Pokemon Chat Report - Thursday, September 21, 2000
by Ka-Lok Fung - Scrye Contributing Editor


Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Hi everybody! We told you we would have some results for you this week from our in-house P-mon tournament(15 trainer limit in effect) I think MT Mike will have those for you momentarily."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Hi gang, experiencing some technical troubles here......."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "In the meantime I'll dive into some of these questions..."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "As some of you may have heard, we held an internal tournament using a 15 trainer limit."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "One of the things we learned is that Ditto was the winningest card, meaning of the decks it was in, they won the most games."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Of course, jiggly/wiggly ended up in half the decks and did ok."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "There are full results of this posted on the Pokegymweb site at http://pokegym.thedojo.com/."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Check it out."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "I wanted to share with you the 3 decks that tied forfirst though. Here you go."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Kevin's Deck 3-1-1-0 12 points total"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "2 Erika's Dratini"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "3 Ditto"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Jigglypuff"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Wigglytuff"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "2 Chansey"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Scyther"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Mewtwo, promo #3"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Professor Oak"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "3 Computer Search"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "2 Gust of Wind"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "2 Scoop Up"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "2 Misty's Wrath"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "1 NGR"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "1 Item Finder"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Full Heal Energy"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 DCE"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "14 Psychic Energy"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Kieran's Deck 4-0-0-1 12 points total"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Jigglypuff"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Wigglytuff"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Ditto"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Scyther"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Mewtwo, promo #3"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "3 Energy Removal"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "3 Professor Oak"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "3 Rocket's Trap"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Computer Search"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "2 Item Finder"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Rainbow Energy"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 DCE"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "17 Psychic Energy"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "And lastly our own Da Bosses deck."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Dark Master Trainer Mike's "Evaporate or Whiskey a go go" deck 4-0-0-1"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "2 Articuno, promo"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Blaine's Charmander"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "3 Eevee, promo"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "3 Dark Vaporeon"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Dratini"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "3 Dragonair"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "2 Gust of Wind"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "2 Computer Search"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 Energy Removal"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "3 Super Energy Removal"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "3 Professor oak"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "1 Narrow Gym"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "2 Full Heal Energy"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "4 DCE"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "7 Fire Energy"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "13 Water Energy"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "(phew), check out the Pokegym for more details and analysis."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Of course we have done more testing since then as well."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #2 from Articuno21:
         I just wanted to say what a good job you guys do with this chat. It always cheers me. I have made many friends here. Thanks and keep up the great work.
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Thanks, Arti, I don't think too many people realize how much time and effort we put into this so that the game of Pokemon remains interesting for everyone and so that it doesn't just become a footnote in the history of TCG's."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #4 from Meowth52:
         How about those deck lists?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "How was that?"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #5 from RobblyTuff:
         Great job on the Space Weedle guys.
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Thanks"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Thanks :)"
Master_Trainer_Pat grins evilly.

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #6 from Chrisbo:
         If Psyduck uses Headache ("opponent can't play any trainer cards next turn"), and then opponent uses Erika's Victreebell's "Fragrance Trap" power to put Psyduck onto the bench, does the status effect end and the opponent can then use trainer cards?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "No, the status effect doesn't end. It is on your opponent."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #8 from Gengar612:
         Will Challenge be delayed?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Not that we know of."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #9 from Chrisbo:
         If you draw your last card and have no cards left in your deck, can youplay Mr. Fuji and put cards back in to keep yourself from decking out?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Yes."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #10 from Chrisbo:
         Would Base Mewtwo's "Barrier" attack prevent the effect portion of attacks such as Ninetales' "Lure" (switch), Pidgeot's "Hurricane" (back into hand), or Dragonair's "Hyper Beam" (discard an energy card) from happening to Mewtwo?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Yes they would, it prevents ALL effects from an attack."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #11 from WizO_Arkana:
         OK. This is a different question. I'm new to Pokemon and have been learning lots here lately. I was wondering what the leagues did about different ages. Since I'm an adult, I think it would be unfair to put me against a young child. How is this d
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "This is handled differently by separate stores. Theydecide whether to split the participants into different groups or let them playtogether."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We encourage adults or older kids to take leadership type roles at the leagues if possible."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #12 from ThaMasta:
         what does a rainbow NRG do is it just like 1 DCE??
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "When you attach a rainbow energy from your hand to aPokemon, that Pokemon takes 10 damage. A Rainbow energy can count as any type of basic energy."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #13 from ThaMasta:
         when you have a dark charizard or a dark vileplume does it have 2 evolve fom a dark charmelion or a dark gloom or just any?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Must evolve from dark pokemon."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Unlesss you use Breeder from a Basic."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #14 from Meowth52:
         When will we see DMTM in the chats?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "His hands are full of Maple bars. He can't type well with them."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "He's not using my keyboard."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Yeah, he gets them all sticky."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #15 from Mr_mystery:
         Time for Mr_Mystery's Weekly What If? Tonight's What If: A person playsBlaine's Quiz #1, and he is about to flip the card over when a Tornado comes over and scoops up all the cards. What do we do?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "There's no place like home."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Click your shoes together three times..."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #16 from Chrisbo:
         In the announcements about your in-house tournament, you said "Kieran'sDeck 4-0-0-1 12 points total"? What does each number mean? I can understand Win-Loss-Tie, but what's the fourth number?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Sorry about that. The first number is the number of 3 point wins (as in full wins within the time limit)."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "The second number is an out of time win, meaning youhave taken more prizes when time runs out, that is worth 2 points."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "The third number is the number of draws (both players have the same number of prizes left) when time runs out, worth 1 point."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "And thelast number is the number of losses, worth 0 points each."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #17 from Zapdos1:
         Can You use a combo of Damage Swap and Team Rocket's Snorlax to kill all your opponent's pokemon while its asleep?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Damage Swap isn't damage. It's simply moving counters. Sorry."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #18 from Mr_mystery:
         Any new info on Neo, Gym 2, etc.?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Nope."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "But as DMTM says, 2001 will be a great year for Pokemon. (hint hint)."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "hee hee hee"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #19 from Mr_mystery:
         Any new info on the Vending Drawing Contests?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "No, that article was very premature. We have nothing to announce yet."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #20 from Scrye_Fung:
         Scenario: Ditto opposite MP Mewtwo. MP Mewtwo attacks w/ Psyburn. Ditto is Knocked Out because its weakness is to Psychic. This is correct?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Correct."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #21 from Zapdos1:
         Can you use Narrow Gym in play put a 5th Pokemon in play and take out one?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Nope."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #22 from Mr_mystery:
         Are there any new info on the Release Dates for the cards in the Pikachu World Collection for the League?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Nope, nothing new,, all info is on our web site."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #23 from Articuno21:
         Hows Neo coming along? If it is released, will the set have a differentname? I think everybody is familiar with Neo and you should keep it that way
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We'll suggest that Arti."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "I want to call it Weedlerama."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #25 from Mr_mystery:
         Has Energy Denial proved Effective against Wiggly in the playtesting?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Yes. Though when we add a dash of Gym Challenge...."
Master_Trainer_Pat shakes her/his head.

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #26 from kis21x:
         Can I use TR Abra's Teleport if I don't have any benched pokemon?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Yes you could but then you lose."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #27 from Mr_mystery:
         Has Haymaker made an appearance in the 15-Trainer Internal Tournament?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Yes, MT Z played a Hay Variant he calls the Razor."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "only from the unoriginal players :)"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "hee hee hee"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #28 from Meowth52:
         My league makes me play 2/3 to get points for a game (10 or 20), but from what I hear you only have to play one game to get points. What can I do about that?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "You could email us at custserv@wizards.com with the name and info of the league and we will pass it along to the League coordinator."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #29 from Mr_mystery:
         Do Dark Pokemon evolve from Dark Pokemon and Gym Heroe's Pokemon evolveinto or from Gym Heroe's Pokemon? Someone at my league says They can, and to quote "But Spearow is Spearow!"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "As previously answered, Dark Stage 2 evolve from Dark Stage 1 which evolve from basic (no dark basic)."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Named Pokemon only evolve form other named Pokemon (as stated on the cards)."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #30 from WizO_Arkana:
         OK. For spearow's mirror move, does this mean only what is done to spearow is done back or does this include percentage chances. For instance, if there's a chance to paralyze Spearow but it doesn't happen, does Spearow have that chance to paralyze t
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "No, only the final results are Mirrored."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #31 from Chrisbo:
         So how did MT_Mike & MT_Pat fare in the in-house tournament? We want details!!
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We tried some new stuff and got kicked to the curb"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We tried to be clever and failed, I came in 12th or so. Pat came right after me."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Although I did use Wigglytuff in my deck..."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We have learned from our mistakes though."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "sigh."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #32 from Mr_mystery:
         If a player plays Sleep! And flips heads against a Rocket's Snorlax, then does damage, does it do the regular 20 or not?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "It does the damage back"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #33 from WizO_Pikapi:
         On the card Rocket's Scyther the attack Shadow images ends with the statesment. This effect lasts until Rocket's Scyther takes damage (or is Benched oris evolved.) Is there an evolution card for rocket's scyther?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Not yet. We've heard something may be in Neo 2"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #34 from Chrisbo:
         If a bench pokemon has some damage and a Defender on it, would Sabrina's Gengar's "Pain Amplifier" work on it or would Defender block it? The attack's text says to "put a damage counter on"; is that considered "doing damage"? LifeDown is coming soon!!
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Defender does NOT block placing damage counters. You will learn more from this type of attack in Challenge with Team Rocket's Mewtwo and Sabrina's Goldduck. A tough combo."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #35 from Chrisbo:
         Also, if you have a Brock's Rhydon on the bench, can it use "Bench Guard" to absorb all of the damage done from Sabrina's Gengar's "Pain Amplifier" attack?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Once again, placing damage counters isn't the same astaking damage."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #36 from Chrisbo:
         Can "Bench Guard" move enough damage to Brock's Rhydon to knock itself out (doesn't say on the card that you cant)? And say it already has 70 damage (out of 80 hp); can it absorb all 30 of the bench damage from a Gigashock attack before getting KO'd?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Yes, you could."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #38 from Mr_mystery:
         Will the Imakuni cards be a Promo for the League?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I don't think so, but we'll have to wait and see."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Not many folks here know who or what Imakuni is?"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #37 from Mr_mystery:
         What are the languages the cards in the Pikachu World Collection were released, and what Pikachus are in it?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We have the complete info on our web site at http://www.wizards.com/pokemon/worldpikachu.asp"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #39 from Mr_mystery:
         Guess What! 2 What Ifs in 1 Night? Can a player play a Birthday Pikachuif he brings a Zerox copy of his Birth Certificate?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "What?? Chicken BUTT!!!"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "whahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Birthday Pikachu will never be a legal cardm, sorry."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #40 from Supra:
         if Rocket's Snorlax used collapse, would you flip after the same turn youe attacked?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Yes, you would."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #41 from Meowth52:
         Last week you mentioned using Gym Mewtwo in a deck... Does this mean Rcoket's Mewtwo will be in challenge?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Yup!!"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "It's tough too."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #44 from Scrye_Fung:
         Damage Swap states that you can't move a damage counter to a pokemon which would knock out that pokemn. That means that you couldn't damage swap to a Clefairy Doll or Mysterious fossil because it would Knock Out those cards, right?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Correct."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #45 from kis21x:
         can you tell me how Brock's Rhydon's Bench Guard work in a more clear form?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "If If your benched Pokemon take damage you may chooseto have Brock Rhydon take 10 of what is done to each Pokemon. If B Rhydon is on your bench."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #46 from PiPiPi:
         Any information on Year 2?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "comes after year 1???"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #47 from Mr_mystery:
         Who would win in a Fight: MT Mike, or Dark MT Mike?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Nothing yet."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "What kind of fight?"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "He is bigger but I am prettier :)"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "and faster, and more sarcastic, and snarkier........."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #48 from NicknNeo:
         Is there any another way to get the Pikachu World Collection?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "No, the Olymic collection is only available there."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #49 from Mr_mystery:
         Any new plans for an America-Got-it-First card(IE Dark Raichu) And I know I've asked this question 4 times before, but I want to know!!!!!
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Not yet."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #50 from Mr_mystery:
         Did Mike use Weedle in his Playtesting deck? :)
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Uhhh, no."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Nope"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "It would have been too powerful :)"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #52 from kis21x:
         on Misty's Psyduck, why does it has a weakness over Grass type? Is thatan error?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "No, that's the way it was intended."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #51 from RobblyTuff:
         Any new news on the new league (New badges, new books, new promos, etc.)
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Nothing to report yet."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #53 from Meowth52:
         About the Psyduck question. Is Headache affecting the player playing Psyduck or the opponent? The attack does make reference to the opponent, but in addition Psyduck is the one with the headache, right? Do does it affect both players?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "It affects the opponent."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #54 from RobblyTuff:
         Any new news on Base3?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Nothing to announce but maybe it will help us balance the game a bit."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #55 from Mew365:
         when will the pokemon league locations get refills in promos,badges,dcicards,and badge books?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "This really isn't something we can answer."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #56 from Meowth52:
         No matter what attack is done, you're always going to be placing damagecounters on the Defending Pokemon. Can you explain further please?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "If an attack states it does damage, then that is damage. If it states placing damage counters then it is counters for the purposes of Brock's Rhydon, Weakness, etc."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "So attacks that place damage counters (Like Sabrina's Goldduck in Challenge) are NOT affected by Weakness, Defender, etc.). Just like moving counters with Damage Swap or Curse isn't affected either."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "For instance, Rocket's Mewtwo's Juxtapose attack states: Flip a coin, if heads switch the number of damage counters on R. Mewtwo withthose of the defending Pokemon"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "This is not damage."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #57 from ThaMasta:
         what would happen if you did seadra's agility but the opposition had a dark wortortle and did mirrorshell what would happen?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Nothing. Agility might prevent damage form an attack on your opponent's turn. The Mitrrorshell strikes back on your turn and so isnot affected by the Agility."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #58 from Mr_mystery:
         I live in the Central Time Zone, and I want to attend the Knowledge Competition. When will it start in my time zone, and how long will it last?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We don't know, check the listings on the community pages."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #59 from RobblyTuff:
         any new ideas for the next year's STS?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We're still working out the kinks for the next one......"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #61 from NickandNeo:
         Don't you uptade your Wizards Pokemon site still?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "There's a big upgrade/update in the works, yes."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #63 from Meowth52:
         So if you know Rocket's Mewtwo will be in challenge, you must know if Imakuni? and ___'s Chansey will be? I bet you have boxes of challenge boosters on your desk and you're opening them right now!
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "They are not in Challenge."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #66 from Rainbow_Trainer:
         Whom at WotC do we send comments regarding the re-release of formerly ultra-rare promos, such as the #7 jigglypuff and the Cool Porygon..?? Most collectors are very unhappy that they are being released with no variation to the cards.
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "You can send them to us at custserv@wizards.com. Keep in mind though that Wizards does NOT do ultra-rare cards, nor do we ever planon doing so."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #67 from Seraph_84:
         Is the promo Cool Porygon recieved at the Pokemon League in a wrapper like the one from the N64 Pokemon Stadium Bundle?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I don't think so, but if you want I'll laminate it for you."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #68 from Articuno21:
         What Juxtapose mean?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "To swap something between two people or objects."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "www.dictionary.com my freind."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "In this case it is an attack on the Team Rocket's Mewtwo card in the upcoming Challenge set."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #69 from Mr_mystery:
         Is there a place we can look up the contents of the Gym: Challenge theme decks? Or do you know?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Nope, not yet."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #70 from Mr_mystery:
         How many Total Cards are in Gym:Challenge?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "132 , includes 6 basic energy"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #72 from Thundrchld:
         why was the STS on the east coast requiring 5 badges instead of only 3?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Because it is taking place 5 months later!!"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #73 from Seraph_84:
         What is the release date from Gym Heros Challenge? And will it have ___'s Chansey and Imunki's Doduo in it?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Oct. 7th is what they've told us. No, Imakuni and ____'s Chancey aren't in there"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #74 from Articuno21:
         I live in the central time zone, and I will miss almost all of the knowledge cometition. Will there be others? I would really like to attend
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We do not know. I imagine that if it is popular enough, they will do it again."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #75 from Gengar612:
         In your next tour, will you include cities in the south like Atlanta?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We tried to set up a location in Atlanta but none ofthe malls there were willing or able to sponsor it."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #77 from Mew365:
         what is going to be the prerelease promo for gym challenge ?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "There isn't a Pre-release card for Gym: Challenge."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #78 from Mr_mystery:
         All I need to know is what PDT Stands for regarding the times.
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Pacific Daylight time maybe??"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #79 from BuzzBuzz:
         Can Charity be used to block self-inflicted damage, like damage done toArcanine by its Take Down?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "No, unfortunately."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #81 from Rainbow_Trainer:
         You say that you don't plan on doing Ultra Rare cards... but you did just that when you released a red cheek and yellow cheek version of the E3 Pikachu. When WotC re-releases the cards there should be some kind of vartiation... Sothat the people tha
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "The red cheeked Pikachu was a mistake and Nintendo forced us to stop making it. The E3 Pikachu was ALSO forced on us by Nintendo aswas putting the Cool Porygon ONLY in the N64 bundle pack to begin with. We have ALWAYS stated that a promo card could be re-released again later."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "It was also Nintendo's idea for the Pikachu World colection. We will be rereleasing those cards through various ways. Check out our web site for details."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #82 from RobblyTuff:
         What are your favorite deck types?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Anything original, bored to tears of wiggly or hay variants."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #84 from Articuno21:
         Imakuni is in the GB TCG. Why won't you make his cards?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Imakuni is a Japanese pop icon and a member of Creatures Staff. We do not have the rights to translate his cards here."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #88 from Seraph_84:
         How will Birthday Pikachu be ditrubted in November on Wizards website?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We have no info on what the web team is planning yet."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #89 from Thundrchld:
         is it true when you go to a mall tour you are handed 1 or a few jigglypuff promos? if this is true are they the same card or what?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I have heard that the #7 Jigglypuff is being handed out with the registration packets that every player gets."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "It is the same card as the one that Atlantic records was supposed to send out."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #90 from BuzzBuzz:
         General gameplay question: If my opponent plays a Pokemon onto the bench, but before fully removing his hand from it, decides he wants to put it back into his hand, can he? Sorta like Chess...
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "It depends on how serious you are playing. NormallyI allow someone to take back the last move."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Most of us allow it because we're testing anyway. Wewant to find out how good the deck is, we don't want to cloud things with formal tourny rules."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #83 from Mr_mystery:
         I live in the Central Standard Time zone. Of what relation is this, regarding hours ahead or behind, or Pacific Daylight time?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "2 hours ahead of our time."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #91 from kis21x:
         what is Cool Porygon's moves?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Texture Magic: You may change Cool Porygon's Resistance to a type of your choice otherthan Colorless. If the Defending Pokemon has a Weakness, you may change it to a type of yourchoice other than Colorless. (Benching either Pokemon ends the effect on that Pokemon.) (for 3 colorless)"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "3 colorless, 3-D Attack: Flip 3 coins. This attack does 20 damage times the number of heads."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #92 from Gengar612:
         Will Jigglypuff only be released in the east coast tour?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I would say yes, but since they keep figuring out newways to give it out, I'll take the 5th on this one and remain silent."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #93 from Rainbow_Trainer:
         When you re-release promo cards with no variations... Then... where is the value in collecting the TCG cards...?? When you re-released the Base /Jungle cards they had a variation to them by calling them Base set 2..
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Promo cards are still MUCH more rare than any other type of card. We try to release them fairly so everyone has at least a chance of getting one. The N64 bundle required people to pay $150 to get the card. This was not fair and not our idea."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We want everyone to get their fair chance. But we do not just give them away, they still maintain a high level of rarity."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Keep in mind that this is NOT made as a money makingproduct, it is a game."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "As with any collectibles, the prices vary on the secondary market."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #96 from Seraph_84:
         What is the knowledge compition every is talking about? WizO_Arkana wants to know too!
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Apparently, it's some kind of question and answer quiz that MT Mike is supposed to be involved with. Since this is the first he's heard about it, I'm afraid we don't have any other info for you just yet."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #97 from Supra:
         is there an uncommon and rare holo Misty's Gulduck in challenge?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "There's a Misty's and a Sabrina's Golduck in Challenge. They are both rare."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #98 from Articuno21:
         What's up with "Rocket's Secret Machine" or "Rocket's Secret Robot"? That's just weird
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "It can be ugly in the right deck. FYI, it's 'Tickling Machine'"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #99 from Mew365:
         who thought of the idea for the dark raichu us or the japanese?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We did, and please do not shorten japanese, as some find it offensive, thanks."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #100 from gooman:
         How would Rocket Hitmonchan's cross counter work against Mr. Mime? or with Poison, Sleep or paraliysis. Would it still work? or is there some kind of affect?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "That would depend on the amount of damage being done back. Crosscounter doesn't say anything about not working if R. Hitmochan is Asleep, Paralyzed or Confused."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #101 from gooman:
         are you guys goin to be at the STS qualifier this weekend? if so how can i find you, i want a battle :)
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I'll be at the Sping Hill Mall in West Dundee, IL allday Sat and Sun. They usually have us sit in the League area. Show up and throw down your best deck."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I'll battle old-school or prop 15."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #102 from Meowth52:
         Do you have to do everything Nintendo says?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "They do control the North American Pokemon licensingrights, so yes, they do have a strong say in what happens."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #103 from gooman:
         are you goin to be releasing the australian promo 9 set in the US and/or is there anyway we can get it other than on auction sites
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Nope, but the cards in it are already released or will be released later through the league next year."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #104 from kis21x:
         I've got a Rare-Holo Pidgeot, fresh out of the booster pack, why doesn't it have the Jungle expansion symble on it?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "JUst a fairly common misprint."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #105 from Thundrchld:
         for the cool porygon card.. see i have all 8 badges and well i am getting the new book who do i paly for the 5 wins in a row to recieve the card?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Anyone at your league."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #106 from Rainbow_Trainer:
         But you did give them away... personally I might add at the West STS. Now The one card that I onbtained by spending $150 for is slowly but surely losing it's value.. I guess all I'm asking is that WotC consider a variation when re-releasing Promo ca
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We gave away perhaps 20-30 of the cards, that is NOTneough to affect the secondary market. Also, you paid $150 for the N64 StadiumBundle pack that happened to have a Cool Porygon in it. That was your choice (Stadium is a cool game btw)."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We do not and will not ever make super-rare cards. It is unfair to the players, casual collectors, and to themarket."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Consider it like the stock market, as the supply goes up, the value can sometimes go down. No secondary value is ever guaranteed."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #111 from gooman:
         when you use scyther's swords dance and then your opponent uses gust ofwind on scyther. next turn if you get the same scyther out does it still do 60?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "No"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #109 from Zapdos1:
         Have any plans for a event Canadians can partipate in?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Canadians can participate in any events."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "I know we are looking into doing more events next year but I don't know where."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Of course, now there aren't any questions for me to answer (Pat took a break)."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "I would hate to have to sing to you again :)"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "I will say that Challenge has some very cool cards coming up in it. It should help shake up the tournament environment a bit."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Chaos Gym can make the game pretty wacky too."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Be sure to stop and see Pat at this weekend's event and try and beat him!"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "For some reason the questions aren't coming through........."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "So............................."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "This electron goes up to another and says "Hey I think I lost an electron""
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "The seond one says, "Are you sure?""
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "The first one says, "Yeah, I', positive!""
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "So far we've seen quite an effect on testing when we add Gym Challenge cards in."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Yup, takes me longer to lose :)"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Of Course, the same Pokemon keep showing up..."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #112 from Red_Plauge:
         ok,umm i would like to know if you used snorlaxs (Base) double slam on another snorlax,and you got heads on the paralysis,would the snorlax be paralised???
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "No."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #113 from Meowth52:
         What were the "original" decks you guys used?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "I treid an energy recursion deck with Movie Mewtwo and Lt Surge's Pikachu's and Electabuzzes."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Bill tried a Tickling Machine centered deck with Moltres to make you deck out (with Imposter Oak after the Tickling Machine makes you set your hand aside)."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #114 from IMAKUNI_00:
         when the promo card team rockets meowth does maraculus comeback do u flip all the coins then do damage after? or when meowth gets knocked out do u stopthe coin flips?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Flip all the coins, then do the damage."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #116 from Thundrchld:
         you trainer people will be at all the mall tours?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "No, but I'll be at this weekend's Mall Tour event in West Dundee, IL"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "I will be at the Boston stop and Dark Mike will be at the Miami stop."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #117 from Gengar612:
         Do you have an idea of when Neo will come out?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Nothing we can announce yet, sorry."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #119 from kis21x:
         does that happened to all Holo Pidgeot?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "No, only the last print run of Jungle. It's holo's were missing the symbol."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #120 from Mew365:
         at my league they have some papers for kogas challenge,etc.... what do you get if you get all the points by getting all the points on the chalenge sheet
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I think you just get a special 'Koga's Challenge' sticker for your book."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #121 from squirtle_master:
         You can compete in the east coast sts through getting an invitation, how else? Sorry, having a memory lapse.
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "If you have earned at least 5 badges through the league you can partake. We will be doing pre-registration for the main event starting 3 weeks before the STS itslef. Watch our website or the chat for details."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #122 from gooman:
         Sorry to ask again but someting happened and i didn't see the answer tothe question i asked about the australian 9 Set promo. Is it coming to the us and is there anotherway to get them then other going to australia or on auctions
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Some of the cards will be released as English cards for the leagues and stuff. The 9 card promo set is only being given out at the Olympics"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #123 from Light_Psychic:
         I don't get this, A place where I went for a tournament last week and Iwasn't allowed to use pluspowers without flipping coins
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Never heard of that rule. A snactioned tournament can't do that but a non-sanctioned one can make its own rules variartions."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #124 from Articuno21:
         Uh, hi! Do you hate Ditto because it's so confusing?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "No."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Yes."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #125 from Paokkk:
         Any new promo news?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Just what is on the wbe site about the Pikachu set."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #126 from Thundrchld:
         why do you have to sing to us?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Only when the questions stop :)"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #127 from Paokkk:
         When will NEO be out?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Dunno."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #128 from Scrye_Fung:
         You've gotten your Pokemon World Collection se yet?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Us??? Yes :)"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #129 from Mr_mystery:
         When will Prop15 come into effect if it will?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We will announce the upcoming STS's tournament construction rules (whatever they end up being) on Oct 9th."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #130 from Meowth52:
         What's Chaos Gym?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "A tough Stadium card coming out in Challenge."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #132 from Thundrchld:
         what deck will pat be suing? :)
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I'll have several that I'll be suing"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "I will be his attorney on that."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #131 from Paokkk:
         What do you think the promo for the thrid moive are going to be?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Dunno."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #134 from Paokkk:
         What promo do you want it to be for the thrid moive?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "How about that Legendary Dog Pokemon"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #135 from Paokkk:
         What will be the first neo promo?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Dunno."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Furrett...Just Kidding"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #137 from gooman:
         mike are u goin to be at springhill mall? and for playing you do i get anything pat?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "I will be at the Liberty Tree Mall in Braintree, MA in a few weeks."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "You get something if you beat me a Pokemon."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "at Pokemon...sorry."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #138 from Scrye_Fung:
         What Challenge cards do you think will impact the metagame greatest?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Koga's Pidgey."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Chaos Gym"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Rocket's Zapdos"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Sabrina's Goldduck"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Rocket's Mewtwo"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Masterball"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Blaine's Charizard is a bit confusing but a good card."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Brock's Ninetails."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Lots of good cards."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #139 from Paokkk:
         Will there be any new super secret card like Dark Raichu in the future?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Not that we know of yet."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #141 from Ninetales2000:
         So whatever happened to the Swift vs. Tail Wag scenario?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "If the attack is prevented, like with Tail Wag, thenSwift doesn't happen. Swift, if it goes off, just prevents allattempts or effects that lower its amount of damage."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #142 from Paokkk:
         When will GYM 2 come out?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Gym Challenge is due around Oct 7th I hear."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #143 from Ninetales2000:
         Any promo stuff? I wasn't here for 3-4 weeks.
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Check out the web site for the onfo on the Pikachu set."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #144 from Paokkk:
         Will there be any promo for the "Hey You Pikachu" game?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Dunno."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #145 from Paokkk:
         What is the hardest card to get?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Poke Tour 1999 Pikachu. Released by Nintendo of Australia for the Mall Tour there."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #146 from Paokkk:
         Will there be more Gym promos in the future?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Possibly."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #147 from Thundrchld:
         i got a TR charizard from my league.. i thought you said there were no TR Charizards
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "You mean a Dark Charizard?"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #148 from Mr_mystery:
         How much does it cost, on the average, to buy the rights to produce a set?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We are a public company now, that is confidential information, sorry."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Can't tell you that MR Mystery"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #149 from IMAKUNI_00:
         i bought lots of old out of print jungle boosters today for only 2.95 each! pretty good huh?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Cool :)"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #150 from kis21x:
         Promo Mewtwo, Fossil Ghastly, Lt. Surge's Pikachu, or any pokemon that can retreve energy, some energy flows, with lots of potions incase the active gets knocked out. is this a good combo?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "On paper it sounds good. I tried just that in our internal tournament and got stomped."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I've tried something similar. It doesn't really startuntil Rocket's Zapdos comes out."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #151 from Chrisbo:
         I realize that you normally don't answer questions about cards that haven't been released yet, but... If there were a card with an attack called "LifeDown" that says to leave only 10hp left on the defending Pokemon, would that & a PlusPower KO it?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "No, and I have answered this question incorrectly in the past. It will come into play with one of the new Challenge cards."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #152 from gooman:
         hey pat would you be able to get me a pikachu 9 promo set and bring it this weekend (if yes give me your email address so i can send you my name and stuff and where to meet)
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I'm sorry gooman. If I did that for you, I'd have todo it for everyone, and I just can't do that. I'll show you waht it looks likethough."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #153 from Thundrchld:
         what deck will Pat be USING? ;-)
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Like I said, I'm coming prepared for sveral differentdecks."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #154 from kis21x:
         when will the 2nd wave of Gym Heros come out?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Due out around October 7th ort so."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #155 from Tyais:
         So... when you run out of REAL questions I have to know... Is a Maple Bar a donut or not? (Note: This determines your future as a sound voice of reason.)
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Since our boss has gone home I feel it is safe to say, he is insane and a Maple bar is barely a confection let alone a donut."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #156 from Paokkk:
         Are you guys going make any holo promo for the moive? Or make promo to sell inside the teather like they did in Japan.
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Moive??? Teather?????"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Is this some sort of art question?"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #159 from Articuno21:
         Will there be anything done to restrict the Brock's Ninetails/Blastoise/Charizard combo?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Bubble Bursting coming up...stop reading if you like the may the Japanese version works. The English Brock's Ninetales does _not_ allow the use of Pokemon Powers."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #160 from Paokkk:
         When you guy start printing neo and came to the thrid set and Serebii is the set. Will Wizards do the same thing as they did to MEW?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Who said we were making Neo yet???"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #161 from Zapdos1:
         Can you tell us if Brock's Ninetails can use Pokemon Powers from the pokemon it evolves to?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "As Pat stated, it does NOT allow you to use Pokemon powers from the Pokemon you evolve the Ninetails into."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Only te attacks."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "It's still cool, just not overpowered."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "and resistances, weakenss, hp, etc."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #162 from Ninetales2000:
         Will Imakuni?'s Doduo and ______'s Chansey be made in English?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Not that we know of, they're certainly not in Gym Challenge."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #164 from Zapdos1:
         I heard rumors that Gym Challenge might be hold back a week because notanof will be printed by then is there a truth to this?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We have not been told of this."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #165 from Tyais:
         Can you make sure you re-announce the opening announcements before you leave this week?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Actually there weren't any. I listed the top 3 decks from our internal tournament testing, which you have so nicely posted on your web site Tyais. Check out the Pokegym for greater detail and analysis."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #166 from Paokkk:
         Sorry for that but I heard that there is goin the be a Max Revive holo in the gym 2 set. Is that right?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Max Revive is an uncommon, so I doubt it."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #167 from Paokkk:
         How do the Poke Tour 1999 Pikachu look like?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "It is a base set Pikachu with PokeTour 1999 on it infoil letters."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #168 from Thundrchld:
         yes i do mean Dark Chairzard.. i got a prerelease one for doing all thechyallenges
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Then you have something that no one here has ever seen or heard of."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #169 from Supra:
         Do you know what set will be after challenge?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Nope."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #170 from FeralShade:
         A local store plans to start up a League...Will they be likely to startall the way back at season 1 or will they start at victory road (to coincide with the other leagues)?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "If it is starting now then they will be running the Victory Road season, though anyone can work on any badge in that. They probablywon't be starting until year 2 starts on January 6th."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #171 from kis21x:
         with Vermillion City Gym in play, do you flip for base damage or gym damage first?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I think you'd have to flip for base damage first because V. Gym will only add 10 if the base attack did damage first."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #172 from Paokkk:
         Will there be any new jumbo promo cards?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "maybe...."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #173 from Paokkk:
         When will there be a first ture American card?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "If there will be, they're not telling us about it."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #174 from Chrisbo:
         Can you tell us if the upcoming Sabrina's Kadabra has an attack called "LifeDown" and what does the attack text say?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "It's attack is called Life Drain. Can't give out card text until it is released though, sorry."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #175 from Paokkk:
         About how many of these Poke tour Pikachu are made?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Dunno, sorry."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Not a lot."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #176 from Tyais:
         So any groundbreaking discoveries on Prop15 decks? I hear Bench Destruction could be a formidable opponent. ;-)
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Status effects mean more, energy denail works well."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Some cool decks once challenge comes out."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "denial...oops."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Challenge takes the energy denial decks back down a notch though.(Rocket's Zapdos is sooo wrong!)"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Games go a little longer and rely more on your choice of Pokemon and how you play them instead of just burning through 35 trainer cards."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Even a weaker design deck has at least a few rounds to try itslef out before it looses."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "loses"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Wigglytuff is still very very strong in this format."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "People will play more of the Rocket special energy cards (almost like a trainer and an energy combined)."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #177 from Paokkk:
         Right now, what is the least card that you guy had printed?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We're just not informed about print run numbers and such."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #178 from kis21x:
         why don't your site have card pics so we can know what the card look like?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "It should some day. Our web team is working on an online Pokedex."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #179 from Paokkk:
         Will there be any promo trainers?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "There is, it's called Computer Error."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #180 from Chrisbo:
         Will it be possible for stores to continue holding Pokemon League afterSeason 9 finishes (and until Year 2) if they want to?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "No, the league officially ends in October. Need totake a break for the holidays."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I think the stores could still hold events, just not the Leagues."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #181 from FeralShade:
         I just checked the web site regarding the pikachu world collection. 1. when was Birthday Pikachu released? Was it announced? 2. WOTC really schedules the promos released a year in advance? 3. How did pikachu ever become popular enough to inspire 9 cards?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "In English? Only in the set so far."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "The promos are scheduled way in advance, yes."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Pikachu is a world icon. When we were in Hong Konmg, we saw Pikachu rip-off stuff everywhere!!!"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Also in Argentina too."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "It all started with the Pokemon episode that gave allthose kids siezures"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Doh!"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #183 from Paokkk:
         I heard that you guy are going to print the vending sheets? Is that true? I heard it from Top Deck #11.
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Maybe someday. Top Deck gets stories months in advance tso it can print them in time. That changed."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #184 from bighouse:
         wasn't dark raichu the first american card
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Yup."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "YEs"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #185 from Marril2000:
         Is this the cards that will be in the GYM CHALANGE PCD? Koga-beedrill,Giovanni- Persian, Blaine- Arcanie, Sabrina- Alakazam?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We dunno."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #186 from kis21x:
         what do you think of Lt. Surge Trainer, Useful or kinda useless?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Its always nice to see what your opponent has in hisor her hand."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "And it lets you dicth unwanted cards and get more soyou don't lose your hand like an Oak."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "But it won't refill an empty hand. A decent card that will see limited play."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #188 from FeralShade:
         what color(s) is giovanni's PCT deck?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We don't know yet."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #190 from Chrisbo:
         Clarification please, If Brock's Rhydon only has 10HP left, and an attack does say 20 damage to each benched pokemon, can "Bench Guard" absorb all of the bench damage (say 3*20) before getting knocked out?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Correct, B. Rhydon would take 10 of what each benchedP-mon is assigned."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #191 from Paokkk:
         Have you heard of the error Dragonite with the misprint number. Well I heard that there is about only 4000 made. Is that true?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "YEs, that is true...though I'm unsure of the exact numbers."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #192 from Paokkk:
         Why did you guy make so much pikachu cards?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "You try an tell a yellow rat with an electric attackno..............................."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #194 from Paokkk:
         Are you guy are to print some of those super hard to get japanese promo?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Like what?"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #193 from Chrisbo:
         When Year 1 ends, what are the stores supposed to do with all the leftover badges? Do they have to send them back to WotC or just toss 'em?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Dunno, I'm sure the League folks have sent the answers to the leagues themselves."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #195 from kis21x:
         what is Promo D. Persion's Moves?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Tempt and Poison Claws."

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #196 from Tyais:
         Alright, favorite cards from Heroes and Challenge (if you can do Challenge).
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "We already listed Challenge cards."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "From Heroes, Misty's Poliwag"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Rocket's Trap"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Rocket's Scyther of course."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Erika's Dratini"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Rocket's Hitmochan"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "No Removal Gym (I hate energ removal)"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Energy Flow can be fun."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "alot of debate about Misty's Wrath"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Blaine's Moltres"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Erika's Victreebel"
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "lots of good cards"

Master_Trainer_Mike presents the speaker with question #197 from FeralShade:
         why does it take 9 months to release 5 promos and why are they all pikachus?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "There will certainly be other proomos as well, that is just the list for the Pikachus."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Keep in mind we are also releasing cards throughout the world in other languages and they are on a different schedules than we are and we have to try and keep it balanced."
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "Pikachu is the best known Pokemon in the world."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #198 from Chrisbo:
         Hey MTMike (and Pat), how about taking a "stage dive" into the room before you go?
Master_Trainer_Mike says, "WE have a magic tournament to go to:)"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Maybe another time Chrisbo, I did all the crowd surfing I want to do for awhile at Bumbershoot this year."
Master_Trainer_Pat grins evilly.

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with question #199 from Paokkk:
         From answer #194. Like the Vending machine mail-in holo cards.
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "No plans to at this time."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "OK everybody, we're wrapping it up for today(InvasionPreRelease starts in 5 minutes!!) I'll see you at the Spring Hill Mall this weekend."