- Pokemon SNAP
- Pokemon Pinball
- Gameboy TCG
- Gameboy Yellow
- Gameboy Red/Blue
- Gold & Silver
- Pokemon Stadium
Trading Card Game
- Card of the Day
- Price Guide
- Killer Deck Reports
- Deck Garage
- Featured Articles
- TCG Strategies
- Single Card Tips
- Rules: Q & A
- Top of the
- Apprentice & Patch
- Apprentice League
- Spoilers & Translations
- Collector's Corner
- Places to Play
- The Characters
What's a Pokemon?
Books & Videos
Advertise With Us
Join Our Mailing List
for your chance to win free prizes!
Top o’ the World Player Profile
Name Steve Sperling
Ranking 7 (as of 05/29/2001)
Stanton Island, NY
1) How did you get into this game?
I got into the
videogames (gameboy) from kids in my school. It seemed
that everyone was playing it and I wanted to see how it
was. I got into the Pokemon TCG from my friend Phil
Mondiello. (currently #1 globally) He taught me how
to play and then I came in second in a four person
tournament at his house.
2) What do you like about it?
I like that Pokemon is
DCI sanctioned and that it could be respected as much as
Magic: The Gathering by older players. I recently tought
16 year old Magic players to play Pokemon and now they
play in the Pokemon tournaments! I also consider the Super
Trainer Showdown to be the Pro Tour of Pokemon and I like
3) What don’t you like about it?
I don’t like the
COINFLIPS, or the very BROKEN cards. Why can’t this game
be a little more balanced like Magic. I also think for the
STS and the Qualifiers they should give out money instead
of packs. I think it would make more people want to go to
4) What’s your favorite deck to play?
My favorite deck to
play is my Wiggly/R. Zapdos/ Cleffa / Ditto/ Scyther /
Hitmonchan variant because it beats down at the store I go
to. I’m sure it wont work out there in the crazy world
of Pokemon but until I see that people are getting SMARTER
and using better cards at my store i’ll just stick to
what I have and run with it.
5) What do you think is the strongest deck in the current
In MY current
enviorment the Turbo Wigglytuff decks are a bit of a
challenge but I usually go 5-0 anyway.
6) What deck do you hate to play against?
I hate playing against
any deck that has Chaos Gym unless I get Cleffa out
beforehand. How do you think it feels to lose to a kid
with a 1300 rating with a Chaos Gym and flip tails 16
7) What would your “Top 10 Best Pokémon” list look
1) Rocket’s Zapdos
8) Top 5 trainers?
1) Professor Oak
2) Computer Search
3) Item Finder
4) Super Energy
5) Chaos Gym
9) Where do you usually play?
I usually play at a
sore called Alternate Realm on Sundays or Phil’s
tournaments called The Outer Limits. I sometimes go to Jim
Hurley’s ( Ranked 11 Globally) place called the
BattleGround in Brooklyn.
10) Who is your most difficult competition?
Phil Mondiello is my
most toughest competiton because out of the 5,000+ times I
played him I might of only beat him 100 times. I remeber
back then when I was using Raindance and Phil was using a
Dragonite Removal deck. Those were the days.
11) What do you win at tournaments?
I win usually six
packs at regular tournaments, but at the STS qualifiers,
scince me and Phil share cards with three other people we
went home with 3 booster boxes.
12) What are some of your most thrilling victories?
My most thrilling
victorty was actually a loss for me. I was playing Jason
Imperiale last match in the ECSTS qualifiers last year,
7/2/00, 3rd tournament for the Qualifiers at
Huntington Station Long Island on the first day. I was so
pumped up about qualifying that I Oaked 5 times on the
first turn. Jason looked at me like I was crazy and I lost
a weird match
13) And your most devastating losses?
I just hate when I
lose to the Chaos Gym Darm Muck variant that a kid in my
store plays. He won on luck and only luck and sometimes
thats why I get annoyed at this game sometimes.
14) Did you compete in the TMB, STS, or any other
large-scale tournaments? If you did, how’d ya do?
I competed in the
ECSTS last year and did really bad. I got really sick from
the Hot Dogs on the sixth round and had to drop that
round to get to the bathroom. After I felt better I
went 6-0 at the King of the Hill Event.
15) If you had to ban one card, what would you ban?
I would ban Oak so
games coun last longer and be more fun.
16) What deck do you think is the funnest to play?
Me and my friend Sean
McGowan were over Phil’s house and we were drafting
Pokemon cards. We just took a stack of cards and passed
them around. Sean ended up taking all the Team Rocket’s
Mewoths, Tickle Machines, and Sleep,Sleep’s. When he was
playing Phil he was killing himself with the Team Rockets
Meowth and using Slowbro’s Lazy Attack. He was doing it
so funny and awkwardly that me and Phil were laughing on
the floor and Sean got the win.
17) What do you think of Wizard’s ideas of No 15+
qualifiers, Prop 15, etc.?
I think it is
disgusting and disgraceful of Wizards to cut the 15+
qualifiers because there not saving money, there losing
valuable players! I’m not even in the 15+ division and I
still don’t like it. As for P-15, its not going to go
well with neo out. (CLEFFA, hint, hint)
18) What does it mean to be ranked as one of the best Pokémon
players in the world?
I’ts a great
achievement to be ranked one of the best players in the
world, but I was hoping for a TMB this year but getting a
3-round bye for the STS is ok. I really like being #7 in
the world and I hope it stays that way, or even goes
19) Do your friends/schoolmates know you play Pokémon?
Does it give ya a good/bad reputation?
Let’s just say the
only people that know I play Pokemon, play Pokemon.
20) If you could have 100 Smeargles or 100 Japanese
Woopers, which would you rather have? =/
I would take the
Smeargles and take them to my house start up the fireplace
and BURN THEM ALL!
21) Who do you believe is the best Pokémon TCG player in
I believe there is no
BEST Pokemon TCG player in the world because some people
have different luck. I could name I few that I think are
really good: Phil Mondiello, Jason Imperiale, Glenn Katzen,
Jim Hurly. Hey, I could add in Ness but I never saw him
My other hobbies are
Magic: The Gathering and going on the net to find out
whats happening in the Pokemon world!
If you want to talk or
play (on apprentice) Pokemon E-mail or Instant message me
Pojo.com is here to provide guidance to all Pokemon
trainers out there. Whether it's the Gameboy Game, N64 or the Trading Card Game,
PoJo.com provides all the wisdom you desire.
If you have cool game tips, a killer deck, or breaking
news ... send them to us. We'll post it on the site
... and give you all the credit.