Florida's Ruby and Sapphire Challange

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  1. GymLeaderPhil

    GymLeaderPhil New Member

    Just updated from the official site for all Pokemon events in Florida... http://www.PokemonFlorida.com :

    General Info
    Name: Ruby and Sapphire Challange Florida

    Date: August 23, 2003

    Knights of Columbus
    5727 Cornelia Ave
    Orlando, FL 32807

    Organizer: Heidi Craig

    Judges: Heidi Craig, Douglas Zuver, Ron Roby, and Phil McKinney.

    Contact: Email Heidi Craig at [email protected] or ask for Heidi Craig at 863-326-1788.


    Check the map on PokemonFlorida.com for directions.

    To help you find Cornelia Rd It is right before the Nissan dealership between The Catholic Charities and a small College. If you are running late the day of the tournament or you should get lost on the way to the tournament this is the only time you may ever call this number 863-258-2556.

    What to Bring

    -$15 for entry fee
    -Game Boy Advanced or Game Boy Advanced SP
    -Pokemon Ruby or Sapphire Game
    -Legal Pokemon Team (see Tournament Structure)
    -A die and some damage counters (if possible)
    -Extra money if you are interested in ordering a slice or Pizza
    -Extra money if you are interested in playing a side event

    Tournament Times

    Registration will begin at 10:00 AM and will end promptly at 11:15 AM. Anyone who shows up later will not be able to enter the tournament. Announcements and Rules will be announced shortly after Registration closes. The Tournament is expected to end around 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

    Tournament Format

    Players will compete in four rounds of Ruby and Sapphire Game Boy Advanced Battle Tower Format play and then two rounds of Ruby and Sapphire Trading Card Game Sealed Deck play. Players receive 4 points for each TCG win, 1 point for each TCG draw, 2 points for each GBA win. No points are awarded for losses in the TCG or GBA portions.

    No cards are required. All you need to bring is a Game Boy Advanced or Game Boy Advanced SP. At the start of the event, players will receive six boosters of Pokemon-e TCG EX: Ruby and Sapphire to construct a forty card deck. Players then have thirty minutes to build their forty card deck. Energy Cards will be supplied for deck construction. Judges will be helping all of those who have never played or constructed a Pokemon TCG Deck.

    Tournament Structure

    First round will be the TCG sealed deck that you constructed, using age-modified swiss pairings. Players will have 30 minutes to complete the first round, with each player putting out 4 Prize cards.

    Second & third rounds will feature the "Battle Tower" format for the Game Boy Advanced. Players will have 10 minutes to complete each round.

    • 3 Pokemon of level 50 or lower.
    • No two of the same Pokémon.
    • Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza are banned.
    • No duplicate held items.
    • Certain powers (Rest, Recover, etc) are not allowed after 8 minutes into the match.
    • "Modified" GBA cartridges are not allowed.

    Fourth round returns to final TCG portion of the tournament.

    Fifth & sixth rounds players will use the GBA for those rounds.

    Tournament Prizes

    Prizes are awarded to the top players in each age category, reflecting the age categories of 15+ years, 11-14 years, and 10 years & under.

    We’re really excited about our prize package for these events. We’ll be providing Pokemon-e TCG: EX Ruby & Sapphire product, Ruby & Sapphire GBA Game Packs as well as a $200 gift certificate to the Pokemon.com e-commerce site --where you can buy any Pokémon item you want!-- and more. In addition, we’ll be holding one random drawings. Such prizes to include a Game Boy Advance SP, both Pokemon Ruby & Pokemon Sapphire games, and a Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire Strategy Guide.

    Side Events

    At the end of the day, if we have time, we would like to run some booster drafts. If you would like to participate please plan to bring some extra money for that. I don't know the cost yet but it is usually around $12.00.


    We will be planning a pizza lunch for those who are interested. If you need lunch please plan on bringing some extra money for that. Otherwise we will be taking a break for lunch and there are plenty of restaurants locally (as well as shopping for parents and siblings).
  2. Prof. Douglas Zuver

    Prof. Douglas Zuver New Member

    This is the route I take:

    Take the Turnpike
    to the Beeline Expressway (Turnpike Exit 254)
    You must take the first right hand lane to Beeline East.
    Take the Beeline Expressway 528 to
    Semoran Blvd 436 which goes North
    (going south will lead you into the airport)
    go past East-West Expressway.
    Look for Florida Technical College on East Side
    Kights of Columbus is directly behind the College.
    There is a nice parking space there.
    5727 Cornelia Ave.
    Orlando, Florida 32897

    While we are there, please remember Kights of Columbus
    is our host. We need to show respect to their ideals and
    philosophies so that we may continue to use their facilities
    in the future.

    There will be plenty of room for parents.
    This is the location of my first DCI Tournament which was
    the last Gym Challenge.

    Looking forward to a great weekend,
    and seeing all of you there.
    Douglas Zuver
  3. GymLeaderPhil

    GymLeaderPhil New Member

    Players: Please bring some extra damage counters and dice if you have any on you. We will have a bunch of new players playing in this tournament who have no access to either.
  4. Krayzie

    Krayzie New Member

    I hope I can make it,still have to get my poke team ready
  5. GymLeaderPhil

    GymLeaderPhil New Member

    Hello players,
    At The Orlando Ruby and Sapphire Challange we will now be offering a modified tournament for those of you who are interested. Please be aware this is a modified format that we created not Nintendo. We will try to run two. The first modified tournament will be held if enough people show up at the same time as the main R/S Challange Tournament. The first Modified Tournament will only be for players that are not going to participate in the main event. The second one will start as soon as the main event ends as long as enough people are interested.

    We have decided on the cards that will be allowed for this format they are as follows:

    -EX: Ruby and Sapphire
    -Wizards of the Coast 'Best Of' Promos
    -Nintendo Black Star Promos

    Promos are: Kyogre and Groudon by Nintendo. The 'Best Of' series promos that were given out in the BattleZone seasons. Most of these promos can also be found in old sets of cards they are listed below
    Electabuzz (Base Set/BS2)
    Hitmonchan (Base Set/BS2)
    Professor Elm (Neo Genesis)
    Rocket's Scizor (Japanese VS Set)
    Rocket's Sneasal (Japanese VS Set)
    Dark Ivysaur (Japanese Vending Set)
    Dark Venuasaur (Japanese Vending Set)
    Rocket's Mewtwo (Gym Challenge)
    Rocket's Hitmonchan (Gym Heroes)

    The entry fee for the first event will be $15.00 if enough people come the prizes will be good. The second tournament entry fee will be $5.00. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail Heidi at [email protected].

    Hope to see everybody soon!!!!
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2003
  6. Dark Sneasel

    Dark Sneasel New Member

    What no promo 31 and up, darn killed my deck, nomore no free retreat babies.
  7. SomeGuy

    SomeGuy New Member


    For the main event, is there a cut to top 8? Or is the winner and runner ups strictly based on points?
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2003
  8. GymLeaderPhil

    GymLeaderPhil New Member

    I dont believe we cut to top eight.
  9. Prof. Douglas Zuver

    Prof. Douglas Zuver New Member

    Update to the Ruby Sapphire Challenge

    Hello Everybody,

    On August 23, at Knights of Columbus in Orlando
    there will be the Ruby Sapphire Challenge featuring
    Ruby Sapphire Game Boy Play with a Sealed event
    featuring the new Ruby Sapphire Trading Cards.

    Registration is 10 AM to 11:15 AM

    Direction again:
    Take the Turnpike
    to the Beeline Expressway (Turnpike Exit 254)
    You must take the first right hand lane to Beeline East.
    Take the Beeline Expressway 528 to
    Semoran Blvd 436 which goes North
    (going south will lead you into the airport)
    go past East-West Expressway.
    Look for Florida Technical College on East Side
    Kights of Columbus is directly behind the College.
    There is a nice parking space there.
    5727 Cornelia Ave.
    Orlando, Florida 32897

    There will be Medals and other prizes for all three age
    groups. You may participate even if you do not have a
    Game Boy, just tell a Judge that you only want to play
    in the card game part of the event.

    In order to speed things up please have your special team
    of only three Pokemon in your party and go to the second
    floor of a Pokemon Center and save your game there.

    I highly recommend you don't let other people borrow or use
    your game boy before the event.

    For those of you who do not have a Game Boy and do not
    wish to participate in this event, Heidi has organized a side
    event to keep you busy. It will be a card game in a constructed
    format that is not official. The Format includes Expedition,
    Aquapolis, Skyridge, Ruby and Sapphire, WotC Best Promo's
    # 1 thru 9, and Nintendo Promo's #1 and 2.
    Please note that reprints from older sets such as Potion, Switch, Pokeball,
    Moo-Moo Milk, Energy Search, Super Scoop Up, Master Ball, Warp Point,
    and Full Heal (I think that's all, but let me know if you discover any
    more) may be used since they were reprinted in the sets
    listed above. Potion was reworded when it was reprinted, so we
    will be using the newer text. (You must take off 2 damage counters
    if you have more than 1 damage counter on you, instead of you may...)
    Full Heal was reworded to include all Special Conditions, so even if you
    have the Base version in your deck, it does remove "Burn."

    Also, please note that we will be using the newer text in the
    Ruby Sapphire version for all Pokemon Reversal cards.
    Play Expedition Pokemon Reversal as if it read like the
    Ruby Sapphire version. I started a topic on the Poke-Gym asking
    all the Professors about this card and we are following their advice.
    This makes both versions worthless, so don't play it-put Warp Point
    in your deck instead. (By the way without free retreating babies,
    Warp Point is much more powerful.)

    I declined to input on what this format should include, because I
    do have some nondisclosure information about what the Changes
    to the Modified Format would be. I felt that if I pushed for certain
    directions that would be revealing what I know and cannot talk about...

    Also, please note that we will be using the Ruby and Sapphire
    Rule Book found in the Ruby and Sapphire Theme Decks for all these

    Also, please note that Recycle Energy is NOT included.
    You cannot play it in this tournament format.

    Also, please note that Umbreon SkyRidge shuts off Benched Pokemon's
    Poke-Powers when it is active, and Slaking prevents your opponent from
    using Poke-Powers when it is active. Poke-Powers, Poke-Bodies, and
    Pokemon Powers are three different things. Draw a large circle and
    label it A (Pokemon Power). Now draw a smaller circle inside and
    label it B (Poke-Body). Now draw a third circle inside A but not near B
    and label it C (Poke-Power). Now you can easily see the relationship
    of all three. If something says Shuts down all Pokemon Powers, look
    at our circles, everything is inside circle A, so Pokemon Powers include
    Poke-Body and Poke-Powers and none of them work anymore.
    If something like Slaking says "As long as Slaking is your active Pokemon,
    your opponent's Pokemon can't use any Poke-Powers," then look at our
    circles, Circle C. Poke-Power does not include Circle B. Poke-Bodies or
    the Part of Circle A that is Pokemon Powers such as Blastoise's "Rain
    Dance." So, with Slaking active your opponent's Blaziken's Poke-Power
    "Firestarter" will NOT work, But SkyRidge's Machamp's Poke-Body
    "Immunity" would work.

    By the way, Slaking combined with cards such as Warp Point, Switch,
    Memory Berries, Boost and Warp Energy, and Swellow is a tad slow
    starting, but definitely a Pokemon to respect once it gets its feet on
    the ground.

    Please also note, that I started a topic on the Poke-Gym asking Professors
    about Chansey ex, so far the opinion is that an active Chansey ex will not
    heal itself, but it will heal a hurt benched Chansey ex if it uses "Healing Egg."

    After the Ruby Sapphire Challenge is over, another side event will be using
    the same constructed format again for another card tournament.
    If you have the cards and the time to prepare for this, it shoud be fun.

    If you do not wish to participate in this event, please remember that
    Heidi did offer a draft tournament for those who wished it.
    This is your day, so please let Heidi, Phil, or Doug know what you want
    to do that day. The Constructed Tournaments were organized because
    players requested them.

    There are many other options available for side events:
    A Game Boy tournament with Game Boy only
    A tournament using the same cards you received out of your six packs
    of Ruby and Sapphire cards to build a 40 card deck.
    A sealed Theme Deck challenge using some of the MP support pack I
    Another combination tournament like the original R&S Challenge.
    An Unlimited Format card tournament.
    A card tournament using another format such as DCI Modified
    plus the Ruby and Sapphire Cards and Rules.
    Any of these options could be run as an inexpensive tournament.

    That's all for now,
    Doug :)
  10. GymLeaderPhil

    GymLeaderPhil New Member

    Next Saturday will be awesome. We have hundreds of booster packs for the event itself AND as suprise prizes. Nobody is going home empty handed. If you live locally in Florida or Georgia, invite some friends and take a road trip to Orlando. This event, like all the other events we've done, WILL be the best in the entire country. :thumb:

    And be sure to join us September 13th for our EX: Sandstorm Prerelease.

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