Pokémon TCG Championship Points

Information subject to change. Last updated: 9/7/2016.

Pokémon TCG Championship Points are awarded to players based on their finish position at Pokémon Championship Series events. Participants will also receive Play! Points.

These events include:

Understanding the Championship Points System

Each Championship Series event has a Best Finish Limit. This is the maximum number of scores that can count for that series, with higher-scoring placements replacing lower scores. For example, Regionals has a Best Finish Limit of 8. This means that each player can only count their 8 highest Regionals scores. They may play in as many Regionals events as they like, and high scores earned in later events will replace lower scores earned in the first 8.

In some cases, tournament series with different Championship Point scales share a Best Finish Limit. For example, League Challenges share a Best Finish Limit with League Cups. Since League Cups award more Championship Points, a 3rd-place League Cup finish that scores 30 points would count ahead of a 1st-place League Challenge finish that scores 15 points.

All Championship Series events award Championship Points to players who finish 1st place in their age division. Players finishing below 1st place earn points only if the attendance in their age division reaches a specific threshold. For example, if an age division has at least 8 players, the 3rd- and 4th-place finishers get points. If an age division has at least 32 players, the 5th- through 8th-place finishers get points, and so on. This attendance threshold is called the Kicker.

Pokémon TCG Championship Points Tables

Championship Points will be used to determine various awards during the 2017 Championship Series season, including invitations to the Pokémon World Championships.

League Challenge

Best Finish Limit: 2 per quarter, shared with League Cup*
Play! Points: 1

PlacementPointsKicker (# of participants)
1150
2124
3–4108
5–8632
9–16464
17–322128

League Cup

Best Finish Limit: 2 per quarter, shared with League Challenge*
Play! Points: 2

PlacementPointsKicker (# of participants)
1500
2404
3–4308
5–82032
9–161064
17–328128
33–646256

*League Challenge and League Cup share a Best Finish Limit of two events per quarter. The quarters are:

  • July 11, 2016, through October 2016

  • November 2016 through January 2017

  • February 2017 through April 2017

  • May 2017 through the end of the tournament season

Special Events

Best Finish Limit: 8, shared with Regional Championships
Play! Points: 3

PlacementPointsKicker (# of participants)
11300
21054
3–4808
5–85532
9–163064
17–3220128
33–6415256
65–12810512
129–25651,024

Regional Championships

Best Finish Limit: 8, shared with Special Events
Play! Points: 3

PlacementPointsKicker (# of participants)
12000
21604
3–41208
5–88032
9–164064
17–3232128
33–6424256
65–12816512
129–25681,024

International Championships

Best Finish Limit: 4, shared with the 2016 World Championships
Play! Points: 5

PlacementPointsKicker (# of participants)
15000
24004
3–43008
5–820032
9–1610064
17–3280128
33–6460256
65–12840512
129–256201,024

2017 Pokémon World Championships

The Top 4 players in each age division will receive an invitation and Travel Award to the 2018 World Championships. Championship Points and other details will be announced later.

Special Events

Special Events take place outside of the standard Championship Series. Most of these occur either as side events at major Championship Series tournaments or as standalone events scheduled at gaming conventions. While their tournament listing may show them as part of a Championship Series tournament, the format and prizes may not be the same.

Championship Series Events

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