The massive event is actually comprised of two sub-events: the Pokemon National Video Game and National Trading Card Game Championships. On the video game side, with the regional trials finished in New York, Seattle, Atlanta and other cities, over six thousand players were pared down to just 192 finalists. Serious contenders who feel they were robbed of a place amongst those elite, or just some wild card maverick looking to make a name for themselves, can still have a chance at admission into the Championship's last chance qualifier matches that will be held Friday. From these players sixteen winners will earn spots in the Sunday tournament that will determine who will proceed to the World Championship being held in Kona, Hawaii on August 14 and 15.
On the TCG front, over a thousand competitors are expected to descend on the Indiana Convention Center to compete for scholarships, cash prizes and, of course, a place in Kona at the World Championships. Attendees to the Championships should expect a fair amount of kids and teens bawling over bitter defeat and sore losers flipping tables at the first sign of an inevitable loss. And victory dances, can't forget those.
Hey, it's an emotional age.