Play! Pokemon Events to Remain Suspended Through End of 2020

TPCi has officially announced the continued suspension of all Play! Pokemon Program events throughout the remainder of 2020. All in-person events, including tournaments, Pokemon League, and Prerelease events remain suspended through the end of the year.

This news follows the cancellation of the 2020 season and suspension of sanctioned events back in March.

Since the initial announcement in March that all Play! Pokémon Program events would be cancelled, we’ve been closely monitoring the global health pandemic. In keeping with a commitment to ensure the safety of fans, players, and organizers, the Organized Play team is continuing to assess the situation. As of September 2020, we have determined that the Play! Pokémon Program will remain suspended through the remainder of 2020.

Please check back in November 2020 for more details and announcements regarding our Play! Pokémon program in early 2021.

In the meantime, Pokémon Trading Card Game players can continue to participate in League at Home events. We will also be providing additional details about a new Pokémon TCG Online series named Play! Pokémon Team Challenge launching later this year.

Until we can all play together in person again, stay safe and enjoy playing and battling online.

Players looking to continue to enjoy the Pokemon Trading Card game can do so playing the game on the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online and by joining local League at Home events.

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  1. Alex Leblanc Aspiring Trainer
    Alex Leblanc

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    I hope organized play will resume in 2022, although I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't
     
  2. Jackrockstar Aspiring Trainer
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    I hope they can work something out with local card shops to make it so they don't go under. I know YuGiOh has the remote duel setup where you can still get prize packs from competing at locals via discord or zoom, hopefully, pokemon can figure something like that out too.
     
  3. MilesEX Aspiring Trainer
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    Am I wrong in thinking you could do a socially distanced tournament. Limited people, perspex screens, masks, no tocuhing others cards? Seems doable? Shorter time spans (so pre-release max of three rounds.
     
  4. Jeff Stratford Aspiring Trainer
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    The only problem I see is that in a competitive setting, players typically cut there opponents deck, shuffle their deck and look through their discard pile which requires interacting with their cards. Players could stack their decks if there isn’t an option to cut, but in a more relaxed setting like a league it could potentially work
     
  5. Tytus Expanded Best Format
    Tytus

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    There is still hope for Dallas Regionals.
     
  6. Red-EyesHydreigon Aspiring Trainer
    Red-EyesHydreigon

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    Well, what Yugioh has been doing for their video chat tourneys is that after player 1 finishes a deck search, player 2 picks a number, then player 1 counts out cards from the top and does the cut themselves. The main issue would be either having extremely limited player caps, or too many people to distance when there isn’t 2 masks and a plexiglass wall between everyone.
    Could be done, but still a fairly tricky situation as you can never assume that everyone there will have a mask on constantly until they leave the venue.
     
  7. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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  8. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun
    AngryBokoblin

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    In the meantime, I can do nothing because I didn't age up in August.
     
  9. Rui Teixeira Aspiring Trainer
    Rui Teixeira

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    who cares

    we like to hoard
     
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  10. DJHomeless8 Darkrai's Advocate
    DJHomeless8

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    Sounds like a whole lot of "no Maggyo, Sherlock" to me.
     
  11. TheTempest Aspiring Trainer
    TheTempest

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    *crosses fingers* PLEASE UTAH PLEASE UTAH
     
  12. don()shinobi PokeBeach's Yu-Gi-Oh enthusiast. I guess.
    don()shinobi

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    Considering how this is going in the U.S., I have severe doubts anything will open before July at the absolute earliest. But hey, glory be to the hopeful.
     
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  13. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer
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    I predict that 2021 will be met with a surge of positivity (after all, it's not "2020" anymore), followed by a quick realization that, in fact, nothing has changed.
    That said, the lockdown has been a surprising positive for the Pokemon TCG. The prices of all collectibles shot up, while many player-players are on a hiatus, inadvertently dodging a crappy format.
     
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  14. dmein89 Aspiring Trainer
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    Utah had 4,000 covid cases reported today. So... probs not.
     
  15. Aces Aspiring Trainer
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    I’ve been hopeful for the league to start again but with the spikes going back up, states looming to shutdowns again and this is just almost winter... It just makes more sense. Send me my promo lol and make a team league tournament.
     
  16. KK-Swizzle Aspiring Trainer
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    what do you mean crappy format, ADP/catcher/hammer mirrors are so skill intensive