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 competitionâ€”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.