Video Game 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 Video Game UK National Championships is one of the largest Pokémon video game events in Europe. Great prizes are on the line, including enough Championship Points to earn an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships!

The Pokémon Video Game 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 Trading Card 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
9–10 a.m.: Check in
11 a.m.: Player meeting begins
11:30 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 VGC 2016 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 players from each division will then play in these additional rounds, scheduled to take place on Sunday, 15 May.

Both the Swiss rounds and the single-elimination finals will use a best-of-three game format, and each game will have a 15-minute time limit.

How do I take part in the event?

This event is open to players from all over the world. However, you must own a European console from the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and a European copy of either Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire in order to play.

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.

What should I bring with me?

When you show up at a Pokémon video game tournament, there are some things you must have with you. We've provided this handy checklist so you can show up to the event prepared!

  • A copy of Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. For this event, you will be required to have a European copy of the game.

  • A console from the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. For this event, you will be required to have a European console.

  • A team of legal Pokémon, as per the 2016 Play! Pokémon VG Rules and Formats document.

  • In addition, players are strongly encouraged to bring a charger for their system, as tournament staff will not have chargers available for loan.

Registration

Players who are not in line for check-in at 10 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

  • 600 Championship Points

  • A Nintendo Wii U deluxe set

2nd Place

  • A Pokémon National Championship Finalist Trophy

  • 540 Championship Points

  • A New Nintendo 3DS system

3rd–4th Place

  • A Pokémon National Championship Semi-Finalist Trophy

  • 480 Championship Points

  • A New Nintendo 3DS system

5th–8th Place

  • 420 Championship Points

  • 1 box of XY—Fates Collide booster packs

9th–16th Place

  • 366 Championship Points

17th–32nd Place

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

33rd–64th Place

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

65th–128th Place

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

129th–256th Place

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

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