US Nationals FAQ

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  1. PokeDaddy

    PokeDaddy New Member

    http://www.go-pokemon.com/op/premierevents/championshipseries/nationals/info/07-08/answers2.html


    2008 Pokémon TCG U.S. National Championships: June 28th & 29th, 2008
    Information is subject to change: Last updated [1/21/2008]

    What is the Pokémon TCG U.S. National Championships?
    The Pokémon TCG U.S. National Championships is a sanctioned title event open to all U.S. resident players in good standing and is run using the Age Separated Swiss format. The National Championships will be held at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 29th, with registration beginning at 9:00 A.M. Players not in line for registration by 9:30 A.M. will be registered for the event with a first-round loss.

    Results of this event will count toward players’ Premier Rating.

    Prizes are awarded to the top 16 players in each age division.

    When is the Pokémon TCG U.S. National Championships?
    The U.S. National Championships will be held at the Origins Game Fair at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Registration begins Saturday, June 28th, 2008, at 9:00 A.M., and the event will conclude on Sunday, June 29th, 2008.

    The address of the Convention Center is:
    Greater Columbus Convention Center
    400 North High Street
    Columbus, Ohio 43215 U.S.A.

    What does it cost?
    Entry to play in the Pokémon TCG National Championships is free. However, you will be required to purchase a badge that gives you access into Origins.

    Visit www.originsgamefair.com for more information concerning badge fees and pre-registration.

    Who is eligible to play at the U.S. National Championships?
    Registration will be limited to the first 256 Junior Division players, 256 Senior Division players, and 512 Masters Division players. You MUST register for an event ticket in your division through the Origins Game Fair website or on site at Origins to be eligible to play. Players without an event ticket will not be admitted into the event.

    To participate in the event, you must be a player in good standing and abide by the Pokémon Tournament Rules and all other applicable event rules.
    The Pokémon TCG U.S. National Championships is open to legal residents of the U.S. only. Residency in this case is defined as a person who legally resides in the United States or one of its territories, not necessarily a U.S. citizen.
    Players who are found in violation of the rules of eligibility are subject to suspension from Pokémon Organized Play and loss of prizes, including, but not limited to, invitations and Travel Awards.
    Review the Rules of Eligibility in our Tournament Rules document here.

    What are the prizes?
    Prizes are awarded to the top 16 players in each age division.

    Our divisions are:

    Junior Division: Born in 1997 or later

    Senior Division: Born in 1993, 1994, 1995, or 1996

    Masters Division: Born in 1992 or earlier

    Participants will receive a Pokémon TCG National Championships promo card and a National Championships commemorative pin and T-shirt, while supplies last, all just for playing!

    1st Place

    A Pokémon TCG National Championships First-Place Trophy
    An invitation to the 2008 Pokémon TCG World Championships
    A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players under 18) to the 2008 World Championships

    A scholarship award worth $5000. Click here for scholarship details and restrictions
    A Nintendo Wii Game Console
    A combination of 72 booster packs from the current Pokémon TCG expansions
    Other great Pokémon-themed merchandise!

    2nd Place

    A Pokémon TCG National Championships Second-Place Trophy
    An invitation to the 2008 Pokémon TCG World Championships
    A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players under 18) to the 2008 World Championships

    A scholarship award worth $3000. Click here for scholarship details and restrictions
    A Nintendo Wii Game Console
    A combination of 72 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    Other great Pokémon-themed merchandise!

    3rd Place

    A Pokémon TCG National Championships Third-Place Trophy
    An invitation to the 2008 Pokémon TCG World Championships
    A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players under 18) to the 2008 World Championships

    A scholarship award worth $1500. Click here for scholarship details and restrictions.
    A Nintendo Wii Game Console
    A combination of 36 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    Other great Pokémon-themed merchandise!

    4th Place

    An invitation to the 2008 Pokémon TCG World Championships
    A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players under 18) to the 2008 World Championships
    A scholarship award worth $1500. Click here for scholarship details and restrictions.
    A Nintendo Wii Game Console
    A combination of 36 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    Other great Pokémon-themed merchandise!

    5th through 8th Place

    A scholarship award worth $750. Click here for scholarship details and restrictions
    A combination of 36 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    9th through 16th Place

    A combination of 18 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    Other Information:
    Your deck must comply with the Modified Format as outlined in the Pokémon Organized Play Tournament Formats document.
    Bring a list of all cards in your deck (otherwise known as a decklist). This will be reviewed at registration.
    Bring your POP ID card, if you have one. If you don't have a POP ID, one will be given to you at the event.
    Every qualified player must have an updated "My Pokémon" account in order to be eligible for the Travel Award.
    See the Pokémon Tournament Rules here for more information about what to bring to an event.
    Make sure you arrive on time. If you are late for registration, you will be entered with a first-round loss. You must bring your Origins event ticket. Players without a ticket will not be registered.
    To participate in the event, you must be a player in good standing and abide by the Pokémon Tournament Rules and all other applicable event rules.
    See the Legal Notices for certain eligibility requirements and other information, including information concerning limitations on Pokémon USA, Inc.'s liability.

    What is the tournament structure?
    The tournament is run using the Modified (HP-on) Format and Swiss plus Single Elimination.

    The National Championships will be broken into groups by age divisions and will be run using Swiss Pairings. Because Swiss rounds are dependent upon total attendance of each age division, Swiss rounds will be announced on site. Swiss rounds will feature one-game matches.

    After the final round of Swiss, the top players from each age division (depending on attendance levels) will move into a single-elimination round. Single-elimination rounds will be a best-of-three game format and will have a 60-minute time limit per match.


    National Championships events have a K-Value of 44. For more information on K-Value and Ratings and Rankings, click here.
     
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  2. SD PokeMom

    SD PokeMom Mod Supervisor Staff Member

    something that should be mentioned:
    'mom
     
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  3. Scizor

    Scizor New Member

    I'm assuming no invite mention for 5th-8th is a mistake, because it clearly said on the Worlds FAQs that they were getting invites w/o paid trips. We also won't hit 512 in 15+, maybe close, dunno about other divisions.
     
  4. HurricaneWarty

    HurricaneWarty New Member

    I wonder if by not capping while they will top cut, if they would consider a cut of 64 for the Masters division if we hit a number of 500+ participants. That would be great, and I know I would plan accordingly since they didn't set a cap at top 32. I can see the advantages far out-weighing the negatives to adding the extra round, which was discussed heavily at one point on these boards.
     
  5. ShadowTogetic

    ShadowTogetic New Member

    I'm 99.999999% sure there will not be a T64 no matter how large attendance will be
     
  6. meganium45

    meganium45 Active Member

    If you look at the Origins Website under the event, I am going to be proven wrong.

    Since this morning, 490 of the masters spots have been filled! That leaves only 22 spots left, so, get going kiddies!

    I know PUI have probably locked a block of these for the Regionals and States Winners (since I see that 77 of the Juniors and Seniors places are taken), but this amount of rush for Masters! Whoa!

    Glad I got in already!

    M45
























    LOL - gotcha (at least a little bit)

    Vince
     
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  7. hectagonman

    hectagonman New Member

    where do you sign up? Can someone give me a direct link? I've looked around the site and can't find it.
     
  8. totoro

    totoro Active Member

    panic, panic, panic

    Uh-oh, I've been m45'd!!!
     
  9. Rambo1000

    Rambo1000 New Member

    it'll be a shame if the player cap keeps good players with a legit shot of winning out of the event.
     
  10. evil psyduck

    evil psyduck Moderator Trader Feedback Mod

    Which would be their own fault for not getting signed up in time.
     
  11. rhodesia123

    rhodesia123 New Member

    how due you sign up
     
  12. charmander rox

    charmander rox New Member

    Not if 1024 sign up in less than five hours.
     
  13. bullados

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

    If they pull 1024 Masters before Origins starts, I don't know how they'll be able to keep tying Nats to a gaming convention. They might have to break free.

    I know of a pretty large hall in Chicago, if they're interested :D
     
  14. hectagonman

    hectagonman New Member

    Ok, let me ask again. Does anyone know where I can sign up(Direct Link to page)? It seems like you guys know where.
     
  15. The Gorn

    The Gorn Active Member

    You need to wait until the Origins events get posted and event registration is activated. Expect that to be early May.

    Relax.
     
  16. TheDarkTwins

    TheDarkTwins Active Member


    Vince, that isnt a cool thing to do. It isnt very nice.

    JMO,
    Drew
     
  17. Lawman

    Lawman Active Member

    First of all, the 1024 is all age groups, not just MAs. Reread the post, it is 512 MA cap and 256 each on JRs and SRs for a total event cap of 1024.

    You preregister for the Pokemon events via the Origins website, once the Pokemon events are loaded in. You can do this when you purchase your badge. If you purchased your badge early, to save money (and before the Pokemon info was added to events), you can email them after it goes up to get your registration. You can also wait until Origins and register in person, Weds, Thurs. Friday and presumably even saturday morning. I wouldnt wait until Sat. A.M. myself, bc the lines can be long.

    Keith
     
  18. meganium45

    meganium45 Active Member

    Drew, I never claimed to be nice, did I?

    Love ya guys!

    See ya at Nats.

    Jimmy, I do need a GRINCH shirt made up!

    Vince
     
  19. bullados

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

    Keith, I understand that. I was referencing the post directly above mine, which (to me, at least) seemed to implicate that we could pull 1024 Masters.

    I can actually revise my post above. If we pull 1024 PEOPLE for Nationals, I can't see the event staying tied down to a gaming convention. Either it will move to its own location (I know a GOOD one near Chicago, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont), or it will be Invite only. I REALLY hope they don't go the latter route, cuz it's nice to state that we've gotten the highest single tournament attendance out of all the games out there.
     
  20. Prime

    Prime Content Developer<br>Blog Admin<br>Contest Host

    If Nationals cost $10 to play in, and we had 1024 players total, there would be enough money for another inflatable pokemon!!!

    XD I had to do it!
     
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