Pokémon Championship Series

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Tournament Information
Organizer:
The Pokémon Company International
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About[edit]

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[edit]

Point System[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Special Events[edit]

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.

Regional Championships[edit]

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.

International Championships[edit]

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.

World Championships[edit]

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.

History[edit]

Europe International Championships[edit]

Sekiam Spain defeats Desu Italy to crown himself the first ever International Champion as well as the 2017 European International Champion.
Sanvy Italy defeats PokeAlex Spain to crown himself the 2018 European International Champion.
Pado Italy defeats Nirinbo Italy to crown himself the 2019 European International Champion.

Oceanic International Championships[edit]

Thowra Australia defeats Desu Italy to crown herself the 2017 Oceanic International Champion.
Yuree Italy defeats Nidoking_Guy Norway to crown himself the 2018 Oceanic International Champion.
EmbC Portugal defeats Dawg Australia to crown himself the 2019 Oceanic International Champion.

Latin American International Championships[edit]

Linkyoshimario United States defeats Proman Spain to crown himself the 2017 Latin American International Champion.
CarsonC United States defeats Alberto Lara United States to crown himself the 2018 Latin American International Champion.
Linkyoshimario United States defeats Jamesspeed1 United States to crown himself the 2019 Latin American International Champion.
Linkyoshimario United States becomes the first VGC player to win the Latin American International Championships twice by defeating Jamesspeed1 United States in the finals.

North American International Championships[edit]

Wasp Australia defeats Paul_Chua United States to crown himself the 2017 North American International Champion.
Serapis United States defeats Spurrific United States to crown himself the 2018 North American International Champion.
Wolfey United States defeats Ammodee Australia to crown himself the 2019 North American International Champion.

Pokemon World Championships[edit]

Izuru Yoshimura Japan defeats Yasuhito Kajiwara Japan to crown himself the first Pokémon World Champion. [Note: This was in the VGS format so it's only listed due to it leading up to VGC and it's existence today]
Kazuyuki Tsuji Japan defeats Tasuku Mano Japan to become the first VGC Pokémon World Champion as well as the 2nd Japanese player to win a Pokémon World Championship.
RayRizzo United States defeats Yasuki Tochigi Japan to be the first North American to win a VGC Pokémon World Championship.
RayRizzo United States defeats Matteo Gini Italy to become the first VGC player to have 2 World Championship titles.
RayRizzo United States defeats Wolfey United States be become the first VGC player to have 3 World Championship Titles.
Mean Italy defeats Ryosuke Kosuge Japan to stop RayRizzo's World Championship streak as well as being the first Italian and European player to win a World Championship.
SejunPark South Korea defeats SoulSur United States to be the first South Korean World Champion as well as holding the record for winning a World Championship with a Pokémon that is under 500 in Total Base Stats.
SHADEviera Japan defeats Hideyuki Taida Japan to crown himself as the 3rd Japanese player to win a Pokémon World Championship.
Wolfey United States defeats Ezrael United States to crown himself as the 2nd North American player to win a Pokémon World Championship.
Barudoru Japan defeats Zelda Australia to be the 4th Japanese player to win a Pokémon World Championship.
Ralfdude90 Ecuador defeats emf0rbes United States to become the first Ecuadorian and Latin American VGC player to win a Pokémon World Championship.
Penguin2142 Japan defeats Hiroispoke Japan to become the 5th Japanese player to win a Pokémon World Championship.

Tournament Homepages[edit]

World Championships[edit]

International Championships[edit]

Regional Championships[edit]

Special Event[edit]

Midseason Showdown[edit]

Tournament Archive[edit]

Previous World Champions[edit]

# Country #Titles Players
1 Japan Japan 5 Izuru Yoshimura, Kazuyuki Tsuji, SHADEviera, Barudoru, Penguin2142
1 United States United States 4 RayRizzo x3, Wolfey
2 Italy Italy 1 Mean
2 South Korea South Korea 1 Sejun
2 Ecuador Ecuador 1 Ralfdude90

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