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Professor’s Corner – Next Destinies Pre-Release Edition 01/28/2012

Posted by raznprince in Events, Pokemon TCG, TCG News.
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Disclaimer: The following blog may contain spoiler information regarding the Next Destinies set. Read at your own risk!

I have just returned from the Pre-Release event today up in Lilburn and I was quite pleased with how the tournament ran today. I have learned some useful information regarding the rare cards of the set that may surprise many of you especially if you’re a collector:

  1. The pull rate for full-art EX Pokémon is 1 per box.
  2. The pull rate for regular print EX Pokémon is 2 per box.
  3. There are 4 secret rare “shiny” Pokémon in this set: Emboar, Chandelure, Zoroark, and Hydreigon. Each Pokémon are printed with the same attacks as their originally released sets (Ability BLW, NVI, BLW, and NVI respectively).
  4. The pull rate for secret rare “Shiny” Pokémon is 1 in 3 boxes.

Also, I have learned that Tymon (the state PTO for Georgia) runs his Pre-Releases in the following way if none of you have ever played at any of his Pre-Releases:

  1. This tournament is only run Limited-Sealed Deck as I explained in a previous blog.
  2. Your Promo card is given to you once you have paid for your registration. You cannot use this card when you construct your 40-card deck, however if you pull the same card in a Booster Pack, you can use that one. For Next Destinies, it was the promo stamped Arcanine.
  3. All players will play 3 Rounds of Swiss regardless of the turnout (especially if it’s large). This is more efficient use of the players’ time as it cuts down on unnecessary extra rounds because no more tournament prizes can be won from playing more rounds. Everyone gets two packs regardless of their record at the end of the tournament.
  4. Matches are played to a straight 20 minutes without “Plus 3” rule. At this point, the winner for the round is the player with the most Prize Cards drawn when time is called and at the end of the current player’s turn.
  5. Door prizes are conducted prior to the start of Round 3.  Several sets of two Booster packs of the Pre-Release set, a Theme Deck (1 per age division), and other promotional items (posters, etc.) are up for grabs. I won the “Voltage Vortex” (Zekrom) theme deck.
  6. You must return your Basic Energy that you borrowed to construct your deck in order to receive your two Booster Packs and your other promotional item. In this case, it was the Next Destinies deck box.

If you haven’t gone to a Pre-Release yet, it’s not too late! There will be more opportunities tomorrow in Newnan and next Saturday up in Canton. Let me know if you have any questions!

Professor Raz

Professor Knowledge Difficulty: N/A

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