WOTC CHAT REPORT
Report by CHRISBO
Here’s this week’s WotC Chat Report.
Sounds like the Tropical Mega Battle went well, some news on Pokemon
League Year 2 and the East Coast STS, and a release date for Gym
Challenge. The attendees started running out of questions a bit
early this week, so MT_Mike started singing old 80’s tunes; please bring
some good tough questions to the Chat next week so we don’t have to
endure that again (just kidding Mike). OK, here we go...
TROPICAL MEGA BATTLE REPORT:
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Hi gang! Master Trainer Pat is
out today so its just me (so understand if it goes a bit slower). DMT Mike
and I were in Hawaii for the Tropical Mega Battle this last weekend and I
wanted to share some information about it with you.”
[Chrisbo Note: “DMT Mike” = “Dark Master
Trainer Mike” (aka “Boss Mike”), not the same person as “MT_Mike”.]
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “The first day, the players were
formed into 8 groups that went around to the 8 cities and played as teams
for point totals. Some cities had trivia contests, another had name that
Pokemon from its flavor text, one city had the players digging for Monster
Balls with points in them on the beach of Waikiki. DMT Mike and I played
in the Vermilion city Gym where we used Lightning/Colorless Pokemon and
took on all Challengers. I ended up with the best record at 5 wins, 2
losses, while DTM Mike went 4 and 3.”
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “In the open play tournaments
(still only allowed to use Base or Jungle Pokemon cards), everyone I saw
played Haymakers with at least 25 Trainer Cards except for 1 Raindance
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “The second day final tournament
was a constructed one where each player was given 90 cards from Basic and
Jungle and had 1 hour to build a 40 card deck to play with. They were
given as much basic energy as they wanted as well. Here is the list of
what they were given:”
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Grass 1 Caterpie, 3 Weedle, 2
Kakuna, 1 Beedrill, 3 Nidoran , 1 Nidorino, 1 Koffing, 1 Oddish, 1 Paras”
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Fire 3 Charmander, 1 Charmeleon,
1 Charizard,1 Growlithe, 3 Ponyta, 2 Rapidash “
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Water 3 Squirtle, 1 Wartortle,
2 Poliwag, 2 Seel, 2 Dewgong “
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Lightning 3 Pikachu, 1 Raichu,
2 Magnemite, 2 Voltorb, 1 Electrode, 1 Jolteon, Psychic 3 Abra, 2 Kadabra,
2 Drowzee, 1 Jynx, 1 Mr.Mime”
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “fighting 3 diglett, 2 dugtrio,
1 onix, 3 mankey 2 primeape, 1 rhyhorn”
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “colorless 1 rattata, 1 doduo, 1
meowth, 2 eevee”
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “1 DCE”
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “trainers 1 oak, 1 bill, 1
trader, 1 energy removal, 1 energy retrieval, 2 switch, 1 computer search,
1 pokedex, 1 pluspower, 1 defender, 2 gusts of wind, 1 super potion, 2
potion, 1 full heal, 1 pokeball”
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “When we watched the tournament
every energy type was pretty evenly chosen except for grass (only 5
players chose to use Grass in their decks).”
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “The overall winner of the
Tropical Mega Battle was Jason Klaczynski of Chicago. He played well and
won it all on a successful coin flip for his Quick Attack with his Eevee.
His opponent only had 1 Pokemon out (no bench) and needed 40 HP to be
Knocked out. Jason played his 1 Pluspower and went for it all and got the
coin flip he needed.”
Q, Who is your favorite card artist?
A, Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Well I did meet
Kagemaru Himeno at the Mega Battle, she even signed DMT Mike’s birthday
Q. Do you know what the Japanese metagame is like?
A. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “We learned some of
it in Hawaii. It seems to be a game played by a much younger and less
aggressively competitive crowd.”
Q. I heard you and Dark MT Mike battled some
ferocious creatures over the weekend... any comments?
A. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “There were baby
Pokemon, strange Trainers and energy cards and Imakuni yelling out
whenever his Weedle attacked me.”
POKEMON LEAGUE - YEAR 2:
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “ Next years Pokemon League
starts in January and will have 8 seasons in it like this years. Players
that earn their badges quickly will have more extra activities they can do
(no more TM’s though) and can even slowly work on points for the
EAST COAST SUPER TRAINER SHOWDOWN (STS):
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “The official date and location
for the upcoming East Coast STS is November 18th at the
Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. “
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Look for some of your favorite
Master Trainers at the following East Coast Mall Tour stops. Dark Master
Trainer Mike (my boss) will be at the Baltimore and the Miami stops.
Master Trainer Pat will be at the Chicago Mall stop and I will be at the
one in Boston. Please stop by, say hi, and challenge us.”
Q. What will be all the criteria for invitation to
the STS? We know the qualifiers are the obvious ones, but what other
criteria will be used? A.
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Anyone who has earned 5 or more League Badges
can participate in addition to winners from the qualifiers.”
Q. Will the number of badges required to
participate in the STS go up each time?
A1. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Dunno, it did for
the East Coast event though (5 instead of 3).”
A2. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “ this event is
taking place 5 months later in the League schedule.”
Q. Will DCI ranking or perfomance in the West Coast
STS be factored in for East Coast STS invites?
A. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Not sure about DCI
rankings, the West Coast STS will have no effect.”
Q. So even if you won the West Coast STS in one of
the 3 divisions, then you do not get invited to the East Coast one?
A. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Correct, different
tournaments, different requirements.”
Q. For the East Coast STS - Will they be taking
registration of Invitees first, then take first come first serve with 5 or
more badges...?? the biggest flaw in the West STS...
A. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Yes we are very
aware of the Registration troubles at the West Coast event, they are being
corrected for this one.”
Q. What are the prizes for the east coast STS and
A. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Dunno yet.”
Q. So do you think Space Weedle will be
accompanying you, Dark MT Mike, and MT Pat on your guys trips?
A. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Probably not, Brand
wants to save it for the East Coast event.”
GYM CHALLENGE / NEO / OTHER:
Q. Has a release date been finalized for Gym
Challenge? If so what is it?
A. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Yup, Oct 7th.”
Q. Will Imakuni’s Doduo and ____’s Chansey see
print in the Gym Challenge Expansion?
A. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “No Imakuni’s
cards coming. Though I did meet him in Hawaii and learned his dance. :)”
Q. Why don’t you print Neo now?
A. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Its not our
product, we don’t own it, we don’t
have the right to do so.......blah blah blah”
Q. Any plans for the Southern Island sets, etc.?
A. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Not yet.”
Q. Can you tell us what Promo #19 will be?
A1. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Yes
I COULD. But I won’t.”
A2. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “No
info on that yet.”
Q. What is Promo #24?
A. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “No info on promo 24
Q. Is it true that you get Promo #7 Jigglypuff when
signing up at the east coast STS tournament tour?
A1. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “What??????
No.....” A2. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “I have no idea what you are
typing about, sorry.”
Q. Will the Cool Porygon received at the Pokemon
League be exactly the same as the one received in the Pokemon League just
not wrapped? A.
Master_Trainer_Mike says, “I don’t know about its wrapped state but it
is the same exact card.”
Q. What’s the next prerelease card to be issued?
A. Master_Trainer_Mike says, “Dunno.”