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

  • 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
  • New Pokémon VGC Format Starts in December
    Take a look at the new rules and regulations for the 2017 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series season.

    We're excited to announce the new rules and regulations for the 2017 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series (VGC) season featuring the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games. This new competitive format will be the official format for all VGC events, all the way up to the 2017 Pokémon World Championships. New rules typically go into effect at the beginning of the calendar year, but this year we're moving up the start of the new format to December 1, 2016.

    In the 2017 Championship Series season, all battles will be Double Battles. Players must compose their teams using only Pokémon found in the Alola Regional Pokédex that have been caught in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. This means that even if you have a Pokémon found in the Alola Regional Pokédex from a previous game, you'll have to catch it again in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon for it to be eligible for competition. Some Legendary Pokémon will not be allowed, including Solgaleo and Lunala. Mythical Pokémon will not be allowed either, including Magearna. Other Pokémon that have yet to be revealed may also be banned from competition.

    Pokémon will not be allowed to hold Mega Stones, so Mega Evolution will not be allowed. However, Pokémon will be able to hold Z-Crystals, allowing the use of new and powerful Z-Moves.

    If you're looking to practice using the 2017 Pokémon VGC format, head over and start battling on the Pokémon Global Link, where you can play using this rule set year-round using the new “Championship Battles” format. This format will be available right away when Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon launch on November 18, 2016.

    This season, a new player time system will be used to control the length of each battle. Similar to a chess clock, each player will have 10 total minutes to choose their moves within a game. You'll need to manage your time carefully throughout the match to make sure you have plenty of time in later rounds!

    2017 VGC format summary:
    • All battles played with Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon
    • Double Battles
    • Alola Regional Pokédex
    • Z-Crystals allowed
    • Mega Stones not allowed
    • Some Legendary and Mythical Pokémon banned, including Solgaleo, Lunala, and Magearna
    • 10-minute player time system
    Look forward to much more analysis and coverage of the 2017 Pokémon VGC season all year long at Pokemon.com/Strategy, where we'll be breaking down new Pokémon and tactics.

    Good luck to everyone participating in the 2017 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series season!

    (Originally posted at http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/a-new-pokemon-vgc-format-starts-in-december/)
    Posted Oct 4, 2016, 10:44 AM by Tim Copeland
  • Evolutions
    Prerelease events for Pokémon's new expansion set, XY-Evolutions, have been set in Virginia. At latest check, 19 locations will host 22 flights of the newest TCG set. See our Evolutions Prerelease page for full details as we sort them out from pokemon.com.

    Prerelease events start on Saturday, October 22 at The Fantastic Store in Chantilly, Sage Mantis Game Haven in Fredericksburg, Atomic Comics Emporium in Hampton, Star Port in Lynchburg, Atomic Comics Emporium in Newport News, Atlantis Games & Comics in Portsmouth, Collector's Heaven in Richmond, and Kaboom in Virginia Beach. Online preregistration is offered on Virginia Pokémon for Chantilly and Richmond's combined 3 prerelease flights over both weekends. Lynchburg also offers online registration.

    Prerelease events on Sunday, October 23 will be held at Hobby Works in Fairfax, Richmond Comix in Midlothian, and Atlantis Games & Comics in Norfolk. Online preregistration is offered for Fairfax. Lexington also offers online registration.

    The following weekend, prerelease events will be held on Saturday, October 29 at Victory Comics in Falls Church; Atomic Comics Emporium in Hampton; Collector's Heaven in Richmond; Star City Games in Roanoke; Huzzah Jr in Sterling; HobbyTown USA in Virginia Beach; and Jersey's Gaming, Cards & Comics in Yorktown. Online registration is offered on Virginia Pokémon for Virginia Beach. Winding up the prerelease events on Sunday, October 30 will be 8 Bit Oasis in Harrisonburg, and Fincastle Library in Fincastle. Fincastle offers online registration as well.

    XY-Evolutions products are slated to be released for retail sale nationwide on November 2, and Evolutions cards become legal for Sanctioned Pokémon TCG tournaments on November 18.

    Prerelease tournaments are exciting events designed for players to be creative with the newest Pokémon cards before they are released in stores. These tournaments are casual events, making them ideal for new players to learn how tournaments work as well as give experienced players a chance to experiment with new strategies and trade cards.
    Posted Oct 3, 2016, 3:51 PM by Tim Copeland
  • Regionals, Internationals
    Dates and locations have been released by pokemon.com for Regional Championships in North America. Fourteen events have been set, almost all on different weekends, with one in Canada and one in Mexico. Six are Expanded format, eight are Standard format.
    • October 1-2: Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix AZ [Expanded]
    • October 15-16: Doubletree by Hilton (at Universal Orlando), Orlando FL [Standard]
    • November 5-6: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia PA [Expanded]
    • November 26-27: Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne IN [Standard]
    • December 17-18: San Jose Convention Center, San Jose CA [Expanded]
    • December 31-January 1: Hyatt Regency, Dallas TX [Standard]
    • January 14-15: Classic Center, Athens GA [Standard]
    • February 18-19: Business Expo Center, Anaheim CA [Standard]
    • March 4-5: Gateway Center, Collinsville IL (near St. Louis MO) [Expanded]
    • March 25-26: Oregon Convention Center, Portland OR [Expanded]
    • April 8-9: Utah State Fairpark, Salt Lake City UT [Standard]
    • May 6-7: Berglund Center, Roanoke VA [Standard]
    • May 13-14: International Plaza Hotel, Toronto ON Canada [Expanded]
    • May 27-28: Washington State Convention Center, Seattle WA [Standard]
    • June 3-4: Monono Terrace, Madison WI [Standard]
    • June 3-4: Centro de Convenciones Expo Reforma, Mexico City, Mexico [Standard]
    Pokemon also announced its first International Championships. Prizes including Championship Points have been posted, but venue information and other details are pending.
    • December 7-9: ExCeL Exhibition Center, London, England
    Unlike the Pokémon TCG National Championships of previous years, all International Championships events will be open to Pokémon TCG and video game players around the world, without any residency restriction.
    Posted Oct 4, 2016, 10:42 AM by Tim Copeland
  • The Champ! VG returns
    The Pokémon 2016 World Championships were held in San Francisco, CA last month. Congratulations to all the winners, including the Masters Division Video Game Champion, Wolfe Glick of Virginia!

    Dates have been provided for Premier Challenges in three series. Autumn Series began September 1 and ends November 30, Winter Series begins December 1 and ends February 28, and Spring Series begins March 1 and ends May 31. Approved Tournament Organizers are scheduling and sanctioning events, with the first announced on September 30 at Foster's Grille in Vienna.

    Online registration is expected be offered for this event here on Virginia Pokémon starting September 16, and players who register online will be eligible for door prizes! See the event details for more information.
    Posted Sep 13, 2016, 2:42 PM by Tim Copeland
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League Challenge
TCG League Challenges
Dec 4 (Sun): Fincastle
Dec 9 (Fri): Amelia
Dec 10 (Sat): Richmond
Dec 17 (Sat): Chantilly
Dec 17 (Sat): Yorktown
Dec 17 (Sat): Virginia Beach
Dec 18 (Sun): Harrisonburg
Dec 18 (Sun): Midlothian

TCG League Cups
To Be Announced

VG Premier Challenges
Dec 31 (Sat): Midlothian 1
Jan 28 (Sat): Midlothian 2
Feb 25 (Sat): Midlothian 3
Mar 25 (Sat): Midlothian 4

VG Midseason Showdowns
Jan 21 (Sat): Midlothian

Sun & Moon TCG Prereleases
Jan 21 (Sat): Abingdon
Jan 21 (Sat): Chantilly*
Jan 21 (Sat): Fredericksburg
Jan 21 (Sat): Hampton
Jan 21 (Sat): Newport News
Jan 21 (Sat): Roanoke
Jan 21 (Sat): Virginia Beach
Jan 21 (Sat): Waynesboro
Jan 22 (Sun): Fairfax*
Jan 28 (Sat): Falls Church
Jan 28 (Sat): Hampton
Jan 28 (Sat): Harrisonburg
Jan 28 (Sat): Sterling
Jan 28 (Sun): Virginia Beach*
Jan 28 (Sat): Yorktown
*PTO-run event

Regional Championships
Jan 14-15: Athens GA
May 6-7: Roanoke VA

International Championships
To Be Announced

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