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Top o’ the World Player Profile

Top o' the World Player Profile

NAME: Andrew Rysdam
63 (as of 10/26/1999)
Glendale, Arizona
Sports Cards 24242 W Dunlap AvePhoenix, AZ

[POJO] What do you like best about the PokeMon TCG?
I like the tough competition, it is more fun to play against harder decks than easier decks in my opinion.

[POJO] What do you dislike about the PokeMon TCG?
I dislike the unoriginality of decks now, people should create new decks. I hate to see every deck based on a Haymaker or Raindance or Potpourri.

[POJO] Do you find casual play or organized competition to be more fun? Why?
I find organized competition more fun because I am a very competitive person.

[POJO] Where do you usually play?
Well, I don't play on the internet, because for some reason I can't get Gooey to work, so I guess I play most of my games at Sports Cards 2.

[POJO] How often do you participate in organized tournaments?
I used to go every week, but then I took a little break, am I am going to start going in a week or two.

[POJO] What was you most thrilling victory?
My most thrilling victory was probably my biggest win ever, $44. I think, (not sure) it was against David O'Conner (yes, it was his most crushing defeat in his report). I guess it was just luck that he only drew one Pokemon, I wiped it out with a Hitmonchan of my own in the first few turns of the game.

[POJO] What was your most crushing defeat?
My most crushing defeat was when I drew one Scyther, (I had just put it in a day or two before). I had a Scyther out and this little 7-year-old wiped it out in two turns with a Charmandar.

[POJO] Who is your toughest competition? Why?
Well, I had a best friend who played a very good fire deck, 4 Growlithe, 4 Arcanine, 4 Clefairy, 4 Clefable, 4 Ponyta, 4 Rapidash, and he was incredibly hard to beat, but unfortunately for me, he quit Pokemon.

[POJO] What is your favorite card? Why?
My favorite card would have to be …actually, I have two favorites. Hitmonchan and Electabuzz, great cards.

[POJO] What kind of deck to you dread having to play against?
A Potpourri, Haymaker, or a totally original deck, you never know what is in store for you with those, that is why I love to play original decks.

[POJO] What does it mean to you to be ranked as one of the best Pokemon TCG players in the world?
It feels good, but it really doesn't do me any good just talking about it, to prove that I would actually have to play someone and show them.

[POJO] Do you play the Pokemon video game?

[POJO] Do you watch the Pokemon Animated Series?
Of course

[POJO] Do you have a collection of Pokemon toys?

[POJO] Do you have a favorite card? Favorite video game character? Favorite animated series character?
No, not really, just like to play the game

[POJO] Anything else you would like to add to this interview?
Well, there is one thing: people, people, people - make an original deck, don't use something that you know everyone else is going to be using. If you know for sure a deck that everyone will be playing, find it’s weaknesses and make a deck of them.

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