Platform and schedule
The tournament is held online, in your Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet game, at the Online competitions section of the Poké Portal’s Battle Stadium.
The tournament starts on 14 May 2023 at 9:00 ICT (02:00 UTC). You are able to play up to 10 battles until 15:00 ICT (08:00 UTC).
You need to complete at least 5 battles to be eligible for prizes.
This event is an official Online Competition, and is part of the 2023 official circuit in Thailand.
As a participation prize, any player that finishes at least 5 battles will receive 10,000 League Points.
Additionally, the top 64 players qualify to the 2023 Thailand National Championships, to be held live in Nonthaburi on 28 May.
|1st to 64th||Thailand Nationals invite|
The 2023 Thailand Nationals Qualifiers is an official Online Competition featuring double battles, and is region-locked. It is the fifth Online Competition in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games for players in Thailand, and the first one relevant in the VGC circuit for them.
Online Competitions are usually a part of the casual gameplay, but they have been featured in the official circuit for some years now. Region-locked Online Competitions are something new to Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, and they have been chosen to act as qualifiers to the National Championships in South East Asia or even as National Championships themselves.
The only previous edition of the Thailand National Championships was open to everyone. This is the first time that a qualifying method has been implemented.
A little bit of history
Thailand 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. Since the TPC takeover, it has taken part in Asia online tournaments, such as the Asia Players Cup, and has hosted the first-ever live event in 2022, the National Championship. Thailand’s greatest VGC success were Jirawiwat Thitasiri‘s victory at the Asia Players Cup, as well as Chaiyawat Traiwichcha‘s 2022 National Championship win. Additionally, Thai players have proven themselves as a major team force and they achieved victory at the 2022 World Cup of Pokémon VGC.
The most recent tournament held in Thailand was the 2022 Thailand National Championships, played in Bangkok with the Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield VGC Series 12 ruleset in May 2022. The finals saw Thai Chaiyawat Traiwichcha defeat fellow countryman Narawitch Naenna to be crowned as first-ever Thailand National Champion.
Sign-ups for the event are done through your own Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet game, starting on 9 May 2023 at 9:00 ICT (02:00 UTC). To register, enter the Poké Portal → Battle Stadium → Online competitions → Search for a competition (in the Official Competitions column).
Note that the tournament is only available if your region is set to Thailand!
You need to register and lock a team at the time of registration.
Sign-ups close on 13 May 2023 at 8:59 ICT (01:59 UTC).