Pokémon TCG League Challenge Tournaments

Pokémon TCG League Challenge tournaments are back in the 2023 Championship Series season! Get started in the world of competitive Pokémon TCG play at League Challenge tournaments. These events are small, entry-level events on a local scale and held by most Play! Pokémon Stores.

In Pokémon TCG League Challenge tournaments, players can earn Championship Points and work toward earning an invitation to the World Championships!

League Challenges are closely related to League Cups, which are held less frequently but in similar venues, and offer a higher Championship Point payout for players looking for additional competition.

In order to participate, players must have a Pokémon Trainer Club account, be in good standing with the Play! Pokémon program, and comply with current COVID-19 requirements for in-store Pokémon events.

Players need to bring their own legal 60-card deck. Registration for these events is handled by the local Tournament Organizer of a Play! Pokémon Store, and an entry fee may be charged at their discretion. Some events may have special promotions. Similar to other League events, special promotions including Prize Packs or sticker sheets may be on offer. Check with your local Play! Pokémon retailer for availability and distribution. Please check the Event Locator for details about each event, including information regarding registration.

Remember, while we frequently update our events schedule, we recommend that you contact the local Tournament Organizer to confirm event schedule information.

2023 Pokémon TCG League Challenge events

League Challenge events will typically be held once per month at select Pokémon League locations.

League Challenge events consist of only Swiss rounds; there is no top cut to single-elimination rounds.

Players must have a Pokémon Trainer Club account with a Player ID attached, and must have opted in to the Play! Pokémon program in order to earn points and prizes. All participants will receive 1 Play! Point just for playing.

The Championship Point payout for the Pokémon TCG League Challenge is as follows:


Championship Points

Kicker (# of participants)



















Best Finish Limit: 2.
Championship Point values are subject to change.

Pokémon TCG Challenges

At some events, like Regional Championships, Pokémon TCG Challenges will take place. These events will have the same Championship Point awards as a League Challenge and be included in the same Best Finish Limit, but will not distribute promo cards or other League-exclusive prizes typically found at a League Challenge.

Championship Series Events

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