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

  • Obsession Is the Ultimate Skill
    "To adult eyes, the obsession may seem pointless or excessive. How will exhaustive knowledge about Pokémon ever advance a child’s prospects? But the important part is not that the child is learning about Pokémon per se, but the fact that the child, by following his bliss (to use Joseph Campbell’s phrase), is learning how to immerse himself in something." -by Dan Sanchez,
    reprinted from https://fee.org/articles/obsession-is-the-ultimate-skill/.
    Posted Sep 18, 2017, 10:19 PM by Tim Copeland
  • Blue Ridge Regionals 2018 Announcement
    The 2018 Pokémon Regional Championships schedule has been announced on pokemon.com for North America and Europe, with Latin America and Oceania events to follow. Among the events listed is the return of the Blue Ridge Regionals in Virginia! This year’s event will be held on May 26-27, 2018, at the Berglund Special Event Center in Roanoke, VA.

    The Blue Ridge Regional TCG Championship this year will feature an Expanded format main event, which seems to be part of a regionals pattern of combining Standard format with Expanded format TCG events. As the date approaches, expect to see updates both here on Virginia Pokémon and on the Blue Ridge Regionals web site, http://www.blueridgepokemon.com.
    Posted Jul 26, 2017, 10:00 AM by Tim Copeland
  • Expanded Ban List Changes
    As warned, adjustments will be made to the Expanded format following the release of the Sun & Moon--Burning Shadows expansion scheduled for August 4. No changes are announced to the Standard format at this time. Effective August 18, three changes will be made to the banned list for the Expanded format "in order to maintain a fun and healthy play environment." The reasoning for each of these changes is below:

    Archeops (Black & White—Noble Victories, 67/101; Black & White—Dark Explorers, 110/108)

    "The existence of Archeops's Ancient Power Ability has a very negative effect on decks that rely on evolved Pokémon. There are ways to combat it—Hex Maniac, Evosoda, or Wobbuffet are a few examples—but decks that focus on evolved Pokémon are forced to use these cards just to evolve their Pokémon. The combination of Maxie's Hidden Ball Trick with Archeops can stop Evolution before the opponent ever gets a chance to evolve their Pokémon, which limits the number of viable strategies. Removing a different part of the combo (Maxie's Hidden Ball Trick or Battle Compressor was also considered, but banning Archeops impacted existing strategies the least, so that was the route that made the most sense."

    Forest of Giant Plants (XY—Ancient Origins, 74/98)

    "The Forest of Giant Plants Stadium card enables many dangerous strategies with Grass-type Pokémon in the Expanded format. These strategies can range from locking down the opponent's options to winning the game on the first turn, and all of them can happen before the opponent ever gets a chance to play. No single strategy was powerful enough to ban this Stadium card, but so many of them existing at the same time gave sufficient cause to ban it."

    Shiftry (Black & White—Next Destinies, 72/99)

    "Shiftry was banned from the Expanded format because of an unhealthy combo with Forest of Giant Plants. Since that card is now banned, Shiftry has been reinstated into the Expanded format."

    Tournament results will continue to be analyzed by Pokémon Organized Play. In particular, the Expanded format will be aggressively monitored because there are so many cards and potential combinations available to players.

    Major portions of the above article were posted on pokemon.com on August 20, 2017 at http://www.pokemon.com/us/sun-moon-burning-shadows-banned-list-and-rule-changes-quarterly-announcement/.
    Posted Jul 24, 2017, 6:28 AM by Tim Copeland
  • Sun & Moon--Burning Shadows prereleases preview
    An Early Look at Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows


    Battle in an upcoming Pokémon TCG Prerelease tournament for a hands-on experience with the new expansion before it launches.

    See what new cards are ready to emerge from the shadows when you battle in Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows expansion Prerelease tournaments! These exciting events give players the chance to build decks and battle with the latest cards before they launch. And Prerelease tournaments are casual fun for everyone, even if you've never battled in a live Pokémon competition.

    The Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows expansion launches August 4, and it's packed with awesome new cards that could shape your strategies for a long time. Get ready for powerful Pokémon-GX such as Necrozma-GX, Marshadow-GX, and Tapu Fini-GX, plus many other great Pokémon and Trainer cards. The Prerelease tournaments for this expansion will take place at game stores near you over the two weekends before launch, July 22–23 and 29–30. With Prerelease tournaments, you'll be among the first to experience some of the awesome cards that the new expansion has to offer.

    All the promo cards are very cool—they're from the new expansion, with different illustrations and a special foil stamp that marks them as Prerelease promo cards. The one you get will also work well with your Evolution pack, so you can quickly add it to your deck. Check out the four promo cards available at Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows Prerelease tournaments!

    Seviper

    Seviper is a Psychic-type Pokémon you can really sink your teeth into. This Basic Pokémon's Venomous Fang attack does 30 damage and leaves its target Poisoned. The attack becomes even more toxic due to Seviper's More Poison Ability, which adds an extra damage counter to all your opponent's Poisoned Pokémon between turns. It can be especially tricky to retreat your Pokémon in Prerelease tournaments without a wide variety of Trainer cards such as Switch or Float Stone available, which makes Special Conditions (such as Poisoned) even more effective. Whether you add Seviper to a Psychic-type deck or have other ways to leave your opponent's Pokémon Poisoned, Seviper can be a great card to build a whole deck around.

    Crabominable

    The Stage 1 Crabominable can wallop your opponent's Active Pokémon in two hard-hitting ways. For only one Fighting Energy, you can deliver 80 damage with its Gutsy Hammer attack. But watch out, because if Crabominable has already taken damage, Gutsy Hammer makes it worse! Then, give your target the boot with Double Stomp, an attack that can do up to 160 damage! That's enough to take out almost any Pokémon that's not a Pokémon-GX.

    Zygarde

    Pokémon like Zygarde are always great in Prerelease decks. It's a Basic Pokémon with plenty of HP, and its Land Crush attack uses only Colorless Energy, so it's easy to slip into any deck. If you can build a deck that can provide the Energy requirements of Zygarde's Core Enforcer attack, you'll be able to hit for a massive 150 damage—enough to take out any other Zygarde in one shot!

    Bewear

    The decks built for Prerelease tournaments include only 40 cards, so attacks that deplete your opponent's deck (like Bewear's Mix-Up) are all the more valuable. If your opponent can't draw a card at the beginning of their turn, you win—and it's easier to make that happen when the decks have 40 cards instead of 60! Bewear can also go on the offensive with its Tantrum attack, which does 120 damage but leaves Bewear Confused.

    No matter which Evolution pack and promo card you get, you should have a solid foundation to start a fun deck. Who knows? Maybe you'll be able to adapt this deck into a successful 60-card deck for play at future Pokémon TCG competitions!

    Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows Prerelease tournaments take place July 22–23 and 29–30, prior to the launch of the expansion on August 4. You can find a Pokémon TCG Prerelease tournament near you using our event locator.

    If you're new to Pokémon TCG Prerelease tournaments, or you haven't competed in one in a while, check out our article on how these fun tournaments work.

    Have fun getting an early start on building and battling with new cards from the Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows collection!

    The above article was originally posted on pokemon.com on July 17, 2017 at http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/an-early-look-at-sun-moon-burning-shadows/
    Posted Jul 18, 2017, 8:30 PM by Tim Copeland
  • 2018 Rotation Announced
    Pokémon Organized Play will rotate some older expansions from TCG Standard format after the World Championships. The current Championship Series season, which began on July 10, will continue to use the 2017 Standard format and rules (Primal Clash-on) until September 1, 2017. The new 2018 format will be BREAKthrough-on, including Black Star promo cards XY-67 and up, XY Trainer Kit--Pikachu Libre and Suicune, and McDonald's Collection 2016, plus later releases for each of those products.

    As the effective date of the format change is September 1, the Regional Championships in Liverpool, England on July 29-30 and the 2017 Pokémon World Championships in Anaheim, CA on August 18-21 will not use the new format.

    New expansions become legal for tournament play on the third Friday of the month they are released, and will be added to both Standard format and Expanded format at that time.

    Expanded format has no changes announced at this time, but is aggressively monitored to ensure fair gameplay balance. Also, Shifty (NEX 72) and Lysandre's Trump Card will continue to be banned from the format, and other cards may be added to the banned cards. Subscribe to Virginia Pokemon News and Website Updates for automatic notifications.
    Posted Jul 19, 2017, 6:50 AM by Tim Copeland
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TCG League Challenges
Sep 23 (Sat): Chantilly

VG Premier Challenges
Sep 24 (Sun): Fincastle

TCG League Cups
Sep 30 (Sat): Midlothian
Oct 7 (Sat): Hampton
Oct 14 (Sat): Portsmouth
Oct 28 (Sat): Harrisonburg
Oct 28 (Sat): Norfolk

TCG Prereleases
Oct 21 (Sat): Chantilly
Oct 21 (Sat): Fredericksburg
Oct 21 (Sat): Hampton
Oct 21 (Sat): Newport News
Oct 21 (Sat): Portsmouth
Oct 21 (Sat): Richmond
Oct 21 (Sat): Virginia Beach
Oct 21 (Sat): Yorktown
Oct 22 (Sun): Fairfax
Oct 22 (Sun): Harrisonburg
Oct 22 (Sun): Norfolk
Oct 28 (Sat): Hampton
Oct 28 (Sat): Newport News
Oct 28 (Sat): Roanoke
Oct 28 (Sat): Winchester
Oct 29 (Sun): Centreville
Oct 29 (Sun): Charlottesville
Oct 29 (Sun): Virginia Beach

Regional Championships
May 26-27: Roanoke VA

VG Midseason Showdowns
To Be Announced

All Tier 2 Events
Regional Championships
North America
Sep 30-Oct 1: Hartford CT
Oct 7-8: Daytona Beach FL
Oct 14-15: Richmond BC, Canada
Nov 25-26: San Jose CA
Dec 16-17: Memphis TN
Jan 27-28: Dallas TX
Feb 17-18: Collinsville IL
Mar 3-4: Costa Mesa CA
Mar 17-18: Charlotte NC
Mar 24-25: Portland OR
May 5-6: Salt Lake City UT
May 12-13: Toronto ON, Canada
May 26-27: Roanoke VA
Jun 2-3: Madison WI

Europe
Jan 13-14: Leipzig, Germany
Feb 17-18: Malmö, Sweden
Apr 14-15: Sindelfingen, Germany
Jun 16-17: Sheffield, UK

Special Events
Europe
Sep 30-Oct 1: Bilbao, Spain
Dec 16-17: Turin, Italy
Mar 17-18: Prague, Czech Republic
May 19-20: Tours, France

International Championships
Nov 17-19: London, UK
Feb: Australia
Apr: Brazil
TBA: USA

2018 World Championships
TBA: Nashville TN, USA

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