NAME: Mike Demaio
RANKING: #42 (as of 10/29/1999)
CITY / STATE: Minoa, NY
LOCATION: Altered States
689 N Clinton St
[POJO] What do you like best about the PokeMon TCG?
[MD] I like the fact that there are less rules than in magic and it is
easy to play
[POJO] What do you dislike about the PokeMon TCG?
[MD] The players who are all talk, people who cheat. The lack of a big
[POJO] Do you find casual play or organized competition to be more
[MD] I find organized more fun due to the tougher competition.
[POJO] Where do you usually play?
[MD] I play at Altered States in Syracuse, NY
[POJO] How often do you participate in organized tournaments?
[MD] I play in 1every week.
[POJO] What was you most thrilling victory?
[MD] My most thrilling victory was my win in the finals against Tim
Casion (#43). He was ranked 16th at the time but somehow he dropped. I
beat him 3 times that day.
[POJO] What was your most crushing defeat?
[MD] My most crushing defeat was when I lost to Patrick Waineright in
top 16 when I got energy screwed.
[POJO] Who is your toughest competition? Why?
[MD] My toughest competition is Pete Zalizniak (#41). He usually gets
me overhyper and beats me by decking me. He's very good though.
[POJO] What is your favorite card? Why?
[MD] My favorite card is Scyther due to his versatility and that he
can do 60 in 2 rounds
[POJO] What kind of deck to you dread having to play against?
[MD] I dread playing against RainDance because I usually lose to it. I
can never kill Squirtles fast enough, but sometimes I can.
[POJO] What does it mean to you to be ranked as one of the best
Pokemon TCG players in the world?
[MD] It means a lot to me. I feel like playing every week has finally
[POJO] Do you play the Pokemon video game?
[MD] I have. After I beat it a few times I stopped.
[POJO] Do you watch the Pokemon Animated Series?
[MD] I watch it sometimes to see how good Ash does. I know he will
win, but the show is fun to watch.
[POJO] Do you have a collection of Pokemon toys?
[POJO] Do you have a favorite card? Favorite video game character?
Favorite animated series character?
[MD] My favorite card is Scyther. My favorite video game character is
Venusaur. My favorite animated series character is Pikachu!
[POJO] Anything else you would like to add to this interview?
[MD] I would just like to add that all those people who think they are
so good really aren't. I am talking about people who can't make their
own decks. People who play Haymaker or Raindance or Stall. They think
they are godly, but they aren't. I play a deck with Dittos, Scythers
and Magmars. Good luck to everyone!