The 2022 World Cup of Pokémon VGC is here!

After a huge success last year, Victory Road is happy to host a new edition of the World Cup of Pokémon VGC! The World Cup is a community-run online tournament that aims to gather the best Pokémon players from all over the world, with over 50 countries and territories being represented!

This year, we’re partnering again with Elgato, who also sponsored last year’s World Cup, and for the first time adding the wonderful GGtoor and Metafy to the tournament! Because of this, for the first time ever, the World Cup of VGC will have $5000 USD in prizes!

salamence-mega Format

  • Over 50 countries and regions will be represented, with the final list to be announced once registrations are closed.
  • Each team will have from 8 to 12 players, and team managers are eligible to play if they wish to do so by taking one of these slots in the process.
  • The tournament is played in three segments:
    • Qualifiers, where teams will be randomly drafted into groups and will play in a round-robin (all-vs-all). All weeks will be played in 8v8 individual matches. Overall, the best 24 teams will advance.
    • Group Stage, where the 24 qualifiers and the Top 8 teams from last year will be randomly drafted, again, into new groups for a second round-robin. All weeks will be played in 8v8 individual sets, too. The best 16 teams will advance.
    • Play-offs, where the remaining teams battle it out for the championship in a single-elimination bracket. All weeks will be played 7v7 individual matches.
  • All matches played in VGC 2021, with the current rules in play (Series 12).
  • All matches will be played on the Nintendo Switch.
  • All matches will be played using closed teamsheets format.
  • Players are allowed to change their team each week. However, it is strictly prohibited changing moves, items, or training any Pokémon to have different stats, using an Ability Capsule or any other item that may modify its stats during the course of a best-of-3 set.
  • All weeks will have featured matches streamed on Victory Road’s Twitch channel, as well as extra matches and content on Victory Road’s YouTube channel.

salamence-mega Calendar

Each round takes a week, from Monday to Sunday, beginning on July 4.

Qualifiers: July 4 to July 24, 2022

Group Stage: July 25 to August 14, 2022 (32 qualified teams)

  • Draft: July 25, streamed internally for players and managers.
  • Week 4: July 25-31
  • Week 5: August 1-7
  • Week 6: August 8-14

Worlds Break: to allow preparations and travel to and back from the 2022 World Championships in London, there will be no games on August 14-28.

Play-offs: August 29 to September 25, 2022 (16 qualified teams)

  • Eighthfinals: August 29-September 4
  • Quarterfinals: September 5-11
  • Semifinals: September 12-18
  • Finals: September 19-25

salamence-mega Eligibility criteria

  • Players may apply to join any given team provided they either:
    • Were born or hold citizenship rights in said country or any of its territories.
    • Are currently living in said country or any of its territories.
    • OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) are allowed to join the tournament and play for India.
    • Both player’s parents/tutors were born or hold citizenship rights in said country or any of its territories.
  • Players may only apply for a team provided they can prove at least one of the above criteria as true.
  • Players eligible for multiple countries are free to choose where to apply, but may only play for one team.
  • Once players join a team, they can not join other national teams for future country-based events hosted by Victory Road. This means that those players who took part of a team last year, are tied to them for this edition.
    • This rule gets priority over the regular eligibility criteria shown above.
    • This rule will apply for the following country-based event hosted (for example: from World Cup 2021 to World Cup 2022). This means that players who want to leave their previous team may wait until the following event (in this case, a potential World Cup 2023).
  • Any applications not meeting the eligibility criteria will be dismissed. Please keep in mind these rules are final and will be subjected to no exceptions.

salamence-mega Seedings

  • The top 8 teams from the 2021 World Cup will be automatically qualified for the Group Stage, thus skipping qualifiers. The teams affected by this are Spain, Italy, China, South Korea, United States, Singapore, Thailand and Switzerland.
  • All other participating teams from the 2021 World Cup will be divided into 4 pots of 12 teams based on their performance last year. During the Qualifiers draft on July 2, one team from each pot will be randomly allocated to each group, so that no two teams in the same pot can meet in the first round of competition.
    • The top 16 teams from last year are all part of Pot 1.
    • The remaining teams are allocated into Pots 1 to 4 according to their points earned/weeks played ratio.
    • Any new teams debuting in 2022 will be added to Pot 4.

salamence-mega Prizes

For the first time in history, we will have cash prizes for this edition of the World Cup of VGC thanks to our sponsors. The prizepool of $5,000 USD will be distributed across the top 4 teams as follows:

  • Champion team: $2,500 USD
  • Runner-up team: $1,500 USD
  • Top 4 teams: $500 USD each

salamence-mega Managers

salamence Europe & Africa

1AUTAustriaSteven Markhardt (Kali)
2BELBelgiumSimon Van der Borght (Shmon)
3DNKDenmarkBenjamin Jochimsen (Benno)
4FINFinlandOliver Eskolin (Owe)
5FRAFranceAdam Cherfaoui (Shao)Anthony liuzzo (Glum)
6DEUGermanyMarkus Stardter (Yoshi) 
7GRCGreeceKosta Daidimos (Kosta)Paschalis Dermentzis (PasDer)
8IRLIrelandConnagh Johnston (CaisealBoy)Patrick Donegan (Pd0nz)
9ITAItalyFlavio Del Pidio (Pado)Marco Silva (Marcofiero) & Emanuele Ciliberto (Asuya)
10NORNorwayBrede Stavø (Brede) 
11POLPolandBartosz Ekiert (Naociak) 
12PRTPortugalRuben Pereira (Puddles) 
13ESPSpainGuillermo Castilla (KastyTP)Álex Gómez (PokeAlex)
14SWESwedenVictor Larsson (Vgctor)
15SWISwitzerlandStefan Mott (Pengy)Damo Lokmic (Damo)
16NDLThe NetherlandsAndres Escobosa (000aj)Bas van der Heijden (BaarsKaasVGC)
17GBRUnited KingdomJamie Kean (Kean)Ben Kyriakou (Kyriakou)
18ZAFSouth AfricaNico Beets 
19TurkeyEnes Safak (enessafak)

salamence The Americas

20ARGArgentinaJuan Salerno (Juanfi) 
21BOLBoliviaSergio Argandoña 
22BRABrazilGabriel Agati (Agati)
23CANCanadaJean-Marc Hébert (JeanMarc)
24CHLChileJavier Valdés (IRNemesis) 
25COLColombiaCristian Andre (Ruka) 
26CRICosta Rica
David Rodríguez (Hira)
27DOMDominican RepublicBryant Ovalle (Bry) 
28ECUEcuadorPaul Ruiz (Ralfdude)Raúl Ramírez (Rul)
29SLVEl Salvador
Geovanni Polanco (Green) 
30GTMGuatemalaJuanma Santizo (TeKa) 
31HONHondurasAndrés Centeno (Edw)
32MEXMexicoChristian Ramírez (Ewokpadawan)Arath Vega (Arath)
33PANPanamaGabriel Cedeño (Gabuu) 

Diego Paredes (Zorro-T)

Sebastián Solari (Gato-T)
35PRIPuerto Rico
Alexavier Álvarez
36URYUruguayGonzalo Sintas (Gonzs)
37USAUnited States
Jeremy Odena (JJ) 
38VENVenezuelaGabriel Gómez (Odric)Carlos Párica (Crazymix)

salamence Asia & Oceania

39CHNChinaXuan Zhengyi (Luminis)Xu Yihui (Yihui) & Bingjie Wang (Bingjie)
40HKGHong Kong
Or Kei-yin (Cyrus)
41INDIndiaAbhay Iyer (Abhayfive)
42IDNIndonesiaHashegi Hanjaya (Ryuhashegi)Guntur Osada (Guntur) & Hafidz Syahril (MHS)
43 ISRIsraelDov Joseph Aloof (FiendRiver)
44JPNJapanKenya Kodera (Uyu)Kohei Sakurai (Chandy)
45MYSMalaysiaIsmat Myron Beg (Ismat)
46PHLPhilippinesEnrico Comentan (AlphaTorónado)
47SGPSingaporeLow Wai Yin (Textfont)Brian Soh (Asada)
48SKRSouth Korea
Na Sang-hyeon (Nash)
49TWNTaiwanTsai Chien-chien (ChienX2)
50THAThailandThitipong Arunrungrat (BankZenoVGC)
51VNMVietnamTam Husain Syed (Arcodio) 
52AUSAustraliaSam Pandelis (Zelda)Luke Courtale (Dawg)
53NZLNew Zealand
Aidan Jackson (Miden)

Managers will be able to decide if they are part or not of the 8-12 players roster. Each country will decide on their own procedures to make up a national team. They will be able to draft players after this sign-up deadline. 

The following is the list of managers for all confirmed teams. Some other countries may still join!

If you wish to join the 2022 World Cup as a player, please fill out the form below.

At a later date, we will post the full list of teams and their managers. The decision on each teams’ roster is taken by each manager, so please keep in mind that different teams might have different criteria on how to do so.

Roster deadline: June 27, 2022

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