Sunday - August 24th, 2008 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Groundbreakers, the second Pokemon Trading Figure Game set, has been delayed once again. Instead of an official release during this fall, the new expected release date is March, 2009. This is probably the second or third time the set has been delayed.

    What is going on with the Trading Figure Game? Are they ever going to get it out of limbo? It seems like someone messed up big time in the planning department. Come on, PUSA! Get it going!

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    Sunday - August 24th, 2008 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    UPDATE: Added the Regigigas tin image, confirming it as a LV.X with new, English-exclusive artwork.

    This is a followup to our “2008 Fall and Holiday Tins” news story. As we speculated before, the Heatran and Regigigas cards used in the prerelease product tin images were just placeholders, and were not the actual cards that would come in the tins. It turns out we will be getting Heatran LV.X and Regigigas LV.X instead. Click the thumbnails below for larger images of the LV.X tins.

    Heatran LV.X Tin Regigigas LV.X Tin

    Heatran LV.X was originally released back in Japan on March 14th in the DP5: Temple of Anger / Cry from the Mysterious Visual Book as a promo, and then again in Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky (IFDS) with different artwork. By the time the tins come out on November 5th in America, it will have been eight months since Japan first received Heatran. Regigigas LV.X has only been released in Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky, which came out on July 10th in Japan.

    Since our next English set will be released in November and these tins come out in November, both of these LV.X’s will have to be in the English set. The Heatran LV.X featured in the tin has the promo artwork from the Visual Book, meaning the English set’s Heatran LV.X will use the set artwork from IFDS. The Regigigas LV.X in the tin will have brand new, English-exclusive artwork like Darkrai LV.X, since only one Regigigas LV.X has been released in Japan. For the English set, Regigigas LV.X will use the set artwork from IFDS.

    (Below translations from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky page.)

    Heatran LV.X – Fire – HP120
    Level Up

    Poke-Body: Heat Metal
    Even if your opponent’s Burned Pokemon Evolve, Devolve, or Level Up, the Burn isn’t removed. In between turns, treat all of your opponent’s Burn flips as tails.

    Poke-Power: Heat Wave
    You can use this Power once at the end of your turn, if this Pokemon is on your Bench. Choose up to 2 Basic Energy cards that were discarded by the attack of your Fire-type or Steel-type Active Pokemon on this turn, and reattach them to that Pokemon.

    Weakness: Water (x2)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 4

    Regigigas LV.X – Colorless – HP150
    Level Up

    Poke-Power: Sacrifice
    You can use this Power once during your turn. Knock Out 1 of your Pokemon. Then, choose up to 2 Basic Energy cards from your discard pile and attach them to this Pokemon, and remove 8 damage counters from this Pokemon. This Power can’t be used if this Pokemon is affected by a Special Condition.

    [W][F][M][C] Giga Blaster: 100 damage. Discard 1 card from the top of your opponent’s deck. Choose 1 card from your opponent’s hand without looking and discard it. Regigigas can’t use Giga Blaster during your next turn.

    Weakness: Fighting (x2)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 4

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    Saturday - August 23rd, 2008 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    This is going to make every TCG player jump for joy, especially those of you who love to fill your decks with holo and reverse holo cards, or those of you who are having trouble finding vital Supporter cards for next season’s decks.

    A new “Diamond and Pearl Collection Gift Pack” is now available at Target. It comes with a holo Cynthia’s Feelings, Bebe’s Search, and Professor Rowan, as well as a holo POP 6 Chimchar, Turtwig, and Piplup (the latter three have already been released as holos before). The package features one booster pack of each Diamond and Pearl set released thus far, including Legends Awakened. What’s the price? $24.99, which is a pretty good deal for a package that comes with six holos, six booster packs, and three coins. Since Bebe and Cynthia will be staples in decks during this upcoming format and are a bit difficult to obtain, this collection pack will definitely help players out!

    Click the thumbnails of the scans below for larger images. Thanks go to eBay member uwwwarhawk1209 for the scans and information, and Bangiras for originally finding her auctions!

    Cynthia's Feelings Holo Bebe's Search Holo Professor Rowan Holo Diamond and Pearl Collection Pack
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    Saturday - August 23rd, 2008 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The official Japanese Pokemon TCG website has revealed the booster pack design for Galactic’s Conquest, as well as the product packaging for the new entry pack called “DPt Entry Pack.” As we revealed in our first news story on Galactic’s Conquest, the set is themed after Pokemon Platinum and will kick-off a new series of sets, as the Japanese site now confirms. Both Galactic’s Conquest and Entry Pack DPt are set for a simultaneous release date of October 10th. Click the thumbnails below for larger images.

    Galactic's Conquest Booster Pack Entry Pack DPt
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    Friday - August 22nd, 2008 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Jason Klaczynski Wins Worlds 2008

    Jason Klaczynski has submitted his Worlds report to us, and you can read it by [clicking here]. In case you have been living on Pluto or in another dimension, he won Worlds 2008 with his Gardevoir/Gallade deck, making this his second Worlds victory. It’s insane how someone can become a World Champion twice (possibly even three times if you take into account his Tropical Mega Battle win), so you should definitely check out his report to see how he did it! The report analyzes his deck list, decisions, and matches.

    Yesterday, I started an interview with Jason about his win and we will finish it tomorrow. It’ll be posted either tomorrow or the day after. I’ll also post the photos I took at Worlds within the next two days, so be sure to check back!

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    Wednesday - August 20th, 2008 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Redshark now has Legends Awakened built-in, in addition to a couple of new and improved features. Right click this link and click “Save Link As” or something similar (depending on your browser) to download the installer to your computer. New features include…

    • “Turn Counter” and associated “Start Turn” and “End Turn” playmat buttons
    • Improved shuffling algorithm
    • Drag-n-Drop with Shift key pressed results in playing a card facedown on the playmat
    • New Trainer menu items: Cynthia’s Feelings, Poke Radar

    Redshark is a free, fan-made TCG program that allows you to practice the Pokemon TCG on the computer against yourself or opponents. It is a great way to test your decks when you are not at League or cannot meet with your friends. If you’ve never used it or used an early beta version, you should try it out!

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    Wednesday - August 20th, 2008 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    This’ll be the news story for all Worlds lost and found items. So far, we have two success stories. If anyone lost anything else, please e-mail me and I’ll add it to this update. If you also found something that you KNOW is not yours, like a binder of cards, please e-mail me its description so I can forward it to anyone who e-mails me with a similar description. Don’t keep things you KNOW are not yours… how do you think the person who lost it feels?

    • My binder – FOUND!
    • A Giratina / Dialga binder full of IFDS cards – FOUND!
    • A Regigigas mini-binder with Level X’s in it – front page had 2 Garchomp, a Dialga, and a Honchcrow
    • A gray jumper with the company brand “Burburrer” (XD)
    • A Roseanne’s Research reverse holo in a silver Shaymin sleeve, a Worlds 2006 Staff Stamped card inside a green Pokeball sleeve inside a toploader, an Australian Flag (XD)
    • A multi-colored Japanese deck box with Darkrai on it, with at least 3 Kingdra and 2 Froslass inside
    • A gray zip-up Adidas sweater with hoodie and stripes on both sleeves
    • A Cresselia deckbox with Shaymin sleeves with 3 Japanese Yanmega, Bebe’s Searches, Roseanne’s Researches, and other cards
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    Monday - August 18th, 2008 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    At every Worlds event, there are always several pieces of card art on display. Sometimes the card art is of cards that have not been released, which usually are seen on cards a few months later (the next Japanese set). For Worlds 2008, there were ten such cards featured. Click the thumbnails below for larger images.

    It seems as if we are due for a new Birthday Pikachu promo in the future, judging by the first photo. The other cards will probably go into the Galactic’s Conquest set or 2009 Entry Pack, since we know the Entry Pack will feature the Sinnoh starters (two of which are below). Since new card art at Worlds are historically in the next Japanese set, and the next Japanese set is based off Platinum, could Rotom’s presence be hinting at something? We’ll seeeee…

    Side note: It looks like Ken Sugimori is practicing a new card art style instead of his typical “stock Pokemon footage placed over blurred photograph.” He already started to change his style in the past few sets with his Trainer artwork, as seen on cards like Fieldworker and Cynthia’s Feelings, and it appears he is going even further now with his Pokemon artwork.

    Birthday Pikachu? Psyduck Rotom Infernape Ninetales Raichu Piplup Buneary Cherubi Chatot
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    Monday - August 18th, 2008 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Everyone invited to Worlds or who made it through the Grinders received a competitor’s bag, which came with a special Worlds 2008 hat, t-shirt, binder, and towel; a Poke Ball playing mat; a blow-up Poke Ball (which could be a Great Ball or Ultra Ball); a Pokemon figure; various international booster packs; pencils and stickers; deck boxes, deck sleeves; and of course the typical set of Tropical Wind promos stamped with “Worlds 08.” Click the thumbnails below for larger photos. Thanks go to Jason for providing his competitor package for the below photos.

    Worlds 2008 Competitor's Bag Worlds 2008 Competitor's Hat Worlds 2008 Competitor's Mat Worlds 2008 Competitor's T-Shirt Worlds 2008 Competitor's Bag
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    Monday - August 18th, 2008 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    A special Lucario was distributed at Worlds on Sunday via direct cartridge download. To pick it up, a player has to go to a Mart and talk to the man wearing green. The attacks can already be taught to it in Diamond and Pearl – its only “special” qualities are that it is from an event.

    Lucario

    Lucario Lv.30 @ Leftovers
    OT: WORLD08
    ID No: 08178
    Adamant Nature
    Inside Cherish Ball
    ~ Force Palm
    ~ Bone Rush
    ~ Sunny Day
    ~ Blaze Kick

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    Friday - August 15th, 2008 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    During my first round at the Worlds Grinders today, I spotted Junichi Masuda (director of D/P games, composer for original Pokemon music) standing by the Masters pairings. By the time I was finished with my match, he had already left, so I ran around trying to find him so I could ask him about the new Pokemon silhouettes. I could not locate him, but luckily I stumbled across Takumi Akabane instead. He’s the “creative director” of the video games and is heavily involved in the TCG, so I figured he would also be the right person to ask about the silhouettes.

    I walked up to him, introduced myself, and then popped open my laptop to the CoroCoro page of the silhouettes. He did not know very much English, but he seemed to understand what I was trying to ask since he responded with a slightly nervous smile and “Mmmmm….” I simply asked, “Are these new Pokemon, or new Pokemon forms?” He wasn’t quite understanding what I meant, which is understandable because of our language barrier, so I said, “Giratina has an Origin Forme… Sheimi has a Sky Forme (pointing up)… Deoxys has three forms.” He was still confused, so I pointed to the scan and said, “Everyone is interested in knowing about the identities of these Pokemon and we’ve all been speculating about them for the past few weeks. Can you give us just a little hint? It’s okay if you can’t.” He replied, “Speculation is good. It keeps people excited.” I didn’t quite think he was understanding my original question from other things we were talking about, such as the Torn World (which he called “the other dimension”), so I repeated my original question a little clearer and slower. He said, “Ohhhh! Yes. New forms.” I showed him a Rotom card scan and pointed to the silhouette with the bolt-shaped arms, and he again sounded nervous. I asked, “Are these forms or Rotom?” He just said, “Hmm… I’m not sure.” He obviously was not allowed to tell, and so I did not want to pressure him into revealing anything he wasn’t supposed to. We talked a bit more about the TCG, he signed some energy cards, and then I thanked him and went to my next match. He was extremely nice, though I don’t think he understood me half the time we were talking (probably because I talk so fast and didn’t give him a chance to process it). I saw him again later in the day and asked if he knew where Mr. Masuda was, and he said he’ll be at the Worlds invitees party at 2:00.

    Around 2:00, I walked out to the pool area where the party was and immediately saw Mr. Masuda standing by himself. I yanked out my laptop and asked if I could ask him a question, he said yes, and then I showed him the CoroCoro scan. He flat out said he couldn’t say anything about them, though he seemed a little surprised I had the scan in the first place (as in, “What? Americans know about it?!). I told him that they had been revealed in CoroCoro, and he replied by saying we would find out what they were in September and that it’s a surprise for “Platina.” His mind seemed preoccupied with something else, so I just thanked him and left without continuing the conversation. I remember he said something hinting about the silhouettes being forms, but I can’t remember for the life of me what it was. He was a bit quiet and serious, though I think it was just because of the language barrier again.

    Toward the end of Grinders, I asked Dave Schwimmer (one of the directors of Pokemon Organized Play) if I could schedule an interview with one of the Japanese officials and a translator, but he said that it was too late. Their schedules were already full for this trip, so I missed my chance. In the future, I’ll know to contact PUSA about scheduling interviews at Worlds, though I am sure it will be up to the Japanese people if they want to do it and the translators who are attending the tournament.

    As a bonus, later at 10:00 PM, we went to the fancy Hilton restaurant where cheeseburgers cost a ridiculous $12.00, and about 30 minutes later Mr. Masuda and a whole bunch of other Japanese officials sat down right near us. We could hear them talking about Pokemon, but couldn’t make much out. When we got up to leave, we said hi to them, they smiled, and then I scootered a mile back to my hotel room to post this update. :)

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    Thursday - August 14th, 2008 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    I will post photos of today either later tonight or tomorrow evening. I am very sleepy, and I have to get up early for the Grinders so I can lose. :D

    We personally confirmed this information ourselves. Next year’s Worlds Championship will be held in San Diego, California. It seems like there is going to be a cycle for Worlds locations, though we cannot know for sure now:

    • 2004 – Orlando, FL
    • 2005 – San Diego, CA
    • 2006 – Anaheim, CA
    • 2007 – Honolulu, Hawaii
    • 2008 – Orlando, FL
    • 2009 – San Diego, CA
    • 2010 – Anaheim, CA?
    • 2011 – Honolulu, Hawaii?

    We also learned that tomorrow’s Grinders will accept everyone who shows up, meaning there are no caps. Pokemon Organized Play is going to accommodate everyone who signs up, and they are even using the open play area for overflow from the main event room. If you are reading this and are attending tomorrow’s Grinders, they will not let anyone in the hall before 7:00 AM, meaning it is pointless to show up super early. You should probably get there 6:30 at the absolute earliest.

    In addition to the above tid-bits, we also confirmed that normal Worlds matches will be 40 minutes long instead of the usual 30. With all of the above tournament information, it looks like P.O.P. definitely has their players in mind for this event. :)

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    Thursday - August 14th, 2008 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    I was too tired to post these photos last night. I took two flights to Florida and left LAX around 11:00 PM Tuesday, and on the first flight, I was in the very first row and they wouldn’t turn off the lights where the flight attendants sit. On the second flight, the man next to me kept blowing gas and wouldn’t stop snoring, so I watched Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea on my laptop (while holding my nose, which lead to a headache). Needless to say, I slept in today. :D

    Most of Wednesday, people just played the card game to practice for the Grinders and the main event. There were no video game players practicing with their teams, oddly. Since the TCG rooms had not been open to the public yet, most people just hung out in one of the Hilton’s open areas. Around 5:00 PM, the 24 hour play area opened, and people relocated themselves there (with the Hilton employees forcing others). Other than practicing, not much else went on during the day, and that will probably be the case with today too. The main Worlds event room is still being decorated, so no one has seen it yet.

    These photos were taken around 9:00 PM in the hall where the event is going to take place and inside the open playing room. Click the thumbnails below for larger photos, and use your right and left arrow keys to scroll through the opened photos like a slideshow.

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    Tuesday - August 12th, 2008 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon Platinum Video Battle

    The official Pokemon Platinum website updated yesterday with four new videos, two of which we’ve already seen before, but now in better quality.

    The first video talks about Giratina Origin Forme and Dialga, then shows them battling. The second video is a two-on-two double battle with Togekiss, Infernape, Garchomp, and Milotic, then later a double battle with Garchomp, Weavile, Dusknoir, Infernape, Milotic, and Floatzel. The third video is a mini-trailer for Platinum we’ve already seen, while the last video is the trailer shown at Pokemon Festa 2008, but in much better quality than the one originally posted here from the event.

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    Tuesday - August 12th, 2008 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    EDIT: The bundle is actually available at a variety of stores, not just Gamestop. Amazon.com has it with free shipping, and Circuit City is giving the bundle away with a free action figure. All major retailers are probably getting them, like Target, Toys R Us, Wal Mart, etc.

    According to Pokemon.com, the Dialga and Palkia Nintendo DS Bundle will be available at stores starting this Sunday, August 17th. The price of the entire bundle is $129.99. Since the bundles are limited edition, they’ll probably go fast, so jump to it if you are going to buy one!

    Dialga and Palkia DS Bundle Dialga and Palkia Limited Edition DS Dialga and Palkia DS Case
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