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Join us for the Play! Pokémon Team Challenge Season 4

The Play! Pokémon Team Challenge is a virtual tournament taking place over the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online (PTCGO) in which players will represent their local game store in a four person team. The team will be selected via four qualifier events hosted by The Griffin’s Rest.

Who is eligible?

You are eligible to take part in our qualifier if

  • you are a Masters division player and were born in 2006 or earlier and
  • you are a resident of the country your eligible Play! Store located in.

How do I participate?

Register for any of our four qualifiers via RK9 labs and join our Discord before the first tournament. Players can participate in all four of our qualifiers, with the exception of the first place player from each prior qualifier.

You will also need to download PTCGO and make sure it is linked to your Play! Pokémon account.

Entry into any of these tournaments is free of cost.

Qualifier 1: Sunday, September 18th @ 6:00 pm: Register Here

Qualifier 2: Thursday, October 6th @ 6:00 pm: Registration Opens September 28th

Qualifier 3: Sunday, October 23rd @ 6:00 pm: Registration Opens October 15th

Qualifier 4: Thursday, November 3rd @ 6:00 pm: Registration Opens October 26th

Please note, you will only be able to register for Team Challenge Qualifiers with up to three different stores. Once you win a qualifier, you will not be able to compete in any additional (this is to allow each store to form a team with 4 distinct qualifiers).

Tournament Structure

Qualifier tournaments will be played within a single (Masters) division over the appropriate number of swiss rounds, followed by a top cut, as documented in the official tournament rules. The format for these qualifiers will be Standard. The winner of each of the 4 Qualifiers will secure a place in the Store Team.

The team Play-offs will be played over multiple weekends after all qualifiers have run (dates TBA) and will be played as single elimination between stores until a worldwide winner is determined.

Prizes

1st Place from each qualifier will receive an exclusive Team Challenge Playmat

Booster Pack prizes from the latest set will be made available for the top 4 attendees:

1st Place – 17 Booster Packs

2nd Place – 9 Booster Packs

3rd & 4th Place – 5 Booster Packs

Participants will also receive codes for PTCGO to unlock exclusive deck boxes and sleeves and additional Booster Pack prizes.

Stay tuned for more details as we approach our first tournament and visit the official Team Challenge website for additional information

Return to Where it All Began with Dominaria United

Prerelease Begins September 2nd

Check out the new set a week early at one of our prerelease events. For $30, players will receive a special prerelease pack which includes booster packs, a date-stamped premium promo card and a life counter. To celebrate 30 years of Magic, prerelease attendees will also receive a Magic: the Gathering 30th anniversary promo while supplies last. We’ll be distributing a different card each day with preregistration getting priority.

Players will compete in a Swiss Tournament to win additional booster packs. One pack per round win will be awarded.

  • Friday, September 2nd @ 6:00 PM – Preregister Here – Promo: Serra Angel
  • Saturday, September 3rd @ 1:00 PM – Preregister Here – Promo: Ball Lightning
  • Saturday, September 3rd @ 6:00 PM – Preregister Here – Promo: Ball Lightning
  • Sunday, September 4th @ 1:00 PM (Two-Headed Giant) – Preregister Here – Promo: Fyndhorn Elves

Available for Early Sale During Prerelease Week

We’ll be offering an early sale of the following products during prerelease weekend.

Additional Products Arriving September 9th

Join the Adventure with The Griffin’s Quest

We’re pleased to announce our new in house D&D Campaign at The Griffin’s Rest. Players will take part in adventures in a shared world where there decisions will shape the world around them. Sessions will be $10 per player, while your first session is free.

Welcome to Bellaria

Your first four adventures will be an introduction to the World of Bellaria . From then on, you and your allies will explore and uncover the mysteries of Bellaria. Decisions will have a tangible impact on the world around you and may shape the direction of not only your campaign but those of future adventurers as well.

Getting Started

New characters can use the following array for the attributes (16, 14, 13, 12, 10, 8) or use the standard point buy system with 30 points instead of 27. Not sure where or how to start? Don’t worry! We’ll have Dungeon Masters on hand to help you build your first character as well as per-generated characters available.

See our page for The Griffin’s Quest for information on how to sign up for our next session.

We look forward to seeing which adventures you will take!

Legends of Time & Space Take Charge with Pokémon TCG – Astral Radiance

Travel back to a land of myths, legends, and wilderness as Origin Forme Dialga VSTAR and Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR shape the fabric of time and space! Decidueye, Typhlosion, and Samurott arrive as Hisuian Pokémon VSTAR, joining more Pokémon and Trainers from the ancient region of Hisui. Meanwhile, Shiny Pokémon reappear as Radiant Pokémon, with Radiant Greninja leading the charge in the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Astral Radiance expansion!

  • Over 180 cards
  • 3 brand-new Radiant Pokémon
  • 7 awesome Pokémon VSTAR
  • 19 powerful Pokémon V and 2 enormous Pokémon VMAX
  • 30 cards with special art in the Trainer Gallery subset
  • More than 20 Trainer cards

Build & Battle Events Begin May 14th

Check out the cards before anybody else at one of our Build & Battle tournaments. Players will receive a Build & Battle box including an 1 of 4 stamped promo cards, four booster packs, and a 40 card deck. Players will participate in a casual three round tournament using the new cards. All participants will receive three additional booster packs upon conclusion of the event, just for playing! Build & Battle Boxes are limited, so register for one of our events below:

Saturday, May 14th at 1:00 PM

Sunday, May 15th at 1:00 PM

Check Out Additional Astral Radiance Products Available May 23rd

Welcome to the Family – Streets of New Capenna Prerelease Begins April 22nd

Usher in the gilded age and the glitz of Magic: the Gathering’s latest set – Streets of New Capenna and join one of five power families vying for control over the city.

Prerelease Begins April 22nd

Check out the new set a week early at one of our prerelease events. For $30, players will receive a special prerelease pack which includes booster packs, a date-stamped premium promo card and a life counter.

Players will compete in a Swiss Tournament to win additional booster packs. One pack per round win will be awarded.

Available for Early Sale During Prerelease Week

We’ll be offering an early sale of the following products during prerelease weekend.

Additional Products Arriving April 29th

Introducing The Griffin’s Rest Store Championship Series for Pokémon TCG

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be hosting an unsanctioned Pokémon TCG series of tournaments. Players can participate in monthly $5 tournaments to earn points toward their series score. In the months of April and August we will be hosting a larger event worth additional points with a $500 prize pool. Rankings will be displayed on the leaderboard through the duration of the series. At the end of the series in August, the top 8 players will be invited to play in a single elimination tournament to be declared store champion.

Prizing

Individual tournaments will feature their own prize pool.
Winner of the store championship will receive a sponsorship which includes:

  • $100 Store Credit
  • The Griffin’s Rest logo Playmat
  • The Griffin’s Rest logo T-shirt
  • We’ll cover your registration for the Regional Championship of your choice

How to Participate

A Limitless account is required to play. Sign up for a free Limitless account here: https://play.limitlesstcg.com/login

Series Details where you can register for upcoming tournaments and current rankings (once the first tournament concludes): The Griffin’s Rest Store Championship Series

Tournament Dates

  • March Standard Tournament – Sunday, March 27th at 1:00 PM
  • April $500 Standard Tournament – Saturday, April 30th at 1:00 PM – Register Here
  • May Standard Tournament – Sunday, May 22nd at 1:00 PM
  • June Standard Tournament – Sunday, June 12th at 1:00 PM
  • July Standard Tournament – Sunday, July 10th at 1:00 PM
  • August $500 Tournament – TBA
  • Store Championship FinalsTBA

Kamigawa Neon Dynasty Arrives February 18th – Preorders Now Availabile

Welcome back to Kamigawa!

Prerelease Begins February 11th

We’re happy to celebrate the return to in store play with four prerelease events. For $30 (after tax), players will receive a special prerelease pack which includes booster packs, a date-stamped premium promo card and a life counter.

Players will compete in a Swiss Tournament to win additional booster packs. One pack per round win will be awarded. Any player going 3-0 for the tournament will receive a special prize TBA. Attendance is capped at 36 players per event so we have the option of early registration to guarantee your spot.

Available for Early Sale During Prerelease Week

We’ll be offering an early sale of the following products starting February 11th.

Kamigawa Products Arriving February 18th

The Griffin’s Rest Holiday Envelopes Return Thanksgiving Weekend!

We’re pleased to announce the return of our special Holiday Surprise Envelopes. Inside every Holiday Envelope is a voucher for a discount or gift card.

How to receive your Holiday Envelope:

Visit The Griffin’s Rest Thanksgiving weekend (Friday, November 26th through Sunday, November 28th) and you will be presented a Holiday Envelope with your purchase of $30 or more. Limit one envelope per person per day.

How to redeem your Holiday Envelope:

Return to The Griffin’s Rest any day between Friday, December 3rd and Friday, December 24th, 2021. A staff member will open your envelope for you and validate it. Discount vouchers must be used before December 24th, 2021. Vouchers for a gift card can be immediately exchanged for a gift card of the specified value. Gift cards do not expire. Do not open your Holiday Envelope yourself. The contents of envelopes that are open, torn or otherwise tampered with are VOID.

What could be in your Holiday Envelope?

An assortment of vouchers for discounts off your purchase or certain items ranging from 10% – 50%, free entry to certain events, free games or a gift card value ranging from $5 – $100.

What happens if you forget to return your Holiday Envelope by December 24th, 2021?

The contents are considered expired and may not be redeemed.

Discover a Powerful New Battle Style with Pokémon TCG: Fusion Strike

The road ahead reveals limitless potential as the new Fusion Strike style emerges to harness the unbound
spirit of Pokémon and Trainers alike! Adaptable new Pokémon V like Genesect V, Hoopa V, and Mew VMAX
are eager for battle, while Single Strike and Rapid Strike Pokémon loom large as Rillaboom VMAX, Cinderace
VMAX, and Inteleon VMAX appear in their Gigantamax forms. Go with the flow and discover powerful new
strategies in Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike!

Build & Battle Events Begin November 6th

Check out the cards before anybody else at one of our Build & Battle tournaments. Players will receive a Build & Battle box including an 1 of 4 stamped promo cards, four booster packs, 23 additional key cards to help with deck building, and all the energy you need to build a 40 card deck and play in a casual three round tournament using the new cards. All participants will receive three additional booster packs upon conclusion of the event, just for playing! Build & Battle Boxes are limited, so register for one of our events below:

Saturday, November 6th at 1:00 PM

Sunday, November 7th at 1:00 PM

Check Out Additional Fusion Strike Products Available November 8th

It’s Time to Enroll in Strixhaven: School of Mages!

Welcome to Strixhaven University! Which college will you choose? Will it be the dark and mysterious Witherbloom? The creative flame Prismari? The confident and charismatic Silverquill? Or the adventure driven Lorehold?

Prerelease Begins April 16th!

Each school of Strixhaven features their own prerelease kit. Which will you choose?

Silverquill
(Black/White)

Stylish wordsmiths who master the magic of words, from inspiring battle poetry to biting arcane insults.

Prismari
(Red/Blue)

Artsy elementalists wielding fire and ice with spells that are spectacles of raw creativity.

Witherbloom
(Green/Black)

Witchy biologists who brew herbal concoctions to control the essence of life and death.

Lorehold
(Red/White)

Adventurous historians who bring the spirits of the past to life and call forth magic from ancient tomes.

Quandrix
(Blue/Green)

Quirky math magicians who study patterns and fractals to command and multiply the forces of nature.

Can’t choose? Order our 6 pack and receive one kit from each school, a 6th random school, an alternate art Dragonsguard Elite and a special gift with purchase from The Griffin’s Rest. Collector Booster and Set Booster displays will also be available during prerelease and come with the Dragonsguard Elite card.

Dragonsguard Elite is included with purchase of 6 prerelease kits, collector booster displays or set booster displays

Additional Strixhaven products available soon!

We have additional Strixhaven products available for preorder. Commander decks release April 23rd. Preorder a copy of each deck and receive a special Commander related gift. Draft boxes are coming soon as well. New adventures await! Preorder today!

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