June 05, 2014

Indy, Here We Come!

The US National Championships are just around the corner. Here’s what you need to know.

Gear up for the 2014 Pokémon TCG and Video Game US National Championships, starting July 4, 2014! The three-day event is the largest Play! Pokémon tournament of the year and features some of the most fun and intense battles on the planet. Take a look at some of the news regarding the upcoming competition in Indianapolis.

Preregistration Begins

For the first time, Pokémon players will have the opportunity to register for the National Championships prior to arriving at the Indiana Convention Center. Skip the long lines and secure your seat in the competition starting now. You’ll need your Player ID handy. Preregistration is open to both Pokémon TCG and video game competitors in all age divisions. Pokémon TCG Masters Division players, you’ll be able to pay your tournament registration entry fee at the same time.

Preregister for the Pokémon TCG National Championships.

Preregister for the Pokémon Video Game National Championships.

Travel Awards Issued

Hundreds of top players from around the country who have been battling throughout the year have qualified for Travel Awards and Stipends. In fact, more than $300,000 worth of Travel Awards and Stipends have been issued to nearly 500 players! Travel Awards ensure that the top players from the entire season are recognized for their excellent play and that the National Championships include some of the best players in the country. For more information on Travel Awards, check out this recent Pokemon.com article.

Live Streaming on Twitch!

Once again, Play! Pokémon is using the Twitch platform to provide hours of competitive action live from the tournament floor! Live streaming will cover both Pokémon video game and Pokémon TCG matches, including Swiss rounds, top-cut matches, and of course every finals match. Tune in to the action at twitch.tv/pokemon or on Pokemon.com’s official Nationals page during the event.

National Championships live streaming schedule (times subject to change):

Saturday, July 5

Noon to 5 p.m.: Pokémon Video Game
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Pokémon TCG

Sunday, July 6

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Pokémon TCG
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Pokémon Video Game

A Cool Pokémon Distribution Event

At the 2013 Pokémon World Championships, Arash Ommati led an epic team to victory to become World Champion. Now you can add a Mamoswine to your game based on one of the stars from his winning party! This Lv. 50 Shiny Mamoswine is built to do massive damage with four devastating attacks—Icicle Spear, Earthquake, Icicle Crash, and Rock Slide. It is also holding a Choice Scarf to help make up for Mamoswine’s relatively slow speed.

Everyone who attends the Pokémon National Championships can get Mamoswine—not just the competitors. Be sure to bring your system from the Nintendo 3DS family and your copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y. Look for signs at the Indiana Convention Center hall for more details on how to get Arash’s Mamoswine!

Whether you’re competing, cheering on your friends, or just stopping by to join the fun, we look forward to seeing you on the Fourth of July weekend at the Indiana Convention Center for the Pokémon National Championships.

Good luck, Trainers!

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