ECC 2015 VG Regional Championships Simultaneously with the European Challenge a VG Regional Championships will be organized. Location This tournament will be held on Saturday 7 February (Swiss rounds) and Sunday 8 February 2015 (finals) at Sporthal Valkenhuizen, Beukenlaan 15, NL-6823 JM Arnhem, The Netherlands (new location!)* *The venue is just a couple of kilometres from the German border, it's trainstation one of the major stops of international trains coming from the Airports of Cologne (Köln - Germany) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands). There is a public tribune where family and nonplaying friends can watch the games from reasonable distance. A catering service is present at the location. The venue is easily to reach with public transport from the Central Station, where also most of the hotels are located. There are enough possibilities for parking cars in the vicinity of the venue. No food or drinks allowed in the playing area, at the tribunes only drinks in plastic cups. The registration at the venue opens at 08.00 am (till 10.00 am). A total of circa 300 participants can be accommodated. The size of the divisions are dependent on the number of players. The tournament is open to participants from all over the world. (Pre)registration Preregistration starts at: December, 3th, 2014 (click here) Please add your country code behind your name in the registration form. For example: Danny Player (UK) Tournament structure Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will be used for this tournament. The tournament will have the Standard Format. This means there are restrictions for all players in what they can use in the tournament. The Standard format is the standard tournament format for Play! Pokémon video game events. This format will be used at all premier events unless specified otherwise. Prior to the tournament, players will have to provide a Team List Form to the organization. This document will contain all information about the team you will be using in the tournament. Prior and during the tournaments there will be checks for legality of a team. Team restrictions are mentioned in the rules and resources. Pay attention to the following restrictions: - Only Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Game Cards or downloadable versions are permitted for use; - Players may use Pokémon from the National Pokédex, from No. 001-719, that are caught in the game, transferred from a previous Pokémon title, or received at an official event or distribution; - The folowing Pokémon may not be on a player's team: 150 - Mewtwo 151 - Mew 249 - Lugia 250 - Ho-Oh 251 - Celebi 382 - Kyogre 383 - Groudon 384 - Rayquaza 385 - Jirachi 386 - Deoxys 483 - Dialga 484 - Palkia 487 - Giratina 489 - Phione 490 - Manaphy 491 - Darkrai 492 - Shaymin 493 - Arceus 494 - Victini 643 - Reshiram 644 - Zekrom 646 - Kyurem 647 - Keldeo 648 - Meloetta 649 - Genesect 716 - Xerneas 717 - Yveltal 718 - Zygarde 719 - Diancie - Pokémon must be placed in the Battle Box; - Pokémon are allowed to Mega Evolve; - Pokémon used in the standard format must have a Blue Pentagon in the Pokémon summary screen. This indicates that the Pokémon was caught during regular gameplay, hatched from an egg, obtained within the game, or was originally gifted in either Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire; - Pokémon may use moves that are learned or obtainable in Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire; - A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same Pokédex number. The Pokémon Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde and Mewtwo are not allowed (as mentioned before); - 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; - Pokémon above Level 50 are permitted, but they are auto-leveled down to 50 for the duration of battle; - Pokémon may only use moves that have been learned through one of the following methods: a) By leveling up; b) By TM or HM; c) As an Egg Move, through breeding; d) From a character in the game; e) A move already known by a Pokémon received at an official Pokémon event or promotion; Participants are divided into 3 divisions, dependent on the year of birth. These divisions are: Junior division: born in 2004 or later; Senior division: born in 2000, 2001, 2002 or 2003; Masters division: born in 1999 or earlier. At Saturday swiss rounds will be played, gameplay in rounds of 15 minutes. During this part of the tournament each pairing is made randomly by the Tournament Operations Manager program, the results of the competitors will influence the pairings of the next round. The outcome of a match of each player is of importance to one’s rating and thus helps players to earn an invite for the World Championships. The ECC 2015 VG Regional Championships is intended as a higher qualifying tournament and winners will earn Championship points equal to a regular VG Regional Championships and the results will be used for calculated your rating. Championships points are important to qualify for the World Championships 2015 at Boston, Massachusetts, USA. At Sunday, depending on the number of participants per division, a separate Top will be played in best-of-3 rounds of 45 minutes. Program (preliminary) Saturday 7 February 2015: 8.00 – 10.00 am - Registration players. Ca. 10.20 am - opening hall to players to check player roster (10.20 a.m.) and pairings (10.30 a.m.). After players got seated, first round will start. There is no lunch break! Sunday 8 February 2015: 8.15 - 8.30 am - Arrival finalists/pairings. 8.30 am - Start first round. 10.15 - 10.45 am - Registration TCG Release Events XY Primal Clash. 11.00 am - 16.00 pm TCG Release events XY Primal Clash. 17.30 pm - End of last round finalists (MA division TCG) followed by handing out the prizes to the Winners of the ECC 2015. VG prizes are probably handed out earlier. Don’t forget when you participate in this tournament - Take care that you have your PlayerID at hand; - Read the tournament rules, so you know what to bring to this event; - Have your teamlist form (see left under the "Registration › teamlist” button) filled in completely prior to the tournament; - Have your battle box ready for team check; - Be at the venue on time, as those that arrive too late will receive a “round loss”. Prizes (preliminary) 1st place ECC 2015 Champion Trophy, an Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire Game and 36 boosters of XY Primal Clash and 120 Championship Points 2nd place ECC 2015 Finalist Trophy, an Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire Game and 36 boosters of XY Primal Clash and 100 Championship Points 3rd place ECC 2015 Semi-finalist Trophy and 18 boosters of XY Primal Clash and 80 Championship Points 4rd place ECC 2015 Semi-finalist Trophy and 18 boosters of XY Primal Clash and 80 Championship Points 5th-8th place 9 boosters of XY Primal Clash and 60 Championship Points 9th-16th place 40 Championship Points 17th-32nd place 30 Championship Points [Kicker 64] 33th-64th place 20 Championship Points [Kicker 128] 65th-128th place 10 Championship Points [Kicker 256] All participants receive a special designed attention and an Arena Cup promo card (all while supplies last!). Admission fee € 8,00 Side Events On Sunday there will be a (pre)release event of the new XY Primal Clash set (€ 24,- à person). Mini-VG tournaments (€ TBD) with a Pokémon prize for the winner (TBD).