Pokemon World Championships 2013 Vancouver Event Guide

Dec 19 2017, 7:57 am

For those that were kids and teenagers during the late-1990s, this is an event that probably needs little explanation. The Ash Ketchum’s and Pikachu’s of the world are coming to town; the Pokemon World Championships 2013 is coming to Vancouver from August 9 to 11There is much to do over this 3-day weekend event: it is FREE for spectators to attend!

Date: Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 11, 2013*
Location: East Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre (inside Canada Place)
Admission: FREE for spectators!*

*The recommended days for public spectators to visit the Pokemon World Championship at the Vancouver Convention Centre are SATURDAY and SUNDAY.

The Competition

Hundreds of elite players from over 25 countries compete in the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) World Championship every year since it first began in 2004. The competition is a 3-day event and will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This will be the first time the Championship will be held outside of the United States.

Although free for the public to attend, the invitation-only Championship is “the ultimate test of a player’s Pokémon TCG skills, strategy, and creativity. Champions are awarded the most prestigious title in the Play! Pokémon championship series: Pokémon TCG World Champion!”. At the 2012 competition in Hawaii, in addition to taking home a trophy the winners won a combined $100,000 in scholarships.

Don’t have an invite? Not to worry. On Friday, August 9, you’ll be able to play in a Last Chance Qualifier against other players from all over the world to earn yourself a place among the elite.

For Spectators

Not entering? The event is FREE for spectators with much to do. Even if you’re not competing in this year’s championship, you can still be a part of all the action at the Vancouver Convention Centre!

Game Freak and Pokémon Company personnel do autograph signings every year, a merchandise store will be selling exclusive Pokémon goods that will only ever be available that weekend, an exclusive event Pokémon will be available to download, events and activities will be running all weekend long, and of course this is the perfect place to bust out your Pokémon cosplay! The finals will be broadcast on giant screens just before the Closing Ceremonies so be sure to watch!

Nintendo’s Pokémon, a world of numerous species of “Pocket Monsters” where “Pokémon Masters” catch and train as many monsters as they can for battle, was at its peak a global children’s phenomenon during the late-1990s and early-2000s. With its iconic animated television show, movies, musicals, video games, toys, and the all-popular trading card game (even to this day), it has left a significant worldwide pop culture footprint. The TCG World Championship is one of the franchise’s most enduring legacies.


*The recommended days for public spectators to visit the Pokemon World Championship at the Vancouver Convention Centre are SATURDAY and SUNDAY.

Last Chance Qualifier Registration (TCG & VG – All Divisions): 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
LCQ Player’s Meeting (TCG & VG – All Divisions): 9:30 AM
Information Desk: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Competitor Check-in: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Retail Store (Checked-in Players Only – it is NOT open to the public on Friday): 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Information Desk: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Late Competitor Check-in: 8:00 AM
Opening Ceremony: 9:00 AM
Retail Store: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Player’s Meeting (TCG & VG): 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Creative Center: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Side Tournaments: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
League: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Competitor Check-in (TCG & VG): 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
TCG Finals Start: 9:00 AM
Prerelease Tournaments: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Creative Center: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Side Tournaments: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
League: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Retail Store: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
VG Finals Start: 3:30 PM?
Closing Ceremony: 5:00 PM

Other Information

RULES – Trading Card Game
Usual standard format (Modified): Your 60 card deck must only use cards printed from the Black & White set or later. Cards from previous sets that have the exact same name and effect text as a card from a current set may be used.

RULES – Video Game
Usual standard format (Modified):

• All matches are played in Doubles format
• Pokemon above Level 50 will be brought down to 50 for the match while those below 50 will stay as-is
• Players choose 4 of their 6 registered Pokemon after team preview
• Species Clause and Items Clause are in effect
• Pokemon ineligible for Battle Subway are banned
• Dark Void and Sky Drop are banned
• Soul Dew is banned
• You must use Pokémon Black Version 2 or Pokémon White Version 2

Depending on your age, you’ll be placed into one of three age divisions to play in

Junior Division: Born in 2002 or later
Senior Division: Born in 1998, 1999, 2000, or 2001
Masters Division: Born in 1997 or earlier

Trading Card Game: http://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/championship-series/tcg-world-championships/
Video Game: http://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/championship-series/vg-world-championships/

RESOURCES – Trading Card Game
Media: http://thetopcut.net/
Articles: http://sixprizes.com/
News: http://pokebeach.com/
News: http://pokegym.net/
Data: http://pkmncards.com/

RESOURCES – Video Game
News, Articles, Media: http://nuggetbridge.com/
Data: http://veekun.com/
Data: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Main_Page

For more information on the 2013 Pokémon World Championships at Vancouver, click here for the full competitor information packet. Also visit the official Vancouver 2013 website here.

Photo: “See You In Vancouver” during the Hawaii 2012 Championship Closing Ceremony.

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