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2023 UNITE World Championship is the official 2023 competitive tournament for Pokemon UNITE! This article will provide you with latest news for the 2023 Season, where to watch the livestreams, the 2023 UNITE World Championship mechanics, and more!

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UNITE World Championship Latest News

2023 WCS Schedule Announced!

The road to Yokohama has been laid out! The first monthly tournament will be held on February 4, 2023 with the February Cup! Will your team follow in the steps of BLVKHVND and win it all?

How to Register

Registration for February Finals is Ongoing!

Teams who want to prove their mettle can now start registering for the February Finals!

Championship Series Overview

Be One of the Teams in Your Region To Reach Worlds!

The 2023 Pokemon UNITE Championship series will still have eleven (11) regional zones for teams to compete in. These are still subject to change though, as they can add more regions like they did in 2022!

Each Regional Zone will have a set number of teams that can qualify in the World Championships:

Region Number of Teams
Japan 4
Korea 2
Asia Pacific - East 4
Asia Pacific - West 3
India 2
Brazil 2
Europe 4
Latin America - North 3
Latin America - South 2
North America 4
Oceania 2

Source: Official Japanese Pokemon UNITE News

Will Use Tournament Mode

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The World Championship Series 2023 is a 5-on-5 Team Battle Arena that will use Pokemon UNITE's Tournament Mode as the game mode. Since Tournament Mode now features draft picking, we are excited on how this will shape up the championship series!

Tournament Mode Guide:
Custom Rules and How to Use

Qualifiers Are Free

Qualifying Events will be held each month with no entry cost from February, culminating with a monthly finals where Championship Points (CP) will be rewarded.

Available On All Platforms

This tournament will be available for players on all platforms that Pokemon UNITE is in: Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android! Since crossplay is supported, teams can freely choose which platform they prefer.

Earn Championship Points Monthly

Teams will have to accumulate championship points or CP to get an invite to the World Championships. Monthly tournaments that will run from February to June is every team's chance to accumulate Championship Points!

Championship Series Mechanics

[1] Qualify for the Monthly Finals in the Qualifiers

A series of qualifying tournaments will be held on each Regional Zone each month where players will fight for a spot in that month's final.

The monthly Open Qualifier round will also pit teams in a double-elimination format. The top 16 teams will advance to the Monthly Finals!

[2] Earn Championship Points in the Monthly Finals

Qualified teams will go head to head in their own region's monthly finals where they can earn championship poitns (CP)!

Teams with the most CP's will qualify for the Regional Championships! Championship Points will be retained by individual players so changing of teams are allowed during the season.

The first monthly finals of the year (February) will be open for the top 16 teams in the Open Qualifiers. The succeeding months will only allow 12 invites from the Open Qualifiers where the remaining 4 will be the top 4 teams from previous month's Monthly Finals, including the Aeos Cup.

Top 4 teams will neeed to keep 4 out of 5 players on their roster to maintain top 4 status.
Taking another player who has competed in the current month's Open Qualifier as a replacement is not allowed.

Monthly Finals Team Count Breakdown

Event # from Open Qualifiers # from Previous Month's Top 4 # from Total CP Count Total # of Teams
February Finals 16 0 0 16
March Finals 12 4 0 16
Aeos Cup 12 4 0 16
May Finals 12 4 0 16
Regional Championships 12 4 8 24

Earn Prize Money in the Aeos Cup!

Aeos Cup is a special tournament that happens in the middle of the tournament season. This tournament provides player with prize money and more championship points (CP) that the usual monthly tournaments!

[3] Top Teams Battle it Out in Regional Championships

Regional Championships will be a mix of teams with the top CP in each Regional Zone, top teams from the previous month's tournament, and teams that earned a spot via the the Regional LCQ. Here's a breakdown on how many teams will be included:

8 Teams Top Teams in CP in each Regional Zone
(via Total CP Count)
4 Teams Top Teams from the Previous Month's Tournament (May Finals)
12 Teams Spot Earned via LCQ

CP will be used to determine who earns a direct spot in the Regional Championships and the team seeding in monthly qualifying events.

2023 UNITE World Championships in Yokohama!

Top Teams that has shown their mettle during the championship series season will receive an invitation and a travel award to the 2023 World Championships in Yokohama, Japan!

Qualifying teams must maintain the same five-player roster used to earn their invitation.

For more information, check out the official Pokemon UNITE website.

2023 World Championship Series Tournament Schedule

Event Type Date
February Cup Open Qualifier February 4, 2023
February Finals Monthly Finals February 11, 2023
March Cup Open Qualifier March 4, 2023
March Finals Monthly Finals March 11, 2023
Aeos Cup* Open Qualifier March 25, 2023
Aeos Cup Final Aeos Cup (NA, LA, BR, OC) April 1, 2023-
April 2, 2023
Aeos Cup Final Aeos Cup (EU) April 14, 2023-
April 16, 2023
Aeos Cup Final Aeos Cup (JP, KR, APAC, IN) TBD
April Cup Open Qualifier April 22, 2023
April Finals Monthly Finals April 29, 2023
May Cup Open Qualifier May 13, 2023
May Finals Monthly Finals May 20, 2023
Regional Championships LCQ* Open Qualifier June 3, 2023
Regional Championships Regional Championship (EU, LA, BR, OC) June 10, 2023 -
June 11, 2023
Regional Championships Regional Championship (NA) June 2023

· LCQ means Last Chance Qualifier
· We will be updating this section when the Aeos Cup schedule for some regions and World Championships schedule are out.
· Tournament dates will be based on the tournament's local time zone. Schedule, start time, and format are subject to change.

For more information, check out the official Pokemon UNITE website.

Championship Tournament Analysis

We will also cover and analyze tournament games from North America and Japan! The analyses would include the most used Pokemon, battle item, and held items as well as a meta analysis for the entire tournament!

2023 World Championship Series Analysis
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(North America)
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(North America)
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List of All Tournament Coverage and Analysis

2023 World Championship Series Prizes

In addition to glory and prestige, the World Championship series will include over $1,000,000USD in prizes including a whopping $500,000USD in the World Championships!

Aeos Cup (Per Regional Zone)

Rank Total Allocation Individual Allocation
1 $10,000.00 $2,000.00
2 $5,000.00 $1,000.00
3 $4,000.00 $800.00
4 $2,000.00 $400.00
5 $1,250.00 $250.00
5 $1,250.00 $250.00
7 $750.00 $150.00
7 $750.00 $150.00
Total $25,000.00 -

Regional Championships (Per Regional Zone)

Rank Total Allocation Individual Allocation
1 $20,000.00 $4,000.00
2 $10,000.00 $2,000.00
3 $8,000.00 $1,600.00
4 $4,000.00 $800.00
5 $2,500.00 $500.00
5 $2,500.00 $500.00
7 $1,500.00 $300.00
7 $1,500.00 $300.00
Total $50,000.00 -

World Championship in Yokohama

Rank Total Allocation Individual Allocation
1 $100,000.00 $20,000.00
2 $75,000.00 $15,000.00
3 $65,000.00 $13,000.00
4 $60,000.00 $12,000.00
5 $45,000.00 $9,000.00
5 $45,000.00 $9,000.00
7 $25,000.00 $5,000.00
7 $25,000.00 $5,000.00
9 $10,000.00 $2,000.00
9 $10,000.00 $2,000.00
9 $10,000.00 $2,000.00
9 $10,000.00 $2,000.00
13 $5,000.00 $1,000.00
13 $5,000.00 $1,000.00
13 $5,000.00 $1,000.00
13 $5,000.00 $1,000.00
Total $500,000.00 -

For more information, check out the official Pokemon UNITE website.

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