first I like to thank Pojo for putting this
interview up on the main site.
we get started with the interview I like to thank
you for doing this interview. For my first question
what is your full name?
Ally: What is
your pojo screen name?
you. I know your just a regular user on Pojo, but
I'm going to try a different interview to get a
first hand look at some undiscovered talented
individuals. When you first joined Pojo how did you
feel? I mean did you have any experience before
joining the site and how did it help you in anyway?
see, its been a long while, at least it seems that
way since I joined Pojo. Let me go and look at my
join date real quick XD. Ok, it was back before the
Charlotte SJC. Back then I knew a good bit about the
game and kept up with SJC's and knew how to play
well, but I hadn't been to a regional or SJC yet at
that point. I mostly use the site, even since
joining, for information about regionals, card
releases, chat with friends in the team forums, and
in the tournament forum; so it's helped me keep up
with the game much easier than most other ways.
good to know hehe. Well I'm glad Pojo has helped you
in a lot of ways. Were you on a team when you first
joined or a loner for the time being?
I played at a local toy store with my friends Mark
Harmon (Meratsu Doki), Cody Dominic (Aom3p), and a
few others; we made a team called Rifts (who I might
add officially started the custom playmat craze at
SJC Charlotte and inventors of Sexy Sheep Tokens).
We kept that team up for a long while till Cody and
myself moved over to Amp because some of our players
got out of the game competitively, while myself and
Cody wanted to keep playing.
cause Sexy Dave wanted us =o.
we get to talking about AMP lets talk about Rifts.
How was it like being on Rifts and who were the
was I, our leader Mark, Cody, Kevin (Aethereall),
Adam, and Andrew as our main few guys (the last two
of which don't really traverse Pojo). None of us
were known, or had T8's yet. Our first break was
when Cody got his first T8'd at a Charlotte, NC
Regionals in... August or October 05’ I think it
was. We all had a great time hanging out at our
local and going to events together. Great times
those were *gets nostalgic.*
great! You guys really came a long way! What about
Team AMP? Can you describe how you came aboard that
Dave Peircy also T8'd the regionals that Cody first
T8'd at, so they talked in the T8 rounds when they
sat next to each other and that basically started
their friendship. After they became friends for a
while; I met Dave, and we also became friends. After
a long while, even though Andrew got his T8 at the
Spartanburg regionals in 06, Rifts started falling
apart for a few reasons. Cody got a few more T8's
and was asked by Dave to join Amp, not only because
they were great friends, but also I think because
Mark was deciding to not play as many regionals as
before, plus a few other things; so Cody took the
opportunity to move up to a better team and that
left us kinda high and dry since our team was out
our best player. After a while longer, I started
getting out of the game as well, since regional T8's
CONTINUED to evade me, and my teammates weren't
finding much success either. I think I was burning
myself out on trying to T8 (I think I went about
0-15, meaning 15 regionals without a T8, highest
placing being 9th, 15th, 22nd at SJC Durham, and a
random 25th). A few months of lying low though and
talking with Dave and his friends, which became my
friends as well, got me to want to try for a T8
again, so I talked with Dave and he let me join Amp.
Ally: And you
did Top 8 when you join AMP correct?
though it wasn't for quite a few months afterwards.
In fact I almost got cut from the team because of my
dry spell in T8's XD I literally made the deadline
for it when I T8'd a Charlotte, NC Regionals back in
October 06’. I did it with a random as hell looking
deck that really no one could describe XD.
only was that regionals special for me, but also
because Sean Burris got his first T8 there, and Amp
put three members into the T4.
great that your team mates got in the top four. Just
out of curiosity did you make a Pojo Report?
let me get the link then if you do not mind me
putting it up on the main site?
I’ll get it.
you Gotenks! Maybe a lot of the newer people on Pojo
can read this and learn it's never too late to top 8
or even do better at the game. What deck were you
running when you topped 8?
how should I begin XD. It used 2 Zaborgs, 3 deko,
and 1 copy of the following: Asura, Drillroid,
Banisher, Cyber Phoenix, Exiled, Night Assailant,
and Cylinders. It was an Aggro-y deck, for sure, but
it was all teched up. The night before, I just said
screw it, and I threw in a bunch of stuff I wanted
to run for the hell of it; and it tested really well
actually; so I ran that, and the deck ran FLAWLESSLY
throughout the day. Every single tech card in my
deck had a star moment where it literally won me a
game, specifically Cyber Phoenix and Magic Cylinder,
but as crazy as the maindeck was my sidedeck is
where I brought out the surprises. I ran a Dark
World conversion side with a random stein, and it
tore people apart when I sided it in game 2 and ran
them over fast with it.
mean, that stuff up there being the highlights of
aren't the only monsters I ran XD
the choices I made that stood out the most.
Ally: oOo I
see. Well that’s good that you topped 8 your first
regional then you topped 4! How well have you been
doing after the top 4?
haven't T8'd after that one, but even still I guess
I'm liking where I am right now. I have my invite,
so I'm not in a rush to get my invite for Nats,
people know me around here now, not as being really
great at the game or anything, but I have lots of
friends that I love to hang out with at regionals.
It's an all around good time, regardless of
yewgimanz outcomes. If I can ever T8 again I'll be
really happy, but I like being on a great team, with
great friends just fine as it is. =] *now if only
SCG's would bring more regionals down to South
Carolina so I could at least HAVE more opportunities
to T8 >_____>*
more regionals in South Carolina would be nice!
~Hopes Matt_v reads this >> <<~ You'll top 8 again
one day ^_^. Anyways do you have any advice to the
new players out there that are reading this?
be a jerk. I can't tell you how many times I've
played against or seen players with terribly bad
attitudes, or are too cocky. When they get into
rulings disputes or are losing, winning, or whatever
it may be, they always argue and don't listen to
people; and it makes the whole situation just nasty.
It's just a game. Never take it too seriously. If
you do it loses its meaning, and purpose of just
being a fun game.
that’s some great advice for the pojo readers and
unfortunately I only have a few more questions left.
What you think of the current forbidden list?
good; more decks are doing well now than ever
before, that means they must be doing something
right with the list. Only problems, which are GAPING
holes in the otherwise nice list, are Snatch Steal
and Ring of Destruction. I also *personally* don't
like just how stupidly aggro the game has gotten,
the Goat Control days were just so skillful and fun,
those were the TRUE combo decks.
Besides like, Duo and BLS, those were the only
complaints I think could be made about that format.
still take that format over anything else period
Ally: oOo what
card you want banned and what card you want off?
if it's just one, Snatch Steal. Card I want off...
wow that's tough. PERSONALLY, I loved Cyber Jar, but
I have to say Tsukiyomi. I love so many of those
cards on the banned list, but those two I'd have to
say I want off the most because I just enjoyed
playing with them.
Jar would be nice hehe. Well I have one final
question for you, Why Gotenks for a Pojo Screen
Name? You love Dragonball Z that much haha.
I was actually hoping you'd ask this question. Every
time I go to a new message board and post, some
ALWAYS hounds me on having a DBZ screen name. I made
the damn thing like 5 years ago. The only reason I
don't change it is because it's easier for people to
recognize me if I just keep using the same screen
name everywhere I go. I still enjoy watching DBZ,
even though I haven’t barely seen an episode in
years, I guess it's one of my guilty pleasures,
watching mindless face-beatings with terrible plots
and episode-long sessions of pointless dialogue XD.
Most people will say it's bad, despite how
influential it's been, but I like it still I guess
than watching a few episodes like, last month, I
haven't even seen an episode since they stopped
showing it on TV like, way back in 03’.
Ally: oOo well
that’s it for my questions. Will you please give a
the new Pkmn game is great, My NBA team is down 1
game, and I need to check some poker stuff for the
WPT Championships that started yesterday that I
haven't seen yet. But thanks for the interview, it's
been fun! =o
Gotenks: Oh ya,
and remember kids, Amp Runs Thru You.