Pokemon Chat Report - Thursday, July 18, 2002
by Team Compendium


darkmaster_steve says, "Hey!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Howdy"
master_trainer_pat says, "Anyone, Anyone?"
darkmaster_steve says, "no one here, cancel it! :)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #1 from mt_icecold:Dark Apprentice Steve is a master now eh?
darkmaster_steve says, "Always have been,"
darkmaster_steve says, "they just thought that I wasn't good enough,"
master_trainer_pat says, "Heck ya...he has been ever since he finshed the Meowth Ballon"
darkmaster_steve says, ""Roar""
master_trainer_pat says, "Gosh that thing is ugly though"
master_trainer_pat smirks.

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #2 from yoshi1001:LC Nidoking's Toxic still says 20 damage. I assume we place 2 counters instead.
master_trainer_pat says, "That's right"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #3 from bigchuck001:Is the "Lots of Pokemon" prize at worlds actually a box from all 12 sets?
master_trainer_pat says, "Right...non-1st edition of course"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #4 from soslowpoke:How many cards are in the Expedition set?
master_trainer_pat says, "We don't know yet."
master_trainer_pat says, "or we just can't say."
master_trainer_pat says, "one or the other"
darkmaster_steve says, "Meowth keeps eating the prints,"
master_trainer_pat says, "D'oh!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Hey here's a couple of announcements that MT Mike wanted me to share..."
master_trainer_pat says, "First, the Friday Grinder tournament at Worlds will be single elimination...many of us here in Customer Service were misinformed that it was Swiss rounds"
master_trainer_pat says, "Also, if you are not going to be playing in the Friday Grinder, please do not come to the Convention Center"
master_trainer_pat says, "There won't be any other events going on and we have limited space"

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #5 from steelixownzu:If Brock's Ninetales is on the field with a Neo3 Aerodactyl on the bench, and the Brock's Ninetales has a Feraligatr and a Erika's Victrebell on it, could you have the Victrebell on top and still attack with feraligatr?
darkmaster_steve says, "Yes, has long has you have the right energy,"

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #6 from lord_schweizer:Do you know when the GBA Pokčmon game will be coming out?
darkmaster_steve says, "don't really know, sorry"
master_trainer_pat says, "Nope"
master_trainer_pat says, "Sometime this fall?"

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #7 from mt_icecold:On the list for the WC FAQ there are alot of errors, one of them is on the tournaments it says prizes cut to top 8 and the prizes are listed for top 16 that is confusing, i think maybe you should take a 2nd look with manual spelcheck
darkmaster_steve says, "You should spel"l"check too. :)"
darkmaster_steve smiles.
master_trainer_pat laughs hysterically.
master_trainer_pat says, "We'll let the writer know..."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #8 from soslowpoke:Will Expedition be printed in 1st edition?
master_trainer_pat says, "No."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #9 from bigdaddysnorlax:If you play a Mary Trainer card but you cannot draw 2 cards from your deck, can you still play Mary and shuffle 2 cards from your hand back into your deck?
darkmaster_steve says, "Yes,"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #10 from lord_schweizer:Can you place clefairy doll during setup?
master_trainer_pat says, "Nope, just like with Mys. Fossil. It is not a Pokemon you can start with"

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #11 from yoshi1001:What happens if you try to play Mary with no deck?
darkmaster_steve says, "I guess you could borrow one, but she might get upset."
darkmaster_steve says, "but otherwise, you could use it."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #12 from mt_icecold:Is one of the errors nowone has seen on Southern Islands Slowking?
master_trainer_pat says, "Sorry, don't know what you're talking about."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #13 from lord_schweizer:What cards are banned?
darkmaster_steve says, "everything except meowths! and energy"
master_trainer_pat says, "For what?"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #14 from soslowpoke:Can you announce what promo 48 yet? (some of us already know it ;)
master_trainer_pat says, "If only some of you know...let's let the others find out."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #15 from cookie_bakist:What is the prominent deck type in sanctioned tournaments?
darkmaster_steve says, "Team rockets meowth. But I think I will take my stone cold deck, Has for what is winning, Not saying!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #16 from mt_icecold:Because on SI slowking i noticed the length is 5'7 and yet on genesis slwoking its 5 ' 8, isnt that wrong?
master_trainer_pat says, "hmmm, he's shrinking!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #17 from bigchuck001:One of the prizes at worlds is Card E for life. How many sets of card E do you expext to relese?
darkmaster_steve says, "that would be Pokemon E, and you get one that has to last you for life, :)"
darkmaster_steve says, "actually it is probably one box of boosters for each set."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #18 from soslowpoke:Will Expedition have the PokemonPower/Pokemon Body Breakup like the Japanese set had, or will they all just be Pokemon Powers?
master_trainer_pat says, "I don't know how they're doing the text templating on those yet. We'll have to see,"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #19 from p_r0ach:Pat are you por2gee?
darkmaster_steve says, "thats not nice, how much money MTP has doesn't have anything to do with who he is!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Nao, eu seu americano. Eu falo Portugues muito poqueno"

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #20 from chrisbo:There were a couple of good questions on the professor list this week; I'm going to re-ask them for the benefit of the general public. First off, Can Balloon Berry be used to retreat a Paralyzed, Confused, or Sleeping Pokémon?
darkmaster_steve says, "No. You have to be able to retreat normally to use the balloon."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #21 from chrisbo:In Team Play, if a player does something that causes his partner to discard a non-Colorless energy card (say, Pokemon Center) with Ecogym in play, would those non-Colorless energies return to the player's hand?
darkmaster_steve says, "Yes, they would get the energy back."
master_trainer_pat says, "We're ruling that it will work for know...pretty powerful if you ask me. I won the Team Rocket's Meowth arguement though so I guess I owed Mike one"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #22 from chrisbo:When using Agility in Team Play, can you specify which of the opposing team's Active Pokemon is affected by the Agility effect, or does it HAVE to be the Defending Pokemon that you are attacking with Agility?
master_trainer_pat says, "It does have a you or your in it, so you would be able to select which opponent's active Pokemon it affects."
master_trainer_pat says, "Note that MT Mike may have answer some of these in the Professor e-mail but we did not get the answers from him."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #23 from soslowpoke:Will Expedition be using the "Supporter" rule for some Trainer cards?
darkmaster_steve says, "possibly, we don't know just yet."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #24 from bigchuck001:Where should the Professors that won trips go to on Friday night?
master_trainer_pat says, "You can check out Seattle...Gameworks is really close"
darkmaster_steve says, "I feel like I am doing this all over again... hmmm I forgot what that is called....."
master_trainer_pat says, "We heard the hotel has a gaming room set up too"
master_trainer_pat says, "If you are asking about meeting times or something...we don't know either."
master_trainer_pat says, "MT Mike just told me I had to show up and help judge the Grinder..."
master_trainer_pat grins evilly.

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #25 from lizardotc:Will you be needing any Professors to help at GenCon? If so, will they be able to earn points toward Master status and whom should they contact?
master_trainer_pat says, "I suppose we will, but once again that's something that Mike sets up."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #26 from soslowpoke:What time should we be there to register for side events (especially the ones that have limited entrance) at Worlds?
darkmaster_steve says, "door open at 9 AM, feel free to be there early."
master_trainer_pat says, "Well, doors open at 9"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #27 from soslowpoke:(gasp) Why won't there be 1st edition anymore?
master_trainer_pat says, "It became a problem with ordering the product."
master_trainer_pat says, "People would _only_ buy it if it was 1st edition and there is only a limited amount of that as you know."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #28 from michel1be:A trip to the TMB is one of the winner's prizes at Worlds. Will there be other players invited at the TMB and how will they be choosen ?
master_trainer_pat says, "If there are(no one has told us yet) there will be very, very few"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #30 from mt_icecold:Can you explain what the tropical mega battle is?
master_trainer_pat says, "It is TPC(the Pokemon Company's) main Pokemon event for the year."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #29 from soslowpoke:Will the Team Multiplay tournament at Worlds have a lunch break? And how long of one?
darkmaster_steve says, "Depends on what time it gets started, and other stuff, most likely there will be a lunch break though."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #31 from bigchuck001:Durring the team event at Origins, somone opened with an active Mysterious Fossil and a benched Clefffa. I asked MTM about this and he said it was ok. Did you just change the rule recently?
master_trainer_pat says, "That was the call at the time(we told you we knew that we would encounter things that we didn't have rulings for). I wanted to make sure the ruling was changed after this event because I felt that we never really clarified that you may not start with a trainer card as one of your starting Pokemon."
master_trainer_pat says, "That's really what this boils down to."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #32 from yoshi1001:Regarding N3 Aerodactyl/Br. Ninetales: Could you please explain that ruling? It seemingly goes against past precedent (past evolution cards are null and void).
darkmaster_steve says, "N3 Aerodactyl says that any evolution card attached, so it does make a difference what other evo's are on, you could use their attacks."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #33 from soslowpoke:When registering for the Team Multiplayer tourney at Worlds, do both players have to be present, or could I just register myself and my teammate, and he/she will come when its time to play?
darkmaster_steve says, "If you are going to cover your opponents cost has well, sure."
master_trainer_pat says, "We think that's how it will work."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #34 from soslowpoke:Do you happen to know what the new promo for the Pokemon Center store in NewYork is?
master_trainer_pat says, "There's a new one!!"
master_trainer_pat shakes her/his head.

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #35 from cookie_bakist:What kind of deck capitalizes on the weaknesses of a team rocket meowth deck?
darkmaster_steve says, "NOTHING!"
darkmaster_steve says, "Nothing can stop it! It is a juggernaught! FEAR IT!"
darkmaster_steve laughs hysterically.
master_trainer_pat says, "Anything that packs Tyrogues"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #36 from steelixownzu:Is the water season promo Omastar? I've heard that, but I'm not sure...
darkmaster_steve says, "shh!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Nooooo."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #37 from soslowpoke:Will all theme decks be used in the Theme Deck Challenge at Worlds?
darkmaster_steve says, "all sort's will be used."
master_trainer_pat says, "No, there are some we just don't have in stock anymore."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #39 from p_r0ach:... Por2gee is the slang term for Portugese and now i see that he is.. hehe wow im por2gee too now i feel spical yay for me
darkmaster_steve says, "That would be like saying that I am Nihonjin!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Nao. I'm not Portugese...but I've been to Brazil a couple times...sorry to let you down."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #40 from soslowpoke:What's the foil Energy for Season 8 of league?
master_trainer_pat says, "You mean you don't know yet!"
master_trainer_pat says, "SoSlowpoke doesn't know a promo!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #41 from chrisbo:Re Q5 : There is currently a ruling that says the Recall trainer cannot access any of Brock's Ninetales' previously-attached evo cards attacks. Does that one get overturned in light of the Neo3 Aerodactyl ruling now? Thanks.
master_trainer_pat says, "No."
darkmaster_steve says, "We will have MTM make a more official ruling."
master_trainer_pat says, "We just work here, guys."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #42 from soslowpoke:I know this has been asked before, but if we want to e-mail one of you (MTs) directly, should we just send an e-mail to custserv@wizards.com and put "Attn: Master Trainer _____" as the subject?
darkmaster_steve says, "Yeah,"
master_trainer_pat says, "Sure, you can do that"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #43 from pokesensei:TR Meowth argument?Please fill us in...
darkmaster_steve shakes her/his head.
darkmaster_steve says, "You must learn, young one."
master_trainer_pat says, "The argument is that it is too powerful in Team Play(not my stance). The resolution is that we need more data. Thus the addition of a Team Multiplay event at GEn Con."
master_trainer_pat says, "I just don't think it deserves banning...we should wait til we see someone really build a deck that dominates with it."
master_trainer_pat says, "How's that for a challenge?"

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #44 from starmiemaster:What's the recommended number of packs for a Legends Sealed tournament?
darkmaster_steve says, "I believe it was 6, but I don't remember for certain."
darkmaster_steve says, "opps. 4,"
master_trainer_pat says, "between 4-6 works the best"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #45 from lance313:You said if we are not PLAYING in the grinder, don't come down. So, I take it you don't want any of us to come and WORK it? :p
darkmaster_steve says, "Please don't tell me about how you work it!"
darkmaster_steve says, "eww,"
master_trainer_pat says, "D'oh!"
master_trainer_pat says, "I was talking about players...I was just trying to say that there are no side events going on that day and nothing else to do if you are not in the Grinder itself(or working it, as you said)"
master_trainer_pat grins evilly.

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #46 from soslowpoke:Could you explain how the Pokemon Arena league at GenCon will be run, how it works, and what prizes there'll be?
darkmaster_steve says, "Play games, pull random Prizes, anything from energy to free packs of cards. Have fun."
master_trainer_pat says, "That's about it...it is super simple way to earn free cards and, if you're lucky, some good foils."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #48 from mt_icecold:What TR Meowth argument, is there a transcript
master_trainer_pat says, "Sorry, that's for our ears only."
master_trainer_pat says, "Hey, wasn't that a Bond flick..."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #49 from soslowpoke:In the TMP rules, it says something about trading affects. What sort of affects would be tradable and when could they be traded?
darkmaster_steve says, "anything that states you, you could use on yourself, or your partner,"
darkmaster_steve says, "I think that is what you mean."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #50 from prof_kris:MTP, you said that people not playing in the grinder should not be at the center, but what about Professors, do we show up or only if we are told so?
master_trainer_pat says, "I hope you caught my answer early."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #51 from yoshi1001:What's the status of the Expedition prerelease event at Gen Con?
darkmaster_steve says, "cross fingers, and paws, and anything else you can cross."
master_trainer_pat says, "Cross your fingers..."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #52 from articjedi:in TMP can the teams talk in a language other than the local one (ex. sign language, japanese)
darkmaster_steve says, "Codes allowed"
darkmaster_steve says, "so if you can speak Cat-taneese, Meowth will be your best friend."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #53 from cookie_bakist:Why do you have to be 15 to take the prof. quiz?
master_trainer_pat says, "Beacuse you have to be 15 to become a Professor."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #54 from soslowpoke:Does GameWorks in Seattle have a nobody under the age of 21 after 9PM rule?
master_trainer_pat says, "They used to have that after 10 pm, but I have not been for a couple months...I don't know if it's still in effect."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #55 from starmiemaster:Will there be plans to change the venues next year for the Stadium Challenges and Worlds? (coughstadiumchallengeinRaleighplzcough)
master_trainer_pat says, "Stadium Challenges, Gym Challenges and Worlds will be looked at next year"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #57 from indigomaster33:will the wotc room at the crown plaza be open on thursday the 1st?
master_trainer_pat says, "Sorry, we don't know."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #58 from cookie_bakist:I passed the Pokemon League teacher quiz, whatever it's called, do I still have to take the prof. quiz if I want to be a prof.? (which I don't)
darkmaster_steve says, "umm, yes!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #59 from prof_kris:When you said the hotel is going to have a gaming room, is it the Crowne Plaza and does that mean that anyone can show up there and play?
master_trainer_pat says, "It is the Crowne Plaza and there will be an area to play, but it's a limited amount of space."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #60 from steelixownzu:So, what will you guys be playing at Worlds for the Professor Challenge? I'm sure DMS is going to play meowth though ;)
darkmaster_steve says, "We have done extensive research, and planning for decks, I am sure all of us will have a couple decks to play."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #61 from bigchuck001:why are you only allowed to play in the TMB if youre 12 and under
master_trainer_pat says, "That's the guidelines for their event. You have to realize this is not a WotC tournament. It is for The Pokemon Company and they help determine the guidelines."
master_trainer_pat says, "I think(not entirely sure) that we were asked to help set it up, but it still is by there guidelines."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #62 from soslowpoke:Ooooh will we get gift bags at Worlds like the ones that were given out at the STS's
darkmaster_steve says, "No idea,"

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #63 from lord_schweizer:In USA was there a very limited amount of neo 4 because over here they were so limited that they just put 1 1st edition in some of the normal boxes
darkmaster_steve says, "Huh? No they were not that limited."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #64 from soslowpoke:Will king Ra-Ra be making an appearence at Worlds?
master_trainer_pat says, "We heard rumors about that, but nothing for certain yet. We hope so."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #67 from articjedi:if I have a lily pad mew on the bench and a different mew as the active, does the power work for the different mew
darkmaster_steve says, "No, self reference rule."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #69 from mt_icecold:Will any master trainers be up for some matches in late noon friday before worlds?
master_trainer_pat says, "I can't even say that we'll be free then...normally we're working at that time. Maybe they'll let us off our leashes early that day."
master_trainer_pat smiles.

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #68 from soslowpoke:The cost for TMP Sealed at worlds is $25 for a team right? Not $25 per person..
darkmaster_steve says, "25 for the team."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #70 from soslowpoke:Ughh will Gym Theme Decks be used in the theme deck Challenge at worlds?
darkmaster_steve says, "possibly, not sure yet still."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #71 from mt_icecold:For the theme deck challenge will they not use team rocket decks as they are obviously weaker than most others.
darkmaster_steve says, "All sort of theme decks will be used. Keep in mind you get boosters to make the decks better,"
darkmaster_steve says, "3 boosters in fact,"

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #72 from cookie_bakist:OK, now I know what card to use as the base of my deck (Tyrouge), but what set does the best Tyrogue come from?
darkmaster_steve says, "how many tyrogues are there?"
master_trainer_pat says, "Hmmm...so many to choose from.."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #74 from articjedi:is the water season promo articuno?
darkmaster_steve says, "it may be meowth, you never know with that cat, (but I don't think he likes water)"

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #75 from lance313:Wait a minute. Where have I been? When did DAS become DMS?
darkmaster_steve says, "I have always been DMS. :) it was all an illusion."
master_trainer_pat says, "Hey now"
darkmaster_steve says, "Disbelieve!"

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #77 from bigchuck001:Any news on what the Master Trainer's bounties will be?
darkmaster_steve says, "well, that depends on if you take out DMTM."
master_trainer_pat says, "Sorry, but that is classified at the momens"
master_trainer_pat says, "moment"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #78 from scyther_trainer:Is Pokemon league officially over after season 8 or can the league still continue? (since season 8 will be done in September)
master_trainer_pat says, "Officially over for the year, but the stores can still do something themselves if they want"

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #79 from p_r0ach:I havent played the TCG for a while now.. actually since the STS when i placed 69 ^_^'' anywho.. How much do a pack of cards run for
darkmaster_steve says, "suggested retail of a booster pack is 3.29 plus tax,"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #80 from soslowpoke:At the Pokemon League at GenCon, will there be prizes for top finishes (with points) like last year?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #81 from soslowpoke:Has the Expedition Prerelease been scheduled for GenCon yet?
darkmaster_steve says, "not yet"
master_trainer_pat says, "Nope. We're hoping they have the cards for us by then..."

darkmaster_steve presents the speaker with question #82 from starmiemaster:Re: #53 - I thought all communication must be spoken aloud so all players can hear it?
master_trainer_pat shakes her/his head.
darkmaster_steve says, "sure, spoken, or signed where everyone can see it, weather or not they can understand it......That doesn't matter."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #83 from articjedi:so which theme decks are going to be used? The base set decks seem overpowered
master_trainer_pat says, "A selection of them."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #84 from prof_kris:When does the Water Season start?
master_trainer_pat says, "I think that some stores have already started that"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #85 from p_r0ach:The First STS in Long Beach was Hudge.. How come you guys go back to san dieago?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yea, remember how the Queen Mary was too small? San Diego has a larger facility"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #86 from scyther_trainer:When will Expedition be available in stores? and will the packs be distributed like LC?
master_trainer_pat says, "Sept. 16th"
master_trainer_pat says, "I don't know how the distribution will be handled"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #87 from articjedi:sorry about the endless questions about the theme deck challenge, but do we get to choose the theme deck?
master_trainer_pat says, "No."
darkmaster_steve says, "one sec, got a ruling from MTM, for the Neo3 Aero, the MT's were correct that you will be able to use the attacks of the evo's attached to Ninetails."
master_trainer_pat says, "Sorry, gang that's it for this week."
darkmaster_steve says, "gotta run,"
darkmaster_steve says, "MEOWTH!""
master_trainer_pat says, "I won't be here next week, but you came show up and grill Mike with all your Tournament questions..."
master_trainer_pat grins evilly.
master_trainer_pat says, "He'll love that. Tchau."