|Pokémon Championships 2022-23 Malaysia
|3 June 2023
|Unknown (64 qualified players)
|Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet
|2023 Season – VGC Regulation Set C (before HOME ver. 3.0.0)
|Bo1 single-elimination bracket with Bo3 finals
Closed team lists until top 16 + Open team lists from top 8
|The Pokémon Company (TPC) in Malaysia
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Teams and results
* There were only 7 players in Top 8 as one of the Top 16 matches ended with a double loss.
Check here to see the seeds for top cut from the Day 2 Swiss standings!
The 2023 Malaysia National Championships is open only to the players that qualified through the following criteria:
- Top 64 players in the Malaysia Nationals Qualifier
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.
The deadline for this was initially announced as 1 June at 9 am MYT. 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 MYT. 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 MYT. 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.
Platform and schedule
The tournament is held online, in your Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet game. The single-elimination bracket was coordinated by a previously unknown Online Competition mode that allowed an operator to pair the players. Communication with the organisers happened through a Discord server shared with Philippines and Singapore National players.
Players must be ready on 3 June 2023 for the players meeting, and the single-elimination bracket will start thereafter.
All matches are played as best-of-one, except the finals, which are played as best-of-three. The event was announced to run using open team lists, but this was changed at the start of the tournament to use closed team lists until top 16, and open team lists from top 8 onwards.
NOTE: It was initially announced that the Malaysia National Championships would be held as a ladder-based Online Competition on 21 May. However, it was announced on 12 May that the 21 May event would be the Qualifier to a new, online best-of-1 single-elimination competition with best-of-3 finals to be held on 3 June.
This event is an official tournament and is part of the 2023 official circuit in Malaysia.
The highest-placed players earn invites to the 2023 World Championships.
|Worlds Day 2 invite + Travel Award
|Champion shirt + 1st place trophy
|Worlds Day 1 invite
|2nd place trophy
|Worlds Day 1 invite
|Top 4 trophy
The Malaysia National Championships is the most important VGC competition for players in Malaysia, where TPC is responsible for the circuit since 2020.
It is the second edition of the Malaysia National Championships, always under TPC. See the previous editions:
- 2022, won by Kevin Ngim
The previous edition of the Malaysia National Championships was open to everyone, and featured online best-of-1 Swiss rounds + a live event with the best-of-3 single-elimination top cut. This is the first time that a qualifying method has been implemented, the first time it is played in a pure single-elimination format and, alongside the Philippines and Singapore ationals, the first time any National-level event in VGC history is played completely online.
The ruleset is VGC Regulation Set C and is played with open team lists. Since players could lock their teams before the update of Pokémon HOME to version 3.0.0, it was announced on 31 May that the newly available items and moves are not allowed for this tournament.
A little bit of history
Malaysia has been one of the regions hosting an 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 TPCI-era Regional Championships and Special Events, and TPC-era National Championships. Malaysia’s greatest VGC success were the National Championships won by Zarif Ayman in Singapore in 2015 and by Kevin Ngim in Malaysia in 2022.
The most recent tournament held in Malaysia was the 2022 Malaysia National Championships, played online (Swiss rounds) and in Kuala Lumpur (top cut) with the Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield VGC Series 12 ruleset in May and June 2022. The finals saw Malaysian Kevin Ngim defeat fellow countryman Gary Ng Yeong Jiang to be crowned as first-ever Malaysia National Champion.