Updated on January 6, 1 a.m. (GMT+8): Amended achievements of Indian teams.

January 6 marks the beginning of the inaugural invitation-only Asia Champions League 2023, a Pokemon Unite tournament that features 15 of Asia’s best teams.

Teams will go head-to-head to compete for a share of the $86,000 prize pool and the championship title.

Invitations were sent to teams who competed at the Pokemon Unite World Championship 2022 and top performers in official regional tournaments.

The 15 invited teams are:

T2WCS 2022 Japanese national team
Secret ShipWCS 2022 Japanese national team
No ShowWCS 2022 Korean national team
EternityWCS 2022 Korean national team
Hi5Taiwan Open 2022 champion
RenaissanceWCS 2022 APAC national team
Team RiseIndonesia Open 2022 champion
MYSMalaysia Open 2022 champion
Secret RarePhilippine Open 2022 runner up
ESCAPE VThailand Open 2022 champion
Revenant EsportsWCS 2022 Indian national team
Gods ReignIndia Open 2022 champion
S8ULIndia Open 2022 3rd place team
Marcos GamingIndia Open 2022 4th place team
True RippersIndia Open 2022 5th place team

The Asia Champions League is split into two phases: the regular season and the finals.

During the regular season, teams are split into three groups based on region — The East Asia league, Southeast Asia league, and the India league.

The top two teams from each league will then be invited to the offline finals which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Asia Champions League kicks off this January 6

Pokemon UNITE Asia Champions League schedule
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The league stage officially begins on Friday, January 6.

East Asia league matches will be be held at 5p.m. (GMT+8) every Friday, Southeast Asia league matches at 5p.m. (GMT+8) every Saturday, and India league matches at 7:30p.m. (GMT+8) every Sunday.

All matches will be played using the new “Draft Pick” mode which was introduced on December 1, 2022.

You can catch the Asia Champions League live in English on these official streaming channels:

Pokemon AsiaTwitch
Pokemon UNITE AsiaCL ENTwitch
Pokemon UNITE Asia ENFacebook
Pokemon Asia ENGYouTube

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