FEATURING Pojo's & WizPOg's
FemaleQ's "THE WAR is ON..."
--before we get a WORD on 3/8's Thurs. Chat
War is being waged at this very moment. A war between Pokemon
players and Wizards of the Coast.
Two week ago, WotC announced that the 15+ division of the Super Trainer Showdown
and its Qualifiers was dropped.
Many people see this as a short-sighted decision of Wizard's behalf, not only because
many won't be allowed to play, but because those people were a big part of past STS's.
Some even reported that the Master Trainers, in their defense, said, "But there
will be other side events and prizes." (Note: This statement is unconfirmed.)
Here's what I believe to be the problems with this decision.
Side Events and Prizes at the STS for Those Who Won't Be Playing in the Big Event.
The problem with this? People come from all over the world to play in an STS. I can
guarantee you that they aren't going to pay hundreds of dollars in Hotel, food, and
car rental fees just for some Pokemon booster packs. People come here to have a shot
at being recognized, to win the whole thing. It may be nice to win some boosters,
but people could do that in their hometown.
The Parents' Aspect.
PokePop, a respected moderator at WizPOG, had this to say, "Would I bring my
son to an event that didn't welcome me as a participant and only wanted my son to
take part? Well, as it turns out, my son (7 then) was not skilled enough to hold
his own it the tourney, so we spent our time in the side events anyway. However,
now that he is getting older, I would like to look forward to participating side
by side with him in our respective groups."
Most parents don't feel like bringing their children, and having to sit around waiting
Others' Feelings On the Exclusion of 15+
Here are a few quotes taken from WizPOG and Pojo.com on how others, not necessarily
15+, feel about Wizards' decision.
"Oh, and if little kids aren't good enough to beat us... Tough! It's the SUPER
trainer showdown, not the fairly decent trainer showdown, with people who steal decks
from good players and pass them of as their own..."--GekigangerIII.
"As someone who'd be competing in the 15 + and who was really looking forward
to playing again this year, I would like to say, tho, that yelling and ranting and
insulting wotc and/or its employees won't help the cause much....I dont believe the
master trainers came up with this idea. I plan to email WOTC repeatedly asking that
the ruling be repealed, and I hope enough other people join in.... I don't want to
give up my opportunity to compete in the game." ---purity.
"Well, this does hurt every bracket, removing some of the reasons for the family
I myself do not like the decision made by WotC. I'm not attending the ECSTS, only
because I'm in California. Though, when they bring the STS here, I'll be 15, and
if the 15+ is not brought back, I won't be playing.
15+ are the ones that support sales mostly. And parents who have children also contribute.
Some people may think of this whole thing as some kind of way to get people interested
in Magic: The Gathering, a game WotC has control over. Maybe it is, but I can tell
you that it won't work as planned.
Thanx for reading. Next time, I'll probably have something on what types of decks
to take to the STS (depending on the decision by Wizards, and formats and such.)