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Compete in the Circle of Legends Online Competition! | Pokemon.com 07/03/2015

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Registration for International Challenge June opens soon 06/14/2015

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Graphic for the International Challenge June, showing Hydreigon, Talonflame, and Heatran.

The International Challenge series are opportunities for competitive VG players to earn Championship Points toward an invite to the World Championships by participating in wifi competitions. Registration stays open for a week or so, and is done through Pokemon Global Link and the participant’s format-legal version copy of the Pokemon video game. After registration closes, the competition typically lasts for 4-5 days over the following weekend, often with a restriction on how many battles can be played in a single day. When the competition ends, results are tabulated, and are often posted within the next two weeks.

Information on International Challenge June: http://3ds.pokemon-gl.com/information/7b6aa0b5-b3ef-441b-abaf-8a934d01b56b

Rules and regulations: http://3ds.pokemon-gl.com/information/29a1fc10-8de2-441a-8f48-1c4c32d9428f

2015 International Challenge February 02/09/2015

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From bulbanews:

The 2015 International Challenge February Wi-Fi tournament has been announced. There will be no Championship Points awarded to Play! Pokémon players in this tournament. Players may register between midnight UTC on Feb. 19 and 11:59 p.m. UTC on Feb. 26. The tournament will run from midnight UTC on Feb. 27 until 11:59 p.m. UTC on March 1.

Players born in 2000 or later will be in the Junior/Senior Division. Players born in 1999 or earlier will be in the Masters Division. Juniors may only play between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. locally. There will be 50,000 available spots on a first-come first-serve basis. The rankings will be announced on March 6. Players may only use Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

It is a Double Battles tournament, with all Pokémon hatched, caught or received as an event in Pokémon X and Y or Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire may be used. Pokémon transferred from the Generation V games cannot be used. Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, and Diancie cannot be used in this tournament.

All Pokémon above level 50 will be auto-set to level 50. Each match will have a time limit of 15 minutes. Players will have 90 seconds choose their four Pokémon. Each turn players will have 45 seconds to switch or use a move. Players may battle 10 times per day for a maximum of 30 battles in the tournament.

All Unova starter final evolutions with Hidden Abilities now available via Mystery Gift for ORAS 02/06/2015

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For players with Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire versions, the download codes for all three Unova starter final evolutions have been made public. You can claim your pokemon by accessing Mystery Gift through the game’s start menu and choosing Get With Code. Each code can only be used once per game, and will be active until November 30th, 2015.

Get a Serperior with Contrary by using the code POKEMON497. Contrary causes moves and abilities that alter Serperior’s stats to have the opposite effect; Leaf Storm will raise its Special Attack instead of lowering it, and being subjected to an opposing pokemon’s Screech will raise its Defense. Also, an opposing pokemon’s Intimidate ability will raise its Attack. When planning a moveset for Contrary Serperior, make sure that you don’t give it any moves that are meant to raise stats (such as Calm Mind) because these moves will lower them instead!

Get an Emboar with Reckless by using the code POKEMON500. Reckless raises the base power of moves with recoil damage (excluding Struggle) by 20%. For Emboar, this means that its Flare Blitz, Head Smash, Take Down, and Wild Charge attacks will hit harder. If you want to run a strategy using recoil moves, however, you may need to think about how Emboar can restore its HP in battle, such as by holding a Sitrus Berry or Leftovers, or by using Rest, and holding a Chesto Berry to wake itself up.

Get a Samurott with Shell Armor by using the code POKEMON503. Shell Armor simply blocks critical hits on the pokemon with the ability. Though it doesn’t seem like much, it is extremely handy on pokemon that are defensive walls. Pokemon with Shell Armor can use moves to raise their Defense or Special Defense, and never have to worry about other pokemon bypassing their boosted defenses by landing a critical hit. Samurott has no such moves, but you could max out its defensive or HP stats with EV training to give it a bit of staying power, and give it Swords Dance to boost its Attack in battle. Alternatively, there are a number of pokemon (mainly Psychic types, including Defense Forme Deoxys) that can learn both Cosmic Power and Skill Swap, and can gain an advantage by swapping abilities with a Shell Armor Samurott in a double battle. Just be careful that your opponent doesn’t use their own pokemon’s Skill Swap to grab this ability from you!

Pokemon Bank offering downloads of Johto starter final evolutions with Hidden Abilities 02/06/2015

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From February 28th to November 30th, Pokemon Bank users will be able to obtain a Meganium, Typhlosion, and Feraligatr with their Hidden Abilities of Leaf Guard, Flash Fire, and Sheer Force, respectively. After connecting with one of their XY/ORAS games via Pokemon Bank, they can access the gifts through Pokemon Link on that game’s start menu.

Meganium’s Leaf Guard protects it from being afflicted by Burn, Asleep, Frozen, Paralyzed, or Poisoned (including Badly Poisoned) statuses in sunny weather (brought on by using Sunny Day or activating the Drought or Desolate Land abilities). This also protects it from the effects of the Flame and Toxic Orbs, and nullifies the second-turn effects of Yawn.

Typhlosion’s Flash Fire makes it immune to Fire-type moves, and raises the power of its own Fire-type attacks by 1.5x any time it gets hit by one. Take advantage of this by swapping it in when an incoming Fire-type attack is imminent, or use it in Doubles with a partner pokemon that knows Lava Plume.

Feraligatr’s Sheer Force raises the base power of any of its moves that have additional affects by 30%, but at the same time, removes those additional effects. However, if Feraligatr is holding a Life Orb when using one of those moves, Sheer Force also removes the recoil damage that it would normally suffer from Life Orb after using the move. Use this to your advantage!

Moves with additional effects that Feraligatr can learn:

  • Ancient Power
  • Bite
  • Blizzard
  • Crunch
  • Focus Blast
  • Ice Beam
  • Ice Fang
  • Ice Punch
  • Icy Wind*
  • Iron Tail
  • Metal Claw
  • Power-Up Punch*
  • Rock Slide
  • Rock Smash*
  • Rock Tomb*
  • Scald
  • Snore
  • Water Pulse
  • Waterfall

* The additional effects are what make this move useful, so you would probablybe better off having your Sheer Force Feraligatr learn a different move with a higher base power.

Rare Berries Available Through New PMC Attraction 02/03/2015

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Players who access the Pokemon Global Link can now have a chance at obtaining a Custap, Micle, Jaboca, Rowap, or Enigma Berry for their XY/ORAS games by playing the PokeMileage Club’s new Poke Doll Grabber attraction. This is the first time that the Custap, Micle, Jaboca, and Rowap Berries have been made available to Gen VI games. Each level of play offers a different assortment out of 30 available berries. Getting a high score (getting 5 plushies to the top of the machine without dropping any by hitting an obstacle) gives you a chance at winning a rare berry.

Pokemon VGC 2015 Rules and Formats 12/15/2014

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Format: Standard Doubles.
Games: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire versions (cartridge or download).
Levels: All pokemon with levels higher than 50 will be autoleveled down to 50 for the duration of the battle. (They keep their moves, but their stats will be recalculated for the battle.)
Pokemon: Any pokemon from the National Pokedex (basically meaning any pokemon that has been made available so far), except for the following: Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem (plus White and Black Kyurem), Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, and Diancie. All pokemon on your team must have different National Pokedex numbers (this means that you may not have two or more of the same pokemon, even if they have different formes, like Wash Rotom and Heat Rotom).
Origin: Pokemon must have been obtained in some legal manner (capturing, hatching, evolving, or through an in-game event such as from an NPC or special download) in either Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire, with a blue pentagon showing on the pokemon’s status page to prove this. (Pokemon legally obtained in X or Y will, of course, have to be transferred to Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire for you to be able to use them.)
Hidden Abilities: Permitted.
Mega Evolutions: Permitted. Of course, you can still only perform one Mega Evolution per battle.
Items: All items obtainable in Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire (plus any that you get from the Pokemon Global Link or from special events) are permitted, except for the Soul Dew. Pokemon must all be holding different items, if they are holding any at all.
Moves: There are no banned moves. (This means you can still use your Dark Void Smeargles.)

You can read the rules document more in-depth here.

League News and Reminders (8/10/14) 08/10/2014

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Hey, Trainers!

WORLDS IS NEXT WEEK!
Worlds will be held on August 15-17 in Washington D.C. You must have attained the requisite Championship Points and received an invitation to participate. If you are attending the Last Chance Qualifier, you should have already pre-registered.

League session (August 16) will be available on this weekend for those who cannot attend Worlds. You are also encouraged to follow along the action online by clicking here.

Congratulations to our Delphox LC Winners!
JR – Hannah E.
SR – Calvin V.
MA – Kyle Warden

A great showing of 22 players total attended, and a big thanks to our LC Staff Tony Fall and Stephanie Matta for helping us make this event run smoothly!

Two exciting TCG formats revealed for the 2014-2015 Play! season!
Standard – Boundaries Crossed-on (BCR-on, PR BW55-on and XY01-on, TK-XY Trainer Kits, MCD-McDonalds 2014 promos, KSS-Kalos Starter Sets)
Expanded – Black & White-on (BLW-on, PR BW01-on and XY01-on, TK-BW and XY Trainer Kits, MCD 2011/2012/2014 promos, KSS, DRV)

All cards that conform to Standard format are also legal in the Expanded format. These formats will take effect on September 3rd.

League Challenges can be run in either the Standard or the Expanded format at the Tournament Organizer’s discretion. Starting with Fall Regionals, 2-day split tournaments will feature Standard on Day 1, and Expanded for players who make Day 2.

League Challenges for Warner Robins have been scheduled!
Greninja – August 23 (Expanded)

LCs will be held at HV, so please be sure to arrive on time for registration (11-11:30 A.M.) Completed decklists will be required as this is a Premier Event. All players will receive one (1) Play! Point and a booster pack of the most-recent set for participating. Click on the Tournaments tab for more information.

Greninja LC Promo: Solrock (XY)

Furious Fists release on Wednesday, August 13th!
Please be reminded that new sets are not legal for tournament play until 3 weeks after their release date. For Furious Fists (FFI), they will be tournament-legal on September 3rd.

The Pokémon Center is now open for business!
Now you can shop for awesome gear from your beloved game! Go to pokemoncenter.com for all the latest goods.

New League Prizes for the Kalos Pokémon Cycle!
With each line you complete on your tracking card, you earn a promo card plus a PTCO league code card. When you complete your tracking card, you also earn a charm respective to the card you completed!

Greninja Season Promo: Tierno

Hoenn Remake Confirmed!
Gen III Pokémon has been remade and will feature two exciting versions, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, to be released in November. Lots of Mega Evolutions and remade features have been revealed on pokemon.com!

XY VG Pokémon Distributions
Vivillon (PokéBall pattern) – now through August 12th via Wi-Fi
Aegislash – August 15th-17th via Pokémon World Championships
Heracross and Pinsir (version specific) – August 13th-September 17 via Wi-Fi
Heracronite and Pinsirite (version specific) – August 18th-31st via Gamestop distribution

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! We kindly ask that you please not post spam or any unconfirmed Pokémon rumors/spoilers once accepted.

Keep up with all Premier Events happening in GA!
Also, for all you Facebook users, you are highly encouraged to join the GA Pokémon Events group by clicking here. Updates are made weekly, and your questions are answered by the GA Pokémon staff and players alike. I will continue to post events on the blog’s Tournaments tab that coincide with the information contained there as a secondary source for you to search as well. For other sanctioned events anywhere in the U.S., please go to www.pokemon.com.

Let me know if you have any questions, and I wish success to all the back-to-school’ers!

Professor Raz

League News and Reminders (6/26/14) 06/26/2014

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Hey, Trainers!

NATIONALS IS NEXT WEEK!
Nationals will be held on July 4th weekend in Indianapolis, IN. JR/SR TCG players must have earned 5 Play! Points to participate. MA TCG players must have earned 10 Play! Points and pay a $30 entry fee to participate. There is no Play! Points requirement or entry fee for all players to participate in the VGC tournament. Click on the Tournaments tab for more details.

League session (July 5) will be available on this weekend for those who cannot attend Nationals. If you will be attending this year, make your plans NOW!!!

You must pre-register in order to participate this year whether you are playing in the TCG, VGC, or both. Masters TCG players must pay the $30 entry fee online. Click on the Tournaments tab for the pre-registration links. Pre-registration closes at 9 P.M. on July 3. Please don’t miss out if you will be participating!

Put your best TCG deck and/or VGC team to the ultimate test! VGC Nationals will feature play using the X/Y versions. If you will be attending, please read up on the current VGC format to help you prepare your team. Information can be found under the Tournaments Tab.

Congratulations to our Chesnaught LC Winners!
JR – Eli B.
SR – Mark B.
MA – Jamal Anthony

A great showing of 24 players total attended, and a big thanks to our LC Staff Tony Fall and Stephanie Matta for helping us make this event run smoothly!

League Challenges for Warner Robins have been scheduled!
Delphox – July 26
Greninja – August 22 (Tentative)

LCs will be held at HV, so please be sure to arrive on time for registration (11-11:30 A.M.) Completed decklists will be required as this is a Premier Event. All players will receive one (1) Play! Point and a booster pack of the most-recent set for participating. Click on the Tournaments tab for more information.

Delphox LC Promo: Solrock (XY)

New League Prizes for the Kalos Pokémon Cycle!
With each line you complete on your tracking card, you earn a promo card plus a PTCO league code card. When you complete your tracking card, you also earn a charm respective to the card you completed!

Delphox Season Promo: TBD

Hoenn Remake Confirmed!
Gen III Pokémon has been remade and will feature two exciting versions, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, to be released in November.

XY: Furious Fists Pre-Releases scheduled in GA!
Furious Fists will feature fighting Pokémon entering the fray with newer EXs and Mega Evolutions. Release date is August 13, and the set will be tournament legal on September 3. See Tournaments Tab for details.

Worlds 2014 will be held in Washington D.C.!
This is a great opportunity for you to experience the World Championships on the East Coast this year. If you want to play for an invite or see what it’s like or take in the sights and sounds of the area and venue, start planning NOW!!! Worlds will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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! We kindly ask that you please not post spam or any unconfirmed Pokémon rumors/spoilers once accepted.

Keep up with all Premier Events happening in GA!
Also, for all you Facebook users, you are highly encouraged to join the GA Pokémon Events group by clicking here. Updates are made weekly, and your questions are answered by the GA Pokémon staff and players alike. I will continue to post events on the blog’s Tournaments tab that coincide with the information contained there as a secondary source for you to search as well. For other sanctioned events anywhere in the U.S., please go to www.pokemon.com.

Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope you are having a wonderful summer!

Professor Raz

League News and Reminders (5/22/14) 05/22/2014

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Hey, Trainers!

Congratulations to our Yveltal LC Winners!
JR – Eli B.
SR – Dillon B.
MA – Sean Bull

A great showing of 17 players total attended last Saturday, and a big thanks to our Judge Tony Fall for helping us make this event run smoothly!

League Challenges for Warner Robins have been scheduled!
Chesnaught – June 14

LCs will be held at HV and be sure to arrive on time for registration (11-11:30 A.M.) Completed decklists will be required as this is a Premier Event. All players will receive one (1) Play! Point and a XY Flashfire booster pack for participating. Click on the Tournaments tab for more information.

Chesnaught LC Promo: Deino (LTR)

New League Prizes for the Kalos Pokémon Cycle!
With each line you complete on your tracking card, you earn a promo card plus a PTCO league code card. When you complete your tracking card, you also earn a charm respective to the card you completed!

Chesnaught Season Promo: TBD

Hoenn Remake Confirmed!
Gen III Pokémon has been remade and will feature two exciting versions, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, to be released in November.

New XY Set Announced!
Furious Fists will feature fighting Pokémon entering the fray with newer EXs and Mega Evolutions. Expected release in August.

Nationals are coming up!
Nationals will be held on July 4th weekend in Indianapolis, IN. JR/SR TCG players must have earned 5 Play! Points to participate. MA TCG players must have earned 10 Play! Points and pay a $30 entry fee to participate. There is currently no Play! Points requirement or entry fee for all players to participate in the VGC tournament. Click on the Tournaments tab for more details.

League session (July 5) will be available on this weekend for those who cannot attend Nationals. If you will be attending this year, make your plans NOW!!!

Put your best TCG deck and/or VGC team to the ultimate test! VGC Nationals will feature play using the X/Y versions. If you will be attending, please read up on the current VGC format to help you prepare your team. Information can be found under the Tournaments Tab.

Worlds 2014 will be held in Washington D.C.!
This is a great opportunity for you to experience the World Championships on the East Coast this year. If you want to play for an invite or see what it’s like or take in the sights and sounds of the area and venue, start planning NOW!!! Worlds will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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! We kindly ask that you please not post spam or any unconfirmed Pokémon rumors/spoilers once accepted.

Keep up with all Premier Events happening in GA!
Also, for all you Facebook users, you are highly encouraged to join the GA Pokémon Events group by clicking here. Updates are made weekly, and your questions are answered by the GA Pokémon staff and players alike. I will continue to post events on the blog’s Tournaments tab that coincide with the information contained there as a secondary source for you to search as well. For other sanctioned events anywhere in the U.S., please go to www.pokemon.com.

Let me know if you have any questions, and have a wonderful summer!

Professor Raz