Pokémon VG National Championships

Pokémon TCG National Championships

The US National Championships for the Pokémon Video Game Championship Series will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, from Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6. Pre-register for the National Championships online now.

The VG tournament at the Indiana Convention Center will begin Friday, July 4, at 8 a.m., for Masters Division players. Junior and Senior Division players will play Saturday, July 5, beginning at 10 a.m. A variety of side tournaments will go on during the weekend, too.

The Pokémon TCG tournament will begin Friday, July 4. More information on the TCG can be found here.

The address of the Indiana Convention Center is:

100 South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46225-1071

Events at the US National Championships will take place on three consecutive days, with each day’s activities outlined below.

Online registration is open in May and will remain open until all seats have been filled, or until 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3. Register online here.

Masters division on-site check in Thursday, July 3, and Friday, July 4 will only be available for those who registered online.

Registration Details:

  • All VG Masters players checking in on Thursday will receive a Nationals T-shirt, while supplies last.

  • All VG Junior and Senior division players registering or checking in on Friday will receive a Nationals T-shirt, while supplies last.

  • Registration will be guaranteed to the first 150 Junior Division players, 250 Senior Division players, and 800 Masters Division players. While we will attempt to accommodate every player who wishes to participate, we cannot guarantee seating beyond these limits.

  • Players may use on-site kiosks to register online Thursday, July 3, between 4 and 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 3

  • Check-in for VG Masters Division players will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Battle Boxes will be locked when players check in.

Friday, July 4

  • Last-minute check-in for VG Masters Division players will be from 7 to 7:30 a.m.

  • Masters Division players will compete in Swiss rounds in two flights beginning at 8 a.m.

    • Attendance permitting, the top 16 or top 32 players from each flight will advance to play on Saturday.

  • Registration for Junior and Senior Division VG players will take place Friday evening from 5 to 6 p.m. Battle Boxes will be locked when players register.

  • Side events will occur throughout the day. The full schedule will be released at a later date.

Saturday, July 5

  • Junior and Senior Division

    • Last-minute registration will take place from 8 to 8:30 a.m.

    • Player meeting will commence at 9:30 a.m.

    • Swiss rounds will begin at 10 a.m.

    • A Top 16 cut will be taken at the end of Swiss rounds, attendance permitting. The single-elimination Top 16 will be played on Sunday.

  • Masters Division

    • Day 2 of Masters Division Swiss rounds will begin at 8 a.m. The top 32 or 64 players (based on the previous day’s results and attendance) will compete in five or six rounds of best-of-three matches.

    • A Top 8 cut will be taken at the end of Swiss rounds. The single-elimination Top 8 will be played late Saturday afternoon.

  • Side events will occur throughout the day. The full schedule will be released at a later date.

Sunday, July 6

  • Single-elimination rounds (Top 16, Junior and Senior Divisions) will be played.

    • ALL players must be checked in and ready to play by 10 a.m., or they will forfeit their first game. Players not in their seats by 10:10 a.m. will forfeit their second game, and thereby, the match.

  • Junior, Senior, and Masters Division finals (top 2) will occur sequentially beginning at 2 p.m.

  • Side events will occur throughout the day. The full schedule will be released at a later date.

What are the prizes?

Prizes are awarded to the top players in each age division.

The divisions are as follows:

Junior Division: Born in 2003 or later
Senior Division: Born in 1999, 2000, 2001, or 2002
Masters Division: Born in 1998 or earlier

1st Place

  • A Pokémon VG National Championships First-Place Trophy

  • 480 Championship Points

  • A Nintendo Wii U 32GB Deluxe Set

  • A combination of 72 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions

  • Other great Pokémon-themed merchandise!

2nd Place

  • A Pokémon VG National Championships Second-Place Trophy

  • 440 Championship Points

  • A Nintendo 3DS XL system

  • A combination of 72 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions

  • Other great Pokémon-themed merchandise!

3rd & 4th Place

  • A Pokémon VG National Championships Semi-Finalist Trophy

  • 360 Championship Points

  • A Nintendo 3DS XL system

  • A combination of 36 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions

  • Other great Pokémon-themed merchandise!

5th through 8th Place

  • 210 Championship Points

  • A combination of 36 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions

9th through 16th Place

  • 150 Championship Points

  • A combination of 18 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions

17th through 32nd Place

  • 90 Championship Points

  • A combination of 8 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions

33rd through 64th Place

  • 30 Championship Points (if division attendance is 128 or greater)

  • A combination of 4 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions

65th through 128th Place

  • 15 Championship Points (if division attendance is 256 or greater)

Who is eligible to play at the US National Championships?

  • There are no eligibility requirements for players in good standing for the Pokémon video game tournament.

  • The Pokémon VG US National Championships is open to all players, regardless of their country of residency.

Travel Awards and Stipends

Following the US National Championships, the top 4 players in each age division, based on final season Championship Point standings in North America, will receive a Travel Award and invitation to the 2014 World Championships. The top 16 players in each age division, based on final season Championship Point standings, will receive an invitation to the 2014 World Championships.

Players who received Championship Points from the 2013 World Championships will have them factored into their rankings following the 2014 US National Championships.

If a player from the 2013 World Championships who is already guaranteed an invitation or Travel Award finishes in the top 16 of the final season Championship Point rankings, that Travel Award or invitation will pass down.

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