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Nugget Bridge and Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 at Apex 2013 (Updated)

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blog-apex_featured.pngFor players in North America, it's hard not to look over at our British friends with envy as they hold massive grassroots tournaments. Although the west coast is still out of luck, those in the northeast of the United States have a new event to look forward to! Happening just one week before the winter regionals, Apex 2013 looks to be the largest grassroots Pokémon tournament in North America by a long shot!

If you aren't familiar with Apex, it's one of the largest fighting game tournament series around and home to the largest Super Smash Bros. event of the year. The 2012 event featured over 800 players from countries all around the world including Canada, Netherlands, and Japan. As you can probably see from the video above, there's quite a bit of energy at the event!

Nugget Bridge is proud to announce that we will be partnering up with CLASH Tournaments to stream Pokémon Black & White 2 for Apex. With our commentators' knowledge of the game and the high quality streaming that CLASH Tournaments is known for, we aim to set a new bar for live Pokémon coverage. The stream will start at 8:00 PM Eastern.

The Pokémon Black and White 2 tournament will take place on the evening of Friday January 11th, 2013 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. A $10 entrance fee will be required to enter and the Top 3 will win cash prizes (payout TBD). Trainers will play in a single game double elimination tournament using the VG Modified format of the time. Losers Finals, Winners Finals, and Grand Finals will be played as best of threes. With the VGC '13 Spring Regionals a week later, we are sure to have the updated VG Modified ruleset in time for this tournament.

Date: Friday January 11th, 2013

Start Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Student Center (Rutgers University), 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Entrance Fee: $10

Prize: Top 3 get cash prizes (amount TBD)

Ruleset: VG Modified

Format: Single Game, Double Elimination. Winners, Losers, and Grand Finals to be played as Best of 3.

Tournament Organizers: Angel Miranda (Sapphire Birch) and Mark Korsak (ChiboSempai)

You can register online now.

Road to Apex

Nugget Bridge's live tournaments from December 2nd to January 3rd will be Apex Qualifiers. As a result, they will count for both Nugget Bridge Circuit points as well as Apex 2012 seeding points. Your seeding in the tournament will be determined by the points you receive for the live tournaments. If you're planning to attend Apex, we recommend you play in as many live tournaments as possible over the next month! Events are held over the Nintendo WiFi Connection and threads will be posted in our Online Tournaments forum before every event. You are asked to please join #nuggetbridge on SynIRC for the duration of live tournaments.

  1. Qualifier #1 on Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
  2. Qualifier #2 on Thursday, December 6th, 2012
  3. Qualifier #3 on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
  4. Qualifier #4 on Thursday, December 20th, 2012
  5. Qualifier #5 on Sunday, December 30th, 2012
  6. Qualifier #6 on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

You are still able to play at Apex without playing in any qualifiers, but you will be unseeded. If you have any questions about the event, please ask them in the discussion thread. We hope to see you at the event!


We have confirmed that players will only need to play the spectator venue fee for Apex to play in Pokémon and not the venue participant fee. The spectator fee is $20 on top of the $10 entrance fee required. The venue fees go towards paying for the venue while the entry fee goes towards the prize. If you would like to play in other tournaments like Smash Bros. or Street Fighter, you will be required to pay the full venue fee which is currently $45. You may pay the spectator fee and Pokémon entry fee at the event.

Additionally, due to the 2012 VGCS Winter Battle, the next qualifier has been moved up to Wednesday, December 12th.

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      There are four divisions for this tournament, with differing prizes for each:
      Ultimate Pokémon Expert - The winner of the prestigious “Ultimate Pokémon Expert” title – a category open to those aged thirteen years or older - will earn themselves a week-long trip for two to Japan, the birthplace of Pokémon. They’ll be able to immerse themselves in the Pokémon world by visiting the Pokémon Center and also explore all of the sights of Tokyo. Recommended for seasoned Pokémon players the “Ultimate Pokémon Expert” title will test your Pokémon skills to the limit. The first and second place winners in the Ultimate Pokémon Expert category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the official Play! Pokémon UK VGC event this Spring.
      Junior Expert - Younger Pokémon Trainers (12 or under) itching to compete can enter the “Junior Expert” category. In this competition, a weekend trip for the whole family to Alton Towers theme park with hotel stay is up for grabs, for whoever comes out victorious. The first and second place winners in the Junior Expert age category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the UK Pokémon Video Game Championships event this Spring.
      Ultimate Team - The “Ultimate Team” competition is exclusively for two family members (one aged 16 or older, and one 12 or under) who want to team up and take on other families in a four-player Double Battle. Successful teams will have the chance to win a £250 Nintendo UK Online Store voucher and a group trip for four to one of the world’s best gaming shows: EGX London 2014. This event takes place in Earls Court London, from 25th – 28th September and offers visitors the chance to play the biggest games before they are released.
      Pokémon Apprentice - New enthusiasts can enter the “Pokémon Apprentice” title; where complete newcomers to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y can battle it out to receive a mega bundle of Nintendo 3DS games up to the value of £300.
      Crucially, you can only enter one qualifier tournament and one division. So, you'll have to choose whether you want the chance at single player glory and the shot at a holiday and Nationals Round One BYE, or whether you'd like to play as part of a team with a sibling to win some vouchers and a visit to a great gaming show. Lastly, there is the opportunity for newer players who aren't confident of winning one of the tougher tournaments to enter the Apprentice event.
      Entering a Tournament
      Sadly, the entry process of the qualifiers is not great. Think back to the early VGC Days in Europe, in 2009, or if you've been around as long as some of us (me), the Battle Master event in 2004 -- where you can only gain entry to the tournament via a random selection process. You can enter at this link. You'll need to enter some of your personal information and choose which division you are entering, along with choosing two qualifier tournaments you can attend. You will receive an e-mail no later than two days prior to the event stating whether you have gained entry or not and only one of your two choices can be the event you go to, which will again, be randomly selected by Nintendo UK based on popularity of each event. I assume a lot of players will miss out, so best to enter the two you can definitely make as soon as possible and get training.

      Registration Link
      Terms and Conditions

      Tournament Rules and Format
      All tournaments (bar the team-tournament) will use the official Pokémon Video Game Championships 2014 season rules, opting for the Flat Battle and infrared process used at the previous Nintendo UK events. Tournaments will be single-elimination format, with each qualifier having a maximum of 16 participants, thus four rounds of battles to determine the winner. The team tournament will use a more specialised set of rules with players using pre-set Pokémon and borrowed consoles from Nintendo.
      List of Qualifiers

      Bullring, Birmingham - 1st March
      GAME Churchill Square, Brighton - 1st March
      GAME Murraygate, Dundee – 2nd March
      Intu Eldon Square, Newcastle - 8th March
      GAME Hamleys, London - 8th March
      GAME St. David’s Centre, Cardiff - 8th March
      WestQuay, Southampton - 15th March
      GAME Meadowhall, Sheffield - 15th March
      GAME Castle Street, Banbury - 15th March
      Bluewater, Kent - 22nd March
      GAME Back Of The Inns, Norwich - 22nd March
      GAME Victoria Centre, Nottingham - 22nd March
      Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester - 29th March
      GAME Westfield Stratford City, London – 29th March
      Intu Braehead, Glasgow - 5th April
      GAME Cribbs Causeway, Bristol – 5th April

    • By Firestorm
      January saw the first tournaments worth Championship Points using Pokémon X and Y as well as the largest grassroots tournament yet! Read below to see who placed where at each Regional Championship and Apex. Over the next few days we'll also have videos up from these events and compile a list of the teams players used along with tournament reports!
      Apex 2014

      Jun T. (Cypher)
      Jeudy A. (Soul Survivor)
      Michael L. (JiveTime)
      Trista M. (ryuzaki)
      Edward F. (iss)
      Solomon C. (Sol64)
      Adib A. (honchkro13)

      Full Top 32
      St. Charles, Missouri

      Matthew Carter (mattj)
      Wesley Morioka (Wesley)
      Ashton Cox (linkyoshimario)
      Greyson Garren (GreySong)
      Blake Hopper (Mrbopper)
      Scott Glaza (Scott)
      Greg Johnson
      Leonard Craft III (DaWoblefet)
      Keegan Beljanski (Darkeness)
      Collin Heier (TheBattleRoom)
      Jonathan Rankin (JRank)
      Tyler Hagan (Tyler)
      Joseph Brummet (lucariojr)
      Joseph Darby
      Erick Herrera (Godofcloud9)
      Tiffany Stanley (Shiloh)

      Standings after Swiss

      Jacob W. (Thank Swalot)
      Mackenzie K. (Aubrey)
      Ian M. (Raikoo)
      Lucas M. (Vapor)
      Koby C. (Foob)
      Nathan C.
      Charlie S.
      Mark G. (Sieg Balicula)

      Standings after Swiss

      James R.
      Jack F.
      Matt M.
      Samuel M.
      Emma M.
      Enzo R.
      Jacob M.
      Jeremiah S.

      Standings after Swiss
      Salem, Oregon

      Alex Stempe (Stempe)
      Alex Ogloza (Evan Falco)
      Tony Cheung (Chinese Dood)
      Kacey Traver (KTween)
      Michael Hutchinson
      Jason Wynja (Arti)
      Hajime Uesugi (Aralevent)
      Sean Webb

      Standings after Swiss

      Henry M. (Snake)
      Aaron N.
      Adam M.
      Dylan S. (DullAce24)
      Avery C.
      James D.
      Ben B.
      Lachian I.

      Standings after Swiss

      Macaria W. (babbyfeathers)
      Charlie M. (babbysnake)
      Theo Y.
      Elsian A.

      Standings after Swiss
      Long Beach, California

      Omari Travis (BadIntent)
      Gavin Michaels (kingofmars)
      Paul Hornak (makiri)
      Jackson Daugherty (Jackson7 D)
      Alberto Lara
      Alec Wild (Pokemaster649)
      Colten Lybbert
      Mike Suleski (OmegaDonut)
      Sam J. (RastaCharmander)
      Anthony J. (DarkAssassin)
      Johnathan M.
      Luis C. (religiousjedi)
      Travis E. (shinryu)
      Erik H.
      Tiffany S. (Tiffyxy)
      Bridger S.
      Diego C.
      Len D. (Alaka)
      Tony P.
      Riley F. (gengarboi)
      Andy G.
      Eric C.
      Andrew K.
      Jose O. (Jose)
      Kyle L.
      Daniel C.
      Kellen H.
      Jobany V.
      Kevin M.
      Rolland W.
      Grant W.
      Justin B.

      Standings after Swiss (A / B)

      Emilio F. (emforbes)
      Luis M.
      Dylan Q.
      Damian C.
      Eli C.
      Alexander D.
      Julian L.
      Andrew B.

      Orlando, Florida

      Zach Droegkamp (Zach)
      Stephen Scruggs
      Mike Suleski (OmegaDonut)
      Ashton Cox (linkyoshimario)
      Ray Rizzo (Ray)
      Matt Souerby (matt)
      Stephen Morioka (Stephen)
      David Brickeen
      Ian Packer
      Michael Shaw
      Alison McDonald (Fishy)
      Ryan Luu
      Brian Jens
      DeVon Ingram (dingram)
      Richard Colina
      Edwin Baez (Chogy64)

      Standings after Swiss

      Ian M. (Raikoo)
      Marc M. (green hornet)
      Luke L. (Mudkip421)
      Rebecca B.
      Dylan S. (DullAce24)
      Andres M.
      Zachary P.
      Nouri Z.

      Standings after Swiss
      Doswell, Virginia
      Masters Division

      Ray Rizzo (Ray)
      Enosh Schachar (Human)
      Joshua Edwards (General Josh)
      Toler Webb (Dim)
      Wolfe Glick (Wolfey)
      Derek Gazis
      Nicolas Peckman (Ace Emerald)
      Patrick Brodarick (wer)
      Tommy Cooleen (Tman)
      Hanna Coder
      Daniel Litvin (TalkingLion)
      Westin Lee
      Ashton Cox (linkyoshimario)
      Matt Coyle (PrettyLittleLiar)
      Ryan Gadea (The Knights of Wario Land)
      Cameron Kicak (Stormfront)

      Standings after Swiss
      Senior Division

      Cameron S. (Drizzleboy)
      Paul C. (pwny person)
      Marc M. (green hornet)
      Dylan S. (DullAce24)
      Grant M.
      Lynden R.
      Ryan S.
      Kylie C.

      Standings after Swiss
      Junior Division

      London S.
      Christian F. (cassiebro)
      Devon S.
      Caleb K.
      Jordan S.
      Luke S.
      Tanner H.
      Emma C.

      Standings after Swiss
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