2015 Pokémon World Championships Format Announced!

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The 2015 Pokémon World Championship Series has been announced! For this tournament all main event matches will be standard Double Battles played on Pokémon Omega Ruby and/or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Most Pokemon on the National Pokedex are permitted (including many Legendary Pokémon). Starting January 1, 2015 until the next update, the format, rules, and regulations for the 2015 Pokémon Video Game Play will be inducted for the 2015 Pokémon World Championships next August for 3 days in Boston, Massachusetts (USA).

Boston, via Google Maps

Boston, via Google Maps

Boston, Massachusetts is a North-East U.S. state and one of the North America’s biggest ports for many travelers. For this World Championship, these travelers are likely to be traveling Pokemon Trainers.

EVENT INFORMATION

The 2015 Pokémon Video Game World Championships will take place from
Friday, August 21, through Sunday, August 23, 2015. However this event is invitation-only. This means only players who earn an official invite from Pokémon Organized Play via Pokemon Global Link will be able to compete in the 2015 Pokémon World Championship. Don’t worry, those who do not receive an official invite from Pokémon Organized Play can compete in side events, watch the main event, and/or other Pokemon-related activities.

Tournament location:

    Hynes Convention Center
    900 Boylston Street
    Boston, MA 02115

PRIZES

More than $500,000 in scholarships, Travel Awards, and other prizes will be at stake! All players who have an Invitation will receive an exclusive Pokémon World Championships Welcome Kit. Players must be on site to receive this.

The top 16 finishers in each of the three age divisions receive the following scholarship awards:

1st: $10,000
2nd: $7,500
3rd and 4th: $5,000
5th–8th: $3,000
9th–16th: $1,500

1st and 2nd place also receive:

A Pokémon World Championships Trophy

A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered minors) to the 2016 World Championships

An invitation to the 2016 World Championships

Two boxes of the most current Pokémon TCG expansion

3rd and 4th place also receive:

A Pokémon World Championships Trophy

An invitation to the 2016 World Championships

Two boxes of the most current Pokémon TCG expansion

5th through 16th place also receive:

Two boxes of the most current Pokémon TCG expansion

*Play! Pokémon VG Tournament Rules & Formats
(Revised December 4, 2014)

RULE HIGHLIGHTS

Technical Issues
Over the course of a tournament, a player’s game connection may become disrupted in a number of ways.
Single Frozen Game State
If one player’s game system is stuck in an unfixable frozen game state, the player whose game system is frozen will receive a game loss.
Double Frozen Game State
If both players’ game systems are stuck in an unfixable frozen game state and it cannot be determined which player’s game or system is responsible for the frozen state, both players will receive a tie for that game.
Game State Disruption
Players should attempt to fix any game disruption by checking their 3DS systems and making sure they are aligned properly. If issues persist, contact a judge for immediate assistance. If consistent disruptions are determined to be due to actions on the part of a player, the judge may issue an appropriate penalty as outlined in the Pokémon Penalty Guidelines.

Match Resolution
A player wins by making his or her opponent’s final Pokémon faint.
*If a player’s final Pokémon used Selfdestruct, Explosion, Destiny Bond, or Final Gambit, and both players’ final Pokémon faint as a result, the player who used the move loses that game.
*If a player’s final Pokémon used Double‐Edge, Volt Tackle, Flare Blitz, Take Down, Submission, Brave Bird, Wood Hammer, Head Smash, Struggle, Head Charge, or Wild Charge, or was holding Life Orb, and both players’ final Pokémon faint as a result, the player who used the move wins that game.
*If both players’ final Pokémon faint due to a weather condition, such as Hail or Sandstorm, the player whose Pokémon faints last wins the game. This includes the effects of Perish Song.
*If a Pokémon’s Ability (such as Rough Skin, Aftermath, Liquid Ooze, or Iron Barbs) or held item (such as Rocky Helmet) results in both players’ final Pokémon fainting, the player whose Pokémon had the Ability or held item wins the game.

Determining the Outcome of a Best-of-Three Match
Use the following criteria, in order, to determine the outcome of a match that is unresolved after any given game has ended. After one of the criteria has been met, none of the others are applied.
GAME 1:
*The players proceed to game 2.
GAME 2:
*If the winner of game 2 also won game 1, that player wins the match. If the winner of game 2 did not win game 1, players proceed to game 3.
GAME 3:
*The winner of game 3 wins the match.

Standard Team Construction Rules
When building a team for a Play! Pokémon tournament, all players must adhere to these standard construction rules.
*A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same Pokédex number.
*Each Pokémon on a player’s team can hold an item, though no two Pokémon may hold the same item.
*A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same nickname.
*A player’s team cannot contain a Pokémon nicknamed with the name of another Pokémon (for example, an Unfezant named “Pidove”).
*Pokémon may only use moves that have been learned through one of the following methods:
o By leveling up
o By TM or HM
o As an Egg Move, through breeding
o From a character in the game
o A move already known by a Pokémon received at an official Pokémon event or promotion

BANNED Pokemon are as follows:
*Pokemon not hatched or caught in ORAS
o 150 – Mewtwo
o 151 – Mew
o 249 – Lugia
o 250 – Ho-Oh
o 251 – Celebi
o 382 – Kyogre
o 383 – Groudon
o 384 – Rayquaza
o 385 – Jirachi
o 386 – Deoxys
o 483 – Dialga
o 484 – Palkia
o 487 – Giratina
o 489 – Phione
o 490 – Manaphy
o 491 – Darkrai
o 492 – Shaymin
o 493 – Arceus
o 494 – Victini
o 643 – Reshiram
o 644 – Zekrom
o 646 – Kyurem
o 647 – Keldeo
o 648 – Meloetta
o 649 – Genesect
o 716 – Xerneas
o 717 – Yveltal
o 718 – Zygarde
o 719 – Diancie

Source: PGL: New Video Game Competition Format Announcement!
Source: VG World Champ. FAQ


Categorized under: Events, Global Link, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (ORAS), Pokémon News, Tournaments
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2 Responses to “2015 Pokémon World Championships Format Announced!”

  1. shadowlink13 says:

    is there any way for me to get an invitation?

  2. Anon says:

    So is there a way to find out if you’re pokemon was caught in oras, because i can’t remember if I got some of my pokemon from oras or x and y

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