About
Our aim is to create the first MAJOR online Pokemon TCG tournament to date. We represent the main Pokemon TCG Online group on Reddit (reddit.com/r/PTCGO.) Our group currently has around 700 subscribers.

Premise
The idea behind our tournament is to create a quarterly tournament to attract the best Pokemon TCG Online players, and offer one of the largest prize pools. The tournament is free to enter and supported entirely by the community and sponsors.

Format

Three tournaments:
- Beginner: In this tournament you may only create your deck with cards found in the 3 Trainer Challenge decks and Power Relay deck. (Free cards only)
- Intermediate: In this tournament you are free to use any cards (including cards not in current rotation) except EXs and Ace Spec trainers.
- Professional: Your deck may contain any cards allowed in the current Modified Format

Each tournament will feature a single-elimination bracket, semifinals are Best of 3, finals are Best of 5.
Prize Pool
We currently have established a prize pool of 65 booster packs as of this post, which will be split among the 3 tournaments. We feel this alone is a fairly significant amount, but expect the prize pool to increase dramatically as the wider community becomes aware of the tournament.

Prize distribution will be announced later, but likely to be booster packs for 1st - 4th place

Casters / Announcers
Although Pokemon TCG Online does not offer a spectator mode, we would like to get as many players as possible to capture video of their matches. (Instructions and free streaming/screen capture software will be provided.) This will also help us confirm winners in case of dispute. We plan to stream as many tournament matches as possible on twitch.tv/RedditPokemonTCG in 720p+ quality. However, there will be many matches and this will require multiple casters to cover all the matches.

We are looking for knowledgable, charismatic casters who love Pokemon TCG and would like to help cast the tournament. This is a great opportunity to promote yourself as a caster and you will have ample opportunity to plug your own Youtube channel or stream.

If you would like to be a caster, please email redditpokemontcg@gmail.com, preferably including an example of previous casting or gameplay commentary.

Sponsors

Please email redditpokemontcg@gmail.com to discuss sponsorship options/offers.

We are looking for sponsors to contribute booster packs, code cards, or paypal toward the prize pool, which will attract more players and a larger audience. This will allow us to run a successful tournament with great prizes, while keeping entry free.
If you have an online store or Youtube channel, sponsorship can get you some cheap advertising in the form of shoutouts at the start of our broadcasted matches (ie. "This match brought to you by XXXXXXX"), commercials at the beginning or end of matches, and stream overlays featuring your information for the entire duration of matches. This is a great way to reach a very targeted audience of hundreds or possibly thousands of viewers. However, we currently have no idea how popular this tournament will be, so we can't promise how many people will see your ad.


How You Can Help
- DONATE: Any booster packs, code cards, paypal, artwork, or anything else you feel would help. Please email redditpokemontcg@gmail.com
- SHARE: If you have a Youtube channel, stream, or website, please post to let other players know about this tournament. The more people, the better.
- SIGN UP: This will only work if enough people take part!
- POKEMON PROFESSORS & PROS: We need people with specialized knowledge to help fine-tune the rules (ie. Point out any cards so glitched that they should be banned from the tournament.)

HOW TO ENTER:

Visit Announcing the Reddit PTCGO Open Tournament (Details inside – please upvote for visibility) : ptcgo and fill out the signup form provided.

Signing up for Reddit and subscribing to /r/PTCGO is highly recommended. It's fast, easy, and free. All future announcements and updates will be posted on reddit.com/r/PTCGO.

SIGNUPS CLOSE JUNE 22, 2013
TOURNAMENT TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED JUNE 29/30, 2013, TIME TBA
(Official announcement once number of players and prize pool has been established.)

DISCLAIMER:

THIS IS AN INDEPENDANT TOURNAMENT NOT AFFILIATED OR ENDORSED BY THE POKEMON COMPANY / NINTENDO. WE ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE PLAY! POKEMON PROGRAM IN ANY WAY.
By participating in the tournament you confirm you are at least 13 years of age or have your parent's permission. The tournament is free and has no entry fee. Voluntary donations toward the prize pool are encouraged but not necessary, and are made at your own risk.

As far as we are aware, holding this tournament does not violate any of Pokemon.com's Terms of Use. People have run smaller independant tournaments without issue and we do not expect to encounter any difficulties, however if The Pokemon Company / Nintendo contact us we will have to discontinue the tournament.

Contact info:
redditpokemontcg@gmail.com
Reddit.com/r/ptcgo (Message the mods)
twitch.tv/RedditPokemonTCG