2024 Utrecht Special Event

Event2024 Utrecht Special Event
LocationNLD Utrecht, Netherlands
Date2–3 March 2024
Capacity720 players (670 MA, 50 SR/JR)
VideogamePokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet
Season2024 Season – VGC Regulation Set F
Format TBD Swiss rounds + top 8 single elimination
Open team lists
OrganizerTournamentcenter

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 are free and they open on 3 January at 19:00 CET (18:00 UTC). There are 620 spots for Masters players and 100 spots for Senior and Junior players. Players must confirm their participation by submitting a preliminary list by 15 January at 19:00 CET (18:00 UTC), otherwise their spot will be freed for the next wave.

  • A second wave was later announced to open on 18 January at 19:00 CET (18:00 UTC). This wave only includes the unconfirmed entries, but furthermore some spots were reallocated from the younger to the Masters division. As a result of this transfer, there are now a total of 670 spots for Masters players and 50 spots for Senior and Junior players. Players must confirm their participation by submitting a preliminary list by 12 February at 19:00 CET (18:00 UTC), otherwise their spot will be freed for the next wave.
  • A third wave was later announced to open on 15 February at 19:00 CET (18:00 UTC). This wave only includes the unconfirmed entries. There are 27 restored spots for Masters players and 1 restored spot for Senior and Junior players.

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

For registered players, team lists must be submitted 1 hour before the event starts, by 2 March at 07:30 CET (06:30 UTC).

Spectator passes are free and can be acquired here.

Streaming

The event is broadcast live on Twitch and YouTube, with Ben KyriakouCharlie MerrimanDavid Partington and Lou Akcos-Cromie as casters. Victory Road is behind the scenes!

  • Day 1: stream starts on 2 March at 09:15 UTC
  • Day 2 + Top Cut: stream starts on 3 March at 08:45 UTC

Venue and schedule

The tournament will be held in the following location:

Jaarbeurs
Jaarbeursplein 6
3521 AL, Utrecht, Netherlands

Check-in can be done early on Saturday from 07:30 CET.

Players must be in the venue by 2 March at 08:30 CET (07:30 UTC) for the players meeting. The tournament starts thereafter with the Day 1 Swiss rounds. Seniors and Juniors start 30 minutes later.

Players qualified to Day 2 must be in the venue by 3 March at 08:30 CET (07:30 UTC) for the team checks. The Day 2 Swiss rounds (if any) and the top cut will be played thereafter.

Prizes

This event is part of the 2024 official TPCi circuit and thus it rewards Championship Points (CPs).

There are no participation goodies for this event, but players can purchase a standard or premium goodie bag through Rk9.

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

CP standings

Season standings

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

Players ranked 1st to 16th at the end of the 2024 season get Tier 1 invites to the 2024 World Championships. Players ranked 17th to 22nd get Tier 2 invites.

Before the event

#PlayerCP
1ITA  Marco Silva1052
2PRT  Eduardo Cunha1004
3USA  Nils Dunlop922
4ITA  Davide Cognetta902
5ESP  Eric Rios824
6ITA  Simone Sanvito770
7ESP  Víctor Medina740
8DEU  Baris Akcos720
9ESP  Guillermo Castilla677
10CHN  Zhang Hengyue667
11ESP  Antonio Sánchez614
12ITA  Marco Marras613
13ESP  Àlex Gómez600
14ESP  Sergio Ramírez590
15ITA  Roberto Parente590
16FIN  Oliver Eskolin584

NOTE: CPs from Premier Challenges and Midseason Showdowns may not be up to date.

After the event

Find this information after the event!

NOTE: CPs from Premier Challenges and Midseason Showdowns may not be up to date.

#PlayerCP
1IND  Visishtah Vasudevan100
2CHN  Peng Chongjun100
3USA  Luca Paz100
4USA  Wolfe Glick80
5CHN  Wang Bingjie80
6USA  Collin Heier60
7SWI  Stefan Mott60
8USA  Justin Burns60
9CAN  Abe Brath60
10USA  Kevin Swastek60
11IND  Devon Singh50
12USA  Jeremy Gross50

Overview

The Utrecht Special Event is an official TPCi Regional for Pokémon VGC, TCG and Pokémon GO. It is the second Special Event and seventh Regional-level event of the 2024 season in the European circuit.

The ruleset is VGC Regulation Set F, and it is played using open team lists.

A little bit of history

The Netherlands has been part of the Europe region of the official TPCI circuit for many years. It has hosted a few major events, including Regionals and Special Events. The Netherlands’ greatest VGC success was Bram de Jonge‘s second place at the 2018 World Championships in the Seniors division, a feat repeated by Robbie Schaaij in 2023.

The most recent tournament held in the Netherlands was the 2023 Utrecht Special Event, played with the VGC Regulation Set B in March 2023. The finals saw 2022 EUIC champion Eric Rios defeat Frenchman Aurélien Soula to win his fourth Regional-level event title!

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

Victory Road