The Pokémon TCG State/Province Championships do not require an invitation or qualification of any kind, and all players in good standing are welcome to participate. Results of the SPC can give a serious boost to a player’s Championship Points and chances of getting into the 2015 World Championships in Boston, MA.

Time to test your skills at the
IL State Championships!


March 21-22, 2015

Science and Arts Academy
1825 Miner St.
Des Plaines, IL. 60638

We recommend using Google Maps for directions to this location.


Juniors – (Born in 2004 or later) – FREE.
Seniors – (Born in 2000 to 2003) – FREE
Masters – (Born in 1999 and earlier) – $20 Cash Only
All Players will be entered into random door prize raffles just for signing up!

Doors open and Registration begins at 8:00 AM and will close at 9:30 AM. All players MUST, MUST, MUST register online PRIOR to the event date. REGISTER NOW HERE. Check in will be done with Decklists… NOTE:  ALL DECKS WILL BE CHECKED, SO HAVE THEM SORTED WHEN YOU ARRIVE. If you have poor handwriting, please consider using one of the computer generated deck list programs so we can read it! Click More for All the Complete details on Illinois State Championships & VG Challenge

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Registration closes thirty minutes before the event is scheduled to start. Any player who wants to enroll after registration has closed will be able to do so, but will receive a round one match loss. Players arriving after round two has been paired will not be able to enroll in the tournament.

This event is open to all players. We are running this event using the Swiss pairing format, so you can play through each round and never be eliminated until Swiss rounds are over.  State Championships are a great place to test your new deck strategies and bring your play skills to the next level! The top players of the State Championship are awarded prizes for the skills needed to do well in such a large event.


Standard Constructed.  Boundaries Crossed through Primal Clash
For a copy of modified legal reprints look HERE! Top 8 will play 75 minute matches.


The Pokémon TCG State/Province Championships are run using the Standard Format and Age-Modified Swiss pairings. The number of Swiss rounds run will depend on total attendance at the event. Each round of Swiss is a best-of-three match, with a time limit of 50 minutes plus 3 turns. At the conclusion of Swiss rounds, the top players will compete in Single-Elimination rounds, with a maximum of 8 participants. See the Pokémon Tournament Rules for detailed information about the tournament structure.  After checking your cards are legal for play, you will then need to fill out a DECKLIST!  Or better yet, make it super easy so you don’t even have to write it out and use the Decklist Generator.

If you are using sleeves be sure they are all the same color and size. Damaged sleeves will NOT be allowed for this event. Shiny backs or printed backed sleeves will also not be allowed.


Every player must provide us with a legible copy of their deck list PRIOR to close of registration. Anyone failing to turn in a decklist on time will be considered late and will not be entered into the event until Round 1 has started. If the event has begun, and a player has failed to turn in their deck list, they will receive a match loss for round 2, Please do not be late turning in your list…

Tournament Schedule – Day 1

• 8:00-9:30 Registration

• 9:40 Player Roster Posted

• 9:50 Pairings Posted

• 9:55 Announcements

• 10:00-10:50 Round 1

• 11:15-12:05 Round 2

• LUNCH till 1:30

• 1:30-2:20 Round 3

• 2:40-3:30 Round 4

• 3:50-4:40 Round 5

• 5:00-5:50 Round 6

• 6:10-7:00 Round 7

• 7:15 Standings Posted

• 7:30 Dinner Time!!!

*sign-ups for the Win-A-Mat events will begin after Round 3

Tournament Schedule – Day 2

• 10:00 Deck Checks for Top 8 Players

• 11:00 All Ages Top 8 Start Time

• 12:30 All Ages Top 4 Start Time

• 2:00 All Ages Top 2

• 3:30 Closing Ceremonies


Side Event Schedule – Day 2 (details below on each event)

• 10:00 Open Registration for all scheduled side events

• 10:00 Registration for Illinois State League Challenge

• 11:00 VGC League Challenge – Omega Series 

• 3:00 Last Chance for Side Event Registration


What are the prizes?

Prizes are awarded to the top players in each of three age divisions. First 250 players to register will get a special promotional item.

All participants will receive 3 Play! Points and a Pokémon SPC promo card (while supplies last) just for playing! Top finishers will receive Championship Points as detailed on the 2015 Championship Points chart.

The winner of each division will receive a first-round bye at the US or Canadian National Championships.*

The top 4 finishers in each division will receive a Pokémon TCG State/Province Championships trophy.

The top 8 finishers in the Junior and Senior Divisions will receive booster packs from the most current Pokémon TCG expansion as follows:

1st & 2nd: 36 boosters
3rd & 4th: 18 boosters
5th–8th: 9 boosters

The top16 finishers in the Masters Division will receive booster packs from the most current Pokémon TCG expansion as follows:

1st & 2nd: 108 boosters
3rd & 4th: 36 boosters
5th–8th: 18 boosters
9th–16th: 9 boosters

In addition to the Prizing from Pokemon, Top Cut Central will be adding the following…

Masters Only

TOP HALF OF REMAINING REGISTERED MASTERS AFTER SWISS ROUNDS – $20 IN Top Cut Central Vouchers* or website credits. (That’s right, you only have to be better than half the field to get your entry back in vouchers!)  Top Cut Vouchers may be redeemed at the event, or receive remaining value in website credit. Vouchers may not be used for tournament entry fees.

Top 8 Masters will receive an exclusive TOP CUT CENTRAL prize pack.

What about Travel Awards and Stipends?

Travel Awards and Travel Stipends to the North American National Championships are awarded to the top TCG performers in the season’s Championship Points rankings.

*Byes earned by winning players apply to the National Championships event corresponding to the player’s nationality. A Canadian player is therefore eligible to earn a bye at the Canadian National Championships by winning an event hosted in the United States, and vice versa.

Byes do not “stack.” If you have won a bye in another event, either a different SPC event or a Regional Championships, you will receive the largest bye you have earned. You will not receive the sum of all the byes you earn.

Play! Pokémon General Event Info

Prizing and Championship Points as listed on


Win-a-Mat – New Event! – VERY Limited Availability! Open to 24 individual pods of 8 players.

Format: Modified Sanctioned

Type: 8 player, 2 out of 3, Single Elimination Tournament

Price: $10.00 – each player receives two packs when they sign up





Win-a-Box - Limited Availability!

Format: Modified Sanctioned

Type: 8 player, 2 out of 3, Single Elimination Tournament

Price: $15.00 – each player receives one pack when they sign up

Prize: Full Sealed Box of most current set


Limited Draft

Format: Limited Sanctioned

Type: 8 player, 2 out of 3, Single Elimination Tournament

Price: $15.00 for 3 pack Draft

Prize: 1st place 8 Packs of most current set

2nd place 4 packs of most current set


League Championship


DAY TWO – Registration 10am – 10:45am

Format: Modified Sanctioned

Type: Swiss – NO Top Cut

Price: $5.00 all ages – Every player receives a pack at entry

Prize: For all age groups…

1st Place:

  • A Pokémon TCG 1st Place promo card PLUS a $20 Top Cut Central Voucher

2nd Place:

  • A Pokémon TCG 2nd Place promo card PLUS $10 Top Cut Central Voucher

3rd-4th Place:

  • A Pokémon TCG 3rd – 4th Place promo card PLUS  a $5 top Cut Central Voucher

*Prizes based on age groups of 16 or more, and will be adjusted accordingly.


Kiddie Corner – Activity Center

There will be several smaller events such as, coloring contest, guess how many, drawing contest, etc., available for all to win additional prizes.


Top Cut Central will be onsite with a full assortment singles and sealed merchandise. We will also be buying bulk cards at this event. For the most current buylist click HERE!


While trading is fine, please note that buying/selling cards with anyone except for our authorized dealer(s), or soliciting to do so elsewhere, is strictly forbidden at this event. Failure to obey this rule may result in both the buyer and the seller being removed from the event, and banned from attending future events.

Top Cut Comics also reserves the right to limit the amount of space being occupied by any one individual while trading, and does not allow the use of suitcases, handcarts, luggage carts, etc. to be used for the purpose of transporting excessive amounts of trade stock. We need to be considerate of all those around us.


Players who want specific information can contact us at [email protected].




Come join us for day 2 of a fun packed weekend of states! Team Battle list will be needed! $5 entry Fee. Prizes will be awarded based on number of people in each age division. Hope to see you there!

VGC Premier Challenge – Omega Series


DAY TWO – Registration 11am – 11:45am

Price: $5.00 – All Ages

Standard Format – Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Only

What are the prizes?

All participants will receive 2 Play! Points.

In addition to Play! Points, Championship Points are on the line at all Premier Challenges, and these points help players build toward an invitation to Worlds. Check here for information on Championship Points. The Best Finish Limit for this season of the Premier Challenge is 5.

In addition to the prizes posted HERE! the addition will also be guaranteed for all age groups…

1st Place: $20 Top Cut Central Voucher

2nd Place: $10 Top Cut Central Voucher

3rd-4th Place: $5 top Cut Central Voucher

*Prizes based on age groups of 16 or more, and will be adjusted accordingly.

Online Registration will be used: Please Register at: in order to avoid hassles at the event site. Once registered you will need to check in the day of the event in order to insure your spot in the tournament.

The Standard format is the standard tournament format for Play! Pokémon Premier video game events.
This format will be used at all Premier events unless specified otherwise.
Only Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Game Cards or downloadable versions
are permitted for use.
Players may use Pokémon from the National Pokédex, from No. 001–719, that are caught in the
game, transferred from a previous Pokémon title, or received at an official event or distribution
The following Pokémon may not be on a player’s team:
o 150 – Mewtwo
o 151 – Mew
o 249 – Lugia
o 250 – Ho-Oh
o 251 – Celebi
o 382 – Kyogre
o 383 – Groudon
o 384 – Rayquaza
o 385 – Jirachi
o 386 – Deoxys
o 483 – Dialga
o 484 – Palkia
o 487 – Giratina
o 489 – Phione
o 490 – Manaphy
o 491 – Darkrai
o 492 – Shaymin
o 493 – Arceus
o 494 – Victini
o 643 – Reshiram
o 644 – Zekrom
o 646 – Kyurem
o 647 – Keldeo
o 648 – Meloetta
o 649 – Genesect
o 716 – Xerneas
o 717 – Yveltal
o 718 – Zygarde
o 719 – Diancie
Pokémon must be placed in the Battle Box.
Pokémon are allowed to Mega Evolve.
Pokémon may not hold the item Soul Dew.
Pokémon above Level 50 are permitted, but they are auto-leveled down to 50 for the duration
of battle.
Players may use Pokémon with Hidden Abilities.
Players may use items that have been officially released via Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon
Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, the Pokémon Global Link, or an official event or

What are the rules?

Please review the following rules documents:

  • Pokémon General Event Rules
  • VG Tournament Rules and Formats
    • Note: Premier Challenges use the in-game timer: 90 seconds to preview your opponent’s team and choose your own Pokémon, 99 seconds to choose a move, 60 minutes for the entire game.
    • Note: Players must fill out a team sheet at the start of the tournament and may not change teams during the tournament

Additional tournament resources

Are there any requirements for attendance?

Premier Challenges do not require an invitation or qualification. All players in good standing are welcome to participate. Players must bring their own system in the Nintendo 3DS family, Pokémon X or Pokémon Y Game Card or downloadable version, and charger.

Players must have a Pokémon Trainer Club account with a Player ID attached, and they must have opted in to the Play! Pokémon program in order to earn points and awards.

How are winners determined?

All Pokémon VG Premier Challenges use the following methods to determine a champion:

  • Age-Modified Swiss pairings, with single-game matches.
  • After Swiss rounds, a cut to a Top 8 single-elimination finals, attendance permitting.
    • Single-elimination finals will be run as best-of-three matches.

Team Registration Sheet: