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Pokemon Tournament DX "True Sheer Cold" Group Match announced

Knocked out cold

Pokemon Tournament DX has its next Group Match coming up. This will be the "True Sheer Cold" Group Match, and you can get details on it below.

- running from June 3rd to 5th, 2019
- Team Battle competition, once again on a Fixed Battle Arena
- participating in this brings a special title reward based on Suicune
- if you place highly, you'll get other titles based on your placement
- if you already received the title from the last time it ran, you will not receive it again

Pokken Tournament DX 'Infinite Eclipse' group match now live, 'True Sheer Cold' group match coming May 17th, 2019

One live now, one coming later this month

As usual, we have a breakdown of the current Group Match available in Pokken Tournament DX, as well as info on the next Group Match to follow. Check out those details below.

"Infinite Eclipse" Group Match

- runs from May 3rd through May 5th
- Basic Battle competition on a Fixed Battle Arena
- participating in this brings a special title reward based on Darkrai
- if you place highly, you'll get other titles based on your placement
- if you already received the title from the last time it ran, you will not receive it again

"True Sheer Cold" Group Match

- runs from May 17th through May 19th
- Team Battle competition on a Fixed Battle Arena
- participating in this brings a special title reward based on Suicune
- if you place highly, you'll get other titles based on your placement
- if you already received the title from the last time it ran, you will not receive it again

A Deeper Look at Pokemon VGC Strategies from Berlin

How trainers become the very best

The Europe International Championships took place this past weekend in Berlin, Germany, with Pokémon video game players from around the world ready to battle for Championship Points, cash prizes, and bragging rights. The season's third International Championships, it delivered perhaps the biggest shift in strategies of the 2019 Video Game Championship (VGC) Series Season.

The Moon Series format—used at February's Oceania International Championships—added Z-Moves to the more limited Sun Series format that kicked off the season. Now the Ultra Series format used at the Europe International Championships also permits both Primal Reversion and Mega Evolution. The only other time both of those were allowed was in 2016, when competitors packed their teams with arguably the most powerful Pokémon we'd seen in any season. While players have noticed some similarities to 2016, the Ultra Series format adds new tools to what players used at that year's Pokémon World Championships, Most notable are Z-Crystals and a bunch of Pokémon that have since been discovered, including Incineroar, Tapu Fini, Stakataka, Nihilego, Lunala and the powerful Ultra Necrozma. All of those new Pokémon ended up making a big impact this past weekend.

Full feature here

Winners Crowned at the Pokémon Europe International Championships

And your winners are...

From April 26 to 28, Pokémon players and fans from around the globe gathered at the Estrel Berlin, Germany, for the 2019 Pokémon Europe International Championships. The premier event on the European calendar saw three days of competitive play in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon video games, and the Pokkén Tournament DX video game across a number of categories.

European champions, alongside other successful attendees from around the world, boosted their Championship Points with the aim of securing a place at this year’s Pokémon World Championships, taking place in Washington, DC, from August 16 to 18.

The final list of winners from the weekend is as follows:

Video Game Junior Division Top 4:
Champion: Teddy French [UK]
Finalist: Justin Miranda-Radbord [CA]
Semifinalist: Felipe Reyes Castro [CL]
Semifinalist: Pietro Nihal Kaludura Silva [IT]

Video Game Senior Division Top 4:
Champion: Alfredo Chang-Gonzalez [AU]
Finalist: Luca Paz [US]
Semifinalist: Artur Hoffmann [PL]
Semifinalist: Quentin Colon [US]

Video Game Masters Division Top 4:
Champion: Flavio Del Pidio [IT]
Finalist: Davide Carrer [IT]
Semifinalist: Melvin Keh [SG]
Semifinalist: Wolfe Glick [US]

Trading Card Game Junior Division Top 4:
Champion: Šimon Belanyi [SK]
Finalist: Daniel Magda [CZ]
Semifinalist: Noah Donen [CA]
Semifinalist: Roan Godfrey-Robbins [US]

Trading Card Game Senior Division Top 4:
Champion: Tanner Hurley [US]
Finalist: Lewis Mason [UK]
Semifinalist: Julius Mo Krag [DK]
Semifinalist: Kaya Lichtleitner [DE]

Trading Card Game Masters Division Top 4:
Champion: Gustavo Wada [BR]
Finalist: Philipp Leciejewski [DE]
Semifinalist: Alex Silva [BR]
Semifinalist: Ondrej Skubal [CZ]

Pokkén Tournament DX Senior Division Top 4:
Champion: Mantas Mickevicius – YvelX [LT]
Finalist: Emma Cox – Kitty [US]
3rd Place: Indigo Staples – Indigomega [UK]
4th Place: Reuben Staples – FruitPrime [UK]

Pokkén Tournament DX Masters Division Top 4:
Champion: Niklas Franz Laerbusch – DefenderOfEU (Wingtide) [DE]
Finalist: Masami Sato – Potetin [JP]
3rd Place: Kota Arakaki – TARUTARO [JP]
4th Place: Fabian Zahn -Fabilous [DE]

For more information about the Pokémon Championship Series, including rules, tournament locations, dates, times, prizes, and more, please visit www.pokemon.com/uk/play-pokemon.

2019 Pokémon Europe International Championships: Day 2 Stream Now Live

Watch live video from PokemonTCG on www.twitch.tv

Watch live Pokémon video game action at the 2019 Pokémon Europe International Championships in Berlin, Germany. This is the third International Championships of the season as players continue to battle for a chance to become the next Pokémon World Champion.

2019 Pokémon Europe International Championships Stream Now Live

Let's see which trainers are the best!

Watch live Pokémon video game action at the 2019 Pokémon Europe International Championships in Berlin, Germany. This is the third International Championships of the season as players continue to battle for a chance to become the next Pokémon World Champion.

Check out the full schedule here

Pokken Tournament 'Sonic Slash' group match now live, 'Infinite Eclipse' group match coming in May 2019

Group Match action

The Group Match action continues in Pokken Tournament DX. Check out info below on what kicked off today, and what Group Match is coming early May.

Sonic Slash Group Match

- live now, and runs to April 22nd, 2019
- Team Battle competition, once again on a Fixed Battle Arena
- participating in this brings a special title reward based on Weavile
- if you place highly, you'll get other titles based on your placement
- if you already received the title from the last time it ran, you will not receive it again

Infinite Eclipse Group Match

- runs from May 3rd through May 5th, 2019 y
- Basic Battle competition, once again on a Fixed Battle Arena
- participating in this brings a special title reward based on Darkrai
- if you place highly, you'll get other titles based on your placement
- if you already received the title from the last time it ran, you will not receive it again

Play! Pokémon Rules and Regulations Updated, Plus New Functionality Added to Tournament Operations Software

Make sure your gameplay is on the up-and-up

The Play! Pokémon rules and regulations are periodically reviewed to maintain competitive balance in the Championship Series. The documents have been updated to reflect the latest review in spring 2019. Pokémon TCG and video game players and Professors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the latest rules and regulations ahead of their next competition.

We'll continue to follow the events of the season and review the documents at regular intervals. Check back here at Pokemon.com for notices of when documents have been updated.

An updated version of Pokémon's Tournament Operations Manager is now available to all official Organizers. TOM 1.53 makes several changes that could affect events, so Organizers are strongly encouraged to update their software right away. Organizers can download the latest version of the software here.

Major Change:

Players who drop from an event will remain in the standings and eligible for Championship Points. This is in response to feedback frequently received at Regional Championships events. This change means that every player, except those who may have been disqualified, will be in the final standings based on the points earned in the event.

Minor Changes:

The minimum attendance for uploading a tournament is now 4 players. This means players can now receive Play! Points or Championship Points for competing in small store events.

Should players be tied, a head-to-head match is now the final tiebreaker. (The final tiebreaker comes into effect after considering tardiness, opponent's win percentage, and opponent's-opponents' win percentage.) The logic for the final tiebreaker is as follows:

If two players are tied and they played each other, that match determines standing order.

If two players are tied and they did not play each other, the order is random.

If three or more players are tied, the order is random.

Minor changes to text and formatting.

Full details on the 2019 Pokémon Europe International Championships Streams

The where, when, and how to watch

A bounty of prizes and Championship Points toward qualification for the 2019 Pokémon World Championships are on the line as players compete in the season's penultimate International Championships in Berlin, Germany, April 26–28, 2019.

You can watch all the action from home even if you can't make it to Berlin, as we'll be broadcasting matches from each round of the 2019 Pokémon Europe International Championships. Matches from the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Video Game Championships will be on display all weekend long, starting Friday morning after midnight (Pacific daylight time), and Pokkén Tournament DX will join the fray for the competition's final two days.

The final rounds for the Pokémon TCG and VGC will be broadcast consecutively on Twitch.tv/Pokemon starting Sunday morning after midnight PDT, while the Pokkén Tournament DX finals will be broadcast on Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament on Sunday at 12:30 a.m. PDT. Don't forget to check out the winning teams and decks at Pokemon.com/EventResults once the tournament is complete.

What to Watch: Pokémon TCG
Pokémon TCG stream: Twitch.tv/PokemonTCG
Commentators: Joe Bernard, Nicholas Pearce, Jamie Serhan, Kyle “Pooka” Sucevich

Friday, April 26: 12:30 a.m. – noon PDT (approx.)
Saturday, April 27: midnight – noon PDT (approx.)
Sunday, April 28: Finals start at 12:01 a.m. PDT on Twitch.tv/Pokemon

Competitors in the Pokémon TCG will follow the same Standard format as the Oceania International Championships, using cards from Sun & Moon through Sun & Moon—Team Up. The buzz at the Oceania tournament (and in our Event Recaps) was largely focused on Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, the deck with by far the most representation on Day 2. In the end, it was a different Lightning-type deck centered around Zapdos that won it all in the Masters Division, while a deck featuring Zoroark-GX and Lycanroc-GX also finished above the TAG TEAM. Each of these decks is likely to stay competitive in our second International Championships including cards from Sun & Moon—Team Up, but don't be surprised if you see decks featuring the Regionals-winning Blacephalon-GX, more decks built around Malamar, and rogue decks like a recent standout featuring Vileplume and Hoopa pushing for top spots.

What to Watch: Pokémon VGC
Pokémon VGC stream: Twitch.tv/Pokemon
Commentators: Labhaoisa Cromie, Adam Dorricott, Sebi Ernst, Markus Stadter

Friday, April 26: 12:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. PDT (approx.)
Saturday, April 27: midnight – 10 a.m. PDT (approx.)
Sunday, April 28: After TCG finals (approx. 4:30 a.m. PDT)

The Video Game Championships is entering its final form for the 2019 season: the Ultra Series, where Trainers will finally be permitted to utilize Primal Reversion and Mega Evolution. With each player now able to use two of the most powerful Legendary Pokémon on their team and one Z-Move and one Mega Evolution per match, these teams will have more power than we've ever seen in tournament play! Keep an eye on Ultra Necrozma, which will be making its International Championships debut. Competitors are split on whether this Pokémon will be one of the strongest in the format or if its need for a Z-Crystal limits team composition too significantly. You'll have to tune in yourself to see how it performs.

What to Watch: Pokkén Tournament DX
Pokkén Tournament DX stream: Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament
Commentators: Michael “H2” Graf, Evan “WonderChef” Hashimoto, Solomon “SolCalibre” Richard-Croffie

Saturday, April 27: midnight – 6 a.m. PDT (approx.)
Sunday, April 28: 12:30 a.m. – 5 a.m. PDT (approx.)

The 2019 Pokkén Tournament Championship Series is still young, as the Europe International Championships are only the second event of the season. If you missed out on the action in Oceania, take note that competitors this year are competing in the Team Battle format, where each player chooses their own team of three Pokémon. With double the invitations to the World Championships on the line, battles are sure to be even fiercer than they were in Sydney.

Pokémon Europe International Championships Live Stream Details Confirmed

Play-by-play teams revealed

From April 26 to 28, 2019, competitors and fans will gather at the Estrel Berlin in Germany to be part of the Pokémon Europe International Championships. Those unable to attend the premier event on the European circuit will still be able to catch all the intense action, along with play-by-play analysis from a panel of expert commentators, live from Berlin via three streaming channels. The broadcast will be in English only.

Channels and broadcast times:

Twitch.tv/Pokemon
Twitch.tv/PokemonTCG
Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament

Friday, April 26 from 12:30 a.m. PDT: Pokémon TCG and Pokémon video game match coverage
Saturday, April 27 from 12 a.m. PDT: Pokkén Tournament DX, Pokémon TCG, and Pokémon VG match coverage
Sunday, April 28 from 12 a.m. PDT: Final matches for Pokkén Tournament DX, Pokémon TCG, and Pokémon VG

Calling the action for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon video game battles:

Sebi Ernst
Markus Stadter
Labhaoisa Cromie
Adam Dorricott

Providing insight into Pokémon Trading Card Game matches:

Kyle “Pooka” Sucevich
Nicholas Pearce
Jamie Serhan
Joe Bernard

Analysing the blows in Pokkén Tournament DX:

Michael “H2” Graf
Evan “Wonderchef” Hashimoto
Solomon “SolCalibre” Richard-Croffie

To keep up to date with all the latest news on the Play! Pokémon program, be sure to visit: https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/.