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

  • Video Game Premier Challenge Rescheduled
    Due to the serious threat posed by inclement weather affecting Virginia's coastline, I regret that this Sunday's event at Hobbytown, USA, has been cancelled. Please consider joining us in Amelia, VA on October 11 for another opportunity to participate in a Premier Video Game Challenge.

    EDIT: I am very happy to announce that the Virginia Beach Premier Video Challenge (Sceptile Series) has been RESCHEDULED for Saturday, October 17 at 11 AM. Online registration is REQUIRED and OPEN here on Virginia Pokémon.
    Posted Oct 5, 2015, 9:00 AM by Tim Copeland
  • On to October
    After a busy September, full of eight TCG League Challenges and four VG Premier Challenges, we move into a few weeks of Autumn Regional Championships then BREAKthrough Prerelease events. League Challenges and Premier Challenges will continue for October, but TCG players may notice a shift toward more Standard format events. Historically, City Championships have started around Thanksgiving and ended after New Year's Day. While no dates or formats have been announced yet for Cities, it is anticipated that the early CCs, at least, will be Standard. Expanded format will return for Winter Regional Championships (including the Virginia Regional), probably in February.

    Autumn Regional Championships start October 3-4 with events in Houston, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona. The following weekend, October 10-11, there is one Regional in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The last weekend, October 17-18, Regionals are coming to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; San Jose, California; and Fort Wayne, Indiana. TCG Regionals use the Expanded format. VG players should note that the Vancouver event has no corresponding VG tournament.

    In addition to these out-of-state big events, TCG League Challenges are Sanctioned on Friday, October 2 in Gainesville and Vienna. VG players can register for the Premier Challenge on October 4 in Virginia Beach with the online form on Virginia Pokémon.

    Update: The League Challenge in Midlothian on Saturday, October 3, is cancelled due to inclement weather forecasts.

    Next weekend, a Premier Challenge is Sanctioned for October 11 in Amelia. This event also offers online registration on Virginia Pokémon
    Posted Oct 1, 2015, 3:23 PM by Tim Copeland
  • BREAKthrough approaching!

    XY - BREAKthrough
    , the next expansion set for the Pokémon TCG, is scheduled for release on November 4.  Several prerelease events, designed for players to be creative with the newest cards before they are released in stores, have been Sanctioned.

    Prerelease tournaments are casual events which are ideal for new players to learn how tournaments work, as well as for experienced players to get a jump start on collecting and practice with the cards.  Players receive 6 booster packs which are then used to build a 40-card deck, and play in a fun tournament.  Participants receive 2 additional booster packs at the conclusion of the event.

    From the set's press release: "Parallel Worlds: Two Paths to Power!

    An amazing discovery! Pokemon BREAK Evolution opens a new path to power that builds on a Pokemon’s existing strengths and creates all-new battling options! These new Pokemon BREAK come from twin worlds, home to Zoroark BREAK, Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Mewtwo Y.One world of technology, one world of nature, and all the wonders of BREAK Evolution are yours to explore in the Pokemon TCG: XY – BREAKthrough expansion!"

    Premier Tournament Organizer (PTO) David Tuskey has scheduled four events for BREAKthrough prereleases: Saturday, October 24 in Richmond; Sunday, October 25 in Norfolk; Saturday, October 31 in Fairfax; and Sunday, November 1 in Chantilly. PTO Marthe Honts has announced a prerelease event on Friday, October 30 in Fincastle.

    Online registration is offered (and highly recommended) for these events, to allow enough product to be delivered for each event. Unregistered players who wish to "walk-up" may be out of luck if supplies run short after all registered players are seated.

    Tournaments scheduled-

    League Challenge ChespinPremier Challenge Kickoff The schedule for TCG League Challenges and VG Premier Challenges has filled fast around the upcoming Autumn Regional Championships in October. Seven Premier Challenges are planned in September and October for the Sceptile Series of events. With the final League season of Sootopolis Gym beginning this week, at least six League Challenges are scheduled to complete previous seasons, with more in the Sootopolis Gym series to follow!

    This weekend, there are League Challenges in Hampton on Saturday, September 19; and Fairfax on Sunday, September 20. There are also two Premier Challenges, in Chantilly on Saturday, September 19; and Midlothian on Sunday, October 20.

    Next week, League Challenges are scheduled for Charlottesville on Thursday, October 24; Amelia on Saturday, September 26; and Virginia Beach on Sunday, September 27. Also, Premier Challenges are scheduled for Fairfax and Fincastle on September 27.

    Please check each event for details like TCG formats, entry fees, check-in times, and online registration! Virginia Pokémon reports information provided by pokemon.com and individual tournament organizers, and makes every effort to be right. Virginia Pokémon is not responsible for miscommunication caused by changes to events posted on pokemon.com by organizers. Please contact the tournament organizer directly for information not provided by pokemon.com.
    Posted Sep 28, 2015, 7:31 PM by Tim Copeland
  • Coming attractions; Shiftry banned
    Now that the Pokémon World Championships are concluded, TCG players can look forward to the Standard format rotation on September 1. Sets from XY and later, as well as Black Star promo cards XY1 and higher, will be legal for Standard format (XY-On). Expanded format will continue to be sets from Black & White and later, with promo cards BW1 and higher (BLW-On). XY - Ancient Origins becomes legal for Standard and Expanded format on September 2.

    With Ancient Origins (and in it, Forest of Giant Plants) becoming legal on September 2 for Standard and Expanded format, TPCi has banned Shiftry (NEX #72) from Expanded on September 1. Shifty with Forest of Giant Plants created a possible turn one win on a consistent basis, with only 2 cards that countered it, and those 2 could be played around. Read the announcement from pokemon.com

    Expanded format has been announced as the TCG format for both day 1 and day 2 of Regional Championship Series in the 2015-2016 tournament year. Fall Regionals details are beginning to appear; the closest is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on October 10 and 11.

    A League Challenge is scheduled for this Sunday, September 6 in Fincastle. Next weekend, League Challenges are set for Saturday, September 12 in Richmond, and Sunday, September 13 in Midlothian. League Challenges can be either Standard or Expanded format, so check event details for full information.

    VG Premier Challenge events are scheduled also beginning September 19 in Chantilly, with some details for the 2015-2016 cycle pending. Official details such as Select Online Events, Best Finish Limits, and Championship Point prizes have been confirmed, so stay tuned! Read the full details on pokemon.com.
    Posted Sep 8, 2015, 11:24 AM by Tim Copeland
  • The week before Worlds
    - Three League Challenges are Sanctioned for this weekend: Friday in Vienna, Saturday in Hampton, and Sunday in Fairfax. These TCG events will be the last held before the World Championships next weekend in Boston, Massachusetts. Virginia Pokemon expects more League Challenges to be announced soon, as the focus may shift to Expanded format in preparation for Fall Regionals.

    XY- Ancient Origins becomes legal for both Standard and Expanded format play on September 2, right on the heels of the 2015 rotation for Standard format.

    - The side event schedules for the 2015 Pokémon World Championships have been announced. Side events will be held for both TCG and VG players; TCG events will be in both Standard and Expanded formats in addition to XY- Ancient Origins booster drafts. The entire TCG side event schedule is here.

    VG players will also find events in a variety of formats including Singles, Double, Triples, and Multi battles. View the VG side event schedule here.

    In addition to the main event and side events, a huge side event is planned with Championship Points and other przes equal to a Regional Championship for both TCG and VG competitors using Standard format. Read more about the Boston Open.

    For those interested in watching the action from Boston from their favorite chair, the Live Streaming Schedule is also posted.
    Posted Aug 10, 2015, 8:56 PM by Tim Copeland
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League Challenges
Oct 16 (Fri): Vienna
Oct 17 (Sat): Richmond
Oct 17 (Sat): Hampton
Oct 18 (Sun): Amelia
Oct 18 (Sun): Norfolk
Oct 18 (Sun): Fairfax
Oct 22 (Thu): Midlothian
Oct 24 (Sat): Virginia Beach
Oct 25 (Sun): Midlothian
Oct 25 (Sun): Fairfax

Premier Challenge Alpha
Premier Challenges
Oct 11 (Sun): Amelia
Oct 17 (Sat): Virginia Beach
Oct 24 (Sat): Midlothian
Nov 8 (Sun): Fairfax
Nov 14 (Sat): Chantilly

BREAKthrough Prereleases
Oct 24 (Sat): Richmond
Oct 25 (Sun): Norfolk
Oct 30 (Fri): Fincastle
Oct 31 (Sat): Fairfax
Nov 1 (Sun): Chantilly

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None scheduled.

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