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Mar 13

Regional Championships 2020 Canceled for March/April 2020

Posted by Sunain | March 13th 2020 at 02:33 PM EDT
Tags: TCG, Twitter, Regional Championships, Play! Pokémon
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The only Pokémon Regional Championships scheduled for Canada in 2020 was to be held on March 13th, 2020 to March 15th, 2020 at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Organizers announced after the events official start time that the event had been canceled and many participants had already entered the venue. This already compounds a very bad season for competitive play for Pokémon. A memo sent throughout the Ontario provincial health system by Dr. David Williams, the provinces chief medical officer, recommended that Ontarians not travel outside of Canada and gatherings larger than 250 people be canceled.

The official Pokémon website updated later on Friday, March 13th, 2020 with the cancellation of 3 other regional events as well. The Regional Championships event for Perth Australia on March 14th and 15th, 2020 appears to be going ahead as scheduled. Our list of COVID-19 canceled Pokémon Events has been updated with this announcement.

For the Health and Safety of the Play! Pokémon Community, Some Events Have Been Canceled

Please read this article for more information regarding specific upcoming 2020 events.

The safety and well-being of our community, both competitors and organizers, is our top priority. Organizers of League, Regional, and Special Events are independent of Pokémon and act in the best interest of their event and community, including always being mindful of the safety of all attendees. Out of an abundance of caution, and after discussions with event organizers regarding recommendations and guidance set forth by local and national health authorities, the following events are canceled:

  • Mississauga/Toronto Regional Championships, scheduled for March 13-15
  • Charlotte Regional Championships, scheduled for March 20-22
  • Regional de Pokémon de Joinville em Santa Catarina 2020, scheduled for March 28-29
  • Salt Lake City Pokémon Regional Championships, scheduled for April 4-5

Please visit the event websites for updates and Pokemon.com/PlayPokemon for more information on Play! Pokémon events. We are evaluating all independent and Pokémon-organized events on a case-by-case basis based on the most up-to-date information and recommendations provided by appropriate government organizations. We appreciate your continued support and understanding during this challenging time.

Should I be concerned about COVID-19 at Play! Pokémon events?

The safety and well-being of our community, both competitors and organizers, is our top priority.

We strongly advise all attendees, volunteers, and organizers to consider the guidelines issued by the WHO with regards to health and wellness while attending mass gatherings when determining whether to attend an event. At the event, all attendees should follow the protocols set forth by local health authorities and the WHO.

Please check for updates regarding Play! Pokémon events on our website and @PlayPokemon. If you have additional questions, please contact Pokémon Customer Service.

What precautions are you taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at your events?

Out of an abundance of caution, we are altering several aspects of player interaction at Pokémon organized events, such as removing the requirement to shake hands before and after matches. We are making hand-sanitizers available to attendees while also taking additional measures to sanitize surfaces as much as possible. We strongly advise all attendees, volunteers, and organizers follow the protocols issued by the WHO with regards to health and wellness while attending mass gatherings.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/for-the-health-and-safety-of-the-play-pokemon-community-some-events-have-been-canceled/

Toronto Regional Championships 2020 Canceled

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Statement from Poké-Regionals, Events by Yeti Gaming

To all Players, Spectators, Staff and supporters of the Play! Pokémon Regional event scheduled to take place this weekend in Mississauga.

The safety and health of our players is of paramount concern to Yeti Gaming, The Pokémon Company International, and all involved with these events.

We have been actively working with The Pokemon Company International, the International Centre, and monitoring the announcements and recommendations from the Canadian government and health organizations.

Based on today’s announcement by the Canadian government regarding events with over 250 attendees, the Play! Pokémon Regional event taking place this weekend is being cancelled.

This is unfortunate, but a necessary step to ensure the health and safety of our players, staff and their families.

All refunds will be handled automatically next week.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/pokeregionals/posts/2647145672182335

Play Pokémon Official Announcement

An important update in regards to this weekend’s Mississauga Regional Championships.

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Source: https://twitter.com/playpokemon/status/1238543356952604672

Article edited on 2020-03-14 12:18:54 by Sunain
Nov 06

Pokémon Club Events Offer Fun Activities for New and Younger Fans

Posted by Sunain | November 6th 2019 at 05:36 AM EST
Tags: Play! Pokémon, Pokémon Club
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Beginning November 23rd, 2019, Pokémon Club meetups will take place exclusively on Saturdays, at local game stores where other Play! Pokémon events are already held. Attendees can look forward to all kinds of Pokémon activities, whether they're interested in the Pokémon TCG, video games, animation, or just want to have Pokémon fun.

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Pokémon Club Events Offer Fun Activities for New and Younger Fans

Introducing a new way to have fun with Pokémon at events near you.

Join a new community of Pokémon fans with Pokémon Club, a new weekly event tailored for younger Pokémon fans beginning November 23. Pokémon Club meetups will take place exclusively on Saturdays, at local game stores where other Play! Pokémon events are already held. It's an awesome way to meet other Pokémon fans in your community at family-friendly locations.

Attendees can look forward to all kinds of Pokémon activities, whether they're interested in the Pokémon TCG, video games, animation, or just want to have Pokémon fun. Pokémon Club organizers will have access to lots of resources, so everyone who attends can have a great experience. Pokémon Club events won't feature any kind of formal competitions, so everyone will be able to just show up and enjoy the world of Pokémon!

Pokémon Club attendees can earn cool rewards for coming to events every week. These will include Pokémon TCG promo cards and stickers, and more cool rewards are planned. Trainers will receive a Trainer Card to track when they've participated at a Pokémon Club, and will earn more rewards the more they attend.

When Pokémon Club gets off the ground, there will be about 40 stores around the United States participating at the beginning. You can see the list of stores below. We'll be rapidly adding stores over the next few months, and will soon add Pokémon Club events to the Pokemon.com Event Locator. Keep checking back to see if a Pokémon Club is coming to a store near you!

Pokémon League organizers, if you'd like to host Pokémon Club events in your store, please get in touch with your contact in the Pokémon Organized Play team. You'll also find Pokémon Club resources and documentation on the Play! Pokémon Rules and Resources page shortly before the first events begin. And if you're not yet hosting Play! Pokémon events, find out how to start a Pokémon League in your store.

Contact your local game store to see if and when they're hosting Pokémon Club events. Then, join the fun with other Pokémon fans in your community!

Pokémon Club Stores at Launch:

Dale'z Kardz & Komicz
4341 N. Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
719-528-5959
Van's Comics Games Cards
2427 North Academy Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
719-896-5841
GameMasters Guild
743 Ashley Dr
Crestview, FL 32536
850-682-0022
Cool Stuff Games Waterford Lakes
504 N. Alafaya Trail, Suite 115
Orlando, FL 32828
407-478-3311
Gamescape
617 Industrial Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310
850-325-6600
Hobbytown USA
840 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144
816-739-5512
ToyLynx
650 Iwilei Road #120
Honolulu, HI 96817
808-529-8697
Cat & Mouse West Loop
1112 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60607
312-465-2178
Top Cut Comics
5600 North 2nd Street
Loves Park, IL 61111
815-633-0330
Pastimes
233 Golf Mill Drive
Niles, IL 60714
847-470-9636
Family Time Games
8796 N Michigan Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46268
317-223-3690
Game Nut
844 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
785-766-9918
Collector's Cache
13354 College Blvd.
Lenexa, KS 66210
913-338-2273
High Tide Games
22599 MacArthur Blvd. Suite 374
California, MD 20619
410-610-9270
Awesome Gaming and Collectibles
1580 Pleasant St.
Fall River, MA 02723
508-974-3394
Dungeon's End
325 N. Central Ave.
Duluth, MN 55807
218-624-4121
The Dork Den
603 N Riverfront Dr.
Mankato, MN 56001
507-386-1406
Source Comics & Games
2057 Snelling Ave North
Roseville, MN 55113
651-645-0386
Dreamers Cards & Games
3015 Utah Ave South, Suite B
Saint Louis Park, MN 55426
952-938-8163
Atomic Trading
8011 N. Durango Suite 110
Las Vegas, NV 89131
702-207-2313
Relentless Dragon
483 Amherst Street
Nashua, NH 03063
603-204-5275
3rd Universe Consulting
35 North Riverside Ave.
Croton on Hudson, NY 10520
914-827-3600
Just Games Rochester
1601 Penfield Rd #36
Rochester, NY 14625
585-586-0586
Spandex City Comics
2914-A Mt. Holly-Huntersville Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28214
704-909-7168
Beyond the Board
249 West Bridge St.
Dublin, OH 43017
703-507-2678
Post Board Gaming
441 E. Sandusky
Findlay, OH 45840
419-424-1112
DZ Comics and Gaming
625 North Moore Ave.
Moore, OK 73160
405-990-7192
Guardian Games
315 SE 3rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
971-221-7147
Goin' Gaming
27084 SE Stark St.
Troutdale, OR 97060
503-328-8166
Monkey Fish Toys
662 Downingtown Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
484-885-7285
White Widow Games
4050 Socastee Blvd, Unit D/E
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
843-503-8377
Game Chest
409 S Second Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
605-681-6561
CM Games West Town
7600 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-470-7774
Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy
2438 West Anderson Lane Suite B-1
Austin, TX 78757
512-454-2399
The Fantastic Store
14508 Lee Road, Unit F
Chantilly, VA 20151
571-449-7809
Blue Highway Games
2203 Queen Anne Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109
206-282-0540
Meeples Games
3727 California Ave. SW, Suite 2b
Seattle, WA 98116
206-535-7896
Gnome Games
2158 S. Ridge Road
Ashwaubenon, WI 54304
920-499-4263
River City Hobbies
423 Main Street
LaCrosse, WI 54601
608-529-2269
Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming
9201 Mall Rd.
Morgantown, WV 26501
304-581-4461

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pokemon-club-events-offer-fun-activities-for-new-and-younger-fans/

Article edited on 2019-11-06 05:38:04 by Sunain
Nov 01

Collect Pokémon TCG Promo Cards at Exciting Pokémon League Events

Posted by Sunain | November 1st 2019 at 05:08 PM EDT
Tags: TCG, Play! Pokémon
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The official Pokémon website has announced that there will be a distribution of promo cards at Pokémon League Events each month starting on November 1st, 2019. Acro Bike, Escape Board, and Fiery Flint will available while supplies last at local league events while top participants in current League Challenges will get a Professor Elm's Lecture promo card and League Cup competitors can earn a Cherish Ball promo card.

Collect Pokémon TCG Promo Cards at Exciting Pokémon League Events

Join a Pokémon League today to meet friends, have fun, and get cool promo cards.

A new Pokémon League season is beginning, offering new opportunities to have Pokémon TCG battles with Pokémon fans in your area and to earn awesome promo cards! Pokémon Leagues are local events held at stores that are open to all collectors and competitors of any level. It's a great way to discover the fun of Pokémon tournaments and trade cards with fellow fans.

With the launch of the new Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Cosmic Eclipse expansion on November 1, Pokémon League participants can earn some great promo cards. Each week you attend your local League, you can receive one of these specially stamped Trainer cards—Acro Bike, Escape Board, and Fiery Flint—while supplies last.

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Once you're ready to step up your game, many of the locations that host Pokémon League also hold League Challenge and League Cup tournaments. Earn prizes and get started on the road to the Pokémon World Championships by competing in these smaller events. Top participants in current League Challenges will get a Professor Elm's Lecture promo card, and League Cup competitors can earn a Cherish Ball promo card (while supplies last). Each League Cup Champion will also earn an awesome playmat commemorating their achievement!

And remember that new Pokémon League promos will be available each month. Check back for details on the next promos arriving in December.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/collect-pokemon-tcg-promo-cards-at-exciting-pokemon-league-events/

Article edited on 2019-11-01 05:10:57 by Sunain
Aug 25

2019 Video Game Championships Formats

Posted by Sunain | August 25th 2018 at 08:42 PM EDT
Tags: Pokémon World Championships, Play! Pokémon
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At the 2018 Pokémon World Championships, the first details of the 2019 Video Game Championships formats were revealed. 2019 Video Game Championships will include the following rules listed below.

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Get Ready for a Legendary Video Game Championships Season!

Check out the full details of the new 2019 Video Game Championships formats.

Major changes are on the way that will make the Video Game Championships more exciting than ever for the 2019 Championship Series season. Battles will be shifting to the GS Cup battling format starting on September 4, 2018, so players will need to devise new strategies as soon as the 2018 Pokémon World Championships ends. Last seen during the 2016 Video Game Championships, this popular format permits players to include up to two of the most powerful Legendary Pokémon on their teams, such as Mewtwo, Groudon, and Necrozma.

Battles in this year's Video Game Championships will stay fresh due to additional rules that will change throughout the season. The 2019 Video Game Championships will be split up into three series, each featuring a slightly different rule set. The season will kick off with the Sun Series, followed by the Moon Series and then the Ultra Series. In the Sun Series, not only will Rayquaza not be permitted to use Dragon Ascent, but also the Red Orb and Blue Orb items and all Z-Crystals and Mega Stones will be prohibited. Players will be able to test out their strategies as soon as the Sun Series begins on September 4, 2018, by competing in Rating Battles using the Championships Battle format on the Pokémon Global Link.

All tournaments that are part of the 2019 Video Game Championships will include the following rules.

  • All battles will be Double Battles played in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon.
  • All Pokémon from National Pokédex No. 001 through 807 are allowed, with the following restrictions:
    • Mythical Pokémon and Ash-Greninja are not permitted.
    • Players may only include two of the following Pokémon in their teams: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma.
  • Pokémon must have the Alola symbol, showing they were caught in the Alola region.
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed.
  • Duplicate held items are not allowed.
  • All Pokémon are set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50.
  • Players will have 7 minutes of Your Time, up from 5 minutes in 2018.

The following additional rules will be in place only during their respective series.

Sun Series
September 4, 2018–January 7, 2019
  • Z-Crystals and Mega Stones are not permitted.
  • Blue Orb and Red Orb items are not permitted.
  • Rayquaza may not know the move Dragon Ascent.

Moon Series
January 8, 2019–April 1, 2019
  • Ultranecrozium Z is not permitted, but other Z-Crystals are permitted.
  • Mega Stones are not permitted.
  • Blue Orb and Red Orb items are not permitted.
  • Rayquaza may not know the move Dragon Ascent.

Ultra Series
April 2, 2019–Pokémon World Championships in August 2019
  • All moves and items obtainable through normal gameplay are permitted.

Get ready for unbelievable battles with the new 2019 Video Game Championships format starting on September 4, 2018.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/get-ready-for-a-legendary-video-game-championships-season/

Article edited on 2018-08-25 08:45:49 by Sunain
Sep 20

Pokémon Introducing More Ways to Compete and Win Across the Globe for the 2017 Play! Pokémon Season

Posted by Sunain | September 20th 2016 at 10:54 AM EDT
Tags: TCG, Press Release, Play! Pokémon
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On September 20th, 2016, The Pokémon Company International revealed that more details and changes to Play! Pokémon for the upcoming 2017 season.

Pokémon Introducing More Ways to Compete and Win Across the Globe for the 2017 Play! Pokémon Season

Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game players have more opportunities to earn Championship Points and a coveted invitation to the 2017 Pokémon World Championships

As Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game players begin preparing for the 2017 Play! Pokémon season, The Pokémon Company International today announced a full slate of all-new competitive events.

With the introduction of two International Championships that are open to all players worldwide, plus additional local events to make it even easier to jump into the Play! Pokémon program, 2017 is positioned to be one of Pokémon’s biggest competitive seasons ever.

At the core of the Play! Pokémon season is the Pokémon Championship Series, consisting of season-wide Pokémon TCG and video game events where players earn Championship Points towards a potential invitation and Travel Award to the Pokémon World Championships, taking place August 2017 in Anaheim, California. Players will also vie for a piece of a cumulative prize pool worth more than $5 million across all Pokémon Championship Series events.

New for the 2017 season, Pokémon is introducing two International Championships that are open to all players across the world, giving Pokémon TCG and video game players opportunities to play, win prizes, and earn Championship Points. The first event, the European leg of the Pokémon International Championships, will take place 9–11 December 2016, at ExCeL London, United Kingdom. The three-day event will give Pokémon video game players their first chance to battle in a sanctioned event using Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon (launching 23 November). Pokémon TCG players will also have their first chance to battle with the Pokémon TCG: XY—Evolutions expansion launching later this year.

Beginning this October, the Pokémon Regional Championships kick off with a full schedule of events coming to cities in North America and Europe. As with the International Championships, Regional Championships are open to Pokémon TCG and video game players regardless of their country of origin and will feature larger prize pools and more Championship Points at each tournament. Pokémon TCG players will also have an expanded slate of local events coming to participating hobby shops around the world. Attending League Cup events is a great way for new Pokémon TCG players to get in on the action and hone their skills for larger events throughout the year.

Pokémon video game players can look forward to more local events as well, including the return of Premier Challenge and Midseason Showdown events. Premier Challenges will provide players with frequent opportunities to play at local events and to try out new strategies at smaller events. Midseason Showdowns are larger events that will give players the opportunity to compete for a greater number of Championship Points in their local area.

Article edited on 2016-09-25 10:55:34 by Sunain
Jun 11

A Special Mewtwo for Play! Pokémon Video Game Participants

Posted by Sunain | June 11th 2016 at 08:21 AM EDT
Tags: X and Y, Event Pokémon, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, Play! Pokémon
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The official Pokémon website has announced a new Event Pokémon distribution for all participants that earned at least one Play! Point anytime during the 2016 season.

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A Special Mewtwo for Play! Pokémon Video Game Participants

All Pokémon players who earned at least one video game Play! Point during the 2016 season can get a Shiny Mewtwo later this summer.

As a big thank you and congratulations to everyone who has qualified by participating in a Play! Pokémon event, we'll be giving out an awesome Shiny Mewtwo! Anyone who has earned at least one video game Play! Point during the 2016 season and is opted into the Play! Pokémon program before July 10, 2016, will receive an email in late July containing a code for Shiny Mewtwo.

This is the first time players can get Mewtwo with its Hidden Ability, Unnerve, which prevents Mewtwo's opponent from eating a held Berry. Mewtwo is also holding the Mewtwonite Y Mega Stone, allowing it to Mega Evolve during battle.

The email will be sent to the address listed in your Pokémon Trainer Club account. Be sure that you are eligible to receive Pokémon Trainer Club emails in your PTC settings prior to July 10. Enter the code from the email in your Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, or Pokémon Y video game to receive Shiny Mewtwo. The code will expire on August 21, 2016, so don't forget to enter it into your game before then.

If you haven't had time to play in an event, several opportunities still remain, including the International Challenge June Online Competition.

Thanks again to all Pokémon video game players who participated in a Play! Pokémon event during the 2016 season.

Shiny Mewtwo Details

Level: 100
Ability: Unnerve
Item: Mewtwonite Y
Moves: Psystrike, Psychic, Recover and Aura Sphere

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/a-special-mewtwo-for-play-pokemon-video-game-participants/

Article edited on 2016-06-11 08:21:53 by Sunain
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