Published on December 10th, 2012 | by Firestorm

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

For 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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About the Author

is one of the co-founders of Nugget Bridge and the Community Manager for eSports Tournament Platform Battlefy. He has been playing Pokémon since 1999, competitively since 2007, and attending tournaments since 2010. He lives in Vancouver, Canada with a degree in Interactive Art & Technology + Communications. You can follow him on Twitter at @rushanshekar.

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