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2016 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series




The 2016 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series has travelled across Australia and to New Zealand to unearth some of the top Pokémon Trainers in the region! Congratulations to the top 2 in each age division on securing travel awards to Melbourne for the massive 2-day National event on July 2 & 3.

Check out some of the Regional event highlight photos!


At the end of the season, players who reach a certain Championship Points standing will receive an invitation to the Pokémon Video Game World Championships based on their Championship Points standing across 3 age divisions.

Masters Division: Born in 2000 or earlier
Senior Division: Born in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Junior Division: Born in 2005 or later

In addition to their qualification, the top four placed players in each age division from the Asia-Pacific Rating Zone will receive a travel award to the World Championships!

Regardless of your experience in competitive play, the Pokémon Video Game Championship Series provides a great opportunity for Pokémon fans to learn about competitive play and enjoy playing and trading with other Pokémon fans. Discover the National championship schedule below!






    

2016 Pokémon Australian
national championships

Melbourne

Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3
Melbourne Park Function Centre
Melbourne

The Melbourne Park Function Centre will again play host to the Pokémon Video Game and Pokémon Trading Card National Championships in 2016, combining for a massive two day event!

With the competition split across two days, players should take note of the following:

Saturday: Registration, Qualifying Rounds Trading Card Game & Video Game

Sunday: Continued Qualifying Rounds Video Game (Masters), Finals Video Game & Finals Trading Card Game

Competitors are required to register on Saturday, July 2 to compete in either the Video Game and Trading Card Game events.

The event is shaping up to be fun-filled with plenty of Pokémon action for both spectators and players competing for Championship Points that build towards coveted invitations to the 2016 Pokémon World Championships in San Francisco, U.S.!

Free entry
spectators welcome

National Championship Information


Who can play?

Just like any of the 2016 Pokemon Championship Series events, there is no prerequisite to be able to enter the 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:

Video game registration will take place on Saturday, July 2 between 8am – 11am. Players can come prepared for the registration period by printing and completing a registration form.

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.

Video Game Format:

Tournaments for all age divisions will be run via Best of Three Swiss Pairings format during the Qualifying Rounds on Saturday, 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!
  • Mini-Tournaments: Compete in fun mini-tournaments for Video Game and Trading Card Game on Sunday!
  • Pokkén Tournament: Join in some multiplayer fun and go head-to-head with your favourite Pokémon like never before in Pokkén Tournament. In addition to casual play, a friendly 32 player double elimination side tournament will be run on Sunday afternoon with registration taking place from 12:30pm.
  • Colouring-In: 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!

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 2016 Pokémon Video Game World Championships in San Francisco, U.S.!,

1ST PLACE

  • A Pokémon VG National Championships First-Place Trophy
  • A Pokémon-themed Nintendo 2DS Special Edition hardware bundle
  • Championship Points

2ND PLACE

  • A Pokémon VG National Championships Second-Place Trophy
  • A Pokémon-themed Nintendo 2DS Special Edition hardware bundle
  • Championship Points

3RD & 4TH PLACE

  • A Pokémon VG National Championships Semi-Finalist Trophy
  • A Pokémon-themed Nintendo 2DS Special Edition hardware bundle
  • 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, we strongly recommend booking this online prior to the event via http://www.mopt.com.au/arriving-and-access/parking/

Pokemon Download

Attendees of the National Event can get a Shiny Machamp, similar to the one Mark McQuillan used in his 2015 World Championships team! His Machamp had the No Guard ability, meaning that all moves used by or against the Fighting-type Pokémon cannot miss, and the moves Dynamic Punch, Stone Edge, Wide Guard and Knock Off. The Shiny Machamp will be available via local wireless distribution for Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X or Pokémon Y video games. Players will need to bring their own game and system in the Nintendo 3DS family.

Tournament Schedule

Click on either Saturday or Sunday to reveal the schedule for that day. Please note these times should be considered as a guide only and are subject to change.

VG   = Video Game
TCG = Trading Card Game

Saturday

8:00am: TCG & VG Registration opens
10:00am: TCG Registration closes
10:00am: TCG Start of Qualifying Rounds
11:00am: VG Registration closes
11:15am: VG Start of Qualifying Rounds
7:00pm: End of day

Sunday

9:00am: TCG & VG Check-in
10:00am: Continued VG Qualifying Rounds (Masters)
10:00am: TCG Finals
12:00pm: Side events open
12:30pm Pokken Tournament registration
1:30pm: VG Finals
6:00pm: End of day

General Information


How to prepare and what to bring:

  • A Nintendo 3DS system (fully charged!)
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Game Card or Download version
  • A printed, complete registration form.
    Note: Registration forms will also be available on the day for players to complete.
  • 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/

What games will be played?

The 2016 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series will be played exclusively using Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS systems.

What are the age divisions?

Masters Division: Born in 2000 or earlier
Senior Division: Born in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Junior Division: Born in 2005 or later

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 are banned:

    • 151 - Mew
    • 251 - Celebi
    • 385 - Jirachi
    • 386 - Deoxys
    • 489 - Phione
    • 490 - Manaphy
    • 491 - Darkrai
    • 492 - Shaymin
    • 493 - Arceus
    • 494 - Victini
    • 647 - Keldeo
    • 648 - Meloetta
    • 649 - Genesect
    • 719 - Diancie
    • 720 - Hoopa
  • Teams may have no more than two of the following Pokémon in the Battle Box:

    • 150 - Mewtwo
    • 249 - Lugia
    • 250 - Ho-Oh
    • 382 - Kyogre
    • 383 - Groudon
    • 384 - Rayquaza
    • 483 - Dialga
    • 484 - Palkia
    • 487 - Giratina
    • 643 - Reshiram
    • 644 - Zekrom
    • 646 - Kyurem
    • 716 - Xerneas
    • 717 - Yveltal
    • 718 - Zygarde

How do Championship Points work?

Players in Australia and New Zealand will compete in the Asia-Pacific Rating Zone, with players who reach a certain Championship Points standing set to receive an invitation to the Pokémon Video Game World Championships at the end of the season.

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 2016 Pokémon Video Game Australian National Championships."

In addition, at the end of the season, the top four placed players in each age division from the Asia-Pacific Rating Zone will receive a travel award to the 2016 Pokémon Video Game World Championships in San Francisco, U.S.!

Premier Challenge Tournaments

Premier Challenges allow specially approved Tournament Organisers to run video game events at locations in Australia and New Zealand, with top placed 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/




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