Welcome to Virginia Pokémon! This site serves to promote and inform players of the Pokémon events, Pokémon leagues, and Pokémon tournaments going on in Virginia. Below is a calendar of upcoming events in Virginia.

News and Website Updates

  • A Wild Summer Appears!
    Additional details were released today by The Pokémon Company, Inc. for its Pokémon World Championships in Anaheim, CA from August 18-20, and first news released regarding the North American International Championships in Indianapolis, IN from June 30 to July 2, 2017.

    The North American International Championships is open to players from all countries, and is the last opportunity to earn Championship Points in order to qualify for the Pokémon World Championships in August.

    In addition to the Pokémon World Championships, a Last Chance Qualifier for Pokkén Tournament players will be held on August 18 at the tournament site to determine the last seats for the Pokkén Tournament World Championships starting on August 19.

    To subscribe to posts in Virginia Pokémon's 'News and Website Updates,' click this link!
    Posted Feb 22, 2017, 12:52 PM by Tim Copeland
  • Errata: Electrode (EVO 40/108)
    Sometimes a card is incorrectly translated or the understanding of how the card works is changed. When this happens, the text on the card does not accurately reflect the intention of the card's effect. These cards are issued a corrected text, called an "errata." The text on the card is overridden by the corrected text.

    The following announcement is located on Pokémon.com dated today.

    Due to an error in the card text for Electrode's (XY—Evolutions, 40/108) Buzzap Thunder Ability, the text on this card will be changed. The original text for this Ability says:

    "Once during your turn (before your attack), you may Knock Out this Pokémon and attach it to one of your Lightning-type Pokémon as a Special Energy card. This card provides 2 Lightning Energy only while this card is attached to a Lightning-type Pokémon."

    The original intention of this Ability was for Electrode to provide 2 Lightning Energy as long as it's attached to any Pokémon, not just a Lightning-type Pokémon.

    The new text will say:

    "Once during your turn (before your attack), you may Knock Out this Pokémon and attach it to one of your Lightning-type Pokémon as a Special Energy card. This card provides 2 Lightning Energy only while this card is attached to a Pokémon."

    Effective immediately, Electrode's Buzzap Thunder Ability will use this updated text instead of the original text. This will be reflected on the Pokémon TCG Errata document.

    Unlike with reprinted cards, cards under errata sometimes do not require an outside reference because they have not been reprinted in a later set with their corrected text. Pokémon Organized Play's Tournament Rules give responsibility to the player to know errata about the cards that they are using. New players should check with a league leader, tournament organizer, or judge for assistance with errata cards.

    For the full list including Standard, Expanded, and Unlimited legal cards, please see the Compendium BW.

    Update: More recent errata news: Galvantula (STS 42/114) on August 8, 2016. Both Electrode and Galvantula have been produced with corrected text in second printings.
    Posted Jan 31, 2017, 2:52 PM by Tim Copeland
  • League Cup Promos and Prizes Update
    The following announcement is posted on Pokemon.com's support portal (http://support.pokemon.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=15227&redirect=true).


    As you may be aware, the promotional materials and prizes support for the Winter Season League Cup have been unfortunately delayed. Our intent was for the product to be shipped before the holiday break, but an unforeseen issue with our warehouses prevented these orders from being fulfilled in a timely manner. We understand that this is unacceptable to both our Players, and to you, our Organizers; we are making every effort to resolve this error in the most efficient way possible.

    Because League Cup events have already occurred, we have decided to change the way players will receive their participation promo cards and Champion playmats. Rather than asking organizers to bear the brunt of making sure that these goodies are processed and shipped to their players, POP (Pokémon Organized Play) will be handing this process directly.

    Specifically, this means that POP will be tracking all Winter Season League Cups as they continue to be run and reported. We will use the data from these reports combined with player data from each player’s TCA (Trainer Club Account) to ship the appropriate support.

    Any player who has been reported in a Winter Season League Cup who also has a valid shipping address as part of their TCA will be shipped the appropriate promo card.

    The players who had the best record in each age division at Winter Season League Cup who also has a valid shipping address as part of their TCA will be shipped the appropriate playmat as well as their participation promo card.

    As we process support we will add the Tournament IDs to a list below so that players and organizers can confirm that their event has been taken care of.

    Please subscribe to http://support.pokemon.com/ics/support/KBAnswer.asp?questionID=2323 to receive updates on this issue as they occur.

    We thank you for your patience and understanding, and for your continued support of the Play! Pokémon program.

    Pokémon Organized Play

    What this means for Pokémon TCG League Cup participants is UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS!

    Log into your account on Pokemon.com, which takes you to the Edit Profile page, and make sure the address you provide is where you want your promo (and playmat, for League Cup winners) to go.

    Also, click Play! Pokemon Settings to make sure your Play Pokemon Preferences are set to "Yes! I want to participate in all available Play! Pokémon Programs"... This page also lists your Player ID.

    Please contact the Tournament Organizer of the League Cup you attended for additional information.
    Posted Jan 11, 2017, 7:05 AM by Tim Copeland
  • Collector's League Cup: Winter happens... (Revised)
    There's snow in the forecast. And the forecast may change again, but the current estimate will cause us to change our tournament plan. The Collector's League Cup will be rescheduled to Sunday. Doors will open at 10:00 AM, and registration for Masters opens from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Juniors and Seniors registration opens 11:30 to 12:00 PM.

    Players do not have to re-register for the Collector's League Cup on Sunday, or cancel if they can't come. Safety is our first priority, and some players won't know they can't come until they dig their cars out and check road conditions. If you can send me a PM on Facebook, or an email to vapokemon2@gmail.com when you figure out you can't make it, that'll be nice, but it's not the most important thing. Be safe!

    -Tim Copeland, Tournament Organizer

    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 9:34 PM by Tim Copeland
  • Online Registrations Start
    Online registration begins today for the Blue Ridge Regional Championships in both Trading Card Game and Video Game events. The Blue Ridge Regional Championships will be held May 6-7, 2017 in Roanoke, VA.

    Also, online registrations open here on Virginia Pokémon this Saturday, December 17, for 7 events in Virginia: 5 Sun & Moon prerelease events and 2 League Cup tournaments.

    Prerelease tournaments are an awesome way to discover a new Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion. Players can get cards up to two weeks before the expansion has launched and start thinking of ways to put together their next great deck. Plus, prerelease tournaments are fun opportunities to get together with other Pokémon fans!

    Online registrations will open this Saturday for prerelease events in Chantilly, Gainesville, and Richmond on January 21; in Fairfax on January 22; and in Virginia Beach on January 28. Over a dozen Sun & Moon prerelease events have been announced to date in Virginia. Check event details for online registrations at other locations.

    Pokémon TCG League Cup tournaments are smaller events that give players an opportunity to earn Championship Points and practice their skills for larger competitions. Pokémon TCG League Cup events are held throughout the year.

    A League Cup is a Tier 1 premier tournament event, so a little experience with playing by the rulebook is recommended. For additional information, please see the Tournament Information page.

    Online registrations will open this Saturday for Winter League Cups in Richmond on January 7; and in Fredericksburg on January 28. At least 6 Winter League Cups have been sanctioned, and some have preregistration available in the event details.

    Additional online registrations may become available for more events this winter, subscribe to Virginia Pokémon News and Website Updates for information as it becomes available. See all online registrations for Virginia Pokémon events here.
    Posted Dec 27, 2016, 7:56 AM by Ken Yung
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League Challenge
TCG League Challenges
Feb 25 (Sat): Virginia Beach
Feb 25 (Sat): Chantilly
Feb 25 (Sat): Yorktown
Feb 25 (Sat): Richmond
Mar 18 (Sat): Yorktown

VG Premier Challenges
Feb 25 (Sat): Midlothian
Mar 25 (Sat): Midlothian

Regional Championships
May 6-7: Roanoke VA

TCG League Cups
Mar 11 (Sat): Chantilly
Mar 18 (Sat): Richmond
Mar 18 (Sat): Lynchburg
Apr 1 (Sat): Midlothian
Apr 1 (Sat): Roanoke
Apr 8 (Sat): Fredericksburg
Apr 8 (Sat): Yorktown

International Championships
April 21-23: São Paulo, Brazil
Jun 30-Jul 2: Indianapolis, USA

Sun & Moon--Guardians Rising
Apr 22 (Sat): Virginia Beach
Apr 22 (Sat): Richmond
Apr 23 (Sun): Charlottesville
Apr 29 (Sat): Richmond
Apr 29 (Sat): Sterling
Apr 29 (Sat): Midlothian 
Apr 29 (Sat): Roanoke
Apr 29 (Sat): Yorktown
Apr 30 (Sun): Sterling
Apr 30 (Sun): Harrisonburg

VG Midseason Showdowns
Jun 3 (Sat): Midlothian

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