First Ever Two-Day State Championship!

Over the past few years, the Pokémon TCG has been growing tremendously. Without a doubt, events have been larger than ever! As a result, US Nationals turned into a three-day event and all Regional Championships turned into two-day events. In fact, many City Championships this season hit over 100 players in Masters. Many Tournament Organizers are wondering how to accommodate for this increase in attendance. If too many people show up, tournaments won’t finish until very late into the night. What is the solution?

Well, Jimmy Ballard, the Tournament Organizer for the Illinois State Championship, has decided to make his event the first two-day State Championship in the history of the Pokémon TCG! After the Swiss rounds on the first day, the Top 16 players will advance to the second day, where the champion will be crowned. Would you like to see two-day State Championships become mandatory, or is one day enough? Let us know what you think down in the comments!

For complete information on the event, check out this thread.

For a list of all State Championships in the US, check out this thread.

9 responses to “First Ever Two-Day State Championship!”

  1. Jason Klaczynski

    Why should anything be mandatory? Let the PTOs on behalf of their players decide how many days to make their event. Certainly we can’t expect the 40 or so states that all hold Championships to have the same circumstances.

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      I suppose mandatory was a bit too strong of a word there, but the idea is the same. Just want to know how people feel about a two-day State Championship.

  2. Mason Hans

    I’d rather play until 2 a.m.

  3. Jen Badamo

    I think that each state should be able to make their own decision but the official guidelines should be amended to recommend a 2 day even if past attendance has consistently reached a certain threshold.

  4. Carson St Denis

    I think that states should be more like regionals and I like the idea

  5. coolestman22

    I like the idea of having two-day States, but I don’t think it should be mandatory. Let the TO’s decide for themselves.

  6. Raen (Ian Asplund)

    There are LOTS of States that don’t get even close to the numbers to warrant this. I honestly don’t like 2 day States, but I understand if you are getting numbers over 128 Masters (like Ohio last year). Anything under that and I do NOT want to see 2 days.

  7. RB

    Just curious, but where does the extra money come from to rent a hall for two days instead of one? If you have a big States, then the rent cannot be cheap for a hotel type ballroom.

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      Valid concern. Fortunately for Jimmy, I don’t think he pays much (if anything) for his States venue. For other TOs, this could be a big problem.