NorCal Regional Pokémon TCG Championship April 16, 2011

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  1. PokeDad

    PokeDad Forum Moderator



    Saturday April 16, 2011

    The Elks Lodge
    375 North Pastoria Avenue
    Sunnyvale, CA 94085

    8:00am - 8:45am - mandatory deck, sleeve and deck list checks and registration*
    9:00am - 9:15am - announcements
    9:15am (fingers crossed) – round 1 begins

    *if you are not in line with a deck list with cards in the exact order indicated on your list by 8:45am, you may be entered into the tournament with a round 1 loss.

    There will be a 30 minute lunch break, probably between rounds 3 and 4. There will also be a dinner break, probably coinciding with Masters Top Cut deck checks. The Elks Lodge has delicious, affordable, cooked food available onsite.

    We will run all rounds allowed. Top cuts will be as large as allowed. This is is big, fun tournament.

    While Juniors and Seniors finish earlier, we expect to finish with Masters before midnight, making this a one day tourney.

    Tournament play will require a 60 card deck comprised of cards from Diamond & Pearl-Majestic Dawn, Diamond & Pearl-Legends Awakened, Diamond & Pearl-Stormfront, Platinum, Platinum-Rising Rivals, Platinum-Supreme Victors, Platinum-Arceus, Rumble, HeartGold & SoulSilver, HeartGold & SoulSilver-Unleashed, HeartGold & SoulSilver Trainer Kit, Black Star Promo Cards numbered DP22 and higher, and Black Star Promo Cards numbered HGSS01 and higher.

    No fake cards, copies of cards, or proxies are allowed in play.

    A deck list is required, the list must match your deck card for card, and the deck list must be in the exact order as your deck or we will not check your deck.

    Your deck list is your registration into the tournament. No deck list, no entry, it's that simple.

    Please note that you are responsible for what's in your deck.

    It is strongly suggested that you take care in sleeving your deck, making sure that all 60 sleeves match in all aspects, size, color, hue, opaqueness, and may not have memorizable patterns of wear, scratch, bent corner or be reflective. Many sleeves will fail check. Save everyone time and have new legal Pokémon TCG approved sleeves.

    Preconstructed theme decks will be available for purchase for those that don't have the correct cards or have no cards at all.

    Sleeves will also be available for purchase at the event.

    Prize support typically involves incredibly generous scholarships and trips to the U.S. National Championship for the Champions of each age group, with prize support for many players.

    Susan Bartlett, super PTO, also makes available terrific Pokémon treats throughout the day in the form of drawing prizes.

    This year's Raffle Prizes include a full booster box of Call of Legends, and one of each of the Black and White video games. There will also be drawings for Pokemon swag, including hats, binders, playmats, and maybe a pokeball or two.

    Directions from San Francisco:

    1. From S Van Ness Avenue, Merge onto US-101 S via the ramp to I-80 E/Oakland/San Jose, and drive 38.0 miles.

    2. Take exit 396A to merge onto N Mathilda Avenue toward Sunnyvale. Drive .8 miles.

    3. Turn right at W Maude Avenue. Drive .2 miles.

    4. Turn left at N Pastoria Avenue. Drive .2 miles.

    Directions from Hollister (so famous it’s on shirts!):

    1. From San Felipe Road, turn left at CA-25 N/Bolsa Road. Drive 10.9 miles.
    2. Turn right to merge onto US-101 N toward Gilroy. Drive 43.1 miles.

    3. Take exit 396B for N Mathilda Avenue toward Sunnyvale. Drive .2 miles.

    4. Merge onto N Mathilda Avenue. Drive .7 miles.

    5. Turn right at W Maude Avenue. Drive .2 miles.

    6. Turn left at N Pastoria Avenue. Drive .2 miles.

    Directions from Sacramento:

    1. From the Capitol Mall, go west onto CA-275 W. Drive .8 miles.

    2. Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-80 BUS W. Drive 2.6 miles.

    3. Merge onto I-80. Drive 41.1 miles.

    4. Slight right at I-680 S (signs for Benicia/San Jose). Drive 58.2 miles.

    5. Take exit 12 for Mission Blvd/State Route 262 toward I-880. Drive .2 miles.

    6. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Mission Blvd W and merge onto Mission Blvd/State Route 262 S. Drive 1.0 miles.

    7. Take exit 8C to merge onto CA-237 W toward Mountain View. Drive 6.4 miles.

    8. Take exit 3B toward Sunnyvale. Drive .3 miles.

    9. Turn left at N Mathilda Avenue. Drive 1.0 miles.

    10. Turn right at W Maude Avenue. Drive .2 miles.

    11. Turn left at N Pastoria Avenue. Drive .2 miles.

    Directions from Oakland:

    1. From 5th Street, take the ramp onto I-880 S. Drive 32.9 miles.

    2. Take exit 8C to merge onto CA-237 W toward Mountain View. Drive 6.4 miles.

    3. Take exit 3B toward Sunnyvale. Drive .3 miles.

    4. Turn left at N Mathilda Avenue. Drive 1.0 miles.

    5. Turn right at W Maude Avenue. Drive .2 miles.

    6. Turn left at N Pastoria Avenue. Drive .2 miles.

    Directions from P!P HQ:

    1. From 333 108th Ave NE, head N toward NE 4th Street. Drive 102 feet.

    2. Take the 1st right onto NE 4th Street. Drive .3 miles.

    3. Turn right to merge onto I-405 S toward Renton. Drive 13.6 miles.

    4. Take the exit onto I-5 S toward Portland. Drive 707 miles.

    5. Slight right at I-505 S (signs for Interstate 505 S/Winters/San Francisco). Drive 33.2 miles.

    6. Take exit 1B on the left to merge onto 1-80 W toward San Francisco. Drive 15.2 miles.

    7. Slight right at I-680 S (signs for Benicia/San Jose). Drive 58.2 miles.

    8. Take exit 12 for Mission Blvd/State Route 262 toward I-880. Drive .2 miles.

    9. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Mission Blvd W and merge onto Mission Blvd/State Route 262 S. Drive 1.0 miles.

    10. Take exit 8C to merge onto CA-237 W toward Mountain View. Drive 6.4 miles.

    11. Take exit 3B toward Sunnyvale. Drive .3 miles.

    12. Turn left at N Mathilda Avenue. Drive 1.0 miles.

    13. Turn right at W Maude Avenue. Drive .2 miles.

    14. Turn left at N Pastoria Avenue. Drive .2 miles.

    As a game of skill, the Pokémon TCG is enjoyed for its complex strategies, entertaining characters, and atmosphere of friendly competition. While the objective of a Pokémon TCG tournament is to determine the skill level of each player involved, our ultimate goal is to ensure that every participant has fun. It is this attitude that Play! Pokémon wishes to emphasize during Pokémon TCG events.

    Regardless of the size of the prizes on the line, adherence to the Spirit of the Game helps to ensure that all participants, including players, spectators, and event staff at a Pokémon TCG event, have an enjoyable experience. This spirit should guide the conduct of players as well as the tournament judges as they interpret and enforce the rules.

    The Spirit of the Game is composed of the following tenets:

    *Fun: The Pokémon TCG is a game, and games are meant to be fun for all parties involved. When a game ceases to be fun, players find other things to do.

    *Fairness: Games cease to be fun when players break the rules to achieve victory. A player should prefer to lose a game than to win by cheating.

    *Honesty: Players of any game should strive to act honestly while playing that game. If a player inadvertently breaks a rule during a game and becomes aware of the error before his or her opponent or a judge, that player should make the opponent and the judge aware of the misplay.

    *Respect: Players, spectators, and staff should be treated with the same respect that players would expect for themselves. Distracting an opponent or a judge to gain advantage shows disrespect to everyone involved in a Pokémon TCG event.
    *Sportsmanship: Winning or losing with grace is vital to the enjoyment of a game. The desire to continue playing a game can be soured by players that berate their opponents after winning or losing a match.

    *Learning: Players should strive to help each other increase their Pokémon TCG play skills. It is not a player's responsibility to make his or her opponent's plays for that opponent. However, discussing strategies, offering deck tips, or constructively critiquing game play decisions after the match has been completed helps both participants to become better players.

    note: Thanks to the several folks from other regions who had their announcement formatting, or verbiage, lifted for this announcement.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2011
  2. qhamid510

    qhamid510 New Member

    Norcal regional pokémon tcg championship

    I had a question for you what hotel are you going to be using for the out of town guests that come into the area? I actually work for the Nearby Residence Inn by Marriott and i can get a group discount for your out of town travelers! Email me at [email protected] or [email protected]! Thank you and good luck to all you trainers! :thumb:
  3. Asrialys

    Asrialys Member

    lol Directions from P!P...

    Can't wait for this. Spring break, so lots of Fresno County players hopefully.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2011
  4. PokeDad

    PokeDad Forum Moderator

    Good for you, I admire your industriousness, or PokeFriendliness, or whatever inspired you to post the offer. I appreciate it. I have stayed in the same place the last two years, but we will give an email look at rates and compare. Saving money is always good.

    Having often stayed at Residence Inns on business, I can say they are great rooms or suites to split when sharing a room on the road, and one of my favorite places to stay and cook a meal or crack a wine. Comfy and well appointed for residence type longer stays.

    Asrialys, eternal optimist and a judge proud of our tournament, of course I threw directions from P!P up there. I would like one of the big PokeDaddies to not only come to our tournament, but to chillax and play the game. The night before, I can show them where to score great Pho, Banh Xeo, Bulgogi and/or Soon Dae - great Viet and Korean food not too far away, and of course, the Elks throw down a tasty burger on site Saturday. Who knows, maybe they can win a trip to Nats.

    Seriously, please spread the word among the Fresno player community. I would love to see a great turnout for the event.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2011
  5. cabd

    cabd New Member

    Count in this Fresno player, at least. Timed perfectly with Fresno State's break. Most of my league is at least interested as well.
  6. Asrialys

    Asrialys Member

    Who is this? lol

    EDIT: Oh, never mind. Hey, Zack! :p
  7. Dude

    Dude New Member

    cool i'll be there.
  8. PokeDad

    PokeDad Forum Moderator

    Susan Bartlett, supernaturally awesome PTO, just posted this on the tournament's facebook page: "Once again we've got some great door prizes!! We will be raffling a full booster box of Call of Legends AND one each of Pokemon Black and White video games!! You choose which raffle you are in!! This is in addition to the regular raffle prizes from Pokemon International which includes the usual hats, binders and ever popular playmats!!"
  9. cabd

    cabd New Member

    Pokedad, can we get a link to that facebook page? I couldn't find it.
  10. Asrialys

    Asrialys Member

  11. PokeDad

    PokeDad Forum Moderator

    Yep, that's it, and thanks for posting it.

    We will continue to update both here and there with info as it become available.

    If you go to the facebook page, first click the "I'm attending" button, then please forward the invitation to any of your Pokemon playing friends. Thanks.

    I am really looking forward to seeing everyone, it is going to be a really good event.

    Oh, one more thing, if you are reading this and coming to the event, please consider using the tournament decklist creator accessible from this site - just click the big purple button with "Tournament Decklist" written on it that appears at the top of each page. Thanks!

  12. niimou

    niimou New Member

    So I'm thinking about trekking in from Utah to see some of my home state. Here's my question though: Do you know offhand if the local hotels and the Elks Lodge have bicycle parking?
  13. PokeDad

    PokeDad Forum Moderator

    Are you going to bicycle to Sunnyvale from Utah? Wow.

    There is a flagpole directly in front of the entrance to the Elks Lodge that will serve to chain lock your bicycle to. There is also a backyard patio where your bike could be parked safely.

    When I bicycled, I never found a place where I could not secure my bike, and often rolled my bike from a side or back entrance to and into my hotel room when on the room.

    Residence Inns have stairways with rails and other architectural features on property that could serve to secure a bicycle easily.

    The hotel I stayed at last year was next to a McDonalds, while not certain about the hotel itself, the McDonalds has bicycle parking.

    I hope you are able to join us next month.

  14. niimou

    niimou New Member

    Sweet. While I won't be bicycling ALL the way from Utah, I don't have a car either and the train only goes to San Jose. There is a lightrail from what I can see online but I also don't know how close that gets me to the venue. Plus bikes are awesome :thumb:

    Thanks for the info!
  15. PokeDad

    PokeDad Forum Moderator

    The Sunnyvale CalTrain Station at 121 W. Evelyn Avenue, Sunnyvale 94086 is less than 1 mile from the Elks Lodge (address above) where the tournament will be played.

    Since 1996, all VTA busses are equipped with bike racks and since 2004 all light rail vehicles have internal racks.

    You are set.
  16. niimou

    niimou New Member

    Looks like attending this event is going to remain a pipe dream for now. I have finals that day : (
  17. chmorroboy81

    chmorroboy81 New Member

    This will be my first regionals, how long will it be? I live in Sacramento and plan on driving, and i dont want to stay the night. Should i just not go and wait till the next one?
  18. PokeDad

    PokeDad Forum Moderator

    Regionals for Masters will run seven or eight rounds of swiss, then we move to top cut. If you plan on winning, plan on picking up your trophy around 11:30 PM, if you don't expect to make top cut, you should be able to watch Saturday Night Live from home even after stopping for a fast food dinner on the way home.

    Juniors and Seniors will finish earlier.

    Just wait until the next one? You mean next year, with exactly the same time scenario? No, you should come this year, bring friends to share the driving and fun, and you should come next year too.

    How are you gonna catch 'em all if you don't play?

    Sorry it took me so long to respond, I have a new job, worked over 110 hours in the last two weeks, and didn't come into the thread until now.

    I am looking forward to driving three hours to Sunnyvale to work with a terrific crew, all dedicated to making sure the players have a great experience. I can't wait to see many Pokemon friends, and am looking forward to making new ones.
  19. PokeDad

    PokeDad Forum Moderator

    I traded emails with a local player from the Gym, and am posting it here, because it might be helpful for other newer players attending their first Regional this year.

    I am actually going to attend this year. Now i am still fairly new to the game due to the fact that I joined the game in march, so how should i prepare for it or do i just go and wing it, and what should i expect? Thank you again for responding.


    And I responded:

    I'm glad you are attending, you will have a great time. My son came in fourth at his very first Regionals, and took home a scholarship prize from Nintendo, many years ago. The scholarships have been cut to top two in each age group, but that allowed Pokemon to hold more Regional contests and offer more trips to other events.

    Expect a big tournament, bigger than a Battle Road, bigger than a City Championship, bigger than a State Championship (although a few State Championships had larger attendances - including our own, California). The only bigger tourneys are Nationals (Indy, IN this year) and Worlds (San Diego, CA this year).

    We usually move things along with a minimum of delay, but if I promise seamless perfection I can count on unforeseen problems, so join me in a prayer or a wish for another smoothly operating tournament this year.

    There will be a mix of new and veteran players of all ages. There will be people playing for fun, and there will be people who come expecting to win games, get points, hoping to earn a paid trip to Nationals, and gain ratings points toward an invite to Worlds.

    There will be drawings and door prizes. There will be many games to play, a full day of games. Fun games, hard fought games, too quick won or lost donk games.

    The higher stakes, and greater prize support means greater vigilance by the staff and judges. I always recommend a brand new unplayed, uncreased, unmarked, pristine set of sleeves for the tourney, with extras in case of a split, corner bent or other tournament play damaged sleeve during the day.

    I'm not mean, but this is the standard at this level of tourney and above. Not that there is cheating, but a cheater could memorize wear marks on sleeves, in effect playing with marked cards, to access the most needed cards in their deck. Easy solution, perfect sleeves. I boot many sleeves at deck check, and instruct my judges to do the same. By now, returning players at Nor Cal Regionals and others who have attended tourneys I've judged know the standard, and most sleeves are perfect at deck check. There will be sleeves and other Pokemon merchandise on hand, available to purchase, thanks to the local Pokemon league headquarters, Game Kastle from nearby Santa Clara.

    Remember to bring your randomizer, damage counters, status markers. If you can, use Steve P.'s decklist program from the PokeGym, it helps both you and the judges make sure you have a legal deck for play.

    That you found the PokeGym means you have already found a great resource for preparing yourself for play. Read the deck articles, read the Ask the Masters. You will develop a foreknowledge of the decks and cards you are likely to face.

    Lunch, and dinner if you make top cut, is available onsite, thanks to the Elks - we're playing at the Elks Lodge.

    Bottom line, expect a lot of games, a lot of fun, chances to win stuff, opportunities to meet new people and make new friends. Don't come in expecting to win it all, play for fun and if things work out in your favor, well that's just a sweet bonus.

    Look for the short, fat, old, bald guy, that's me, my name is John, I'll be your head judge. Introduce yourself, and I'll wish you luck.

    Looking forward to seeing you.

  20. PokeDad

    PokeDad Forum Moderator

    Nor Cal Regionals is in the books.

    We started with 129 players - 17 Juniors, 43 Seniors, and 69 Seniors. There were no 1st round losses for lateness awarded. Play started at 9:30, lunch was an hour and 15 minutes, dinner was an hour and 30 minutes, and the final game ended at 11:15 pm.

    We ran max rounds and max cut allowed by the numbers, with an hour plus three for match play.

    The only penalties earned and awarded all day were three prize card penalties and a single game loss, all of the players accepted their penalties with good grace.

    My thanks to all of the players for their superb play and great sportsmanship, you exemplify Spirit of the Game. Thank you to the parents who didn't play, but brought your children and relaxed in the parents area. Thank you to the Elks Lodge, the Elks have provided a warm and friendly venue for our tournament, and we appreciate your friendliness and the fast and affordable food you make available on site. Thank you to Susan Bartlett, the best PTO in Pokemon (it is okay to thinkk your PTO is the best if you are from somewhere else). Thank you to the terrific judge team of James, Lee, Lianne, Barbara, Wes and Ali. Thank you to the great staff support from Frank, Christine, and Ray.

    I had a great time in my first year as the Head Judge. I hope each of the players, and participants had as good a time.

    To everyone once again, thank you!

    John Cesano

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