Get ready for our Spring Battle Road in Rockford! Join us Sat May 18th, 2013 Top Cut Comics – Loves Park 5600 N. 2nd St Rockford IL 61111 Registration from 10 – 10:45 am Prizes for 1st – 4th in each of the 3 age groups, plus Door Prizes, Side Events and more! Don’t miss your chance to shine! What are Battle Road Tournaments? The Battle Road series is designed to provide players with small, entry-level events on a local scale. It’s a great way to get your feet wet in the world of Premier Events! This Premier tournament is FREE to enter, so why not come join us in Rockford and test your skills! What do I need to know about this special tournament? The tournament is run using the Modified Constructed Format (Black & White through Plasma Freeze) and Age Modified Swiss pairings. Be sure to check the new Black & White Rulebook and the updated Rule Changes as of the release date of the Black & White set, as well as any TCG Errata, as found on the Main Pokemon website in the Rules & Resources section. The number of Swiss rounds run will depend on total attendance at the event, most likely 3 – 6 rounds, (’30 minutes + 3 turns’) and you’ll play different players for each of the Rounds. Some newer players often mistakenly think that if they lose their first match, they’re out, but that’s not the case. After the main event, we’ll post the Standings, and we’ll have our 1st – 4th place winners in each of the 3 age groups. Decklists will be required… I’ll have them there for you to fill out there at the event, or you can print it out ahead of time. (Decklists turned in after 10:45 will mean you will have a Round 1 Loss and will start in Round 2) Here’s a link to a wonderful Decklist maker that really makes it easy to do your decklist ahead of time… just click on the drop down menu to make your selections, then print it out and bring it in! This software was created to help make it much easier to correctly fill out tournament deck lists, helping avoid errors and costly penalties. Just fill in the blanks from the drop down menu, then when you’re done, print it out! Very easy! Either way is fine. Just be sure to be there early enough to get them filled out and turned in before 10:45am, because you must have a decklist to be entered in the tourney! And remember, it’s you’re responsibility to make sure that your deck is legal and matches your decklist completely, so take care in writing it out! We’ll have people who can help you fill it out or check over your deck when you get there, so just let me or one of my Judges know if you need some help. So, what time do you suggest we be there? I suggest you be there right at 10am unless you already have your decklist all made out. The cut-off for entrance into Round 1 will be 10:45. Decklists will be required, so be sure to allow time to fill them out. Better yet, use the Decklist Maker I’ve got a link for above. If you haven’t turned in your decklist by 10:45am you can still be entered into the tournament, but you’ll start in Round 2, you’ll have a first Round loss. We will not delay the tourney for latecomers as it’s just not fair to those who get there on time. Bring your DS and your Games to play while you wait! Once your decklist is turned in, you can participate in DS battles, or any other activities we might have while you wait. Better too early than too late! Who may enter in the Tournament? Anyone who knows how to play the game may enter, you do not need to be a resident of the City of Rockford … All are welcome, of all ages, from far away, or right in town! If you’re new to the game and want to learn more about it, check out the Pokemon Organized Play website for a demo with instructions on how to play so you’ll already know how when you get there, because for this particular event, you should at least already know the basics of how to play. What do I need to bring with me? You’ll need to bring your own 60 card legal deck, bring your own damage counters or dice, you may want to bring a sack lunch or money to buy lunch, snacks, products for sale, or to enter in some of our Side Events after the Main Event, but no money is required for entry to this event. You also need your POP ID number. If you’re in a League or already have an ID number, write it down and bring it with you, and if you’re new and don’t have a POP ID number yet, no worries… I can get you set up with one right there. Format: Modified Constructed – Bring your own best BW-on Modified decks to play in this tournament. The sets legal in the New Modified Format have been updated as of Sept 1, 2012. The New Modified format is BW -on. Players may not use cards from Pokémon sets prior to BW, with the exception of basic Energy cards and cards that were reprinted in Modified legal sets. Please make sure you’re ready with a legal deck and review the legal sets for the Modified Format here. Remember, this is a Battle Road Event… so keep in mind the following rules and restrictions: Cards from the World’s Championship Decks with the silver borders are NOT allowed in Tournaments. Sleeves must be single color with no artwork or holographic design, exceptions being the Japanese Pokeball or Pikachu Sleeves, or any of the US Pokemon Sleeves from Prereleases etc. Cards must be in uniform condition if unsleeved so as not to appear to be marked in any way. Cheating will be dealt with severly, so don’t do it! Always play honorably and fair! Of course if you have any questions at all as to if your deck is Tourney ready or not, please feel free to stop in a little early and have us check over your deck for you. If you arrive and find that your deck is not legal to play in this tourney, don’t worry, you will still be able to play. There are plenty of interesting starter decks available to purchase right there at Top Cut Comics, including the newest Black & White decks. This event will will be Age Separated Swiss (everyone will play within their own age group in all the rounds, the number of rounds being determined by number of players in each age group). The winners will be determined by the final standings after the Swiss rounds. Age groups: Junior Division: Born in 2002 or later Senior Division: Born in 1998, 1999, 2000, or 2001 Masters Division: Born in 1997 or earlier Are there Prizes? YES! Of course there are! Top 4 finishers in each of the three age categories receive the following prizes: 1st Place 4 Pokémon TCG booster packs A Gold Victory Cup promo card 2nd Place 4 Pokémon TCG booster packs A Silver Victory Cup promo card 3rd Place 2 Pokémon TCG booster packs A Bronze Victory Cup promo card 4th Place 2 Pokémon TCG booster packs But are there Door Prizes? Sure! We’ll have an assortment of various items for door prizes that will be randomly given out at various times to random players. ‘Support the Store’ Raffle – As a thank you to Top Cut for hosting our event, I’d like to encourage our players to purchase items from their store. Show me your receipt for items that you purchase there and I’ll give you a Raffle ticket. Spend $5 or more and I’ll give you an extra raffle ticket for each extra $5 you spend! The more you spend in the store, the more chances you get! After all the main rounds are finished, I’ll draw a lucky number to win 3 booster packs. Food- I understand that players get cranky and don’t function well when they’re hungry… no one wants cranky players. So, we will be having a set lunch break to keep you all happy and in a good mood ^_^ There are several fast food places within a mile, including McDonalds, Subway, & Arbys, and also a hugely stocked vending machine full of all kinds of awesome snack foods and drinks. Tentative Time Schedule (This schedule and number of rounds may certainly vary, depending on the number of players for each age group. This tentative schedule is based on 3 rounds for Jrs, 5 rounds for Srs and possibly 6 for Masters. Registration…10pm to 10:45 am (if your decklist is turned in after 10:45am, you’ll have a Round 1 loss but be in Round 2. I really encourage you to either have your decklist already made out when you arrive, or be sure to arrive by 10am to fill it out there. You don’t want to miss out on Round 1!) 10:45 Announcements 11am Post Roster/post Pairings Round 1 11:15 – 12:00 Round 2 12:00 – 12:45 lunch break until 1:30 Round 3 1:30 -2:15 Post list of Door Prize winners Round 4 2:15 – 3:00 Round 5 3:00 – 3:45 Round 6 3:45 – 4:30 (if more than 32 Masters) Announce Final Standings and present Prizes Again, this is a tentative timetable. We’ll try to stick to it as best we can, but of course times may vary due to the actual number of players attending and unforseen events that may delay things. Do I get Championship/ Play! Points for this event? Yes, you get 1 Play!Point for this event. (details here) Championship Points are a way to recognize the top players from Pokémon Championship Series events. Championship Points are awarded to players based on their finish position or placement at individual events. Check out the Pokémon TCG Championship Points Structure for more information. What Can I Do With the Championship Points I’ve Earned? Championship Points are used to gain entry into high level events, including the 2013 Pokémon World Championships. Event qualifications are listed in each event-specific FAQ as it is posted. What are Best Finish Limits? To provide a more-even playing field for the largest number of competitors worldwide, the Organized Play team has instituted Best Finish Limits. This means that during an event series, only your Best X (defined below) finishes will count towards your final Championship Points total. For example, the Best Finish Limit for Battle Roads is 6. If a player participates in 6 Battle Road Autumn events and 5 Battle Road Spring events, only the top 6 of the player’s 11 Battle Roads finishes will count toward his or her final Championship Points total. What are Kickers? Championship Point payouts are listed below. Events will receive “Kicker” points if an age division attendance meets a certain threshold. Base points never change but, if the “Kicker” level is reached, points are awarded deeper into the final standings. For example, if the Masters division at a Battle Road tournament reaches 32 players, 5th through 8th place will receive 6 Championship Points. Is There a Limit to How Many Events I Can Play In Per Year? No. You can play in as many Battle Road, City Championship, S/P/T Championship, and Regional Championships as you wish each year! Championship Points are awarded to players based on their finish position at Play! Pokémon Championship Series events. Battle Road (Spring and Autumn) Best Finish Limit: 6 Play! Points: 1 Championship Points Placement Points Kicker 1 .................15 ........0 2 .................12 ........4 3-4 .............10 ........8 5-8 ..............6 ........32 9-12 ............4 ........64 13-16 ...........2 ........64 17-32 ...........1 ......128 This should give you most of the information you need for this Battle Road Championship Event… If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me… emailing me is best or call me at 608-322-0549, and be sure to mention in your message if it’s about Madison, Rockford, or Oconomowoc. Hope to see you all at Top Cut Comics on May 18th for this fun, but competitive event! See you there!