Official playoff format, schedule and prizing details revealed for Pokémon Team Challenge—Season 4

The Play! Pokémon Team Challenge has been announced by The Pokémon Company International. Read on below to learn more:

Pokémon Team Challenge—Season 4 Playoffs Information

The Pokémon Team Challenge—Season 4 Playoffs are approaching. Learn more about the playoff format, schedule, and prizing.

Pokémon TCG players from local game stores across North America and Europe competed in Pokémon Team Challenge—Season 4 Qualifiers from September to December. They’re now entering the next phase of the tournament: the Pokémon Team Challenge—Season 4 Playoffs, starting January 14, 2023. Players who won a Qualifier and earned a spot on their local game store’s roster will face off against other local game store teams until the Pokémon Team Challenge—Season 4 Champion is crowned following the Grand Finals later this year.

Playoff Format

The Pokémon Team Challenge—Season 4 Playoffs will use the 2022 Standard format, including the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Silver Tempest expansion. All matches will be played in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online in a single-elimination format with open deck lists. These matches will be played between two teams of three players, with each player playing each member of the opposing team once—the first team to win five matches wins the set and advances to the next round.

Playoff Start

Pokémon Team Challenge—Season 4 Playoff matches begin on January 14, 2023, and will continue weekly until the Top 4 teams are decided on March 19, 2023. More details about the semifinals and finals will be announced at a later date. Weekly bracket updates can be found at Tournament Center.

  • January 14–15: Top 1024
  • January 28–29: Top 512
  • February 4–5: Top 256
  • February 11–12: Top 128
  • February 25–26: Top 64
  • March 4–5: Top 32
  • March 11–12: Top 16
  • March 18–19: Top 8
  • TBD: Top 4 and Top 2

Prizes

Playoff participants will have the opportunity to win booster codes useable in the Pokémon TCG Online and Pokémon TCG Live, as well as exclusive Pokémon Team Challenge—Season 4 physical Pokémon TCG playmats for finishing Top 256, Top 32, and Top 8 in the tournament. The winner of the grand finals will win a trophy to commemorate their championship victory!

Previous Seasons’ Results

Want to relive the excitement from the previous Play! Pokémon Team Challenge competitions? Check out results from the previous seasons here:

  • Team Challenge—Spring 2021
    • Winner: De Tafelridder Team
    • Players: Bryan de Vries, Owyn Kamerman, Thomas Asare, and Brennan Kamerman.
    • Watch the broadcast here:
  • Team Challenge—Summer 2021
    • Winner: Spellenhuis Haarlem Team
    • Players: Edwyn Mesman, Wesley Kramer, Pascal Middel, and Lennart Timmers.
    • Watch the broadcast here:
  • Team Challenge—Summer 2022
    • Winner: Store Outland AS
    • Players: Magnus Kalland, Tord Reklev, Mathias Lilleby, and Jens Arne Mækinen.
    • Watch the broadcast here:

Source: Pokemon.com

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