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Pokémon Video Game Championship Series




The Pokémon Video Game Championship Series is back, and the search for Australia and New Zealand's best Pokémon Trainers is on! If you enjoy Pokémon Video Games and want to meet other Pokémon fans, then come along and join in the fun at one of the events taking place in Australia and New Zealand.

In previous years in Australia and New Zealand, players competed at Regional Championship events and top finishers were awarded travel awards to the National Championships, where they could compete for qualification and travel awards to the World Championships. In the 2015 season, players will be able to compete in more events than ever as the series expands with the introduction of Premier Challenge Tournaments and Championship Points that build toward coveted World Championships invitations and travel awards to the Pokémon Video Game World Championships held in Boston, U.S. in August!







    

2015 Pokémon video game
national championships

Melbourne

June 6th - 8th
Melbourne Park Function Centre
Batman Avenue, Melbourne

A special treat awaits Pokémon fans when the Queen’s Birthday weekend rolls around, with the 2015 Pokémon Video Game and Pokémon Trading Card National Championships combining for a massive three-day event for the first time!

With the competition split over the three days, players should take note of the following:

  • Saturday: Qualifying Rounds Trading Card Game, Pre-Registration Video Game
  • Sunday: Qualifying Rounds Video Game
  • Monday: Finals Video Game and Trading Card Game

The event is shaping up to be fun-filled and full of Pokémon action for both spectators and players competing for Championship Points that build toward coveted invitations to the 2015 Pokémon World Championships in Boston, U.S.!

Competitors may register to compete in both Video Game and Trading Card Game events, including finals.


Who can play?

Anyone can play - there is no pre-requisite to be able to enter the 2015 Pokémon Video Game National Championships. Players will just need to bring one of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems (fully charged!) and either Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Game Card or Download version. Please see below for further information on rules and tournament information.

Video Game Registration

Due to the expected attendance on Sunday, Masters and Senior competitors are strongly encouraged to attend on Saturday to pre-register for the tournament within the allocated time period of 12:30pm until 6pm. Although some registration time is available on Sunday, those not registered by 10pm will be unable to enter the tournament.

Video Game Format

Tournaments for all age divisions will be run via Best of Three Swiss Pairings format during the Qualifying Rounds on Sunday, where all players should expect to play multiple games throughout the day depending on registration numbers. No one goes home after one or two games!

Those who qualify for Finals - depending on total player attendance - will compete via Best of Three Single Elimination format.

Side Events

In addition to the official tournament for both Video Game and Trading Card Game, there will be heaps of fun side events happening right throughout the weekend!

  • Pokémon Trivia: Put your Pokémon knowledge to the test in the Pokémon Trivia session at 1pm on Monday, with cool prizes up for grabs in each age division!
  • Mini-Tournaments: Compete in fun mini-tournaments for Video Game and Trading Card Game each day for prizes and to warm up for the main competition!
  • Colouring-In Competition: Colour in your favourite Pokémon characters and go in the running to win sweet prizes!
  • Pokémon Face Painting: Show your true-colours before heading into battle! (available on Sunday and Monday only)

Tournament Prizes

Players competing in the Video Game National Championships can win great prizes. Players will also earn Championship Points toward an invitation or Travel Award to the 2015 Pokémon Video Game World Championships in Boston, MA, on August 21–23, 2015. Prizes are awarded to the top 8 players in each age division.

1st Place

  • A Pokémon VG National Championships First-Place Trophy
  • A New Nintendo 3DS XL console
  • Championship Points

2nd Place

  • A Pokémon VG National Championships Second-Place Trophy
  • A New Nintendo 3DS console
  • Championship Points

3rd & 4th Place

  • A Pokémon VG National Championships Semi-Finalist Trophy
  • A Nintendo 2DS console
  • Championship Points

Championship Points

Championship Points for all events including Pokémon Video Game Regional Championships and Pokémon Video Game National Championships will be made available following the National Championships. We appreciate your patience.

Public Transport and Parking

Melbourne Park Function Centre is easily accessible by Train and Tram from Melbourne CBD.

Tram 70 (Wattle Park) from Flinders Street and Richmond Station stops at Rod Laver Arena (Stop 7B) right next to Melbourne Park Function Centre.

By train, head to Richmond or Jolimont Station and walk to Melbourne Park Function Centre.

For parking options, please visit: http://www.melbournepark.com.au/arriving-and-access/parking/

Pokémon Download

Attendees can get a Pachirisu just like the one Se Jun Park used on his World Championships team! Se Jun dazzled the competition at the 2014 Pokémon World Championships with a creative team that included Pachirisu, a Pokémon that few other players considered battling with. Watch Se Jun's Final Round battle to see Pachirisu in action.

The Lv. 50 Pachirisu will be available via local wireless distribution for your Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video game. You'll need to bring your own game and system in the Nintendo 3DS family.

Free entry
spectators welcome
Pokémon
Download

Tournament Schedule

VG   = Video Game
TCG = Trading Card Game

Saturday

8:30am: TCG Registration opens
10am: TCG Registration closes
10:00am: TCG Start of play
12:30pm: VG Registration opens
1pm: VG Side events open
6pm: End of day

Sunday

8:00am: VG Registration opens
10am: VG registration closes
10am: VG Start of play
10:30am: TCG Side events open
5pm*: VG Junior End of play
8pm*: VG Senior End of play
10pm*: VG Masters End of play

* = Tentative

Monday

10am: VG Finalists arrive
10:30am: VG Finals start
11am: VG and TCG Side events open
1pm: Pokémon Trivia
1:30pm: VG Junior Final
2pm: TCG Finals start
2:30pm: VG Senior Final
3:30pm: VG Masters Final
5:30pm: TCG Finals all age divisions

General Information


What games will be played?

The 2015 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series will be played exclusively using Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS.

What are the age divisions?

Junior Division: Born in 2004 or later
Senior Division: Born in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Masters Division: Born in 1999 or earlier

What are the rules?

To read the rules in full, please click here.

Key Rules:

  • Battles will take place in Double Battle format, where each player selects four Pokémon from his or her party of six to battle with.
  • Pokémon used must have a blue pentagon in the Pokémon summary screen.
  • Pokémon above Level 50 are permitted, but they are auto-leveled down to 50 for the duration of battle.
  • No two Pokémon may hold the same item.
  • The following Pokémon may not be on a player's team:

    • 150 - Mewtwo
    • 151 - Mew
    • 249 - Lugia
    • 250 - Ho-Oh
    • 251 - Celebi
    • 382 - Kyogre
    • 383 - Groudon
    • 384 - Rayquaza
    • 385 - Jirachi
    • 386 - Deoxys
    • 483 - Dialga
    • 484 - Palkia
    • 487 - Giratina
    • 489 - Phione
    • 490 - Manaphy
    • 491 - Darkrai
    • 492 - Shaymin
    • 493 - Arceus
    • 494 - Victini
    • 643 - Reshiram
    • 644 - Zekrom
    • 646 - Kyurem
    • 647 - Keldeo
    • 648 - Meloetta
    • 649 - Genesect
    • 716 - Xerneas
    • 717 - Yveltal
    • 718 - Zygarde
    • 719 - Diancie

How do Championship Points work?

With the introduction of Championship Points in 2015, players in Australia and New Zealand will compete in the Asia-Pacific Rating Zone, with the top placed players in each age division qualifying for invitation to the Pokémon Video Game World Championships based on their Championship Points standing at the end of the season.

Pokémon Video Game World Championships qualification invitations for Asia-Pacific Rating Zone:
Masters Division: Born in 1999 or earlier - Top 18
Senior Division: Born in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 - Top 18
Junior Division: Born in 2004 or later - Top 10

For more information regarding the accrual of Championship Points, please visit: http://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/pokemon-events/pokemon-tournaments/earn-championship-points-vg/

What are the prizes?

Just for competing, all players will receive a Pokémon Video Game Championship Series lanyard and competitor card.

Players who place in the top 2 in each age division at each Regional Championship event will receive flights and accommodation to the 2015 Pokémon Video Game Australian National Championships, with details to be announced soon!

In addition, at the end of the season, the top two placed players in each age division from the Asia-Pacific Rating Zone will receive a travel award to the 2015 Pokémon Video Game World Championships in Boston,U.S.!

Premier Challenge Tournaments

New in the 2015 season in Australia and New Zealand, Premier Challenges allow specially approved Tournament Organisers to run video game events at locations in Australia and New Zealand, with all players receiving Championship Points for participating. Premier Challenges will provide a good opportunity for players to enjoy playing Pokémon with other fans and gain valuable experience at smaller events in the lead up to the Regional and National Championships

Keep up to date with the details and locations of Premier Challenges at: https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/pokemon-events/find-an-event/

How to prepare and what to bring:

  • One of the Nintendo 3DS family of system (fully charged!)
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Game Card or Download version
  • Play! Pokémon Identification Number (Player ID)

    Players will need to have a Play! Pokémon Identification Number (Player ID) to track their tournament play throughout the season - players should bring this Player ID number to all events they attend

    If you don't have a Player ID, you will need to register a Pokémon Trainer Club account, and the player ID number can be found in the Play! Pokémon Account tab.

    Please visit: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-trainer-club/sign-up/
  • Players are also encouraged to print and complete a registration form and team list to allow for faster registration on event day. Click here



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