Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield Coming Soon

Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield officially releases on February 7th, 2020. The Griffin’s Rest will be able to start selling the cards four days early on February 3rd, 2020.

The Griffin’s Rest will be hosting two prerelease tournaments for Pokémon Sword & Shield on Saturday, January 25th and Sunday, January 26th. Both at 1:00pm. Admission to one of our prerelease events is $30 per person and includes lunch.

To save your spot for one of our prerelease events, please sign up.

What is prerelease?

Prerelease tournaments allow players to receive and play with cards from the latest Pokémon TCG set before the cards are officially for sale to the public!

At one of our prerelease tournaments, you’ll receive a Build & Battle Box containing a 23-card Evolution pack, which includes cards that will provide building blocks to construct a 40 card deck. This also includes an exclusive promo card. Each box also includes four 10-card booster packs from new set. You’ll use these cards, plus as much basic energy you need, to construct your own 40-card deck.

After constructing your deck, you’ll participate in a three round tournament with other participants. At the end of the tournament, you’ll be able to keep all of the cards you received in the Build & Battle Box plus an extra three booster packs just for coming out to play.

Prerelease tournaments are a fun and casual way for new players to learn the rules and tournament structure while also collecting


  • Can I come at like 2 and still participate? Can I pay less like 5 to 10 dollars without lunch?

    • Hello! We’re unable to offer entry for lower than $30, even if don’t eat. You’ll need to arrive a little before 2:00pm to participate. Deck building starts right at 2:00pm so you’ll need to be checked in before then.

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