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

  • 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
  • New Leagues
    Four new Pokémon leagues have been located in Virginia.

    Pokémon Leagues are usually casual environments where fans and friends get together to trade cards, learn new deck-building ideas, and play games using decks they build. New players seeking to learn how to play and experienced players trying out new deck ideas all meet at leagues to have fun playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Video Game. At the league, promotional items are earned (as seen in the league history section) that can only be obtained through leagues.

    The Cave Pokémon Weekly meets at The Cave in Fairfax on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. This Video Game-Only league meets in a 24 hour video game and computer game venue. Tournaments will be coming! Because of its late hours and proximity to a college campus, The Cave Pokémon Weekly league expects to attract Master Division players.

    Island Games meets weekly at The Island Games in Centerville on Sundays from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Starting as a TCG-only league, the store sells video games as well as other TCGs from this retail location.

    The Tower Gym meets weekly at Tower of Games in Virginia Beach on Sundays from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The Tower Gym league supports both TCG and VG participation, and the host store sells TCG product as well as other game products. The Tower Gym league aims to train beginners with game basic rules and game play.

    Chesapeake Gym is hosted at the Chesapeake Public Library in Chesapeake on Tuesdays from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM. This league is just starting this week, and expects to attract a variety of casual players and Pokémon fans.
    Posted Sep 13, 2016, 2:40 PM by Tim Copeland
  • Big Play! Pokémon Changes on the Way for 2017
    The following article was posted on pokemon.com today.

    http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/big-play-pokemon-changes-on-the-way-for-2017/

    The staff here at Virginia Pokémon will assess this news and provide further commentary and schedule notes before the end of the month. (Some of us are going to the 2016 Pokémon World Championships in San Francisco, CA.) As we confer with the tournament organizers around Virginia and neighboring states, we should have a better idea what this means for our players, judges, and staff.
    Posted Aug 8, 2016, 11:58 AM by Tim Copeland
  • Steam Siege weekend in NoVA
    XY--Steam Siege expands to Northern Virginia this weekend with prerelease events in Chantilly on Saturday, and Fairfax on Sunday. On Saturday, July 30, The Fantastic Store in Chantilly hosts a prerelease event with check-in from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM. Online registration is offered for this event here, and the entry fee is $30.00.

    Pam and David Tuskey will be offering special door prizes for this event, purchased at Pokémon Center during David's trip to Japan last month. Prizes offered will be tied to the number of players attending the prerelease, with a minimum of 40 players needed for one of the plushies!

    More cool news regarding Saturday's prerelease: The folks at The Fantastic Store are looking to up their inventory of Pokémon to 1 million cards and you can help. Bring in your extra cards in Mint/Near Mint condition and receive 5 cents cash or 6 cents in store credit for each card (except Basic Energy cards). Use the cash option to offset your prerelease cost, or use the store credit to buy some cool stuff at The Fantastic Store.

    Additionally, a PokéSpot in the parking lot onsite (not quite accessible from inside the shop, unfortunately), will be Lured during registration and deck building for Pokémon GO players!

    The event on Sunday, July 31 is at Hobby Works in Fair City Mall, Fairfax. Check-in is 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM, with a $30.00 entry fee, and online registration is offered here.

    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!


    Posted Jul 25, 2016, 2:11 PM by Tim Copeland
  • 2017 Rotation, Cycle Dates Revealed
    While many Virginia Pokémon players were attending the largest ever Pokémon tournament (the 2016 U.S. National Championships in Columbus, OH), pokemon.com released the following news article on July 2, 2016. In addition to the anticipated rotations for Standard format (PRC-On) and Expanded format (BLW-On, no change), the article mentions that the 2016-2017 Play! Pokémon cycle begins on July 11, 2016. Players can start accumulating Championship Points for the 2017 Pokémon World Championships invitations as early as next Monday!

    "In the interest of maintaining a healthy tournament environment, Pokémon Organized Play begins each new tournament season by removing older expansions from Standard format competition. Each annual rotation challenges existing players to create new strategies while enabling new players to get involved in Play! Pokémon events with minimal investment.

    "The 2017 Play! Pokémon season starts on July 11, 2016, so players can start on earning their way toward the 2017 Pokémon World Championships. However, the format rotation will not occur until September 1, 2016. Importantly, this means that the 2016 Pokémon World Championships will use the 2016 format and rules as currently listed, rather than using the new Standard format for 2017. Be sure to check out our first analysis for what this means for current competitive play.

    "The Expanded format will remain unchanged for the 2017 season. This format will continue to be aggressively monitored to ensure fair gameplay balance, and individual cards may be banned periodically to maintain this balance. Consult the Pokémon TCG tournament regulations for the latest updates. Also, please note that Lysandre's Trump Card (XY—Phantom Forces, 99/119 and 118/119) and Shiftry (Black & White—Next Destinies, 72/99) will continue to be banned in the Expanded format for the 2017 season.

    "The Standard format for the 2017 season will consist of the following expansions:

    • XY—Primal Clash
    • Double Crisis
    • XY—Roaring Skies
    • XY—Ancient Origins
    • XY—BREAKthrough
    • XY—BREAKpoint
    • Generations
    • XY—Fates Collide
    • XY—Steam Siege
    • McDonald's Collection 2014
    • McDonald's Collection 2015
    • XY Trainer Kit—Latias and Latios
    • XY Trainer Kit—Pikachu Libre and Suicune
    • Black Star Promo Cards: XY36 and higher

    "Additional expansions become legal the third Friday after they are released in the United States.

    The Expanded Format for 2017

    "In 2017 we will not be removing older expansions from the Expanded format. Players should double-check what format is being used before deciding which deck to bring to their local events.

The Expanded format for the 2017 season will consist of the following expansions:

    • Black & White
    • Black & White—Emerging Powers
    • Black & White—Noble Victories
    • Black & White—Next Destinies
    • Black & White—Dark Explorers
    • Dragon Vault
    • Black & White—Dragons Exalted
    • Black & White—Boundaries Crossed
    • Black & White—Plasma Storm
    • Black & White—Plasma Freeze
    • Black & White—Plasma Blast
    • Black & White—Legendary Treasures
    • Black & White Trainer Kit
    • XY—Kalos Starter Set
    • XY
    • XY—Flashfire
    • XY—Furious Fists
    • XY—Phantom Forces
    • XY—Primal Clash
    • Double Crisis
    • XY—Roaring Skies
    • XY—Ancient Origins
    • XY—BREAKthrough
    • XY—BREAKpoint
    • Generations
    • XY—Fates Collide
    • XY—Steam Siege
    • McDonald's Collection 2011
    • McDonald's Collection 2012
    • McDonald's Collection 2013
    • McDonald's Collection 2014
    • McDonald's Collection 2015
    • XY Trainer Kit
    • XY Trainer Kit—Bisharp and Wigglytuff
    • XY Trainer Kit—Latias and Latios
    • XY Trainer Kit—Pikachu Libre and Suicune
    • Black Star Promo Cards: BW01 and higher, XY01 and higher.

    "Additional expansions become legal the third Friday after they are released in the United States."
    Posted Jul 8, 2016, 1:39 PM by Tim Copeland
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League Challenge
TCG League Challenges
Sep 30 (Fri): Amelia

Premier Challenge Alpha
VG Premier Challenges
Sep 30 (Fri): Vienna
Oct 8 (Sat): Chantilly

Prereleases
Oct 22 (Sat): Chantilly
Oct 22 (Sat): Fredericksburg
Oct 22 (Sat): Hampton 1
Oct 22 (Sat): Lynchburg
Oct 22 (Sat): Newport News
Oct 22 (Sat): Portsmouth
Oct 22 (Sat): Richmond 1 & 2
Oct 22 (Sat): Virginia Beach 1
Oct 23 (Sun): Fairfax
Oct 23 (Sun): Midlothian
Oct 23 (Sun): Norfolk
Oct 29 (Sat): Falls Church
Oct 29 (Sat): Hampton 2
Oct 29 (Sat): Richmond 3
Oct 29 (Sat): Roanoke
Oct 29 (Sat): Sterling
Oct 29 (Sat): Virginia Beach 2
Oct 29 (Sat): Yorktown
Oct 30 (Sun): Fincastle
Oct 30 (Sun): Harrisonburg

Regional Championships
May 6-7: Roanoke VA



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