Pokémon National Championships are the last stop along the road to the World Championships. Top players at the Pokémon National Championships earn automatic invitations to the World Championships. Some markets also offer Travel Awards to the World Championships, along with trophies and great Pokémon gear!
The Pokémon TCG National Championships are open to legal residents of the host country. Residency in this case is defined as a person who legally resides in the host country or one of its territories. Players may participate in only one National Championships event per year, even if they have dual residency.