Tournament report, "Osaka Cities 2008" - INTL/US Modified format tourney in Japan!

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  1. Tego

    Tego New Member

    Tournament report

    Tournament INTL/US Modified tournament, Osaka, Japan ("Osaka City Championships"!)
    Date: June 29, 2008 (same day as US Nationals!)
    Attendance: 27

    Like I mentioned in the INTL forums before, I organized an international tournament in the city of Osaka, Japan, together with local independent Tournament Organizer "LucarioTAI".

    I had three goals for this tournament:

    1) To give Japanese players cool prizes that aren't available in Japan
    2) To let Japanese players who don't have the chance to experience Worlds a chance to play a tournament in the US/INTL Modified format, and play with a non-Japanese tournament style, run with TOM and Swiss pairings etc.
    3) To give Japanese players qualified for Worlds a chance to practice in a competitive tournament environment in Japan

    Goal 1 was reached thanks to some City Championship medals from a cancelled Norwegian CC and thanks to cool promo cards etc. generously sent to me via airmail from the US, Norway and the Netherlands. Thanks a lot to forum members SD Pokémon and Fireborn! :D I feel goal 2 and 3 were reached as well. The Senior AND Master winners are Worlds 2008 competitors, so I guess you can safely say they're ready for Worlds.


    Empoleon VS Empoleon in the last round of Swiss.


    Leafeon lvX/Magmortar VS Gardevoir/Gallade in the finals.


    The winners!

    <i>Winning decks:</i>

    <b>Junior</b>: Empoleon MD
    <b>Senior</b>: Gardevoir/Gallade
    <b>Masters</b>: Gardevoir/Gallade

    <i>Top players in each age division</i>

    1. Kazuma
    2. Fukui
    3. Eima


    1. Hiroki Y (1st Worlds 2006, 2nd Worlds 2007 - Juniors)
    2. Matsumoto
    3. Sanbu
    4. Sho
    5. Ryo


    1. Akimura (4th Worlds 2007 - Masters)
    2. Maeuchi
    3. Yano (Hiroki's father)
    4. Ikehara
    5. Max Baer (US)
    6. Yohei Takeda (Top 16 Worlds 2006 - Masters)
    7. Wakamoto (Worlds 2006 participant, LQ Grinder 2007 participant - Masters)
    8. Hayashi
    9. Nishimoto
    10. Oshima
    11. Tsujinaka
    12. Takeuchi
    13. Nomamoto
    14. Fujimoto
    15. Nakamura
    16. Yuki
    17. Hosoda
    18. Suga

    <i>Masters final Swiss scores after 5th round (for those who went 3-2 and better):</i>

    1. Akimura 5-0
    2. Maeuchi 4-1
    3. Yano 4-1
    4. Ikehara 4-1
    5. Max Baer 4-1
    6. Yohei Takeda 3-2
    7. Wakamoto 3-2
    8. Hayashi 3-2

    (Yes, this means Akimura went undefeated, 7-0, with his GG deck. Placing 4th at Worlds 2007 and then going undefeated 7-0 at a Worlds format tournament almost a year after is very impressive, and Akimura is definitely a player to look out for at this year's Worlds too!)


    This tournament was run just like the US/INTL City Championships. 5 rounds of Swiss, maximum top cut of 4, no 3rd place playoff. By request, I attempted to interview the players about their impressions of the US/INTL way of running tournaments. The 2nd place finisher in Masters, Maeuchi, was especially helpful.

    Maeuchi, "S-royal", is a dedicated Smash Bros Melee and Pokémon TCG player. He's interested in the way tournaments and events are run abroad, and has been to North America three times: San Francisco, San Francisco, Vancouver, Los Angeles. All these times have been for Smash Bros tournaments, but he really would like to try to play in a Pokémon TCG tournament in North America as well.

    <b>S-royal</b>: I enjoyed today's tournament, and I'd like to try this as a bigger tournament. This seems <i>very</i> fun for tournaments with many people attending.

    I attended Smash Bros Melee tournaments in North America, and they're different from Japanese ones in many ways. One is that everyone watches the final, something I really enjoyed. We don't do that much in Japan, usually the public won't be watching finals in tournaments, or don't have any way to do it. Do you watch finals on the big screen in TCG tournaments as well?

    <b>Tego</b>: Actually, we do run the finals on the big screen at Worlds every year.

    <b>S-royal</b>: At Worlds everyone watches on the big screen? Wow, that sounds perfect. We should do more of this is in Japan.

    <b>Tego</b>: What differences did you notice in the way the tournament was run today? Did the use of TOM, Swiss pairings etc. have aspects that surprised you or made things feel different?

    <b>S-royal</b>: Actually, I don't really think today's tournament felt all that different. The only thing that can cause a really big difference is mistranslations and erratas. Steven's Advice used to be so different abroad. Same with Electrode ex. Now these kind of misakes seem to occur less often, and when they do they always are fixed to match Japan. This is very different from how things were done back in the days.

    I was mildly surprised by two differences in the way of running tournaments, though. First, in the playoff, I was surprised to learn that 4th seed always meets 1st seed and 2nd meets 3rd. In Japanese tournaments, there would be no seeding, it'd just be random. Secondly, when time is called in Japan, the player whose turn it currently is will finish his turn, just like in the INTL rules, but then the next player also gets one more turn. This is a big difference!

    <b>Tego</b>: It indeed is, and it seems like for this particular rulings difference, the Japanese version might be the best one. Thank you for your comments!
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2008
  2. SD PokeMom

    SD PokeMom Mod Supervisor Staff Member

    nice report, tego! hope the players liked the promos :)

    now this is VERY interesting:
    o_O the japanese players don't only have to adjust to our modified format for worlds, but also the 'end of game' mechanic? wow...

    thanks for the tourney report!

    'mom :)
  3. meganium45

    meganium45 Active Member

    Their deck choices...not really surprising.

    You think they are paying attention to us too??


  4. sdrawkcab

    sdrawkcab Forum Moderator

    How are their tournaments normally ran?
  5. vanderbilt_grad

    vanderbilt_grad New Member

    This was a fantastic read Tego. Thanks a lot for sharing. I have a feeling that the end of game stuff is going to generate a lot of interest....
  6. Hatter™

    Hatter™ Active Member

    Wow.. hmm... they each get 1 turn after time is called...

    very nice reporting!! and GG won ... im shocked =D
  7. Magnechu

    Magnechu Active Member

    Heh, both Empoleons have Dugtrio. Must be annoying, especially if they don't run Cess :p
    Anyway we could get more information on decks? Thanks a lot Tego!
  8. SD PokeMom

    SD PokeMom Mod Supervisor Staff Member

    that's not how i read it...the player who is in mid-turn when time is called finishes their turn, then the opponent gets one, end of game.

  9. totoro

    totoro Active Member

    Very interesting read, Thanks Tego!! My interpretation (and the rules' as well) is that one "turn" involves a single player only. Otherwise, we'd only be flipping for things like sleep after each 2-player cycle, right??
  10. Professor Elm

    Professor Elm Active Member

    Well, it honestly just proves how strong GG is.
    Even the Japanese are playing it, lol.

    Honestly though, when I meet for league we always talk about how we think the Japanese are gonna play some weird deck for worlds. It just doesn't seem like them to follow in the GG ways. BUT, I guess not.
  11. Pidgeotto Trainer

    Pidgeotto Trainer New Member

    Even if Japan's endgame procedure is just one extra turn, it would make players NOT want time to end on their turn, and encourage them to speed up late, as opposed to slow down. I'd still prefer 3-5 turns.
  12. Banette EX

    Banette EX New Member

    I think they are playing like they were at OUR worlds is why they were playing GG/Emp.etc Thats pretty cool MagLutions was in the finals,that shows how viable the deck is.

    Nice report.
  13. Jason

    Jason New Member

    Nice report there Tego, just one question - what GG tech did Akimura use? Dusknoir?
  14. ninetales1234

    ninetales1234 <a href="

    Keep up the good work Tego. I am always very interested to hear what it's like over there.

    It seems that Japanese players read American Pokemon forums, judging by their deck choices. Either that, or there is something inheirent about Empoleon and Gardevoir, something that makes them "good cards".

    You said that Akimura got 4th at Worlds 2008.
  15. Prime

    Prime Content Developer<br>Blog Admin<br>Contest Host

    ninetails1234, I don't think it's obvious to figure out Gardevior and Gallade. We can't assume that the japanese copied that idea from americans.
  16. Rew

    Rew Active Member

    All those Americans these days with their Gardevoir/Gallade decks... so immature.
    I didn't like any of those decks, Empoleon MD, GG, and Magmortar/Leafeon... disappointing,
  17. Freezer

    Freezer New Member

    Yamato wasn't there?

    Can you give us some more information about the decks (which techs did they used (especially in leafmortar and GG)?) or maybe post the decks (from the top off your head) they used behind the name?
  18. ToysRUsKid

    ToysRUsKid Active Member

    They do read Pokegym, Ive seen them quote stupid posts from here too.
  19. Jason

    Jason New Member

    Dennis: I believe the metagame there are nothing gamebreaking, just the boring ol GG, Empo and Leafeon variants....
  20. EeveeLover

    EeveeLover Member Services Administrator


    Good report on the event. Sounds like you put a lot of work into this and the players had a good time.

    Thanks for the incite on their end of game rules.

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