2018 Pokémon TCG World Championships Player Information

The 2018 Pokémon TCG World Championships will begin on Friday, August 24, for all age divisions. Players must be in good standing with the Play! Pokémon program to participate, and they must have an active Play! Pokémon account with current and accurate information.


Pokémon TCG players have qualified through competitions in the 2018 Championship Series season. Players earn invitations to this prestigious event by performing at an exceptional level throughout the Championship Series season.

Top Trading Card Game players from different rating zones receive invitations based on their Championship Points standing at the end of the season. Invitations will be divided into two tiers: players who reach a certain Championship Points total receive an invitation to play in Day One on Friday. Invitations will be distributed as follows:

Championship Points Table

Rating ZoneJuniorSeniorMasters
US and Canada350400400
Latin America250250250
South Africa150150250

The best players in each zone will earn an invitation that allows them to advance directly to Day Two without playing in Friday's rounds. These invitations will also include Travel Awards. Day Two invitations are divided by rating zone as follows:

The Top 16 players from the US and Canada rating zone
The Top 22 players from the Europe rating zone
The Top 8 players from the Latin America rating zone
The Top 8 players from the Oceania rating zone

Players in Japan and South Korea will be awarded both Friday invitations and Day Two invitations as determined by each country's organized play system.

Players in Russia will be awarded Friday invitations as determined by their country's organized play system.

Players with invitations from the 2017 World Championships will play on Friday unless they qualify for Day Two based on Championship Points.

Competition Format

This competition will use the rules for the 2018 Championship Series season Standard format. Players must bring their own tournament-legal 60-card deck. Players must adhere to the Tournament Rules.


Day One players must check in on Thursday at the Nashville Music City Center, outside Halls C & D. If, due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays or missed connections, a player becomes unable to check in on Thursday, they should report to the check-in desk as early as possible on Friday (during the check-in hours) and notify a staff member. All Day One players are required to be checked in and seated for their age division's player meeting on Friday morning.

All Pokémon TCG competitors with Day One invitations will need to turn in their pre-completed deck list during check-in on Thursday, August 23. Players should be sure to write clearly on their deck list—illegible writing on a deck list may incur penalties. Players are allowed to use cards from their home market in languages other than English.

Players who earned a Day Two invitation may check in anytime Thursday evening at the Nashville Music City Center, or Friday during check-in open hours.

Player Meeting

A mandatory player meeting for all age divisions with a Day One invitation will start at the conclusion of the opening ceremonies, at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 24 in the Pokémon TCG play area.

Players with a Day One invitation who do not attend the player meeting may be dropped from the main tournament. However, they will still receive their badges, lanyard, and welcome kit, and will be permitted entry into the event space for the remainder of the competition.

All Pokémon TCG age divisions will start their first round of play once the player meetings end.

Download TCG deck list (specific to the 2018 Pokémon TCG World Championships)

Tournament Schedule

The Pokémon TCG World Championships is run in three phases over three days. The number of Swiss rounds will depend on total attendance at the event. Swiss rounds will use the best-of-three game format. The Standard format will be used throughout the entire World Championships.

Friday: All players with Day One invitations will play Swiss rounds. Players who reach the required number of match points during the Swiss rounds will advance to Day Two on Saturday. Day Two will feature about half as many players as Day One, combining the top players from Day One with the players who received Day Two invitations.

RoundsRequired Match Points
  • Match win = 3 match points

  • Match tie = 1 match point

  • Match loss = 0 match points

Saturday: All players, including those who earned Day Two invitations and those who advanced from Friday, will play in a new set of Swiss rounds. This will be treated as a new tournament: match records from Friday will not carry forward, and players are not required to use the same deck they played on Friday.

There is a mandatory player meeting at 8:30 a.m. for all players. All players are required to turn in a new deck list, regardless of whether they changed their deck after Day One. Players who don't attend this meeting will be dropped from the event.

Sunday: Final rounds will be played for all age divisions.

Event structure subject to change.


View Pokémon TCG World Championships prize information.

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