2021 Pokémon Asia Players Cup
The 2021 Pokémon Asia Players Cup was an online VGC tournament organized by ESL Play for players residing in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. The event was held from 28 August to 11 September 2021 and was played on Pokémon Sword & Shield with VGC 2021 Series 9 rules. The Grand Finale of the event was pre-recorded and is to be broadcast on 19 September 2021.
The Top 2 players of the tournament would be invited to play in the 2021 Pokémon Global Exhibition on October 2021. The winner will receive a Day 2 invitation to the 2022 Pokémon World Championships, while the Top 8 players will receive a Day 1 invitation to the 2022 Pokémon World Championships.
Players from each region will compete with players from their own country in regional qualifiers held across the first two weekends (28 August & 4 September 2021). The best 8 players represented by the six different countries will play in the Grand Finale to determine the winner of the tournament.
- Players have to be residing in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand.
- The 8 players that will be qualified to play in the Grand Finale are
- Top 2 players from the two regions with the highest check-in number
- Top 1 player from the remaining four regions
- Qualifier #1:
- Qualifier #2:
- Grand Finale: played on 11 September 2021, broadcast 19 September 2021
- Qualifier #1: Up to 8 Swiss rounds depending on attendance, Bo3
- Qualifier #2: Up to 4 Swiss rounds, Bo3
- Grand Finale: Top 8 Single Elimination, Bo3
- Master Judge:
- Unker Wilson (Wilson Choong)
The following players have qualified for the Grand Finale from their respective country's qualifiers:
|1st||2021 Global Exhibition
2022 Worlds Day 2
|2nd||2021 Global Exhibition
2022 Worlds Day 1
|3rd-4th||2022 Worlds Day 1||Firaja|
|5th-8th||2022 Worlds Day 1||Asada|
- In addition to the prize pool, top 8 players will receive a physical copy of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl Double Pack and a physical copy of Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
* Kevin "Kepp" Ngim was disqualified before the start of the tournament.
- Hong Kong: "Pokémon Asia Players Cup 2021 - 公開制寶可夢隊伍列表 (香港)".
- Malaysia: "Pokémon Asia Players Cup 2021 - Open Team List (Malaysia)".
- Philippines: "Pokémon Asia Players Cup 2021 - Open Team List (Philippines)".
- Singapore: "Pokémon Asia Players Cup 2021 - Open Team List (Singapore)".
- Taiwan: "Pokémon Asia Players Cup 2021 - 公開制寶可夢隊伍列表 (台灣)".
- Thailand: "Pokémon Asia Players Cup 2021 - Open Team List (Thailand)".
- Dale Bashir (2021-08-17). "Inaugural Pokémon Asia Players Cup 2021 Begins Registration". IGN Sea. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
- @ESL_Asia. "The Pokémon Asia Players Cup 2021 Grand Finale has concluded!". Twitter.
- 寶可夢 香港 Pokémon Hong Kong (2021-09-17). "Pokémon Asia Players Cup 2021 總決賽直播的主播團隊已出爐！The host team for the live broadcast of the Pokémon Asia Players Cup 2021 finals have been annouced!...". Facebook.
- "Pokémon Asia Players Cup 2021". ESL Play. Retrieved 2021-08-13.