Frequently Asked Questions

The games that we play change their rules when every new edition releases, be it an expansion or format change. The following questions are those that are asked so frequently that we needed to put the answers down in writing.

How come the event that you are organizing is being held at a specific location, on a specific day and time? In addition, why do we have to pay to play?
A lot of thought is put into deciding on where and when an event will be held. When we organize events, we often do not have very many location options. Each game may require that certain resources be available, such as power and Internet access. Not every location available to us offers the required resources or has the available space for players at a cost that we can afford. When we plan for a specific day or time, the costs can vary. It is much less expensive to hold an event on a weekday evening than a weekend afternoon. When we ask players to pay admission, it may cover a combination of the cost of prize support, space rental and/or travel expenses. None of the game companies reimburse our expenses and to offset some of the expenses that we incur, we sometimes seek sponsorship.

Am I allowed to record and stream event content?
Within the rules of each of the games that we support, it is acceptable to record and stream the contents of most events. However, those who plan to record and stream the content of individuals engaged in play must have approval from the tournament organizer or league leader, head judge and both players. Once approval is given, the camera person must not interfere with the game, make any noise or stand on the furniture. We choose not to suffer the liability of people corrupting the results of any game or hurting themselves. In addition, broken furniture costs money to replace and the person(s) who breaks any will be required to pay for its replacement.

What is a sanctioned event?
A sanctioned event is one in which the game’s manufacturer has created an event system to provide players a means to participate in activities. These activities typically include leagues and tournaments.

How do I tell if a sanctioned event is offering championship and/or play points?
If a sanctioned event is offering championship points, it will specifically mention such. Otherwise, assume that all sanctioned events will have their results reported so that you may be awarded with at least play points. The results of sanctioned events, once reported, may also alter your overall ranking and/or rating within the game manufacturer’s event system.

In the trading card and collectible miniatures games, what are proxy cards/clix?
Some players, in an effort to build a deck/team, use placeholder cards/clix or pieces of paper in their decks/teams to save space for cards/clix that they plan, but not yet have, to add to their deck/team. Proxies are not able to be used in any officially sanctioned event, but are completely acceptable in friendly play, provided that a player using proxies informs their opponent of such in advance.

When referring to the Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire video games, why are they called the sixth generation?
This is because the main line of Pokemon video games are released by generation. The release of a new generation typically coincides with the release of new handheld hardware from Nintendo. A sixth generation Pokemon is identified by a blue pentagon in its summary.
• First Generation: Pokemon Red, Blue & Yellow (Gameboy)
• Second Generation: Pokemon Gold & Silver (Gameboy Color)
• Third Generation: Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed & LeafGreen (Gameboy Advance)
• Fourth Generation: Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, Emerald, HeartGold & SoulSilver (DS)
• Fifth Generation: Pokemon Black, White, Black 2 & White 2 (DSi)
• Sixth Generation: Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire (3DS)

In the Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire video games, how do I know which Pokemon are legendary and mythical Pokemon?
In the Pokemon Complete List file found on the “Miscellaneous Files & Links” page, the legendary and mythical Pokemon are marked. As of generation six, the legendary Pokemon are Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal and Zygarde. The mythical Pokemon are Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, Hoopa and Volcanion.

I thought that certain Pokemon were considered to be legendary or mythical, but they are not listed as such. Why?
The simplest answer is that those Pokemon, including those known as the legendary “birds”, “golems” and hounds”, are considered to be quasi-legendary in the context of the video game. The reason being that the Pokemon considered to be legendary are vastly over-powered in comparison to quasi-legendary and normal Pokemon.

In the Pokemon X & Y video games, which Pokemon are legal in the standard Video Game Championships (VGC) 2014 format?
The Pokemon Company International defines that, “Pokemon used in the Standard Format must be native to the Kalos region in Pokemon X or Pokemon Y. A native Pokemon is a Pokemon that is hatched, distributed to, or caught in Pokemon X or Pokemon Y. Pokemon that have been transferred to Pokemon X or Pokemon Y via Pokemon Bank or Poke Transporter are not native.” Keep in mind that not all of the Pokemon found in the Friend Safari are considered Kalos native. In addition, the Pokemon must be found in the Kalos Pokedex and not be considered legendary, as previously defined above.

In the Pokemon X & Y video games, how do I know which Pokemon are Kalos Pokemon or bred in Kalos?
In the Pokemon Complete List file found on the “Miscellaneous Files & Links” page, the native Kalos Pokemon in addition to Pokemon that exist in the Kalos Pokedex outside of Kalos are marked. Another way to tell is via the Pokemon summary. Below the Pokemon is a line of markings that indicate if an item is attached, if the Pokemon is from Kalos and if the Pokemon is a favorite. We have indicated where you would find the Kalos pentagon (sixth generation) marking in the image below.

In the Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire video games, which Pokemon are legal in the standard Video Game Championships (VGC) 2015 format?
In the Pokemon Rules & Resources link found on the “Miscellaneous Files & Links” page, read the Play! Pokemon VG Rules and Formats file, specifically in sections nine (9) and 10. In addition, the Pokemon must be found in the National Pokedex and not be considered legendary, as previously defined above.

In the Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire video games, how do I know which Pokemon are Hoenn Pokemon or bred in Hoenn?
In the Pokemon Complete List file found on the “Miscellaneous Files & Links” page, the native Hoenn Pokemon in addition to Pokemon that exist in the Hoenn Pokedex outside of Hoenn are marked. Another way to tell is via the Pokemon summary. Below the moves is a line of markings that indicate if an item is attached, if the Pokemon is from Hoenn and if the Pokemon is a favorite. We have indicated where you would find the Hoenn pentagon (sixth generation) marking in the image above.

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