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Get new details on the Pokemon Players Cup

Them's the rules

The Pokémon Players Cup is an online tournament taking place from June through August in which players from around the world will compete to prove they're the best and win Travel Awards to a future Pokémon International Championship. In the Pokémon Players Cup, there will be separate competitions for the Pokémon TCG, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, and Pokkén Tournament DX. The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield competition will use the standard Pokémon Video Game Championships (VGC) rules. The Pokémon Players Cup is limited to Masters Division players only. Additional eligibility rules may apply.

The Pokémon Players Cup will take place over several phases. Be sure to check out the Pokémon TCG Pokémon Players Cup, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Pokémon Players Cup, and Pokkén Tournament DX Pokémon Players Cup pages for schedule information and more.

The players who come out on top in the qualification stages will be eligible to compete in the final stage of the Pokémon Players Cup in August. Matches will also be broadcast on the official Pokémon Twitch and YouTube channels. Learn more on the Pokémon Players Cup Stream Information page.

Qualifying for the Pokémon Players Cup Finals

From the Pokémon Players Cup's three competitions, the following numbers of players will be selected to compete in the finals.

Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

4 players from the Pokémon Players Cup North America Online Qualifier
4 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Europe Online Qualifier
4 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Latin America Online Qualifier
3 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Oceania Online Qualifier
1 player from the Pokémon Players Cup Kickoff Invitational

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

4 players from the Pokémon Players Cup North America Online Qualifier
4 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Europe Online Qualifier
4 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Latin America Online Qualifier
3 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Oceania Online Qualifier
1 player from the Pokémon Players Cup Kickoff Invitational

Pokkén Tournament DX

4 players from the Pokémon Players Cup North America Online Qualifier
2 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Europe Online Qualifier
1 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Oceania Online Qualifier
1 player from the Pokémon Players Cup Kickoff Invitational

Prizes

Pokémon Trading Card Game Online: Top 4 players will receive a Travel Award to a future International Championship of their choosing
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield: Top 4 players will receive a Travel Award to a future International Championship of their choosing
Pokkén Tournament DX: Champion will receive a Travel Award to a future International Championship of their choosing
Eligible Pokémon TCG players who participate in the Regional Online Qualifiers receive a special in-game deck box and sleeves

Pokkén Tournament DX Championship Series 2020 announced

Put up or shut up!

I hope you've been practicing your Pokkén Tournament DX skills, because the Pokkén Tournament DX Championship Series 2020 has just been announced. It's time once again to show off what you've got, and hopefully climb the ranks all the way to the top. Check out full details on this event below.

- four different events that players can compete in
- Competition Format is the same as last year, running on Pokkén Tournament DX with Team Battles:

Oceania International Championships - Melbourne, Australia - February 21-23 - Two Masters & One Senior get an invite
Europe International Championships - Berlin, Germany - April 17-19 - Four Masters & Two Seniors get an invite
North America International Championships - June 26-28 - Four Masters & Two Seniors get an invite
Last Chance Qualifier Pokémon World Championships - London, England - Date TBD

- The Prize Structure is as follows:

International Championship Events
Masters Division

1st place: $1,250 and Worlds invitation
2nd place: $1,000 and Worlds invitation
3rd place: $750 and Worlds invitation*
4th place: $600 and Worlds invitation*
5th place tie: $450 each
7th place tie: $250 each

*Note: Only two players from the Oceania International Championships receive invitations.

Senior Division

1st place: Nintendo Switch console, 72 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs, and Worlds invitation
2nd place: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, 36 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs, and Worlds invitation*
3rd place: 36 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs

*Note: Only one player from the Oceania International Championships receives an invitation.

Pokémon World Championships

1st place: $6,000
2nd place: $4,000
3rd place: $3,000
4th place: $2,000
5th place tie: $1,500 each
7th place tie: $1,000 each

Senior Division

1st place: $3,000 Pokémon Visa® Prepaid Card
2nd place: $1,500 Pokémon Visa Prepaid Card
3rd place: $500 Pokémon Visa Prepaid Card

Pokken Tournament DX "Dark Nova" Group Match now live

Going dark

The next special Group Match is now live in Pokkén Tournament DX, and it runs to Sept. 22nd, 2019. The "Dark Nova" Group Match is a Team Battle competition, once again on a Fixed Battle Arena. Participating in this brings a special title reward based on Shadow Mewtwo, and if you place highly, you'll get other titles based on your placement. If you already received the title from the last time this event ran, you will not receive it again

Pokken Tournament "Dark Nova" Group Match set for Sept. 20th to 22nd, 2019

Going dark in September

While the "Fairy Tempest" Group Match is live right now in Pokken Tournament, we have word on the action that will follow. The "Dark Nova" Group Match is set to launch on Sept. 20th, and will run to Sept. 22nd, 2019. This cup is a Team Battle competition, once again on a Fixed Battle Arena. Participating in this brings a special title reward based on Shadow Mewtwo. If you place highly enough, you'll get other titles based on your placement If you already received this title from the last time the Group Match ran, you will not receive it again.

Pokken Tournament "Fairy Tempest" Group Match now live

Don't tempt me...

The next Group Match in Pokken Tournament is now up-and-running. This is the "Fairy Tempest" Group Match, which is a Basic Battle competition, once again on a Fixed Battle Arena. Participating in this gives you a special title reward based on Gardevoir. Ifd if you place high enough, you'll get other titles based on your placement. If you already received the title from the last time this Group Match ran, you will not receive it again. The "Fairy Tempest" Group Match runs until Sept. 8th, 2019.

Pokken Tournament DX 'Shadow Drop' Group Match now live, 'Fairy Tempest' Group Match coming

Get ready to throw down

Pokken Tournament DX Group Match action is going on today. From now until Aug. 25th, 2019, players can take part in the "Shadow Drop" Group Match. This cup is a Team Battle competition, once again on a Fixed Battle Arena. Participating in this brings a special title reward based on Gengar, and if you place highly, you'll get other titles based on your placement. If you already received the title from the last time it ran, you will not receive it again

Following that, from September 6th through 8th, you can participate in the "Fairy Tempest" Group Match. This cup is a Basic Battle competition, once again on a Fixed Battle Arena. Participating in this brings a special title reward based on Gardevoir, and if you place highly you'll get other titles based on your placement. If you already received the title from the last time it ran, you will not receive it again

Pokken Tournament DX producer gets a heartfelt gift from the competitive community

This needs to happen more often

Pokken Tournament DX was part of the Pokemon Worlds Championships this past weekend, and producer Masaaki Hoshino was on-hand to check out the action. What Hoshino didn't know was that a special gift was coming his way. Numerous members of the competitive Pokken Tournament DX community gathered to fill a notebook filled with handwritten, personal messages thanking Hoshino for the game, as well as the experiences it gave them. You can see the moment Hoshino was given the book above.

More Pokémon VGC Action On the Way at 2019 Worlds

Day one is done, day two is on!

The 2019 Pokémon Video Game World Championships kicked off in dramatic fashion in Washington, D.C., with battles and experiences worthy of being displayed in a museum. The last time the World Championships landed in the US capitol, in 2014, Sejun Park of South Korea charmed the hearts of Pokémon fans worldwide with his innovative Pachirisu-featured team.

With the battles now on Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon—using the GS Cup format that permits the use of two of the most powerful Legendary Pokémon—the tournament may more closely resemble the 2016 World Championships in San Francisco, won by Wolfe Glick.

But before anyone can join these esteemed players in the history books as our next World Champion, they'll need to get through a grueling, nine-round, best-of-three Swiss tournament populated by one of the most talented fields of Trainers ever.

Don't miss Day 2 of the action here in Washington D.C. when coverage resumes on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. on Pokemon.com/Live.

Full feature here

Pokemon Co. kicks off "Trainer Spotlight: The Road to the 2019 Pokémon World Championships" video series

Stiff competition

Want to learn about the best of the best attending the Pokemon World Championships? Pokemon Co. has started a video series spotlighting some of the major players you can expect to see climb the ranks at these tournaments. Check out two more installments in this video series below.


Pokken Tournament DX 'Psydisaster' Group Match now live

Bet you saw this one coming

From August 9th through August 11th, 2019, the "Psydisaster" Group Match will be live in Pokken Tournament DX. This is a Basic Battle competition, once again on a Fixed Battle Arena. Participating in this brings a special title reward based on Mewtwo, and if you place highly, you'll get other titles based on your placement. If you already received the title from the last time it ran, you will not receive it again.

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