VGC 2018 Season Information

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With the 2017 World Championships over, its time to look towards the future and talk about the VGC 2018 season. This article will talk about all information released by the Pokemon Company in regards to the 2018 season and if any of this information is updated and changed, I plan to add it for your convenience.

(This article does not cover the VGC2018 ruleset as at the time of writing, the rules have not been released.)

Premier Challenges

Premier Challenges are entry level events and have the smallest payout of Championship Points. There great for building a community with your fellow local players as they welcome players of all skill levels and have no qualifications or residency restrictions, meaning if you can attend any Premier Challenge on the globe. While they give out a small number of Championship Points, there great for slowing qualifying for the World Championships.

For the 2018 season, Premier Challenges have been divided into 4 series throughout the season.
  1. Autumn Series - September 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017
  2. Winter Series - November 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018
  3. Spring Series - February 1, 2018 - April 30, 2018
  4. Summer Series - May 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018

The Best Finish Limit for each series is 2, meaning that your 2 best finishes will be counted, meaning once you win 2 Premier Challenges in each series, no other finishes will be calculated. You can read the Championship Point payout for these events below.

Midseason Showdowns

Midseason Showdowns are a step-up from Premier Challenges as they offer a larger Championship Points payout. This means that the stakes are higher compared to Premier Challenges. Like Premier Challenges, they have no qualifications or residency restrictions so you can attend any Midseason Showdown on the globe.

The Best Finish Limit is 2 per series, which follows the same series format as shown above. You can check out the payout for these events below.

Regional Championships

A step up from Midseason Showdowns, Regionals are very important as finishing well at these events can get you very close towards your World Championships invite. These events are also the smallest event that officially offer prize money, which is advertised as "Up to $50,000 in prizes, scholarships, and gift cards (based on attendance)." These events also have no qualifications or residency restrictions to enter, but do have an entry fee you'll need to pay in order to compete.

Unlike other events, there is no Best Finish Limit so all Regionals performances will be counted and none can be overridden.

The following will show the announced Regionals in North America and Europe. At this time, the Latin America and Oceanic regions have not had their Regionals announced yet, but will be filled in when they are.

North America
  • 9/2/2017 - 9/3/2017 || Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, IN
  • 9/30/2017 - 10/1/2017 || Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT
  • 10/7/2017 - 10/8/2017 || Ocean Center-Daytona Beach, FL
  • 10/14/2017 - 10/15-2017 || Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC, Canada
  • 11/25/2017 - 11/26/2017 || San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA
  • 12/16/2017 - 12/17/2017 || Memphis Cook Convention Center, Memphis, TN
  • 1/27/2018 - 1/28/2018 || Hyatt Regency DFW, Dallas, TX [located at Terminal C of DFW Airport]
  • 2/17/2018 - 2/18/2018 || Gateway Center, Collinsville, IL (near St. Louis, MO)
  • 3/3/2018 - 3/4/2018 || OC Fair and Event Center, Costa Mesa, CA (near Anaheim, CA)
  • 3/17/2018 - 3/18/2018 || The Park Expo & Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
  • 3/24/2018 - 3/25/2018 || Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
  • 5/5/2018 - 5/6/2018 || Utah State Fairpark, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 5/12/2018 - 5/13/2018 || Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 5/26/2018 - 5/27/2018 || Berglund Special Events Center, Roanoke, VA
  • 6/2/2018 - 6/3/2018 || Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison, WI

  • 7/29/2017 - 7/30/2017 || Exhibition Centre Liverpool Hall A, Liverpool, UK
  • 9/16/2017 - 9/17/2017 || Musical-Theater, Bremen, Germany
  • 1/27/2018 - 1/28/2018 || Dreamhack, Leipziger Messe, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2/17/2018 - 2/18/2018 || Amiralen, Malmö, Sweden
  • 4/14/2018 - 4/15/2018 || Messe Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany
  • 6/16/2018 - 6/17/2018 || Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield, UK 


  • 12/16/2017 - 12/20/2017 || The Edge Southbank, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • 3/24/2018 - 3/25/2018 || Perth Town Hall, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • 5/26/2018 - 5/27/2018 || Collingwood Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The following picture shows the Championship Point calculations all Regionals will use, as well as the prize money you can earn.

Special Events

Special Events count the same as Regionals in terms of the amount of Championship Points calculated, but do not offer prize money. You can see below the currently announced Special Events.
  • 9/30/2017 - 10/1/2017 || Palacio Euskalduna Jauregia, Bilbao, Spain
  • 12/16/2017 - 12/17/2017 || Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • December 2017 || TBA Italy
  • 3/17/2018 - 3/18/2018 || Clarion Congress Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 5/19/2018 - 5/20/2018 || Dreamhack, Parc des Expositions de Tours, Tours, France

International Championships

The largest events to potentially earn Championship Points at, International Championships have the potential to draw in players from around the globe. They give a large Championship Point payout, which also give out travel awards to the next International, as shown by the cutoff dates below.
  • European Internationals: Travel awards and stipends are given based off of final Championship Point totals from the 2017 season.
  • Oceanic Internationals: Travel awards and stipends are given based off of the Championship Point totals as reported on November 30, 2017.
  • Latin American Internationals: Travel awards and stipends are given based off of the Championship Point totals as reported on February 15, 2018.
  • North American Internationals: Travel awards and stipends are given based off of the Championship Point totals as reported on May 3, 2018.

From the cutoff dates, these are the 4 confirmed Internationals Championships, where 1 is heald in each rating zone throughout the season.
  • European Internationals: Held November 17-19, 2017 at the ExCel Center in London, England.
  • Oceanic Internationals: Held February 2018 at a currently undecided location in Australia.
  • Latin American Internationals: Held April 2018 at a currently undecided location in Brazil.
  • North American Internationals: The date is currently unknown, to be held in the United States.
You can see here the Championship Point calculations for these events, as well as the prize money you can potentially earn through these events. The Best Finish Limit for these events is 4 so your 4 best finishes at these events will count only count towards your overall Championship Point total.

World Championships

While information has not been publicly available, what we do have are the qualifications in order to earn an invite. Like the past 2 season, there is a bar so once you hit a certain amount of Championship Points, you'll earn an invite, which is subject to change.

That's all important information. Be sure to check this article throughout the 2018 season for updates as new information will be revealed and as the information comes out, this article will be updated to reflect this.


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