*All times Eastern Time. Times are subject to change.
Player check-in will begin on Thursday and continue at various times throughout the weekend. Players who have registered online and have confirmed that their names are on the confirmation list do not need to check in prior to their players meeting. However, they will need to check in at some point during the weekend to receive their Nationals registration items.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
|4:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m
||All players who registered online check in to receive their registration merchandise.|
|7:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m||Late on-site registration||Players who did not register online may be able to register, space permitting.|
Friday, July 1, 2016
|8:00 a.m – 8:30 a.m
||All players must be in their assigned seats with completed deck lists by 8 a.m. for the start of the player meeting. Players who are not seated at this time risk being dropped from the tournament.|
|9:00 a.m||Play Begins||Swiss rounds. The number of rounds is based on division attendance.|
All players with a record of X-2 or better, or the Top 32, whichever is greater will return on Saturday for a second day of Swiss play. This is true for all age division regardless of total attendance.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Resumes for all age divisions
||Players not in their seats by 9 a.m. will receive a
game loss for the first round and will be dropped from the event if they have
not reported by the end of that round.|
|4:00 p.m (approx.)||Junior
Division Top Cut||Top-8 will start following Swiss play and will continue until a Champion is
|4:00 p.m (approx.)||Senior Division Top-8||Top 8 matches will start following Swiss play.|
|7:00 p.m (approx.)||Master Division Top-8||Master Division Top-8 will start following the conclusion of Senior division play.|
Sunday, July 3, 2016
|TBA||Senior Final||At conclusion of Senior Top-4|
|TBA||Masters Top-4||At conclusion of Senior Final|
|TBA||Masters Final||At conclusion of Masters Top-4|
Pokémon TCG National Championships Tournament Format
All Pokémon TCG matches will be conducted using the Standard format for the entire main tournament. The most current Standard deck list can be found here.
All matches will be best-of-three.
Swiss rounds will have a time limit of 50 minutes, plus 3 turns.
Top Cut matches will have a time limit of 75 minutes, plus 3 turns.
For further information on the rules of the event, check out the Play! Pokémon rules and regulations