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Top o the World Player Profile

NAME: Glenn Katzen

RANKING: #17 (as of 10/26/1999)
CITY / STATE:
Manorville, NY
AGE:
16
LOCATION:
Golden Memories, Mastic, NY

[POJO] What do you like best about the PokeMon TCG?
[GK]
It's a lot of fun to try to make a good deck and test it against other people.

[POJO] What do you dislike about the PokeMon TCG?
[GK]
I think there is too much coin flipping and not a lot of original decks in tournaments. This is understandable though because Haymakers always seem to win where I play, so everyone tries to make one.

[POJO] Do you find casual play or organized competition to be more fun? Why?
[GK]
Casual play is more fun because you can try out fun ideas and use cards you wouldn't normally use in a tournament because you would probably lose.

[POJO] Where do you usually play?
[GK]
Golden Memories or my friend's house

[POJO] How often do you participate in organized tournaments?
[GK]
Usually once a week

[POJO] What was you most thrilling victory?
[GK]
My greatest win was probably at an unsanctioned tournament at a mall. I was running low on cards, but I only had one prize left. My opponent removed most of my energy right before my last turn, and was confident he would win. I drew my last card, used a Gust of Wind to bring out a weak Hitmonchan, Scooped Up my Electabuzz, and brought in a Scyther for the kill.

[POJO] What was your most crushing defeat?
[GK]
I was playing a Semi-final match at Golden Memories against a kid that was about 8 years old. He was playing Raindance, which my Haymaker can usually beat easily. The first game, my only basic Pokemon was Electabuzz, and all he had was a Squirtle and a Seal. The rest of my hand was all energy. He went first and paralyzed my Electabuzz. He paralyzed again next turn, and again after that. Meanwhile, all I was drawing was more energy. On his 4th turn, he evolved his Squirtle into Wartortle, played a Double Colorless, and used Bite for the win. It was best out of 3 though, so I figured I could come back. However, the second game didn't go any better. I started with 3 Charmanders and a bunch of energy, and once again my opponent had a Squirtle and a Seal. While I drew nothing but energy, he evolved Squirtle into Wartortle and knocked out all my Charmanders in a few turns.

[POJO] Who is your toughest competition? Why?
[GK]
My toughest competition is probably my friend, Josh Navratil, who is currently ranked 20th in the world. We practice together and play similar decks, so when we play, it usually comes down to who has a better hand.

[POJO] What is your favorite card? Why?
[GK]
Definitely Professor Oak, because it gives you so many new cards to work with.

[POJO] What kind of deck to you dread having to play against?
[GK]
Playing against other Haymakers is annoying because it usually takes a while and Haymakers are difficult to beat.

[POJO] What does it mean to you to be ranked as one of the best Pokemon TCG players in the world?
[GK]
It's fun to be ranked high, but just because you have a higher rating than someone does not necessarily mean you are better.

[POJO] Do you play the Pokemon video game?
[GK]
Yes

[POJO] Do you watch the Pokemon Animated Series?
[GK]
Yes

[POJO] Do you have a collection of Pokemon toys?
[GK]
No

[POJO] Do you have a favorite card? Favorite video game character? Favorite animated series character?
[GK]
My favorite Pokemon in the card game is Scyther. My favorite Pokemon in the video game is Jolteon. My favorite Pokemon in the show is Mr. Mime.

[POJO] Anything else you would like to add to this interview?
[GK]
I'd just like to say that I think Pokemon is a great game, and I hope they have Pro Tours someday like they do for Magic: The Gathering.


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