17 Jul 2019 09:24 PM
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A new news article has been posted!
The Pokémon Company International has announce the 2020 Pokémon Regional Championships and a big surprise to many will be the fact that next years tournaments will once again use Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon instead of Pokémon Sword and Shield which many assumed would be the new games used for competitive play.
Pokémon Regional ChampionshipsBattle in Pokémon TCG and video game Regional Championships taking place all around the world. After the Pokémon International Championships, the Pokémon Regional Championships are the largest events in terms of both attendance and Championship Point payouts.
Pokémon TCG players need to bring their own 60-card deck that matches the format listed below; Pokémon video game players must bring their own system and a legal team.
All players who have a Trainer Club account and are in good standing with the Play! Pokémon program are welcome to participate.
2020 Pokémon Regional Championships ScheduleAt the Pokémon Regional Championships, Tournament Organizers have the option of conducting Pokémon TCG events in the Standard or Expanded format. On the video game side, the 2020 season will begin with Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon on systems in the Nintendo 3DS family. Stay tuned for more information on format updates.
Most Regional Championships have both Pokémon TCG and video game competitions, although some events may be exclusive to Pokémon TCG players or VGC players. Please check the Event Locator for more information about events.
US and Canada Regional Championships Schedule
European Regional Championships Schedule
Dates, locations, and formats subject to change. More events may be added at a later date.
Dates, locations, and formats subject to change.
2020 Pokémon TCG Regionals Championship PointsBest Finish Limit: 6 (Shared with Special Events)
Championship Point totals subject to change.
2020 Pokémon VG Regionals Championship PointsThe Championship Point payout for the Pokémon VG Regional Championships is:
Best Finish Limit: 6 (shared with Special Events)
Championship Point totals subject to change.
Entry FeeEntry fees are determined by the Tournament Organizer. Please contact the Tournament Organizer or visit the event page for more information.
PrizesPrizes are awarded to the top players in each of three age divisions. Players must have a Pokémon Trainer Club account with a Player ID attached, and must have opted in to the Play! Pokémon program in order to earn points and awards.
For the Pokémon TCG and Video Game Regional Championships, the format of each prize is dependent on the age of the recipient. Here are the Regionals prizes for the 2020 Play! Pokémon Championship Series season.
18 years of age and older:
Under 18 years of age:
Prizes and prize distribution may be subject to change.
All participants will receive 3 Play! Points and a Pokémon Regional Championships promo card (while supplies last), just for playing!
Prizes are based on attendance per age division. Unless otherwise specified, all prizes are paid in US dollars and subject to applicable tax withholding. Prize winners should consult a qualified tax professional regarding their tax obligations.
Pokémon TCG Regionals Prize Table
1st–8th place: 108 booster packs
9th–16th place: 72 booster packs
17th–32nd place: 36 booster packs
33rd–64th place: 18 booster packs
Pokémon Video Game Regionals Prize Table
Additionally, the top 16 video game players will receive Pokémon TCG booster packs, regardless of attendance, in eligible markets.
1st–2nd place: 72 booster packs
3rd–4th place: 36 booster packs
5th–8th place: 18 booster packs
9th–16th place: 9 booster packs
13 Mar 2020 03:38 PM
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The Pokémon Company International has announced the 2020 Pokémon Regional Championships and the big surprise to many will be the fact that next seasons tournaments will once again initally use Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon instead of Pokémon Sword and Shield which many assumed would be the new games used for competitive play. It is implied that changes may occur to the tournaments format before next years world championships but the Pokémon Company International did not confirm nor announce there would be a transition or a transitional period from SM to SwSh.
When they announced 2017 Pokémon Regional Championships Schedule, they announced there would be a transition from ORAS to SM on December 1st, 2016, only a week and half after SM's release on November 18th, 2016. No such announcement was made for a transition to SwSh in the 2020 Pokémon Regional Championship press release.
2017 Pokémon Regional Championships Schedule
The 2020 Pokémon Regional Championships Schedule press release also does not say there will be a new format like they said in the 2017 schedule press release. All the 2020 press release says is there will be format updates, which normally occur throughout the seasons. Updates aren't the same as a new format.
SM to USUM was announced on December 6th, 2017 for implementation in January 2018, a month and a half after release. We will probably see something similar or maybe even a bit longer with SwSh as they will probably want to announce it with the launch of Pokémon Home for compatibility. The SM to USUM transition was extremely criticized back then as well for being very late, considering there was little difference between SM and USUM to warrant such a delay for competitive players.
This lack of a confirmed transition announcement in the schedule press release, is an indication that they're not fully confident in SwSh. Even starting this competitive season with USUM is a bit of a bad judgement. Masuda confirmed that not all National Dex Pokémon will be in Sword and Shield. For competitive and casual players alike, this means the entire competitive meta will be affected due to missing Pokémon. This transition is the most important transition in generations and starting off the competitive season with USUM seems pointless if a players Pokémon can't be used going forward into Sword and Shield.
This post was last edited 13 Mar 2020 03:39 PM by Sunain
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