Pokémon Championship Series
- 1 About
- 2 About a Pokémon VGC Season
- 3 History
- 4 Tournament Homepages
- 5 Previous World Champions
- 6 References
The Pokémon Championship Series is an competitive esport played around the world. The league wasn't fully established until 2008 but origins of competitive Pokémon go back to 2001 with Pokémon Stadium. In the Pokémon Championship Series, there are different tournaments that all give you points to qualify for the Pokémon World Championships. This can vary from the small local tournaments like Premier Challenges to the all important International Championships. Smaller tournaments like Premier Challenges and Midseason Showdowns can reward the winner 30 to 50 Championship Points, where-as bigger tournaments like Special Events and Regionals can reward players up to 200 Championship Points. Finally with International Championships can automatically give you an invite with the winner gaining 500 Championship Points.
About a Pokémon VGC Season
With the Pokémon Championship Series, we use Championship Points to have an invite system to Worlds. Depending on your region, there will be different Point Requirements to qualify for the Pokémon World Championships. North American and Latin American players have to reach 400 Championship Points due to their success in the 2018 Season, European and Oceanic players have to gain 300 Championship Points, and South African players have to get 200 Championship Points. Once you get the amount of points you need to get to Worlds, you can then aim to get a Day 2 Invite to Worlds. This is when you have the top 8/16 points in your region. Every region will ask you to be the Top 8 where as the European region, you will only need to reach Top 16. The benefit of getting a Day 2 Invite means that you get to avoid a whole day of battling to qualify to this stage.
Premier Challenges/Midseason Showdown
The first step in your journey to the top is at your local game store. You will meet your first community and potentially first teambuilding partners. With Premier Challenges, these events won't be as massive as the Regional and International events, however, it is a great place to test your team in a competitive environment as well as competing for your first Championship Points. Every few months in a season, however, there will be bigger local events called Midseason Showdowns. These events are just like your local Premier Challenges, but they will have more points on the line for the top players to get.
Just like Midseason Showdowns, Special Events are bigger tournaments held every few months, however, they will be treated more like a Regional event due to the fact that they have the same point value as each other for the top players. These will be sanctioned mainly at bigger esport tournaments. If your region lacks Regionals, you will most likely have multiple Special Events during the season.
The Pokémon Regional Championships are the events that a lot of people rely on to get points for Worlds. Regional events for most regions will have 3-4 events and then have 1-2 Special Events to give more points to the region. However, North America get 20+ Regional events every season. Most people will travel far and wide to play in a Regional event so they can get their Worlds invite so be prepared to play international players.
The Pokémon International Championships are the pinnacle event for the VGC community before Worlds due to the fact that most people will flock over to either a different country or even region since the Point Value of this event is so high. It's also one of the only events before Worlds that can give you a good amount of money if you win the event too. There will be 4 of the International Championship events, 1 of each will be in different regions. In the 2019 Season, they will be in order of the following: Latin America (Brazil), Oceania (Australia), Europe (Germany) and North America (United States). Whenever someone wins an International Championship event, they will most likely get their invite almost instantly with the 500 Championship Points you will earn for winning. For all of the Top 4, you can earn a Travel Award to the next International Championship event that is after the one you went Top 4 in. 5th to 8th place can also earn a Travel Stipend of $1,000 USD to either use for their trip to the next International Championship event, or just cash in as money for themselves for Worlds or other situations.
Once you reach the required point value for your Day One Invite to Worlds, you will face the best of the best in the world in the VGC scene. Depending on your placement in your region, you will play in either Day 1 or Day 2. If you only reached the point requirement for your region, you will most likely go into Day 1. Day 1 of Worlds is to get the best players who did not get a Day 2 Invite, to Day 2. To qualify for Day 2, you need to get a Swiss record of 7-2 or better. Once entering Day 2, the Top 8 of Day 2 Swiss will qualify for Top Cut. The end of Day 2 will be the Quarter Finals and Semi Finals of Worlds, leaving Day 3 or Championship Sunday to have the Grand Finals.
Europe International Championships
Oceanic International Championships
Latin American International Championships
North American International Championships
Pokemon World Championships
Previous World Champions
|1||Japan||5||Izuru Yoshimura, Kazuyuki Tsuji, SHADEviera, Barudoru, Penguin2142|
|1||United States||4||RayRizzo x3, Wolfey|