TCG Tour Super Trainer Showdown Qualifier Tournament


Dear Pojo,

I attended the mall tour in Aurora, Colorado today.  My son and I both won first place in our age group in our qualifier tournaments for the final showdown in Los Angelos.  So we should be invited to attend although it isn’t clear how that will work and how they will determine who will win the free trip.  The tournaments were very poorly organized, most of the workers didn’t know how to score the games (it was single elimination and scored by # of prize cards left) and the rules they used for determining the winners and who got invitations to the showdown were completely different from the rule sheets they handed out (included below).  The rule sheet is even incomplete and ends with a comma.  They never could find the gold invitations to the final showdown that the top 4 from each tournament were supposed to receive.  They didn’t even want to agree the top 4 would receive an invitation to the showdown until we had them read (and reread) their own litature several times.

The mall tour was poorly advertised in our area and poorly attended in my opinion, I didn’t get there until 10am when it started and there were only 50 people in line.  Although the tournaments could hold 36 people mine only had 12 to start and my son’s only had 10.  I heard they were filling up later in the afternoon, partly because they were letting the people that lost go back and sign up and try again later although it clearly stated only 1 entry per person.  Although they wouldn’t let the 1st or 2nd place winners go back and play a second time. Given how unorganized and clueless they were in the morning I can’t imagine the mess they must have had later in the day. 

The mall they used to hold the tournament is in a rather undesirable part of town and filthy.  I’m sure their attendance would have been much higher if they would have picked a better location, and in Denver I don’t think they could have done worse.

I’m rather annoyed at the poor organization and score keeping because I think both my son and I had a good shot at the free trip (neither of us let our opponents take more than 2 prizes for all our games combined) but without real score keeping, and without needing to go the full 5 rounds to determine a winner due to the lack of participation in the morning I doubt we will win.  And the organizers kept telling us it was a random drawing for the free trip but according to the rules they handed out they were going by points only.  And given the chaos it’s not even clear they collected the score sheets and labeled them correctly so they could determine the winners.

I will be going back tomorrow to find out more information and see if they’ve figured out the rules.  I’ve written to wizards already to complain also. 

This is the rule sheet handed out when you signed up for the tournament:

Pokemon Tm Trading Card Game Super Trainer Showdown Qualifier Tournament OFFICIAL RULES No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal U.S. residents. Tournament begins 4/29/00 and ends 7/2/00. To participate in Tournament, go to a designated Pokemon Trading Card Game tour event (“Event”) location (listed below, on the date(s) stated), complete an entry form, sign-in, and compete in the play of the Pokemon Trading Card Game.  Pok6mon Event locations: Aurora Mall, Aurora, Colorado (4129, 4/30); Crossroads Plaza, Salt Lake City, Utah (5/6 - 5n); Sea Tac Mall, Federal Way, Washington (5113 - 5/14); Boise Towne Square Mall, Boise, Idaho (5120 -5/21); Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance, California (5/27 - 5/28); Eastridge Mall, San Jose, California (6/3 - 6/4); Metrocenter, Phoenix, Arizona (6/10 - 6/1 1); Valley View Center, Dallas, Texas (6/17 - 6/18); Crossroads Mall, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (6/24 - 6/25); and Mall of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota (7/1 - 7/2) (“Event Locations”). Event Locations subject to change at Sponsor’s sole discretion. 

At entrant sign-in at the Event locations on the dates stated above, entry forms (288 per day) will be distributed beginning at 10:00 a.m. For each day of an Event, up to 288 entrants (divided into 9 sessions of up to 32 entrants per session) that have completed an entry form (“entry”), signed-in, and followed all prescribed rules, will have the opportunity to compete in 1 of 9 sessions categorized by age (9 and under, 10 - 14, and 15 and over) for the opportunity to win a prize. For each session, that consists of 5, 20-minute rounds of Pokemon Trading Card Game play, I age group will compete and the last person to be undefeated in that particular session will be declared a finalist (“Finalist”) (18 total Finalists per Event, 9 per day, 3 each per age group per day). After completion of each round, participants must have their game results tallied (remaining prize cards of winners’ opponents cards added up) and verified by an attendant who will mark the participant’s tally card with an official stamp or marking. 

Three grand prize winners (1 from each age group) for that particular Event will be the Finalists who have the highest number of points on their tally card (the total number of prize cards that all of the finalist’s opponents had left after each round) within his or her age group. In the event of a tie, the Finalist who has the highest opponent’s skill on his/her entrant’s tally card (the total number of prize cards that all of the finalist’s opponents had left after each round prior to the finalist playing that opponent) will be declared the grand prize winner within his/her age group.  In the event of a further tie, the top 2 finalists within his/her age group with the highest number of points and highest opponents’ skill for a particular Event will both be declared grand prize winners within his/her age group. Entries will be collected at Tournament upon completion of each session. Tournament record forms must be submitted to the Trainers to be tallied and verified to be eligible for a prize. LIMIT I ENTRY PER PERSON.

Employees of Tournament Entities (defined below) and their immediate families and members of their same households are ineligible. Once submitted, entries become the sole property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Finalists and runner up prize winners will be notified upon completion of session for each Event Location. Grand prize winners will be notified by phone and/or mail. If a potential grand prize winner cannot be reached after 5 days from first notification attempt, or if prize is returned as undeliverable, prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected from among remaining finalists for that particular Event Location. Employees of Wizards of the Coast, Inc., DSL Client Services LLC, Skycastle Entertainment, Inc., SCC, participating retailers, their advertising and promotion agencies, and any agents involved in the development, production (including prize suppliers), implementation and distribution of this Tournament, and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, service providers, officers, and any other person/entity associated with Tournament (“Tournament Entities”) are not eligible to enter Tournament. Tournament Entities are not responsible/liable for entries that are late, illegible, mutilated, tampered with, forged, destroyed, incomplete, lost, or otherwise not in compliance with Official Rules (and such entries will be disqualified). 30 Grand Prizes (“GP”) (3 per Event, 1 from each age group): Trip for GP winner and 1 guest to Los Angeles, CA to compete in the Pok6mon Trading Card Game Super Trainer Showdown tournament (“Competition”). Trip consists of round trip coach air transportation from a major commercial airport near GP winner’s residence, 3 days/2 nights standard hotel accommodations (single room/double occupancy), entry into Competition (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) $2,500 each). Trip must be taken to compete at the Competition on 7/22/00 (departing 7/21/00 and returning 7/23/00) or trip will be forfeited. Trip is subject to hotel/air transportation availability, blackout dates, holidays & other trip restrictions. GP winner and guest must travel together. If GP winner or guest is a minor, he/she must be accompanied by his/her parent or legal guardian (prize only covers 2 people). GP winner is solely responsible for all unspecified expenses. No extension of trip dates, once determined, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. If due to scheduling conflict or any other reason winner cannot compete in Tournament,

Lisa Leutenegger