European trainers may have to wait an extra week before they can explore the Alola region in Pokémon Sun and Moon, but they will be the first to ride the new competitive circuit following a new surprising announcement today.
Following a major reorganisation of the series’ competitive play format, the Pokémon European International Challenge will take place at the ExCel London in England’s capitol city over 9-11 December 2016 and will use Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon – giving the home team only two weeks to figure out their teams and strategies!
A North American International Challenge will take place in 2017; with both events open to participants from all over the world. Both of these events will give players the opportunity to quality for the Pokémon World Championships in Anaheim, CA next August.
With Bank not scheduled to be compatible with Sun/Moon until January 2017, players will be restricted strictly to species available in those two games – even for breeding material! And with such little time to let a proper format develop, could this be the most experimental sanctioned tournament?