Pokemon Chat Report - Thursday, January 02, 2003
by Team Compendium (with special thanks to Magmar2000)


master_trainer_mike says, "Happy New Year!"
master_trainer_mike says, "New Year Happy!"
master_trainer_mike says, "New happy!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Happy year!"
master_trainer_mike says, "New"
master_trainer_mike says, "New"
master_trainer_mike says, "errrr...."
master_trainer_mike says, "Happy Year!"
master_trainer_mike smirks.
darkmt_mike says, "Happy Happy?"
master_trainer_mike says, "Hello and welcome to the first Pokemon Chat of 2003!"
master_trainer_mike says, "If I knew you all were coming I'd have baked a cake!"
darkmt_mike smirks.
master_trainer_mike says, "I might have some left over fruit cake here in the garbage though........."
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok we may as well jump into the questions, ja?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #294 from farbsman:With Winner promo Sneasel, Entrap doesn't do the 10 added damage for darkness right? I am thinking no since darkness requires damage to be done to add the 10, but I was asked to ask.
master_trainer_mike says, "Correct, it does not do any damage so no extra damage form Darkness Energy attached."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #295 from daytongl:Should the LC Full Heal Energy be played as written, or as it is written in the Master Card Reference? The card states Special Conditions, the Card Reference states Poisoned, Confused, and Sleep.
master_trainer_mike says, "Play it as the card is written, we will have the card refernce updated."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #296 from marril2000:hey mike! did you have a holiday break? get any cool gifts?
master_trainer_mike says, "It was nice to have some vacation time."
master_trainer_mike says, "Was in Vermpont, glad to come back."
master_trainer_mike says, "How about you Mike?"
darkmt_mike says, "I had a great time!"
darkmt_mike says, "Watched Two Towers three times!"
master_trainer_mike says, "BTW, we are pleased to announce that Dark Master Trainer Steve is now working back here at WOTC headquarters with us."
master_trainer_mike says, "He made a very cool statue out of the Meowth cards you sent and we let him come back."
darkmt_mike says, "True!"
master_trainer_mike says, "You may see him in the chat from time to time."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #297 from mysterioustrainer:According to the Devolution Spray Rulings, Devolving a Pokémon counts as evolution, so you could evolve it back that same turn, so when it comes to Hyper Devolution Spray on a Stage 2 Pokémon, I am assuming you can't play a second devolution spray to take what is now a Stage 1 to a Basic Pokémon since Devolving follows Evolution rules, correct?
master_trainer_mike says, "While you can't evolve a Pokemon the same turn you devolved it, there is no rule saying you cannot devolve a Pokeon twice in the same turn."
darkmt_mike says, "You on the phone Mike?"
master_trainer_mike says, "So you could use Hyper Devolution Spray twice in one turn on the same Pokemon."
master_trainer_mike says, "nope"
darkmt_mike says, "number?"
master_trainer_mike says, "8177"
darkmt_mike says, "Thanks."

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #298 from mysterioustrainer:A Pokémon with Mirror Move (such as Pidgeotto or Spearow) has a Focus Band attached and is hit for damage more than its remaining HP. The Focus Band flip is heads, and the Pokémon now has 10 HP remaining. My question is do you apply the effect of Focus Band when calculating the Mirror Move Attack?
master_trainer_mike says, "When using Mirror Move the "Final Result of an attack" is what is done to a Pokemon BEFORE it is Knocked Out. If theWhen using Mirror Move the "Final Result of an attack" is what is done to a Pokemon BEFORE it is Knocked Out. If the"
master_trainer_mike says, "Defending Pokemon has a Weakness or Resistance this is calculated BEFORE naming the final result of the attack. Focus"
master_trainer_mike says, "Band takes place OUTSIDE of the normal timing sequence of attack resolution and has no effect on this definition of the"
master_trainer_mike says, "Final result. It is a replacement effect that takes place before a Pokemon is Knocked out. If Pidgeotto has a Focus Band"
master_trainer_mike says, "attached to it, the Final Result of an attack against it does NOT count anything that Focus Band may or may not do. Meaning"
master_trainer_mike says, "if an attack against Pidgeotto does 100 damage and a Focus Band triggers successfully reducing Pidgeotto's remaining HP to"
master_trainer_mike says, "10, the Final result of the attack against this Pokemon is 100 damage, NOT reducing the Defending Pokemon to 10 hp. So if"
master_trainer_mike says, "Pidgeotto take 50 damage from a Lightning Pokemon, this is doubled due to its Weakness and the Final Result is 100"
master_trainer_mike says, "damage, regardless of whether Focus Band saves Pidgeotto from being Knocked out or not. The Focus Band alters the final"
master_trainer_mike says, "damage, regardless of whether Focus Band saves Pidgeotto from being Knocked out or not. The Focus Band alters the final"
master_trainer_mike says, "outcome of what happens to Pidgeotto it does NOT alter the Final result of the attack. If the attack also has a special"
master_trainer_mike says, "condition, you would do that back as well (like poison). (Feb 7, 2002 WotC Chat)"
master_trainer_mike says, "(phew)"
darkmt_mike says, "Yikes!"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #299 from mysterioustrainer:Lets get this part out of the way. Any news on Challenge Series?
darkmt_mike says, "Nope."

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #301 from mt_icecold:Hey you may have already answered this but how does Genetic Meamory(Neo Revelation Kingdra) Work in relation to Expedition Alakazam's power?
darkmt_mike says, "It would be able to use the Genetic memory attack to copy the evolutions attacks."

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #303 from steelixownzu:Why couldn't you show the picture of Octillery, since it's already released in a magazine?
darkmt_mike says, "I was obligated to not post certain cards because they were given exclusively to those sources, that is one of the cards."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #302 from mysterioustrainer:When will the new DCI Pokémon Floor Rules be posted?
master_trainer_mike says, "Should have already been up, I see they are not, they will go up ASAP."
darkmt_mike says, "Yup."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #304 from jackiej:i have a Neo discovery politoad active and a Neo Revelation on my bench, and 3 poliwags. i have enough energy attached to use poliwhirls attack. would frog song add 40 extra damage?
master_trainer_mike says, "Do you mean would your active POLITOED do extra damage? Of course it would, read what Frog Song says."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #305 from marril2000:mike, i was wondering how the locations for Super BattleZone are selected, and when can we possible see a scedule for it? also what does the text say on the graphic on the Super BattleZone page under the logo?
master_trainer_mike says, "Sorry, that is internal stuff."
master_trainer_mike says, "Wait and see what it will say when you go to one :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #306 from mt_icecold:Any super battlezone info, or are the premeir TO's still being contacted?
master_trainer_mike says, "It may be bumped back until Feb 15th just so we can get all of our ducks in a row."

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #307 from fishydittocubed42:Any absolute date for Aquapolis?
darkmt_mike says, "It is absolutely not coming out today...."
darkmt_mike says, "Mid Jan."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #308 from professorcfk:have any new super battlezone info you might want to share?
master_trainer_mike says, "I saw the trophies and other materials today, they are very cool! Make sure you go to one!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #309 from michel1be:Is Aquapolis Nidoking's Eath Rage power cumulative if 2 or more Aqua Nidoking are on the bench ?
darkmt_mike says, "Can't answer that yet."
master_trainer_mike says, "Sorry but those cards have not been released yet so no rulings yet."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #310 from steelixownzu:Where can we find the new floor/team rules?
master_trainer_mike says, "Give me some time after the chat to get them up."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #311 from marril2000:If you where to run BattleZone in league style, could you create a new kind of score card rather than using the sheet provided?
master_trainer_mike says, "Sure if you want to. Just keep the overall system the same."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #312 from yoshi1001:The Card ref says D. Golbat does not apply w/r for the power, but the card says it does. Which is correct?
master_trainer_mike says, "The card!!!!"
darkmt_mike says, "Duh!"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #313 from jackiej:did you have good Holidays? i got a Gengar and a Weedle in my boosters.
master_trainer_mike says, "You should see a doctor about that....."
master_trainer_mike says, "DOH!"
master_trainer_mike smirks.
darkmt_mike says, "Excellent...too bad about the Weedle though"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #316 from mysterioustrainer:I thought Steve was still appritence?
darkmt_mike says, "He was devolved and then evolved!"
master_trainer_mike says, "not in the same turn either"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #317 from lizardotc:If a confused Pokemon attempts to attack and flips tails, does that mean that an opposing Smeargle would have nothing to sketch, since the attack did not actually occur?
darkmt_mike says, "Yes. Correct!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #319 from i_luv_my_oddish:A while back some one asked what would happen if you attached a Rainbow Energy to an Energy Evolution Eevee with 40 damage on it. You said you'd check with Japan for an answer. Did the answer come back yet?
master_trainer_mike says, "nope"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #320 from jackiej:we went to see The Two Towers, also. by the way, i'm on 13 orcs.
darkmt_mike says, "I'm on 274"
darkmt_mike says, "They taste great!"
master_trainer_mike says, "I snuck up and tickled an ent!!"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #321 from lizardotc:If an Umbreon uses Feint attack against a benched Lilypad Mew (promo), does the Mew's Pokemon Power protect it from damage?
darkmt_mike says, "No."

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #322 from neo_fox:So what did DMT Steve make with the cards... and will we see it anytime?
darkmt_mike says, "A Meowth Ballon."
master_trainer_mike says, "I'll try and get a picture up of it soon for you guys."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #323 from steelixownzu:Since it's a new year, can't you suprise us with the GC's? Please?
master_trainer_mike says, "You do know we don;t own this brand right???"
darkmt_mike laughs hysterically.
master_trainer_mike says, "(it starts...........)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #324 from tehairyclefairy:Guys - Parasect on the opponent's bench, they're playing a Feraligatr that KOs your only Muk with a Riptide. Does the water in the opponent's discard pile get shuffled back into their deck? Any chance of clarifying the reasons in terms of order of act
master_trainer_mike says, "They get shuffled back. The damage is done first, which knocks out the Muk, then powers trun back on."
master_trainer_mike says, "THEN after damage is done, other effects of the attack are done, thereby shuffling back the cards."
master_trainer_mike says, "This is the same timing sequence that came up with the Dark Gyrados getting knocked out with an attack that Paralyzes question."
darkmt_mike says, "Simple huh?"
darkmt_mike grins evilly.

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #325 from tehairyclefairy:Guys if I haven't received a BZ kit as a Master Professor what do you recommend I do & who to tell/contact? Thanx
master_trainer_mike says, "write in to the Professor list"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #326 from mysticzapdos_x:The way you've worded your article on 2002 Year in Review, it looks as if the Challenge Series is gonna start after GenCon. Is that true?
master_trainer_mike says, "I don't think I said that. We don;t have a start date yet."

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #327 from mt_icecold:Re: question #301 So would alakazam copy its own evoloution's attacks, or kingdra's?
darkmt_mike says, "It's own."
darkmt_mike says, "Alakazam's that is ."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #328 from mysterioustrainer:Do you have any plans updating the Master Rulings sometime (out of curiosity)?
master_trainer_mike says, "1st I get more delegate kits out, then I get the next amiling of Professor cards out"
master_trainer_mike says, "then I finish Super BattleZone"
master_trainer_mike says, "then I get the floor rules updated"
master_trainer_mike says, "THEN, if something else doesn't get me, I will work on updating the Master Rules"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #329 from farbsman:When will the Super Battlezone tournament locations be released?
master_trainer_mike says, "Still being worked on, there are only a few of us here"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #330 from yoshi1001:Re: 304 usinc N3 Aero/ Recall to use polywhirl's attack.
master_trainer_mike says, "I DARE YOU to name a TIME thjis ever happens"
master_trainer_mike shakes her/his head.
master_trainer_mike says, "You guys spend too much time trying to come up with rules conundrums...."
master_trainer_mike smiles.

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #331 from jackiej:can you say what the age groups for Super Battle Zone are?
master_trainer_mike says, "Details to come soon!"
master_trainer_mike says, "But players of ALL ages can participate and try and win stuff!!!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #332 from mysterioustrainer:Is there a new chat theme song for 2003?
master_trainer_mike says, "Not yet"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #337 from lizardotc:re: #321, I thought that Feint Attack only ignored Powers on the DEFENDING Pokemon: how can it ignore the Power on a benched Mew?
darkmt_mike says, "My fault. It would not if Mew was benched. I missed that."
master_trainer_mike says, "Then why do you guys ask if you already know the answers???? hmmmmm????"
master_trainer_mike says, "They are tricksey!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #333 from marril2000:Can you at least say there will be a Super BattleZone with in the New England area (six or so states that stick off of New York state)? ^_^
master_trainer_mike says, "nope and the more you ask, the less I will say"
master_trainer_mike says, "Elrond is silent today."
master_trainer_mike says, "hee hee hee"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #334 from fishydittocubed42:Can you tell us anything about the new energies in Aquapolis...
darkmt_mike says, "There really cool!"
master_trainer_mike says, "I would use the word SPIFFY."

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #335 from mt_icecold:Im on 1074 orcs, 253 Uruk-hai(LOTR game as Legolas)
darkmt_mike says, "I was talking about the real world dude!"
master_trainer_mike says, "I once had a 17th level ranger in my game that............"
master_trainer_mike says, "(real world D&D)"
darkmt_mike says, "I have seen that I'm Sauron in the RTC"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #336 from mt_icecold:Do we have a new "Thread the Weedle" deck yet? How about you put a team deck up cause Beedrill seems to do well in teams.
master_trainer_mike says, "I've only been back in the office today!!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "I'll get to it!!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #339 from i_luv_my_oddish:Since Umbreon can hit a benched Lilypad Mew, does that mean Feint Attack can damage benched pokemon even if the opponent has Unown D in play?
master_trainer_mike says, "No, because the Feint effect is only when you attack the Active."
master_trainer_mike says, "If you use Feint oj the active it does the damage cutting through Unown D."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #340 from fishydittocubed42:Have you gotten out all of the Battle Zone Kits yet? The store that I go to says that it hasn't gotten theirs yet...
master_trainer_mike says, "Januaries kits already shipped."
master_trainer_mike says, "If they don;t have it, then there is a problem."
master_trainer_mike says, "They really need to contact us ASAP."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #341 from i_luv_my_oddish:Re: Question #324. You mean the cards don't get shuffled in, right? When Muk is KOed Parasect's power will turn on and prevent the cards from being shuffled.
master_trainer_mike says, "RIGHT!!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "You know, these last two weeks didn't have me thinking a lot about Pokemon, does it show?"
master_trainer_mike smirks.

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #342 from farbsman:Has WotC signed the contract with the Pokemon Company for the next year? I never heard anything on this and was wondering if that might be why we hadn't heard anything on the Challenge series.
darkmt_mike says, "We can't talk about things we can't talk about."
master_trainer_mike says, "Absolutely no comments of any kind."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #343 from mysticzapdos_x:RE:#326 - And I quote from the article, "...the Team Championship occurs at Gen Con, the Challenge Series and World Championship happen later on..."
master_trainer_mike says, "We are looking at the World Championship starting later on."
master_trainer_mike says, "The Challenge series is still up in the air."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #344 from yoshi1001:Re:337 You see mike, this chat isn't here to help us, it's to annoy you ;) You should know since it's your chat. ;)
darkmt_mike says, "We are painfully aware of that!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Gee thanks. I'll remember to get more coal for your stockings next year"
master_trainer_mike smiles.
darkmt_mike smiles

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #345 from team_europe_golduck:In TMP, could you select your team mate as a target when playing Harvest Bounty Venusaur from your hand?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes"
darkmt_mike says, "Good one."
master_trainer_mike says, "interesting idea......."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #346 from tehairyclefairy:Re: #324 sorry, just need to clarify - if Muk's KOed you stated that all powers turn back on, so surely if there is a Parasect preventing the W from being shuffled back in for your opponent's Gatr, then that power stops the effect of the shuffling? I'
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes, we already admitted we were wrong!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "boo hoo hoo"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #347 from farbsman:Will leagues ever recieve the missing jumbo cards for the Holiday season? Will all promos have jumbos, or just ones released in leagues?
master_trainer_mike says, "There WEREN'T jumbo cards for the Holiday season."
master_trainer_mike says, "They start with the January season."
master_trainer_mike says, "They did not get done in time so they were not done"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #348 from fishydittocubed42:DMTM, do you think that you could ship some Maple Bars over to the East coast for us Floridians? We don't have any here... I asked for one for the Holidays
darkmt_mike says, "No Maple Bars? I will have to have the "Barwraiths" deliver some!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #350 from team_europe_golduck:Thanks. I was afraid my team was playing it wrong when we won a TMP torunament using that idea. :)
master_trainer_mike says, "Good idea!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #351 from fix_r:So how are Sneasel and Slowking getting along?( I mean being stuck in that small box under your desk )
master_trainer_mike says, "fur keeps flying out of the sides of the box"
darkmt_mike says, "They don't like each other."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #352 from yoshi1001:When will the list of Jan BZ stores be up?
master_trainer_mike says, "everyone only got back in the office today and half of the office is still out until Monday"
master_trainer_mike says, "it may take a few days"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #353 from mt_icecold:How are these jumbo cards suppost to be distributed?
master_trainer_mike says, "That is explained in the documents in the kits"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #354 from jackiej:any kind of cryptic clue on Feburary's promo?
darkmt_mike says, "Nope. Sorry"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #355 from marril2000:mike, at the last chat i showed you the new card layout for the new japanese cards on the japanese card site, did you show them to anyone else at wizards? if you did, what did dmtm or pat think of them?
master_trainer_mike says, "Sorry but bo commment"
master_trainer_mike says, "no comment"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #356 from mysterioustrainer:RE: 351: Based on that question have you read my rediculous story about that in the Pokegym's RTC (Its called Can Slowking Really Fit in the Box)
darkmt_mike says, "Nope. I have read some of the LOTR thing Cassidy did..... I like my part,"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #357 from farbsman:Did either of you have anything to do with the 60 card decks for Aquapolis?
master_trainer_mike says, "I designed them, why?"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #358 from marril2000:what would today's word and quote of the day be?
master_trainer_mike says, ""Selh high five!""
darkmt_mike says, "Mapleicious"
master_trainer_mike says, "self high five I mean"
master_trainer_mike says, "guys, still recovering from vacation and a rather hectic (and tiring) New Year's Eve......"
master_trainer_mike grins evilly.

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #359 from jackiej:Since we know what January's Best promo is, which promo will be reprinted?
master_trainer_mike says, "You would have to go and see wouldn't you??? hmmmm?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #361 from farbsman:Needed to know which one was better, I liked Electric Garden better in Expedition and if I am right that is the one MTM made, so I figured if you made 1, I would buy that one.
master_trainer_mike says, "Oh, thanks."
master_trainer_mike says, "Feel free to pass feedback back on them"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #362 from marril2000:so... any word on that player's reward system, or those "american imakuni" cards :P
master_trainer_mike says, "(sigh) the first day back and you bring up all those old ghosts........"
master_trainer_mike says, "the answres are"
master_trainer_mike says, "Blue and Raspberry!!"
master_trainer_mike smiles.

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #363 from neo_fox:How come Expedition Boosters son't have Energy Cards?
darkmt_mike says, "Because you get more cards that way."
darkmt_mike says, "Did not need to put in basic Energy yet."

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #364 from jackiej:DMTM, will you be doing reviews of Aquapolis soon?
darkmt_mike says, "Yup. Probably."

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #365 from mt_icecold:That's what you get for comming back to work on a thursday(Sickday anyone?)
darkmt_mike says, "Yeah!"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #366 from fishydittocubed42:Speaking of Old ghosts, how is Gengar doing DMTM?
darkmt_mike says, "He ate a few Dunsparces this morning..so pretty good on the whole!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #367 from marril2000:any plans to update the spaceweedle/3masters pages? also, what was the url to them, i cant seem to find it after i recovered my system -__-
master_trainer_mike says, "far down on the list of things to do"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #368 from farbsman:Any news on the option of Tournament organizers buying or somehow obtaining energy cards for tournaments?
master_trainer_mike says, "still being looked into"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #369 from mt_icecold:Yeah speaking of ghosts, wasn't purity's drawing of Gengar for the holiday's great?
darkmt_mike says, "Yeah. Thanks to her for allowing me to post it!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #370 from neo_fox:But boosters used to have 11 cards... why did it drop?
master_trainer_mike says, "That was explained a hwile ago."
master_trainer_mike says, "The new card-e cards cost more to make (because of the electronic information imprinted on them)"
master_trainer_mike says, "we would have had to raise the price or loswer the number of cards"
master_trainer_mike says, "we didn't want to raise the price so we made sure every pack came with a foil card to help balance it out for you"
master_trainer_mike says, "and the increase in rares as well"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #371 from lizardotc:When drafting 9-card packs (Expedition), should the number of packs per player remain at 5, or be upped to six?
darkmt_mike says, "Go to 6."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #372 from tehairyclefairy:so - final answer on opponent KOing your Muk with THEIR Gatr (Riptide) and them having Allergic Pollen Parasect on the bench... does the Water get shuffled back into the deck? Thanks =D
master_trainer_mike says, "It does not"
darkmt_mike says, "NO!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #373 from fix_r:Will there ever be basic Dark or Metal energies? ( I mean without the text and special abilities.)
master_trainer_mike says, "None have been released in Japan yet."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #374 from team_europe_golduck:I'm playing a Porygon2/ExpAlakazam deck. When I change Psychic Energies into Fire, can I discard them for attacks like Ninetale's Fire Blast?
master_trainer_mike says, "Sure"
darkmt_mike says, "Sure."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #375 from farbsman:Are any Expedition card included in the new Theme Decks for Aquapolis, or are they all Aquapolis cards?
master_trainer_mike says, "Some expedition was used I believe (I made those decks months ago)"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #376 from mysterioustrainer:I am getting ready for a theme deck challenge in the future, would expedition be a good set of booster to use or should I stick legendary?
darkmt_mike says, "I like LC but for a theme deck C. you could use other sets."
master_trainer_mike says, "LC is the best but you could use other sets as long as there was a good chance of some evolution cards macthing your theme decks"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #377 from jackiej:know any good combo's with the Aquapolis Nidoking?
darkmt_mike says, "Not until it is released."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #379 from mt_icecold:WAIT, you can make porygon change the energy type, but for the attacks it says you must discard the actual cards from the pokemon, dosen't that contradict the Ho-oh ruling?
master_trainer_mike says, "I knew you were fishing to bring htat up again!!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Onnce again for clristys sake"
master_trainer_mike says, "Read what the cards says!"
darkmt_mike grins evilly.
master_trainer_mike says, "Does it say discard a BASIC FIRE ENERGY????"
master_trainer_mike says, "It does NOT!!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "So changing a basic psychic energy to provide fire energy is fine!"
master_trainer_mike says, "That basic psychic energy card now counts as a fire energy card which can be discarded for the attack you mentioned."
master_trainer_mike says, "The ONLY TIME this is EVER an issue is withthe Ho-Oh!! Other than that, stop thinking so hard, kay??"
master_trainer_mike shakes her/his head.

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #380 from fishydittocubed42:This is not a question, but I would like to thank both of you for all the hard work you two do. I think it is great. I also think that the change to 9 cards was a brilliant move. Now I don't have so many extra common cards.
darkmt_mike says, "You're welcome."
darkmt_mike says, "Blushes."
master_trainer_mike says, "That was actually something also considered as well (remembers the days of the 62 card Fossil set and PILES of commons)."

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #381 from jackiej:DMTM, will you post a Aquapolis Card of the Day today?
darkmt_mike says, "I did. It's Scizor."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #382 from mt_icecold:But changing it to provide fire allows you to discard it? It says discard a fire energy card.
master_trainer_mike says, "Right, it counts as a fire energy card!!!!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #383 from farbsman:Re: your answer to my Q361, should we send our opinions of the Theme decks to the professor list, or where would you like them?
master_trainer_mike says, "Sure, or discuss them on the message boards"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #384 from tehairyclefairy:Any chance of banning Ho-oh guys - must have crossed your minds... LOL!
darkmt_mike says, "Naw. It is the Porygon!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Actually it is the Poreygon thats gonna get it if you guys keep asking this same questions over and over....."

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #385 from lizardotc:By what date must delegates have completed their work?
darkmt_mike says, "Jan. 31st."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #386 from mt_icecold:Any word on what the delegate promo is>? Is it going to be a wizards exclusive card? Or a japanese translated card.
master_trainer_mike says, "Wait and see....."
master_trainer_mike says, "muhahahahahahaha"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #387 from jackiej:this isn't a question, but i feel sorry for you guys about having to answer all these ho-oh questions.
master_trainer_mike says, "s'ok, we get paid to do this"
master_trainer_mike says, "not always easy to explain to my parents what I do! But as long as I'm happy, they are happy"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #388 from mysterioustrainer:Have you check Professor E-mail since you got back MTM? (had some professor questions myself, but don't stress over it).
master_trainer_mike says, "Haven't had a chance, probably tomorrow"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #389 from fishydittocubed42:Poor innocent Porygon... no one ever talked about it untill it evolved...
master_trainer_mike says, "There ya go!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #390 from team_europe_golduck:Don't ban Porygon! I just discovered the great combo with Expedition Alakazam! ;)
master_trainer_mike says, "You know we don;t like to ban stuff so its safe....."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #391 from mt_icecold:Paid to play pokemon? How do I get that job?
master_trainer_mike says, "Its more that I get paid to support you guys playing Pokemon."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #392 from i_luv_my_oddish:An active Ditto is opposite a Sabrina's Alakazam. The Ditto's bench has a Togetic that has been painted Psychic. The opposing bench has a Brock's Ninetails that shapeshifted into Kingdra. Can the Ditto use Psylink to use the Togetic's Super Metronome,
master_trainer_mike says, "My mind has now officially melted......"
darkmt_mike says, "Er....only on Tuesday.."
darkmt_mike says, "We will look into thi one...or have a heart attack trying."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #394 from lizardotc:If Ditto is copying an opposing Ho-Oh and has 4 fire energy attached, how much damage does Ditto do with Rainbow Burn? (smirk)
master_trainer_mike says, "1 meeeelliiion!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #395 from marril2000:mike, a question i am wondering (this was also posted on wizpog by someone else), but are the professor polo shirts also available during the challenge series 2003 and/or primere events?
master_trainer_mike says, "They will be."

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #396 from farbsman:Electabuzz winner promo with a metal energy, it attacks with Thunderpunch and flips tails, does it do 20 damage to the defending and non to itself? I am thinking this is right, but couldn't find it on the compendium.
darkmt_mike says, "Correct."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #397 from lizardotc:assuming Ditto makes all the energies different types...
master_trainer_mike says, "1 meeeellllion!!!!"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #398 from mt_icecold:JEEZ these are irrelivent questions people!
darkmt_mike says, "Thank you!"
master_trainer_mike says, "You rock!!!!!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #399 from marril2000:in order to receive a master professor point for Head Judging at DCI event, the professor's name and DCI number just needs to be entered as the Head Judge, correct?
master_trainer_mike says, "Correct! Or they are listed as teh TO if they are 18 or older."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #400 from mt_icecold:I dare someone to actually get these crazy situations in a real battle!
master_trainer_mike says, "Thats what WE say!!!!"
darkmt_mike laughs hysterically.

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #401 from fishydittocubed42:The answer to all of these questions is... 42!
master_trainer_mike says, "Ahhh, but what is the question????"
darkmt_mike says, "LTUandE"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #402 from jackiej:have you guys playd the Lord of the Rings TCG yet?
darkmt_mike says, "Once."
master_trainer_mike says, "I have a few of the cards as they look cool, the rule book wasn't written very well so I gave up"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #404 from team_europe_golduck:Sorry for starting that Porygon2-thing again, but I actually played a real life match today using my Alakazam/Porygon2 deck and needed to know
master_trainer_mike says, "Your question was fine."

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #405 from i_luv_my_oddish:Is there any cushy job open at Wizards that I can have?
master_trainer_mike says, "I don;t think ours are cushy!!!"
darkmt_mike says, "Cushy no Bed of nails yes."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #406 from mt_icecold:These answer to any question is *shakes* Come on *pounds* Damn Eight Ball don't fail me now!
master_trainer_mike says, "I prefer the one potato two potato method myself"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #407 from lepi1962:sorry, I am late so I may repeat a question: when will you start to ship Aquapolis to the stores?
master_trainer_mike says, "We haven't announced an official ship date (nor willl we anymore). It is looking like later in Jnauary."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #408 from team_europe_golduck:What happens to the penalties I assign the players in my tournaments? Are they read by the dci, and what happens if a player gets too many warnings?
master_trainer_mike says, "If they are properly input they go into the players records."
master_trainer_mike says, "So if a pattern appears, we have the proof in case we need it."

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #409 from tehairyclefairy:A Porygon2 Question Fielder vacancy may be available soon... any thoughts?
master_trainer_mike says, "hee hee"
darkmt_mike says, "We just ban cards we get too many questions about. It's a safe method."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #410 from marril2000:what is for dinner? oh do you know the font name art-guy used on the BattleZone logo by any chance?
master_trainer_mike says, "cheese is for dinner! and don;t know the font name"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #411 from fix_r:Would professors be able to purchase extra shirts in the future ( What if they can't make it to a premeir event?)
master_trainer_mike says, "I will look into that"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #412 from lepi1962:is an oversize card included in the January BZ kit? Is it R. Sneasel?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yup!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #413 from mt_icecold:I tried the one potatoe two potatoe, but got elecktricuted while watching this home improvement show. Jammed the potatoe into a broken light socket...I was never the same person again...
master_trainer_mike says, "people shoulnd't play with potatoes...."
master_trainer_mike says, "or is that run with scissors???"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #414 from jackiej:does rainbow energy cover Metal and Darkness? some people on another message board wanted to know.
master_trainer_mike says, "It rpovides it without the extra effects of those energy cards, yes./"

darkmt_mike presents the speaker with question #415 from farbsman:DMTM, thought I would let you know, I had you sign some holo psychic energies for me and a holo Dark Gengar at worlds this year and they will finally be used as prizes at our end of month tournament in January, thanks again for signing them
darkmt_mike says, "Glad I could help. I'm honored."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #416 from lepi1962:can you comment on PokeGym rumour that WOTC extended their license with Pokemon?
master_trainer_mike says, "No comment."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #417 from marril2000:if a professor works at a challenge series 2003 event, will they have to pay for their professor polo shirt?
master_trainer_mike says, "I will try to use them as rewards for people working at the events"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #418 from mt_icecold:Did someone jsut say run with scizzors? Thats a great album!
master_trainer_mike says, "by whom?"
darkmt_mike says, "We said run with cheese."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #419 from jackiej:at Tournament's, i'll be playing E Gengar!
master_trainer_mike says, "I always prefered the b flad gengar myself"
darkmt_mike says, "HAHAHAHA!"
master_trainer_mike says, "or maybe a sharp!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #421 from mt_icecold:No DMTM, only you said run with cheese, you alone...
darkmt_mike says, "Oh my mistake.."
master_trainer_mike says, ""
darkmt_mike says, "...Run with the Cheese!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #422 from lepi1962:will there be a promo in Pokemon 4ever video in March?
master_trainer_mike says, "maybe"
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok gang, thank you all for coming to the first chat of the year."
master_trainer_mike says, "I need to jump into the pile of work that backed up"
darkmt_mike says, "Time to go gang. Thanks for all the really confusing questions today...or"
master_trainer_mike says, "delegates, professors, membership cards, floor rules and so on"
darkmt_mike says, "maybe were just confused."
master_trainer_mike says, "Thanks and keep an eye on the web site and Professor list for more details coming."
master_trainer_mike says, "Thanks!"
darkmt_mike says, "Remember the only good Porygon is one you don't use with Ho-oh."
master_trainer_mike says, "right!"
master_trainer_mike says, "See you next week!"
darkmt_mike says, "Bye!"