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Two new Pokémon games are about to drastically change competitive play

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Two new Pokémon games are about to drastically change competitive play

WATCH  | Pokémon Sun and Moon are both being released this Friday and will impact competitive play in many ways.

The games, announced early on in the year, received overwhelming support from fans.

The seventh-generation titles of the traditional role-playing games takes place in a brand-new setting called the "Alola Region." 

With new Pokémon being introduced, as well as old Pokemon being revamped with brand-new forms, the games' features directly influencing the Video Game Championship Series (VGC). For example, a particularly useful feature called Hyper Training helps trainers by improving Individual Values (IVs) which, prior to these games, could only be done via intensive breeding.

Top placers in the VGC can earn several prizes, including $10,000 for division winners.

The tournament series, officially backed by Nintendo, adjusts rules whenever a new game is released, with this time having multiple major adaptations.


The changes include the banning of Pokémon from previous games, as well as Mega Evolution, rendering many prior team builds useless.  The newly introduced Z-moves, however, will be allowed for competitions. Other rules for play remain the same, including the use of timed Double Battles,  in spite of the new Battle Royal format.

WATCH   With the release date of the games approaching quickly, competitors will have to adjust accordingly in order to qualify for the top tournaments. 

All rules for the VGC go into effect on December 1.

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