

What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? 6 World Championship invites

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? Decidueye/Galarian Obstagoon

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Gabe Smart

Favorite food: pasta


Henrique Jorge
Age: 31
Home: Brazil
Occupation: businessman
Playing since: 2020

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? Poison Eternatus VMAX

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? No one in particular. 

Favorite food: hamburgers


Fernando Nicolás Cifuentes Meta
Age: 13
Home: Chile
Occupation: student
Playing since: 2015 (Primal Clash)

What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? 2x Special Event wins (Senior Division)

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? I had the most fun with Charizard & Braixen-GX/Green's Exploration. 

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I fear no one!
 
Favorite food: shawarma


Yusuke Saeki
Home: Japan
Playing since: 2018 (Lost Thunder

What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? 2x Sunday Open champion, PokeX Tag Bolt #10 champion, 17th place at the 2020 POG Championships

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? Pikachu & Zekrom-GX and Centiskorch VMAX

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I'm excited to play against the Cifuentes brothers, Vini, and Kash--they are all great players. 

Favorite food: sushi


Caleb Rogerson
Age: 14
Home: North Carolina, USA
Playing since: 2018 (Celestial Storm)

What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? 2020 Dallas Regional champion (Senior Division)

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? Pikachu & Zekrom-GX and Garchomp & Giratina-GX/Green's Exploration 

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I'm excited to play against Andrew so I can say "Howdy" to him in the PTCGO chat box. 

Favorite food: pizza with Speed Energy on top 



Edward Valencia
Age: 23
Home: New Jersey, USA
Occupation: student
Playing since: 2015 (BreakThrough)

What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Qualifying for the first PokéStats Invitational!

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? Decidueye/Galarian Obstagoon

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? I'm most excited to face Kash. We always have good games. 

Favorite food: hamburgers


Andrew Hedrick
Age: 16
Home: Iowa, USA 
Playing since: 2017 (Guardians Rising)

What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? Top 4 at the 2018 Collinsville Regionals (Senior Division) and Top 16 North America in the Players Cup

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? Blacephalon

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Playing against Caleb or Vini would be fun, because I work with them a lot but I have no idea what decks they would bring. 

Favorite food: ice cream



Lucas Oldale
Age: 11
Home: British Columbia, Canada
Occupation: student
Playing since: 2015

What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? 2020 Oceania International Champion (Junior Division)!

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Vini

Favorite food: sushi



Gabriel Smart
Age: 17
Home: Sacramento, California, USA
Occupation: student
Playing since: competitively since three years ago, but I've been playing casually for ten years

What do you consider your biggest achievement in the game? 2x World Championships qualifier, 2018 World Championships Top 64 (Senior Division), 2020 Collinsville Regionals Top 32

What deck did you have the most fun or success with in TEU-CPA? Lucario & Melmetal-GX/Zacian V

Who in this Invitational are you most excited or afraid to play against? Caleb, because he tests with me so he'll likely be playing the same deck as me. 

Favorite food: pizza

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