My Pokemon Journey Begins
Hello readers. Small point of business to tidy up before we begin.I don’t really drink much, so I have decided to drop the pale ale theme, though I would recommend a good pale ale when ever you need a drink. So here we are, mere days before I participate in my first sanctioned Pokemon CCG event of the 2017 season. It is now that I start my journey to make it to the Pokemon CCG Worlds Tournament of 2017. Though I am trying to not let the end goal cloud my thoughts, I am excited to make this attempt. However, before I jump in I must take the time to learn the new rotation for the 2017 season.
2017 Standard Rotation
Official Pokemon CCG events have two different formats of play: Standard and Expanded. Standard format limits you to a certain amount of cards, usually those that have been released in the last year or so. The new rotation was just announced and includes sets from XY Primal Clash (released 2/4/15) to the most current sets. Presumably, this will also include any sets released between now and a year from now. What this does is keeps the game fresh; decks that may have dominated the majority of the 2016 season (looking at you, Night March) may not be viable or legal any more. This is because some cards from those decks are no longer available to use. The new rotation begins after the 2016 Worlds Tournament, officially becoming active on September 1st.
With the new rotation comes the loss of the most dominant deck of the 2016 season, Night March. Loved by some, but hated by most (if not all) that face it, NM is no longer legal in Standard play. This will open plenty of doors for a larger variety of decks to emerge victorious at various stages of the 2017 season. Another dominant card in the 2016 season, Trevenant-XY, is no longer allowed as well. With it’s “Forest’s Curse” ability, Trevenant would stop your opponents from playing item cards.
Pokemon aren’t the only cards to take a hit though. The item card Battle Compressor, found in nearly every Meta deck, has also been rotated out. Battle Compressor allowed you to purposely discard three cards from your deck. This comes in handy when coupled with VS Seeker, which allows you to retrieve a Supporter card from your discard pile. Battle Compressor helped Pokemon like Vespiquen (or Night March Pokemon) do more damage based on certain cards in your discard pile. These are simply a few examples of some big losses with the 2017 rotation, though there are plenty more not listed.
I mentioned above that there is also an Expanded format; this play type has not changed for the 2017 season. This essentially means that any card released from Black & White (released 4/6/2011) forward is still available for use in Expanded format play.
The Road to Worlds
So ‘How do I get to the Pokemon CCG World Tournament?’ one may ask. Well, based on information from the previous year, and assuming it all stays the same, you must earn 300 Championship Points (CP) to receive an invitation. To earn CP players must partake in various Pokemon tournaments and place high enough to earn points. For instance, placing first in a local League Challenge will net you 15 CP. A first place finish at a regional tournament will land you 100 points. You can also earn points for different placements, based on how many participants there are.
This is where things get tricky for me. I now have to attempt to earn enough CP to qualify, while balancing work, school, and my home life. This means starting…well, now. I have to do a lot of chores, diaper changing, and sucking up to my amazing, beautiful, wife so that I can make some of these tournaments. I also need to ensure I keep my grades up in college so I can get my Bachelors on time. All this, while still performing my duties at work so we don’t go broke. I hope it is (and it should be) obvious that these three things will always take precedent over Pokemon. However, with some luck, some practice, and with the help of the best wife the world has to offer, I think I can do it. At the very least I am going to give it a try.
If it all fails and I can’t participate in enough events, or don’t earn enough points, it will be okay. This is my first year; this is my first attempt. I have learned through multiple experiences that things rarely go right the first time around. In fact, somethings are better after multiple tries. But hey, wouldn’t it be pretty amazing if everything when right this time around?Keep coming back for more updates as I embark on this journey to the Pokemon CCG World Tournament.