Top o' the World Player Profile
NAME: Geoffrey Hom
RANKING: #74 (as of 10/29/1999)
CITY / STATE: Pasadena, CA
LOCATION: Thunder & Lightning
[POJO] What do you like best about the PokeMon TCG?
[GH] It's fun, and none of the cards are banned or out-of-print, yet.
[POJO] What do you dislike about the PokeMon TCG?
[GH] It depends a bit too much on luck, and it seems like you *almost*
always have to play a Haymaker to win.
[POJO] Do you find casual play or organized competition to be more
[GH] Casual play is great for trying new, fun decks. But since I only
play once every two weeks in tourneys, I get psyched up for those.
[POJO] Where do you usually play?
[GH] I usually play with a friend from school. I just got him into
Pokemon, but he's caught on really quickly.
[POJO] How often do you participate in organized tournaments?
[GH] I'd like to participate more often, but I only play every other
week since there's only one store in the immediate area that lets kids
over 16 play. I think almost all the older players in the area go
[POJO] What was you most thrilling victory?
[GH] I was in Minnesota this summer, and I found this one card shop
that had Pokemon tournaments. So there I was, a stranger amongst the
crowd, and for my first match I was playing against this one guy who
apparently always won first or second. He was playing a stall deck
with only like six energy (for super potions). I was playing a Mr.
Mime / Damage Swap deck. Throughout the whole game I was only able to
take one prize, by using my Chansey to double-edge; he still had all
of his prizes. Time had been called, but the judge let us keep going
because I only had two cards in my deck and everyone thought I was
going to deck myself. I pulled my last card in my deck, paused for a
bit as I looked through my hand, and then played my LASS! He throws
down the ten or so trainers he had in his hand, and I just keep
pulling trainers (like 20) out of my hand! (I knew to save my trainers
since I had Lass, but he didn't.) In the end I would have beat him on
prizes and I would have decked his stall deck!
[POJO] What was your most crushing defeat?
[GH] I was playing a fun game against a young kid (who was very good).
I was playing my then-favorite deck, Triangle. He won the toss, and we
flipped our cards over. I started with an Electabuzz; he had a
Hitmonchan (of course). He puts down an energy, a Pluspower, and then
Oaks / Comp Searches for another two PlusPowers. Wham! I didn't even
get to draw a card....
[POJO] Who is your toughest competition? Why?
[GH] I guess my friend Rob is my toughest competition, but then again
I don't really play anyone else very much. He's still never been in a
(Pokemon) tournament, but if he ever starts playing seriously I'm
surehis DCI rating will just go up and up.
[POJO] What is your favorite card? Why?
[GH] Lass! It's a great card that most people don't play, and I
realized how cool it could be on my own. It's rare but most people are
happy to trade it away, and some stores sell it cheap (saw it for $1