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VG Autumn Regional Championships
The Pokémon Video Game Autumn Regional Championships give players an opportunity to earn a Travel Award to their respective National Championships! Held in cities across the U.S. and Canada, each Regional Championship is part of a title event series where players compete for the title of Regional Champion! Results of the Regional Championships can give a serious boost to a player’s Championship Points and chances of getting into the 2013 World Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The Video Game Autumn Regionals take place on Sunday, October 14th. We’re also rolling out a new Championship Points system for video game competitors. The Autumn Regional championships are the first of three events that give players an opportunity to win a Travel Award to Nationals. Information on the other two, Winter and Spring Regionals, will be posted later in 2012.
For information on Pokémon TCG Regionals, visit the TCG Regionals page.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the Pokémon Video Game Autumn Regional Championships?
The Pokémon Video Game Autumn Regionals will be held on October 14th, 2012. Find event dates, times, and locations.
The Trading Card Game Autumn Regionals take place on Saturday, October 13th. See the TCG Regionals page for more details.
Are There any Requirements for Attendance?
The Autumn Regional Championships do not require an invitation, or qualification. All players in good standing are welcome to participate.
Be sure to review the tournament rules for instructions on what items you’ll need to bring to a Pokémon Video Game Regional Championship.
What Are the Rules?
The Video Game Tournament rules can be found beginning on page 26 of the PDF found at http://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/play-pokemon-tournaments/rules/
What Is the Tournament Format?
The Autumn Regional series will allow use of only Pokémon Black Version, or Pokémon White Version DS Cartridges, and will be run using Age Modified Swiss (single game) pairings and a cut to a Top 8 (attendance allowing) single elimination finals. Single elimination finals will be run as best 2 out of 3.
The Video Game Tournament format document, which contains details about Team construction rules and a list of Pokémon that cannot be used in competitive play, can be found here.
What are the Prizes?
Prizes are awarded to the top players in each of three age divisions.
All participants will receive 3 Play! Points, and a Pokémon Regional Championships promo card (while supplies last), just for playing!
A Pokémon VG Regional Championships 1st Place award
A Travel Award (including a parent or legal guardian for players under 18) to the 2013 U.S. National Championships at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana*
A first-round bye at the U.S. National Championships**
120 Championship Points
A Pokémon VG Regional Championships 2nd Place award
A Travel Stipend of $500 for Junior and Senior Division finalists, collected on site at the National Championships. Valid ID will be required to collect your stipend.
A Travel Stipend of $300 for Masters Division finalists, collected on site at the National Championships. Valid ID will be required to collect your stipend.
A first- round bye at the U.S. National Championships**
110 Championship Points (if division attendance is 4 or greater)
3rd & 4th Place
A Travel Stipend of $500 for Junior and Senior Division semi-finalists, collected on site at the National Championships. Valid ID will be required to collect your stipend.
A Pokémon TCG Regional Championships 3rd or 4th Place award
90 Championship Points (if division attendance is 8 or greater)
5th Place through 8th Place
70 Championship Points(if division attendance is 32 or greater)
9th Place through 12th Place
50 Championship Points (if division attendance is 64 or greater)
13th Place through 16th Place
40 Championship Points (if division attendance is 64 or greater)
17th Place through 32nd Place
20 Championship Points (if division attendance is 128 or greater)
33rd Place through 64th Place
10 Championship Point (if division attendance is 256 or greater)
* Travel awards and byes are awarded to the winning player and are awarded to the U.S. National Championships. A Canadian player is therefore eligible to win a travel award to the U.S. National Championships, as there is no Video Game Nationals in Canada in 2013.
** Byes do not “stack.” If you have won a bye in another event such as the S/P/T Championship and finish in the top 2 of a Regional Championship, you will receive a maximum first- and second-round bye at your National Championships.
† Travel awards do not “stack.” If you have won a travel award at a previous Regional Championships event, the travel award will pass down to the next eligible player. If there is a stipend awarded to the player who the travel award is passed to, that stipend will instead be awarded to the player the travel award was passed down from. Travel stipends DO stack, meaning that a player may earn multiple travel stipends.