Archive for June, 2008

US Nationals 2008 Top Cut

So, Saturday is over. single elimination begins today. I have an unverified claim that Jacob Lejeune and Patrick Miles made it to SE in the Seniors. Good luck to them!
It does not appear that anyone from SoMD made it to SE in the Juniors or Masters (EDIT: Michael Pramawat made it in in the Masters).

What decks did well? I have some (more unverified claims) information on that. Here’s what I have so far:

  • One of the SDs (Secret Decks) was Torterra/Sceptile. There are some in SE.
  • Sausage, another SD, was Scizor/Electrode/Blissey.
  • A few Banette/Blissey made it to SE.
  • 75% of the decks were Gardevoir/Gallade.
  • Only about 5% of the decks there were not archetype decks.
  • Empoleon was very popular. About 15% of the decks there were Empoleon (mostly used in conjunction with Bronzong [MD]). The SD called “Edgar” that a few players have been waving around before Nationals is Empoleon/Bronzong.
  • Last year’s National Champion in the Masters played Eeveelutions+Magmortar this year and made it to SE.

The Biggest Tournament in History #1

I appended a number to the title of this post because, no doubt, I may have to write “The Biggest Tournament in History” again in the future, when there’s a tournament bigger than this one.

US National Championship 2005 has 945 participants! Here is the source.

The only tournament that has come anywhere near that was US National Championship 2007 (735 players), followed by US National Chapionship 2006 (513 players). However, there is an unverified claim that 2001 Super Trainer Showdown Qualifier in Gothenburg, Sweden was in fact the third largest tournament in history.

US Nationals 2008 Capacity

This just in: all the seats in the Masters are gone! There were 512 seat for the Masters at the US National Championships. Anyone who didn’t preregister may be turned away.

How great it is, to have a TCG that is so popular; so popular that there are 512 seats available for all the players born before 1993, and they all get taken! Pokémon is not “just a fad”, and it certainly is not “just a children’s game”. Pokémon is here and it’s not goin’ away!

If I can add some perspective to this, there were 533 people total (all age groups) at Nationals in 2006 (313 in +15). In 2007, the total number of participants was 735 (418 in Masters).

I just did some math, and according to the info I have, there are at least 968 people registered for Nationals. This is big!

US Nationals 2008 Updates

If you are away at US Nationals and you have any details about the event you’d like to share with us, post ‘em here!

I have heard from the St. Louis PTO that there are only 75 seats (out of a maximum 512) available for the Masters. Could this be the biggest Nationals ever? I think so.

What rumors have you heard? Any word on secret decks?

PTCG Podcast Episode 14 Is Up

http://www.southernmarylandpokemon.com/assets/podcast/6-22-08.mp3

Don’t forget to vote for us on Podcast Alley!
We need 7 more votes to be #1 in the “Games & Hobbies” category for the month of June. Can you help us?

Are You Going to US Nationals?

SoMD players went to the US National Championship last year. They took photographs.
Are you going? If so, take some pictures while you’re there. The SoMD Pokémon TCG Page has its a section in which photos of Pokémon TCG events can be found. I would like to have some photos from this year’s National Championship to put up. If you get some photos of the event (including the Professor Cup, TGF Demos, and any other Origins stuff gong on) let me know. You will be credited.
Thanx. Good luck to those of you who are going!

Card Banned at Professor Cup

The OP team has had a long discussion about Wormadam and the impact that it had on the European Professor Cup. This event has thrived on being a fun, creative tournament, where players feel comfortable using off the wall decks. That’s what makes the event so enjoyable for so many people, POP staff included. Considering the options available in the Professor Cup format this year, we don’t see any reasonable, reliable answer to this deck.

Our great concern is that we’ll see 95% of the players using this deck,
resulting in a terribly uninteresting Professor Cup. That said, Wormadam Sandy Cloak is not permitted for use at the North American Professor Cup.The Professor Cup FAQ will be updated tomorrow with this information, and we’ll look at sending out an email blast about this as well.

Please distribute this information to as many Professors as you can.I
apologize if this causes players to scramble to build new decks with only a
handful of days until the event. We did not make this decision lightly, and we strongly feel that it is for the best.Thank you for your understanding.
-Michael Liesik
Organized Play Coordinator
Pokemon USA, Inc.

We are now open for tournament report submissions! Allow me to add on to the list of things you can do to be a part of the SoMD Pokémon TCG Page:

The Power is Yours!

Episode 12 and 13 of the SoMD Pokémon TCG Podcast are up:
http://www.southernmarylandpokemon.com/assets/podcast/6-8-08.mp3
http://www.southernmarylandpokemon.com/assets/podcast/6-15-08.mp3

I would like to remind all you loyal Pokémon fans out there, that you can participate in this website. Join the fun! The power is yours! Some great ways to participate:

  • Leave comments on the news items posted on this website.
  • Send an email to nicholaskirkpatrick@hotmail.com if you’d like to have a comment for the SoMD PTCG Podcast that you would like to be read during the show or there’s specific topic you’d like us to talk about. Or even if you disagree with something we say, tell us; we’d love to hear it.
  • Contribute to the SoMD Pokémon TCG Wiki.

The first person to leave a comment in response to this news item will receive a Ho-Oh [SW] from me this Sunday at Aardvark Gym. Make sure you leave your real name so I know who you are.

Thanks For Your Patience

There are some bugs being worked out with this website. It is still functional, but parts may look out of place. I’m working on it.

2008-2009 Modified Format

POP announced the next Modified format. Keep in mind that this does not take effect until September 1st, 2008. Still plenty of time to use all of your HP-MD cards!

The sets being rotated out of the Modifed format on September 1st are:
EX Holon Phantoms
EX Crystal Guardians
EX Dragon Frontiers
EX Power Keepers
POP Series 4 Promo Cards
POP Series 5 Promo Cards
All Black Star Promo Cards numbered 037-040

The Pokémon Set Symbols document has already been updated to reflect this.