Online Registration REQUIRED for US Nationals!

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For the first time in the game’s history, players will be forced to register online for the US National Championships. To emphasize, you must sign up online if you want to play in US Nationals! Here are the links you can follow to register.

Trading Card Game: https://2014.registration.pokemon.com/register/14-07-000008
Video Game: https://2014.registration.pokemon.com/register/14-07-000009

All you have to do is enter your information and follow the instructions, and you’ll be all signed up to play in the US National Championships! Here are the requirements to play in the event.

TCG Masters: 10 Play! Points, $30 entry fee (credit card only)
TCG Juniors and Seniors: 5 Play! Points
VGC (All Divisions): No requirement

Here is a video walkthrough:

Good luck to those playing in the event!

9 responses to “Online Registration REQUIRED for US Nationals!”

  1. C-Dub

    I have a question for you Kyle. Its not exactly related to the video, but sort of.

    Why is U.S. Nationals on the 4th of July and on the 4th of July weekend? What is the logic behind this? This is an event that I would go to but its a holiday and theres festivities/events where I live that I don’t want to miss. Many others here in the states are probably also having get togethers and shooting off fireworks with their friends…why have this event at this time? Why not a week before or a week later? I don’t get it. Do they always have this event over the 4th? It seems like Pokemon is missing out on getting more players (or maybe they don’t want more??) at this event. I’m honestly just curious. I’d like to get into live play more and this would be one of the events that I would definitely travel to hit up…but not if its over the 4th of July every year.

    1. Zachary Siddiq

      I’m not Kyle, but I hope you enjoy my answer. :-)
      I expressed dislike with the 4th of July weekend for Nationals as well. I’ll still be going to the event, but I’ll also be missing out on at least one get-together for going to Nationals. It seems pretty unfair, but somebody brought up a great point to me; maybe Pokemon is trying to get the widest audience possible to come to the event. As the 4th of July is a day off work for people, it gives Pokémon the 3-day weekend it needs for Nationals. Its a convenience for some (Particularly for those out of state, since they can leave when they get off work on Thursday the 3rd), but a pain for others (Like people who want to spend the 4th of July with friends and family).

      1. C-Dub

        @ Kyle
        Thanks for the reply. I guess it could be as simple as that. I never thought about it in terms of what it costs them to rent out the convention center.

        @ Zach
        Thanks for the reply. While I can see the idea of having it over the holiday weekend because people have an extra day off from work….i’m still not satisfied with that approach. People can simply take a personal day from work off on a Friday and make the 3 day weekend happen for the event in that way. Or make sure that you request the day off well in advance so your boss/manager schedules you around it. I did it all the time back when I worked retail in college and it was quite simple. I took plenty of extended weekends that didn’t involve a holiday.

        To me it seems rather silly for them to hold the event on the day of a national holiday that is known for get togethers and celebrations. Its quite disappointing actually, especially when U.S. Nationals seems to be really late in the season and after all of the other country’s national championships. I realize its probably the biggest and most lucrative tournament in the world, but still, its dumb that they are so concerned with their cost/other reasons instead of holding the event on an earlier weekend in June. Do they realize how inconvenient the timing is for some people? Maybe, I guess. Its hard to believe that more players arn’t annoyed by this and haven’t expressed their displeasure like you and I have Zach. I don’t read up on many ptcg forums, so perhaps it has been brought up before, but I haven’t heard anything about it. As a potential new player to the live scene in the future, this kind of scheduling turns me off from getting involved.

    2. Kyle Sucevich

      This is just a rumor, but I’ve heard that the 4th of July weekend is the cheapest time to book the convention center. It might be as simple as that.

  2. SoodleNoodle

    And Masters must have a photo ID to check in.

  3. Rayton Lamb

    Congratulations Pram for being a finalist

  4. C-Dub

    Alright Kyle, I have a request for you since Nationals is now over. Can you please express your thoughts on the BOMB that Pokemon OP dropped on us over the hectic nationals weekend with the “extended format” being in effect at Day 2 of all events?

    I would love to see you write up an article about it telling us what you think about it just like you did with the rule changes that went into effect last year. I’ve read up on mixed opinions on various sites but haven’t read much from the top players and personalities in the game. I also don’t have any form of social media so I would enjoy posting my thoughts on your article after seeing what you have to say about it all.

    This IS shocking news. I think a lot of people thought it would be two separate formats where an extended BW-On would be a side event thing or have its own tournaments where players could earn CP points or something. But to infuse them together….wow. I’ll wait to express my own thoughts for your article, )if you choose to write it) but i’m quite upset with this announcement. This is a landmark decision by pokemon and completely changes everything, so I would love to hear your thoughts on it all!

    1. Zachary Siddiq

      Once again, not Kyle. But here’s my thoughts on the subject!
      To me, a player who really wasn’t around to play stuff like Elektric, its exciting to see them back in play. But I completely understand your point. How much more difficult will tournaments now be? Two deck lists, two deck checks, and perhaps running two different decks at a time, which is both expensive and time consuming (from buying and trading the cards and testing your deck)! I too was expecting something different than Day 2 events now becoming BW and beyond, so I was half right in my thinking, as they still will have this kind of format in other tournaments.
      For experienced players or for those with huge collections, this isn’t as bad of a problem; they probably have some of the stuff that would be used in these new events anyway. But for new players, imagine the headache; they need two decks to even stand a chance!

      1. C-Dub

        I have enjoyed your replies! When I ask Kyle I am always leaving it out in the open for others to comment on…so thanks!

        My major issue with it is that there won’t be this exciting amount of creativity that they are trying to promote it as. Reach the second day/top cut? No problem. Whip out your Landorus heavy Garbodor deck and stack it with the upcoming fighting support and Landorus is likely hitting for 70/30 for one energy on the first turn (if you go 2nd, of course). In theory, a special fighting energy, muscle band, and the fighting stadium hits an ex for 90/30. So with laserbank…120/30. I know its a lot to put together on turn one…but its very possible. Lets be real here, Landorus is broken with the upcoming fighting support. It becomes way too fast and overpowering. What bad matchup does it have when it can hit that hard and that fast? What deck is favored against it? (Maybe the few that I mention next.)

        If not that deck, then whip out your Accelgor deck! It’ll probably catch everyone off guard and you’ll lock your way to the win. So fun! /sarcasm

        If not that, then pull out eels (which I expect so many people to do). That deck will be OP with everything that you can pair with it now. I’m going to guess right now that these three decks and Yveltal dark decks that can just shove in those dark patches and Sableye will be all that you see in the new “extended format for Day 2 of tournaments I know thats speculation, but its pretty clear what the overpowered decks will be in this format.
        Such creativity, right? / sarcasm

        What also irks me is that I got back into the game about two years ago when PTCGO came alive again and I found this wonderful site. At this point I am so sick of the flawed design of so many BW cards (sableye, dark patch, eels, accelgor, ect.). Yes, the design of these cards is bad. Kyle has even mentioned this throughout his past videos over the past few years. I’m not even joking about that. Anyway, I was so ready for these BW cards to leave the modified format after this year’s rotation…but nope. They’re back! I realize that they only become legal in Day 2…but thats still really lame.

        It also bothers me that there will no longer be any “rogue” or surprise decks making a splash in tournaments because even if you shock everyone and end up in first place after the first day, who cares? Everyone can now change decks and tech against you OR just play one of those overpowered decks that I mentioned earlier. I don’t see that as fair and that sucks the fun out of the game IMO.

        I’m not so much concerned about needing a second deck. I just don’t think its right to force players into playing a second format within the same tournament. I have read elsewhere lately where other card games do this….but so what? Pokemon is different.

        This post ran longer than I expected but i’m upset! I still have much, much more to say on this subject to make my point. But this is a lot for one post already lol.