Pokémon North American Professor Cup

Professor Program

The Pokémon Professor Cup is a non-sanctioned event that is held annually to thank Pokémon Professors for their hard work and dedication to the growth of the Play! Pokémon program. This is a casual and fun event where those who usually work as judges and organizers have a chance to play instead!

The 2016 North American Professor Cup will be held during the Pokémon US National Championships weekend in Columbus, Ohio.

There will be no on-site registration for this event. Please register in advance to ensure that you're able to play. Registration information can be found in the Pokémon Professor forums.

Event Location:

The Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

How to Qualify

To play in the event, Professors must have earned at least 50 Professor Points between June 1, 2015, and June 15, 2016. Please check your points total for this period before registering.

Event Times

Check-in will be Thursday, June 30, at 5 p.m. for solicited staff and Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2, at 5 p.m. for any other Professors who have met the points requirement. The event will start as soon as check-in is finished and will conclude on Sunday, July 3.

Deck Construction Rules

Decks will use Standard construction rules with the following exceptions:

  • Your deck must contain exactly 40 cards. Games will be played with 4 Prize cards.

  • Only Pokémon with a rarity of Common may be used. Raichu and Wobbuffet, from the Radiant Collection subset of the Generations expansion, are not allowed.

  • Trainer cards with a rarity of Uncommon may be used. (Except Lysandre's Trump Card, of course—it's banned here just like everywhere else.)

  • Special Energy cards may not be used.

  • Black Star Promo cards may not be used.

  • Attack costs are flexible! You still need the same number of Energy to use an attack, and if the attack shows multiple Energy symbols, you'll need a different type of Energy for each different symbol. For example, Quagsire's Landslide attack has an Energy cost of one Water Energy and two Colorless Energy. However, you may pay with one Lightning Energy and two Fire Energy, or one Grass Energy and two Lightning Energy.

Important notes:

  • A fully charged system in the Nintendo 3DS family will not be required, but may result in interesting opportunities. Not having one of these systems will not necessarily exclude you from said opportunities.

  • Do not add cards to your deck that you are not willing to see potentially dinged or damaged.

In-Game Rules

Each type of Energy provides a mandatory effect when it is attached from your hand to one of your Pokémon. You may want to take the following into account when deciding which Energy cards to include in your deck:

Grass: Heal 20 damage from any Pokémon.
Fire: Discard a card from your hand, then draw a card.
Water: Return a Pokémon from the discard pile to its owner's hand.
Lightning: Move a damage counter from 1 Pokémon to another.
Psychic: Move an Energy from 1 of either player's Pokémon to another of that player's Pokémon.
Fighting: Put a damage counter on any Pokémon.
Darkness: Switch 1 of either player's Benched Pokémon with that player's Active Pokémon.
Metal: Prevent the next 20 damage that would be done to a Pokémon of your choice.
Fairy: Flip a coin. If heads, choose a Special Condition. Your opponent's Active Pokémon is now affected by that condition.

In addition:

  • You may discard a card from your hand to negate your opponent's Energy effect for that turn.

  • You may discard a card from your hand plus a card from the top of your deck to steal your opponent's Energy effect for yourself.

  • You must choose whether to negate or steal an effect BEFORE any part of that effect takes place (for example, you can't wait to see whether your opponent flips heads after attaching a Fairy Energy).

Players will be free to ask questions during the event if something is unclear.


1st place:

  • iPad Mini

  • A Pokémon Professor Cup Trophy

  • OGIO Metro Backpack with embroidered Professor logo

2nd–4th place:

  • A Pokémon Professor Cup Trophy

  • OGIO Metro Backpack with embroidered Professor logo

5th–16th place:

  • OGIO Metro Backpack with embroidered Professor logo

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