2021 Pokémon Taiwan Championships - VGC
The 2021 Pokémon Video Game Taiwan Championships (Chinese: 2021 台灣冠軍聯盟賽 －【VGC部門】) is an upcoming VGC tournament to be held in Taipei, Taiwan. It is to be the first national championship tournament and the third major offline tournament to be held since the suspension of the VGC 2020 circuit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be held on 22–23 May 2021.
On 12 April 2021, an announcement for the event was made on Pokémon Taiwan Facebook page. However, official support for the event drew strong criticism from the VGC community due to there being only a single Worlds invitation to be earned from a national championship that is not separated by age divisions. In addition, the announcement revealed the likely World Championship invitation structure for video game players in the Asia region, which were previously removed from the Play! Pokémon program in June 2020 and is currently managed by The Pokémon Company. The invitation structure was perceived to be a step down from the previous status quo and disrespectful to players of the Taiwanese VGC community.
The total number of players for the event is capped at 300. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no walk-in registration and all participants had to pre-register online. Entry into the tournament was determined by lottery if the number of pre-registrants exceeded 300. The players are not separated into age divisions.
- Day 1 - Swiss Bracket (7 Rounds, X-2 advance)
- Day 2 - Swiss Bracket (5 Rounds), then Top 8 Single Elimination
- All matches are Bo3.
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In addition, physical prizes were distributed at the event, which included:
- 1st: Champion's trophy, a Nintendo Switch console, a set of Joy-Con controllers, 2 boxes of TCG booster packs (Silver Lance & Jet-Black Spirit expansions)
- 2nd: A set of Joy-Con controllers, 2 boxes of TCG booster packs (Silver Lance & Jet-Black Spirit expansions)
- Top 4: A box of TCG booster packs (either Silver Lance or Jet-Black Spirit expansion)
- Participation: 2021 Taiwan Championships special edition print of Professor's Research in Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield
Top Cut Bracket
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