2008-2009 City Championships Info

Pokémon TCG 2008 City Championships FAQ

Details subject to change. Last update: October 30, 2008

What are Pokémon TCG City Championship Tournaments?

The Pokémon TCG City Championships are title events operated by independent Tournament
Organizers, where players in each of the three POP-recognized age divisions can earn the title of
City Champion! Results of the City Championships count toward your Premier

Stay tuned for details regarding City Championship events outside of North America.

When are the Pokémon TCG City Championships?

Pokémon TCG City Championships will be taking place between November 28rd, 2008, and January
11th, 2009. Stay tuned for time and location information.

Remember, while we frequently update our events schedule, we recommend that you contact the
local Tournament Organizer to confirm event schedule information.

How much does the event cost?

All Pokémon Organized Play Premier events in North America are FREE! That’s right—there is no
admission fee for a City Championship!

Organizers may charge for side events run at these tournaments.

What is the tournament structure?

The tournament is run using the Modified
Constructed Format
and Age
Modified Swiss

See the Pokémon Tournament Rules for information about the Modified Format and Swiss.
The number of Swiss rounds run will depend on total attendance at the event. After the Swiss rounds
end, there will be a cut to Single Elimination Finals. A maximum of 8 players will advance to the
Single Elimination Finals.

Please make sure you’re ready with a legal deck by reviewing the legal sets for the Modified
Format here.

The City Championships series will have a K-Value of 16. For more information on how the K-Value
affects your Premier Rating, please see the Ratings and Rankings FAQ.

What are the prizes?

Prizes are awarded to the top 4 players in each age division.

Our age groups are:

Junior Division: Born 1998 or later

Senior Division: Born in 1994, 1995, 1996, or 1997

Masters Division: Born in 1993 or earlier

Participants will receive an exclusive City Championships promo card and a commemorative pin,
while supplies last..

Top 4 finishers in each of the three age categories receive the following prizes:

1st Place

  • 18 Pokémon TCG booster packs
  • A City Champion medal

2nd Place

  • 10 Pokémon TCG booster packs

3rd & 4th Place

  • 4 Pokémon TCG booster packs

What do I need to know?

  • 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.
  • You must bring a Modified legal deck to the tournament. See section 3 of the Pokémon Tournament Formats.
  • See Pokémon Tournament Rules for more information about what to bring to an
  • Make sure you arrive on time. If you are late for registration, you may not be able to play in
    the event.
  • To participate in the event, you must be a player in good standing and abide by the Tournament
  • Local residency is not required to enter a Pokémon TCG City, State, or Regional Championship
  • See the Legal
    for certain eligibility requirements and other information, including information
    concerning limitations on Pokémon’s liability.

What happens after the tournament?

After the tournament ends, the Tournament Organizer will submit the tournament results to
Pokémon USA, Inc. Pokémon, which sanctions the tournaments, will determine player rankings. Pokémon
Organized Play reserves the right to remove the Premier Event status of any event that is not run
in accordance with Premier Event policies.

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