At the 2019 Pokémon Planet Championships this weekend, trainers can opt for any of the current 807 identified Pokémon to fight by their side. This is the final time they’ll be in a position to do so, at least in the close to future.
Earlier currently, the Pokémon Organization announced that Pokémon Sword and Shield will be the official games applied for competitive play in the course of the 2020 season. Although that is not necessarily a surprising move, it does imply that that the scene will be seeing some important competitive shifts moving forward soon after the 2019 championships in Pokémon Sun and Moon wrap up.
As revealed at E3, Pokémon Sword and Shield will be the initial games in the series’ current history that will not enable players to pull in Pokémon from earlier games by way of the Pokémon bank. We do not know which Pokémon will be left behind in this coming generation. Will Celesteela, who helped North American champ Wolfe Glick clinch the finals in June, finish up returning? Whoever tends to make the reduce, the field is in for a important culling, and it appears probably that some existing competitive favorites could fall victim to that.
Although that is created some fans angry, it also tends to make this year’s Planet Championships additional particular. It is the finish of a generation—multiple generations, really—and a excellent chance to celebrate the series’ competitive legacy on the 3DS. The Swiss round of matches got underway earlier currently, and the action continues on Saturday beginning at eight:45 a.m. ET to establish who will make the final reduce. Then on Sunday, the video game finals are anticipated to kick off sometime soon after noon with the Junior Division. The finals are anticipated to wrap up by four:00 p.m. ET that day. All of these matches will be streamed on the Pokémon VGC Twitch channel.
The Pokémon Planet Championships are house to additional than just matches in the Moon and Sun games. The occasion also hosts the championships for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, which will be going on simultaneously and streaming right here, as effectively as a Pokkén Tournament DX occasion that will be streaming right here with the finals beginning at three:00 p.m. ET Saturday. Earlier currently, the occasion even hosted a modest Pokémon Go invitational. If you want to verify out what competitive Pokémon Go appears like, you can uncover the VOD readily available right here, which 1 spectator more than on ResetEra named “a lovely showcase of Pokémon GO’s trademark jank.”