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Happy Memorial Day! 05/28/2012

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Hey, Trainers!

I hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Day!

Some announcements:
-The next TCG set that will be released in August as described by Gryphon is called Dragons Exalted. More information will be put out as it becomes available.

-I went to the first two events in the Battle Roads series this past weekend and managed to take 1st Place in Franklin and 4th Place in Newnan! Next up in the series will be this Saturday in Statesboro and Sunday up in Macon. If you are interested in going to any of these tournaments, click on the tournaments tab above. Battle roads is a great way to gain experience in a tournament setting at the local level while still being able to have fun and learn about different decks being played and possibly win cool prizes!

-U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis is about month away! If you need to earn TCG Play! Points in order to play at Nationals, Spring Battle Roads is your last chance! Each Battle Roads event you attend will give you 1 Play! point. In order to play at Nationals, you need 10 Play! Points. Information about Nationals can also be found by clicking on the Tournaments tab above. If you are going to play the VGC (video game) tournament at Nationals instead, all you need to do is show up!

Please let me know if you have any questions, and have a Happy Memorial Day!

Professor Raz

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BW set 6: Dragons Exalted to be released August 15th 05/26/2012

Posted by Gryphon in Pokemon TCG, TCG News.
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The English translations for Japanese sets Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade is scheduled for release in the US on August 15th. This set features Dragon pokemon and introduces the Dragon type (the tiny gold icon in the corner of this Rayquaza EX card). EX pokemon in this set also include Mew, Giratina, and Ho-oh. There will also be some new Tool cards, such as the Big Cloak which adds a small HP buffer to your pokemon, and the Rescue Scarf, which acts in a similar manner to the old Rescue Energy. This set also introduces new Special Energy cards called Blend Energy, which act as four different types of energy when in play, yet only provide one type of energy at a time (rather like a downgraded Rainbow Energy, minus the 10 damage). Like previous sets, there will also be some special super-rare shiny reprints of older cards, including Serperior and Krookodile.

You can see a listing of the cards currently in the Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade sets here.

Correction to Dark Explorers Abbreviation 05/24/2012

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Hey, all you TCG’ers!

Just a correction to the abbreviation for Black and White: Dark Explorers set. Please use DEX as the correct abbreviation when using cards from that set in your deck in filling out your decklists. This correction has also been made for all articles that pertain to this set. I hope to see you guys out playing at Spring Battle Roads this month…dates are posted in the Tournaments tab above. Let me know if you have any questions!

Professor Raz

Another mini-update 05/16/2012

Posted by Gryphon in Events, Game News, Pokemon Video Games, Site Updates.
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Information on the confirmed Macon Battle Road tournament has been added to the Tournaments tab.

Also, the embed link for the BW2 promo video has been taken down again, but only because the official Japanese Pokemon YouTube channel finally uploaded theirs. We probably won’t have to worry about this one going down. Unfortunately, there are no subtitles.

In other news related to Pokemon Black and White 2, local GameStops have started taking reservations for copies of these games.

Tournaments page updated, video embed link fixed 05/16/2012

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Just a little update to let you know that the Battle Roads info has been added to the Tournaments page.

Also, the embed for the Black/White 2 promo video quit working last night, so I found another, this time with English subtitles so you can understand what the characters are saying. 😉

There will be League this week, but there is a chance that there won’t be one next week (May 26) because of an upcoming MtG event being held at the store. We’ll find out for sure this weekend and will update when we get it confirmed.

See you Saturday!

Animated promo for versions Black 2 and White 2… WOW!! 05/15/2012

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EDIT2: No subtitles were made for this version. Sorry about that. Once they’re found elsewhere, a link will be given here.

Just so you know, this has NOTHING to do with the Pokemon anime/cartoon; this is a promo made especially for the video game. (There is a new season coming up for Pokemon: Best Wishes where Ash explores the world and story of BW2, but that’s a whole different thing altogether.) This video features the male protagonist and his rival, Bianca (who is now Professor Juniper’s assistant) and Cheren (now a Normal-type gym leader), Akuroma, a new Electric-type gym leader, the new Team Plasma, and the Shadow Trio. Not to mention N at the start, who apparently returns to play a part in the new story.

GA Spring Battle Roads!!! 05/13/2012

Posted by raznprince in Events, Pokemon TCG, TCG News.
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Hey, Trainers!

I hope you are celebrating a wonderful Mother’s Day with your moms!

I just want to announce the schedule for the Spring Battle Roads scheduled for GA:
May 26 – Franklin
May 27 – Newnan
June 2 – Statesboro
June 3 – Macon
June 8 – Marietta
June 9 – Suwanee
June 10 – Canton
June 11 – Roswell

For more information, please click on the links above for that particular location.

General information:
Battle Roads are part of the TCG Championship series held during the Spring and Fall. This type of tournament is ideal for players who are new to tournament play and would like to gain experience in an official tournament setting sanctioned by the Pokémon Company.

The format is Modified-Constructed, in which players must play with a 60-card deck that follows the current annual Modified, Tournament-Legal set list. Swiss Rounds are typically conducted in 30 minutes with “Plus 3” in effect. Top Cut matches are typically conducted in best of three games within 60 minutes with “Plus 3.” However, the PTO running the event has the discretion to alter the time format before the tournament begins.

The Top Cut maximum across all age divisions is Top 4 (minimum attendance of 16 in that age division, or else it cuts to a Top 2 if minimum division attendance is 8, or best Swiss record if division attendance is less than 8).

All players will receive one (1) Play! Point for participating in a Battle Roads event. There are no limits to the number of Battle Road events you can attend each year. If you are looking to play at the National Championships this year, Spring Battle Roads may be your last chance to earn Play! Points to meet the 10 Play! Points requirement to attend Nationals.

Prizes for playing well in Battle Roads include:
1st Place – 4 Booster packs of the currently-released set, 1st Place Victory Cup promo card, and 2 Championship Points
2nd Place – 4 Booster packs of the currently-released set, 2nd Place Victory Cup promo card, and 1 Championship Point
3rd Place – 2 Booster packs of the currently-released set, 3rd Place Victory Cup promo card, and 1 Championship Point with a division attendance of 32
4th Place – 2 Booster packs of the currently-released set, and 1 Championship Point with a division attendance of 32
5th thru 8th Place will earn 1 Championship Point with a division attendance of 64.

Division attendance usually concerns the Master Division as it the largest age division in the TCG, but the general definition is attendees in a particular division.

Championship Points are awarded to determine eligibility to play in the World Championships, and are not to be confused with Play! Points.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you out there playing a few events this summer!

Professor Raz

Professor’s Corner – Pitfall Conventions: Shuffling and Cutting 05/11/2012

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Professor’s Corner – Pitfall Conventions: Shuffling and Cutting

True or False? Cutting decks after shuffling is only done in tournaments.

If you answered False, you are correct.

In fact, it is actually standard game rules that after you shuffle your deck for any reason, you must offer your opponent to cut your deck. There is absolutely no exception to this rule.

An actual cut is when a player divides the deck into two stacks to his/her preference. Multiple cuts (more than two stacks) are considered a shuffle, and the right now falls upon the player to cut his/her own deck before proceeding with game play.

Here is the correct flow of how a shuffle-cut should occur:

  1. Player A shuffles his/her deck due to initial game setup/effect of Item or Supporter Card/effect of attack, etc., and then offers Player B to cut the deck.
  2. Player B may:
    1. Cut the deck.
    2. Further shuffle Player A’s deck. Player A now has the right to cut his/her own deck.
    3. Choose not to cut the deck.
  3. Player A proceeds with game play.

Both players can actually loop step 2.2. until the Player A’s deck is randomized to both players’ satisfaction. Either way, the final result of this series must end with either a cut or a refusal to cut before game play can continue.

As a point of emphasis, you must make it a habit to offer your opponent to cut your deck even if he/she is known to repeatedly refuse. Don’t assume that the next time you shuffle your deck that your opponent won’t choose to cut your deck that time around; let him/her make that choice every time it happens.

As a tournament rule of thumb, players should not spend more than 2 minutes shuffling during setup for game start, and 15 seconds for shuffling after deck search mid-game. Excessive time spent shuffling is considered slow play and penalties can be assessed for unsatisfactory game tempo. If a player has difficulty shuffling his/her deck, he/she may call a judge over to shuffle his/her deck. However, once the judge shuffles the deck, neither player may cut.

I hope this helps clarify the right way to shuffle and cut decks! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Professor Raz

Professor Knowledge Difficulty: Intermediate

Celebrate the Release of Dark Explorers! 05/11/2012

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Hey, Trainers!

Sorry for putting this up a little late, but I just wanted to let everyone know that the Dark Explorers set was launched on Wednesday, May 9 and is now legal for tournament play! The symbol and approximate abbreviation is listed below:

Black and White: Dark Explorers (DEX)

Also, the Modified Rotation list, which includes symbols and abbreviations are updated and can be found by clicking here.

As a reminder (again sorry for the very short notice), Comics Plus in Macon will be holding a Limited-Sealed Deck tournament for the release of Dark Explorers tomorrow. If you are interested in going,  registration will be from 10:30 A.M. to noon with the tourament starting at noon, and will cost $25. The cost of registration includes 6 DEX booster packs to build a 40-card deck and 2 additional DXP booster packs at the conclusion of the event. Also, you could earn additional promo cards and win some outstanding door prizes. Please don’t forget to bring your Player ID if you have one so you can get Play! Point for participating in a sanctioned, non-premier event for the month of May if you haven’t already!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

Professor Raz

Missing Out on the Dark Explorers Pre-Release? 05/03/2012

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Hey, Trainers!

I hope that everyone that attended the Regional Championships up in Athens a few weeks ago had fun! I was up there that weekend judging the TCG Senior Division, and the VG Masters Division.

Has anyone been able to go out to any of the official Dark Explorers Pre-Releases yet? If not, it’s not too late. There will be one more chance this weekend up in Lilburn on Sunday. The information is provided in the Tournaments tab above.

Also, not listed in the Tournaments tab, there will be a Dark Explorers release event on Saturday, May 12 at Comics Plus in Macon. If you are interested in attending, click here for more information. Will, the League Owner up there is the TO for the event, and intends to run it in the Limited-Sealed Deck Format, the same style as the Pre-Releases ($25 registration includes 6 packs to build a 40-card deck, and 2 packs at the end of the event). Keep in mind that League will still be scheduled at Heroes and Villains unless cancelled otherwise by Gryphon as I will not be there since I was asked to judge at this event. Although the release date for Dark Explorers is on May 9, this tournament is ideal for those of you who will be buying cards from this set for the first time or just want to come out and earn even more cards!

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*SPOILER ALERT*
Rare EX cards from Dark Explorers include Groudon, Kyogre, Darkrai, Raikou, Entei, and Tornadus. These cards come in regular print and a full-art print. Secret rare cards include Archeops, Gardevoir, and Pokemon Catcher, and these cards are re-printed from previous Black and White sets as “shiny.”

The average pull ratio for a regular print EX card is 2 in each booster box.
The average pull ratio for a full art EX card is 1 in each booster box.
The average pull ratio for a secret rare card is 1 in 3 booster boxes.

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Let me know if you have any questions!

Professor Raz