Pokemon Chat Report - Thursday, November 29, 2001
by Team Compendium (with special thanks to Magmar2000)


master_trainer_mike says, "Ola mes amigos!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Commo est ta????"
master_trainer_pat says, "Yahooo!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Welcome to the Pokemon Chat, where its all at, and where all that!"
master_trainer_mike says, "did you get that???"
master_trainer_pat says, "Doh!"
master_trainer_mike says, "We are already a bit punchcrazy and tired getting ready for the WSTS!"
master_trainer_pat nods solemnly.
master_trainer_pat grins evilly.
master_trainer_mike says, "(at least that this weeks excuse for our silliness)"
master_trainer_mike says, "Lots of excitement coming up for you!"
master_trainer_mike says, "The WSTS this weekend!"
master_trainer_mike says, "The new League starting in January"
master_trainer_mike says, "Several new upcoming programs (more details to come soon!)"
master_trainer_mike says, "We love getting in your fan decks!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Once again it's too late to register for the main tournament but you can still come and play in some of the many side event tourneys we will have on site."
master_trainer_mike says, "So let us begin the beguine!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #14 from evilmewtwo1:I got the first ? for you I hope. I am wondering about the dice that you will be handing out to the players are they going to be opaque no see through. I am wondering this because it would be easy to play with loaded dice. Mean sure they can use the s
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, you can't see through them, they're pretty cool standard heads/tails dice."
master_trainer_mike says, "spiffy!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #18 from evilmewtwo1:What, if any bearing do the new Suicune rulings have on Protective Flame and Transparent Walls?
master_trainer_mike says, "None whatsoever."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #19 from evilmewtwo1:How do the new Benched Pokémon attack effect rules affect Erika's Dratini, Mr. Mime, and Unown D/M/N when the affected Pokemon are on the bench.
master_trainer_mike says, "Allow me to clarify this right away. We are ONLY talking about Suicune here. Do NOT apply any logic from the Suicune ruling to any other situations please."
master_trainer_mike says, "The rule is ONLY for how Suicune works."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #20 from evilmewtwo1:Since Suicune prevents effects against benched Pokémon (including damage), can Chancey's scrunch (and other similar attacks) prevent bench damage.
master_trainer_pat says, "Nope."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #24 from evilmewtwo1:If a Pokémon gets a heads on Agility, then the other pokemon uses Agility, is it still vulnerable even if it flips heads (in other words, can agility be prevented by another agaility as an effect of an attack)?
master_trainer_pat says, "Sure."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #25 from evilmewtwo1:Why does Giovanni's Nidoran (F)'s Double-Edge cause "20 damage to itself," instead of "20 damage to herself?" Granted, there's an explanation for all of this the also tells us why he's so gung-ho into cloning, but I'm not going there.
master_trainer_mike says, "Hmmm, you know I ferquently stay awake at night worrying over such weighty issues......."
master_trainer_mike says, "(remeber last time's word was SARCASM)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #26 from slowking_man:Ready for the WCSTS?
master_trainer_pat says, "Oh Yea."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #27 from sd_pokemom:Did you guys think you'd be homesick or something if you didn't send rain down to SD for the WCSTS? Some impression SD's gonna make on the tourists! ;)

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #28 from lance313:So, who authorized WotC to bring their Seattle weather to Dan Diego with you?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes, if you all didn;t know, Master Trainers can now change the weather!!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "MU HA HA"
master_trainer_pat says, "I took the rain with me to LA last weeked too!"
master_trainer_pat grins evilly.
master_trainer_pat says, "Remember our secret headquarters are located in the 'Space Needle' where we have a 'Laser" that we use to control the 'weather'"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #29 from crosstrainer:I already called and registered, is there a way I can double check? -- paranoid in central CA

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #30 from soslowpoke:when i called to register for the sts, they said they'd send me deck registration forms and waivers- i never got them. I assume there will be waivers on site on Friday?
master_trainer_mike says, "If you had called in and registered during the 2 months we gave you to do so, then you are fine."
master_trainer_mike says, "There will be waivers and deck lists available for you at the eevent."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #31 from crosstrainer:Blaine's Moltres vs. Holo Suicine: does Moltres still have to flip? Does Suicine's PP prevent Blaine's Moltres from being shuffled into the deck?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #32 from matthewssandslash:Is Unown B an error with 50 HP, or is it that way so it can "bear" more damage? (Pun intended)
master_trainer_mike says, "we are laughing on the inside"
master_trainer_mike says, "it is correct :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #33 from crosstrainer:Do Holo Suicune and NR Parasect's PPs affect Blaine's Magmar's Lava Burst in any way?
master_trainer_mike says, "NOPE!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #34 from slowking_man:So, Neo 4 still on track?
master_trainer_pat says, "I don't recall ever saying anything about NEO 4. We have had no updates about it at all."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #35 from matthewssandslash:If Porygon makes a pokemon with 10 HP left weak to Steel, and Scizor attacks it with False Swipe, does it KO te Steel-wek poke? ? In other words, does rounding happen BEFOREor AFTER weakness/resistance?
master_trainer_pat says, "Rounding is done as part of the damage firguring, before you factor in Weakness or Resistance"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #36 from slowking_man:So, it was you, eh? *looks out the window at the rain falling*
master_trainer_mike says, "looks sheepish"
master_trainer_pat says, "Singin' in the rain..."
master_trainer_pat says, "I'm singin in the ..."
master_trainer_pat says, "yea"
master_trainer_pat says, "whatever..."
master_trainer_mike says, "LOOK! HE'S SINGING!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #37 from matthewssandslash:re: 24, isn't Agility an effect on the pokemon USING it? How can Agility prevent Agility?
master_trainer_mike says, "The CURRENT Rule is that Agility prevents effects of attacks that are being done against the Pokemon with Agility. There is no targeting in that case."
master_trainer_mike says, "This is due to some rules confusion we are experiencing with the Pokemon Company. These rules are always under review and we continue to communicate with them to clarify them."
master_trainer_mike says, "So, please do not argue rules with us. What we are telling you is final for this weekend."
master_trainer_mike says, "Thank you for your cooperation :)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #38 from slowking_man:Okay, say you're playing a timed match in a tourney (such as the STS), and you have one prize more than your opponent. Is it legal to switch Pokémon, heal, etc. so you can stall til' time's up?
master_trainer_pat says, "No it is not legal to stall in a DCI tournament."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #39 from chrisbo:Aren't the waivers & decklist forms still available on the website to be printed out?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes they are, thank you Chrisbo."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #40 from pokemonwarrior:Can I use Mewtwo's energy absorbtion on Rainbow energy, and if i do, will it deal damage to Mewtwo?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, but it will not do damage to Mewtwo"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #41 from matthewssandslash:So with Suicine, does ANYTHING besides base damage happen? And if Pikachu uses Thunder Jolt and flips tails, does Pikachu take 10?
master_trainer_mike says, "To be clear, the current rule is that nothing besides base damage will happen while the Crystal Body Pokemon power is active."
master_trainer_mike says, "It would also prevent damage done by the Attacking Pokemon (agaisnt Suicune) that hits itself."
master_trainer_mike says, "We are aware that there is confusion over this card."
master_trainer_mike says, "Please be pateient in that we are working to clarify it but we CANNOT change the rules 1 day before the WSTS."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #42 from sd_pokemom:MTs, despite the all (unfounded, IMHO) complaints the last couple of day on WizPoG, please know that the vast majority of PokéPlayers are looking forward to the WCSTS, and really appreciate all the work you've put into it! I know I am really looking
master_trainer_mike says, "Great! It will be long but it will also be a heckuva lot of fun :)"
master_trainer_mike says, "Looking forward to seeing many of you there!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Thank you very much for saying so...it makes me feel all warm n' fuzzy n stuff."
master_trainer_pat smiles.

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #43 from pokemonwarrior:Also, what good are good stallers for fire/psychic decks?
master_trainer_mike says, "Baby Pokemon"
master_trainer_mike says, "maybe Erika's Dratini"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #44 from crosstrainer:RE: 31 Yes it has to flip, or yes it prevents B. M. from being shuffled in?
master_trainer_pat says, "B Moltres doesn't have to flip that effect is prevented."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #45 from evilmewtwo1:Any new info on league?
master_trainer_mike says, "Starts January 5th."
master_trainer_mike says, "Cool new stuff coming....might even here of some of it being sanctioned :)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #47 from matthewssandslash:If ditto is copying Wild Growth Meganium and has 2 Fire energies attached to it, can it attack?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, is could attack."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #48 from crosstrainer:If my active pokemon's attack says discard all lightning energies attached, and my Porygon2 has changed one of those lightning energies to something else, do I still have to discard it?
master_trainer_mike says, "That energy would now be treated as the new type, and would NOT have to be discarded in this case."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #49 from matthewssandslash:Does crosscounter activate Focus Band?
master_trainer_pat says, "No it doesn't"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #50 from chrisbo:Hey MTM, can you make an announcement (or at least give a URL) for those who have not heard about the latest rulings that were posted this week? Thanks.
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok, we posted the last rules that came out of the Pokemon Rules team on both the Pokegym message boards and on our web site 2 days ago."[EDITOR'S NOTE: Chrisbo says, you can find these new rules at http://www.wizards.com/pokemon/main.asp?x=rules/PKRules_11272001 for more information.]
master_trainer_mike says, "They were there just to clarify some outstanding questions before this main event."
master_trainer_mike says, "I would recommend checking them out."
master_trainer_mike says, "Keep in mind that they are ONLY current rules. As always, we are in communication with the Pokemon Company and are trying to calrify and understand what the rules are."
master_trainer_mike says, "This is their game and they get the final say in how the cards work."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #51 from magmar2000:If you guys control the weather, couldn't you at least gotten rid of the rain up here.. Or at least give me some of that snow from yesterday. ;-)
master_trainer_mike says, "Snow is just like rain, only colder."
master_trainer_pat says, "We're working on that...somehow despite all our efforts Seattle and outlying areas are immune to our 'Weather' 'Laser'"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #52 from slowking_man:You guys got a GameCube? =)
master_trainer_pat says, "Nope."
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope, PS2 is fine for me"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #54 from cj_mich:If a Pokemon is KO'd by an attack that places damage counters (ie Pain Split) and has a Focus Band attached, do you flip for Focus Band? (Is it KO'd by the attack or game state?)
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, you do flip for Focus Band"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #55 from matthewssandslash:If Dark Golduck has no damage and a Rocket's Hideout is in play, and Brock's Primape uses Mega Thrash, would Focus Band be activated?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, it would"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #56 from pikachuuu:how do you knock out Sabrina's Alakazam without using Gastly's Destiny Bond?
master_trainer_pat says, "We don't understand your question...please rewrite and submit again."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #57 from matthewssandslash:About the 3 non-holo Dogs, does a plupower/defender on the opponent apply? How about Goop Gas?
master_trainer_pat says, "Plus Powers and Defenders will still work because they are figured in prior to the Defending Pokemon's Power being checked."
master_trainer_pat says, "Goop Gas will not effect any of the non-holo dogs when they"
master_trainer_pat says, "they're active. sorry."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #58 from matthewssandslash:Is there no chat Christmas week?
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope. I will be in Vermont. Pat will be in Rio."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #59 from crosstrainer:Why would healing a pokemon be considered stalling in the STS if its a normal part of the game?
master_trainer_mike says, "Healing a Pokemon is not stalling. Shuffling between your active and benched for no real Reason taking up extra dwindling game time, is."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #60 from the_mystery_thing:see you this weekend :D if i have 2 wild growth meganium on my bench, is each grass energy [GG], [GGG], or [GGGG]?
master_trainer_pat says, "just 2 Grass [GG]."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #61 from crosstrainer:Holo Suicuine's PP seems crystal clear to me, powerful yet easy to expolit if you're ready for it. Its hard not to ask "Even if..." kind of questions.
master_trainer_mike says, "Understood, we will talk more baout these rules issues after the WSTS."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #62 from slowking_man:RE:52 PS2? Bah. GameCube's better.
master_trainer_mike says, "Sure...whatever.. I'll watch my DVD's and listen to my music and play Metal Gear Solid 2"
master_trainer_mike says, "and you can play Super Monkey Ball."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #63 from matthewssandslash:If you use Energy Burn on a Buzzaped Electrode that is providing 2 Water energies, does it provide 2 Fire, or does nothing happen?
master_trainer_pat says, "2 Fire"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #64 from the_mystery_thing:ill be playing in the main tourney on sunday... when do i check in?
master_trainer_mike says, "you can either check in Friday night 7-9 at the convention center or at the player hotel or each morning form 7:30 - 9 am."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #65 from pokemonwarrior:If you attach a Focus Band to a baby pokemon, do you have to flip two times in order to kill it?
master_trainer_pat says, "You have to flip once to try to attack it. If it's enough damage to KO it, your opponent gets to flip for Focus Band"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #66 from pokemonwarrior:Can you attach a poke tool to a benched pokemon?
master_trainer_mike says, "sure"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #67 from pokemonwarrior:Can a tool be used during a turn?
master_trainer_pat says, "Some can, like Balloon Berry."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #68 from pikachuuu:I get knocked out by Sabrina's Alakazam VERY easily. How do I defeat it without having about 5 of my pokémon getting knocked out?
master_trainer_mike says, "Well, it is weak to Psychic. You can shut its Pokemon Power off. You can Knock out its earlier evolutions as it comes out, etc."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #69 from pokemonwarrior:Can modify my deck after registation?
master_trainer_pat says, "No."
master_trainer_pat says, "Though you can register different decks for each day. (one per day)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #70 from pokemonwarrior:Will there be pokemon cards on sale at the WCSTS? If yes, will there be any single cards sold?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes and yes."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #71 from generalraikou:hey i jus checked the bye list as im david friedlander it has my byes listed as 2 though I got second at a qualifer and won a trip to the WCSTS...so shouldn't I get 3 byes? or is that list only based on your rating
master_trainer_mike says, "The bye list as written on the page is only based upon your DCI ratings. If you won at a QT, you automatically have 3 byes."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #73 from crosstrainer:What can Porygon2's PP do to a Buzzapped Electrode?
master_trainer_mike says, "Porygon 2 can only affect a basic energy card, a buzzap'd Electrode is not one of those."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #74 from sd_pokemom:Can a tool that is attached to a Pokémon be REPLACED by another tool, and the first one discarded? or is the tool permanently attached until it's used and/or the Pokémon is K/O'd?
master_trainer_pat says, "No, you can not just replace a Pokemon Tool that's already on one of your Pokemon."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #75 from pokemonwarrior:How does the Deck Rating Work?
master_trainer_mike says, "Deck rating? Do you mean DCI rating? That is a players rating based upon hopw much they have particpated in sanctioned Pokemon events and also how well they have done."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #76 from generalraikou:how will i tell the people i want to use any of my byes at all?
master_trainer_mike says, "It is assumed that you will use them all if you are there. There is absolutley NO reason to not do so."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #77 from pokemonwarrior:What can you win in the main tourneys?
master_trainer_mike says, "Product, a medal, a jacket (they are cool too)."
master_trainer_pat says, "Don't we have a whole case of nacho flavored Funyuns this year?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #78 from the_mystery_thing:how long should each booster draft at the sts take?
master_trainer_mike says, "Depends on how well you do. Usually takes 60 minutes to draft and build your deck. Each round runs 30 minutes. It is single elimination so if you lose the first round then you are done. If you go all the way victory it could take almost 4 hours."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #79 from crosstrainer:Will the STS main event and/or any of the side events impact our DCI ratings?
master_trainer_mike says, "Of course, they are all sanctioned events :)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #80 from chrisbo:As far as the merchandise booths, are they going to be run by WOTC or by an independent vendor(s)?
master_trainer_pat says, "Independent vendors"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #81 from chrisbo:Do you know if any of the Pokemon Center NYC exclusive stuff (like Pokemon Mini) will be available for sale?
master_trainer_mike says, "I don't think any of that will be there."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #83 from pokemonwarrior:How long is a round?
master_trainer_pat says, "30 minutes."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #82 from pokemonwarrior:How does the tourney work, will it call you in when it is your turn, and are you eliminated after one defeat?
master_trainer_mike says, "The pairings for each round get posted 5-10 minutes before a round starts. Most of the tournaments are swiss which means that you can play therough the whole event whether you win or lose, your choice."
master_trainer_mike says, "It is only the Booster Drafts that are single elimination."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #84 from pokemonwarrior:How many players are in the 15+ group?
master_trainer_pat says, "We know that more than 250 have registered, but which day they come to compete on is up to them."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #85 from the_mystery_thing:what are the prizes for the booster drafts? (any guess at what ill be doing all day saturday? 0:D)
master_trainer_mike says, "Well, the Booster drafts will bne using Gym Heroes and Gym Challneg. Of ocurse you get to keep your cards and the prizes will be Neo Revelation boosters."
master_trainer_mike says, "All details on side events are on our web site."
master_trainer_mike says, "Since these are sanctioned official events, make sure you are aware that there is a small charge for each events."
master_trainer_mike says, "Again details on the web site."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #86 from crosstrainer:What time do you think things will be wrapping up on Saturday night at the STS?
master_trainer_pat says, "We hope to finish everything up by 8pm"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #87 from sd_pokemom:What are some of the "other" things that will be at the WCSTS? The Pika or Lugia cars? Characters walking around for pictures? Will there be things for non-playing younger siblings to do there? Thanks for any info :)
master_trainer_mike says, "There will be the create-a-card area. There will be the photo area. There will be lots of fun trivia activities."
master_trainer_mike says, "Also Erika's Challenge."
master_trainer_mike says, "The cars won;'t be there. Not sure about costumed characters."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #88 from soslowpoke:any promo in Mewtwo Returns on video?
master_trainer_pat says, "We just don't know."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #89 from generalraikou:will there be any other way to get those 2 promos that were given out at the PC in NYC? (pokemon center, lucky stadium)

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #90 from ninetales2000:Will Pokemon Center/Lucky Stad. be released again later?
master_trainer_mike says, "They will be released later on in other ways. We do not like to make cards too exclusive."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #91 from matthewssandslash:I have a non-dark Pokémon with 1 DK energy and 10 HP, and my opponent has a Pokémon with a Char counter and 20HP left. We both have 1 prize left. In between turns, my opponent flips tails for Char. Do you go to sudden death because both Pokémon were KO'd at the same time, or what?
master_trainer_mike says, "As listed in the back of the rule book. Char is done BEFORE Darkness energy during the between turn steps."
master_trainer_mike says, "So the Charred Pokemon would be Knocked out first, and the other player would win."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #92 from lizardotc:If Rocket's Hitmonchan uses Crosscounter on my turn, goes to the bench on my opponent's turn and is brought back out again and attacked, will Crosscounter's effect still trigger?
master_trainer_pat says, "No, it's removed by benching since that effect 'sits' on R. Hitmochan"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #93 from chrisbo:RE Q84: So if there are 250 registered in the 15+ category, that accounts for almost half of the total number of registrated participants, right? Hmmm, interesting... Does TPC realize this yet?
master_trainer_mike says, "Every knows."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #94 from generalraikou:will there be any tournaments for fun organized by the MT's or anything after the tournies on saturday and sunday and will you be playing in the morning before the actual main toruney begins? (since ill be at hotel there...ill get there early and actually might be able to play and 0wn you =/)
master_trainer_pat says, "We're not doing anything official(we need to sleep too) though there will be lots of pick-up playing going on."
master_trainer_pat says, "One of the main hotels for the players is going to have a full on tent open for after-hours playing and such."
master_trainer_pat says, "They're going to have video games and all sorts of cool things."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #95 from soslowpoke:hmm any goodies to be on display like SI was at the last STS?
master_trainer_mike says, "Dunno"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #96 from pokemonwarrior:What's Swiss?
master_trainer_mike says, "it is a tournament style. You either have single elimination (where you are out of the tournament after you lose) or swiss (where you get to play in the tournament the whole time and the results are based upon your final score)."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #97 from soslowpoke:Tell me dearest.... what do you know about this promo charizard?
master_trainer_mike says, "Dearest? us???"
master_trainer_mike says, "we know nothing!"
master_trainer_pat says, "I see nutting'"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #98 from crosstrainer:I do Erika's challenge every night (my wife is Erika). :o) Will the non-booster draft events require deck lists too?
master_trainer_mike says, "I'm gonna tell your wife you said that! :)"
master_trainer_mike says, "You do not need deck lists for the side events."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #100 from matthewssandslash:Can Pokémon Center (The promo) be used at the STS? In Modified?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, it can."
master_trainer_mike says, "You can also use your base set Pokemon center cards as well."
master_trainer_mike says, "The rule is if a card is allowed in a format, you can use earlier versions of that card."
master_trainer_mike says, "So now you can use base set Pokemoln Centers in Modifided because it is an earlier version of the promo card."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #99 from chrisbo:Aww, no Pikachu or Lugia cars... We'll just have to cover DMTM's rental van with those PokeTour promo magnets then (heh-heh).
master_trainer_mike says, "I'm sure he'll love thta. Now we know who to blame when we do it Pat!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #101 from the_mystery_thing:will there be any free play areas? if so, when and where?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, at Erica's Challenge you can battle a Pokemon Master."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #102 from generalraikou:does char counter go away when a pokemon evolves? (i think it does..making sure =/)
master_trainer_pat says, "YEs."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #103 from generalraikou:I love MTM! :DDDDDDDD
master_trainer_mike says, "errrrrr"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #104 from crosstrainer:Would you say a Fortress, Dark Dugtrio, Rocket's Training Gym be a pretty effective combo with poisoning pokemon?
master_trainer_mike says, "You can certainly try it if you'd like. Lots of cards needed to work that combo though."
master_trainer_pat says, "It sounds ok. It's tough to comment on a combo without seeing the deck it's in."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #105 from matthewssandslash:If your opponent has a Forretress out and Chaos Gym is in play and you use a Gust and flip tails, and your opponent uses it, do you take Spikey damage?
master_trainer_pat says, "No, Forretress doesn't trigger because it's not your opponent's turn"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #106 from lizardotc:I'm not sure how the condition set up by Misdreavus' Perish Song (if/then) is different than the condition set up by Rocket's Hitmonchan's Crosscounter...could you explain?
master_trainer_mike says, "Once again, you shouldnt try to apply overall game logic. This game is based upon individual card rulings often enough."
master_trainer_mike says, "Those are the rules TPC has told us to use."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #107 from slowking_man:What if you're not staying at a hotel? That's not fair!!! I'm staying at my grandma's house...;)
master_trainer_mike says, "offer cookies and they will come!"
master_trainer_pat says, "No one will be excluded...invite your grandma"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #108 from crosstrainer:Which main hotel will have the after hours stuff going on since I'm spending the night in SD anyways?
master_trainer_mike says, "It's at the Regency, where the QT winners are staying."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #109 from ninetales2000:Will the same 2 promos be rereleased? No changes? (i.e. pic)
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, eventually."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #110 from pokemonwarrior:RE: All my Q's: Thanks for the Help
master_trainer_mike says, "welcome :)"
master_trainer_pat says, "mind you P's then."
master_trainer_pat smirks.

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #111 from soslowpoke:I'm gonna be at the sts... i'll have my slowpoke...
master_trainer_mike says, "okay day :)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #112 from soslowpoke:Well if you allow versions of promos from early sets (like psyduck) be used in Modified, what's the point of bringing out a Promo Rainbow Energy?
master_trainer_pat says, "If we didn't release a promo Rainbow E. when we rotate Rocket out of Modified you wouldn't be able to use that in your deck."
master_trainer_pat says, "and we like Rainbow Energy don't we?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #113 from crosstrainer:Stop the presses! I can use Fossil Psyduck because there's a promo of it also?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes you can."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #114 from soslowpoke:am i allowed to give out bookmarks at the STS?
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok gang, we have received numerous requests from various people that want to give out things at the WSTS."
master_trainer_mike says, "Let's cover that for a second."
master_trainer_mike says, "This is a non-denomination, non-political, non-social agenda event."
master_trainer_mike says, "We will not allow materials to be given out within the event itself that promote anything."
master_trainer_mike says, "That is not what this event is about."
master_trainer_mike says, "Thank you for respecting this and everyone else's rights :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #116 from the_mystery_thing:If rainbow is being promo-erized, any plans for doing the same to steel?
master_trainer_mike says, "dunno"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #115 from lizardotc:If I play a Koga card and attack my opponent's Holo Suicune with a Koga's Pokémon, is the Suicune then poisoned, and why or why not?
master_trainer_mike says, "It would not be poisoned. The Koga's card is adding an effect to the attack (even with the qunatifier of doing damage). Effects of attacks against an Active Suicune do not take place."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #117 from generalraikou:promo rainbow energy? where do you get this =/
master_trainer_pat says, "It's not out yet, it will be one of the first promos for the leagues next year."
master_trainer_mike says, "Once again, keep in mind that pe\ople are coming to the WSTS to play and trade Pokemon. It is not a place to give out materials about anything else."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #121 from ninetales2000:Will the promos be rereleased through something most canget?
master_trainer_mike says, "Don't know the specifics, but they will be much more readily available."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #123 from lizardotc:Do you expect to rotate Rocket oot of Modified before or after Neo 4 is released?
master_trainer_mike says, "Nothing to say..."
master_trainer_pat says, "We still have not said anything about Neo 4"
master_trainer_mike says, "So, what type of decks do you plan on playing? Gatr? Blaine's? Steelix? Giovanni Grass?"
master_trainer_mike says, "I have a couple of new ones I made for fun. You'll have to let me know what you think."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #124 from generalraikou:depends....theres gonna be a bit of everything...specially gatr and crobat =/...but my deck? im keeping that secret =/
master_trainer_mike says, "You are the one playing the Lt. Surge's Secret Plan deck right?"
master_trainer_mike says, ";)"
master_trainer_mike says, "any other questions??"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #125 from generalraikou:yep thats me...i also got that cool steel miltank tech too =/
master_trainer_mike says, "good luck with that :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #126 from crosstrainer:
master_trainer_mike, did you see my fun deck I e-mailed you...Misty and Co. What did you think?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes I have seen it, thank you for sharing. I will try and email you back tonight before I leave."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #128 from sd_pokemom:approximately how late will the swiss rounds go each day? and how long will the lunch break be?
master_trainer_mike says, "We hope to have the swiss hit the top 8 by 4-5pm. The lunch breaks are 45 minutes long."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #130 from matthewssandslash:Do you treat DK Golbat's power as if it was attacking the defending pokemon
master_trainer_mike says, "No, it is a Pokemon Power, not an attack."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #131 from sd_pokemom:will there be seating for spectators around the main tourney area...especially around <10? (questions from League parents)
master_trainer_mike says, "Haven't seen te specific set up. There will be pipe and drape separating the players form the spectators by 5 feet or so."
master_trainer_mike says, "There will be plenty of seating at the convention center though."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #132 from soslowpoke:will all age groups have their lunch breaks at the same time?
master_trainer_mike says, "No, the 10 and under and the 15 and up will have theirs at the same time. Then the 11-12 and the 13-14 will have theirs at the same time."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #133 from crosstrainer:I'm working on a Vileplume/Ninetales deck...going to call it "Veggie-tales". LOL
master_trainer_mike says, "ok"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #134 from sd_pokemom:Seahawks vs. Chargers this weekend...any bets? ;)
master_trainer_pat says, "No bets on that one."
master_trainer_mike says, "I have abosultely no idea, they are both playing so inconsistently....."
master_trainer_mike says, "But I am psyched with how well Tom Brady is doing with the Pats!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #135 from generalraikou:why did you split 11-14 into 2 age divisions? jus curious
master_trainer_pat says, "Just because that was our biggest division last time and it was at a size that was beginning to be unmanageable"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #136 from soslowpoke:do you know how much of a time difference there'll between the age group lunch breaks?
master_trainer_mike says, "The yongest and oldest groups go first, once they are done, then the middle age groups take theirs."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #137 from matthewssandslash:If Brock's Ninetails has a ton of evolution cards Shapeshifted onto it, and you use Recall, can you use an attack from the 40 HP Vulpix?
master_trainer_mike says, "No you can't. Brock's Ninetales will never count or be able to count as any previously attached evolution cards (for its shapeshift power) that are still in play"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #138 from soslowpoke:on saturday, what time should we be there at to play?
master_trainer_mike says, "You must check in between 7:30 and 9 am. The head judge speaks at 9 am, you MUST be there by then or you will be dropped from the tournament."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #139 from sd_pokemom:re: the topic about "fake/fan-cards" at the WCSTS with TPC being there...what about "fan" garments being worn by attendees? good idea, bad idea?
master_trainer_mike says, "As long as they are not offensive, there has never been any problems with that. Don't worry about it."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #140 from generalraikou:MTs...gamecube or xbox? ;x
master_trainer_mike says, "Well, since the X-box can ALSO play my dvds or music cd's.........."
master_trainer_mike says, "I hate proprietary hardware......."
master_trainer_pat says, "I'll hold out until there's actually a better selection of games to make my decision"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #142 from lizardotc:Any bets on the main evo line in the top decks at the STS?
master_trainer_mike says, "nah, we want to see what you guys think works"
master_trainer_mike says, "I'm betting on a real strong Misty's Cloyster deck though :)"
master_trainer_pat says, "Just a guess....B Arcanine or Typhlosion...maybe Slobro/Sloking."
master_trainer_pat says, "Who knows/"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #144 from the_mystery_thing:any news on the weather in SD? i mean, today we had a high of -11 (Celcius) and there's up to 2 feet of snow at some places... please say its warmer down there @_@
master_trainer_pat says, "We've heard it's alittle rainy...I was in LA last week and it was pretty pleasant until Saturday."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #147 from crosstrainer:This news about pre-Rocket Promo equivalents being allowed in the main event is news to me. I've never even heard of a Pokemon Center promo! Besides that and F. Psyduck, what other cards are there?
master_trainer_mike says, "The only other one so far is the LV 12 Sabrina's Abra. But that card is still allowed so its not an issue yet."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #148 from nopoke59:All damage and effects are directed at the defending pokemon. Is the bench damage part of an attack routed onward to the bench or is it figured out on the defending pokemon and the placed on the bench as required once the attack ends?
master_trainer_mike says, "Once again I will say that there is NOT an over rule for this sort of thing. The ruling for Suicune is only for Suicune. Please don;t try to apply it elsewhere."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #146 from lizardotc:If I play Goop Gas attack and Mean Look my opponen't Holo Suicune, how long will the Mean Look effect last?
master_trainer_pat says, "Suicune's power coming back on will not remove Mean Look."
master_trainer_mike says, "Just like Snorlax doesn't remove poison if it is poisoned when its power is shut off."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #150 from metzler555:will mtm and pat and all you guys be at the sd convention center friday night?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, for short Judge's meeting, there will not be any game playing there that night."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #151 from mad_maxx:Do we need a different deck list on both days or will you give use the originels back?
master_trainer_mike says, "You will need to fill out a deck list for each day."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #152 from matthewssandslash:Re: 137 I mean, using an attack like Quick Attack or Flame from the Vulpix, not an evolution.master_trainer_mike says, "You cannot use Recall on the attached evolution card and have it allow you to use any attack from the Brock's Ninetails."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #158 from crosstrainer:FWIW: www.weatherbug.com let's you see the weather and cams around the country. Latest forecast for this weekend is clear up to Sunday night. 60s....
master_trainer_pat says, "thansk"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #153 from lizardotc:If I Shapeshift a Brock's Ninetals to Sabrina's Gengar and use Dark Wave, what happens to the Sabrina's Gengar card?
master_trainer_pat says, "It gets discarded along with any other attached cards."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #154 from calathon:re #137: actually, Brock's Vulpix's attacks are the only ones that CAN be accessed by recall...

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #155 from chrisbo:RE: Q137, I think the Recall question was asking if they could use an attack from the Brock's Vulpix that the Brock's Ninetales originated from. Can you use Recall if that's the case?
master_trainer_mike says, "If you use Recall when it is Brock's Ninetails sure. If it is shapeshifted into some other Pokemon (treated as that Pokeon) then Recall doesn't work."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #156 from mad_maxx:Any idea when the main tourny ends?
master_trainer_mike says, "Depends on how many people play and how many people drop. We plan on them all ending by 8pm at the latest (hopefully)."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #159 from matthewssandslash:Is there an answer yet to Ditto using Giant Growth vs. Koga's Ditto, then Koga's Ditto leaving play and then becoming active again? You know, about the 40 HP or 80 HP thing?
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope sorry."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #160 from matthewssandslash:If Snorlax is poisoned during Goop Gas Attack by a base Weedle, and then Nidoking comes in and uses Toxic (after Goop's effect ends), does Snorlax stay single poisoned, become double poisoned, or is poison removed?
master_trainer_mike says, "Stays single poisoned."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #161 from lizardotc:If I use Promo Mew's Devolution Beam on an opposing Typhosion with 90 damage and a Focus Band on it, does Focus Band trigger?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, if the attack causes the Pokemon to be KO'd during that player's turn(read: not poison)then"
master_trainer_pat says, "the Focus Band will trigger"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #162 from mad_maxx:Do we get dice for our randermiser? If so , will you sign them for us?
master_trainer_mike says, "Everyone will be given a die to use in the main tournaments. You must either use that die OR you can use an electroflip ONLY. No other dice or coins or other methods allowed in the main tournaments."
master_trainer_mike says, "If we sign them, it becoems marker. Wait unril after the event and we can do so."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #163 from crosstrainer:Sorry, I got disconnected. If I show up for the main event with Base Set Pokemon Center in my deck, that will be allowed? The Wizards web site doesn't say anything about this....
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, it will be allowed."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #165 from the_mystery_thing:electroflips will be there for sale, right? how much?
master_trainer_pat says, "I think one of the vendors will have them, yes. I don't know how much they are though"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #164 from generalraikou:where are the MTs gonna eat dinner? could i get dinna wit ya guys? ;x
master_trainer_mike says, "No idea guys."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #166 from matthewssandslash:If you have a Psychic evolved pokemon on your bench and an Aerodactyl (Neo 3) in play, can Sabrina's Kazam use that Psychic pokemon's earlier stages? Does it matter if the earlier stages were Psychic or not?
master_trainer_pat says, "No, it cannot."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #167 from generalraikou:with the pokemon center....can you have 4 base set in your deck and would ya need one of those promo ones outside your deck? =/
master_trainer_pat says, "You can have 4 in your deck, you don't need to have one outside your deck."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #168 from mad_maxx:Will there be any sculpture thingies we can contrubitue to?
master_trainer_mike says, "sorry, we have been too busy to do so this time, the Space Weedle has retired."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #169 from calathon:re Mew's devo beam and focus band: is that a rule clarification from Japan? Because it is different than previous rulings. What about putting a Ditto with 7 Damage Counters to sleep, would that trigger a Band?
master_trainer_mike says, "It is a current rules clarification. So yes, the sleep atttack against Ditto in that case would trigger the focus band."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #170 from lizardotc:If I have a Focus Band on a Holo Celebi that would be knocked out by an attack, I may choose whether to flip for the Pokémon Power or the Focus Band first, correct?
master_trainer_pat says, "You choose...right."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #172 from slowking_man:Well, chat's almost over, so I may as well say this now. Looking forward to the STS, hope it goes well, and I'll see you guys there! ^_^

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #171 from jaykun:how long will the tourny be?
master_trainer_mike says, "Depends on how many people play. As a gues it will run 9:30 am until 7 or 8 pm."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #173 from crosstrainer:You guys have a nice safe trip and I'll see you down there for both days!

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #174 from sd_pokemom:will anyone be posting updates to WizPoG on the WCSTS?
master_trainer_mike says, "Actually we will have live updates setup for you on our web site. Check out the web site at http://www.wizards.com/pokemon/event.asp?event=sd01"
master_trainer_mike says, "We have 3 fine rep[orters (Purity and Ech are 2 of them) and a onsite coordinator as well as Monty here at the office putting up live updates."
master_trainer_mike says, "If you can't make it there, you can watch and see what is happening on our website!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #178 from generalraikou:also with the giving out stuff at the WCSTS...would it be alright after my games to hand them a fake card just for playing me?9of course i'd do it outside the tourney playing area ;x;x;x;x)
master_trainer_mike says, "Sorry but handing out materials can't be a prt of the event. Especially as part of a game."
master_trainer_mike says, "TPC will be there, I do not recommend giving away stuyff that is against their copyright."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #177 from sd_pokemom:Travel safely, MTs, and look forward to meeting you all this weekend!
master_trainer_mike says, "Thank you, safe travel to you all as well!"
master_trainer_mike says, "I will be the tournament manager and Pat is one of the Side Event judges."
master_trainer_mike says, "DMTM will be judging in the main tournament area as will DAP Steve."
master_trainer_pat says, "That goes for everyone else to. Have a safe flight...make sure you get to the airport in enough time now."
master_trainer_mike says, "Hope to see you there, if not watch our web site for updates."
master_trainer_pat says, "See you all at the event!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Bye!"
master_trainer_pat says, "C-ya"