Pokemon Chat Report - Thursday, January 17, 2002
by Team Compendium (special thanks to Lance313 & Magmar2000)


master_trainer_mike says, "Hi gang! Thank you all for coming! Doesn't seem to be many people here, are there troubles logging on?"
master_trainer_mike says, "We actually have some rather importnat info to shar with you this week."
master_trainer_pat says, "It's that time again everyone...The Pokemon Chat is back."
master_trainer_mike says, "You few, you precious few, may end up being the only ones who know! :)"
master_trainer_pat says, "Mike, is going to leak all sorts of important details any second now."
master_trainer_mike says, "Not many questions either, are you experiencing any tecnical difficulties?"
master_trainer_pat says, "Are you standing on plastic sheeting?"
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok then. You few will be the firts to hear the latest dirt. Here we go!"
master_trainer_pat says, "mmm....dirt"
master_trainer_pat says, "go"
master_trainer_pat says, "go ahead"
master_trainer_mike says, "First, we wanted to tell you about the format of the upcoming 2002 Pokemon Challenge Series. It will be the Modified format as you now know it. This means you will be able to use cards from Team Rocket through any sets currently released. It is too early to rotate out any of the earlier sets (it hasn't even been 2 years since Rocket came out). Modified will change after the 2002 Pokemon Challenge series though, so look for that later this year."
master_trainer_pat says, "ok"
master_trainer_pat says, "ow"
master_trainer_pat says, "that's alot"
master_trainer_mike says, "However, there are many opportunities coming up for you to explore this format. The Pokemon Challenge series will be starting in March of this year. The Neo 4 Destiny set will be out and legal by this time. There are many cards in that set that will fit into and may change the current Pokemon tournament environment. Also, any other sets released during the Challenge series will be legal the day they hit the street. Keep an eye out for new sets that will give you even more choices to play in the Challenge Series."
master_trainer_mike says, "There is also a new Pokemon rule change that will even FURTHER give the current environment some diversity. In working on keeping the Pokemon rules as close as possible to the Japanese rules of the game, there is a new term that will be introduced in a later set this year. This is "Special Conditions". Asleep, Confusion, Paralysis, POISON, and later on Burned are all defined as Special Conditions. All of these effects are removed form Active Pokemon if they Evolve, Devolve, Leave Play, or are Benched. They ALSO shut of ALL Pokemon Powers on the Pokemon effected by a Special Condition."
master_trainer_mike says, "This means that Poison (and later on Burned) shut off Pokemon Powers on the Pokemon affected by them. This is a clarification of the rules for Pokemon and WILL take place in all of the upcoming Challenge series events and tournaments. This means that if you Poison a Feraligatr, it's Downpour Pokemon Power is shut off! Think of what that can mean in the current environment."
master_trainer_pat says, "whoa.."
master_trainer_mike says, "Lastly I would like to talk about the concern that many people have expressed about the "apparent" dominance of the Feraligatr deck in the current Modified environment. With the inclusion of Neo Revelation and soon inclusion of Neo 4 Destiny as well as upcoming sets, you should spend a little time playing with this format. There is a lot more opportunity for exploration and game strategy than is currently being encompassed. The dreaded Feraligatr was included in less than 25% of the decks played at the WSTS (down from 50%) at the ESTS. With the new card sets and the new Poison rule, I highly recommend you start thinking outside of the box, or you will find yourself falling behind the curve."
master_trainer_mike says, "As far as the Challenge Series and the Professor Program and events, details will be posted on our web site on Monday 1/21/02. Check them out then!"
master_trainer_mike says, "(whew)"
master_trainer_pat says, "wacky"
master_trainer_mike says, "Havn't had to type that fast in a while!"
master_trainer_pat shakes her/his head.
master_trainer_mike says, "Did you get all that?"
master_trainer_pat says, "Naw, could you repeat that part about poison shutting off Pokemon powers now"
master_trainer_mike says, "There is also a new Pokemon rule change that will even FURTHER give the current environment some diversity. In working on keeping the Pokemon rules as close as possible to the Japanese rules of the game, there is a new term that will be introduced in a later set this year. This is "Special Conditions". Asleep, Confusion, Paralysis, POISON, and later on Burned are all defined as Special Conditions. All of these effects are removed from Active Pokemon if they Evolve, Devolve, Leave Play, or are Benched. They ALSO shut of ALL Pokemon Powers on the Pokemon effected by a Special Condition."
master_trainer_pat says, "thanks"
master_trainer_mike says, "This means that Poison (and later on Burned) shut off Pokemon Powers on the Pokemon affected by them. This is a clarification of the rules for Pokemon and WILL take place in all of the upcoming Challenge series events and tournaments. This means that if you Poison a Feraligatr, it's Downpour Pokemon Power is shut off! Think of what that can mean in the current environment."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1242 from darkpoinko:holy cow, that's some fast typing!! that was hard to get! does this mean poison an dburned pokemon have their powers de-activated?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes it does!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Yowza"
master_trainer_pat says, "That changes things a little"
master_trainer_mike says, "These rules will take effect at all Challenge series events."
master_trainer_mike says, "Yeah my Crobat deck rules!!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Ain't afraid of no Gator no more no more!!"
master_trainer_pat says, "no mo, no mo, no mo..."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1239 from marril2000:mike, any word on what the league year 3 season 2 promotion will be?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes, COOL!"
master_trainer_mike says, "That's the word."
master_trainer_mike says, "If you had asked me for 2 words I would have said MINTY FRESH!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Word!"
master_trainer_pat says, "or Words!"
master_trainer_mike says, "details to come soon! Trust me, you will want to be a part of it!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1240 from gym_leader_blaine:will we be able to take the professor test on Monday
master_trainer_mike says, "Details of the program will be posted then, the test is still being finalized and encoded, it will be up sometime this month"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1241 from marril2000:mike, if someone obtains or saves a slot in his deck for the rainbow holo energy end of season tournament, will he be able to use it in his deck, or are the players not aloud to use the new card?
master_trainer_pat says, "Since everyone who participates in the event will be getting one they may substitute it for a Rainbow Energy that is in their deck already"
master_trainer_pat says, "It's pretty similar to the Rainbow E. from Team Rocket"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1243 from lance313:I've heard reports of GLs who allow "less than 6 prize" games at League,

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1247 from lance313:From Sd_pokemom: I've heard reports of GLs who allow "less than 6 prize" games at League,resulting in trainers with huge amounts of wins per session and placing players who only play according to "6 prize rule" at a disadvantage. There is NO specific requirement for 6 prize games in the GL materials. Comments?
master_trainer_mike says, "This is not allowed. You are to play anormal game of Pokemon in the League. Sure it doens't say you HAVE to follow the game rules but it is assumed you would. It is rather ridiculous to use that sort of logic to try and break the system."
master_trainer_mike says, "If there is a league near you that is doing this, please reprt it to custserv@wizards.com. We will look inot it. Any league that can't run itself properly will not be allowed to run the league."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1244 from gym_leader_blaine:will that mean that you finally can poison snorlax
master_trainer_pat says, "Not unless you turn off his power first."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1245 from squirtle_master2:Does that mean that Erika's Vileplume's power will be shut off? Or is this a case of cards overriding rules?
master_trainer_mike says, "Now keep in mind that there are ALWAYS exceptions to the rules. If a card's Pokemon power says it stops when Paralyzed, Asleep, or Confused, it also means it stops if Poisoned or Burned as well."
master_trainer_mike says, "If a card does NOT shut off for those earlier efects then it is NOT shut off from Poison or Burned either."
master_trainer_pat says, "Erika's Vileplume Pollen Defense will continue to work if you poison it."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1246 from dunjohn_:I've seen the Neo Destiny deck boxes, they look shnazzy. Anything else you can reveal about the set before we get our sweaty hands on it?
master_trainer_mike says, "Cool! What do they look lke?"
master_trainer_pat says, "Boy what do they look like?"
master_trainer_pat says, "We haven't seen them yet"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1248 from marril2000:any word or info about a 2002 chat theme song?
master_trainer_pat says, "Big bass! Big bass!"
master_trainer_mike says, "I have one that I am working on for you, but I need to get the Professor and Challenge programs going first."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1249 from lance313:Also from sd_pokemom: I hear stories of "good" players at League who can't get games, since kids would rather wait in line to play the kids who are considered "easy-pickings" so they can up their number of win stamps. Care to comment?
master_trainer_mike says, "Once again, it is up to the Gym Leader to keep the league running and balanced. League players should play anyone in the league. If they spend all their time playing agaisnt the weaker players, those weaker players will get better while they will not."
master_trainer_mike says, "Also their skills won't be challenged and they won't improve and they will be in for a rude awakening in the actual tournament."
master_trainer_mike says, "Gym Leaders whoiuld not allow this to happen."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1250 from marril2000:any plans to update the space weedle project, and possibly the next pokemon card structure?
master_trainer_pat says, "None here, I'm kinda tired of toting those things around only to have them lost by the airlines..."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1252 from onederlnd:I didnt quite catch it, when is the Poison/Burned changes going to be made official?
master_trainer_pat says, "They are official 1.17.2002, though burn won't show up for awhile"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1251 from daytongl:Any news that can be leaked about the Professor Program, Challenge Series, or Player Rewards Program?
master_trainer_mike says, "More details to come on the web site soon. We announced the format and rules changes already though."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1253 from lance313:One last from SD_Pokemom: Should tournament seeding be determined solely on number of wins, or win/loss record? Example: who should be seeded higher, a player with 50 wins and 50 losses (playing non 6 prize games and/or only weaker players), or a player who went 48-2, playing 6 prize games?
master_trainer_mike says, "Once again, a Gym Leader should NOT allow any players to only play weaker players or play less than 6 prize card games. This is against the rules of the game and the social intent of the game. This is also the sort of behavior that keeps Japan holding a very tight reign on the game as cheating is pretty awful in their minds."
master_trainer_mike says, "If I ever hear of this sort of behavior in a league and it is not corrected, I will pull that league, plain and simple."
master_trainer_mike says, "The seedings for the final tournament are based upon winning actual games played by the rules and playing anyone who challenges you, period."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1254 from pigdeon_of_death:Re: 1245 wHAT? Does this mean that Poison stops powers that Sleep, etc. stop?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes. Biggie huh?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1255 from squirtle_master2:Has TRU made their decision on the league yet?
master_trainer_mike says, "We are still in discussion with them. When we know more, you will know more."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1256 from pigdeon_of_death:If goop Gas Attack is played, and then a Mankey is played, can Mankey peek?
master_trainer_pat says, "Nope. Goop Gas Attack says that all power stop working until the end of your opponent's next turn"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1257 from chrisbo:Sorry, but I missed the opening announcements ("razza-frazza software, grrr!"). Does "Char" and "Burn" count as the same thing or are they considered to be different?
master_trainer_mike says, "While Burned acts similar to Char they are NOT the same effect."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1258 from marril2000:will there be the pocket id's in each kit or will i have to purchase more season one kits from wizards in order to get more?
master_trainer_mike says, "We will have the pocket/chains available as seperate items if you have lots of league members joining later on. Talk with your sales rep to get your supplies."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1259 from steelixownzu:What was announced at the beginning?
master_trainer_mike says, "Hmmm, you'd actually have to be here at 3pm to hear :)"
master_trainer_pat says, "We'll post them again at the halfway point...4pm"
master_trainer_mike says, "I would like to warn you all though, that those of you who plan on taking the Professor Exam had better actually really know your stuff."
master_trainer_mike says, "It will NOT be easy."
master_trainer_mike says, "The point of this test is not to make you feel bad or good for that matter. It is to help you realize what the skillsets a good Professor and Judge needs to actually have."
master_trainer_mike says, "If you fail the test, you will be able to study more and take it again later."
master_trainer_mike says, "But you had better really know the rules, the card interactions (look at the Team Compendium site for help), the Universal Floor rules, and so on."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1260 from gym_leader_blaine:what can you tell us Mike so we have a better idea about the professor program

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1261 from marril2000:could we possibly hear a sample question, or one of the rejected questions from the proffessor exam?
master_trainer_pat says, "Sorry, no freebies..."
master_trainer_mike says, "I will also say that as the Professor Program Administrator, if I learn of ANYONE posting the test to the public, or any other cheating, you will be pulled and BANNED form this program."
master_trainer_mike says, "It is here for you to help you learn the game at a higher level as well as improve your judging and TO skills. It helps NO one if you don't learn anything, but only copy someone else's answers."
master_trainer_pat says, "whoa...that's rough."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1263 from somexguy:You said if you fail a test you can take it again later. How much later?
master_trainer_mike says, "Specifics like that are still being worked out."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1264 from squirtle_master2:Will the Professor test change periodically, be random, or always be the same?
master_trainer_mike says, "Again, I don't want to give you too much specifics. You should just be ready for a trough test."
master_trainer_mike says, "Realizing though that there are people who will cheat or try and post the test, it will not be the same test everytime."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1265 from toysruskid:Any clue when, the professor exam will be released?
master_trainer_mike says, "Sometime this month. We are hard at work getting the technology up for you."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1266 from chrisbo:Say my Misty's Horsea Lv. 16 (Gym:C) attacks with "Ink Spurt", and then the following turn I retreat it for Octillery and do "Octazooka". Does the opponent have to flip twice if they try to attack, or only once? I could see it interpreted two ways..
master_trainer_pat says, "They would have to flip twice because those are two separate effects"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1267 from pokesensei:Will these new effects and rules be in the updated Rulebook with the next Neo set?
master_trainer_mike says, "No they won't make it into the Neo 4 rule book but in the later rule book in the next set after that. Since these rules would take place during the Challenge Series, we wanted them to start at the beginning of the year, giving you more time to learn and get used to them."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1268 from gym_leader_blaine:about how many question will be on it?
master_trainer_pat says, "You will find out shortly..."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1269 from daytongl:Is Monday (1/21) still slated as the update day for the website regarding the new programs/series?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes, all the deatils we have at that time will be posted."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1270 from marril2000:will the questions on the prof exam be multiple choice, t/f, other, or open responce?
master_trainer_pat says, "Once again, we'll let you wait and find out."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1271 from pigdeon_of_death:Someone at my league runs a 6 DK energy deck. He said that he had called WotC and defiantly asserted that in non-tourney play, as long as the opponent knew what they were facing, he could use that illegal deck. Is this correct?
master_trainer_mike says, "Wrong, he is not playing by the rules of the game. The League has you play by the rules of the game."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1272 from lizardotc:Can you give us an idea of the relative weighting of the rulebook, the floor rules and card interactions (Compendium) on the test?
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1273 from toysruskid:Will the new Modified Rules be posted on the main page after the chat is over?
master_trainer_mike says, "No, but they will be posted on Monday in the Challenge information."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1274 from marril2000:i just want to check in with wizards but, if a league has to be closed for that one week (week 2) because of a snow storm, should the week it opens the following week, should it be week 2 or week 3?
master_trainer_pat says, "That's up to the Gym Leader."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1275 from lance313:Thanks for answering 'Mom's questions. She couldn't be here to ask them and requested I ask for her. Now for MY questions...What is the phrase of the week?

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1276 from the_maple_bar:Did I miss any important or new rulings? I hear that poison stops Pokemon Powers now! O_o
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, that is correct!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1277 from somexguy:When will we get dates/locations of the Challenge events?
master_trainer_mike says, "Challebge series starts in March. Check the website on Monday for more details."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1278 from lizardotc:Will the new cancellation of Powers ruling also include Char; I'm not sure you mentioned it...
master_trainer_pat says, "We didn't mention it. It doesn't shut off powers"
master_trainer_mike says, "Tender corn niblets are a fitting final addition to any homestyle meal."
master_trainer_mike says, "That is the phrase of the week!"
master_trainer_pat says, "niblets."
master_trainer_pat says, "nibBlets."
master_trainer_pat says, "mmmm"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1279 from skywolf9653:When will TO's start getting notification for running Challenge events? Sorry, I got in late.
master_trainer_mike says, "They have already been contacted by our events staff. It is all being finalized now."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1280 from the_maple_bar:What is the reasoning behind this? How does Poison even affect it?
master_trainer_pat says, "TPC has told us that that is how it supposed to work."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1281 from gym_leader_blaine:how do we get it so we can run a challenge series tournament in are area?
master_trainer_mike says, "Well, you have to already have been an experieneced TO and already in contact with us. They are premiere events and we try to make sure that a quality TO runs them."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1282 from bigdaddysnorlax:Will the Stadium Challenges be scheduled around the same time or spread out over the year?
master_trainer_mike says, "Spread throughout the year."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1283 from toysruskid:Do these new rules...Are they Effected Immeditly?...Sorry i was also late....i couldn't get into chat
master_trainer_mike says, "Immediatley."
master_trainer_mike says, "Keep in mind though, that not everyone will have heard of them yet. So don;t be rude to someone that doesn't know yet."
master_trainer_mike says, "Rather help them keep up with the game."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1284 from pokesensei:Mike/Pat,why don`t you explain a little more and maybe give examples ofthe new rules/effects for all the newer trainers out there?
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok, basically any Pokemon Power on any Pokemon that says it stops working if the Pokemon is Paralyzed, Asleep, or Confused, now should ALSO include Poisoned, or Burned as well."
master_trainer_mike says, "These 5 effects are known as Special Conditions. Almost every Pokemon power stops working if its Pokemon has a Special Condition on it."
master_trainer_mike says, "If a Pokemon poower says it still function if Asleep, Conufised, or Paralyze, that also holds true for POisoned and Burned as well."
master_trainer_mike says, "Char, while similar to Burned is NOT the same thing and does NOT fall under this rule change."
master_trainer_mike says, "All Special Conditions are removed from a Pokemon if it Evolves, Devolves, Leaves play, or is Benched."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1285 from toysruskid:Can ya Re-Announce the Announcements Also.
master_trainer_pat says, "We'll do that at 4"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1288 from daytongl:Is burned a new status effect coming out with Neo 4?

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1287 from darkpoinko:sorry if I missed, and it's probably been explained, but what is the Burn effect? is it like Char, or...
master_trainer_pat says, "Burn won't be out for awhile..."
master_trainer_mike says, "Actually no, it is being introduced in the next set after Neo 4. But since it will be coming out during the 2002 Pokemon Challenge Series we wanted to start with the new rules now."
master_trainer_mike says, "It is the Poison shutting off Pokemon powers that should get you thinking ."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1289 from bigdaddysnorlax:Will the Special Conditions have any affects on things other than Pokemon Powers?
master_trainer_pat says, "We told you all you need to know for now...if there are other things affected, you'll have to be patient to find out."
master_trainer_pat says, "Sorry, BDS..."
master_trainer_pat smiles.

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1291 from steelixownzu:This is a question from yoshi1001, he couldn't make it... In an earlier chat, you said that Pluspower/Defender works on a Pokémon attacking/being attacked by a Non-Holo legendary dog because Trainers are calculated before Powers. Problem is Legendary

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1292 from steelixownzu:Sorry couldn't fit all in.. body isn't a damage modifying effect, so at the least, yuor justification is off.
master_trainer_mike says, "Defenders or Pulspowers on the OTHER (non Legendary Dog Pokemon) are NOT affecting the Legendary Dogs. They are affecting the damage done by or done to the OTHER Pokemon. Legendary Body does not affect them."
master_trainer_mike says, "What legendary Body means as far as Trainers is that you can't attach any to that Legenadry Dog AND you can't use cards like Energy Removal on them for example."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1293 from lizardotc:Can you tell us what burned does...or have we not been good enough? ;)
master_trainer_pat says, "It has nothing to do with that...we just can't specifically talk about that upcoming set yet. At least specifics. Just think of Burn as being very similar to Char."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1294 from bigdaddysnorlax:Would you like to tell us a bit about the set coming out after Neo 4?
master_trainer_pat says, "I'd love to tell you all about it...but you know I can't right now."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1295 from marril2000:when neo 4 is released, will the pokemon text be changed to go by the Special Conditions rule?
master_trainer_pat says, "Neo Destiny(Neo 4) was already far along in development and production when this info was given to us. I don't expect the Neo Destiny text to reflect the things that we've announced today. That is why we're giving you such an early heads up about it."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1296 from indigomaster33:will we be able to use our own dice/coins at the challenge series events?
master_trainer_mike says, "At the Gym Challenges, yes. We reserbe the right to change our mind at the larger events though :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1297 from lizardotc:So, Neo Beedrill could be nice if you have a properly rigged randomizer...;)
master_trainer_mike says, "Sure! Wait! You aren't talkng about CHEATING are you?!?!?!?!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1298 from pigdeon_of_death:Wow... This new Poison ruling changes a fundamental aspect of the game! This is so cool! Everyone should stock up on Poisoning Pokémon, as their price will like FLY up once the word comes out that Poison is so strong.
master_trainer_mike says, "Well, that might be a bit overstating it but it does allow you to reconsider some aspects of the game, and that is good!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1301 from puritys_echidna:so when the special conditions rule comes into effect later this year, will it also effect older cards? (sorry if you answered it, i just came in)
master_trainer_pat says, "The rule is in effect starting today. If you want to start calling them Special Conditions now that is fine."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1299 from toysruskid:Porygon2 Changes 3 Fighitng Energys into a Water/Fire/Electric on N1 Lugia...That Counts for the Discard Part of the Attack Right?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, it would."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1300 from steelixownzu:Will the shinings still come out in neo 4, like Shining Magikarp/Gyarados, or will it be only a regular holo
master_trainer_mike says, "dunno"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1302 from lizardotc:So, DMTM, does all this mean that you will be TecHing Rocket Oddish into your Dark Gengar Deck?
master_trainer_pat says, "Sorry, Dark Master Trainer Mike isn't here at the moment"
master_trainer_mike says, "You have to be careful playing him, he makes a lot of "game errors". Some might even call it ...cheating?!?!?!"
master_trainer_mike says, "That is why he is the DARK Master Trainer."
master_trainer_pat says, "Dark Gengar looks pretty tough though..."
master_trainer_mike says, "Hey, were you guys having trouble getting online? Not many people here this week."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1303 from lizardotc:This is final exam week for many...and I think that may account for low attencdanc
master_trainer_mike says, "Ah, I rememebr exams! You shoudl all too when the Professor Exam hits! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1304 from pigdeon_of_death:With Legendary Body, does that mean that if Ditto has a Gold Berry on it, and a Non-holo Suicine goes up, Gold Berry geos bye-bye?
master_trainer_pat says, "Right-o-mundo"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1305 from steelixownzu:Does swift go through agility?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, it does."
master_trainer_mike says, "A Swift attack can be Prevented (like with the Baby rule) but it cannot have the damage or effects from it prevented."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1306 from lizardotc:BRING IT

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1307 from pokesensei:Don`t forget that some people are in the quiet room and aren`t visible on the list...
master_trainer_pat says, "Gonna..."
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok, thanks :)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1308 from marril2000:so... whats the answer to that long question written on the right side of the jumbo jumbo fan club promo in the yellow boarder?
master_trainer_pat says, "See us in person and we'll tell ya..."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1309 from puritys_echidna:man... the chat seems slow... i miss a few months and it gets all boring... WE NEED SINGING! WE NEED MAPLE BARS! WE NEED TO ATTACK SENSEI!!!!
master_trainer_mike says, "Now now, let's not start getting too rowdy!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Don't make me turn this chat around!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1310 from chrisbo:Re Q1299, But doesn't Porygon2's "Energy Conversion" only convert one energy card at a time? You would need three P2's in order to change all the Fighting on Lugia to the other types, right?
master_trainer_pat says, "That's right"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1311 from darkpoinko:what's the status(ha ha) of the WotC-only set, if any?
master_trainer_mike says, "We are always talking with TPC about helping them design cards for the game. That is all I can say."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1312 from puritys_echidna:oh yeah.... SPEAKING of the fan club promo is it framed yet? i have yet to ee pictures...
master_trainer_mike says, "It's in Dark Mike's cave of doom. It's scary to go in there and check."
master_trainer_pat says, "Hold on I'll go peek in...if I not back in 5 min...."
master_trainer_mike says, "Be careful buddy!!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1313 from marril2000:any plans for the american imakuni yet, mike?
master_trainer_mike says, "Errrhm......no."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1314 from pokesensei:Ech started it.....[and I thought he was my friend...sniff] :-)What we REALLY need to do is pick on DMTM since he isn`t here... LOL
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok........have you guys considered getting out more?? ;)"
master_trainer_mike says, "he ehee"
master_trainer_pat says, "Nope, it's not framed yet...DMTM is in there mixing up a potion of some sorts. He says it's all his fault that it isn't framed yet."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1315 from squirtle_master2:Is the situation on VS and Web still the same?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yep."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1316 from puritys_echidna:dark mike has a cave of doom! WOW! i knew that he was cool, but not 'cave of doom' cool....
master_trainer_mike says, "Cave of Doom, messy office, you say potata I say potaaata."
master_trainer_pat says, "I call it the 'Den o' Evil'"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1318 from judgejayke:Can I still be on staff at the larg epokemon events now that the STS is gone?? hehe
master_trainer_pat says, "Shhh..Jabake!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Hmm, since we had so many complaints against you I'm not sure...."
master_trainer_mike says, "hgee heee"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1319 from puritys_echidna:oh sure.... blame the person that has missed the past 4 months of chats... i'd hate to see what you say about me when i'm NOT here... [sniff]
master_trainer_mike says, "Yeah, they said you had....(whispers)...RED HAIR!!!! GASP!"
master_trainer_pat says, "psssst...psshe..psst psst."
master_trainer_pat says, "Whoa!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1320 from pigdeon_of_death:What's up with E-card? Anything new?
master_trainer_mike says, "Hmmm, maybe that might be the set tcoming out after Neo 4....maybe"
master_trainer_mike says, "They mostly come out at night....mostly"
master_trainer_pat says, "MOstlee..."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1321 from steelixownzu:Can yuo announce it now.... PLEASE?
master_trainer_mike says, "okay-day!"
master_trainer_mike says, "All righty then!"
master_trainer_pat says, "We need a shubbery."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1323 from puritys_echidna:actually its blue... (seriously)
master_trainer_pat says, "cool"
master_trainer_mike says, "First, we wanted to tell you about the format of the upcoming 2002 Pokemon Challenge Series. It will be the Modified format as you now know it. This means you will be able to use cards from Team Rocket through any sets currently released. It is too early to rotate out any of the earlier sets (it hasn't even been 2 years since Rocket came out). Modified will change after the 2002 Pokemon Challenge series though, so look for that later this year"
master_trainer_mike says, "However, there are many opportunities coming up for you to explore this format. The Pokemon Challenge series will be starting in March of this year. The Neo 4 Destiny set will be out and legal by this time. There are many cards in that set that will fit into and may change the current Pokemon tournament environment. Also, any other sets released during the Challenge series will be legal the day they hit the street. Keep an eye out for new sets that will give you even more choices to play in the Challenge Series."
master_trainer_mike says, "There is also a new Pokemon rule change that will even FURTHER give the current environment some diversity. In working on keeping the Pokemon rules as close as possible to the Japanese rules of the game, there is a new term that will be introduced in a later set this year. This is "Special Conditions". Asleep, Confusion, Paralysis, POISON, and later on Burned are all defined as Special Conditions. All of these effects are removed from Active Pokemon if they Evolve, Devolve, Leave Play, or are Benched. They ALSO shut of ALL Pokemon Powers on the Pokemon effected by a Special Condition."
master_trainer_mike says, "This means that Poison (and later on Burned) shut off Pokemon Powers on the Pokemon affected by them. This is a clarification of the rules for Pokemon and WILL take place in all of the upcoming Challenge series events and tournaments. This means that if you Poison a Feraligatr, it's Downpour Pokemon Power is shut off! Think of what that can mean in the current environment."
master_trainer_mike says, "Lastly I would like to talk about the concern that many people have expressed about the "apparent" dominance of the Feraligatr deck in the current Modified environment. With the inclusion of Neo Revelation and soon inclusion of Neo 4 Destiny as well as upcoming sets, you should spend a little time playing with this format. There is a lot more opportunity for exploration and game strategy than is currently being encompassed. The dreaded Feraligatr was included in less than 25% of the decks played at the WSTS (down from 50%) at the ESTS. With the new card sets and the new Poison rule, I highly recommend you start thinking outside of the box, or you will find yourself falling behind the curve."
master_trainer_mike says, "As far as the Challenge Series and the Professor Program and events, details will be posted on our web site on Monday 1/21/02. Check them out then!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1322 from marril2000:will we be seeing the heads tail dice any time in 2002?
master_trainer_mike says, "If you do, they may look a little...different......"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1324 from pigdeon_of_death:Is Suicine resolved yet?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes, don't play with this card :)"
master_trainer_pat says, "We are now just collecting these cards and burying them in the desert."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1325 from super_nice_dude:What is the max damage of eggsecutor's attack ''big eggsplosion''?
master_trainer_mike says, "Assuming you have 55 Grass energy, and 1 Meganium line and this line. That would be 55 grass energy all doubled due to Meganium so 110 energy attached. If you flipped heads for them all that would be 2200 points of damage and if the Defending Pokemon was Weak to Grass that would be 4400 points of damage."
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok?"
master_trainer_pat says, "Hmmmm"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1327 from pigdeon_of_death:Maybe? MAYBE? How dare you maybe us!
master_trainer_pat says, "maybe"
master_trainer_mike says, "Maaaaaaaaybe???"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1328 from lizardotc:Keith said that E card that E card WAS the next set after Neo 4, and I trust that fine man
master_trainer_pat says, "Boy, he's got you fooled!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Geez, have yo met this guy?!?!?!?!?!"
master_trainer_mike says, "KIDDING!!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Just Kidding Keith!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1330 from pokesensei:Actually,Ech has blue hair now...
master_trainer_mike says, "he's getting old is he?"
master_trainer_pat says, "Is it like OtterPop Blue?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1332 from super_nice_dude:Can we still play in main tournaments with the cards who are NOT in modified (base set, base2, jungle, fossil)
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope, the format for the main tournaments for the 2002 Pokemon Challenge Series is Modified. There will be side events at many of them though and you may be able to play the older cards there."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1333 from pokesensei:Hey Mike and Pat,with the new Poison ruling,how do you think it will impact the challenge series,etc.. in the form of new people and some older people that will participate but not knowing about the new ruling?What does WotC plan on doing to get the i
master_trainer_mike says, "It will be posted online. We will grind this topic into the ground here on the chat. It will be sent out to the Leagues and to all the TO's."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1334 from super_nice_dude:when is NEO destiny is supposed to be released
master_trainer_mike says, "Sometime in February/March"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1335 from squirtle_master2:You could only have 54 energy out, you need a prize.
master_trainer_mike says, "Huh?"
master_trainer_mike says, "Right!!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "You are correct!"
master_trainer_mike says, "So change that to 4320"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1336 from super_nice_dude:Can someone become a MT? exemple: what do I have to do to be a MT?
master_trainer_mike says, "Master Trainers is the name given to those of us who have dedicated our lives and our sanity to Pokemon here at Wizards."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1337 from puritys_echidna:well... its blue-black... but all my white hair went neon blue...
master_trainer_mike says, "Tune in next week for Styling your Hair with Ech!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Yea!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1338 from super_nice_dude:Why they only accepts MODIFIED in tournament? (Don't forget that we PAID for the old cards)
master_trainer_mike says, "Because they are old. Guys the tournament scene inlcudes new players as well. Many of theolder cards weren't balanced and it also stagnates the environment if everyone plays with the same cards for 4 years."
master_trainer_mike says, "Unlimited tournaments can still be sanctioned at the local level. Feel free to run them there."
master_trainer_pat says, "Also, we have trouble getting enough qualified judges already...do realize the amount of rulings you need to be familiar with just for one card ..Ditto!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Modified is only being used at the Premiere level events that we are running and paying for (which is NOT cheap). Feel free to run your own if you'd like."
master_trainer_pat says, "It's a sick amount of rulings and that's not the only card like that in the Unlimited environment."
master_trainer_pat says, "That's part of the reason for the professor program. We honestly need more people who are familiar with these hyper thick rulings for Pokemon."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1340 from steelixownzu:Then someone could crosscounter you, and they could have pluspowers, and so could you..
master_trainer_mike says, "They asked how much The Eggsplosion would do, not how much damage could be done in the game."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1341 from puritys_echidna:...and after that maybe SOMEONE can tell me how to get hair dye out of the countertop.. eh heh heh....
master_trainer_mike says, "I hear licking it works."
master_trainer_mike says, "That's what Ghastly said anyway....."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1342 from gym_leader_blaine:with the professor program will we be able to see everyone in our area that passed the test?
master_trainer_mike says, "We will eventually post a list of Professors so that TO's can find local judges for their events."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1343 from pokesensei:"Be here next week for "As the Pokemon TCG turns". Next weeks episode will feature Ech showing us how to dye our hair Blue while tormenting DMTM...:)

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1344 from super_nice_dude:where do the next STS will be held, because last time it was at san Diego, so whats up this year?
master_trainer_mike says, "Sorry but there will not be any more STS's. Haven't you heard?"
master_trainer_mike says, "The Challenge Series starts in March and details for it will be on the web site on Monday."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1346 from lizardotc:Is Ditto any worse than Suicune at the moment, really?
master_trainer_pat says, "Absolutely."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1345 from lizardotc:Are younger players who can not afford to buy cards quickly or often not at a disadvantage when older cards are banned?
master_trainer_mike says, "Actually that is not accurate. Younger players do buy more current cards. They might not buy cases of it, but they do purchase it. They also tend to want to use the new cards over the old ones. Remember for many of them Pokemon is more faddish than anything else."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1347 from matthewssandslash:Wow! With Poison stopping Gatr, that means that Zubat + Chaos 0wnz Gatr! Crobat is SO much stronger now. Cool!
master_trainer_pat says, "It's certainly gained a little bit, but be careful what you're saying."
master_trainer_mike says, "Fire will get tougher when Burned comes out later this year too."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1349 from super_nice_dude:Is there any other BIG tournament like the STS in other countries, like japan (I thought they created pokemon, not the US) ?
master_trainer_mike says, "Dunno about Japan but the Challenge Series will be taking place in Europe as well. All leading to the Pokemon World Championships this year!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1350 from super_nice_dude:What can I do with my old cards If I cannot play with them? Can I sell them?
master_trainer_pat says, "They are collectable, after all."
master_trainer_mike says, "You also can still play with tem EVERYWHERE ELSE except at the few Premiere events we hold."
master_trainer_mike says, "Geezz"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1352 from super_nice_dude:What is an ELECTROFILP?
master_trainer_pat says, "A small electronic randomizer that is sold at some tournaments"
master_trainer_mike says, "check out www.jutzone.com"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1353 from whatever360:Re: Big Eggsplosion: Actually it _is_ 4400 Damage, cause you don't need the stage 1 for Meganium! (Your opponent plays a Chaos Gym and flips tails for a Breeder) Now _that_ would be a good Prof question!!
master_trainer_mike says, "Thank you but that is not the sort of thing that will come up much in tournament play, so that type of hypotehtical will not be on the test."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1354 from super_nice_dude:How do we flip a coin with a DICE??
master_trainer_mike says, "Hmmm, pick 1-3 as heads, and 4-6 as tails? Or evens as heads and odds as tails? Use your imagination."
master_trainer_mike says, "Bueller?? Bueller? Bueller?"
master_trainer_mike says, "Anyone? Anyone?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1355 from super_nice_dude:If I keep the old cards LONG LONG and LLONG time . Ten years later, If I sell them how many the buyer will give me?
master_trainer_mike says, "Collectibles and their values are based upon the public's perception of them. What do YOU think?"
master_trainer_pat says, "If you wait a really long time the paper will be gone and you'll just have little foil slices"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1357 from darkpoinko:around here we use dice instead of flipping coins all the time, evens for heads and odds for tails. We even have a few of the STS style die floating around that I brought back as souvineirs for friends
master_trainer_mike says, "That is what we do here too. Coin flipping is no fun....."
master_trainer_mike says, "Though sometimes we run out to the fountain and play Pooh Sticks for heads and Tails instead."
master_trainer_mike says, "You knwo from Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories???"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1358 from puritys_echidna:can you explain how steelclaw works? does it do the creature damage to your opponent again? its rather ambiguous i think....
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, it does the damage again. Good combo with a creature deck."
master_trainer_pat says, "We will be having more Harry Potter chats here soon. You can also call me(or one of the other Harry Potter guys here) and ask us those questions"
master_trainer_pat says, "the number is 1(800)324-6496"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1359 from super_nice_dude:I don't know if I can ask a question on this subject, but there is nobody else asking so.........Is anyone of you ever played magic? OK, Is it real that the numbers of magic players have decreased because they banned so much cards?
master_trainer_mike says, "nope, the numbers never went doiwn, in fact they are mor ethan ever!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, we still play Magic."
master_trainer_mike says, "I like playing Squirrel Decks!!"
master_trainer_pat says, "I'm really excited about the new Torment expansion because it has Sengir Vampire in it"
master_trainer_pat says, "Black is Back!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1360 from puritys_echidna:...ooooh... much better than swarm.... of course now i have to get some transfiguration lessons in my deck... -_-
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, it is. Mass creatures...then Steelclaw, Steelclaw. I win!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1361 from super_nice_dude:For you what is the BEST TCG around the world? (do not count games like poker and bkackjack)
master_trainer_mike says, "Well I used to laugh when I Played Illuminati but honestly I like Pokemon the best."
master_trainer_pat says, "Magic, without a doubt."
master_trainer_mike says, "Because it is a game that has brought together new and old players of all ages. While it gets a little competitive it is mouch more causal and fun than Magic or Star Wars or other high level games."
master_trainer_mike says, "I also think it is more fun to play than Sailor Moon or DBZ."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1362 from matthewssandslash:Why doesn't WotC reprint the famed "errata" cards such as Scizor and Minefield Gym?
master_trainer_mike says, "Because those card sets are no longer in print."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1364 from lance313:Squirrel Decks? Seems appropriate for the personality...;)
master_trainer_mike says, "Well YEAH!!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Thank!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1365 from super_nice_dude:can we ask our harrypotter question I don't have many can I?
master_trainer_pat says, "Sure, we're pretty slow...does anyone else have any objections?"
master_trainer_mike says, "The phrase is "Tender corn niblets are a fitting fine aadition to any homestyle meal.""

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1366 from sd_pokemom:Hi there, MTs...I just got here; any announcements, phrase of the day, etc? any news on professors or challenges yet? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeese? ;-)
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok, here are the opening announcements again."
master_trainer_mike says, "First, we wanted to tell you about the format of the upcoming 2002 Pokemon Challenge Series. It will be the Modified format as you now know it. This means you will be able to use cards from Team Rocket through any sets currently released. It is too early to rotate out any of the earlier sets (it hasn't even been 2 years since Rocket came out). Modified will change after the 2002 Pokemon Challenge series though, so look for that later this year."
master_trainer_mike says, "However, there are many opportunities coming up for you to explore this format. The Pokemon Challenge series will be starting in March of this year. The Neo 4 Destiny set will be out and legal by this time. There are many cards in that set that will fit into and may change the current Pokemon tournament environment. Also, any other sets released during the Challenge series will be legal the day they hit the street. Keep an eye out for new sets that will give you even more choices to play in the Challenge Series."
master_trainer_mike says, "There is also a new Pokemon rule change that will even FURTHER give the current environment some diversity. In working on keeping the Pokemon rules as close as possible to the Japanese rules of the game, there is a new term that will be introduced in a later set this year. This is "Special Conditions". Asleep, Confusion, Paralysis, POISON, and later on Burned are all defined as Special Conditions. All of these effects are removed from Active Pokemon if they Evolve, Devolve, Leave Play, or are Benched. They ALSO shut of ALL Pokemon Powers on the Pokemon effected by a Special Condition."
master_trainer_mike says, "This means that Poison (and later on Burned) shut off Pokemon Powers on the Pokemon affected by them. This is a clarification of the rules for Pokemon and WILL take place in all of the upcoming Challenge series events and tournaments. This means that if you Poison a Feraligatr, it's Downpour Pokemon Power is shut off! Think of what that can mean in the current environment."
master_trainer_mike says, "Lastly I would like to talk about the concern that many people have expressed about the "apparent" dominance of the Feraligatr deck in the current Modified environment. With the inclusion of Neo Revelation and soon inclusion of Neo 4 Destiny as well as upcoming sets, you should spend a little time playing with this format. There is a lot more opportunity for exploration and game strategy than is currently being encompassed. The dreaded Feraligatr was included in less than 25% of the decks played at the WSTS (down from 50%) at the ESTS. With the new card sets and the new Poison rule, I highly recommend you start thinking outside of the box, or you will find yourself falling behind the curve."
master_trainer_mike says, "As far as the Challenge Series and the Professor Program and events, details will be posted on our web site on Monday 1/21/02. Check them out then!"
master_trainer_mike says, "whew....."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1367 from puritys_echidna:....or rather steelclaw steelclaw steelclaw steelclaw i win with 112 damage... (i like to use the brokenness of unicorns...)
master_trainer_pat says, "I didn't know if you had discovered Unicorns yet. Though 'brokenness', I'm going to have to look that one up."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1368 from steelixownzu:Does that mean now poison can only be by itself instead of that and something else, or is it still the same?
master_trainer_mike says, "Good question! We will find out but for now play it as normal!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1369 from super_nice_dude:will there be new pokemons? I mean, Is there any new pokemon, Like the #252 #253 #254...
master_trainer_mike says, "No plans for the forseeebale future."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1371 from darkpoinko:hey, I can have more than one Bludger in play and they all do 3 damage each, correct?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes. You still have to have a Match for them to do damage though"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1372 from super_nice_dude:I don't understand the Lessons cards we need to play, (%= charms lesson) when I see on the card that I need 2 %, or a heart with number 2 in it, what do I need to play, 2 lessons and a Charms lesson, or 2 lessons and at least of these lessons have to be charms? help!
master_trainer_pat says, "You would need to have 2 total lessons out. One of those at least must be %(Charms lesson/blue heart)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1373 from lizardotc:If there are Suicune questions on the Prof. test, where would be the best place to locate CORRECT answers?
master_trainer_pat says, "There will be no Suicune questions on the Professor's Test"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1374 from super_nice_dude:Someone told me there was (In gold-silver version) a pokemon named ''HOU-OH'' Is it true that its the baby of Ho-OH?
master_trainer_mike says, "No idea...."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1376 from lance313:are sales of the HP game about what was expected?
master_trainer_pat says, "I'm really not sure...I don't get to see those numbers"
master_trainer_pat says, "We're getting alot more rules questions though...that's always a good sign."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1378 from super_nice_dude:Do you guys uses APPRENTICE to play pokemon TCG, or appr. is ilegal?
master_trainer_mike says, "we don't play it"
master_trainer_pat says, "We don't play it."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1377 from puritys_echidna:in your opinion, what would you say is the best hp card out right now?
master_trainer_mike says, "I like the chiny ones!"
master_trainer_pat says, "That's tough to say..."
master_trainer_pat says, "Titillando or Potions Exam...Steve reminded me of those...boy he has a nasty HP deck!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1381 from lance313:Ditto questions on the Prof. test? ;)
master_trainer_mike says, "Maybe"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1382 from darkpoinko:hey, this is turning into Harry Potter chat! HP should be weekly too! *nudge nudge*
master_trainer_pat says, "The new schedule is Wednesdays and it should start in a couple of weeks."
master_trainer_pat says, "Prefects Adam and Steve of Customer Service run the Harry Potter chats...they're not happy with me for stealing their thunder."
master_trainer_mike says, "Call them House Elves, they hate that!!!"
master_trainer_pat says, "This is our chat!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1383 from puritys_echidna:any rough ideas for when the next hp set comes out? i'm dieing for new cards :D
master_trainer_mike says, "March.."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1384 from lizardotc:If Porygon has changed a Grass energy to Lightning, would it be fair to say that Venusaur could not Trans it (for the rest of the turn)?
master_trainer_mike says, "Corect (Porygon 2)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1386 from puritys_echidna:well pat... looks like you and i will have to have a wizards duel next time we see one another... (throws a bludger at pat)
master_trainer_pat says, " you"
master_trainer_pat says, "You're on!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1387 from gym_leader_blaine:on the prof test. will it just have cards question from the new modify format or are all cards free game?
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok, let me make this easier. If there is a question involving cards, the relevent text will be inlcluded in the question. The test isn't about what you have memorized, it is about making sure you have an understanding of how the game and tournaments work."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1389 from chrisbo:Can you tell us whether the Challenge Series events are going to be held chronologically in a regional pattern (i.e. West first, then East, etc), or will they be more random than before (i.e. this week L.A., next week NYC, following week Denver, etc)?
master_trainer_mike says, "Deatiuls to come on Monday."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1390 from darkpoinko:woohoo! any new lesson types?

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1391 from puritys_echidna:any new lesson types? ;)
master_trainer_pat says, "You guys...always wanting the inside info...I'm not going to say."
master_trainer_pat says, "just yet..."
master_trainer_pat grins evilly.

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1392 from super_nice_dude:YAYAYA, ITS OUR CHAT, not them, house elves lol what is Prefect steve, its like MT? Ok see ya BYE!

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1394 from puritys_echidna:just a word of warning mind you.... my record is 67 damage in one turn... and thats WITHOUT knowing the ruling for steelclaw.... >:D
master_trainer_pat says, "You have to deal it to win..."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1396 from darkpoinko:c'mon... pretty please with a maple bar on top? :)
master_trainer_pat says, "Nope...hey have you tried Bertie Bots every flavor beans yet? One of the customer service guys got smoked salmon flavor the other day...yyych."
master_trainer_mike says, "So what do you guys think of the new League? Getting ready for the season ending tournament?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1398 from sd_pokemom:Did either of you happen to read the "PokAnon" topic on the WizPoG RTC? ;-)
master_trainer_mike says, "nope?"
master_trainer_pat says, "no"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1397 from gym_leader_blaine:what is the ruling for steelclaw???
master_trainer_pat says, "Steelclaw just has your creatures do their damage again during that turn...it's pretty nasty in a swarm deck."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1400 from darkpoinko:hey, just eat the salmon flavored one with a lemon flavored and a pepper flavored one... that's good eatin!!
master_trainer_mike says, "if you can tell which one is which...."
master_trainer_pat says, "You try picking those out."
master_trainer_pat says, "You're just as likely to get Horseradish flavor."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #1401 from lizardotc:So, If I Shapeshist Brock's Ninetales to Koga's Arbok and use Poison Buildup will Brock's Ninetales revert to unshapeshifted as I think. And does the Arbok card stay in play (dead card)?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes, the Koga's Arbok would Poison itself thereby ending the Brcok's Ninetails Shapeshift so the Koga's Arbok would be discarded."
master_trainer_pat says, "Very good Harry Potter card Purity, you'll understand if I don't post the link."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1405 from lizardotc:So, if Brock's Ninetales becomes Unshapeshifted, you MUST discard ALLL attached cards, so you could not get them back immediately with Super Scoop up, for instance?
master_trainer_pat says, "No, there would be no time in between to play a Super Scoop."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1407 from lizardotc:I seem to remember that the attached evos stay on the table ad dead cards, but that has been overruled?
master_trainer_pat says, "That is an old ruling for B. Ninetales"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1408 from squirtle_master2:But couldn't you play Super Scoop Up in response to the discarding triggered by the power deactivating going on the stack?
master_trainer_pat says, "You don't have priority champ."
master_trainer_pat grins evilly.
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok gang, thank you all for coming! Hope the new rules change for Poison gets you thinking! Check the web site on Monday for more details for The Challenge Series and the Professor Porgram."
master_trainer_mike says, "See you all next week! Weedle rules once again!!!"
master_trainer_pat says, "We'll of course be here next week for more shenanagins and shtuff."
master_trainer_mike says, "Lata!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Tchau!"