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2012 Pokémon TCG World Championships

What are the Pokémon TCG World Championships?

The 2012 Pokémon TCG World Championships are the ultimate test of a player’s Pokémon TCG skills, strategy, and creativity. Champions are awarded the most prestigious title in the Play! Pokémon championship series: Pokémon TCG World Champion!

When will the Pokémon TCG World Championships take place?

The Pokémon TCG World Championships will take place from Friday, August 10th, through Sunday, August 12th, 2012.

Where will the 2012 Pokémon TCG World Championships be held?

The Pokémon TCG World Championships will be held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village resort.

Hilton Waikoloa Village
69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa, HI 96738
U.S.A.
Phone: 1-800-HILTONS

How can I play at the Pokémon TCG World Championships?

The Pokémon TCG World Championships is an invitation-only event, meaning that only those players who receive an official invitation from Pokémon Organized Play will be able to compete for the title of Pokémon World Champion.

The 2012 World Championships Invitational Structure can be viewed here.

How much does the event cost?

There is no entry fee to participate in the World Championships or the Last Chance Qualifier . Seating is limited at the Last Chance Qualifier, however, and seating is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other Information

  • Invitation and Travel Award winners will receive a packet of important information. Please make sure you read this packet thoroughly and return the requested documents to Pokémon Organized Play by the deadlines given or you may lose your seat in the event.
  • You must bring your own deck to play. Your deck must comply with the Modified (HGSS-on) Format as outlined in the Pokémon Organized Play Tournament Formats document.
  • 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.

What is the tournament structure?

The tournament is run using the Modified (HGSS-on) Format and Swiss plus Single Elimination pairings. The number of Swiss rounds run will depend on total attendance at the event. Swiss rounds will be a single-game format. Each Swiss round will last 30 minutes plus 3 turns.

After Swiss rounds are complete, there will be a cut to single-elimination finals. The top players (number to be determined by final attendance) from each age division will then play in the single-elimination finals on Sunday, August 12th, beginning at 9:00 A.M.

Single-elimination finals will be a best-of-three game format. Each single-elimination round will last 60 minutes plus 3 turns.

What are the prizes?

Prizes are awarded to the top 32 players in each age division.

The divisions are:

Junior Division: Born in 2001 or later

Senior Division: Born in 1997, 1998, 1999, or 2000

Masters Division: Born in 1996 or earlier

The top 32 finishers in each of the three age divisions receive the following prizes:

1ST PLACE:

  • A Pokémon TCG World Champion Trophy
  • An invitation to the 2013 World Championships
  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered a minor) to the 2013 World Championships
  • A scholarship award worth $10,000
  • Two boxes of each of the most current Pokémon TCG expansions for a year
  • Factory-sealed full sets of the four most recent sets

2ND PLACE:

  • A Pokémon TCG World Championships Second-Place Trophy
  • An invitation to the 2013 World Championships
  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered a minor) to the 2013 World Championships
  • A scholarship award worth $7,500
  • Two boxes of each of the most current Pokémon TCG expansions for a year
  • Factory-sealed full sets of the four most recent sets

3RD PLACE:

  • A Pokémon TCG World Championships Third-Place Trophy
  • An invitation to the 2013 World Championships
  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered a minor) to the 2013 World Championships
  • A scholarship award worth $5,000
  • Two boxes of the next upcoming Pokémon TCG expansion
  • Factory-sealed full sets of the four most recent sets

4TH PLACE:

  • A Pokémon World Championships Fourth Place Trophy
  • An invitation to the 2013 World Championships
  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered a minor) to the 2013 World Championships
  • A scholarship award worth $5,000
  • Two boxes of the next upcoming Pokémon TCG expansion
  • Factory-sealed full sets of the four most recent sets

5TH THROUGH 8TH PLACE:

  • A scholarship award worth $1,500 (Click here for scholarship details and restrictions)
  • 36 booster packs from the next upcoming Pokémon TCG expansion

Pokémon Video Game World Championships 2012 9TH THROUGH 32TH PLACE:

  • 36 booster packs from the next upcoming Pokémon TCG expansion

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2012 Pokémon Video Game World Championships

What are the Pokémon Video Game World Championships?

The 2012 Pokémon Video Game World Championships are the ultimate test of a player’s Pokémon video game skills, strategy, and creativity. Champions are awarded the most prestigious title in the Play! Pokémon championship series: Pokémon Video Game World Champion!

When will the Pokémon Video Game World Championships take place?

The Pokémon Video Game World Championships will take place from Friday, August 10th, through Sunday, August 12th, 2012.


Where will the 2012 Pokémon Video Game World Championships be held?

The Pokémon TCG World Championships will be held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village resort.

Hilton Waikoloa Village
69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa, HI 96738
U.S.A.
Phone: 1-800-HILTONS


How can I play at the Pokémon Video Game World Championships?

The Pokémon Video Game World Championships is an invitation-only event, meaning only those players who receive an official invitation from Pokémon Organized Play will be able to compete for the title of Pokémon World Champion.

Players that do not receive an official invitation from Pokémon Organized Play can compete in the Last Chance Qualifier. Details on how to participate in the LCQ can be found here.

The 2012 World Championships Invitational Structure can be viewed here.


Other Information

Players who wish to compete in a Pokémon VGC event, like the World Championships, must adhere to the Tournament Rules.

When you show up at a Pokémon video game tournament, there are some things you must have with you. We’ve provided this handy checklist so that you can show up to the event prepared!

  • A copy of Pokémon Black Version or White Version for the Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo DS system
  • A Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo DS system
  • Players are strongly encouraged to bring a charger for their systems, as tournament staff will not have chargers available for loan.
  • A team of legal Pokémon per the Tournament Rules.
  • Should a player’s eligibility to participate in an age division be questioned, proof of age may be requested. Failure to provide proof of age may result in the player being denied participation in the tournament, at the organizer’s discretion


What is the tournament structure?

The tournament is run using the Swiss plus Single Elimination [link] pairings. The number of Swiss rounds run will depend on total attendance at the event.

After Swiss rounds are complete, there will be a cut to single-elimination finals. The top players (number to be determined by final attendance) from each age division will then play in the single-elimination finals on Sunday, August 12th, beginning at 10:00 A.M.

Single-elimination finals will be a best-of-three game format. Each single-elimination game will have a 15-minute time limit.


What are the prizes?

Prizes are awarded to the top 8 players in each age division.

The divisions are:

Junior Division: Born in 2001 or later

Senior Division: Born in 1997, 1998, 1999, or 2000

Masters Division: Born in 1996 or earlier

The top 8 finishers in each of the three age divisions receive the following prizes:

1st Place:

  • A Pokémon World Champion Trophy
  • An invite to participate in the 2013 World Championships.
  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered a minor) to the 2013 World Championships
  • A scholarship award worth $3,500
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

2nd Place:

  • A Pokémon World Championships Second Place trophy
  • An invite to participate in the 2013 World Championships.
  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered a minor) to the 2013 World Championships
  • A scholarship award worth $1,500
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

3rd Place:

  • A Pokémon World Championships Third Place Trophy
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

4th Place:

  • A Pokémon World Championships Fourth Place Trophy
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

5th - 8th Place:

  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise
Pokémon Video Game World Championships 2012

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