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Top o’ the World Player Profile
AME: Tom DiLena
RANKING: #36 (as of 12/09/1999)
CITY / STATE: Medford, NY
LOCATION: Golden Memories
[POJO] What do you like best about the PokeMon TCG?
[TD] Easy to learn, difficult to master.
[POJO] What do you dislike about the PokeMon TCG?
[TD] The price of the cards, hey I'm only 12 so all I've got is my allowance.
[POJO] Do you find casual play or organized competition to be more fun? Why?
[TD] I find organized play more fun because I'm a competitive person.
[POJO] Where do you usually play?
[TD] I usually play at Golden Memories.
[POJO] How often do you participate in organized tournaments?
[TD] About once a week.
[POJO] What was you most thrilling victory?
[TD] My most thrilling victory was when I was in the finals against Jason Imperiale (# 9). It was my Raindance against his Haymaker in the Finals. We both had one prize left and it came down to his Electabuzz with no damage and two energy against my Blastoise with five energy and twenty damage. His turn, he ThunderPunches and if it's Heads he wins, and if it's Tails he loses. He flips and it's Tails! I then Hydro Pump and win the tournament.
[POJO] What was your most crushing defeat?
[TD] Against my brother.I had a God hand of a Squirtle, Breeder, Blastoise, and energy. All he has is Electabuzz. I go first. I'm thinking that this will be too easy. I go first and Bubble with no Paralyze. He goes, puts down an electric energy, Computer Searches for a
PlusPower and Oaks. He puts down another PlusPower and ThunderShocks. I lose.
[POJO] Who is your toughest competition? Why?
[TD] I don't really have a toughest competitor. Anyone can have their good or bad
days. I might beat anyone and anyone might beat me.
[POJO] What is your favorite card? Why?
[TD] My favorite card is probably Computer Search. It's my favorite card because
it is basically any card that you want it to be.
[POJO] What kind of deck to you dread having to play against?
[TD] Haymaker, because in my opinion they're a no-talent deck. I don't try to use
them, but in the end, I usually do.
[POJO] What does it mean to you to be ranked as one of the best Pokemon TCG players in the world?
[TD] It's pretty cool and I'm happy about it but it doesn't mean too much to me because they don't rate talent and skill too accurately. People could be great but they haven't been playing too long so they may not have a high ranking, on the other hand someone could be playing since the week it started but not be very good and have a very high ranking.
[POJO] Do you play the Pokemon video game?
[TD] Yup, all 4 (Red,Blue,Yellow,Pinball).
[POJO] Do you watch the Pokemon Animated Series?
[TD] Once in a while.
[POJO] Do you have a collection of Pokemon toys?
[POJO] Do you have a favorite card? Favorite video game character? Favorite animated series character?
[TD] My favorite card that I have is my First Edition Venusaur. My favorite Pokemon
video game character is probably Mewtwo and my favorite animated series character would have to be Meowth (Hey, who wouldn't love a cat with a big mouth?).
[POJO] Anything else you would like to add to this interview?
[TD] Yeah, just remember that it's just Pokemon and don't get too crazy if you win or lose, the main thing is that you have fun.
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