SoCal Winter 2016 Regionals Info!

2016 Winter Pokemon SoCal Regional Championships

Two days of fun with Pokemon Games, Competitions, Door Prizes and Friends!

Play! Pokemon at the Regional Championship

Compete for prizes and points or just have fun playing, drawing, shopping and talking Pokémon!

Play

For video game and trading card Pokemon trainers of all ages. You can compete in the championship, or side events or just play in league! The prizing has been enhanced for the main Trading Card and Video Game championships. Side events and main events both have great prizes!

The first 275 players in each championship tournament will get a Luxray playmat, but only the 6 division winners will take home the Champion’s Greninja!

Regional Champion's Mat

Regional Champion’s Mat

Get Ready to Have Fun

Be prepared to have a great time! We’ve prepared for a smooth event with scores of door and side event prizes, but you need to do a few things to get ready before you show up in order to win door prizes.

NOTE: bring water and snacks and/or a lunch – we’re about a mile from nearest fast food!

1. Get Your PlayerID Ready

You need a Play! Pokemon PlayerID in order to register, play and receive prizes!

Get your Play! Pokemon PlayerID

If you don’t have a PlayerID you should get one online before the event, because everyone will be expected to register online, either at home, or on a friends mobile at the event. If you’ve forgotten your PlayerID, then look it up online or get a new one. We are not able look it up for you on site.

Use your PlayerID to Register Online

You only registration for this event is online and it will open Friday, February 12, 2016. You can register from your computer or from a friends phone on site, but you must register online before you check in.

Have your PlayerID to Check In On Site

Registered players check in on site by telling your PlayerID to staff and paying your admission for the wristbands for your events. Have your driver or family with you before you check-in, so they can get a wristband, too. No pure spectator admission.

2. Get Your Admission Ready

When you check for the championship events, you will pay a $20 admission fee… in cash.

  • Championships cash only, exact change please.
  • Vendors will convert bulk to cash.
  • Credit is OK for challenges and side events, but not championship.

Trading Card Game Tournaments Admission

  • Trading Card Game Regional Championship – Saturday 8am
    • $20 cash all age groups (exact change please to speed your fellow players through the line). First 275 TCG players to check-in get a Greninja Mat!
  • Trading Card Game Side Events
    • Separate admission all ages..
      • League Challenges
        • Saturday #1 Expanded $10 – requires deck list.
        • Sunday #2 Standard $10 – requires deck list.
      • 4 person team battle (price per person) – sealed ($20), Standard Constructed ($5).
      • 8 person – Rochester draft ($20), Standard Constructed ($5).

Video Game Tournaments Admission

  • Video Game Regional Championship – Sunday 8am
    • $20 cash for all age groups (exact change please, to speed your fellow players through the line). First 275 VG players to check-in get a Luxray Mat!
    • Your regional championship wristband also includes FREE admission to up to 2 Premiere Challenges this weekend! You may check in for VG championship after 10am on Saturday and play in Saturday’s premiere challenge.
  • Premiere Challenges – Saturday and Sunday – NO team sheet required!
    • Saturday $10 or FREE for Regional Championship wristband wearers!
    • Sunday $10 or FREE for Regional Championship wristband wearers!
  • Video Game Side Events
    • Separate admisison all ages.
    • Various side events require VGC16 legal teams.
    • See details in the video game side events info on this website.

Bulk for admission info!

VG or TCG Regionals Championship Players – pay with BULK POKEMON CARDS

Do you have a stack of old Pokemon cards laying around? Use it for your admission to the either championship!

Bring 400 clean, common or uncommon cards.

  • ANY set.
  • NO trainers.
  • NO energy.
  • JUST Pokemon.

How does it work?

  1. Have them counted and facing the same direction.
  2. Hand them to Torta Rare Finds/Rick Garcia’s crew outside the hall.
  3. Use the ticket they will give in place of your $20 cash at check-in.

All our vendors will likely be buying bulk during the event, as well, so bring your extra extras to sell.

3. Get your Team or Deck Ready

Video Game. Teams for both Regional Championship and Premiere Challenge must be put into the Battle Box on an Alpha Sapphire or Omega Ruby game, and constructed according to the official  VG Tournament Rules and Formats document.

Trading Card Game. Card backs or sleeves must be clean, have official Pokemon art and be unmarked throughout the event.

  • Decks constructed for the Championship and Saturday League Challenge #1 must be Expanded format legal.
  • Decks for Sunday League Challenge #2, must be Standard format legal.
  • Decks for the side events will be Expanded or Standard noted at the side event signup.

4. Get Your List Ready In Advance

TRADING CARD GAME premiere events, including championship and League Challenges REQUIRE DECK LISTS – complete, accurate and legible. Raffles will be drawn from your deck list. Only deck lists printed off-site will be eligible for raffle prizes. We will provide deck and team lists on site, but these will be marked so that they are ineligible for raffle prize drawings. Deck lists will be collected at the player meetings, not at check-in.

Expanded Format Deck List (8.5×11)

VIDEO GAME premiere events, including championship and Premiere Challenges will be done via locked Battle Box and DO NOT REQUIRE TEAM SHEETS. Raffles for these events will be based on the scoring computer roster.

5. Understand Event Attendance Limits

There is no provision this year for non-playing spectators, other than up to 3 family members of a minor or 1 driver – these must accompany their player at check-in. Younger siblings accompanying a player can do league or creative center.

If you are coming to the event to do business – buying, selling or trading for sale stock –  and you are not one of our authorized vendors – do not come. Players, our vendors will gladly buy your bulk and special cards, etc. and they have some amazing Pokémon specialties, cards and unobtainium to sell you!

Summary

  • Your PlayerID, Online Registration and On-site cash only championship admission required for all ages.
  • Print your deck list at home to be eligible for great door prizes. No team lists needed for VG.
  • No admission for people doing business or just watching, but family and drivers welcome within limits.

Where and When

Nearby theme parks, transportation and many lodging options — this year’s regional is more accessible and fun than ever! Free parking behind the venue and on the street. Join us at our new…

Location

Anaheim Business Expo Center
1960 S Anaheim Way, Anaheim, CA 92805

Get directions from the venue website.
NOTE: eastbound and westbound lanes of the 91 freeway will be CLOSED between the 71 and I-15 from Friday, February 19 at 9 pm to Monday, February 22. Don’t take the 91 to Anaheim! Use an alternate route.

Times

  • TCG best 2 of 3 swiss on Saturday, Top Cut on Sunday, all divisions.
  • VG single game swiss rounds on Sunday, followed closely by Top Cuts, all divisions.

Saturday, February 20th 2016

  • Doors open 8am for check-in. Register online in advance, starting February 12, 2016.
    • 8am TCG Championship Check-in; extended round 3 & 6 for meal break.
    • 12:30 PM TCG League Challenge #1 and Side Events Check-in
    • 1:30 PM VG Premiere Challenge #1 Check-in
  • Hall must be clear by 8:30pm

Sunday

  • Doors open 8am for check-in. Register online in advance, starting February 12, 2016.
    • 8am Video Game Championship Check-in; extended round 3 & 6 for meal break.
    • 9:30 AM TCG League Challenge #2 and Side Events Check-in
    • 12:30 PM VG Premiere Challenge #2 Check-in
  • Hall must be clear by 8:30pm

Parking

Street & Neighboring Lot Parking Map – provided by venue.

Yellow street and loaner lot parking. Back of venue also allowed.

Yellow mark shows street and loaner lot parking. Back of venue also allowed.

 

 

Lot parking is also provided BEHIND the venue (big lot).

Lot Parking Map

Lodging

There are many options in the area. Please use the Internet search engines to find a location and price that is right for you.

Trading Card Game Championships

This year’s championships feature increased Organized Play prizing for all age groups, and Second City Gym is adding “play for a prize” rounds and other prizes to the event.

Official Info

This season’s TCG Regional Championships will feature the Expanded format. Unlike last season, both the Swiss rounds and the single-elimination finals will use the Expanded format. Because all Standard decks are legal in the Expanded format, players may use the same decks they use for Standard format tournaments. The Pokémon TCG Winter Regionals will be held on the weekends of February 13, February 20, and February 27, 2016. Gameplay typically begins on Saturday and concludes on Sunday. Check the tournament listings for details.

Are there any requirements for attendance?

The Winter Regional Championships do not require an invitation or qualification. All players in good standing are welcome to participate. Players need to bring their own 60-card Expanded format deck.

What is the entry fee?

Players in all age divisions will be charged an entry fee determined by the tournament organizer. See event listing for details.

What are the prizes?

Prizes are awarded to the top players in each of three age divisions. Players must have a Pokémon Trainer Club account with a Player ID attached, and must have opted in to the Play! Pokémon program in order to earn points and awards.

All participants will receive 3 Play! Points and a Pokémon Regional Championships promo card (while supplies last), just for playing! Top players receive Championship Points as detailed here.

1st Place

  • A Pokémon TCG Regional Championships 1st Place trophy
  • Deck Box, Pokemon Character Hat & CHAMPION playmat
  • A first- and second-round bye at the US or Canada National Championships
  • Booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    • Junior and Senior Division players receive 72 packs
    • Masters Division players receive 108 packs

2nd Place

  • Deck Box, Pokemon Character Hat & FINALIST playmat
  • A first- and second-round bye at the US or Canada National Championships*
  • Booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    • Junior and Senior Division players receive 72 packs
    • Masters Division players receive 108 packs

3rd and 4th Place

  • Deck Box, Pokemon Character Hat & TOP 4 playmat
  • Booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    • Junior and Senior Division players receive 36 packs
    • Masters Division players receive 72 packs

5th Place through 8th Place

  • Deck Box, Pokemon Character Hat & TOP 8 playmat
  • Booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    • Junior and Senior Division players receive 36 packs
    • Masters Division players receive 54 packs

9th Place through 16th Place

  • Booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    • Junior and Senior Division players receive 18 packs
    • Masters Division players receive 36 packs

17th Place through 32nd Place

  • Booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    • Junior and Senior Division players receive 12 packs
    • Masters Division players receive 24 packs

33rd Place through 64th Place

  • Booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    • Junior and Senior Division players receive 6 packs
    • Masters Division players receive 12 packs

65th Place through 128th Place

  • Masters Division players receive 6 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions

TCG Championship Points – Regional Championships

Placement Points Kicker
1 150 0
2 135 4
3–4 105 8
5–8 75 32
9–16 45 64
17–32 30 128
33–64 15 256

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Trading Card Game Side Events

Didn’t make top cut or day 2? We’ll have side events all day Saturday and Sunday!

Side Events

  • Side Events – choose from Standard or Expanded formats for various side events!
  • In addition to the scheduled league challenges (Saturday (EXP) and Sunday (STD) ), side events include:
    • 4 person Team Battle – constructed and sealed.
    • 8 person Single Elimination – Rochester Draft and constructed.

Video Game Championship

Sunday Video Game Championship includes free admission to up to 2 Premiere Challenges being held on this weekend – just do the optional check-in after 10am on Saturday if you want the Saturday PC. Great prizes, including a Red Blue 20th anniversary bundle and a whole day of competition.

Team Construction Rules

  1. You must play with  Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire 
  2. You must put your team in the Battle Box.
  3. You must restrict your team according to the official rules document: VG Tournament Rules and Formats

Points

All participants will receive 3 Play! Points and a Pokémon Regional Championships promo card (while supplies last), just for playing!

Championship Points – awarded according to event placement

Placement Championship Points Required attendance
for placement points (Kicker)
1 150 0
2 135 0
3–4 120 0
5–8 105 0
9–16 92 32
17–32 56 64
33–64 34 128
65–128 20 256

Prizes

All video game championship players will receive an entry in the drawing for Nintendo 3DS Red Blue 20th Anniversary system bundle, with 2 covers and the Red and Blue games pre-installed! (bundle to to shipped Feb 27th to the winner).

1st Place

  • A Pokémon VG Regional Championships 1st Place award
  • A Second City Gym Golden Magikarp+Pikachu Statue Bank!
  • A Nintendo 3DS Red Blue 20th Anniversary system bundle, with 2 covers and the Red and Blue games pre-installed! (bundle to to shipped Feb 27th to the winner)
  • A combination of 72 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions

2nd Place

  • A combination of 72 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions

3rd and 4th Place

  • A combination of 36 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions

5th Place through 8th Place

  • A combination of 18 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions

9th Place through 16th Place

  • A combination of 9 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions

Video Game Side Events

Your championship ticket includes admission to both Premiere Challenges, one on Saturday, one on Sunday. Other VG Sides require separate admission.

Premiere Challenges

FREE admission to VG championship players! Separate $10 admission available if you didn’t check-in for VGC. There is an optional VGC check-in on Saturday after 10am that will get you into VGC and both PCs.

  • Premier Challenge Check-in Saturday 1:30, Sunday 12:30.
  • Prizes include gift cards proportional to attendance.

VG Sides

All untethered VG events will have time limits enforced by the judging staff for the event.

Singles Format [Best of One- Single Elimination] – Bring 6 Pokémon to each battle and chose 3 of them to battle with. Standard VGC16 Pokémon and item rules apply.

Little Cup [Best of One-Single Elimination] – Singles, bring 6 Pokémon to each battle and chose 3 of them to battle with. Standard VGC16 item rules apply. All Pokémon must be the lowest stage of evolution in a line that can evolve and must be Lv 5 or less in the battle box. For the battle all Pokémon will be auto Leveled to 50.

Multi Free-for-All [Best of One-Single Elimination] – Multi Battle bring 6 Pokémon to each battle and chose 3 of them to battle with. Last Pokémon standing in the fight is the winner. Standard VGC16 Pokémon and item rules apply.

Triples [Best of One-Single Elimination] – Triple Battle, bring 6 Pokémon to each battle and chose 6 of them to battle with. Standard VGC16 Pokémon and item rules apply.

Roulette [Best of One-Single Elimination] – Fill a box with 30 Unique Pokémon with Unique Items (No two Pokémon can have the same Pokédex number, no two items can be the same) that are VGC16 legal. The organizer will randomly select 6 numbers and players must use the Pokémon in the box slot that corresponds with the number the organizer choses. Pokémon must battle in the order they were drawn.

VGC Multi Cup [Best of One-Swiss] – Standard Multi Battle with VGC16 rules.

Side event prizes include gift cards and Pokemon Themed Items!

Other Activities

You do need to be a championship or side event checked in player to get in, but once you’re in, there are all kinds of things to do when you need a break from competition!

Draw & Make

For anyone who would like to draw or model Pokémon. Our ‘Sketchers’ will award promo cards to each artist submitting a drawing or model for our creative center that is the product of their best effort.  Our professors will also award prize tickets to multiple clay models and ‘color in’ or ‘freehand’ drawings created in the creative center at the event several times each day. Prize ticket award schedule will be posted and timed to match breaks in each day’s play schedule.

 Informal Pokemon Art and Artifact Exhibition

Our “Sketchers” will display and exhibit a Pokemon themed art or accessory that you submit. Ribbons will be awarded and we’ll hype your art on our website and Facebook page. See the Info Booth for registration!

Shop

For those who love Pokemon merchandise and play items. We will have multiple vendors selling all sorts of Pokemon items: Cards, consoles, styli, keychains, plush, etc. They’ll also be buying your cards and code cards, etc. Please note only officially authorized vendors may buy or sell and trading space and quantity of trade goods is limited at this event.

if you are a person with a side business, like to make quick money at events or have a ton of stuff to trade, better read our limitations and prohibitions before showing up.

Talk

For those who need someone to talk to that speaks Pokemon. A Pokemon fan has a universal language that only other fans understand. Meet your friends and make new ones, and just live the Pokemon life, while playing at this event.

Vendors

We’re have great vendors for buying your cards and selling singles, packs, supplies, Pokémon artifacts, unobtainium (Un) and fun stuff. In their own words and alphabetical order!

  • Cradilicious – Pokémon Center plushies from JAPAN, deck boxes, sleeves, charms, and more from the Japan Pokémon Centers! Selling single cards and packs.
  • Legacy Cards – Legacy Cards has a large variety of products for sale ranging from singles and accessories to items from Japan. We also buy most cards! We will also be having daily raffles so stop by our booth and see what we have to offer!.
  • MTGDeals – The best spot to buy, sell and trade cards. Best prices on singles and bulk. Check out our buy list for a taste of our great prices! Just type in the name of a card to check it out.
  • Torta’s Rare Finds – Torta Rare Finds basically brings Pokemon Center to the event! Sleeves, plush, key chains, apparel, etc… Also buying and selling singles and bulk.

Winter 2016 Regionals FAQ

Can I attend as a spectator?

Spectators will not be allowed this year, due to a strict cap of 500 occupants.

Everyone in the venue must have a wristband for that day. Anyone not wearing a wristband, or who does not show that they are wearing a wristband when asked, will be asked to leave. These are the ONLY ways you can get a wristband:

  1. Championship Player – you will get a wristband when you check in for your championship event. Players in TCG championship day 2 swiss or top cut will be given a day 2 wristband at check-in for day 2.
  2. Side Event Player – when you enter the building, you may buy a side event / merchandise ticket for $5. You will get a wristband at that time.
  3. Parent/sibling or rideaccompany your player at each day’s check-in. Up to 1 driver or 3 immediate family can get wristbands for free.
  4. Approved vendors, venue employees and reporters who contact us in advance – you will get a wristband at setup or check-in.

Important Note #1 – There is no ‘open admission’ to the venue. Read our FAQ about the limits on trading, selling and other activities.

Important Note #2 – All wristband holders must keep your wristband on until you are done being in the building for the day. Replacement wristbands will be available as time permits and for a fee.

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What are the prerequisites to play in the Regional Championship?

There are no Play! Points or other requirements to be eligible to play for either Video or Trading Card Game. Be sure to read the details in the “Get Ready to Have Fun” heading of the lead post or the Regionals Menu on this website so that you have everything you need to participate in the event.

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