Ray Rizzo has, two years in a row now, fulfilled the mantra expressed by the original Pokemon theme song's opening line: "I want to be the very best."

The two-year world champion is gearing up for the 2012 US National Championship in a few weeks, and in anticipation, he's shared with us his five tips for building a winning Pokemon team. Of course, we already knew all these, because we're Pokexperts.

Maybe you can use Rizzo's tips to prepare your own team for the national competition—they kick off June 29 in Indiana, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Head to Pokemon.com for more info, check out the tips on the following pages, and let us know what you think of being a Poke-master in the comments or on Twitter.

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