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2020 POKÉMON CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES CANCELED

The safety and well-being of our competitors, organizers, employees, local communities, and partners continues to be our top priority and is the primary consideration with every decision we make. 

After careful review and according to guidance set forth by local, regional, and national health authorities, as well as the World Health Organization and Public Health England, The Pokémon Company has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Pokémon World Championships (scheduled for August 14–16 in London, United Kingdom). 

Along with the announcement of the cancellation of the “2020 Pokémon World Championships”, it is with a heavy heart that The Pokémon Company will cancel the “2020 National Championships”, “Regional League” and “Town League” for the safety and health of the participants.

Priority rights to participate in the “National Championships” obtained in the 2020 seasonal matches or the rights obtained from other events will be transferred and become valid for each seasonal match in 2021.

The re-implementation of future official matches will be determined carefully by complying with policies and instructions of the government and related agencies, and will be announced through Facebook and other official accounts. Further details are being actively worked on and we will communicate them with all of you as soon as they are finalized.

“The Pokémon World Championships” will take place next year in London. We hope that in order to face the peak match of the Pokémon Card Game next year, we will be able to see players who fight eagerly at the event in each store that sells Pokémon cards, Gym, and official matches. 

For more information and updates on the Pokémon World Championships Series, please visit https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/2020-pokemon-championship-series-canceled/

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

3 Major Things in Hearthstone Year of the Phoenix

Join us as we bid farewell to the Year of the Dragon and welcome the Year of the Phoenix! 

The new Hearthstone Year will kick off with Ashes of Outland, which takes place in the shattered and war-torn world that was the setting for 2007’s World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. This exciting expansion set aims to shake up the meta game with a set of powerful new cards alongside Hearthstone’s first-ever all new class. . .

1. New Class, The Demon Hunter

Are you prepared? The Year of the Phoenix will introduce Hearthstone’s first new class since launch: The Demon Hunter. Driven by fury and vengeance, the Demon Hunter excels at unbridled aggression, exemplified by its Hero Power Demon Claws, a one mana-cost single-turn boost to the hero’s Attack, designed around robust synergies with its class cards. Demon Hunters also have access to cards with the Outcast keyword, which become more powerful when played from the right- or leftmost position of your hand.

Illidan Stormrage, The Demon Hunter

The Demon Hunter is a full-fledged, permanent class free for all Hearthstone players who complete the Demon Hunter Prologue missions, which retells Illidan Stormrage’s origin story from his perspective . . . and with a Hearthstone twist. Players will also receive, free, all 10 Demon Hunter Basic cards, as well as a 20-card Demon Hunter Starter set. Starting with Ashes of Outland, players can expand their collections with 15 new Demon Hunter cards, with 45 in total being planned for the Year of the Phoenix across the year’s upcoming three expansions.

2. New Legendary, The Prime

New to Ashes of Outland, Primes are powerful minions who shuffle a vastly-upgraded version of themselves back into your deck when they’re taken off the board. Every class save the Demon Hunter has its own unique Prime, like the Warrior minion Kargath Bladefist. An aggressive 4 mana 4/4 with Rush in his starting form, Kargath upgrades into Kargath Prime, an 8 mana 10/10 with Rush, who grants you 10 armor whenever he kills an enemy minion.

3. Beware of the Imprisoned Demon

Ashes of Outland also introduces Imprisoned Demons, who come into play “dormant” for two turns. Initially unable to attack and impervious to any threats, these powerful minions unleash tempo-shifting effects once they’re activated, with the potential to swing the outcome of a match.

Kael’thas Sunstrider

Kael’thas Sunstrider, a Legendary neutral minion, is also breaking free in Ashes of Outland, will enter Hearthstone a month early! All players can log in on March 18 to receive the Lord of the Blood Elves and harness his unique power—with Kael’thas in play, your third spell every turn is free.

Experience the Outland, with a Hearthstone twist

Ashes of Outland, Hearthstone’s next expansion and the first in the Year of the Phoenix, brings Blizzard’s smash hit digital card game to the shattered and war-torn world of 2007’s World of Warcraft®: The Burning Crusade®. The legendary Illidan Stormrage, self-proclaimed Lord of Outland, stands along with his cabal of Demon Hunters against the hazards of this broken world. Gangs of raiders and demons scour the land clad in scrap iron armor, assailing the scattered pockets of civilization—including those taking refuge in the slums of the once-proud Shattrath City. Prepare to take a stand alongside Illidan as one of the last Demon Hunters when Ashes of Outland launches April 8.

Indonesia’s first official eFootball PES 2020 Mobile Community Tournament

AKG Games has responded to calls by Indonesia’s football fans and have launched Indonesia’s first official eFootball PES 2020 Mobile Community Tournament! This community tournament is open to all players who have registered for the 2019-20 eFootball League season (eFootball Open or eFootball Season Program).   

Players can choose from the ten official PES 2020 teams including FC Barcelona, Manchester United FC and FC Bayern Munchen as they battle to be crowned Indonesia’s first official eFootball PES 2020 Mobile Community Tournament Champion! 

AKG Games has received over 5,000 responses since registration opened on 1 March and they expect more players before registrations close on 15 March 2020. Online qualifiers take place from 16 to 18 March before culminating in the Grand Final on 18 April. Details of the qualifiers including how to register can be found at http://bit.ly/EfootballTournament

The Restructuring of Masters Tour Los Angeles

Upon further review of the coronavirus situation given the broad international nature of our event, with invitees from more than 40 different countries, we have made the decision to hold Masters Tour Los Angeles entirely online. After initially relocating from Indonesia, we were excited to host the Masters Tour in Los Angeles, but the safety and well-being of our community will always take precedence over hosting a live event.

Adjusting travel plans can be a difficult ask, so we will be providing up to $1,500 in reimbursement for non-refundable travel arrangements to all qualified competitors who have already booked their travel to Los Angeles. All invited players will receive an email no later than March 12 with details on required proof of documentation in order to receive travel reimbursement. We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience in the meantime.

Each Masters Tour is a unique competitive experience, with more than 300 qualified players from over 40 different countries battling against each other onsite over three days. We understand that the vast majority of invited competitors travel to each event on their own cost without the support of a team organization, even taking time off from their jobs for a shot at becoming a Hearthstone pro. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this decision may cause—we love this community, and moving to an online format for Masters Tour Los Angeles is for the health and safety of our players with so many of them traveling from so many different countries.

We are committed to providing a safe and competitive experience for Masters Tour players. For players qualified for Masters Tour: Jönköping and beyond, we advise booking flexible travel plans as well as obtaining travel insurance. We will continue to monitor the evolving coronavirus situation and will provide updates on future events at a later date.

For now, join Dan “Frodan” Chou, TJ “Azumo” Sanders, Simon “Sottle” Welch, and Erik “DoA” Lonnquist as they cover all of the exciting Hearthstone matches during Masters Tour Los Angeles, broadcast live on youtube.com/HearthstoneEsports beginning March 20 at 9:00 a.m. PDT. You can find the full day-by-day schedule on the Masters Tour Los Angeles event page. Thank you to our community for your continued support and understanding.  

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