2023 Bochum Regionals

Event2023 Bochum Regional Championships
LocationDEU Bochum, Germany
Date25–26 February 2023
Capacity600 VGC spots (540 MA, 60 SR + JR)
VideogamePokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet
Season2023 Season – VGC Series 2
FormatSwiss rounds + top cut single elimination, as per attendance
Open team lists
Organizer2022 Tournaments

Check the organizer’s website here for further info!

Table of Contents

Sign-up instructions

Sign-ups for the event are done through RK9 Labs platform, and you will first need to set up your RK9 profile and have a Play! Pokémon Player ID. All players must comply with the Play! Pokémon COVID-19 Protocols.

Sign-ups open on 19 January 2023 at 20:00 local time (19:00 UTC).

  • For Masters players: sign-ups are €54.99. There are 540 spots available for Masters players.
  • For Seniors and Juniors players: sign-ups are €34.99. There are 60 spots available for Seniors and Juniors players.

After initial sign-ups sold out, it was announced that over 80 additional slots would reopen on 30 January 2023 at 20:00 local time (19:00 UTC).

If the player cap is not reached, sign-ups close 2 hours 30 minutes before the event starts.

For registered players, team lists must be submitted 1 hour 30 minutes before the event starts, by 25 February 2023 at 08:00 local time (07:00 UTC). Paper team lists can also be found here.

Spectator passes are €5 and can be purchased from 30 January 2023 at 20:00 local time (19:00 UTC) through RK9 Labs. There are 150 spots available.

Venue and schedule

The tournament will be held in the following location:

RuhrCongress Bochum
Stadionring 20
44791 Bochum

Check-in can be done in advance early on Saturday.

Players must be in the venue by 25 February 2023 at 09:30 local time (08:30 UTC) for the players meeting. The tournament starts right thereafter with the Swiss rounds.

The top cut will be played on the following day at 09:30 local time (08:30 UTC) (TBC).

Prizes

This event is part of the 2023 official TPCI circuit and thus it rewards Championship Points (CPs).

As a participation goodie, all players will be provided a Pokémon Regional Championships promo card. Further goodies may be announced at a later date.

Additionally, the best-placed players will receive the following prizes depending on final attendance:

1 to 24 players
PlacementCPPrize moneyPokémon TCG booster packs
Winner200 CP$50072 packs
Runner-up160 CP$25072 packs
Semifinalists130 CP36 packs
5th to 8th100 CP18 packs
9th to 16th9 packs
25 to 47 players
PlacementCPPrize moneyPokémon TCG booster packs
Winner200 CP$100072 packs
Runner-up160 CP$50072 packs
Semifinalists130 CP$25036 packs
5th to 8th100 CP18 packs
9th to 16th9 packs
48 to 99 players
PlacementCPPrize moneyPokémon TCG booster packs
Winner200 CP$100072 packs
Runner-up160 CP$50072 packs
Semifinalists130 CP$25036 packs
5th to 8th100 CP18 packs
9th to 16th80 CP9 packs
Exactly 100 players
PlacementCPPrize moneyPokémon TCG booster packs
Winner200 CP$100072 packs
Runner-up160 CP$50072 packs
Semifinalists130 CP$25036 packs
5th to 8th100 CP$25018 packs
9th to 16th80 CP9 packs
17th to 32nd60 CP
101 to 199 players
PlacementCPPrize moneyPokémon TCG booster packs
Winner200 CP$200072 packs
Runner-up160 CP$100072 packs
Semifinalists130 CP$50036 packs
5th to 8th100 CP$25018 packs
9th to 16th80 CP9 packs
17th to 32nd60 CP
Exactly 200 players
PlacementCPPrize moneyPokémon TCG booster packs
Winner200 CP$200072 packs
Runner-up160 CP$100072 packs
Semifinalists130 CP$50036 packs
5th to 8th100 CP$25018 packs
9th to 16th80 CP$2509 packs
17th to 32nd60 CP
33rd to 64th50 CP
201 to 399 players
PlacementCPPrize moneyPokémon TCG booster packs
Winner200 CP$300072 packs
Runner-up160 CP$200072 packs
Semifinalists130 CP$100036 packs
5th to 8th100 CP$50018 packs
9th to 16th80 CP$2509 packs
17th to 32nd60 CP
33rd to 64th50 CP
400 or more players
PlacementCPPrize moneyPokémon TCG booster packs
Winner200 CP$300072 packs
Runner-up160 CP$200072 packs
Semifinalists130 CP$100036 packs
5th to 8th100 CP$50018 packs
9th to 16th80 CP$2509 packs
17th to 32nd60 CP
33rd to 64th50 CP
65th to 128th40 CP

If prize money is $5000 or more, it will be given as a choice of scholarship (in all cases) or cash (for minors, as a Pokémon Visa® Prepaid Card). For lower prizes, it will be given as cash (for minors, as a Pokémon Visa® Prepaid Card).

Streaming

It is still unconfirmed whether this event will be streamed.

CP standings

Season standings

The following are the Europe Championship Point standings before and after the event.

Top 16 players at the end of the 2023 season get Day 2 invites to the 2023 World Championships.

Before the event

Standings will be updated after OCIC.

After the event

Standings will be updated after the event.

NAIC Travel Award standings

This event counts towards the North America International Championships (NAIC) Travel Award standings. It is the first of three Regional-level event held in Europe to count!

Top 4 players at the end of this period (20 February to 16 April 2023) will receive a $3500 Travel Award ($5000 for minors), while players ranked 5th to 8th will receive a $1000 Travel Stipend.

Before the event

This is the first event in Europe to count towards the NAIC TA standings.

After the event

Standings will be updated after the event.

Overview

The Bochum Regionals is an official TPCI Regional-level event for Pokémon VGC, TCG and Pokémon GO. It is the third Regional-level event in the 2023 season in the European circuit, the second played in Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet and the first in the NAIC travel award race.

The ruleset is VGC Series 2 and it will be played using open team lists. This event is also the first-ever Regional-level event to feature the Two Day structure, previously only reserved for International Championships, which includes Day 2 Swiss rounds if there are 227 or more players.

A little bit of history

Germany has been part of the Europe region of the official TPCI circuit for many years. It has hosted multiple major events, including Regional Championships, old-era National Championships and the 2019 and 2022 Europe Internationals. Germany’s greatest VGC success happened when Markus Stadter reached semifinals of the 2016 World Championships.

The most recent tournaments held in Germany was the 2022 Bremen Regionals, played in the VGC Sword & Shield Series 12 ruleset in May 2022. The finals saw German Maurice Uteg defeat Italian Giovanni Piscitelli.

The last time there was an event in Bochum was the 2020 Bochum Regionals, played in Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield with the VGC Series 2 ruleset in January 2020. The finals saw Spaniard Guillermo Castilla defeat fellow countryman Álex Soto.

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