The League Challenge consists of tournaments introduced after the overhaul of The Play! Pokémon season structure in 2013-2014. It replaced Battle Road Tournaments as the entry level tournaments in the Play! Pokémon Championship Series.
League Challenges give players the opportunity to earn up to 15 Championship Points and have a Best Finish Limit of 2 per season. They give 1 Play! Points and special variant cards available to those who placed in the top four in each age division.
Held once per month at select Pokémon League locations, these tournaments may use the Standard or Expandend format, at the Tournament Organizer's discretion. League Challenge events consist of only Swiss round without top cut to single-elimination rounds.
Typical prize structure
15 Championship Points
1st Place stamp promotional card
12 Championship Points
2nd Place stamp promotional card
10 Championship Points
3rd Place stamp promotional card
10 Championship Points
4th Place stamp promotional card
8 Championship Points (if 24 players or more)
6 Championship Points (if 48 players or more)
4 Championship Points (if 100 players or more)
Cards given as reward
Froakie Season League Challenge promo cards featuring Delibird
Cards given as reward are typically based on regular version of the same cards released in the expansion paired with each Pokémon League seasons. Each card has a '"1st Place'", '"2nd Place'", '"3rd Place'", and '"4th Place"' stamps and a different Holofoil pattern according to which expansion it belongs to.
Plain Reverse Holo Pokémon League Nature Season League Challenge (November 2015) Plain Reverse Holo Pokémon League Tech Season League Challenge (December 2015) Plain Reverse Holo Pokémon League BREAK Season League Challenge (January 2016)
Reverse Holo Pokémon League Parallel Season League Challenge (February 2016) Reverse Holo Pokémon League Rift Season League Challenge (March 2016) Reverse Holo Pokémon League Worlds Collide Season League Challenge (April 2016)
Reverse Holo Pokémon League New Friends Season League Challenge (May 2016) Reverse Holo Pokémon League Alakazam! Season League Challenge (June 2016) Reverse Holo Pokémon League Closure Season League Challenge (July 2016)
Reverse Holo Pokémon League Steam Siege Season League Challenge (August 2016) Reverse Holo Pokémon League Gear Season League Challenge (September 2016) Reverse Holo Pokémon League Rescue Season League Challenge (October 2016)