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Official news on the Championship Points (CP) payouts and Best Finish Limits (BFL) of events in the 2020 Play! Pokémon season have been revealed by The Pokémon Company.

The dates and places of the first International Championships have also been revealed. Are you ready to kick off your journey to the 2020 World Championships?

Update August 16: As announced by Mr. Masuda at the 2019 World Championships, Pokémon Sword/Shield will be used during the 2020 Play! Pokémon season, starting on January 4, 2020.

Update August 27: qualification periods for International Championships and major events schedule for Europe have been added.

Summary of the changes

  • Format shift on January 4, 2020, to VGC20 rules played on Pokémon Sword/Shield. Until then, VGC19 Ultra Series ruleset.
  • Local events (Premier Challenge and Midseason Showdown) go back to the yearly BFL of 6 events each, meaning your 6 best results on each event type will count towards your 2020 Worlds invite, regardless on the time of the season you play at them. Both events will continue to have a separate BFL, and series will be divided as follows:
    • Autumn Series (OCIC Qualification Period): Sep. 1, 2019 to Nov. 17, 2019
    • Winter Series (EUIC Qualification Period): Nov. 18, 2019 to Feb. 23, 2020
    • Spring Series (NAIC Qualification Period): Feb. 24, 2020 to Apr. 19, 2020
    • Summer Series: Apr. 20, 2020 to Jun. 21, 2020 
  • Regionals and Special Events still share BFL, but it has been decreased from 8 to 6. Entry fees depend on each event’s organizer.
  • No changes on the International Championships.
    • BFL of 4.
    • Same order as in the 2019 season: Latin America, Oceania, Europe and North America.
    • Same qualification period and travel award process (read below).

Major events schedule

Internationals

DateEventCountryLocationFormat
15-17 Nov 19Latin America InternationalsBRASão Paulo, BrazilVGC19U
21-23 Feb 20Oceania InternationalsAUSMelbourne, AustraliaVGC20
17-19 Apr 20Europe InternationalsDEUBerlin, GermanyVGC20
26-28 Jun 20North America InternationalsUSATBAVGC20

Europe

DateEventCountryLocationFormat
7-8 Sep 19Sheffield RegionalsGBRSheffield, EnglandVGC19U
28-29 Sep 19Köln RegionalsDEUKöln, GermanyVGC19U
2-3 Nov 19Paris Special EventFRANanterre, FranceVGC19U
11-12 Jan 20Bochum RegionalsDEUBochum, GermanyVGC20
7-8 Mar 20Malmö RegionalsSWEMalmö, SwedenVGC20
2-3 May 20Liverpool RegionalsGBRLiverpool, EnglandVGC20

North America

DateEventCountryLocationGame
17-18 Ago 19DC OpenUSAWashington D.C.VGC19U
28-29 Sep 19Atlantic City RegionalsUSAAtlantic City, NJVGC19U
12-13 Oct 19Knoxville RegionalsUSAKnoxville, TNVGC19U
2-3 Nov 19Richmond RegionalsUSARichmond, VAVGC19U
9-10 Nov 19Portland RegionalsUSAPortland, ORVGC19U
30 Nov-1 Dec 19Daytona Beach RegionalsUSADaytona Beach, FLVGC19U
7-8 Dec 19San Diego RegionalsUSASan Diego, CAVGC19U
18-19 Jan 20Dallas RegionalsUSADallas, TXVGC20
28 Feb-1 Mar 20 Collinsville RegionalsUSACollinsville, ILVGC20
14-15 Mar 20Mississauga RegionalsCANMississauga, ONVGC20
21-22 Mar 20Charlotte RegionalsUSACharlotte, NCVGC20
4-5 Apr 20Salt Lake City RegionalsUSASalt Lake City, UTVGC20
9-10 May 20Albany RegionalsUSAAlbany, NYVGC20
23-24 May 20Santa Clara RegionalsUSASanta Clara, CAVGC20
23-24 May 20Fort Wayne RegionalsUSAFort Wayne, INVGC20
6-7 Jun 20Milwaukee RegionalsUSAMilwaukee, WIVGC20

Oceania

DateEventCountryLocationFormat
1 Sep 19Melbourne Open (Spe.)AUSMelbourne, VicVGC19U

Championship Series Events

Local Events

  • Best Finish Limit: 6 (only your 6 best results throughout the whole Season will be taken into account)
  • Max CP obtainable (2020 Worlds Invite): 180 CP
  • Premier Challenges will take place in different series of the season:
    • Autumn Series: September 1, 2019 to November 10, 2019
PlacementChampionship PointsKicker
130 CP0
216 CP0
3-412 CP0
5-88 CP24
9-166 CP48
17-324 CP100
  • Best Finish Limit: 6 (only your 6 best results throughout the whole Season will be taken into account)
  • Max CP obtainable (2020 Worlds Invite): 300 CP
  • Midseason Showdowns will take place in different series of the season:
    • Autumn Series: September 1, 2019 to November 10, 2019
PlacementChampionship PointsKicker
150 CP0
240 CP0
3-432 CP0
5-825 CP24
9-1620 CP48
17-3216 CP100
33-6413 CP200
  • No Best Finish Limit (all Championship Points obtained during Select Online Competitions will be taken into account)
PlacementChampionship Points
150 CP
245 CP
3-440 CP
5-835 CP
9-1630 CP
17-3225 CP
33-6420 CP
65-12810 CP
129-2565 CP
257-5122 CP
513-10241 CP

Major events

  • No residence restrictions, meaning players from all around the world can join them regardless of their location (special regulations may be applied to players from rating zones such as Japan or Russia)
  • Best Finish Limit: 6 (only your 6 best results throughout the whole Season will be taken into account)
  • Max CP obtainable (2020 Worlds Invite): 1200 CP
PlacementChampionship PointsKicker
1200 CP0
2160 CP0
3-4130 CP0
5-8100 CP0
9-1680 CP48
17-3260 CP100
33-6450 CP200
65-12840 CP400
129-25630 CP800
Placement1-2425-100101-200201+TCG*
1$500$1,000$2,000$3,00072
2$250$500$1,000$2,00072
3-4$250$500$1,00036
5-8$250$50018
9-16$2509

*TCG Booster Packs are given regardless of attendance.

  • No residence restrictions, meaning players from all around the world can join them regardless of their location (special regulations may be applied to players from rating zones such as Japan or Russia)
  • Best Finish Limit: (only your 4 best results throughout the whole Season will be taken into account)
  • Max CP obtainable (2020 Worlds Invite): 2000 CP
  • Check out information for the Travel Awards down below.
PlacementChampionship PointsKicker
1500 CP0
2400 CP0
3-4320 CP0
5-8250 CP0
9-16200 CP48
17-32160 CP100
33-64130 CP200
65-128100 CP400
129-25680 CP800
257-51260 CP1600
Placement1-100101-200201+TCG*
1$1,500$2,500$5,00072
2$1,000$1,500$2,50072
3-4$750$1,000$1,50072
5-8$500$750$1,00036
9-16$500$75018
17-32$500

*TCG Booster Packs are given regardless of attendance.

Qualification Periods and Travel Awards for Internationals

  • During the 2020 Season, players may obtain Travel Awards to International Championships depending on the amount of CP obtained during certain periods:
InternationalsFirst DayFinal Day
BRA LAIC
(Latin America)
April 29, 2019June 30, 2019
AUS OCIC
(Oceania)
July 1, 2019November 17, 2019
DEU EUIC
(Europe)
November 18, 2019February 23, 2020
USA NAIC
(North America)
February 24, 2020April 19, 2020
  • It is yet unknown how many players will obtain an Award and its value.
  • Please notice that Travel Awards periods for the International Championships differ from Series BFL in local events.
    • This means, for example, that during the 2020 Season only the 6 best results at those local events will be taken into account for the 2020 World Championships CP count, but if that some of those CP are obtained during the Latin American Internationals Travel Award period (shown above) and some during the Oceania one, points will be counted separately towards those awards.

Invites to the 2020 World Championships

Rating ZoneJuniorsSeniorsMasters
Europe200 CP250 CP300 CP
US & Canada200 CP250 CP400 CP
Latin America200 CP250 CP400 CP
Oceania200 CP 200 CP300 CP
South Africa100 CP150 CP200 CP
Rating ZoneCP Requirements
EuropeThe Top 16 players in the CP leaderboard
US & CanadaThe Top 8 players in the CP leaderboard
Latin AmericaThe Top 8 players in the CP leaderboard
OceaniaThe Top 8 players in the CP leaderboard
JapanDepending on the 2020 Japan National Championships
South KoreaDepending on the 2020 South Korea National Championships
D.C. 2019The Top 4 finishers for each age division in the 2019 World Championships receive a travel award and a Day 1 Invite at the 2020 World Championships

So what now?

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