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

  • 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).

    Hello,

    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.

    Sincerely,
    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
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    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
  • Pokémon TCG Tournament-Legal Dates Updated

    Pokemon.com posted an article entitled "Pokémon TCG Expansion Tournament Legality Update" on their website today, which updates the last change to the existing policy from June 6. That earlier change was covered in Virginia Pokemon's article from that day, "TCG Expansions Legal on Third Fridays." The new article expands on the previous one which essentially stated that new Pokémon Trading Card Game expansions became legal for tournaments on the third Friday after the release date.

    Beginning with the Sun & Moon expansion, new TCG expansions become legal for tournament play on the third Friday of the same month as the release. The next TCG expansion, Sun & Moon, is due to be released on Wednesday, February 1, so its 'legal' date would have been Friday, February 17 under the old rules as well as the new rules. For some time now, it seems Pokémon TCG expansions have held prereleases near the end of the month and the official release date was just inside the first few days of the following month.

    The June 6 article also applied to promotional cards, such as those in Pokémon TCG Boxes and Collections, which seem to be released almost weekly this time of year. The new policy, which is a small but significant change, states that promo cards will become legal on the first or third Friday of the month following the release. Virginia Pokemon suggests this will be corrected to mean "first Friday of the following month, or third Friday of the same month." We will expect to hear a clarification from The Pokémon Company.

    Whether there is a clarification or not, Play! Pokémon Rules and Resources will include an updated list of all tournament-legal cards.
    Posted Dec 30, 2016, 12:56 PM by David Tuskey
  • 2017 VG Rules posted
    "2017 Pokémon VCG Rules, Formats, and Penalty Guidelines" is posted today on Pokemon.com's Rules and Resources.

    Click "Play! Pokémon VG Rules and Formats" under the General Information heading near the top of the page, and download the .PDF format file to your device. Adobe© Reader or Adobe© Acrobat may be required to open the file.
    Posted Nov 30, 2016, 2:56 PM by Tim Copeland
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Sun & Moon TCG Prereleases
Jan 21 (Sat): Abingdon
Jan 21 (Sat): Chantilly*
Jan 21 (Sat): Fredericksburg
Jan 21 (Sat): Gainesville
Jan 21 (Sat): Hampton
Jan 21 (Sat): Newport News
Jan 21 (Sat): Portsmouth
Jan 21 (Sat): Richmond
Jan 21 (Sat): Roanoke
Jan 21 (Sat): Virginia Beach 1
Jan 22 (Sun): Centreville
Jan 22 (Sun): Fairfax*
Jan 22 (Sun): Lynchburg*
Jan 22 (Sun): Norfolk
Jan 22 (Sat): Waynesboro
Jan 23 (Mon): Lexington*
Jan 28 (Sat): Falls Church
Jan 28 (Sat): Richmond
Jan 28 (Sat): Sterling
Jan 28 (Sat): Virginia Beach 2*
Jan 28 (Sat): Yorktown
Jan 29 (Sun): Fincastle*
Jan 29 (Sun): Harrisonburg
*PTO-run event

TCG League Cups
Jan 21 (Sat): Yorktown
Jan 21 (Sat): Roanoke
Jan 28 (Sat): Fredericksburg
Jan 28 (Sat): Newport News

League Challenge
TCG League Challenges
Jan 20 (Fri): Vienna
Jan 21 (Sat): Fredericksburg
Jan 25 (Wed): Virginia Beach 2
Jan 26 (Thu): Newport News
Jan 28 (Sat): Richmond
Jan 29 (Sun): Midlothian
Jan 29 (Sun): Virginia Beach 1

VG Midseason Showdowns
Jan 21 (Sat): Midlothian
Feb 18 (Sat): Fairfax

VG Premier Challenges
Jan 27 (Fri): Vienna
Jan 28 (Sat): Midlothian
Feb 10 (Fri): Vienna
Feb 25 (Sat): Midlothian
Mar 25 (Sat): Midlothian

International Championships
April 21-23: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Regional Championships
May 6-7: Roanoke VA



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