PokeBeach’s February 2017 TCG Cup, Sponsored by TCGPlayer.com!

Welcome to PokeBeach’s February 2017 TCG Cup!

Up to 64 players will duke it out to determine who is the best TCG player on PokeBeach!

Our tournaments are completely free to play in and the prizes are shipped directly to you by TCGPlayer.com (there’s absolutely no catch), but premium members get larger prizes!

As usual, these prizes come courtesy of TCGplayer.com in partnership with PokeBeach! Be sure to check them out for the best prices on Pokemon cards!


If you’re a regular member playing for free, you’ll get:

  • 1st Place: 18x Packs
  • 2nd Place: 14x Packs
  • 3rd Place: 9x Packs
  • 4th Place: 9x Packs
  • 5th Place: 4x Packs
  • 6th Place: 4x Packs
  • 7th Place: 4x Packs
  • 8th Place: 4x Packs

(You may choose which recent sets you want your booster packs from.)

If you’re a premium member with a subscription, you’ll get:

  • 1st Place: 72x Packs (2 booster boxes) + interview on front page
  • 2nd Place: 36x Packs (1 booster box)
  • 3rd Place: 20x Packs
  • 4th Place: 20x Packs
  • 5th Place: 12x Packs
  • 6th Place: 12x Packs
  • 7th Place: 12x Packs
  • 8th Place: 12x Packs
  • 9th Place: 5x Packs
  • 10th Place: 5x Packs
  • 11th Place: 5x Packs
  • 12th Place: 5x Packs
  • 13th Place: 4x Packs
  • 14th Place: 4x Packs
  • 15th Place: 4x Packs
  • 16th Place: 4x Packs
  • Skill-Based Win: 5x Packs
  • Skill-Based Win: 5x Packs
  • Skill-Based Win: 5x Packs
  • Skill-Based Merchandise Win: Promo box product, such as an EX tin
  • Skill-Based Merchandise Win: Promo box product

(Skill-based wins are awarded to the top 5 players with the most creative decks who did not T16.)

(You may choose which recent sets you want your booster packs from.)

(Premium members also get priority registration in these tournaments.)


The top five premium members who don’t make top 16 but progress the furthest with a deck that is not considered a typical metagame deck are eligible to win additional prizes, as noted above. The winners will be chosen by PokeBeach’s premium writers.

The Top 32 players will also win Prize Wall points, which you can save or exchange for additional products on TCGplayer! This means you’ll get even more booster packs and products!

  • 1st Place: 12 Prize Wall points (If a premium member: 24 points)
  • 2nd Place: 6 points (Premium: 12 points)
  • Top 4: 3 points each (Premium: 6 points)
  • Top 8: 2 points each (Premium: 4 points)
  • Top 32: 1 point each

(For certain international winners, TCGplayer reserves the right to substitute prizes for equally valued prizes or gift cards based on the player’s location.) (Note that if you sign up as a premium member, you must remain one for the full duration of the tournament to receive the extra prizes. Otherwise, you will receive the regular amount. Also, if you sign up for this tournament and play at least one round, you cannot request a subscription refund.) (Note: The Pokémon Company International is not a sponsor or endorser of PokeBeach’s tournaments, contests, or prizes, nor does the company or its affiliates have any formal association with PokeBeach. Our activities are by fans, for fans, and are not sanctioned or approved by TPCi.)

Tournament Details

  • Registration is open until this Sunday, February 5th.
  • We will be accepting up to 64 players on a first-come, first-serve basis. Premium members always have priority registration, as do those who signed up for last month’s tournament but could not participate due to space constraints.
  • All matches must be conducted on Pokémon TCG Online (PTCGO). You can download the software from Pokemon.com.
  • The tournament format is as follows:
    • All decks must follow the Standard format (Primal Clash to Evolutions). Unless otherwise noted on this bullet point, if a set or promo product is not legal on the first day of round one, it is not legal for the entirety of the tournament. Though it will be usable on PTCGO starting 2/3/17, and legal for real tournaments on 2/17/17, Sun & Moon is not yet tournament legal and therefore cannot be used in this tournament.
    • This is a six-round Swiss tournament. Everyone plays every round and you are paired against players with a similar record. Due to how long these tournaments take, there is no top cut.
    • Due to the shortened month, you will have four days to complete each round. Don’t sewaddle… I mean, dawdle!
    • Each round is best-of-three games, meaning whoever wins two out of the three games wins the match. Budget 30 minutes to an hour to complete each round. See the round schedule below to make sure you are available to play each round of the tournament.
    • During a match, the loser of the previous game chooses whether they want to go first or second. Communicate with your opponent and let them known which you choose before the coin flip occurs.
    • Intentional draws are allowed. You and your opponent may agree that you want to tie for the round instead of playing it out.
    • You must use the exact same deck list for all rounds, just like in a real tournament.
  • Your tournament organizer for this event is PMJ. If you have any questions or issues pertaining to rulings, penalties, dropping, pairings, or reporting results, feel free to send him a PM.
  • Prior to the end of the first round of the tournament, you must submit your deck list to PMJ via PM. Failure to submit your deck list by the end of the first round will result in a match loss, regardless of the actual outcome of your match. Failure to submit it by the end of the second round will result in you being dropped from the tournament.
  • You can only participate in this tournament if you’re in a North American time zone or can commit to its schedule. If you’re in a completely incompatible time zone than most other players, you shouldn’t register, as it’s unlikely you will find time to meet.

Tournament Timetable

Match pairings will be posted in the pairings thread on the first day of each round before 4:00 PM ET.

  • Registration: Thursday 2/2/2017 to Sunday 2/5/2017
  • Round 1: Monday 2/6/2017 to Thursday 2/9/2017
  • Turn in your deck list to PMJ by: Thursday 2/9/2017
  • Round 2: Friday 2/11/2017 to Tuesday 2/14/2017
  • Round 3: Wednesday 2/15/2017 to Sunday 2/19/2017
  • Round 4: Monday 2/20/2017 to Thursday 2/23/2017
  • Round 5: Friday 2/24/2017 to Monday 2/27/2017
  • Round 6: Tuesday 2/28/2017 to Friday 3/3/2017

Each round ends exactly at 11:59 PM ET. Your match results must be posted by that time, as explained in this next section.

Pairings Thread, Round Procedures, Contacting Opponent, Penalties

  • Pairings Thread: All round pairings will be posted in the pairings thread, which is located in PokeBeach’s Competitive TCG forum. Remember to bookmark and subscribe to that thread (as seen on the right) so you receive e-mail notifications when a new pairings post is made. Failure to receive an e-mail alert, however, will not be taken as an excuse for not checking the thread regularly. The timetable for the tournament is available to you, so please plan accordingly and make sure you check the thread.
  • Contacting your opponent via PM: After the pairings have been posted in the pairings thread, it is your immediate duty to contact your opponent via PM and arrange a time to battle. Make sure your account settings let you send and receive PMs, as all communication must be done through PokeBeach PMs. Tell your opponent exactly when you can set aside time to play. This is important! Every PM you send without this information just increases the time it takes to set up a match.
  • Trouble scheduling matches:
    • If 24 hours pass without a reply from your opponent (whether it is the initial contact or not), add PMJ to your conversation. He will monitor the conversation to ensure an effort to complete the match is being made. If you can’t add him to the conversation because you didn’t start it, take screenshots of the conversation and send them in a separate PM as attachments.
    • If your opponent still has not responded within 48 hours of your last message, they will be given a match loss, even if they respond after the deadline, and even if they have a really good excuse. If this happens twice in the same tournament, the player will be dropped from the tournament and barred from participating in PokeBeach TCG Cups for a period of two months (premium members will be dropped, but will not receive the temporary ban).
  • Trouble completing matches:
    • If a player is more than 15 minutes late to a scheduled match, even if it’s because Team Rocket busted into your house with a giant machine, that player will unfortunately receive a match loss. Add PMJ to your conversation to verify.
    • If a player is disconnected during a game, they will lose that specific game. If the disconnected player manages to re-establish their connection to you within 15 minutes, the match will continue with the game loss. If the match still has games to be played and the disconnected player cannot re-establish their connection, you may choose to reschedule the remaining games or take a win for that match. There are no exceptions.
    • In the event a match does not get played, the TO will decide a winner based on activity. If the TO feels that both players made an effort in good faith to schedule a time, then a tie will be granted. Ties are awarded at the TO’s sole discretion and the TO’s decision is final in all cases.
  • Reporting Matches: The winner must post to the thread (below) with who won the match. The winner must report the match results by the end of each round (11:59 PM EST). Failure to do so will result in a tie for the round.
  • Colluding: We want to maintain a fair and enjoyable tournament for all of our members. Any malicious or unsportsmanlike actions will result in an immediate and permanent ban from all PokeBeach tournaments, as determined by the TO. If you notice another member cheating, breaking rules, stalling, or doing anything to disrupt this tournament, report it to PMJ immediately.
  • Dropping: If you would like to drop from a tournament before the start of a round, simply PM PMJ. If you drop from a tournament this way, you will not suffer any tournament bans. However, if you continually sign up for tournaments only to drop them, we will not allow you to register for future tournaments.

Registering for the Tournament

Obviously register an account on PokeBeach so you can post! If you would like to become a premium member, you can simultaneously register and purchase a subscription on this page.

By registering for this tournament, you agree that you have read and accepted all the conditions in this post and all of PokeBeach’s rules and regulations. To register, copy and paste these questions into a post below and bold your answers:

  • Are you a PokeBeach premium member?
  • What is your PTCGO screen name?
  • What timezone do you live in? (If you do not know your time zone, check out a World Clock such as this one. For example, California’s time zone is “Pacific (GMT/UTC-8).”)
  • Did you make at least three non-tournament posts on PokeBeach in January? If not, do you promise to do that this month? We want to see you around the community!

Note that PokeBeach reserves the right to deny registration to any player at any time for any reason, and that PokeBeach reserves the right to drop a player from this tournament at any time and for any reason.

Thank you, and don’t forget to shop at TCGplayer.com for the best prices on Pokemon cards when you go to tournaments in real life!