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  • The 2019 Pokkén Tournament Championship Series Has Been Announced!


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    The Pokémon Company International has revealed information for the 2019 Pokkén Tournament Championship Series, with a prize pool over $20,000!

     

    To the surprise of many of us, The Pokémon Company has elected to run the 2019 Championship Series using the game's Team Battle mode. This means that all competitors will be required to use three Pokémon in every match! It will be very interesting to see how this affects competitive Pokkén, because many players only specialize in one or two Battle Pokémon. Only time will tell!

     

     

    Below is everything we know about the 2019 Championship Series:

     

    • Mode: Team Battle
      • First player to knock out all three of their opponent’s Pokémon will win the game
    • Bracket Style: Double Elimination
    • Masters Division: Competitors born in 2003 or earlier
    • Senior Division: Competitors born in 2004 or later
    • Sixteen Masters Division and eight Senior Division players will qualify for the World Championships
      • Two Masters and one Senior from Oceania Internationals
      • Four Masters and two Seniors from the Europe International Championships
      • Four Masters and two Seniors from North America International Championships
      • 2018 Pokkén Tournament World Champion Jacob “ThankSwalot” Waller
      • Five Masters and three Seniors from Japan and the Last Chance Qualifier
    • Last Chance Qualifier Player Cap: 256 players
    • No Nintendo Switch Pro controllers permitted, even with a USB cable

     

    That's right, ThankSwalot has automatically received an invite to this year's World Championships! Congratulations, ThankSwalot!

     

    The 2019 Pokkén Tournament Championship Series schedule is as follows:

     

    • Oceania International Championships
      • Melbourne, Australia
      • February 15-17, 2019
    • Europe International Championships
      • Berlin, Germany
      • April 26-28, 2019
    • North America International Championships
      • TBD
      • TBD
    • Last Chance Qualifier
      • Washington, D.C.
      • TBD
    • Pokémon World Championships
      • Washington, D.C.
      • TBD

     

     

    The prizes for the 2019 Pokkén Tournament Championships Series are as follows:

     

    • Regional and International Championship Events
      • Masters Division
        • 1st place: $1,250 and Worlds invitation
        • 2nd place: $1,000 and Worlds invitation
        • 3rd place: $750 and Worlds invitation*
        • 4th place: $600 and Worlds invitation*
        • 5th place tie: $450 each
        • 7th place tie: $250 each
      • *Note: Only two players from the Oceania International Championships receive invitations.
      • Senior Division
        • 3rd place: 36 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs
        • 1st place: Nintendo Switch console, 72 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs, and Worlds invitation
          2nd place: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, 36 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs, and Worlds invitation*
      • *Note: Only one player from the Oceania International Championships receives an invitation.

     

    • Pokémon World Championships
      • Masters Division
        • 1st place: $6,000
        • 2nd place: $4,000
        • 3rd place: $3,000
        • 4th place: $2,000
        • 5th place tie: $1,500 each
        • 7th place tie: $1,000 each
      • Senior Division
        • 1st place: $3,000 Pokémon Visa® Prepaid Card
        • 2nd place: $1,500 Pokémon Visa Prepaid Card
        • 3rd place: $500 Pokémon Visa Prepaid Card

     

     

    The rules for the 2019 Pokkén Tournament Championships Series can be found here. More information can be found on the official Pokémon website here.



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