2011 Season information

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  1. farbsman

    farbsman New Member

    Website updated with 2011 season info...

    The Pokémon Organized Play team has several exciting announcements regarding the upcoming 2011-2012 Play! Pokémon tournament season.


    Major changes are underway for the new 2011-2012 Play! Pokémon tournament seasons for both Trading Card Game and Video Game players. These changes should add more excitement and opportunities to play and win throughout the year.


    Please read through these new changes to see what’s in store for players this season.

    Championship Points
    Pokémon Championship Series events will now award Championship Points for top finishers. These points are cumulative, meaning you’ll never lose a point on the way to your ultimate goal of earning an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships!
    Beginning with Battle Road Autumn events, you can find the Championship Point breakdown in each of Championship Series event FAQ, along with the prize listings. In addition, you can review the 2011 Play! Pokémon FAQ for details on what points are awarded, and what the event point limits are, and other important info for each series.

    Regional Championships
    Beginning in 2011, North American Regional Championships will now take place multiple times per season. In the 2011-2012 season, Regional Championships will be held in mid-November, and again in mid-April. Our goal is to create more opportunities for players to attend “destination” events than in the past. In the long term, we hope to hold such events throughout the country each quarter. Visit the TCG Regional Championships page for more information.

    Video Game Championships
    Video Game Regional Championships in North America are now a part of the Play! Pokémon Regional Championship Series. Video Game Regional events will take place in the same locations and on the same weekends as the TCG Regional Championships. This means that the number of events in North America will increase to 15, including 2 events in Canada! TCG events will take place on Saturday, and VG events will take place on Sunday. Visit the Video Game Regional Championships page for more details!

    Play! Points
    Beginning in early 2012, we’ll be implementing our Play! Points system to replace the existing Rewards Program. Players will earn Play! Points by simply attending qualifying Play! Pokémon events, with "destination events" earning you even more points. Play! Points will reward you for being an active Pokémon player—win or lose. Some special events each year will require Play! Points for entry. Plus, the top Play! Point earners in each division will earn Player of the Year honors for their dedication! We’ll have more details on the Play! Points program in the coming months. Until then, don’t worry; all qualifying events you attend in the months leading up to the launch of the system will count toward your Play! Points totals.



    Championship Points
    Championship Points are awarded to players based upon their finish position at Play! Pokémon Championship Series events. Check out the Pokémon TCG Championship Points Structure for more information.

    What Can I Do With the Championship Points I’ve Earned?

    Championship Points are used to gain entry into high level events, including the 2012 Pokémon World Championships. Check out the Play! Pokémon Event Qualifications document for more information.

    What Happens to my Elo Rating Now that Championship Points Are Used for Event Qualification?

    Elo ratings will still be maintained on the Pokémon.com website, and may be used to break ties in Championship Points if necessary. The Elo rankings search will still be available for players to see how they stack up against players worldwide.


    Go to the website for more info...it seems to be adding info

    To see the rest..go to the site...it has all the point info per event up now

    What are "Best Finish Limits"?

    To provide a more even playing field for the largest number of competitors worldwide, we have instituted Best Finish Limits. This means that during an event series, only your Best X (defined in the Championship Points Structure document) finishes will count towards your final Championship Points total.

    For example, the Best Finish Limit for Battle Roads is 8. If a player participates in 6 Battle Road Autumn events and 5 Battle Road Spring events, only that player’s best 8 finishes from the 11 Battle Roads they attended will count towards their final Championship Points total.

    Is There a Limit to How Many Events I Can Play In Per Year?

    No!

    You can play in as many Battle Road, City Championship, S/P/T Championship and Regional Championships as you wish each year!

    http://www.pokemon.com/us/news/op_2012_champ_series-2011-09-15/
     
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  2. JohnnyBlaze

    JohnnyBlaze New Member

    Wow they are doing a Championship Points system, way to go Pip!!
     
  3. Prof Clay

    Prof Clay New Member

    From the website for the lazy folk...


    Championship Points
    Championship Points are awarded to players based upon their finish position at Play! Pokémon Championship Series events. Check out the Pokémon TCG Championship Points Structure for more information.

    What Can I Do With the Championship Points I’ve Earned?

    Championship Points are used to gain entry into high level events, including the 2012 Pokémon World Championships. Check out the Play! Pokémon Event Qualifications document for more information.

    What Happens to my Elo Rating Now that Championship Points Are Used for Event Qualification?

    Elo ratings will still be maintained on the Pokémon.com website, and may be used to break ties in Championship Points if necessary. The Elo rankings search will still be available for players to see how they stack up against players worldwide.


    Go to the website for more info...it seems to be adding info

    To see the rest..go to the site...it has all the point info per event up now

    What are "Best Finish Limits"?

    To provide a more even playing field for the largest number of competitors worldwide, we have instituted Best Finish Limits. This means that during an event series, only your Best X (defined in the Championship Points Structure document) finishes will count towards your final Championship Points total.

    For example, the Best Finish Limit for Battle Roads is 8. If a player participates in 6 Battle Road Autumn events and 5 Battle Road Spring events, only that player’s best 8 finishes from the 11 Battle Roads they attended will count towards their final Championship Points total.

    Is There a Limit to How Many Events I Can Play In Per Year?

    No!

    You can play in as many Battle Road, City Championship, S/P/T Championship and Regional Championships as you wish each year!
     
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  4. SMP88

    SMP88 Active Member

    Is the championship points structure file up anywhere? I can't seem to find it.
     
  5. bullados

    bullados <a href="http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread.php?

    Nationals is no longer Open?!?

    <-- sad panda...

    Do Play! Points also apply to Judges/TOs/LLs/LOs?

    No scholarship monies for Regionals?

    No more ELO?

    Championship Points are based on Swiss rankings? Look at the breakdown for Regionals...

    This is a pretty massive change...
     
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  6. cabd

    cabd New Member

    This is everything the players wanted. And proof that TPCI does listen, no matter how stupid and annoying our ranting may be. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

    Now guys, PLEASE don't complain, this is the start of something amazing.
     
  7. Mystery Thing

    Mystery Thing Administrator

    Keep in mind they haven't said how many points you need for Nationals. It's entirely possibly just by playing in a handful of events, you'll have enough points to qualify.
     
  8. Mystery Thing

    Mystery Thing Administrator

  9. Prof Clay

    Prof Clay New Member

    Points will be awarded based on finishes...not games won.

    Since the system has a large possibility for ties at the end of the season, these will be broken by ELO ratings...so winning lots of games is still very important, but top cutting and winning is more important
     
  10. SMP88

    SMP88 Active Member

    You probably only need a couple points. I imagine it's to stop people from playing no events over the year and just playing Nats hoping to get an invite to worlds
     
  11. Mystery Thing

    Mystery Thing Administrator

    For those who don't feel like reading how Kickers work:

    For a Battle Road, if you win, you get 2 points. If you finish 2nd, you get 1 point.

    If your division had 32 players, 3rd and 4th also get 1 point.
    If your division had 64 players, 5th-8th also get 1 point.
     
  12. bullados

    bullados <a href="http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread.php?

    The breakdown for BRA and RegA are both on the website already.

    BRA:
    2 for 1st
    1 for 2nd
    1 for 3/4 if 32+ in division
    1 for 5-8 if 64+ in division

    RegA:
    10 for 1st
    8 for 2nd
    6 for 3/4
    5 for 5-8
    4 for 9-12 if 32+ in division
    3 for 13-16 if 64+ in division <-- this one's weird
    2 for 17-32 if 64+ in division
    1 for 33-64 if 128+ in division

    I'm already skeptical...
     
  13. Pablo

    Pablo New Member

    Looks like being mexican means I'm screwed out of not playing VGC Worlds ever. I was looking forward to playing the VGC tournament in the upcoming November Regional as well.
     
  14. yoyofsho16

    yoyofsho16 New Member

    Where does it say Nationals is no longer open? I didn't see that anywhere.

    There's only one nationals... which is why they wouldn't put it on this list.

    I don't know how I feel about this. It rewards good geography.
     
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  15. I really like this plan. Of course, we'll need to see it in action to figure out the quirks, but what an incentive to PLAY Pokemon!
     
  16. Mystery Thing

    Mystery Thing Administrator

    The point breakdown for STPs, Nationals, and Worlds are also up.

    ... wait, Worlds? Might we be seeing a season-to-season carryover for the first time?
     
  17. SMP88

    SMP88 Active Member

    They're rewarding the person with the most points at the end of the season.
     
  18. algernon

    algernon New Member

    I am not seeing where it states that you need points for nationals. I am missing something?
     
  19. Mystery Thing

    Mystery Thing Administrator

    Keep in mind that that's Play! points, not Championship points.

    Those names are going to mess people up so badly for the first while. :rolleyes:
     
  20. Right off the bat, let me say that I LOVE these changes, and my criticism is based solely on the point appropriation.

    But this is simply unacceptable. Playing in a Regionals final should NOT amount to 4-5 Battle Road wins. We're going to have the same problem we had when we first introduced BRs, in that some people will simply attend many BRs, which are not competitive at all, and beat substandard opposition to earn as many points as someone who has won a 200+ person event. Battle Roads ideally shouldn't even give points, we've been told over and over again that they were events to help new players make the step up from league.

    If winning a Battle Roads (4K) is worth 2 points, then winning a Regionals (32K) should at LEAST be worth (32/4) * 2 = 16 points. Even that isn't a very good appropriation, given the number of Battle Roads with virtually no players (as opposed to Regionals, which are all set to be 2-day behemoth events this season). I sincerely hope they readjust the points awarded, otherwise we're gonna end up with another 07 fiasco.
     

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