How Competitive Pokemon Works

The 2017 Pokemon World Championships are just around the corner, from August 18-20. The competition will be streamed live online so trainers all around the world can tune in to see who is the very best, like no one ever was. With a prize pool of $500,000, expect competition to be fierce and exciting.

Watching competitive Pokemon is a bit different than playing with your friends in the living room. There are special rules that only come into play in tournaments, and different strategies that might look strange if you aren’t into the competitive scene yourself. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered with our guide to everything you need to know when watching both competitive video game (VGC) and trading card game (TCG) matches.

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