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Midseason Showdowns

What is a VGC Midseason Showdown
The VGC Regional Championships tournaments are intended as a higher qualifying tournaments and the outcome of a match of each player is of importance to winners how many Championship points they will earn. This is important for players to earn an invite for the World Championships at Washington, D.C., USA in August 2018.
You can participate a VGC Midseason Showdown as often as you like , but only the Championship Points of your best 2 tournaments per series (including VGC Premier Challenges) will count towards your ranking.
In the 2019 cycle there will be 3 series of VGC Midseason Showdowns, namely:
4 September 2018 - 7 January 2019: VGC Midseason Showdown (Sun Series)
8 January 2019 - 1 April 2019: VG PVGC Midseason Showdown (Moon Series)
2 April - 23 June 2019: VGC Midseason Showdown (Ultra Series)

Tournament structure (preliminary)
To participate in the tournaments excusively the games (or legal dowloaded versions) of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will be used.
The tournament will have the Standard Format. This means there are restrictions for all players in what they can use in the tournament.
The Standard format is the standard tournament format for Play! Pokémon video game events. This format will be used at all premier events unless specified otherwise.
Prior to the tournament, players will have to provide a Team List Form to the organization. This document will contain all information about the team (teamlist)you will be using in the tournament. Prior and during the tournaments there will be checks for legality of a team.
Important notice to players: As a reminder, the VGC rules require players to compete using the latest patch of the game. Players without the patch may not be able to connect online and pass the hack check. It is the players responsibility to come to the event with their game with the latest patch - please, help ease the check in process and avoid delays and frustration.

Battles in this year's Video Game Championships will stay fresh due to additional rules that will change throughout the season. The 2019 Video Game Championships will be split up into three series, each featuring a slightly different rule set. The season will kick off with the Sun Series, followed by the Moon Series and then the Ultra Series. In the Sun Series, not only will Rayquaza not be permitted to use Dragon Ascent, but also the Red Orb and Blue Orb items and all Z-Crystals and Mega Stones will be prohibited. Players will be able to test out their strategies as soon as the Sun Series begins on September 4, 2018, by competing in Rating Battles using the Championships Battle format on the Pokémon Global Link.

All tournaments that are part of the 2019 Video Game Championships will include the following rules:
* All battles will be Double Battles played in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon;
* All Pokémon from National Pokédex No. 001 through 807 are allowed, with the following restrictions:
- Mythical Pokémon and Ash-Greninja are not permitted;
- Players may only include two of the following Pokémon in their teams: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma;
- Pokémon must have the Alola symbol, showing they were caught in the Alola region;
- Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed;
- Duplicate held items are not allowed;
- All Pokémon are set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50;
- Players will have 7 minutes of Your Time, up from 5 minutes in 2018.

The following additional rules will be in place only during their respective series:

Sun Series (4 September 2018 – 7 January 2019)
- Z-Crystals and Mega Stones are not permitted;
- Blue Orb and Red Orb items are not permitted;
- Rayquaza may not know the move Dragon Ascent.

Moon Series (8 January 2019 – 1 April 2019) - Ultranecrozium Z is not permitted, but other Z-Crystals are permitted.
- Mega Stones are not permitted;
- Blue Orb and Red Orb items are not permitted;
- Rayquaza may not know the move Dragon Ascent.

Ultra Series (2 April 2019 – Pokémon World Championships in August 2019)
- All moves and items obtainable through normal gameplay are permitted.

The tournament is run using Age Modified Swiss pairings, attendance determines a topcut. The number of rounds that will be played depends on the number of attendants per division, consisting of best-of-3, the topcut is best-of-3. Divisions will be seperated as possibility allows. Participants will be divided into three age divisions, dependant on the year of birth. These divisions are:
Junior division: born in 2008 or later;
Senior division: born in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007;
Masters division: born 2003 or earlier.

Don't forget the following when you participate in this tournament:
 Take care that you have your PlayerID at hand;
 Read the tournament rules, so you know what to bring to this event;
Have your team list form (see above under the "Registration › decklist” button) filled in completely prior to the tournament;
Have all pokémon in your team in the same order as written on your team list form;
Have all pokémon from your team present in your Battle Box;
Be at the venue on time, as those that arrive to late will receive a "round loss".

Prizes (preliminary)
1rst place: 50 Championship Points (@ kicker 0)
2nd place: 40 Championship Points (@ kicker 0)
3th - 4th place: 32 Championship Points (@ kicker 0)
5th - 8th place: 25 Championship Points (@ kicker 24)
9th - 16th place: 20 Championship Points (@ kicker 48)
17th - 32th place: 16 Championship Points (@ kicker 100)
33th - 64th place: 13 Championship Points (@ kicker 200)
All participants will receive a reward (booster or token) and there will be additional prize materials available for top 4 based on number of attendance.

Players having a PlayerID and an activated account can participate. Preregistation is mandatory. For registration see link at particular tournament in the Tournament calendar. Make sure your team list is filled in when arriving at the event.

Admission fee
Participating the VG Midseason Showdown is € 6,-.

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