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.

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  • Last chance for CP before Worlds
    The 2015 Pokémon World Championship Series approach! The tournaments will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston Massachusetts from August 21 to August 23.

    Virginia Pokémon players who wish to qualify for the TCG World Championships need to earn enough Championship Points to be invited. Masters need 300 CP, Seniors need 250 CP, and Juniors need 200 CP.

    Currently, Yuto M. leads Virginia Juniors with 549 CP. Four other Virginia Juniors have also qualified for Worlds so far, including Alex Y. (405), Shawn C. (370), Davis N. (385), and Ethan C. (211). Among Seniors, Alex Smetana (610 CP) and Jonathan Croxton (564) have qualified to date. In the highly competetive Masters division, eight players have qualified, led by Russell LaParre with 484 CP. Other Masters include Jimmy Pendarvis (462), Henry Ross-Clunis (459), Jimmy McClure (449), Arron Sanyer (332), Carter Copeland (314), Alex Croxton (302), and Nate Blevins (300).

    For the VG World Championships, Masters and Seniors need to have earned CP to place in the Top 40 in their age division in US and Canada. Juniors need to be in the Top 24 in US and Canada. In the Masters division, Virginia's two-time National Champion, Wolfe Glick, is currently in first place in US and Canada, with a massive 526 CP total.

    In most cases, the cut-off for earning CP is right after the US National Championship Series, held in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Indiana Convention Center from July 3 to July 5. Championship Points earned after that event will count towards the 2016 Worlds invitation.

    Before the cut-off, there is the US National Championships in Indiana in 3 weeks, and local League Challenges here in Virginia.

    Coming this weekend, there are League Challenges sanctioned on Friday, June 19, in Amelia; and on Sunday, June 21, in Fincastle and in Virginia Beach.

    Next weekend, there are League Challenges on Saturday, June 27, in Midlothian; and on Sunday, June 28, in Hopewell.

    After that, Nationals are the last chance. Pokémon has announced there will be no Last Chance Qualifier held at Worlds in August.

    Nationals travel awards and stipends

    After the Spring Regional Championships, the Championship Point rankings will award Travel Awards and Stipends for top players in the US and Canada rating zone to the 2015 US National Championships with the following distribution (per age division):

    1st–16th: Travel Award and a $300 Stipend
    17th–32nd: $1,000 Travel Stipend
    33rd–64th: $750 Travel Stipend
    65th-100th: $500 Travel Stipend (TCG only)

    Travel awards cover air transportation to US Nationals plus hotel accommodations.

    Virginia Pokémon estimates that Virginia players earned a lot of Travel Awards and Stipends!

    TCG JRs: Yuto (31) $1000, Alex (59) $750, Davis (62) $750, Shawn (67) $500 = $3000
    TCG SRs: Alex (24) $1000, Jonathan (31) $1000 = $2000
    TCG MAs: Russell (26) $1000, Jimmy P (33) $750, Henry (36) $750, Jimmy M (42) $750 = $3250
    TCG subtotal: = $8250

    VG JRs: Georgia H (36) $750, unidentified (52) $750, Tristan S (63) $750 = $2250
    VG SRs: Joseph C (51) $750 = $750
    VG MAs: Wolfe (1) TA & $300 = TA + $300
    VG subtotal: TA + $2550

    Virginia TCG & VG total: 1 Travel Award + $11,550

    Update: Travel Awards and Stipends

    Official results have been posted by pokemon.com for Travel Awards and Stipends. Congratulations!
    Posted Jun 17, 2015, 9:39 AM by Tim Copeland
  • Spring Regionals end, Summer begins
    Spring Regionals have ended, and the next big tournament for Virginia players is the US National Championship Series, in Indianapolis, IN on July 3-5. Travel awards and stipends for Nationals will be calculated on June 12, so players have one more weekend to earn Championship Points. Players need Play! Points to qualify to participate at Nationals. For TCG, Juniors and Seniors need 5 Play! Points, Masters need 10. For VG, Juniors and Seniors need 1 Play! Points, Masters need 5.

    This weekend marks the end of VG Premier Challenges, with the last on Sunday, June 7 in Midlothian. A TCG League Challenge is also scheduled on Sunday at Time Capsule in Hopewell.

    Next weekend, League Challenges are set for Saturday, June 13 at Collector's Heaven in Richmond, and on Sunday, June 14 at Atlantis Comics and Games in Norfolk.

    No Trump

    Lysandre's Trump Card is banned from Sanctioned TCG play, effective June 15. Read the full story on pokemon.com, just click the link.

    Update: Southeast Regional Championships

    TCG Juniors: In the 44-player division, Virginia players included Anthony C. (9th), Alex Y. (20th), and Davis N. (26th).

    TCG Seniors: Of 54 players, Jonathan Croxton of Charlottesville was 4th seed in Top 8, and finished as the Winner! Croxton, age 14, was a Finalist in Juniors at the 2012 World Championship in Hawaii. Virginian Shawn C. finished 21st.

    TCG Masters: 246 players competed. Arron Sanyer of Woodbridge qualified for Top 8, and finished 3rd. Carter Copeland of Midlothian also qualified for Top 8, finishing 6th. Other Virginians in the Top 32 were Alex Croxton (9th), Christian Ortiz (25th), and Rahul Reddy (30th). Also finishing the event were Chris T. (49th), and Johnny R. (64th).

    VG Masters: Of the 255 players competing in the division, Karl Concepcion of Oakton qualified for Top 8, finishing 8th. Other Virginians completing the event were Eric B. (44th), Jose B. (57th), Yan R. (97th), and Josh G. (196th).
    Posted Jun 15, 2015, 1:03 PM by Tim Copeland
  • One week down...
    Spring Regional Championships have begun, with the first weekend of competitions done.

    Pokemon TCG Regional Championships and VG Regional Championships were completed on May 16-17 in Seattle, Washington; Sturbridge, Massachusetts; and Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

    This weekend, May 23-24, Regionals will be held in Overland Park, Kansas; and Salt Lake City, Utah.

    The Spring Regional Championships series conclude next weekend, May 30-31, with events in Athens, Georgia; Madison, Wisconsin; and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Virginia players often compete in Georgia for these big events, and Virginia Pokemon hopes to provide news. Roaring Skies becomes legal for Standard and Expanded format on May 27, so the Georgia Regional promises to be extra exciting!

    As we move into the Spring Regionals, local organizers will begin adding more League Challenges. Check back for weekly news updates!

    New England Regional update:

    Juniors TCG : Yuto Matsuki of Fairfax qualified for the Top 8, and finished 6th. Quinn T. of Waynesboro finished 16th.

    Seniors TCG: Jon Eng of Washington, DC and Alex Smetana of Richmond qualified for Top 8, Eng finished 2nd, Smetana 4th.

    Masters TCG: Russell LaParrre of Norfolk qualified for Top 8, and finished 4th. Johnny Rabus of Chesterfield finished 10th. Stephan B. was 72nd.
    Posted May 18, 2015, 4:42 PM by Tim Copeland
  • Two to go
    The end of the Premier Challenge Omega cycle draws near. There are two local Sanctioned Video Game events left before summer, in addition to the remaining Spring Regional Championships being held around the country this month.

    Participants at Premier Challenges earn VG Play! Points, needed to qualify for competition at the Pokemon VG National Championships held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 3-5, 2015. Master division players need 5 Play! Points, Seniors and Juniors need just 1 Play! Point.

    Top finishers in each Premier or higher event win Championship Points in addition to other prizes. The Top 40 Masters, 40 Seniors, and 24 Juniors in the United States and Canada will be invited to participate in the Pokemon VG World Championships at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts on August 21-23, 2015. Invitations will be finalized July 13, 2015.

    Currently in the Juniors division, a Virginian is in the Top 30. In the Seriors, three Virginia VG players are in the Top 70. In Masters, two Virginians are in the Top 100, but only Wolfe Glick of McLean (#2 in North America) is on track to earn an invite to the Pokemon VG World Championships. 

    The first of the remaining VG events is on Saturday, May 23 at the James L Hamner Library in Amelia. Registration will open from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM, with a supplies fee of $5.00 for each competitor. The event organizer is David Tuskey, Virginia's Premier Tournament Organizer. 

    The last event in Virginia for the cycle is on Sunday, June 7, at Richmond Comix in Midlothian. Doors open and registration starts from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, with a $5.00 registration fee for each competitor. This event is organized by Gabriella Maria Ochoa Perez.
    Posted May 18, 2015, 7:19 PM by Ken Yung
  • Roaring into May
    Prereleases for the Roaring Skies expansion continue this weekend, with two flights scheduled for Fairfax at Hobby Works on Saturday, May 2 at 11:00 AM and 2:45 PM. Preregistration is offered for these events, because space is limited and usually fills up. Players in flight 1 may participate in flight 2 if space is available, for an additional entry fee, but a second promotional card will not be offered.

    The fun continues on Sunday, May 3 at 11:00 AM, at The Fantastic Store in Chantilly. We are excited to host our first Premier TCG event at this location! Roaring Skies officially goes on sale in stores on Wednesday, May 6, but locations with prerelease events get a "sneak peek" with a discount off retail price. For the $30 entry fee, participants get six booster packs to open and construct a 40 card deck (additional basic Energy cards provided). Participants play short 4-prize games, and get to learn about the new cards. On completion, players returning the basic Energy cards get two additional booster packs of Roaring Skies! Come out for for a few hours of fun and take home your new cards!

    Two League Challenges are scheduled for TCG players this weekend, on Saturday at 5:00 PM in Richmond at Collector's Heaven, and on Sunday at 12:00 PM in Virginia Beach at Hobbytown USA. (Players may preregister for Richmond by calling the store during business hours, 804-673-1127). Also, video game players can compete in a Premier Challenge on Sunday at 12:00 PM in Midlothian at Richmond Comix. Click the links for additional details for each event.

    Next weekend, a Premier Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 in Chantilly, and a League Challenge is set for Sunday, May 10 in Hopewell. Preregistration is offered for the VG event in Chantilly, click here!

    Spring Regional Championships return in May. Events are scheduled on May 16-17 for Seattle, Washington; Sturbridge, Massachusetts; and Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The following weekend, May 23-24, Regionals will be held in Overland Park, Kansas; and Salt Lake City, Utah. The Spring Regional Championships series conclude on May 30-31, with events in Athens, Georgia; Madison, Wisconsin; and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

    Virginia players often compete in Massachusetts and Georgia for these big events, and Virginia Pokemon hopes to provide news. Roaring Skies becomes legal for Standard and Expanded format on May 27, so the Georgia Regional promises to be extra exciting! Check back for weekly news updates!
    Posted Apr 28, 2015, 9:47 AM by Tim Copeland
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