The Showdown will be held on the Queen
Mary, a really nice ship! Yep, I'll be playing on a
ship. Based on the description, it sounds pretty nice.
Who Can Enter:
You don't have to be a top winner at the Tour to
participate in the STS (although it helps)! If you're in the
area when it takes place, you can enter under any 1 of 3
Earn three or more badges in the
Pokémon League. If you have at least the Bolder,
Cascade, and Thunder Badge from the Pokémon TCG
League, you can enter! (Of course, you need to prove it
to them to enter, so have your badges on you!)
Be one of the Top 10 DCI Pokémon players.
Uh... for many of you, I doubt this is a possibility.
Be an international player. If you live in England
or anywhere else, you can spend a lot of money to fly
over to LA, get a room in a hotel, and take all the time
to arrange for all this, to get in for... now get this...
The entire STS takes place on July 22nd. Sign-ins
are between 8 AM to 11 AM, and the games begin shortly after
at 12 Noon. The tour is expected to end at around 5 PM (give
or take), which the awards show following.
Decks for the showdown can only have Base Set, BS2, and
Jungle cards. Yep, none of that Fossil, Team Rocket, and
Promo card stuff. We've got European players playing here!
This isn't so much of a problem for me, besides 1 Gambler
and 8 TR Healing Energy, my Wiggly deck is purely
pre-Fossil. But for a lot of you who never lived in the
pre-Fossil days, this will be tough, especially those who
forget that there was a pre-Fossil Haymaker. :)
A plus side to the tourney is that it's going to be
mostly a Swiss-draw tourney, meaning that you aren't kicked
out for just losing one round. Hoo-ray! It's based on points
(3 points for a win, 1 for a tie, 0 for a loss), and the top
8 players after about five or six rounds will head off to
the Final Finals (which will be single elimination). I doubt
that I'll make it up there, knowing my "luck". There are
tons of prizes though, but if you lose just one game, you
can really kiss that 1st Place prize good-bye.
To add more fairness to the game, the tourney will be
separated into three age groups, Ages 10 and under,
Ages 11 to 14, and Ages 15 and older.
There will be about five or six rounds (depending on the
number of players at the tour) before the final
single-elimination rounds. Each of those rounds will be 20
minutes long... So for all you Insane Stall players, I say
As for prizes, there is a lot of them.
1st Place: 32 Booster Packs, an Event
Jacket & cap, and a special edition binder. There
will also be a nice golden medal given out. Wheee!
2nd Place: The same, but only 28 packs and a
3rd/4th Place: The same, but only 20 packs and
a bronze medal.
5th-8th Place: An event cap, the binder, and a
plaque. And 16 packs of cards.
9th-16th Place: A certificate and 12 packs of
17th-32nd Place: A certificate and 8 packs of
33rd+ Place: A certificate and 4 packs of
Well, you get 4 packs of cards for going all the way
through, that's not bad.
That generally sums up the Tourney part of the STS.
But Wait... There's More!
The tournament is only 1/10th of the fun! Here's
other info about what goes on at the STS...
Pokémon Central: Free
Pokémon Center Stage: The place for
deckbuilding tips, game play strategies, and "Brock's
Challenge", a Pokémon trivia contest.
Create your own Pokémon card art!:
Guess. It's the "official" WotC version of
Pokémon Aaah!, so to speak. You can make
your own cards, and get tips from their "Create a Card"
Dark Raichu Photo Op: Take a picture with a
really big version of the Dark Raichu card! You can get a
Polaroid photo or a digital photo on disk!
Misty's Fun Zone: It's not what you
think.... but it's a kiddie play zone for you little 5
year old and younger fans.
Pokémon Game Boy Tournaments: Don't
care for the TCG (what?!)...? Well, you can play in their
GB tourneys. There'll also be Pokémon Stadium
Wizards of the Coast Store: Have some money
that just scream "Spend me on Pokémon stuff!"?
Then here's the spot.
Pokémon League: Can't get enough of
the Pokémon TCG? Then check out their League
stations to play and win and stuff. Maybe you can get
that Thunderbadge you need to enter.
Pokémon TCG King of the Hill
Tourneys: More TCG tourney madness! This tourney is
instead "King of the Hill". Don't ask me what it means.
So really, if you get KO'd in the main event, you can
check out some of the other stuff there! You're guaranteed
NOT to get bored, or your money back!
Fan: But we didn't pay anything!
Well... somebody better give me some money! :D