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WORLDS!! 07/30/2013

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The final stop on the path to becoming a Pokemon World Champion will be in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada this year. Players from all over the globe will be gathered together to compete for the top title in TCG or VG over the weekend of August 9th-11th. You can follow along with the event coverage on the official Worlds site!

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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!

New 6th Gen Eevee Evolution Revealed: Meet Ninfia! 02/12/2013

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Ninfia will be a new evolution of the pokemon Eevee, and will make its debut in Pokemon X and Y versions. It is 1 meter long, and weighs 23.5 kilograms. Other than that, no other information is given; we don’t know what type it is, or even how you need to evolve Eevee in order to obtain this pokemon. Also, its English name, which will likely end in -eon, is still unknown. Rest assured, this information will be revealed in due time.

Winter Friendly updates/errors 02/06/2013

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In the last article posted about the Winter Friendly, the format for the competition was listed as being Double Battles. The format for this competition is actually Rotation Battles. This has been corrected in the previous article.

Some other things you should know about the Winter Friendly that are different from past competitions:

  • The only banned pokemon in this competition is Chatot. That means you can bring all your big strong (legally-obtained) legendaries to play!
  • The only banned item is still Soul Dew.
  • The only banned moves are Dark Void (you can still use Darkrai, but it may not have this move) and Sky Drop.
  • The only requirement for getting into the rankings and earning the participation prize is to complete 1 battle instead of 10.

Registration has just opened for the Winter Friendly. Information on how to register for wifi competitions can be found here. Be sure to complete your registration before 7pm February 14th!

Meloetta Event Coming in March! 02/02/2013

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648Meloetta_DreamGameStop has released early details for an upcoming promotional download event. Players with a copy of Pokemon Black, White, Black 2 or White 2 versions who visit a GameStop store between March 4th and March 24th will be able to download a Meloetta through wireless to their game. Since Meloetta has an alternate forme, there will very likely be flyer handouts available with information on how to teach Meloetta the Relic Song move, which causes her to change between Aria Forme (Normal/Psychic, pictured at left) and Pirouette Forme (Normal/Fighting) when used in battle. The dates for this event will be added to the League Calendar, and a reminder will be posted with a listing of local GameStop locations as we get closer to March 4th.

Get ready for the 2013 Winter Friendly! 02/01/2013

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Right on the heels of the International Challenge January comes the Winter Friendly wifi competition, giving players another chance to test their competitive teams! Translated from UTC to EST times, registration will open at 7 PM on February 6th, and will remain open through 6:59 PM, February 14th. The competition will then begin right at 7 PM and last through 6:59 PM on February 18th. The format for this competition is rotation battle, and players are limited to using Pokemon Black 2 or White 2 versions. The participation prize for completing 1 battle to earn a ranking is a Micle Berry. More information can be found here.

Virbank attendees, get a free Garchomp! 01/31/2013

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Announced just recently, the Global Link prize for players who attended a Pokemon League session during the Virbank Gym season is a special Garchomp. It comes at level 48 with the moves Slash, Dig, Dragon Claw, and Crunch, as well as the hidden ability Rough Skin. It is available to obtain until the end of February; you can get it the same way you got your Scizor for attending the Aspertia Gym season.

A few more odds & ends 01/23/2013

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This sure has been a busy news month, eh?

  • Pokemon game director Junichi Masuda made a new post about Pokemon XY on his blog. Go read it!
  • The International Challenge January VG wifi tournament starts TOMORROW at 7:00 PM EST. If you want to compete, make sure you register before 6:59 tomorrow! Information on how to participate can still be found here.
  • Also for our VG players, there will be another Keldeo distribution starting on January 25th. You can get a level 50 Keldeo for your Black2/White2 game through Mystery Gift by Nintendo WFC (even if you already have one). The event lasts until February 12th. If you’ve never used Mystery Gift before, here’s a video of a Mewtwo event download to show you how.
  • For more Keldeo goodness, you can tune in to Cartoon Network on Sunday, February 3rd, at 1:00 PM to see a repeat broadcast of Kyurem Vs. the Sword of Justice, following a marathon of Rival Destinies episodes which starts at 11:00 AM. Stay tuned after the movie to see an episode from the upcoming season Adventures in Unova!
  • Last but not least, THIS Sunday, January 27th, will be the 47th birthday of Ken Sugimori, the Art Director at Game Freak. Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve definitely seen his work; he was the lead character design artist on all the main series Pokemon games, all the way back to the original Red and Green (Japanese) versions. Though Game Freak has more Pokemon designers on staff now, Sugimori is still responsible for the designs of the version mascot legendaries (Dialga, Lugia, Zekrom, etc.), as well as the evolution lines of the starter pokemon. Chances are, your favorite pokemon was originally designed by Ken Sugimori! If you want to wish him a happy birthday, you can do so by leaving a message on his Twitter, @SUPER_32X.

Wifi Competitions and how they work 01/16/2013

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For our Video Game players, wifi competitions are a great way to test your skills, learn new strategies, and get some experience in a competitive playing environment, all without having to leave your house (or wherever your nearest public wifi hotspot is). The new series of competitions allows more opportunities for players to earn Play Points and potentially earn Championship Points, which go toward being able to compete at Nationals and Worlds, respectively. They also offer participation prizes to those who meet the requirements to earn a ranking. The current schedule of announced wifi competitions can be found listed under the Tournaments tab. This article will help explain what you need to be able to compete in a wifi competition, how to register for one, and how to participate. (more…)

Competitive Spotlight: Latios 01/14/2013

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Eon Pokemon
Length: 6’07”
Weight: 132.3 pounds
Type: Dragon/Psychic

During the World Championships in August of 2012, Latios got a special mention as one of the most often-used pokemon by competitors. In the competitive metagame, Latios has an advantage by being both powerful and versatile, being able to learn many different types of moves as well as a high Special Attack and Speed stat to be able to dominate with those moves. When given a spot on a Double Battles team, Latios can be lent support by other strong pokemon which counter its weaknesses well. (more…)