Official countdown: 2 days left until the 2019 Pokémon World Championships

Pokémon Trainers have been sharpening their skills all year so they can prove they’re the very best at the 2019 Pokémon World Championships. You’ll be able to watch the most important Pokémon battles of the season all weekend long from Friday, August 16, through Sunday, August 18, live from Washington, DC.

After the opening ceremony at 9 a.m. EDT on Friday, you’ll be able to watch the Pokémon GO Invitational on The first rounds of the Pokémon World Championships and the Pokkén Tournament DX LCQ will begin simultaneously on, and After the conclusion of the Pokémon GO Invitational, bonus matches from the Pokémon TCG and video game tournaments will air on, and the three dedicated streams will continue to broadcast throughout Friday.

Only the strongest competitors will remain as the main and VGC streams open at 8:45 a.m. EDT Saturday with day 2 of the Pokémon VGC World Championships, and the Pokkén Tournament DX World Championships will kick off on the Pokkén Tournament stream at the same time. The Pokémon TCG stream will resume at 11:15 a.m. EDT as that event’s day 2 action starts to heat up, and will host the Championship Bracket of the Pokkén Tournament DXcompetition starting around 2 p.m. EDT. Afterward, will shift to Pokémon VGC and Pokémon TCG top cut matches.

The finals for the Pokémon TCG and VGC will be broadcast consecutively only on on Sunday starting at 9 a.m. EDT. Don’t forget to check out the winning teams and decks at once the tournament is complete.

What to Watch: Pokémon TCG

Dedicated Pokémon TCG stream:
Commentators: Cora Georgiou, Jeremy Jallen, Josue Rojano, Kyle Sabelhaus, Kyle Sucevich, Kenny Wisdom

Friday, August 16: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Saturday, August 17: 11:15 a.m. – 10 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Sunday, August 18: Finals start at 9 a.m. EDT on

The Pokémon TCG World Championships will feature an unexplored format after the 2020 season Pokémon TCG format rotation. With hundreds of cards leaving the Standard format just before the Pokémon World Championships, the savviest deck builders will have an edge as players theorize the strongest decks in this new format. Only Pokémon TCG expansions from Sun & Moon—Ultra Prismthrough the newly released Sun & Moon—Unified Minds, and Black Star Promo cards numbered SM94 and up, will be permitted for this competition, so anticipate new cards making a major impact.

What to Watch: Pokémon VGC

Dedicated Pokémon VGC stream:
Commentators: Adam Dorricott, Scott Glaza, Duy Ha, Rosemary Kelley, Gabby Snyder, Aaron Zheng

Friday, August 16: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Saturday, August 17: 8:45 a.m. – 7 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Sunday, August 18: After TCG finals on (approx. 2 p.m. EDT)

Trainers competing in the Video Game Championships have competed with various versions of the GS Cup rules all season, which permit players to include two of the most powerful Legendary Pokémon on their teams. But the biggest story coming out of the recent North America International Championships was the incredible performance of the more unexpected Pokémon that appeared alongside the Legendary Pokémon. Teams featuring Mega Medicham, Mega Lucario, Mimikyu, Kommo-o, and Shedinja were all still standing late in the tournament, setting up a Pokémon World Championships where it truly feels like any Pokémon could be a surprise star.

What to Watch: Pokkén Tournament DX

Pokkén Tournament DX stream:
 Michael “H2” Graf, Evan “WonderChef” Hashimoto, Brendan “Burnside” Hansen

Friday, August 16: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Saturday, August 17: 8:45 a.m. – 2 p.m. EDT (approx.)
Saturday, August 17: 2–6 p.m. EDT (approx.) on

The Pokkén Tournament DX action will begin with the Last Chance Qualifier on Friday, the final opportunity for competitors to qualify for the Pokkén Tournament DX World Championships. Then, on Saturday, the top players from Friday will join those who qualified at the International Championships in a clash of the best players in the world. Saturday’s matches will start on and move to for the Championship Bracket around 2 p.m. EDT.

All times approximate and subject to change.


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