Play! Pokémon Team Challenge—Summer 2021 is a Pokémon TCG tournament where players can create four-person teams with their local game store and compete for prizes and glory! The tournament is open to Masters Division players (players in Brazil must be 18 years or older).
The Team Challenge is entirely virtual—all matches will be held through the Pokémon TCG Online and hosted by tournamentcenter BVBA. Stay connected with your friends and your gaming community while staying safe!
To participate in the Play! Pokémon Team Challenge—Summer 2021, use the Play! Pokémon Store Finder to locate participating stores near you. You can register to play at www.tournamentcenter.gg starting March 26, 2021. You can also visit www.tournamentcenter.gg/team-challenge to check for weekly event coverage.
Don't miss the exciting conclusion to the Play! Pokémon Team Challenge—Summer 2021! The final rounds will be streamed live on August 20–22, starting at 9 a.m. PDT each day. You can catch the action on Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. Broadcasters Jeremy Jallen and Kyle Sabelhaus will host and offer insight for this global event.
Team Challenge Structure
The Team Challenge—Summer 2021 kicks off April 3, 2021, and will run through August 2021, giving participants lots of opportunity to compete and advance.
In the first stage that begins April 3, individual stores will host Qualifier tournaments via the Pokémon TCG Online. The winners from each of these individual tournaments will form a team as representatives of their store. This Qualifier round is expected to conclude on June 6, 2021.
Once the teams are in place for each store, they will compete against other Store Teams in an elimination bracket. Each bracket match will be a 3v3 round-robin competition against another team, with the team that earns five or more wins advancing to the next round. Initially, teams will play other stores from their city, and then will be reseated at regional, national, and global levels if they progress. This round will also take approximately 10 weeks, starting in June 2021.
The Team Challenge culminates in a Grand Final between the top two Store Teams in August 2021.
Pokémon TCG Format
Player and Store Eligibility
The Team Challenge—Summer 2021 is open to Masters Division players (born in 2004 or earlier, or age 18 and over in Brazil) who have a Pokémon Trainer Club account and valid Pokémon Player ID. Stores that host Play! Pokémon events are eligible to host a team for this event.
Stores and players from the following regions/countries are eligible to participate in the Team Challenge—Summer 2021:
North America: Canada, United States of America (including Puerto Rico)
Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil (players must be 18 or over), Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay
Oceania: Australia, New Zealand
If you own or manage a store and would like to participate, register now.
Participants will have the opportunity to win Pokémon Trading Card Game Online booster codes (prize quantity depends on the number of participants in each qualifier), and all participants will receive digital card sleeves and deck boxes for the Pokémon TCG Online. An event-exclusive Pokémon TCG playmat will also be revealed later.
Check back soon for more information about prizes.