The Road to Worlds

It takes more than just a good deck or solid team to make it to the World Championships. It also requires hard work and plenty of luck. Find out how this year's competitors earned the right to participate.

Route 1
Route 1: World Champions (TCG and Video Game)

The easiest (and hardest) way to enter the Pokémon World Championships is to be the previous year's World Champion. The top four Pokémon TCG finishers in each age division, and the top two Pokémon video game finishers in each age division, earn an automatic invitation to the following year's competition.

Route 2
Route 2: National Championships (TCG and Video Game)

Players who win a Pokémon qualifying event are awarded a well-earned seat at the World Championships. Challengers from across the globe compete in their home countries for the opportunity to make it to this ultimate test of TCG and video game skills. Throughout the world, National Championships determine the representatives for the Pokémon TCG and Video Game World Championships.

Route 3
Route 3: Premier Rating (TCG only)

Pokémon TCG players competing in Pokémon Organized Play! Pokémon Premier Events are rated based on their performances over the course of the tournament season. The best players in each Rating Zone earn an invite to Worlds. Only the best of the best rise to the top! Click here for more details about Premier Ratings.

Route 4
Route 4: Last Chance Qualifier (TCG and Video Game)

The Last Chance Qualifier gives Pokémon players one final opportunity to make the cut. This intense tournament takes place the day before the World Championships. For both the TCG and Video Game Championships, the top eight finishers in each age division are guaranteed a chance to compete at the main event.

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