‘Pokemon Players Cup’ Online Tournament Announced by TPCi!

TPCi has announced the “Pokemon Players Cup,” an online tournament that will take place this summer for Masters players! This is in light of the coronavirus pandemic, which has lead to worldwide tournament cancellations.

In July, eligible players will compete in a double-elimination bracket, broken down by rating zones, to determine the top players in each rating zone. Those top finishers will face off in the final stage of the Pokemon Players Cup in August, when the winner will be crowned as the champion of the Pokemon Players Cup and earn a Travel Award to a future International Championships event.

The tournament will run for the TCG, video games, and Pokken Tournament.

BELLEVUE, WA—May 14, 2020—The Pokémon Company International today announced the Pokémon Players Cup, a new online tournament for Masters Division competitors that will begin in July 2020. Competitors in the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG), the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Video Game Championships (VGC), and Pokkén Tournament DX will have the chance to prove they’re the very best in this official Play! Pokémon online tournament open to players worldwide.

The Pokémon Players Cup will have two stages. In July 2020, eligible players will compete in a double-elimination bracket, broken down by rating zones, to determine the top players in each rating zone. Those top finishers will face off in the final stage of the Pokémon Players Cup in August 2020, when the winner will be crowned as the champion of the Pokémon Players Cup and earn a Travel Award to a future International Championships event, part of the traditional Play! Pokémon Championship Series.

“The Pokémon competitive community is very special, and we can’t wait for players to virtually connect with each other in the new online Pokémon Players Cup,” said Colin Palmer, vice president of marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “With the postponement of traditional Play! Pokémon in-person tournaments, we hope to see some intense battles and the community’s legendary sportsmanship on display at the Pokémon Players Cup.”

Pokémon TCG and VGC competitors will need to qualify for the Pokémon Players Cup through their performance in the following upcoming events. Trainers should make sure to bring their A game to these upcoming qualifiers so they can compete in the Pokémon Players Cup!

Pokémon TCG Championships
Pokémon TCG competitors will qualify through their ranking on the June Leaderboard (Standard format, Tournament Rep) in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.

Pokémon VG Championships
Pokémon Video Game Championships competitors will qualify through the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield International Challenge May Online Competition, which runs from May 21 to 24, 2020.  Masters Division competitors in the Pokémon VGC will need to finish among the top eligible Trainers in their rating zone for the May International Challenge to qualify for the Pokémon Players Cup.

  • North America: Top 256
  • Europe: Top 256
  • Oceania: Top 128
  • Latin America: Top 256

Please note that in order for Pokémon VGC competitors to be eligible, they will need to link their Nintendo Account with their Pokémon Trainer Club account before signing up.

Pokkén Tournament DX Championships
Pokkén Tournament DX competitors will be able to register directly for the first stage of the Pokémon Players Cup at a future date, with more details coming soon at Pokemon.com.

In addition, during the Pokémon Players Cup, each of the Pokémon TCG, Pokémon VGC, and Pokkén Tournament DX competitions will kick off with a special invitational event, with the winners qualifying for the final stage of the competition.

Trainers can stay tuned to https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/ for more upcoming information about the Pokémon Players Cup and where fans can catch all the action via stream


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  1. SableyeGuy Aspiring Trainer
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    seniors discrimination
     
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  2. Kenatta_tcg Aspiring Trainer
    Kenatta_tcg

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    Juniors totally jilted as well. I have two kids who play (one senior and one junior). Thanks TPCI for not including them. I guarantee after the long break numbers of juniors and seniors still playing competitively is going to sink due to so much inactivity. You would think they would want to include them as that represents future long term players to build player base.
     
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  3. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun
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    Is there a way to contact the pokemon company and tell them how we feel about this?
     
  4. Tytus Expanded Best Format
    Tytus

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    The reason they may be excluding juniors and seniors is because of the fact that A: there may be some complications with age or, B: anyone can make and account and say that they are a certain age therefore making it an unfair age advantage that no one can really prove until after the tournament is over when they are handing out prizes.
     
  5. bunnybird12 Don't be sad- be hoppy!
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    Maybe the TCGO client will get more attention because of this
     
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  6. JakeTheGearHeart Aspiring Trainer
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    I bet you can still probably enter as a junior. In the past, I've seen people that would normally be in juniors or seniors enter into the masters division with no problems.
     
  7. johnwick Aspiring Trainer
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    Since this is an unprecedented time, maybe they're just allowing Masters as to not overload the system. It's NOT discrimination.
     
  8. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer
    Yaginku

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    Let us see.
    • Masters only
    • Ran on barely prepared TCGO client
    • Qualifiers through grinding BO1 tournaments
    • "said [...] vice president of marketing"
    Yeah, they're giving us their best.
     
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  9. SableyeGuy Aspiring Trainer
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    I don't actually think that it's discrimination, I just think its unfair.
     
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  10. Nyora A Cat
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    I hope they waive entrance fee tickets for online tournaments or this is such a terrible, horrible idea lol.
     
  11. The Binder Guy Aspiring Trainer
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    Ewwwwwwwwww, the TCGO is plain AWFUL for these kinds of tournaments. There's a reason why they haven't expanded past hosting 8-person single elimination tournaments and it sure as heck isn't due to lack of player demand.

    And with how wonky the TCGO's connections can be sometimes, the TCG section of this tournament is bound to go belly up if an outside force decides to be a cheeky code monkey.
    It sounds to me like they're just going to "retool" the TCGO's current tournament structure to work with this mess of a TCG tournament, those are already set to single-elimination.
     
  12. The Golden Mewtwo That guy who plays a counter deck
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    I’m in my last year of seniors F
     
  13. Kenatta_tcg Aspiring Trainer
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    Out of curiosity, how is it any different for masters? The age thing may not be a problem, but cheating is bound to be rampant in this kind of format. You could have several players playing as one and all helping keep track of things while one player is actually playing.

    They should be considering younger age groups just to keep them involved in the game. It's definitely disappointing to see their response.
     
  14. SableyeGuy Aspiring Trainer
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    also a problem with online tournaments is its easy to break the rule of no getting help from others
     
  15. Tytus Expanded Best Format
    Tytus

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    Yeh so anyone can make a new account and say they are a certain age and then enter. With no way to check the age of the person behind the computer it will be unfair because you could have a 35 year old with critical thinking skills masquerading as a JR. then they could end up playing a 10 year old with little critical thinking skills and minor experience. It's just easier to make it masters exclusive because then they can ensure that no cheating for age at least can be done(take this with a grain of salt because no one really knows why TPCI choose to make this move).
     
  16. E1ijah Aspiring Trainer
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    That's not entirely true, this isn't the full post. Juniors and Seniors will be combined into one division and will be the same as masters points/travel wise as far as i am aware. I wouldn't worry too much, im sure pokemon has a plan. They are a big business and can work things out along the way.
    not sure, but you can look at their website or google their number/email and ask the,
     
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  17. Kenatta_tcg Aspiring Trainer
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    I just looked at the entire post on Pokémon.com and there was nothing about Juniors and Seniors. Not sure where you are getting your information.

    Only Masters Division players who have opted in to participating in all available Play! Pokémon programs are eligible to participate in the Play! Pokémon Players Cup Online Tournament.
    I get that part, although I think that is unlikely. My post was more on the cheating side than on the age, although I do think they have neglected the younger players for sure. I understand there are complications with the age for sure (being that they are all minors), but let's not forget that there are a number of Masters that are minors as it begins at 15 and up. I don't see how the issue for age is any different.

    Where I was expressing concern was on the enormous amount of ways that players could cheat. I would imagine it is fully possible to have a number of players around 1 screen helping 1 player win against another by providing advice. This is just one of the ways I could see this happening. Furthermore, what happens when there are technical difficulties like an internet outage? They can't exactly reset the game and replay it. To me this just seems like a bad idea altogether. Points shouldn't be available in this kind of format. Watch during the event and after to see the forums light up with posts about cheating.
     
  18. John The Pokevol Aspiring Trainer
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    I would put my son who is a Junior up against a bunch of Masters and I think he can hang. He played in a league challenge one time where he was the only Junior and no Seniors only masters and he went undefeated.