From Friday’s pool of nearly 900 Pokémon Trainers, only 36 will prove strong enough to make it through the grueling Last Chance Qualifier tournaments to earn invitations to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships. Congrats to these battle-tested Trainers who earn the right to compete against the best Pokémon TCG and video game players in the world!

The main event begins at 9:00 a.m. with an exciting opening ceremony, then matches all day long. Stay tuned to Pokemon.com throughout the weekend for photos, strategy articles, and standings updates from the event.

And remember that starting Saturday evening, we’ll be streaming live coverage of Pokémon TCG and video game battles at www.twitch.tv/pokemon, including each and every Championship match!