Last Chance Qualifier

The Last Chance Qualifier events are the final opportunity for Trading Card Game and video game players to make it into the field of competitors at the World Championships. The Last Chance Qualifiers take place the day before the World Championships.

2011 Pokémon TCG World Championships

What is the Pokémon TCG Last Chance Qualifier tournament?

The Pokémon TCG Last Chance Qualifier is the final World Championships qualifier open to all eligible players in good standing. It is run using the Age-Modified Single Elimination format.

When is the Pokémon TCG Last Chance Qualifier tournament?

The Pokémon TCG Last Chance Qualifier registration will begin on Friday, August 12th, at 9:00 A.M., at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel, San Diego, California, U.S.A. Players arriving for registration after 10:00 A.M. will be denied entry to the event.

The address of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel:

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard
San Diego, California 92101
U.S.A.
Phone: 1-800-HILTONS

What does it cost to attend?

It's free! There is no entry fee to participate in the Pokémon TCG Last Chance Qualifier tournament.

What is the tournament structure?

The tournament is run using the Modified Format and Single Elimination pairings. Each Single Elimination match will be a best-of-three format, with the first player to win 2 games winning the match. Winning players advance to the next round; losing players are eliminated from the event. See the Pokémon Tournament Rules for additional information about the Modified and Single Elimination formats. The number of rounds run will depend on total attendance at the event. After the appropriate number of rounds has taken place, the final 8 players in each age division will move on to play in the Pokémon TCG World Championships on Saturday, August 13th.

Who is eligible to play in the Pokémon TCG Last Chance Qualifier tournament?

  • To participate in the event, you must be a player in good standing and abide by the Pokémon Tournament Rules and all other applicable event rules.
  • Players who have already earned an invitation to play in the 2011 World Championships (VGC or TCG) are not eligible to participate in the Last Chance Qualifier tournament.

What are the prizes?

A total of 8 finishers in the Junior, Senior and Masters Divisions will receive:

  • An invitation to compete in the Pokémon TCG World Championships on Saturday, August 13th.

What do I need to bring and know?

  • You must bring your own deck to play. Your deck must comply with the Modified Format as outlined in the Pokémon Tournament Rules.
  • Bring your Player ID number card. New Player ID's will not be given at this event.
  • Make sure you arrive on time. If you are late for registration, you may not be able to sign up to play in the event. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The Pokémon TCG Last Chance Qualifier is operated by Pokémon Organized Play.

What happens after the tournament?

Upon completion of the event, players who have won slots at the World Championships will be required to pick up their competitor packets at the registration desk. All release forms and waivers contained in the competitor packets must be completed and signed prior to departing the event area for the evening.

As the tournament is likely to end late in the evening, POP recommends players who earn slots at the World Championships retire to their rooms to get rested for the World Championships Main Event, for which competitors are expected to be in the tournament hall by 9:00am.

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2011 Pokémon Video Game World Championships

What is the Last Chance Qualifier?

The Last Chance Qualifier is a one-day event to give players who did not who did not earn an invitation to the World Championships during earlier qualifying events one more opportunity to participate in the Main Event. The Last Chance Qualifier takes place on August 12th at the same location as the World Championships. Please see the World Championships FAQ for more information on the Last Chance Qualifier.

What is the tournament structure for the Last Chance Qualifier?

The Last Chance Qualifier will be run using Single-Elimination tournament format. When a player loses a match, he or she is eliminated from the tournament. Game play will end when there are 8 undefeated players remaining in each age division.

What are the prizes for the Last Chance Qualifier?

Prizes are awarded to the top finishers in each of the three age divisions.

1st-8th Place:

  • An invite to participate in the 2011 World Championships.

How many players can participate in the Last Chance Qualifier?

Competitor slots are limited to 256 for both the Junior Division (born in 2000 or later) and the Senior Division (born in 1996 through 1999), and limited to 512 for the Masters Division (born in 1995 or earlier). Players may only sign up for the event during their age division's registration times. Competitor slots will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Preregistration is not available for these events.

If I already have an invitation to participate in the Pokémon World Championships, can I play in the Last Chance Qualifier?

Players who already have an invitation to participate in either the TCG or VGC World Championships are ineligible to compete in the Last Chance Qualifier. Players found to be in violation of this rule risk losing their invitation to the World Championships and risk disqualification from the Last Chance Qualifier.

What does it cost to attend?

There is no entry fee to participate in the Pokémon Video Game World Championships or the Last Chance Qualifier.

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