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Plasma Blast release date is August 14th! 05/31/2013

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This set will feature Genesect, as well as Virizion, Jirachi, and Sinnoh legendaries Palkia and Dialga, as EX cards. You can read up on its corresponding Japanese set, Megalo Cannon, to find out what to expect when the set is localized!

Our Plasma Freeze Tournament has been Re-Scheduled…as a Booster Draft! 05/30/2013

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Hey, TCG’ers!

Looks like our Plasma Freeze tournament can be made up for after all! This time, I’ll be running it as a Booster Draft, instead of the traditional Sealed tournament. The main difference between the two is deck construction. Here’s all the important information first:

-The PLF Booster Draft will be held on June 22, 2013 at HV.
-This is a sanctioned tournament, therefore Player IDs will be required to participate. New IDs will be issued to new players only. Please consult your Trainer Club login if you don’t know what your Player ID number is if you’ve already linked it. Sanctioning link shown here.
-As a result of the previous cancellation of the Sealed Tournament, HV staff is offering registration at $19.99 per person and will pay for six (6) booster packs of PLF…that’s about six (6) packs for the retail price of five (5)!!!
-The number of Swiss rounds will be determined based on attendance…not everyone will play just three (3) rounds flat this time around. Top Cut (single elimination) may be implemented based on division attendance only.
-Like the Sealed Tournament, Basic Energy will be provided to borrow, but bring-your-own Basic Energy is highly encouraged. Special Energy rentals and purchases will not be offered.
-Because of the slightly more competitive nature of this limited format, prizes will be awarded based on attendance AND placement in the tournament. You will not receive additional participation prizes other than the one (1) Play! Point for the month of June if you haven’t already received it for playing in other local (non-Premier) tournaments.
-If there is not enough players in a division to keep them age-separate, they will be integrated (age-modified) into another division and will unfortunately have to share in that pool of prizes for placing. Please invite/bring as many players from different age groups as you can so that possibly all divisions can win the maximum amount of prizes possible!
-Door prizes may be given out. Contact me if you would like to donate items to the door prize pool.
-Please refer to my article regarding the Limited-Booster Draft format here for information on how it works. I will only go over the simple rules behind it at the tournament, but you will get a better idea by reading the article.

Please let me know if you have any other questions regarding the Booster Draft. Hope to see you come out for this!

Professor Raz

Get your rewards from the PGL today! 05/30/2013

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  • If you were present for the Driftveil Gym season, you can get a Light Metal Metagross for your game.
  • If you earned a ranking in the recent Spring Friendly wifi competition, you can collect your Kyurem C-Gear skins as well.

Professor’s Corner – The U.S. National Championships Experience 05/26/2013

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This post is a departure from the norm of my teaching-style articles I post here, so I would like to take a moment to fill you in on what it’s like to go to U.S. Nationals for those of you who haven’t been or have some questions in mind about it. Some talking points, I will illustrate by showing a few pictures from my photo album from 2012 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, IN.

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Regionals is pretty big, but I hear that Nationals is even bigger! Just…how big is it, really?
Our own Leaguers Seth E. and Ian C. (SR TCG) and Gryphon (MA VGC) went to Spring Regionals this year and can attest to being in a huge hall full of players. Now look below at the first picture and imagine that space about 6-8 times bigger! It’s the big party every Pokémon player from across the country should strive to go to and celebrate with all sorts of fun activities they have to offer over a three-day weekend. From blow-up Pokémon displays, to game tournaments, to costumed appearances and cosplayed fans, there’s something for everyone here!
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How often does it happen?
Usually around late June/early July timeframe.

What is the Nationals Tournament like?
It is the biggest tournament and the biggest chance for all good players to meet, compete, have fun, and battle for Championship Points and invitations and even paid trips to the World Championships! For TCG and comparable amounts of the VGC, Junior Division attendance tends to be around 150-200, Senior Division around 250-350, and Master Division can reach upwards of about 1,000 players!

Day 1: Friday is usually dedicated to TCG Nationals, where the players will play a few Swiss rounds to determine if they want to continue into Saturday or drop from the tournament and for some to register for VGC Nationals. All the while, small events and special guests and costume appearances are also taking place throughout the day. For those who complete Day 1, they will be rewarded with a Nationals T-shirt, a Nationals-stamped promo card, and 10 additional Play! Points for participating. Professors who qualified for and registered for the North America Professor Cup will play in a few Swiss rounds in the evening.

Day 2: Saturday tends to be the busiest day while TCG continues their Swiss rounds for the day and then plays a few rounds of Top Cut through Top 32 for all age divisions. VGC will be playing their preliminary Swiss rounds in parallel, and more special promotions, tournaments, and appearances are happening throughout the day! More rounds of the Professor Cup are played in the evening.

Day 3: Like the Super Bowl, championships happen on Sunday here! TCG and VGC plays through their Top Cut rounds until Champions are decided, and the Professor Cup Top Cut will be happening in parallel. All Championship matches (Top 2) will be featured on the big stage for all to see.
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What can one win for doing well in the Nationals tournaments?
TCG: Quarterfinalists will earn an invitation to attend the World Championships, Top 4 players will earn trophies, paid trips to Worlds, and great Pokémon merchandise. Championship Points and booster packs of the current set may be awarded as low as the Top 128 level, but ultimately depending on respective division attendance.

VGC: Top 4 players will earn trophies and paid trips to Worlds, and great Pokémon merchandise. 2nd-4th place will win Nintendo 3DS-XLs and the Champion will win a 32GB Nintendo Wii U. Championship Points may be awarded as low as the Top 128 level, but ultimately depending on respective division attendance.

See Nationals information under the Tournaments tab for complete information.

Can I still go to U.S. Nationals even if I don’t meet the TCG Play! Points requirements for this year?
YES!!! I will repeat that there’s something for everyone at Nationals. While you won’t be eligible to play in the Nationals tournament, here’s what you can do while you’re there and still be able to enjoy yourself:

VGC Nationals: As of yet, there hasn’t been a minimum Play! Points threshold in order to participate in the VGC. Assemble your best VG team and battle for the Championship!

Mini-League: This isn’t your ordinary League Session that you’re used to going to every week/weekend! Find a player, battle them to a game and get in line for prizes. When you get to the front of the line, the League coordinators will reveal two prizes you can get. The winner gets first choice and the loser gets the other. The prizes are completely random, so you never really know what you can win until you get to the front of the line, so it’s best to be the winner of your game. Once you get your prize, find more players to battle, and rack up more prizes! Sample prizes can be anywhere from pencils, deck boxes, League and Premier Event promo cards, booster packs, and maybe even a booster box!

Side Events: Throughout the weekend, there will be several tournaments you can participate in order to win some really good prizes. Such tournaments include 8-player knockout tournaments, 32-player Swiss, and 64-player Swiss TCG and VGC events. Brush up on your gaming skills, assemble your best deck or VG team, play against other players, and win more stuff! If you really wanted to know how big the prizes can get, I saw someone win a Nintendo 3DS in one of these large-player tournaments last year…

Special Costumed Appearances: Costumed Pokémon will make appearances throughout the weekend and are the perfect opportunity to get photos with friends, family, and yourself!

Special Video Game Pokémon Distribution: While made available during Day 3, if you bring your Nintendo DS/DSi/DSi-XL/3DS/3DS-XL with a Black 2/White 2 version, you can receive a special Pokémon distribution that you can only get at Nationals!

Creativity Corner: Coloring activities are available to the younger groups in an area where parents can also be to spend that quality time with their child(ren) or wait on their child(ren) who may be playing in the Nationals tournaments.

Street Pass City: For those of you with a Nintendo 3DS/3DS-XL, prepare to be inundated with multiple Street Passes throughout the whole weekend. It’s a great opportunity to fill up missing puzzle pieces, get those missing colors to help get through Find Mii-2, share data from other games you have allowed via Street pass, and much more!

Shopping and Vendors: Looking for that certain card you need for your deck or collection? Or how about that Pokémon plush you’ve always wanted to get? Or a gift or souvenir for yourself or a friend? Looking to sell some cards? There will be some nationally-known vendors in attendance to help facilitate your shopping needs.

Volunteer Work: The Pokémon Company staff is always looking for help throughout the weekend. You can act as a runner and take up and submit match slips during the Nationals tournament, judge in Side Events or assist in Mini-League, and more. That’s not to say that your hard work and dedication won’t be well rewarded; you will receive four (4) booster packs of the current TCG set per hour that you work (or 1 pack every 15 minutes), and a Staff-stamped Nationals promo card every six (6) hours that you work. You even get to keep the “Volunteer” T-shirt you wore while working! Your contribution to a smoothly-run event, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated!
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Nearby Hangouts: Summertime in down Indianapolis can get very busy, not to mention hot and humid outside. The Skywalk is a convenient network of overpasses linked between the buildings to allow ease of access without having to wait outside at crosswalks. From the convention center, it is a very short walk through the overpass to get to other buildings and parking lots, including the Indianapolis Mall (popular spot to go get lunch during the day and do some shopping), and hotels you may be staying in around the area. When in doubt, follow the crowds!

U.S. Nationals is a big event I highly recommend attending at least once in your lifetime. I am providing the link to the complete album found on Facebook here.

Please let me know if you have any more questions about U.S. Nationals!

Professor Raz

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Pre-Registration for U.S. National Championships is Live thru June 25! 05/26/2013

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Hey, Trainers!

Big news! Pre-registration is now available and live thru June 25 for U.S. Nationals! If you meet the minimum Play! Points requirements (5 for JR/SR and 15 for MA) and plan to attend, see announcement and instructions provided by TPCi official Dave Schwimmer below. Let me know if you have any questions!

Professor Raz

Dave writes:
We’re offering the opportunity for players to preregister for U.S. Nationals via our support portal, located at www.pokemon.com/support. Preregistration is open now, through Monday, June 24th.

Players using the preregistration option will still be required to check in at the event during the on-site preregistration hours. Video Game players will be expected to pass ROM check and lock their Battle Box at check-in.

All players who use this preregistration tool and participate in U.S. Nationals will be automatically entered into a drawing for Pokémon TCG booster packs!

How to Preregister:
1. Log into your Pokémon Trainer Club account
2. Navigate to www.pokemon.com/support, or follow the Customer Service link at the bottom of any page at www.pokemon.com
3. Click “Ask a Question”
4. Select “U.S. Nationals Preregistration” from the drop-down menu
5. Select your competition (Video Game Nationals or TCG Nationals) from the Competition Selection drop-down menu
6. Provide all of the required data: First name, Last name, Player ID, and Date of birth
7. If you are a parent, you can preregister up to 3 of your children by using the “Add a Child” drop-down menu8. Please include “U.S. Nationals Preregistration” in the Summary field
9. If you are a parent who’s not playing in the event, you can use the non-child fields to preregister one child, and use the “Add a Child” drop-down menu if you need to preregister additional children. Please just indicate in the Details field that you are not preregistering yourself.
10. If you have earned a bye via an approved qualifying event, please indicate the number of rounds and where the bye was earned in the Details field. (Example: I have a two-round bye from Spring Regionals: Salt Lake City.)

Players must meet the Play! Point requirements of the event in order to be registered. Players using the preregistration tool who do not meet the prerequisites will not be registered for the event.

Players will receive a confirmation of their preregistration via a reply in the support portal on or about June 25th. We recommend bringing a copy of the message to the event, in case any issues arise with your preregistration.

Late May Odds & Ends 05/25/2013

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  • Mistralton Gym season is currently underway! Come by this weekend and earn points toward your next badge. Driftveil Gym cards now get double points.
  • We are looking to make up for the canceled Plasma Freeze sealed deck tournament by holding a Plasma Freeze booster draft in June. We are planning towards an event date of June 22nd, though this date is subject to change pending other scheduled events at the store. I will post an update once it’s made official.
  • We’re also plotting out another special event, hopefully to take place in early summer (or maybe sooner). More info to come!
  • Remember that May 31st is the last day you can download a lv100 Deoxys to your Pokemon Black 2 or White 2 versions.
  • The League Calendar has been updated with all known scheduled events (plus a few with tentative dates). If you’re looking to get some Play Points in for eligibility to compete at Nationals, I would recommend attending a couple of Battle Road tournaments. Remember that Masters need at least 15 Play Points to play at Nationals, while Juniors and Seniors need a minimum of 5 (more info at the bottom of this page). Attending League gets you 1 Play Point per season, but you’ll need to be registered as well! If you’re having problems getting your POP ID synced with your Pokemon account, speak to me (Gryphon) at League; make sure you have your signup stubs on hand.
  • If you still need to order a badge case, make sure you order it for the Opelucid Gym season. It *should* arrive with the league supply shipment on July 6th.
  • Oh by the way, have you seen the new Pokemon X & Y official site?

~Gryphon

Site Updates (5/25/13) 05/25/2013

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

Tournaments Tab
-Removed Statesboro, Macon, and Buford Spring Battle Roads events
-Added Roswell (2), Marietta, Suwannee, and Canton Spring Battle Roads events

Library Tab
-Replaced the BLW thru DEX decklist with BLW thru PLF decklist
-Updated the Modified-Constructed Format ’12-’13 Set List to include sets thru PLF

Let me know if you have any questions!

Professor Raz

Last-Minute Update (again), Tournament Canceled!! 05/11/2013

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We did not get our Plasma Freeze product today, so there’s no way we can run the tournament.

For anyone who shows up, we’ll be having an extended league day for triple points.

League News and Reminders (5/9/13) 05/09/2013

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Hey, Trainers!

Plasma Freeze set is now Modified, Tournament-Legal!
As of this Wednesday, you can now use PLF cards in your decks for tournament play!

Don’t forget that the Plasma Freeze sealed tournament is this Saturday!
Registration is $27 for 6+2, and $31 for 7+2 packs. Please bear in mind that the 7+2 deal is offered only to players who attended Spring Regionals in Athens. HOWEVER, I am now expanding the early-bird offer to the first eight (8) players who fall outside this category, and registration starts at 11 A.M., so please come out and come early!

WRAPL is on Facebook!
If you have a Facebook account, and would like to join the group and get League news and updates that way, click here. We’ll gladly accept new members to this group, even if you’re not or no longer from the area!

Spring Friendly VGC Registration is going on now!
Register your team now through May 16. Competition runs from May 17 thru 20. For participating in five (5) battles, you will get cool Black Kyurem and White Kyurem C-Gear skins for your B2/W2 version(s)! Registration is limited to the first 50,000 players, so don’t delay!

B2W2 VG Pokémon Distributions:
Dragonite – Now via PGL with reported attendance in the Nimbasa Gym season
Metagross – TBA via PGL with reported attendance in the Driftveil Gym season
Deoxys – Now thru May 31 via Wi-Fi
Turtwig/Chimchar/Piplup – Now thru July 31 with purchase of B2W2 at Wal-Mart

Consider playing in Spring Battle Roads this summer!
For some of the new players, it’s a great way to get your feet wet in the competitive scene! For you seasoned players, it’s a chance to brush up on your skills, earn Championship Points, and prepare for Nationals! Click on the Tournaments tab above for dates and locations. I will update with more events as they become available.

Let me know if you have any questions! Keep calm, and summer on!

Professor Raz

 

Last Minute Update: No League 5/4! 05/04/2013

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The store is too crowded for Free Comic Book Day, so League was cancelled for today.