2023 Hong Kong National Championships

EventPokémon Championships 2022-23 Hong Kong
LocationHKG Kowloon, Hong Kong
Date4 June 2023
Capacity64 qualified players
VideogamePokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet
Season2023 Season – VGC Regulation Set C (before HOME ver. 3.0.0)
FormatBo1 single-elimination bracket with Bo3 finals
Open team lists
OrganizerThe Pokémon Company (TPC) in Hong Kong

Table of Contents

Teams and results

112-2CANAbdullah Mohayyuddin
200 CP
Great TuskLilligantTorkoalKingambitFlutter ManeDragonite
211-3CANRyan Loseto
160 CP
Great TuskKingambitArcanineIron BundleFlutter ManeCorviknight
311-3USADylan Salvanera
130 CP
Sandy ShocksAmoongussTauros Paldea BlazeIron BundleBaxcaliburRoaring Moon
411-3USAAaron Zheng
130 CP
Great TuskBrute BonnetTalonflameIron BundleFlutter ManeBaxcalibur
512-2USAZackary Thornberg
100 CP
SylveonGlimmoraCeruledgeDondozoTatsugiri CurlyFlutter Mane
611-3CANNeil Patel
100 CP
Great TuskGlimmoraIron BundleDondozoTatsugiri CurlyDragonite
711-3USAGavin Michaels
100 CP
Iron HandsBrute BonnetVolcaronaAzumarillMimikyuPelipper
811-3CANDemitrios Kaguras
100 CP
Great TuskAmoongussTalonflameIron BundleFlutter ManeTyranitar

1HKGWayne Yu
Worlds Day 2 + TA
Flutter ManeOrthwormChien PaoRotom WashTing LuDragonite
2HKGYuen Nga Hin
Worlds Day 1
Flutter ManeAmoongussGholdengoGyaradosGreat TuskMurkrow
T4HKGIsaac Chan
Worlds Day 1
Flutter ManeAmoongussChi YuGyaradosTing LuIron Hands
T4HKGTang Chun Ho
Worlds Day 1
Flutter ManeAmoongussIron HandsScream TailChien PaoDragonite
T8HKGSam Ng Tsz Sum
Flutter ManeTalonflameChi YuIron BundleChien PaoDragonite
T8HKGStan Fung
AnnihilapeAbomasnowChien PaoIron BundleTing LuVivillon Fancy
T8HKGTam Ngai
Flutter ManeAbomasnowChi YuIron BundleTing LuTalonflame
T8HKGPan Si Ming
GholdengoMurkrowChien PaoTauros Paldea AquaTing LuDragonite

The full top 64 bracket was never shown, but you can see here the top 16 bracket!

Check here to see the seeds for top cut from the Day 2 Swiss standings!

1057-3Ian Roberts (76)40 CP
Iron HandsAmoongussArcaninePalafinFlutter ManeGothitelle


The event is broadcast live on YouTube, featuring Edward Cheung Ka HinHugo Wu and FF as casters.

This was the first time ever the spectator mode in Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet was used!

Participating players

The 2023 Hong Kong National Championships is open only to the players that qualified through the following criteria:

Qualified players need to sign up to an invite-only Online Competition (Poké Portal → Battle Stadium → Online competitions → Search for a competition) and as a form of team submission as per the indications sent to them by email (even though this event is not played as a ladder competition). Players also need to submit a Rental Team code, although during this time it was unknown to them whether it would be played using closed or open team lists.

The deadline for this was initially announced as 1 June at 9 am HKT. Players were sent a second email on 30 May late evening stating this was a mistake and the actual deadline was 31 May at 9 am HKT. Due to the short notice, many players missed it or rushed it, and later that day an extension was given until 1 June at 3 pm HKT. The same email banned the newly available items and Egg Moves, creating further uncertainty to players who locked their team between the Pokémon HOME update and the ban notification.

Venue and schedule

The tournament is held in the 3rd floor Star Hall (匯星) of the following location:

Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre
1 Trademart Dr, Kowloon Bay

Players must be in the venue by 4 June 2023 at 9:00 HKT (03:00 UTC) for the players meeting, and the single-elimination bracket will start thereafter.

All matches are played as best-of-one, except the finals, which will be played as best-of-three. The event is run with open team lists, although players did not learn about this until the start of the tournament.


This event is an official tournament and is part of the 2023 official circuit in Hong Kong.

The highest-placed players earn invites to the 2023 World Championships.

PlacementWorldsOther prizes
ChampionWorlds Day 2 invite + Travel AwardChampion shirt + 1st place trophy
FinalistWorlds Day 1 invite2nd place trophy
SemifinalistsWorlds Day 1 inviteTop 4 trophy


The Hong Kong National Championships is the most important VGC competition for players in Hong Kong, where TPC is responsible for the circuit since 2020.

It is the third edition of the Taiwan National Championships and the second in the TPC era. See the previous editions:

Previous editions of the Hong Kong National Championships were open to everyone, and featured Swiss rounds + a single-elimination top cut. This is the first time that a qualifying method has been implemented, and the first time it is played in a pure single-elimination format.

The ruleset is VGC Regulation Set C.

A little bit of history

Hong Kong has been one of the regions on the official TPC circuit since June 2020, and it was part of the Oceania region of the official TPCI circuit before that. It has hosted multiple major events, including Regional Championships, Special Events, and both TPCI-era and current TPC-era National Championships. Hong Kong’s greatest VGC success was the top 16 achieved by Edward Cheung Ka Hin at the 2016 World Championships.

The most recent tournament held in Hong Kong was the 2022 Hong Kong National Championships, played in Kowloon Bay with the Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield VGC Series 12 ruleset in June 2022. The finals saw Hongkonger Pan Si Ming defeat fellow compatriot Ma Chun Yeung to achieve his first major title.

American James Evans, the 2018 Senior Division World Champion, defeated Brazilian Gabriel Agati in the NAIC finals.

Victory Road