Pokémon TCG: Play! Pokémon Team Challenge Announced


The Pokémon Company and Play! Pokémon have teamed up with Tournament Center to offer a new way to participate in events. The Play! Pokémon Team Challenge is a global online event designed to offer Play! Stores a new way to engage with their local Pokémon Trading Card Game Community and compete with other stores around the world.

Play! Stores can take part in the Play! Pokémon Team Challenge! Each eligible store will run 4 Qualifiers, creating a team where the 4 winners from their local community will go on to represent their store in the Play-Offs to crown the Best Team in the Play! Pokémon Team Challenge.

Starting November 2nd, stores can sign up to take part in the Play! Pokémon Team Challenge! Stores must already have a Pokémon League ID and have been running officially sanctioned Pokémon events.

Players are eligible to register starting November 27th if they are in the Pokémon Masters Division (born in 2004 or earlier or those 18 and over where playing out of Brazil) and a resident of the country your eligible Play! Store is located in.

Schedule

  • Qualifiers 1st Period: December 5 - December 19, 2020
  • Holiday Break: December 20, 2020 - January 5, 2021
  • Qualifiers 2nd Period: January 6 - February 28, 2021
  • Play-Offs: March 20 - End of May 2021
  • Grand Final: End of May 2021 (TBA)

Official FAQs

Join your Store’s Discord Channel

You will need to join your store’s Discord Channel for the Play! Pokémon Team Challenge, so you can interact with other players, Team Organizers, learn more about the event, ask questions, and get to know your opponents. Each Store has been instructed to set up their own channel, so nudge them to send you a link!

Check/Install the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online (TCGO)

The tournament will be run on TCGO. The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online is an online version of the popular Pokémon Trading Card Game enjoyed by millions of players around the world. It is free to download, free to play, playable cross-platform on PC, Mac, iPad, and Android tablets. If you do not have TCGO, please follow this link to install it! Please note, you may not be able to run the app on your mobile phone. For the exact requirements, please follow the link. Please note: to avoid any delays, please install the game and complete the tutorial before the day of the first Qualifier. To supplement your card pool, you can purchase Pokémon TCG Products that contain codes which unlock additional content in the online game from your Play! Store.

Tournament Structure

Qualifier tournaments will be played within a single (Masters) division over the appropriate number of swiss rounds, followed by a top cut, as documented in the official tournament rules. The format for these qualifiers will be Standard.

The team Play-offs will be played after the end of the qualifying season and will be played as single elimination between stores until a worldwide winning team is determined.

Play in Qualifier(s)

You will need to sign up for the RK9 Labs platform. After you have done so, you will need to sign up for the event(s) that you wish to play in. You will also need to submit your decklist before the event starts. You will need to use the same deck for the entirety of the Qualifier. Please note, once you sign up for a store, you will be locked into that store and will be unable to play in a different stores events.

Get Prizes

You will receive TCGO codes for participating in the Qualifiers. The codes will unlock in-game digital booster packs. You will be awarded additional ones depending on your results. The winner of each Qualifier will receive an official Pokémon playmat. These will be distributed to the winners by your store. You will also receive codes for digital sleeves and deck boxes for having taken part in the event (distributed after conclusion of Qualifiers).

Play in Play-Offs

You will need to sign in the RK9 Labs platform. You will need to submit your decklist before the event starts. Please note, you will need to use the same deck for the entirety of the Play-Off.

Get Prizes

Teams that make Top 256 will receive official Team Challenge playmats for the four Team Members (and for their judges). Teams that make Top 32 will receive an additional Top 32 Team Challenge playmats for the four team members (and one for the store).

These playmats will have different artwork than the ones offered in the Qualifiers. You will also receive additional TCGO codes, depending on your ranking. Top 8 Teams will receive additional physical product, distributed by their participating store.

What is in it for me?

If you are still not convinced to register and participate in the Play! Pokémon Team Challenge, this is what you will get in a nutshell:

The chance to play the game you love in an official sanctioned global event, the chance to represent your store in the first iteration of the Play! Pokémon Team Challenge, an opportunity to hang out with the Pokémon community online, TCGO codes and potentially playmats!

Additional FAQs are available on the Play! Pokémon Team Challenge website.

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