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Pokémon Trainers have been sharpening their skills all year so they can prove they're the very best at the 2019 Pokémon World Championships. You'll be able to watch the most important Pokémon battles of the season all weekend long from Friday, August 16, through Sunday, August 18, live from Washington, DC.
After the opening ceremony at 9 a.m. EDT on Friday, you'll be able to watch the Pokémon GO Invitational on Twitch.tv/Pokemon. The first rounds of the Pokémon World Championships and the Pokkén Tournament DX LCQ will begin simultaneously on Twitch.tv/PokemonTCG, Twitch.tv/PokemonVGC, and Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament. After the conclusion of the Pokémon GO Invitational, bonus matches from the Pokémon TCG and video game tournaments will air on Twitch.tv/Pokemon, and the three dedicated streams will continue to broadcast throughout Friday.
The finals for the Pokémon TCG and VGC will be broadcast consecutively only on Twitch.tv/Pokemon on Sunday starting at 9 a.m. EDT. Don't forget to check out the winning teams and decks at Pokemon.com/EventResults once the tournament is complete.
What to Watch: Pokémon TCG
Pokémon TCG stream: Twitch.tv/PokemonTCG
Commentators: Cora Georgiou, Jeremy Jallen, Josue Rojano, Kyle Sabelhaus, Kyle Sucevich, Kenny Wisdom
August 16: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Saturday, August 17: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Sunday, August 18: Finals start at 9 a.m. EDT on Twitch.tv/Pokemon
The Pokémon TCG World Championships will feature an unexplored format after the 2020 season Pokémon TCG format rotation. With hundreds of cards leaving the Standard format just before the Pokémon World Championships, the savviest deck builders will have an edge as players theorize the strongest decks in this new format. Only Pokémon TCG expansions from Sun & Moon—Ultra Prism through the newly released Sun & Moon—Unified Minds, and Black Star Promo cards numbered SM94 and up, will be permitted for this competition, so anticipate new cards making a major impact.
If you're looking to get an idea of what to expect at the World Championships, check out the Pokémon TCG Deck Power Rankings to see which decks our experts think we'll see at the top tables.
What to Watch: Pokémon VGC
Pokémon VGC stream: Twitch.tv/PokemonVGC
Commentators: Adam Dorricott, Scott Glaza, Duy Ha, Rosemary Kelley, Gabby Snyder, Aaron Zheng
August 16: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Saturday, August 17: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Sunday, August 18: After TCG finals on Twitch.tv/Pokemon (approx. 12:30 p.m. EDT)
Trainers competing in the Video Game Championships have competed with various versions of the GS Cup rules all season, which permit players to include two of the most powerful Legendary Pokémon on their teams. But the biggest story coming out of the recent North America International Championships was the incredible performance of the more unexpected Pokémon that appeared alongside the Legendary Pokémon. Teams featuring Mega Medicham, Mega Lucario, Mimikyu, Kommo-o, and Shedinja were all still standing late in the tournament, setting up a Pokémon World Championships where it truly feels like any Pokémon could be a surprise star.
Check out the 2019 Pokémon Video Game Championships Power Rankings to find out which pairs of Legendary Pokémon our experts expect to perform best in at the Pokémon World Championships.
What to Watch: Pokkén Tournament DX
Pokkén Tournament DX stream: Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament
Commentators: Michael “H2” Graf, Evan “WonderChef” Hashimoto, Brendan “Burnside” Hansen
16: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Saturday, August 17: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Saturday, August 17: 3–5:30 p.m. EDT (approx.) on Twitch.tv/Pokemon
The Pokkén Tournament DX action will begin with the Last Chance Qualifier on Friday, the final opportunity for competitors to qualify for the Pokkén Tournament DX World Championships. Then, on Saturday, the top players from Friday will join those who qualified at the International Championships in a clash of the best players in the world. Saturday's matches will start on Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament and move to Twitch.tv/Pokemon for the Championship Bracket around 3 p.m. EDT.
Read up on the state of the action in Pokkén Tournament DX this season from an expert to amp yourself up before the tournament begins.
All times approximate and subject to change.