Getting to Worlds

Discussion in 'World Championships' started by jazee, Aug 6, 2008.

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  1. jazee

    jazee New Member

    Has someone posted a detailed account of what it takes to get to Worlds? I mean I know there is the basic description from the Pokemon site, but I'm looking for more of a real-word account. Something that talks about what kind of time investment is typically required for the year leading up to the worlds. How many events you'll have to most likely participate in and what kind of average finishes in the events including key events you will most likely need. How much traveling will be involved, etc.

    Someone must have written something like this somewhere?
  2. Prime

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

    Well, there is one guaranteed way to get into Worlds, and that is by coming in the top 8 at the Pokemon National Championships in your age group.

    But that was probably not what you were looking for.
  3. Donezator

    Donezator New Member

    Well, yo can also get in with yor rating!

  4. baby mario

    baby mario Front Page Article Editor<br><a href="http://pokeg

    If you are in the UK, then only the top 4 get invites, and only the winner gets a paid trip.

    I got in through coming 4th, and my brother got in through rankings. I think the top 25 in Europe get non-paid invites, after they take out all those who got invites through their nationals.

    The short answer is that you can only qualify through either being good and lucky enough to come through nationals, or by doing really well and winning a lot of Battle Roads and City Championships during the season, which is what my brother did.

    Basically, we spent a lot of time practising and making decks, and we went to as many tournaments as we could during the year.

    And you have to win.

    Lots ;)
  5. jazee

    jazee New Member

    Okay, I'm in the U.S., so top 8 at Nationals for each group. That's simple enough (but probably very difficult since a degree of luck is involved there in addition to skill.)

    I guess what really need is an explanation of the point system including examples of a typical year's schedule of events (Battle Roads, City/State/Regional tournaments) and how many points are at stake at each type of event and then of course a guesstimate how many points you would need to get an invite.

    By the way, how many days of play are the Worlds?
  6. Prime

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

    2 days. Swiss and then top cut, where I believe top cut finishes (maybe even starts) on Sunday. It and Nationals are the only 2-day tournaments.

    Each tournament has a k-value that affects how many points you can win or lose from a single game. You should be able to find that information on
  7. bullados

    bullados <a href="

    This past year, you had to go pretty much X-2 or better at two States and a Regionals just to get into consideration. Not to mention that the T16 USNationals all have a VERY good shot at making it via rankings...
  8. pokeMATHter

    pokeMATHter Active Member

    I'd like to see the tournament results for some of the people towards the bottom of the invites. Just a quick summary like:

    BR Fall: 3 tournaments 10-6 record
    Cities: 6 tournaments 17-13 record
    States: Judge for two.
    Regionals: Judge
    Nationals: Judge
    BR Spring: 3 tournaments 9-7 record

    Overall: 35-26 1643.98 rating. My hope for Worlds lies in the LCQ.
  9. Jaeger

    Jaeger New Member

    My Record

    Event-Number of Events-Record

    Battle Roads (2) 5-4
    Cities: (3) 16-4
    States: (2) 15-1
    Regionals: (1) 8-3
    Battle Roads (0)
    Nats (1) 6-3


    Going 5-4 at those first 2 BR really Brought me down but I Put up the numbers when it mattered.
  10. ARMondak

    ARMondak New Member

    Jay, I'm pretty much the opposite:

    Fall BRs: 29-5
    CCs: 32-9
    States: 7-1
    Regionals: 5-2
    Spring BRs: 7-2
    Nats: 1-3 drop (ugh)

    Was 1846 pre-nats, now am 1750 something.

    Basically, you have to have a strong, consistent year, and perform well when it counts.
  11. Umbreon777

    Umbreon777 New Member

    Fall BR's - 8-4
    Cities - 22-4
    States - 12-3
    Regionals - 7-2
    Autumn BR's - 7-0
    Nationals - 5-4...


    I was 1869 pre-Nats and was in the T25 all year since States. After a 5-4 performance, I went to 1816.

    Last edited: Aug 11, 2008
  12. jazee

    jazee New Member

    So this number you are quoting in the 1700-1900 range, I assume that is a rating based on some sort of point system corresponding to the outcome of the events you participated in.

    So as far as getting an invite based on points, what is typically the minimum you need, 2000?
  13. Magnechu

    Magnechu Active Member

    Fall BRs- 8-3
    Citys- 9-6
    States- 7-4
    Regionals- 6-3
    Spring BRs- 0-0
    Nats- 10-4



    I did awful all year till Nats, tons of bad luck, especially at States
  14. Scizor

    Scizor New Member

    Fall BRs: 0-0
    Cities: 6-1
    States: 15-2
    Regional: 6-2
    Spring BRs: 8-1
    Nationals: 7-3

    42-9 in 7 events. 1874 or something. I finished 23rd or so in North America.
  15. jazee

    jazee New Member

    So I take it 1874 wasn't enough to get invited to Worlds? Or did you get invited. If not, I'm guessing somewhere in the 1900's would be where you could get invited to world's this year?
  16. Magnechu

    Magnechu Active Member

    He was in. I think the cut off this year was a little below 1850. Last year the cut off was higher, if I remember correctly, because there were less spots available.
  17. ColdCoates90

    ColdCoates90 Active Member

    He did get invited to worlds.

    Heres mine:

    (Masters Division)

    Fall BRs: 5-4 (2 events)
    Cities: 26-9 (7 events)
    States: 8-0 (1 event)
    Regional: 5-3 (1 event)
    Spring BRs:5-1 (1 event)
    Nationals: 9-2 (1 event)

    Rating: 1898.79
    Final Record: 58-20
    Final Standing: 11th
    Total Events Played in: 13
    Invite to Worlds: Yes
  18. Jaeger

    Jaeger New Member

    Nats is usually put up or shut up when it comes to invites. And you put up when it mattered.
  19. ~`Flygon`~

    ~`Flygon`~ New Member

    The points for the 06-07 season had alot more tourneys to play in,you could play in 3-4 States and 2 regionals at least 10 cities and 8-9 Brs,so points were bigger.

    Just be consistent and you should get a invite.
  20. ChicoBlanco

    ChicoBlanco New Member

    Top 8?

    i thought it was top 4...

    unless they changed it this year? :confused:
    cuz i got Top 8 at nationals last year and didn't get into worlds...
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2008

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