Pokemon World Championships Again Delayed Until Next Year

Once again, the Pokemon World Championships have been postponed until next year due to the pandemic. This comes as no surprise. Worlds 2022 will take place in London, just as it was meant to be for Worlds 2020 and Worlds 2021.

The safety and well-being of our competitors, organizers, employees, local communities, and partners continues to be our top priority and is the primary consideration with every decision we make.

After careful review and pursuant to guidance set forth by local, regional, and national health authorities, as well as the World Health Organization, Public Health England, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we have made the difficult decision to move out the next Pokémon World Championships to 2022. This event is planned to take place in London, UK.

With the continued suspension of the Play! Pokémon event series, all sanctioned Play! Pokémon events including League Challenge, League Cup, Premier Challenge, and Midseason Showdown will remain suspended until further notice. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of all our competitors at an expanded 2022 Pokémon World Championships in London. All invitations to the 2020 Pokémon World Championships will be honored for the 2022 World Championships.

We are closely monitoring health mandates, guidelines, and recommendations from appropriate government agencies to determine when the resumption of events and operations will be safe for our communities. We continue to examine each country on a case-by-case basis, informed by the latest updates and mandates issued by appropriate government recommendations and in consultation with medical experts.

Thank you to our millions of players, fans, organizers, and Professors around the world for their continued support and understanding. The Pokémon International Championships and Pokémon World Championships are meaningful occasions to us and the player community, and we look forward to when we can all see each other and compete again.

In addition, we will continue to support competitive online play through our new series, Pokémon Players Cup, the Play! Pokémon Team Challenge, as well as support through our retail partners through League at Home.

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  1. JoeBob15ial Aspiring Trainer
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    Just goes to show the real harm of all this are the restrictions and mandates, not the virus itself... Smh
     
  2. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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    No, the harm is from ignorant and selfish people choosing not to wear their masks. Plus an outgoing President who did not have a plan to tackle it. Restrictions are in place to protect people.
     
  3. Chris_the_hammer Aspiring Trainer
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    I can’t believe they decided to cancel it entirely instead of just holding it on PTCGO with the top players who had the most points from last season. Everyone would have understood and at least then those who played hard to get those points would have something to show for it. I just hope this doesn’t mean that they wont be doing a normal rotation this year, I don’t think anyone wants another year with tag GXs
     
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  4. JoeBob15ial Aspiring Trainer
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    Sure, man. I believe everything hysterical people tell me too.
     
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  5. Chris_the_hammer Aspiring Trainer
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    I reported that guys comment. We don’t need people like that who are still acting like this virus isn’t a big deal over 9 months into this Pandemic
     
  6. Tytus Expanded Best Format
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    Couldn’t they do something like Japan did with limited numbers and COVID test confirmation and stuff like that. That also said “We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of all our competitors at an expanded 2022 Pokémon World Championships in London.” When they say expanded are they referencing the format or the increase in size?
     
  7. ADP Big Rat 212/???
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    Increase in size. They used the exact same wording when they originally postponed Worlds to 2021. There's effectively going to be a larger worlds with more phases than normal.
     
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  8. Chris_the_hammer Aspiring Trainer
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    I could see them even increasing the number of people who make it into the main event and having an LCQ with a top cut guaranteed making it into Worlds
     
  9. haha, I'm pretty sure that reporting the message is a moot point now, as the freaking creator of pokebeach himself replied to his message lol. I reported it anyways, because why not.

    anyway this behavior is absolutely NOT acceptable, This terrible virus is still rampaging everywhere and the only places that have a higher gdp than before is Taiwan and... that's it. They accomplished this by... guess what? restrictions on travel and basically locking down the entire island, not to even mention that they wear masks there anyway even if they have just a cold. Taiwan has had only 1 covid outbreak recently, and that was from a pilot who didn't wear a mask, even when coughing, and went to costco. This has been the only case for 233 days. The only thing that is Taiwan's fault is too lax restrictions on pilot, who only have to go through a 3 day quarantine rather than a 14 day quarantine. Now they have to quarantine for at least 7 days, and that pilot was fired.

    Meanwhile, we in America and the UK have anti maskers who whine about a simple piece of cloth being on their face, who travel around the country and participate in super-spreader events while saying that the virus doesn't exist. This is why we have an insane amount of deaths per millions while Taiwan has 7 deaths... total. Out of 23 million people, they have 7 deaths. Meanwhile, in the UK where Worlds is being hosted, they have almost 1,700 deaths per million. This sounds like a low number, but consider that the UK has 66 million people living in it.

    That sounds 100% safe to me, cant wait to get covid
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2021
  10. Grass-Type Farm Owner Aspiring Trainer
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    I guess ADP will never be at Worlds unless they do Expanded next year.
     
  11. ADP doesn't deserve to go to worlds
     
  12. Mimikeon Aspiring Trainer
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    Let me guess, you're one of the idiots who only looks at the mortality rate and then argues that it's even lower than that with the stupid "they died with COVID, not of COVID!!!!1!!1!one!" argument, aren't you?
     
  13. Kumaquat Collecting Birbs
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    Dude, f off. I live in the UK and it's currently a covid hellhole. We have more variants going around than you've had hot dinners. Half my fam work in the NHS and my nurse dad has been hospitalised from stress more than once. Worlds can wait.
     
  14. TokenDuelist YGO TCG is Cheaper. Fight me.
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    I mean I believe people with common sense, ya know, those with brain cells.

    Which you are severely lacking.
     
  15. Matthew the Fairy Lover The Lover of everything Fairy
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    He's only posting that to get a reaction. Looks like he got it. I don't like the comment either but don't fuel the fire.
     
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  16. Matthew the Fairy Lover The Lover of everything Fairy
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    So do you believe yourself? You're part of that group LMAO.
     
  17. AlphaTheKineticGuardian Aspiring Trainer
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    As a fellow resident of the UK, I wish you safety dude, and to your family who are putting themselves at risk to help others.

    Also wishing everyone else reading this safety too, we'll all get through it, there's hope for things to get better soon.
     
  18. Victory Victini Securing the win
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    fudge
    Guess there's next year :(
     
  19. Although, to be honest, this was completely expected.

    The world is not ready for world's yet. Especially with all the newcomers to the game who might be going to to spectate, and buy stuff from vendors. Also, everyone in the US and Japan and Australia would essentially be breaking travel regulations by going there, considering that Australia and Japan is basically chilling with almost no new cases.

    If you think worlds should still be on, consider getting at least one braincell before posting.
     
  20. Hongo Aspiring Trainer
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    Honestly, I don’t see them having it in 2022 either.

    2023, maybe. Big maybe.
     
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