Pokemon.com has announced that, for the very first time, the U.S. Nationals tournament will feature an official live stream on Twitch TV! The stream will cover both TCG and video game matches and last for several hours on the 5th and 6th. Nationals will be held from July 4th to 6th at the Indiana Convention Center. We’ll of course post the stream when it goes live.
Those who attend the event will also be able to download a shiny Level 50 Mamoswine with the moves Icicle Spear, Earthquake, Icicle Crash, and Rock Slide. The Mamoswine’s Ability is Thick Fat, it has an Adamant nature, and it’s holding a Choice Scarf. You do not need to be playing in the tournament to download the Pokemon.
Players may also pre-register for Nationals for the very first time (links below). TCG Masters division players can pay their $30 entry fee with a credit or debit card during the same online process as well.>
Note that while anyone can play in the video game tournament, you need 10 Play Points to participate in the TCG tournament if you’re a Masters division player (15+ years old) and 5 points if you’re a Junior or Senior player. You get these points by participating in sanctioned events throughout the year (tournaments, prereleases, League Challenges, playing for a season at a Pokemon League, etc). Thus, you can’t just show up and play in the TCG tournament as your first event – you need to have played several times during the season. TCG Masters players must also pay a $30 entree fee.
Gear up for the 2014 Pokémon TCG and Video Game US National Championships, starting July 4, 2014! The three-day event is the largest Play! Pokémon tournament of the year and features some of the most fun and intense battles on the planet. Take a look at some of the news regarding the upcoming competition in Indianapolis.
For the first time, Pokémon players will have the opportunity to register for the National Championships prior to arriving at the Indiana Convention Center. Skip the long lines and secure your seat in the competition starting now. You’ll need your Player ID handy. Preregistration is open to both Pokémon TCG and video game competitors in all age divisions. Pokémon TCG Masters Division players, you’ll be able to pay your tournament registration entry fee at the same time.
Travel Awards Issued
Hundreds of top players from around the country who have been battling throughout the year have qualified for Travel Awards and Stipends. In fact, more than $300,000 worth of Travel Awards and Stipends have been issued to nearly 500 players! Travel Awards ensure that the top players from the entire season are recognized for their excellent play and that the National Championships include some of the best players in the country. For more information on Travel Awards, check out this recent Pokemon.com article.
Live Streaming on Twitch!
Once again, Play! Pokémon is using the Twitch platform to provide hours of competitive action live from the tournament floor! Live streaming will cover both Pokémon video game and Pokémon TCG matches, including Swiss rounds, top-cut matches, and of course every finals match. Tune in to the action at twitch.tv/pokemon or on Pokemon.com’s official Nationals page during the event.>
National Championships live streaming schedule (times subject to change):
Saturday, July 5
Noon to 5 p.m.: Pokémon Video Game
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Pokémon TCG
Sunday, July 6
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Pokémon TCG
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Pokémon Video Game
A Cool Pokémon Distribution Event
At the 2013 Pokémon World Championships, Arash Ommati led an epic team to victory to become World Champion. Now you can add a Mamoswine to your game based on one of the stars from his winning party! This Lv. 50 Shiny Mamoswine is built to do massive damage with four devastating attacks—Icicle Spear, Earthquake, Icicle Crash, and Rock Slide. It is also holding a Choice Scarf to help make up for Mamoswine’s relatively slow speed.
Everyone who attends the Pokémon National Championships can get Mamoswine—not just the competitors. Be sure to bring your system from the Nintendo 3DS family and your copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y. Look for signs at the Indiana Convention Center hall for more details on how to get Arash’s Mamoswine!
Whether you’re competing, cheering on your friends, or just stopping by to join the fun, we look forward to seeing you on the Fourth of July weekend at the Indiana Convention Center for the Pokémon National Championships.
Good luck, Trainers!