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2013 Pokemon U.S. National Championship begins July 5

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The 2013 Pokemon U.S. National Championship, kicking off next weekend from July 5-7, will pit card players, Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 players against each other.

Players will compete in multiple rounds as one of three different age divisions. The top four finalists from each group will earn Championship Points, scholarship awards, merchandise, a trophy and an invitation to the 2013 Pokemon World Championships.

A victor from the card game and the video game competitions will be awarded the title of U.S. National Champion and will compete at the World Championships taking place in Vancouver, Canada this August.

The event will take place in Indianapolis, Ind. and is open and free to all. Those who bring their Nintendo DS or 3DS and a copy of Pokemon Black, White, Black 2 or White 2 will have the opportunity to receive a Metagross Pokemon based off of that of the 2012 World Champion's.