Pokémon TCG Competitor Info

Competitor Registration for the Pokémon UK National Championships is currently down.

Please stay tuned to Pokemon.co.uk for more information on how to register for the Pokémon UK Nationals Championships taking place on 14-15th May.

The 2016 Pokémon Trading Card Game UK National Championships is one of the largest Pokémon TCG events in Europe. Great prizes are on the line, including enough Championship Points to earn an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships!

The Pokémon TCG UK National Championships will take place on Saturday, 14 May, and Sunday, 15 May, 2016, at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

Exhibition Centre Liverpool
Kings Dock
Liverpool Waterfront
L3 4FP

The Pokémon Video Game UK National Championships and a major Pokkén Tournament event will be taking place at the same time. Attendees are free to watch all of the competitive Pokémon action over the weekend.

More information concerning the venue and travel to and from Liverpool can be found on our event management partner's site.

Main Event Schedule

Saturday, 14 May

8 a.m.: Doors open
8–9 a.m.: Check in
9:30 a.m.: Player meeting begins
10 a.m.: Swiss rounds begin

Sunday, 15 May

8 a.m.: Doors open
9 a.m.: Single-elimination finals rounds begin

Please note that there is no lunch break scheduled for Nationals. Players are advised to prepare themselves for this. On-site catering will be available for you to grab something to eat between rounds.

Side Event Schedule

Saturday, 14 May

8 a.m.: Doors open
12–6 p.m.: Registration
8 p.m.: Side events end

Sunday, 15 May

8:30 a.m.: Doors open
9 a.m.–4 p.m.: Registration
6 p.m.: Side events end

What is the tournament structure?

The tournament is run using the Standard format and the Swiss plus Single Elimination pairings system.

The Swiss rounds will take place on Saturday, 14 May, and the number of Swiss rounds will depend on total attendance in each age division.

After Swiss rounds are complete, there will be a cut to single-elimination finals. The Top 8 players from each division will then play in these additional rounds, scheduled to take place on Sunday, 15 May. Each round will last 60 minutes plus 3 turns.

Both the Swiss rounds and the single-elimination finals will use a best-of-three game format.

Are there any requirements for attendance?

This event is open to players from all over the UK & Ireland. You must be a legal resident of either the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland to participate in the Pokémon TCG National Championships. If you have any doubt as to your eligibility to enter based on your status of residence, please contact us at support.pokemon.com.

There is no Play! Points requirement, and there is no fee to enter the main event. There will be entry fees for side events, however. More information regarding side events can be found here.

To participate, you must be a player in good standing and agree to abide by all Play! Pokémon Tournament Rules, as well as all other applicable event rules.

You will need to bring your own 60-card deck with you to play. Your deck must comply with the Standard format as outlined in the 2016 Play! Pokémon TCG Rules and Formats document.

You will also need to complete a deck list, detailing the full contents of the deck you will be using throughout the entirety of the event. You can download a blank deck list here.

How do I register?

Players who are not in line for check-in at 9 a.m. will be marked as late and may receive a first-round loss.

Players who register but do not check in will not be entered into the event.

What are the prizes?

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

The divisions are:

Junior Division: Born in 2005 or later
Senior Division: Born in 2001, 2002, 2003, or 2004
Masters Division: Born in 2000 or earlier

The top finishers in each of the three age divisions receive the following prizes:

1st Place

  • A Pokémon National Champion Trophy

  • 500 Championship Points

  • 3 boxes of XY—Fates Collide booster packs

2nd Place

  • A Pokémon National Championship Finalist Trophy

  • 400 Championship Points (if age division attendance is 4 or greater)

  • 2 boxes of XY—Fates Collide booster packs

3rd–4th Place

  • A Pokémon National Championship Semi-Finalist Trophy

  • 300 Championship Points (if age division attendance is 8 or greater)

  • 2 boxes of XY—Fates Collide booster packs

5th–8th Place

  • 200 Championship Points (if age division attendance is 32 or greater)

  • 1 box of XY—Fates Collide booster packs

9th–16th Place

  • 100 Championship Points (if age division attendance is 64 or greater)

  • 18 XY—Fates Collide booster packs

17th–32nd Place

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

33rd–64th Place

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

65th–128th Place

  • 40 Championship Points (if age division attendance is 512 or greater)

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