Championship Points, Regionals Prizes, European International Championships, and Worlds Invite Info!
Regionals will now offer cash prizes based on attendance. Players 18 years or older will have a choice of scholarship and cash, while players 17 and younger will have a choice between a scholarship and a travel certificate. Here is the prize distribution for the TCG event:
The difference between top 4 and second place is astoundingly high! I know I’d be sad if I placed third and only get one tenth the prizes of the person one place above me. :P
Locations, dates, and formats for all North American Regionals were announced here.
Europe will be the first to hold its International Championship tournament. It will take place on December 9–11, 2016 in London, England.
The top four TCG and video game players from each rating zone and age division who participated during the 2016 season will also receive Travel Awards to the European International Championships. In addition, TCG players ranked 5th–16th and video game players ranked 5th–8th are awarded a Travel Stipend for this event. So if you did well during the 2016 season, even if you’re not from Europe, you’ll be receiving a travel award or stipend for this massive tournament!
The prize and Championship Point payout have been revealed as well, which can be found here. These figures are similar to those used for the U.S. National Championships.
The number of Championship Points given out at each event has been revealed here. League Cups will give out the same amount of points as City Championships. Regionals will give out more points this year, presumably due to their increased size and the absence of State Championships.
That page also reveals “Special Events” which, according to Pokemon.com, will be held as side events at major Championship Series tournaments or as standalone events scheduled at gaming conventions. These tournaments have a large Championship Point payout that is comparable to States. No Special Events have been announced for this season, but there will likely be a handful of them throughout the year.
The best finish limits were revealed as well. Some of what we learned a week ago was reflected in this recent update, but not all of it.
League Challenges and League Cups share the same limit and are split up into quarters, as we already reported. The length of each quarter is as shown below:
- July 11, 2016, through October 2016
- November 2016 through January 2017
- February 2017 through April 2017
- May 2017 through the end of the tournament season
Regional Championships and Special Events now use the same best finish limit, which is 8.
The 2016 World Championships and the International Championships share a best finish limit of 4.
And finally, the number of points needed to qualify for the World Championships has been announced! Below is the full chart for TCG based on age division and rating zone:
|Rating Zone||Masters Division||Senior Division||Junior Division|
|US and Canada||500 CP||500 CP||400 CP|
|Europe||500 CP||500 CP||400 CP|
|Latin America||350 CP||250 CP||200 CP|
|Asia Pacific||350 CP||250 CP||200 CP|
|South Africa||350 CP||250 CP||200 CP|
The North American requirement has been increased from 300 to 500, and all other rating zones have been increased, too. This will likely affect the number of players attending the World Championships this year. The number of points distributed at events this year is higher, though, so we’ll see how this affects Play! Pokemon events and its player-base.
That’s quite a lot to take in. What do you think of these changes? Discuss in the comments below!