2018 Pokemon World Championships: Prize Pool, Schedule, VODs and How To Watch

Pokemon Masters will rise this weekend and Shacknews has your full guide on how to watch all of the action.

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The 2018 Pokemon World Championships are about to begin, running from Friday through Sunday. Competitors from over 35 countries are gathering in Nashville, TN for a chance to battle across Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon, The Pokemon Trading Card Game, and Pokken Tournament DX. Shacknews is here for our full guide on how to check out all of the action.

How much is the 2018 Pokemon World Championships prize pool?

The 2018 Pokemon World Championships will award over $500,000 in cash and scholarships across three different age groups. Here are the current prize totals for each of the three games set to be played over the weekend:

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

  • 1st place - $10,000
  • 2nd place - $7,500
  • 3rd-4th place - $5,000
  • 5th-8th place - $3,000
  • 9th-16th place - $1,500

The top four finishers will receive an automatic invite to the 2019 Pokemon Workd Championships. All Top 16 players will also receive 72 Pokemon TCG booster packs.

Pokemon Trading Card Game

  • 1st place - $25,000
  • 2nd place - $15,000
  • 3rd-4th place - $7,500
  • 5th-8th place - $5,000
  • 9th-16th place - $2,500
  • 17th-32nd place - $1,500

The top four finishers will receive an automatic invite to the 2019 Pokemon Workd Championships. All Top 32 players will also receive 72 Pokemon TCG booster packs.

Pokken Tournament DX (Masters Division)

  • 1st place - $6,000
  • 2nd place - $4,000
  • 3rd place - $3,000
  • 4th place - $2,000
  • 5th place - $1,500 each
  • 7th place - $1,000 each

Pokken Tournament DX (Senior Division)

  • 1st place - $3,000 Pokemon Visa Prepaid Card
  • 2nd place - $1,500 Pokemon Visa Prepaid Card
  • 3rd place - $500 Pokemon Visa Prepaid Card

What are the different competitive Pokemon age groups?

You might see the terms Masters, Senior, and Junior divisions a lot this weekend. These represent the three different age groups that will compete at this tournament. Here are the distinct age groups:

  • Masters Division - Born in 1999 or earlier
  • Senior Division - Born anytime from 2000-2003
  • Junior Division - Born in 2004 or later

Both the Pokemon TCG and VGC competitions have a Masters, Senior, and Junior divisions. Pokken Tournament DX features a Masters and Senior division only.

What's the 2018 Pokemon World Championships Schedule?

Here's the full schedule for the weekend (all times listed in PT):

Friday, August 24

  • All four streams will host the Opening Ceremonies at 7AM PT.
  • Twitch.tv/Pokemon
    • 7:45 AM: VGC Swiss Rounds
    • 12:45 PM: TCG Swiss Rounds
    • 4:45 PM: Off Air
  • Twitch.tv/PokemonVGC
    • 9:45 AM: VGC Swiss Rounds
    • 5PM: Off Air
  • Twitch.tv/PokemonTCG
    • 7:45 AM: TCG Swiss Rounds
    • 3:30 PM: Off Air
  • Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament
    • 7:45 AM: Pokken Tournament Last Chance Qualifier, Masters Division
    • 3PM: Off Air

Saturday, August 25

  • Twitch.tv/Pokemon
    • 7AM: TCG Day 2 Swiss Rounds
    • 1PM: Pokken Tournament DX Senior Finals, Masters Finals
    • 4:15 PM: VGC Top Cut
    • 7:15 PM: Off Air
  • Twitch.tv/PokemonVGC
    • 7AM: VGC Day 2 Swiss Rounds
    • 2:30 PM: VGC Top Cut
    • 5:45 PM: Off Air
  • Twitch.tv/PokemonTCG
    • 9:30 AM: TCG Day 2 Swiss Rounds
    • 4:15 PM: TCG Top Cut
    • 8:15 PM: Off Air
  • Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament
    • 7AM: Pokken Tournament Masters Division
    • 1PM: Off Air (Finals on main stream)

Saturday, August 25

  • Twitch.tv/Pokemon
    • 7AM: TCG Junior Finals, TCG Senior Finals, TCG Masters Finals, VG Junior Finals, VG Senior Finals, VG Masters Finals, Closing Ceremonies

How to Watch the 2018 Pokemon World Championships schedule?

There are four Twitch streams available throughout the weekend. They were mentioned above, but here are links for anyone who missed them.

The main Pokemon stream
YouTube Day 1 Mirror
YouTube Day 2 Mirror
YouTube Finals Day Mirror

The Pokemon Trading Card Game stream

The Pokemon Video Game stream

The Pokken Tournament stream

How to Watch the 2018 Pokemon World Championships VODs

Major matches from the weekend are being posted in full on the Pokemon YouTube channel.

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