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The last opportunity to earn big Championship Points toward qualification for the 2019 Pokémon World Championships is on the line as players compete in the season's final International Championships in Columbus, Ohio, from Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23, 2019.
You can watch all the action from home even if you can't make it to historic Columbus, as we'll be broadcasting matches from each round of the 2019 Pokémon North America International Championships. Matches from the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Video Game Championships (VGC) will be on display all weekend long starting Friday morning, and Pokkén Tournament DX will join the fray for the competition's final two days.
Feature matches from the Pokémon TCG and VGC will be broadcast Friday and Saturday on Twitch.tv/Pokemon, and you'll be able to catch another match from each round of each tournament on Twitch.tv/PokemonTCG and Twitch.tv/PokemonVGC. The action in the Pokkén Tournament DX tournament will kick off on Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament at 9:15 a.m. EDT Saturday.
The final rounds for the Pokémon TCG and VGC will be broadcast consecutively on Twitch.tv/Pokemon on Sunday starting at 10 a.m. EDT, while the Pokkén Tournament DX finals will be broadcast on Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament at 9:15 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
June 21: 9:15 a.m.
– 6:30 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Saturday, June 22: 8:45 a.m. – 9 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Sunday, June 23: Finals start at 10 a.m. EDT on Twitch.tv/Pokemon
Decks featuring Lighting-type Pokémon like Zapdos and Pikachu & Zekrom-GX dominated the spotlight at our last two International Championships in Europe and Oceania, but there are plenty of new challengers this time with the release of Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds. Excitement around Reshiram & Charizard-GX has built to a fever pitch, but don't expect decks built around it to be the only impact of the latest Pokémon TCG expansion—Weezing, Lucario & Melmetal-GX, and Persian-GX have all already proven part of formidable decks at recent Regional Championships.
Don't miss the Pokémon TCG Deck Power Rankings for the North America International Championships to learn more about which decks our experts expect to see at the top tables in Columbus.
What to Watch: Pokémon VGC
Pokémon VGC stream: Twitch.tv/PokemonVGC
Commentators: Adam Dorricott, Scott Glaza, Duy Ha, Rosemary Kelley, Gabby Snyder, Aaron Zheng
June 21: 9:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Saturday, June 22: 8:45 a.m. – 7 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Sunday, June 23: After the TCG finals on Twitch.tv/Pokemon (approx. 2 p.m. EDT)
Expect to see Trainers bring polished strategies to Columbus for the second International Championships featuring the high-powered Ultra Series format. Ultra Necrozma received the most attention as players prepared for a format with almost no restrictions, but in the end it was the combination of Xerneas and Rayquaza—a pair that didn't have much success together the last time the most powerful Legendary Pokémon were permitted in 2016—that came out on top in Berlin. No pairing of Legendary Pokémon has proven that it has a definitive leg up in the Ultra Series, so we're likely to see a variety of strategies competing for dominance throughout the tournament.
Check out the 2019 Pokémon Video Game Championships Power Rankings heading into the North America International Championships to find out which Legendary Pokémon our panel of experts expects to compete for the crown.
What to Watch: Pokkén Tournament DX
Tournament DX stream: Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament
Commentators: Michael “H2” Graf, Evan “WonderChef” Hashimoto, Brendan “Burnside” Hansen
June 22: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Sunday, June 23: 9:15 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT (approx.)
The tournaments in Columbus will be the final opportunity for competitors to qualify for the 2019 Pokkén Tournament World Championships before the action moves on to the big stage in Washington, DC, in August. The shift to the Team Battle format, where each player chooses their own team of three Battle Pokémon instead of just one, has led to some incredible matches featuring a mix of old favorites and Pokémon that were previously overlooked. The excitement on the Pokkén Tournament stage is always unparalleled thanks to its enthusiastic fans, so make sure to tune in—this is an event you won't want to miss!
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.