Frequently Asked Questions

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Winter 2017 Regional

Will Sun and Moon be legal for Regionals?

Yes, Sun and Moon will be legal for Standard play at Regionals.

May I attend as a spectator?

Maybe, but you won’t be able to see much, since only competitors are allowed in the competition area. Its better for you to come on Sunday and play in a side event. Spectators and side event players do not need to buy  championship admission.

A limited number of family are certainly welcome with their minor players, but again, only competitors are allowed at the tables, so we don’t recommend bringing a lot of family to watch.

Here are some reasons why you wouldn’t be able to attend as a spectator:

  • If the hall is at maximum capacity, only family of minors will be allowed to remain.
  • You are not really there as a spectator, but you are there to promote your business, buy or sell, set up a large trade area or do publishing without authorization. You will be told to leave.

Again, if you want to see what a regional is like, if you come on Sunday and play in a side event that will give you your best experience of the competition.

Do I need to buy a ticket if my child is playing? Can I just watch?

If your child has a ticket, of course, you may attend without purchasing a ticket!

That said, Regional Championships are not a great place to ‘watch Pokemon’. Spectators are not allowed in the play area and the event has an occupancy capacity. If you’re interested in getting a feel for Pokemon, we recommend you attend your local league (search on pokemon.com). If you play Pokemon already and want to participate, please attend our side events on Sunday afternoon. You can purchase tickets on site for smaller fun-oriented competitions!

Is it possible to participate in both Trading Card and Video Game Championship??

 

No! Both championship events begin on day 1 first thing. However, you can participate in Championship Series Challenges and other side events in both TCG & VG on day 2.

Are the Trading Card and Video Game Championships both on Saturday? When are the Top Cuts?

As it says in the event information here and on Pokemon.com – YES!

We have an enormous venue – 20,000sqft – and will run swiss rounds for VG on one side and TCG on the other. Top Cut for all divisions and games will be on Sunday.

Can I photograph, stream or record audio or video at the event?

The short answer is that players and relatives with wristbands are welcome to do some personal photographs or videos; be sure not to become a distraction to a game in progress. The organizer and staff may take pictures or set up streams or recordings as duties require or permit. Everyone else must contact the organizer at events@secondcitygym.com more than two weeks in advance of the event.

Will I be photographed, streamed or recorded at this event?

Attendance at this Pokémon event may lead to your image and likeness being photographed and video recorded by or on behalf of The Pokémon Company International, or by third parties outside of the control of The Pokémon Company International (TPCi). By entering or remaining at this event, you grant permission for TPCi, its affiliates, and media organizations to publish your name, image, likeness, team or deck composition, methods of play, and written or oral statements in connection with any still photograph, live or recorded video display, or other transmission or reproduction, in whole or in part, of the event, whether or not those items come from items created by representatives of TPCi, and you acknowledge that third parties may create such items and you waive any claim against TPCi with respect to them.

Can I trade or sell at the event? Can I run my own event?

Please understand we state these limits because we want to bring you affordable, well-prized events to play in! These rules are here to keep fun events and strong prizing moving forward.

Trading. We encourage personal trading, but there are limits! In short, if you want to trade for your collection, you’re probably OK. If you want to trade for your side business, likely not. In addition, limit the amount of trade items as follows:

  • Don’t bring more trade items than fit in a bag, purse or backpack smaller than 16x16x8 inches. Keep it with you at all times; do not give it to someone to hold who also has a bag or backpack.
  • Do not enter the venue with a wheeled storage, such as a crate, backpack, suitcase or box.
  • Do not take up more than 1 chair worth of floor space (including you; your bag goes under the chair) or more than 1 standard TCG mat worth of table space at any time.
  • Traders who, in the judgment of the organizer, interfere with, or generate complaints from authorized vendors will be asked surrender your wristband and leave the venue.

Buying and Selling. In short, if you’re attending the event to make money, and you’re not one of the authorized vendors, don’t enter the venue. Authorized vendors will be present at fixed booths with whom you may buy and sell freely. Authorized vendors are an important part of bringing you affordable and well-prized events. We therefore discourage selling personal items and prohibit buying or selling for any sort of business, side business or quick money. Except for transactions with authorized vendors, personal sales of more than $20 or 10 cards or 3 other items per day are prohibited. Examples of prohibited selling include but are not limited to: 16 code cards, a deck, a box of boosters, 6 mats, 4 plush). Approaching other players or staff to buy in excess of the limits is also prohibited. If you are in violation of buying and selling prohibitions, or cause complaints from staff or vendors with buying or selling behavior, that is unauthorized vending and you will be asked to surrender your wristband and leave the venue.

Other Events.

If you organize your own event in our event space, you will be asked to surrender your wristband and leave.

Violations of trading, buying, selling or improper use of event space may be reported to Pokemon Organized Play.

We unfortunately have to think of example limits and state these things in writing because each  area has been abused in the past and people have tried to argue the case for their abuse. If in the opinion of the organizer, your behavior is detrimental to the event, you may be asked to leave, potentially without refund. This is very unlikely to happen to a person with common sense, self-control and who is at the event to play in the Spirit of the Game.

Will you look up my PlayerID for me?

No. Please see our Player ID page for links that will help you find your PlayerID or obtain a new one BEFORE you show up to the event.

In registering 1000 people without delaying the event start and running the event overtime, we do not have time to look up your PlayerID. If you show up and ask for your PlayerID, presumably having tried the listed steps, you will be given a new ID.

The current tournament operations manager system does not provide a way to consolidate PlayerID’s accessible to organizers from their different computers, their operators different computers or between organizers. Therefore players must keep track of their own PlayerID. Use of a phone contact, email message or password management software have been effective methods some players have used to track their PlayerID. You may also have associated it with your pokemon.com account.

What comes with the VIP admission? How long will VIP tickets be available?

You can view what is included in the VIP ticket in our post here.

VIP tickets will be available until they sell out. There are a limited number of tickets available, so we recommend purchasing sooner rather than later if you are interested.

How can I get a Player ID?

Please see our page on Player ID. That pages covers:

  • How to look up your existing Player ID online.
  • How to obtain a new Player ID online.
  • Obtaining a Player ID on site.

We will have Player IDs to give out on site, but it is better if you get one or look yours up online before arriving on site!