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

  • 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
  • TCG Expansions Legal on Third Fridays
    Posted on June 7, 2016 on pokemon.com:

    The latest Pokémon TCG expansion will be allowed at the 2016 Pokémon TCG World Championships in August.

    Top players will get a chance to build winning strategies with the latest Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion after a change to the rules and regulations regarding eligible expansions at Pokémon TCG tournaments. Now, each expansion will be permitted for use in competitions starting on the third Friday after its US release date. The Pokémon TCG: XY—Steam Siege expansion launches August 3, 2016, so under the new regulations, it will be eligible for play at the 2016 Pokémon TCG World Championships, which begin Friday, August 19. Look forward to seeing how the top players build their decks and adapt to the latest challenges that arise in XY—Steam Siege!
    Posted Jul 6, 2016, 2:59 PM by Tim Copeland
  • Prizes Announced for 2016 Nationals, Worlds
    Pokemon.com announced on its website that Top 8 players have a choice in how their prizes are awarded for TCG and VG National Championships as well as TCG and VG World Championships. Top 8 players age 18 years or more may choose between a cash award or a scholarship, and Top 8 players under 18 may choose between a Travel Certificate or a scholarship. Players finishing below the Top 8 that earn prizes will receive cash (18 and older) or a Travel Certificate (under 18).

    TCG Nationals Top 64 competitors win $500, Top 32 $750, and Top 16 $1,000 in cash or Travel Certificates based on the age of the player. TCG Nationals Top 8 Quarterfinalists win $1,500; 3rd and 4th Place Semifinalists win $2,500; 2nd Place Finalists win $5,000; and the 1st Place Champions win $10,000 in their choices of scholarships, or cash (18 and older), or Travel Certificates (under 18).

    VG Nationals Top 16 competitors win $500 in cash (18 or older) or Travel Certificates (under 18). VG Nationals Top 8 Quarterfinalists win $750; 3rd and 4th Place Semifinalists win $1,500; 2nd Place Finalists win $2,500; and 1st Place Champions win $5,000 in their choices of scholarships, or cash (18 and over), or Travel Certificates (under 18).

    TCG Worlds Top 32 competitors win $1,500 and Top 16 win $2,500 in cash (18 or older) or Travel Certificates (under 18). Top 8 Semifinalists win $5,000; 3rd and 4th Place Semifinalists win $7,500; 2nd Place Finalists win $15,000; and 1st Place Champions win $25,000 in their choices of scholarships, or cash (18 and over), or Travel Certificates (under 18).

    VG Worlds Top 16 competitors win $1,500 in cash (18 and over) or Travel Certificates (under 18). VG Worlds Top 8 Quarterfinalists win $3,000; 3rd and 4th Place Semifinalists win $5,000; 2nd Place Finalists win $7,500; and 1st Place Champions win $10,000 in their choices of scholarships, cash (18 and over), or Travel Certificates (under 18).

    See the full articles for National Championships prizing and World Championships prizing. The 2016 US National Championships will be held in Columbus, Ohio from July 1-3. The 2016 World Championships will be held in San Francisco, California from August 19-21.
    Posted May 27, 2016, 9:50 PM by Tim Copeland
  • Competitive Women in Pokémon TCG
    A new article was posted on May 6 on the womenwriteabout comics.com website, titled "Competitive Women in Pokémon the Trading Card Game" by K. Bey. The article features comments made by several players at the Virginia State Championships in April, including Premier Tournament Organizer Marthe Honts and top Junior division player Georgia H.

    See the article here: http://womenwriteaboutcomics.com/2016/05/06/women-competitive-pokemon-tcg/#prettyPhoto.
    Posted May 9, 2016, 10:31 AM by Tim Copeland
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Steam Siege Prereleases
Jul 30 (Sat): Chantilly *
Jul 30 (Sat): Fredericksburg
Jul 30 (Sat): Lynchburg *
Jul 30 (Sat): Roanoke
Jul 30 (Sat): Yorktown
Jul 31 (Sun): Fairfax *
Jul 31 (Sun): Charlottesville

* PTO-organized event

League Challenge
TCG League Challenges
Jul 30 (Sat): Virginia Beach

Premier Challenge Alpha
VG Premier Challenges
None scheduled.




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