Pokemon Chat Report - Thursday, May 02, 2002
by Team Compendium


master_trainer_mike says, "Hello everyone!"
master_trainer_mike says, "How are you all?"
master_trainer_mike says, "Its Pokemon Chat time again!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Yay!"
master_trainer_mike says, "MULTIPASS!"
master_trainer_mike says, "There are so many great events coming up tis summer for Pokemon, I hope you all get to participate!"
master_trainer_mike says, "In addition to the continuing Pokemon Challenge Series there will be the Pokemon World Championship in Seattle in August"
master_trainer_mike says, "The Pokemon Professor Championship at Origins in July"
master_trainer_mike says, "The first ever Multiplayer Team format tournament at Origins"
master_trainer_mike says, "The first ever Team Multiplayer Sealed Tournament at Gen Con"
master_trainer_mike says, "also in August"
master_trainer_mike says, "The Professor/Wizards Challenge held at the World Championship"
master_trainer_mike says, "The continuing League and so on"
master_trainer_mike says, "Lots to do!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Anyone there?"
master_trainer_mike says, "Hellooooo!!!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "No questions coming in?"
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok, time to go!"
master_trainer_mike says, "BWAHAHAHAHAHHAA"
master_trainer_mike says, "YAY a question!!!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #112 from darkpoinko:where's the holo zubat?!
master_trainer_mike says, "Which holo zubat?"
master_trainer_mike says, "Hmmm?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #113 from darkpoinko:the one from the upcoming Legendary set, of course... Finally a holo zubat line, maybe...
master_trainer_mike says, "Hmmm, now that would be telling wouldn't it?!?!?!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #114 from bigchuck001:Can you tell me if Computer Search will be in the new set =P.
master_trainer_mike says, "Let me just say, that that card has been banned in every known civilized Pokemon playing country in the world and let you draw your own conclusions ;)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #115 from pokesensei:hey Mike,enquiring minds on the `Gym want to know if LC will be legal for the San Diego Stadium Challenge?
master_trainer_mike says, "Depends on whether it hits before then or not. Right now it is tentatively scheduled for end of May but if it slips past that date then....."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #116 from crobatkiller177:If theres an ecogym, in play and my light dragonite is active,when i use super energy removal on special energies it goes in the discard pile,correct?
master_trainer_mike says, "Correct"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #117 from lance313:So, there will be reverse holos of all cards in LC. Please tell me that one of them is...WEEDLE?!
master_trainer_mike says, "Whoa whoa, who said REVERSE holos????? Did I say Reverse Holos?"
master_trainer_mike says, "Let's just say they will look different than anything you have seen before."
master_trainer_mike says, "And do you honestly think I would allow a set to leave here with out a foil Weedle in it?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #118 from bigchuck001:What's the tournament for the people who help at World's day 1 going to be like?
master_trainer_mike says, "Still in the works, probably similar to the Profesor Championship, a combination of constructed and sealed."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #119 from darkpoinko:so, do you have to buy a whole box of Legends to get the jumbo card? or will stores sell them at their own discretion?
master_trainer_mike says, "To get it yourself you'd want to buy a sealed booster display."
master_trainer_mike says, "I imagine stores will sell it as they choose."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #120 from calathon:DMTM has been spilling his guts on WizPoG
master_trainer_mike says, "And therein lies the lesson, never tell ANY secrets to him."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #121 from xjamx:Will There Be 1st Edition Verisoins of LC?
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope"
master_trainer_mike says, "FYI, did you know that there are now Pokemon Leagues in"
master_trainer_mike says, "Croatia"
master_trainer_mike says, "Israel"
master_trainer_mike says, "Poland"
master_trainer_mike says, "Russia"
master_trainer_mike says, "and the Ukraine?"
master_trainer_mike says, "I thought that was very cool to learn."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #122 from bigchuck001:Any chance you can put out a list of the cards before you release the set?
master_trainer_mike says, "Why would we do that? As soon as they hit the streets one of you guys will post the set contents anyway right?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #123 from xjamx:Will there be "Stuff" for 15 and Older to do at Worlds?E.X Tourneys?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes, there will be LOTS of ancillary events including some Team Multi-play events as well as constructed and sealed tourneys."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #124 from darkpoinko:can you give out any nifo/hints on what the promo for the water season is?
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope, way too far awy, sorry."
master_trainer_mike says, "I've read some of the gossip though online, interesting......"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #125 from lizardotc:Are there any TRAINERS in LC that you might be able to tell us about?
master_trainer_mike says, "Why? Isn't this Pokemon and not Trainermon? :)"
master_trainer_mike says, "Besides, you know Weedle is in there! What else do you need????"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #126 from steelixownzu:OK, if you have a Rocket's Scyther Shadow Image, and then a Rocket's Hitmonchan Crisscounter's, and then Scyther uses Blinding Scythe, does Scyther have to flip 1 or 2 heads to make crosscounter successful....
master_trainer_mike says, "Two, one to check to see if Crosscounter works, if it does, then you would flip to see if Shadow Image blocks the damage"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #128 from darkpoinko:aw darn... well, how about any info for what's next for the professors?
master_trainer_mike says, "I just sent out the Multiplay playtest form to the Professor list. I'm hoping many of the Professors have been testing the format so they can help me finish the rules for it (and earn a particiaption for it)."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #129 from mini_mech:what cards are there already released for Legendary set thingy
master_trainer_mike says, "Sorry gang, not releasing the exact card list."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #130 from lizardotc:RE: #125, well, just look at a typical deck...25-30 trainers...;)
master_trainer_mike says, "Yeah, if you want to win."
master_trainer_mike says, "What happened to the day when we played those crazy kingler decks just for the fun of it?"
master_trainer_mike says, "When we would laugh about the name cloyster and lickitung?"
master_trainer_mike says, "When the world was still young and we were still innocent?"
master_trainer_mike says, "WHATEVER HAPPENED TO GOOD OLD FASHIONED PLAYING LOUSY DECKS FOR THE FUN OF IT!?!?!?!?!"
master_trainer_mike says, "alas, I am mourning, Elektra"
master_trainer_mike says, "........................."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #131 from bigchuck001:Now if a Professor who won a stadium challenge wins the Professor Championship, what exactally are the prizes for 1st and 2nd?
master_trainer_mike says, "The jacket and the trip would pass down, the product prizes would not"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #133 from xjamx:Ruling ???...If I Evolve Brock's Ninetales Into Kingdra(Neo 3) And I Use Genetic Memory could I Use Brock's Ninetales Attacks?
master_trainer_mike says, "No you could not."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #134 from calathon:can we get a review of how much damage is done by Dark Houndoom if a Darkness Energy is discarded; or a Rainbow Energy? We've seen a few different interpretations of this.
master_trainer_mike says, "60 in each case (30 + 20 + 10 for the Darkness Energy you discarded). The energy discard takes place BEFORE damage is done so Darkness Energy would NOT add an additional 10 damage."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #135 from darkpoinko:are there any strong deck types you've guys have seen while testing th eneo Neo block Modified?
master_trainer_mike says, "We would rather not talk about them so we can see what all come up with without our input."
master_trainer_mike says, "While we new Gatr would be strong, we didn't predict how strong in Modified."
master_trainer_mike says, "THere are more of you than us, I'm hoping you will surprise us :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #136 from mini_mech:re:130 hey i've seen decks with 15 Trainers work perfectly fine
master_trainer_mike says, "I remember that day"
master_trainer_mike says, "when life was full of sunshine and rainbows"
master_trainer_mike says, "and puppies and clowns"
master_trainer_mike says, "and......errrr..................knishs"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #138 from purity1:maybe you should make lousy fun deck a new format..... :D
master_trainer_mike says, "Maybe that will be what I do for the Professor/Wizards Challenge....hmmmmmmmmm........."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #139 from megax_zeo:can you at least give us the hopefulness that dark crobat will return because of the Legendary set? =)
master_trainer_mike says, "have to wait and see, keep in mind there are other sets on the way as well"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #140 from darkpoinko:hey, don't talk to me about lousy decks til you have my bad luck with Lt. Surge's Electabuzz... 7 energies most of th etime and I average 2 heads :)
master_trainer_mike says, "ahhh, but if luck was with you it MIGHT be a good deck"
master_trainer_mike says, "how about the all Pokemon under 2'0" tall deck?"
master_trainer_mike says, "outside of the babies, good luck with that....."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #141 from bigchuck001:Lets say my opponent has a WEEDLE with a double colorless energy. Would Light Golduck's Core Blast attack do 50 damage?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes it would. DCE is considered a Special Energy even though it isn't written on the card."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #142 from ericsmewtwo:After this League season finishes, are there any plans for another?
master_trainer_mike says, "New plans are being designed even as we chat!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #143 from megax_zeo:re:136 I've also seen 4 trainer decks that work great. =P Chaos gym anybody?
master_trainer_mike says, "There ya go!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #144 from pokesensei:Hey,I think Pure`s on to something!A "lousy deck" tournament! :)
master_trainer_mike says, "It does sound like fun doesn't it..... I may make one as a special non-sanctioned event for worlds......."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #145 from darkpoinko:no question about the luck, I built a Dark Charizard/Typhlosion deck that's had far better luck... I just modified it to test out the new Modified and it works pretty good
master_trainer_mike says, "Excellent!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #146 from megax_zeo:lousy decks seem to make the game that much more fun. more challenge, no quick games... maybe you should instate prop15 for the proffesor championship =P
master_trainer_mike says, "Not for that as I want to see what you guys come up with in the new Modified format, but a lousy deck tournament might...just...work somewhere"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #147 from bubbi_guru:There is no such thing as luck or chance when rolling a die or flipping a coin, it's called physics which is also math ^_^ !
master_trainer_mike says, "CHAOS math maybe"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #148 from ericsmewtwo:Why not open a challenge where people compare how many card sets they've completed? lmao
master_trainer_mike says, "then I would win!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #149 from calathon:Re Lousy decks: I once made a "only one copy of each card" deck. It still won in TCG for GB
master_trainer_mike says, "the ETCG wasn't very hard was it (outside of taking a while to finish)"
master_trainer_mike says, "we call that format Highlander."
master_trainer_mike says, "There can be only one!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Hmmmm, that sounds interesting too."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #150 from bubbi_guru:IF there was a TMB this year, and if wotc decided to participate in the event *do it* how would wotc decide who would go to the event?
master_trainer_mike says, "THat is a lot of IFS my friend."
master_trainer_mike says, "I have no idea yet."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #151 from purity1:can 'lousy deck' have a separate section in one's dci ranking?
master_trainer_mike says, "maybe unofficially"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #152 from bigchuck001:Is LC going to be good in draft?
master_trainer_mike says, "BOOYAH! It is being designed with sealed play in mind"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #153 from ericsmewtwo:Yes, have a Lousy Deck tournament and the prizes could be Klondike and Maples bars! You'd get tons of entries!
master_trainer_mike says, "What would YOU do for a Klondike bar???????"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #154 from darkpoinko:we use one copy of each card in some of our league tourneys here, Higlander decks. those games last FOREVER!!
master_trainer_mike says, "Just like the 2nd movie did!"
master_trainer_mike says, "(I fell alseep after we learned that they were all from another planet)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #155 from megax_zeo:highlander is challenging for L5R and Magic.. but with evolutions involved, would it really work in Pokémon?
master_trainer_mike says, "Well, some evolutions have multiple copies of Pokemon (different levels). You could try limiting the basics to one copy of each perhaps."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #156 from ericsmewtwo:I'd make a Lousy Deck for a Klondike bar!
master_trainer_mike says, "There ya go!"
master_trainer_mike says, "and the monkey pushes the button..................................."
master_trainer_mike says, "Name the movie!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Anyone?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #157 from calathon:Yep, different level cards count as different cards. We have enought pikas and raichu to make a 4/3 line
master_trainer_mike says, "True!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #158 from ericsmewtwo:Apollo 13!
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope, nice try."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #159 from darkpoinko:since card-e is coming out here, do you guys have anything special planned with Nintendo to promote it and possibly the card-e reader?
master_trainer_mike says, "Let's just say that so much is still up in the air with Nintendo that when I say wait and see, I really mean, wait and see......."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #160 from ericsmewtwo:Lost in Space I mean, XP
master_trainer_mike says, "DING DING! Very good!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #161 from megax_zeo:maybe if Pokémon played highlander in the form that only pokémon are limited to 1 copy each, but special energy and trainers can still be 4 copies each... that would seem to work better
master_trainer_mike says, "Hmmm, I would much rather limit trainers to one copy each than Pokemon"
master_trainer_mike says, "then we'd see people playing with the weaker card drawing trainers like Mary or Gambler"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #162 from megax_zeo:a variation of either would be interesting, though =D
master_trainer_mike says, "uh huh"
master_trainer_mike says, "hmmmm"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #163 from ericsmewtwo:Do I win the fabled WotC no-prize for answering that? heh
master_trainer_mike says, "old Marvel reader hmmmm?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #164 from xeodus:Mike, what is the currently scheduled release date for LC? is there one even? I've been unclear on this info.
master_trainer_mike says, "The end of Mayish, though it is on such a tough production schedule that that may slip a bit."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #165 from darkpoinko:do you guys plan to include some of Pokemon Web along with the first card-e set?
master_trainer_mike says, "No plans for any Web cards that I know of"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #166 from ericsmewtwo:Ok, I'll be serious. Since you mentioned that the turn-out for the Draw-A-Snorlax was really good, do you plan on doing another Draw-A-Pokémon contest in the near future?
master_trainer_mike says, "Dunno. We are still working with TPC on trying to make out own cards. Not sure what the future will bring."
master_trainer_mike says, "I do know Europe is looking to do their own version of that promotion though."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #167 from ericsmewtwo:Dang straight, X-Men rules all ;D
master_trainer_mike says, "I was hard core into the original Chris Claremont days."
master_trainer_mike says, "After Dark Phoenix came back to life though....I wandered off into the indies."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #168 from calathon:Does Muk prevent Come into Play Pokemon Powers? Magby? Goop Gas?
master_trainer_mike says, "It does not."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #169 from lizardotc:Is there any consideration being given to the development of a third constructed format for Pokémon, or is the game too "young"?
master_trainer_mike says, "Realistically, we are still having enough trouble educating the majority of the casual players on the one format to even consider doing another at this time"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #170 from xeodus:So does this mean LC can be legal for current modified if released before August?
master_trainer_mike says, "Correct!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #171 from darkpoinko:will it be Draw-A-Weedle?!
master_trainer_mike says, "don't I wish :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #172 from megax_zeo:is it possible a side event at a stadium could hold a playtest or "tryout" of a new format?
master_trainer_mike says, "There are so many new formats coming already (Rochester for Professors, Team Multi-play, Modified changing) that we won't be bringing anything new for a while."
master_trainer_mike says, "Most players haven't even tried booster drafts yet."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #173 from ericsmewtwo:He's doing X-Treme X-Men now MTM, maybe you should give it a peek.
master_trainer_mike says, "If I wasn't already collecting 75+ titles I might. I can barely keep up with those comics, let alone vidoe games, computer games, movies, email, 11 magazine subscriptions and trying to keep up with the state of the Pokemon TCG Iand Harry Potter and Star Wars and Magic) and don;t forget the role-playing and even trying to have a social life...."
master_trainer_mike says, "gasp"
master_trainer_mike says, "but thanks for the info"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #174 from calathon:How about the old Marv Wolfman "Dracula"? You can't recognize that the movie "Blade" spun out of that!
master_trainer_mike says, "I did see some of the similarities yes."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #175 from bubbi_guru:what will i have to do to make you guys hold a TMB??? :p
master_trainer_mike says, "Pay the hundreds of thousands of dollars it costs would be a good start :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #176 from megax_zeo:hey, if TPC gave you card making right, would a create-a-card contest be a possiblity? Like, a whole card and not just art? That would be so cool...
master_trainer_mike says, "If it was only that easy....."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #178 from kel250:do you think the new dark theme deck is good or bad ( its a pokemon deck)
master_trainer_mike says, "I thought the Dark deck from Destiny was one of the better pre-cons to come along in a while."
master_trainer_mike says, "Certainly beats out that Unown precon from Discovery ;)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #179 from ericsmewtwo:Why not have a Draw-A-Dunsparce contest next? ;D
master_trainer_mike says, "ummm.........errrrrrr......."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #180 from megax_zeo:re: 174 Blade was it's own comic before the movie, though, wasn't it?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yup. Only read a few issues of it."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #181 from chrisbo:(Sorry if these have been asked already; I'm coming in late...) Can you tell us if there will be any basic energy cards in LC? Will there still be 11-cards per pack or more?
master_trainer_mike says, "Sorry Chrisbo, not ready to spill the beans yet :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #182 from gym_leader_blaine:sorry if this has already been asked, but I just got off work. YOu emailed out that you were going to go over the list of professors that have been TO or HJ to count for the MAster PRofessor program. Will you email use how many we have and such, or can we email you the information to make it easier for you, because we know what we have done and the sanctionig number, and that way you wont have to do the search, you can just check our info out.
master_trainer_mike says, "I can just run a search through our entire sanctioned event databse based upon your DCI numbers"
master_trainer_mike says, "make sure that if you head judge an event that your name and DCI number gets entered in the report"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #183 from gym_leader_blaine:also what if we run a tournament and didnt get credit for it is there an apple process for that?
master_trainer_mike says, "it must be a sanctioned tournament to count, you would have had to have been listed as the TO or the head judge"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #184 from darkpoinko:speaking of movies, which movie ar eyou guys more excited about: Spider-Man or Star Wars?
master_trainer_mike says, "Star Wars, I've read the script months back and it sounds great!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Certainly better than Star Wars Episode I: Look at how much you will hate Jar Jar......."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #185 from kel250:can you give me advice on the the dark theme deck and what pokemon should i have from the new neo destiny
master_trainer_mike says, "Hmm that is a bit too big of a question for the chat, I would suggest going onto the Pokegym boards, there are many helpful Pokemon players there"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #186 from xeodus:Mike, you read the script? you are such a liar. :P
master_trainer_mike says, "Let's just say that in order for us to make a card game many months ago, we had to knwo what was hapening"
master_trainer_mike says, "ok?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #187 from megax_zeo:doesn't reading the scripts kinda ruin the movie?
master_trainer_mike says, "I read The Empire Strikes Back in novel form the night before seeing the movie."
master_trainer_mike says, "Doesn't bother me"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #188 from gym_leader_blaine:what about the Game keeper tournaments, that I have talked to you about before.
master_trainer_mike says, "You need to write in to the list with the specific events, dates, store, and manager who allowed you to run the event and we can look into it"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #189 from ericsmewtwo:Tsk tsk, MTM, and you collect comic books? Spider-Man should be your priority, especially since it opens tommorow, tsk tsk
master_trainer_mike says, "Its not as if the story isn't rather well known"
master_trainer_mike says, "The X-men movie at least had SOME surprise."
master_trainer_mike says, "We all know Spidey's origin story by now"
master_trainer_mike says, "Not saying it won;t be good"
master_trainer_mike says, "but not new material"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #190 from gym_leader_blaine:I cant wait to see Yoda fight in AOTC that will be cool
master_trainer_mike says, "hmmmm"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #191 from bigchuck001:Will there be any cards in LC that help my favorite deck Entei/Magcargo?
master_trainer_mike says, "That is up to you to decide"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #192 from kel250:do you where i can enter a pokemon TCG league in california , torrance
master_trainer_mike says, "there is a Pokemon League locator on our web site go to http://www.wizards.com/pokemon and click on the Leagues button on the left"
master_trainer_mike says, "or call customer service at 1-800-243-6496"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #193 from gym_leader_blaine:Mike I will email you and give you the full story and my concern about the Game Keeper tournaments tonigh. I know you are heading to CBII for the new movie this weekend. Dont forget to pick up your exclusive figure
master_trainer_mike says, "I won't"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #194 from calathon:read the script? Trying out for the young Yoda part, were we? :-D
master_trainer_mike says, ""Away put your Maple Bars, I mean you no harm!""

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #195 from ericsmewtwo:Okay then, since you do love Star Wars, who do you think would win in a fight, Boba Fett or his daddy Jango Fett? heh
master_trainer_mike says, "I think that Jango would win at lawn darts (more practice) but Boba would definitely take the pie-eating contest"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #196 from gym_leader_blaine:MTM what do you think about Jar Jar being in this second movie?
master_trainer_mike says, "every dog has its own day"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #197 from megax_zeo:re: I live in California, and pretty much all but the LA area is dry on leagues... especially here in the bay area =\
master_trainer_mike says, "Then I would suggest looking for a local store with game space, telling them about the league, and offering to help them run it!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #198 from bubbi_guru:will the Card-e set be released before worlds?
master_trainer_mike says, "the future is unclear"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #199 from darkpoinko:are you guys planning a promotion with McDonald's much like the japanese card-e 2 promotion?
master_trainer_mike says, "those cards are cool huh? it all depends on what TPC will allow"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #200 from gym_leader_blaine:have you gotten the new Yado action figure that came out last week? It is really cool, has him with his lightsabor and everything.
master_trainer_mike says, "nope, got my sack of figs the first day, that's enough for now"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #201 from lance313:I was fiven the book based on the Star Wars Episode II Movie. Should I read it first or watch the movie first?
master_trainer_mike says, "that is up to you"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #202 from fieldtest:I'd like to say that the only Pokemon league near me closed about 6 months ago
master_trainer_mike says, "so help open up a new one!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #203 from ericsmewtwo:What about the cow tipping competition? Though it would be bad for the cows since they both pack blasters....
master_trainer_mike says, "bovine cruelty is not funny......"
master_trainer_mike says, "(ok, sometimes it is but not "officially" funny)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #204 from bubbi_guru:GEEZ MIKE! I thought you had Tarken powers! :p
master_trainer_mike says, "Is that Austin's cousin?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #205 from darkpoinko:darn tootin', I want an american burger-eating Larvitar card!
master_trainer_mike says, "Or a american lard eating burger card?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #206 from lizardotc:If my opponent's Dark Espeon has 7 damage counters and a Focus Band on it (with a Rocket's Hideout in play), and my Light Piloswine uses Knock over for 30 damage, does the Focus Band check occur before or after the Stadium is discarded?
master_trainer_mike says, "Ah, we answered this one last week."
master_trainer_mike says, "Focus band triggers as soon as the other Pokemon would be Knocked out, so it checks after the damage from the Knock Over is done"
master_trainer_mike says, "So even if it is succesful, once the Rocket's Hideout is removed form the restof the attack the Dark Espeon is Knocked out"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #207 from megax_zeo:as with any movie really, the books are better than the movie, wouldn't you agree MTM?
master_trainer_mike says, "I think they are fundaemntally different"
master_trainer_mike says, "I enjoy the books as they can go into greater detail and allow my own imagination (which is rather unique) to fill in the gaps"
master_trainer_mike says, "I enjoy movies as they are more of a shared experience with friends"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #208 from fieldtest:I saw you guys at the Chicago tournament. Those last 15+Rochester Draft battles were awesome
master_trainer_mike says, "There were definitelt some close ones!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #209 from kel250:is Meouth edition one (its marked on it) a rare card (its a rocket card)
master_trainer_mike says, "sorry, not familiar with that card"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #210 from darkpoinko:hey, when are we getting holofoil steel energies? ;)
master_trainer_mike says, "those came out in Genesis remember?"
master_trainer_mike says, "and they are called metal now, not steel (we weren't allowed touse the Steel name)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #211 from ericsmewtwo:Who would win in a fight, Sneasel or Yu-gi-oh?
master_trainer_mike says, "Hmmm, not to knock another companies product but in my opinion, the Yu-gi-oh cards are too dark and the paper stock is too thin."
master_trainer_mike says, "I saw them in Hong Kong 2 years ago and wasn't that impressed then either."
master_trainer_mike says, "I've heard the cartoon is pretty good though"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #212 from darkpoinko:... oh yeah... well, how about holo dark energies? ;)
master_trainer_mike says, "Go buy VS, they are in there"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #213 from ericsmewtwo:The Yu-gi-komono-ono cards are rather tiny to, alot smaller then normal cards.
master_trainer_mike says, "they have always been like that, a different choice I guess"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #214 from kel250:were can i buy yu gi oh cards
master_trainer_mike says, "no idea my friend, we don;t make those"
master_trainer_mike says, "I hear they are hard to find"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #216 from darkpoinko:yeah, my friend got hard into yu-gi-oh and is trying to force me out of pokemon to play it... of course he's been through 7 different card games in the past year, heh
master_trainer_mike says, "so you;re saying he's a loyal customer then..........."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #215 from firetrainer:Neo 3 hounddoom first attack dark flame.
master_trainer_mike says, "yes?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #217 from ericsmewtwo:That may be because no one wants to sell them.
master_trainer_mike says, "now now, I hear they are selling well but they are hard to find"
master_trainer_mike says, "I might not like them myself but that doesn't mean they are bad"
master_trainer_mike says, "kncoking other products just because they are different is silly"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #218 from darkpoinko:that much is true, american shoe-hi-oh cards are impossible to find here... it only makes pokemon cards easier to find for me :)
master_trainer_mike says, "there ya go"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #219 from megax_zeo:funny, my local comic store has them, but for some reason their still collecting dust on the shelves... =P
master_trainer_mike says, "well there are areasx where Pokemon colects dust"
master_trainer_mike says, "kick punch it's all in the mind!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #221 from kel250:if a pokemon card has a little logo on the left that says "edition 1" is ti rare
master_trainer_mike says, "oh, that is what is written on the newer japanese Pokemon cards,"
master_trainer_mike says, "I'm sorry but I don;t know the secondary market value for them"
master_trainer_mike says, "I would recommend checking out Inquest, Scrye, or Beckett's"
master_trainer_mike says, "Pojo magazine too"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #223 from firetrainer:oops. Would its first attack dark fire do 20 plus 10 more for the dark you from the attack. Because I think the rule book says effect come before energy's. I mite be wrong.
master_trainer_mike says, "You would do the damage from that attack first, THEN attach a darkness energy from the discard pile. That attached darkness energy would not add to the total damage done."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #224 from darkpoinko:any plans on making the new shining magikarp card a league re-issue with the shining foil treatment?
master_trainer_mike says, "nope"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #225 from fieldtest:why does the chat thing say, "presents the speaker with" it makes you guys sound like gods, when your're guys' weaknesses are maple bars and weedles :-P
master_trainer_mike says, "I have no idea"
master_trainer_mike says, "I am not a god"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #226 from ericsmewtwo:Ok then, who would win, Chop Chop Master Onion or Yu-gi-oh?
master_trainer_mike says, "CHOP CHOP!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Dojo, Casino it's all in the mind!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #227 from kel250:no its not a new japanese pokemon card its a hp 40 meouth and its a Rocket card
master_trainer_mike says, "none of our cards say eidtion 1 on them"
master_trainer_mike says, "sometimes some of the english cards are released in some of the japanese magazines though"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #228 from chrisbo:So, who from WOTC is going to be at the Star Wars Celebrations II convention this weekend?
master_trainer_mike says, "Kierin, Jamie, Scott, Bryan Z, Alex"
master_trainer_mike says, "Elaine, me"
master_trainer_mike says, "then the R&D guys"
master_trainer_mike says, "Richad Garfield"
master_trainer_mike says, "Robert Gutschera"
master_trainer_mike says, "and some others"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #229 from megax_zeo:somebody's been playing too much PaRappa... =P
master_trainer_mike says, "Actually I was play Unjammer Lammy yesterday!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #230 from ericsmewtwo:I think Kel may be reffering to the 1stEdition symbol on cards
master_trainer_mike says, "ah, well the same advice, you need to check out those magazines to get an idea on a cards worth"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #233 from fieldtest:don't you mean RichaRd Gutschera?
master_trainer_mike says, "nope Robert"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #234 from darkpoinko:hey MTM, mind helping me locate a copy of PaRappa the Rapper? It's almost as impossible to find as first edition base set cards here!
master_trainer_mike says, "I would check on E-bay"
master_trainer_mike says, "I got my copy used in a local game store"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #235 from pokesensei:Mike,what is the progress of you putting the "Beef in Egg Sauce" sound into song?
master_trainer_mike says, "Hmmm, do I give up trying to get new sets out, new rules out, and the Professor Program stable or I do make the egg song?"
master_trainer_mike says, "It's is on the lsit of things to do :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #237 from darkpoinko:beleive me, I ask every time I go to GameStop for it, used or otherwise, even today when I picked up Resident Evil... he's one popular rapping pooch
master_trainer_mike says, "it wasn't made in large quantities iether"
master_trainer_mike says, "I keep looking for the PS1 game Worms (the original one, not Worms Armegeddon)"
master_trainer_mike says, "My buddies and I played that game until the wee hours a lot!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #239 from pokesensei:OK then.....when are you going to put up info on the Master Professor list?? :-)
master_trainer_mike says, "Just sent the playtest form around today"
master_trainer_mike says, "The form for the tournament reports is being made"
master_trainer_mike says, "the interanl databse work to add Professors to the existing opweb structure is still underway"
master_trainer_mike says, "cards are being made"
master_trainer_mike says, "jackets will be sent out to europe"
master_trainer_mike says, "what else do you want, a rubber biscuit?!?!?!? ;)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #240 from megax_zeo:[holds his copy of PaRappa protectively] Worms is an awesome game, and also hard to find... =\
master_trainer_mike says, "very true"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #241 from michel1be:Jackets sent to Europe for the Master Professors ?
master_trainer_mike says, "as prizes for their own events, just like we are giving them out for Stadium Professor winners here"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #243 from darkpoinko:hey, if you want a fun game for your PS, pick up Silent Hill... be sure to play with the lights out, too ;)
master_trainer_mike says, "I have it and Silent Hill 2, both very creepy"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #245 from firetrainer:Old question but I am asking for a friend. Typhlosion fire recharge Pokemon Power is accumulative right?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes, if you have mor ethan one Typhlosion, you can use it once per turn for each"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #246 from lizardotc:If Light Arcanine uses Gentle Flames against a Magmar evolved from a Magby, the attack would still do 30 damage, right?...or is it 50?
master_trainer_mike says, "It would do 50. A basic Pokemon that has evolved fomr a baby Pokemon is no longer considered a basic Pokemon."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #248 from kel250:is dark typhlosion form the new neo destiny a good card
master_trainer_mike says, "Not bad, low retreat cost for a Stage 2, might work well with Entei"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #249 from chrisbo:I forgot, is Worlds in August going to be a one-day or a two-day event?
master_trainer_mike says, "2 day"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #250 from marril2000:mike, by any chance is there any kind of 'visitor tour' at wizards (is trying to come up with a list of things to see and do for worlds before/after the main event)?
master_trainer_mike says, "Not really, sorry. This is a secured building"
master_trainer_mike says, "It is also reather broing (lots of cubes with lots of clutter about)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #251 from marril2000:by any chance will the space weedle make it over to the convention center for worlds?
master_trainer_mike says, "I guess I can dig it out for one last public showing before it gets retired for good"
master_trainer_mike says, "DAP Steve will have his monument there as well"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #252 from bubbi_guru:will pikachu and pichu make a showing at worlds?
master_trainer_mike says, "dunno"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #254 from bubbi_guru:that oyu get your picture taken with
master_trainer_mike says, "don't think so"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #255 from marril2000:in LC, will each reverse holo card have its own number?
master_trainer_mike says, "the parallel foil set will work just like it does for Magic and Star Wars"
master_trainer_mike says, "new foil versions of existing cards (they will have the saame numbers)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #256 from marril2000:by any chance do you know if "art guy" dave w. make it to worlds?
master_trainer_mike says, "he may"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #257 from bubbi_guru:the precon decks you mentioned that will come out in june...are they for the set legendary collection? Are the cards in them all reprints?
master_trainer_mike says, "yup"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #258 from bubbi_guru:will LC be all reprinted cards? will there be new art?
master_trainer_mike says, "mostly reporints"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #259 from megax_zeo:what is Steve's monument?
master_trainer_mike says, "wait and see"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #260 from chrisbo:DMTM said on PokeGym that the starter deck for LC will have 61 cards. Is there going to be anything "super-special" about the extra card?
master_trainer_mike says, "man, he has been chatting hasn't he?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #261 from marril2000:mike, how long should it take after a league kit order is put in, should it take to recieve? my league should be up to week 2 of season 4 but we still have not gotten a grass kit :/
master_trainer_mike says, "if the store actually orders it porperly and pays for it, then they should get it quickly"
master_trainer_mike says, ",amy stores have been known to tell their players that we are holding it up"
master_trainer_mike says, "we don't hold them up"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #262 from megax_zeo:the 61 cards thing came from a little birdie in the Professor mail list =P
master_trainer_mike says, "well, the old starter deck had 61 cards in it remember?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #263 from lizardotc:Are you considering allowing Professors to start a Pokémon League if it is held in a retail location that will allow it but does not want to administer it?
master_trainer_mike says, "sure, that can be done as long as the store orders the kits from us and takes reposnisibility for people being in their store"
master_trainer_mike says, "I strongly encourage Professors to go out and do this :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #264 from lance313:We have been splitting a kit with another store (they order, we pay for a portion and use the supplies). Neither can come even close to using the whole kit. Now our store has been removed from the league locator since we haven't ordered this year. Any chance to be relisted without actually ordering whole kits?
master_trainer_mike says, "the league locator is automated based upon stores that order kits, sorry"
master_trainer_mike says, "I would post your league information on the boards though!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #265 from darkpoinko:how is the proper way to pay for it? we recently had to set up out league in another store and we have to pay for our kits ourselves, this is new to us
master_trainer_mike says, "to order a kit you need an account, only stores can get them"
master_trainer_mike says, "if a store is willing to order it, whether you pay the store the kit cost or not, then you can get the league kits"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #266 from marril2000:the store that the league used to run at said wizards stopped the league (season 7 year 2). really they where just handing out the stuff down at some comic/card convention... reasons why we moved the league on them :P. Also what should i do about poss
master_trainer_mike says, "we will stop a league ONLY if they are abusing it"
master_trainer_mike says, "the materials are for players to earn, NOT to be sold or handed out as freebies"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #267 from megax_zeo:are you implying the return of Base Machamp? =P
master_trainer_mike says, "hmmm, dunno :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #268 from lizardotc:Re: 263...Does that mean that a sore with a League no longer will need premiere status?
master_trainer_mike says, "correct, they no longer need to be a premiere store at this time"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #269 from marril2000:#266 cont. Also what should i do about possable stamper replacment since one does not come in a kit every so many seasons?
master_trainer_mike says, "your store manager can order replacement parts when they order their kits"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #270 from chrisbo:I'm glad to hear that you aren't holding up stores. You can get some serious prison time for doing that. ;-P
master_trainer_mike :)

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #271 from lance313:could the two stores alternate ordering the kits? Would ordering of non-consecutive season kits be allowed?
master_trainer_mike says, "yes, but the league locator gets updated each season, the stores would just alternate dropping off of the list"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #272 from fieldtest:how much does the league kit cost?
master_trainer_mike says, "$25"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #273 from wizo_pokemom:What types of things can get a store's League status revoked?
master_trainer_mike says, "the biggest one is if they are simply selling the kit contents instead of using them properly"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #274 from lizardotc:If I convince a store to open a new league right now, who exactly do they conyact, and which kit should they order?
master_trainer_mike says, "A store needs to contact our Direct Sales Department at 1-800-564-1636. This number is ONLY for stores and not for individuals so please use it properly."
master_trainer_mike says, "They would just need to set up an account (easy to do), then say they want to order the Pokemon League. They would get the current season for $25 and a Season 1 kit for free (as it has all of the materials you need to support the league)."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #275 from marril2000:hmm.... if the league locater is updated by the season on kits ordered... that store i preveously mentioned in question 266.... they are listed, and i was in their a few weeks ago and there was nothing about a league... (Paperback Bazaar Somersworth)
master_trainer_mike says, "Thanks, we will look into it."
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok gang, te questions have stopped flowing so I am off to go finish some more work before I leave for Celebration."
master_trainer_mike says, "Thank you all for coming!"
master_trainer_mike says, "I will be thinking about the lousy deck format :)"
master_trainer_mike says, "See you next week!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #276 from lance313:Happy Cinco de Mayo.
master_trainer_mike says, "You too!"