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Whitehouse brothers prepare to compete in Pokémon World Championship

13-year-old Luke and 10-year-old Hatch have qualified to compete in the 2014 Pokémon World Championship next month in Washington D.C. (Source: KLTV Staff) 13-year-old Luke and 10-year-old Hatch have qualified to compete in the 2014 Pokémon World Championship next month in Washington D.C. (Source: KLTV Staff)
The boys say there are thousands of Pokémon cards to choose from and for every duel each player can choose 60 to use (Source: KLTV Staff) The boys say there are thousands of Pokémon cards to choose from and for every duel each player can choose 60 to use (Source: KLTV Staff)
The tournament is invitation only and the boys will be competing among elite players from more than 30 countries (Source: KLTV Staff) The tournament is invitation only and the boys will be competing among elite players from more than 30 countries (Source: KLTV Staff)
WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) -

On a typical day in the Cunningham house, you’ll find Luke, Sam, and Hatch dueling their Pokémon trading cards, a hobby that could make two of the boys world champions.

“They are fortunate enough to have each other, so they practice different decks with each other,” said Ariana Cunningham, the boys' mom

They started playing two years ago. After placing in the national competition earlier this month, 13-year-old Luke and 10-year-old Hatch have qualified to compete in the 2014 Pokémon World Championship next month in Washington D.C.

The boys say there are thousands of Pokémon cards to choose from, and for every duel, each player can choose 60 to use. “I usually will play an all basic deck using stuff for support. I want it to be very consistent,” said Luke.

Each player draws seven cards from their decks and the duel begins.

“Every Pokémon has certain attacks that cost a certain amount of energy,” said Hatch

To win the game you can either earn six prize cards or knock out all of your opponent's Pokémon in play.

“Each Pokémon has a certain amount of heart points, and once the heart points wear out, that Pokémon faints,” Luke said.

Luke says duels can last anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes and he says to make it to this level of play, you’ve got to do your homework.

“I do a lot of theory, thinking it out, which decks will beat which decks and choosing the right decks that I do a little bit more than practice,” he said.

With two weeks to prepare for the tournament, the boys hope their practice will help them catch them all. The tournament is invitation-only and the boys will be competing among elite players from more than 30 countries.

Hatch will be competing in the junior division and Luke the senior division. First place for each division will take home a $10,000 scholarship.

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