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Site Updates (12/31/12) 12/31/2012

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The following updates on the WRAPL blog webpage have been made:

Tournaments Tab
-Removed Statesboro, Macon, Newnan, Duluth, Douglasville, and Marietta City Championships events
-Added tentative information for the Plasma Storm Pre-Release events
-Added tentative information for the State Championships for the Southeast Region

Let me know if you have any questions! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Professor Raz

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WRAPL represents at the Macon City Championships! 12/27/2012

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Hey, TCG’ers!

Today, we had 4 of our players attend the Macon Cities today:
Gryphon, Matt N., and Calvin V., and myself.

As part of the GA marathon, the Macon event hosted players from GA, FL, SC, and NC. As the events continue, we might also even get players from AL and TN!

The biggest winner from our group was Gryphon, who went 3-2 while running Fluffychomp (Garchomp-Altaria) to make the Masters Division Top 8 single elimination tournament and come away with 7th place and 20 Championship Points!

If you plan on attending future events in the GA Marathon, I will be judging in Newnan tomorrow, playing in Duluth on Saturday, and judging in Douglasville on Sunday, and I hope to see you come out to these events! You can also check the Tournaments tab to see where the rest of the Marathon will take place.

If you plan on attending League on Saturday, try to finish up on your Aspertia tracking cards and start up your Virbank tracking cards as soon as possible. Don’t forget to place your Badge case orders for Castelia if you haven’t already, as Gryphon will place league kit orders after League Session on Saturday. Also, be sure to congratulate Gryphon on her notable Top 8 finish in Macon!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Professor Raz

VCGS Winter Battle rankings released! 12/26/2012

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If you are signed into the Pokemon Global Link, you can go to this page to see how you did. Click the button “My Ranking” to see where you ranked. If you earned any kind of ranking by completing 10 matches, you earned a Custap Berry (no word yet on how to download this to your game, but I’ll update when I find out). If you made it into the top 128, you earned Championship points, and if you made it into the top 16, you earned a first-round bye at the upcoming Winter Regionals.

The report also shows the top 10 pokemon used in teams by the strongest players: Metagross, Cresselia, Tyranitar, Rotom, Garchomp, Hydreigon, Scizor, Politoed, Hitmontop, and Latios. I’ll be working on doing some special spotlights on these powerhouse pokemon so you’ll know why they were chosen so often, what about them makes them so powerful, and what to do if you find yourself staring down the business end of one in a battle. I’ll also go over how to capture, breed, and raise them, so you’ll be able to spice up your own team with them.

I hope everyone’s enjoying the winter holidays; to those competing in Statesboro today and in other cities later this week, good luck! To those attending League this week, I’ll see you on Saturday! 😀

Get ready for the GA City Championships! 12/23/2012

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Hey, TCG’ers!

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season! If you plan on attending any or all events in the GA Cities Marathon, a few reminders:Cities Logo

All dates and locations are posted in the Tournaments Tab.
Click on the locations for detailed information.

Completed decklists will be required at each event you attend.
Click on the Library tab to access either the BLW thru BCR decklist document or the link to the online decklist form. You will need to print out either of these forms to bring with you as they will save you plenty of time should you unexpectedly anticipate arriving just before the close of registration. Decklists will also be available on-site at each event, but you are highly encouraged to arrive at the early part of registration in order to fill it out there.

Don’t forget to bring your Player ID.
While your Player ID number must also be written on your decklist, it doesn’t hurt to show the TO or Judge your Player ID card in case he/she cannot read your handwriting.

Is this your first time attending a competitive tournament and not sure what else you will need to do?
Click here for Gryphon’s article on what to expect.

If you don’t plan on attending the Marathon, there will be League Session held on Saturday, December 29, same time and place.
If you have been added to the Virbank Gym Season roster and have not yet placed and order for your badge case to arrive for the Castelia Gym season, please do so ASAP. Once we place our league kit orders for Castelia, all currently-placed badge case orders will also be locked in, so don’t delay!

Please let me know if you have any questions. Gryphon and I wish you a Happy Holidays!

Professor Raz

Aspertia Gym attendees, claim your Scizor! 12/20/2012

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For our VG players who received credit for attending the Aspertia Gym season, you are now eligible to receive a special Scizor with the Light Metal ability for your Black, White, Black 2 or White 2 Pokemon game. You have until February the 21st to pick it up. Here’s how to get your Scizor:

  1. Login to your account at the Pokemon Global Link.
  2. Click the Promotions tab.
  3. Click the item marked “Claim Your Cool Pokemon League Pokemon!”
  4. Read the info, then click Submit.
  5. On the screen with the forest scene, click Yes, then click the object in the scene that is covered with white sparkles (where Scizor is hiding).
  6. Scizor will leap out. Click OK.

You should find yourself sent back to the Promotions page. Your Scizor is now listed on your Friend Board in your Dream World home. This means that the next time you visit the Dream World with a pokemon you’ve tucked in through Game Sync, then prepare to leave the Dream World after befriending a pokemon on the Island of Dreams and picking out which items to bring back with you, Scizor will be an extra pokemon that arrives in your Entree Forest when you perform Game Sync again.

If you have more than one game synced with your account (ex. Black and Black 2), you can switch games while logged into the PGL and receive another Scizor for your other game by following the instructions above.

Site Updates (12/17/12) 12/17/2012

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The following updates on the WRAPL blog webpage have been made:

Tournaments Tab
-Updated links to the GA Cities Marathon and removed Buford and Lawrenceville events
-Added TCG and VGC information links to the 2013 U.S. National Championships

Let me know if you have any questions!

Professor Raz

Video Game League Leader Challenge 12/17/2012

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145For our League members who wish to attend premier events as a Video Game player, let’s talk about competitive VG battling!

We here at WRAPL are working on ways to help our local VG players prepare themselves for the competitive arena of live tournaments such as Regionals and Nationals, as well as wifi tournaments like the Winter Battle and International Challenges. While we can’t say whether or not we’ll actually be able to hold sanctioned tournaments, we can at least offer a League Leader challenge to give VG players a chance to earn more points at League. While the specifics haven’t been completely ironed out yet, I can tell you that the rules for the challenge will be derived from the current VG Modified format rules, which are as follows:

  • The battle format will be Double Battle.
  • The Wonder Launcher may not be used.
  • You may use any pokemon in the National Pokedex from 001-649, except for the following pokemon: Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Chatot, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, and Genesect.
  • You may not have two or more pokemon on your team with the same National Pokedex number (ex. you may not have both a Frost Rotom and a Wash Rotom on your team, since both have the same National Pokedex number).
  • Your pokemon may hold items, but they must all be different items. The Soul Dew item may not be held.
  • None of your pokemon may use the moves Dark Void or Sky Drop.
  • Absolutely NO hacking devices (ex. Gameshark, Action Replay) may be used, nor any pokemon or items obtained or modified through hacking. (This same rule also applies to regular League battles; we may not award points earned through battling if you use hacked or modified pokemon. Just for the sake of integrity, please leave your Action Replay at home.)

445While the current Modified format allows only Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 versions, we will allow the use of Pokemon Black and White versions in the League Leader challenge, while our competitive players are still working towards obtaining a copy of Pokemon Black 2 or White 2 in order to be able to attend and compete in sanctioned events.

We will announce the finalized rules on the League Leader VG challenge here on the blog soon. If you have any questions about the rules, please speak to Gryphon during any regular League session. Also see Gryphon if you need help preparing a Modified-legal competitive team, or on getting started with breeding and training strong pokemon for competitions! We will also be posting more articles in the coming months pertaining to VG battling and Championship-level teams.

Professor’s Corner – Cities Report: Birmingham, AL – 12/9/12 12/14/2012

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The following report conatins detailed information of the tournament I have participated. Please allow about 15-20 minutes of your time to fully read through this post and understand some of the play-by-plays as they happened. Enjoy! ~Professor Raz

This Cities report is from the tournament in Birmingham, AL held on December 9, 2012. I entered the tournament with Darkrai-Hydreigon as my deck of choice. I have previously had some success running this deck during the 2012 Autumn Battle Roads in GA, and had the chance to perfect my craft with it with some of the cards released in the Boundaries Crossed set.

I haven’t had much success in Cities seasons past as I have either judged some of them or I played in an area that is a prime “marathon” location against really tough, traveling players, although my best ever result going into this tournament was a 4-3 stint in 2011 at Newnan, GA, running Cake (Cobalion- Kyurem-Electrode).

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Professor’s Corner – Deck Analysis: Darkrai-Hydreigon (for BLW-BCR format) 12/14/2012

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I have had the pleasure of running this deck for the 2012-2013 City Championships and it has succeeded in winning me the Championship at Birmingham, AL on December 9, 2012. In order to understand the tournament report I will post shortly, please take a moment to understand the contents of the deck I used.

My decklist:
3 Sableye (DEX)
3 Deino (DRX #94)
1 Zweilous (DRX #96)
3 Hydreigon (DRX #97)
3 Darkrai EX (DEX)
1 Sigilyph (DRX)
1 Virizion (EPO)
1 Keldeo EX (BCR)

1 Super Rod
2 Tool Scrapper
2 Eviolite
3 Max Potion
3 Rare Candy
3 Ultra Ball
3 Dark Patch
3 Pokémon Catcher
1 Computer Search

3 Skyla
4 N
4 Professor Juniper

1 Tropical Beach

8 Darkness Energy
3 Blend Energy GRPD

Why it works:

  1. Virizion EPO is my choice for a defensive tech as with the current format, the heavy hitters appear to be Terrakion, Terrakion EX, Keldeo EX and other engines that have weaknesses to Grass. Another defensive tech include Tornadus EX (DEX) but it all comes down to player preference when it comes to choice techs.
  2. Blend Energy GRPD can be moved via Hydreigon’s (DRX) Dark Trance Ability and fuel Virizion’s Sacred Sword attack as necessary.
  3. Sigilyph, another defensive tech, is really used for anti-Mewtwo EX, although I have found a few random situations where it won me a few games. It’s been a card on the rise as it has given several EX cards a run for their money due to it’s Safeguard ability, which blocks all damage and attack effects from all EXs.
  4. Keldeo EX is a tricky card to use, but can also prove to be very useful. With its Rush In ability, it can act as an effect canceller for Virizion’s Sacred Sword attack, where you can conveniently attach or use Hydreigon’s Dark Trans ability to move Darkness Energy to it for the free retreat with Darkrai EX in play, allowing you to repeat the Sacred Sword attack. Also it can function as a Paralyze condition canceller if Darkrai EX or any of your other attackers gets Paralyzed so you can continue to attack. This card won’t particularly impress with damage against those with weakness to Water because this deck doesn’t contain Water Energy, but it will definitely give Landorus EX and Groundon EX players something to think about should you manage to attack with Keldeo EX.
  5. Tropical Beach is a very useful Stadium Card that is very difficult to obtain as it is a World Championships promo card  from 2011 and 2012, however it is not necessary to have in order to make similar Darkrai-Hydreigon builds work. Tropical Beach allows you to draw cards from your deck until you have seven (7) in your hand, but the result ends your turn. This is useful if you are willing to sacrifice one turn to replenish your hand especially if your Active Pokémon is Asleep or Paralyzed or otherwise cannot attack this turn. If you cannot run Tropical Beach, I recommend substituting for a Trainer Card that hasn’t reached its maximum deck allowance of four (4) (and abviously isn’t an Ace Spec card).
  6. With the addition of Skyla Supporter Card (BCR) to the tournament format, it has become a staple for Trainer Card searches in this deck as you can grab that Catcher, Ultra Ball, Dark Patch, Rare Candy, Max Potion, or even Tropical Beach to establish or maintain your strategy and/or gain the upper hand in Prizes!
  7. Speaking of Computer Search, it is a necesary Ace Spec to the point of being a must for a lot of decks. You can think of it as a fourth Ultra Ball except you can search your deck for any card and not have to show it to your opponent until you play it. Just don’t forget that you are only allowed to have ONE Ace Spec card total in your deck!

This is a lot of information to absorb, but this deck can be very effective if you employ your strategy and your techs at the right moments. Let me know if you have any questions about this deck!

Professor Raz

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WRAPL News (12/12/12) 12/12/2012

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Hey, trainers! Happy 12-12-12!

Professor Raz wins City Championships in Birmingham, AL!
Last Sunday, I went to Birmingham to play in a Cities tournament and managed after 5.5 hours of playing to go home the Champion! The tournament was run by one of my good friends Chris Clark, and had the following division attendance: JR-6, SR-10 (Top Cut of 2), MA-32 (Top Cut of 8). I went up against good players from AL, GA, and TN enroute to the Championship! I will post a tournament report as a Professor’s Corner blog later for details on how the Championship was won.

Looking to get extra league stamps?
This upcoming weekend’s League Session ONLY, I am offereing Double Points for all Prof/LL Challenges! If you’re not afraid to challenge me and want to learn how to improve your best deck, then I challenge YOU to a battle!

If you would like to or plan on attending a Cities this weekend instead of League Session…
Saturday (12/15) – Lawrenceville, GA (see Tournaments Tab)
Sunday (12/16) – Tallahassee, FL (I will be going here. Let me know ASAP if you wish to coordinate transportation. Sorry for the short notice…)

The following trainers have ordered a Badge Case for the Virbank Gym Season:
Rowell F
Zach D
Matthew N
Miguel C
Josh W

If your name is not any of the above and have been given a Badge Case, you are required to return your Badge Case to the League, or you will not receive stamps on your tracking card until you do. You will also be required to show me or Gryphon via your Trainer Club account that you have ordered a Badge Case for either the Aspertia Season or the Castelia Season. We will have a computer available at League Session this weekend for your convenience. If you have already been added to the attendance roster for Virbank Season and not yet ordered a Badge Case, please place your Badge Case order for Castelia Season NOW!!!

Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you Saturday!

Professor Raz