Up to 96 players will duke it out to determine who is the best TCG player on PokeBeach!
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:
(You may choose which recent sets you want your booster packs from.)
You could be one of these people:
|If you’re a premium member with a subscription, you’ll get:
(You may choose which recent sets you want your booster packs from.)
(Premium members also get priority registration in these tournaments.)
What is a Skill-Based Win?
Five premium members who don’t make Top 16 are eligible to win additional prizes for playing an unusual or creative deck. The winners will be chosen by PokeBeach’s premium article writers after the tournament is over.
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.) (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.) (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.)
- Registration is open until this Sunday, April 30th.
- We will be accepting up to 96 players on a first-come, first-serve basis. Premium members always have priority registration.
- 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 Sun & Moon). 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. Sun & Moon: Guardians Rising is not legal for this tournament; however, you may use any reprinted cards found in the set.
- This is a seven-round Swiss tournament. Everyone plays every round and you are paired against players with a similar record.
- 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 (TO) for this event is PMJ. If you have any tournament-related queries, 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 an approved deck list by the end of the first round will result in a warning and a match loss, regardless of the actual outcome of your match. (If neither player submits on time, you will get a tie instead, but you will still get a warning.) Failure to get your list approved 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.
Match pairings will be posted in the pairings thread on the first day of each round before 4:00 PM EDT.
- Registration: Friday 4/28/17 to Sunday 4/30/17 @ midnight EDT
- Round 1: Monday 5/1/17 to Thursday 5/4/17
- Turn in your deck list to PMJ by: 5/4/17
- Round 2: Friday 5/5/17 to Monday 5/8/17
- Round 3: Tuesday 5/9/17 to Friday 5/12/17
- Round 4: Saturday 5/13/17 to Tuesday 5/16/17
- Round 5: Wednesday 5/17/17 to Saturday 5/20/17
- Round 6: Sunday 5/21/17 to Wednesday 5/24/17
- Round 7: Thursday 5/25/17 to Sunday 5/28/17
- Top 8: Monday 5/29/17 to Wednesday 5/31/17*
- Top 4: Thursay 6/1/17 to Saturday 6/3/17*
- Finals: Friday 6/2 to Sunday 6/4/17*
*Top cut rounds will end early if everyone has completed their match.
Each round ends exactly at 11:59 PM EDT. Your match results must be posted by that time, as explained in the next section.
Pairings Thread, Round Procedures, Contacting Opponent
- Pairings Thread: All round pairings will be posted in the pairings thread, which is located in PokeBeach’s PTCG Competitive Play 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.
- Recording matches: Streaming or otherwise recording your tournament matches is allowed only with your opponent’s permission.
- Contacting your opponent via PM: Each round, an image showing the round’s pairings will be added to the pairings thread. Find your PokeBeach username on this list and immediately 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 by selecting “Invite More” underneath the conversation participants. (This option will not appear if you did not start the 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, you may either take the win for the round or play the match out as normal. If you do play the match, however, you must accept the result.
- Your ability to receive private messages is on by default when you sign up for the forums. You must leave it on in order to receive messages from both the TO, PokeBeach staff, and your opponent for each round. If a player reports that they are unable to send you a private message, you will receive a warning and a match loss.
- Trouble completing matches:
- If your opponent is more than 15 minutes late to a scheduled match, you may choose to take the win for the round. (Add PMJ to your conversation or screenshot it to verify.) Otherwise, you may forgive your opponent’s transgression and play the match out as scheduled.
- 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.
- If a match is not completed, a winner will be decided 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. If the TO feels that neither player put in a reasonable effort, both players will receive a warning in addition to a tie for the round. Ties are awarded at the TO’s sole discretion and the TO’s decision is final in all cases.
- Reporting matches: Matches must be reported upon completion. An acceptable report includes who won the match and how many games each player won. If this score is not posted, the TO will attempt to tag both players to find out the score. Warnings will be passed out if the round must be delayed due to incomplete match reporting. The winner should report the match, but the loser may as well if they so choose; either way, it must be done by the end of each round (11:59 PM EDT). Failure to do so will result in a tie for the round and warnings for both players. If there is a chance your match will go past deadline for the round, you need to inform the TO before the round ends, or your match will be for nothing! You may be given a 15-minute extension to complete your match.
- Warnings: Warnings are handed out for misconduct; a player will be dropped from the tournament if they receive two warnings over the span of one tournament. Warnings can be given out for several reasons, including, but not limited to, failure to complete or report a match, failing to submit an approved deck list on time, or missing a scheduled match. Warnings for other offenses may be handed out by the TO at their discretion.
- 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.
- Bans: A player who is forcefully dropped from the tournament will be banned from competing in the next two tournaments (premium members excluded). Any banned player can have their ban cut in half by making 50 quality non-tournament posts on the forums during the first month of their ban. That averages to less than two posts per day — easily doable! We want to see you around the community, and PokeBeach has something for everyone, no matter what aspect of Pokemon you’re involved in. Getting involved is easier than you might think, so give it a try!
A PokeBeach Premium Membership is More than Just Articles!
- Full access to PokeBeach’s premium articles (at least ten new articles are published every month from the game’s top players).
- The ability to submit your deck lists to our writers for advice and consult them for metagame and deck discussions.
- More than doubles your prize earnings in our monthly tournaments (up to 7 booster boxes).
- Priority registration in our monthly tournaments.
- Bonus prizes in our monthly tournaments, including promo products such as EX and GX Boxes and tins, plus bonus booster pack wins for playing with unusual decks.
Now’s the time to join the most rewarding Pokemon TCG article program out there from the Pokemon TCG’s most dedicated website!
Registering for the Tournament
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. Promise breakers will be ignored.
- Are you a PokeBeach premium member?
- What is your PTCGO screen name?
- What timezone do you live in?
- Did you play in April’s tournament?
- If you did, did you make at least three non-tournament posts on PokeBeach in March?
- If you did 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!