Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

This coming year promises some big changes to the Play! Pokemon system, and we're already hearing about one exciting change from TPCi's Dylan "ExoByte" Mayo regarding how players will become eligible for Worlds:

Next years World Championship invites will not be based on a Top X system. There will be a cutoff. Everyone with more points than the cutoff will make the list. No one will bump anyone off, no one getting an invite via points will prevent anyone else from getting an invite from points.

It seems that now more people will have the opportunity to play in Worlds if they earn it; however, we still have to wait for the rest of the details before we can know anything for sure (such as how high the aforementioned cutoff bar will be). The rest of next year's system will be revealed very soon.

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Monday, August 20th, 2012 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The latest issue of Dengeki Magazine has revealed very small teasers of Articuno-EX and Giratina from Plasma Gale; both Pokemon will be Plasma Pokemon. Giratina has 130 HP and two attacks: one is Shadow Claw, hits for 90, costs PPCC, and has an unreadable effect. Other than that, we can't make out the rest of the cards. Also revealed was the set version of the booster box Crobat promo, which of course features alternate artwork.

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Sunday, August 19th, 2012 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The fall 2012 tins are now available in some international countries, though they won't be released in America until September. As reported previously, they feature promo card versions of Mewtwo-EX (BW45), Darkrai-EX (BW46), and Rayquaza-EX (BW47), but with alternate artwork. Each tin costs $15.99 and includes one of the promos, two Dragons Exalted booster packs, one Emerging Powers pack, one Black & White pack, and a TCGO code card. Thanks goes to David for providing us with the card scans below; click the thumbnails to enlarge them!

Mewtwo-EX Promo from Fall 2012 Tin Darkrai-EX Promo from Fall 2012 Tin Rayquaza-EX Promo from Fall 2012 Tin

The other day we also posted the Dragons Exalted blister pack promo scans, but we were missing Scolipede, which you can now see below. Thanks goes to darkgamer001 and triwolfghost from our forums for sending us the scan!

Dragons Exalted Blister Pack Promo Scolipede Dragons Exalted Blister Pack Promo Chandelure Dragons Exalted Blister Pack Promo Excadrill Dragons Exalted Blister Pack Promo Lilligant
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Friday, August 17th, 2012 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

According to Pete de Shaw from TPCi, Worlds 2013 will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre from August 9th to 11th. Specifically, the tournament will take place on the east side of the facility, which sits on a pier and features a sail-like roof. This will be the first time Worlds has not been held at a Hilton hotel since 2004; perhaps TPCi's contract with them expired and now Worlds can be held at new locations?

If you like to get things done early, be sure to obtain or renew your passport, start researching where to stay if you don't plan on winning a travel award, and check out the local attractions to visit! As we noted earlier, Vancouver is the inspiration for LaRousse City in the Destiny Deoxys movie. It is also where the 2010 Winter Olympics was held (we say "also" for this sentence instead of "also" for the Deoxys sentence because we're a Pokemon website :p).

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Thursday, August 16th, 2012 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A Pikachu-themed Nintendo 3DS XL will be released exclusively in Japanese Pokemon Centers on September 15th. To buy it, you will have to pre-order it at the Japanese Pokemon Centers between August 25th and September 14th. The unit costs 18,900 yen, or the same price as any other 3DS, and will be available in limited quantities since it's a special release.

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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (3:00 AM) - The scans have been replaced with higher-quality versions thanks again to darkgamer001.

We now have scans of the promos that come in the Dragons Exalted blister packs thanks to darkgamer001 from our forums. The one-pack blister features either a brand new BW49 promo Lilligant or a reprinted Excadrill from Emerging Powers. The Lilligant promo was released in a blister pack in Japan last December. Both featured cards are printed on the regular galaxy holofoil paper that hasn't been used in mass production since before the Black and White series began. Each pack also comes with the featured card's pre-evolution, a Dragons Exalted pack, a sampling pack, and a TCGO card.

Dragons Exalted Blister Pack Promo Lilligant Dragons Exalted Blister Pack Promo Excadrill

The three-pack blister features either Scolipede from Black and White (no scan available yet) or Chandelure from Next Destinies, three Dragons Exalted booster packs, and a silver coin featuring Reshiram and Zekrom. Both featured cards are printed on the broken glass holofoil paper that is most often used for promos. It is unknown if these packs will be released in America since we haven't gotten them since Next Destinies.

Dragons Exalted Blister Pack Promo Chandelure
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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Vic Mignogna, a famous animé voice actor best known for dubbing Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, has announced on his Twitter that he just finished dubbing a lead role in the upcoming English dub of Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman - Keldeo. Since the major roles in the movie are Keldeo and Kyurem (over Terrakion, Cobalion, and female Virizion), he'll probably be voicing one of the two. Mignogna lives in California and flew to New York to dub the role, as was the case when he voiced the scientist in the Elgyem episode.

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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The official Pokemon Card website has updated with Cubchoo (#21) and Beartic (#22) from Plasma Gale; their translations are below thanks to DorianBlack. Beartic is marked as a Team Plasma Pokemon and evolves from a regular Cubchoo in the set. Since Team Plasma Pokemon do not have special names, they can evolve from regular Basic Pokemon. As such, you cannot have four Beartic (Plamsa) and four regular Beartic in the same deck.

Cubchoo from Plasma Gale

Cubchoo - Water - HP70
Basic Pokemon

[W] Hail: Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 10 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon. (Don't apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)
[C][C][C] Snow Ice: 30 damage.

Weakness: Metal (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2


Beartic from Plasma Gale

Beartic (Team Plasma) - Water - HP130
Stage 1 - Evolves from Cubchoo

[W][C] Power Rage: 20x damage. Does 20 damage times the number of damage counters on this Pokemon.
[W][W][C] Iceberg Drop: 90 damage. Discard the top card from your opponent's deck.

Weakness: Metal (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 4

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Sunday, August 12th, 2012 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

It was just announced at the closing ceremonies of Worlds that next year's tournament will be hosted in the city of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada! This is the first time in the history of Pokemon that Worlds will be held outside of the United States. It seems that moving Worlds to an international location will make for more of a "Worlds" tournament, especially since Pokemon is a franchise with countless players across dozens of countries. It should also be noted that Vancouver is the inspiration for LaRousse City in Destiny Deoxys!

From a business perspective, perhaps moving Worlds outside of the United States reflects Pokemon attempting to bring more attention to Worlds and the Champion Series in general. As was announced a while ago, you will be able to download the Worlds 2012 champion teams to Black 2 and White 2 and fight against them in the games' new "World Tournament" feature. This move by Gamefreak will undoubtedly bring more awareness to the World Championships and competitive Pokemon in general. More fans will want to become involved in organized play, and, of course, will invest more money into the video games and TCG so that they can work their way up to the World Champion title (to becoming a "Pokemon Master," both in real life and now in the actual video games). This may also be why TPCi decided to stream the TCG to audiences at large this year: it exposes more fans to the card game and to these high-profile Pokemon events, which will get many interested in participating and, naturally, investing into the franchise. Thus, moving Worlds to a new and exotic location will also inspire fans to try harder to reach for Worlds. They will have to participate in the Championship Series, will have to invest money into the franchise to do so, and will hopefully earn that invite that would otherwise be quite expensive!

In a way, the Pokemon franchise has come full circle now: we first had organized play for the TCG, then video game support was added a few years ago, and now the video games are promoting the real-world "Play! Pokemon" tournaments. More than ever, every aspect of the franchise is advertising another aspect of the franchise. And that of course is what continues to make Pokemon so successful.

  • 2004: Orlando, Florida
  • 2005: San Diego, California
  • 2006: Anaheim, California
  • 2007: Kona, Hawaii
  • 2008: Orlando, Florida
  • 2009: San Diego, California
  • 2010: Kona, Hawaii
  • 2011: San Diego, California
  • 2012: Kona, Hawaii
  • 2013: Vancouver, Canada
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Sunday, August 12th, 2012 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (7:30 PM) - Ray Rizo from the United States has won the video game title for the THIRD time in the Masters division, while Toler Webb won Seniors and Abram Burrows won Juniors. All three are from the United States as well!

Update (6:45 PM) - Congratulations to Igor Costa for winning the title of TCG World Champion for the Masters division! Congratulations also go Chase Moloney from Canada for winning the Seniors division title and Shuto Itagaki from Japan for winning the Juniors division title! No one from the United States this year. :( The video game finals will be starting soon!

The final matches for both the TCG and video game Masters division are now being streamed live! For the TCG, the match is between Igor Costa from Portugal and Harrison Leven from the United States. For the video game match, it is between two-time World Champion Ray Rizzo and Wolfe Glick, both also from the United States. Which two players will take the title of 2012 Pokemon World Champion? You'll find out live right below!

If you're having trouble getting the stream to play, you may have to refresh this page a few times or hit play and pause on the video player. Or simply hit play and wait a bit for it to load. But once you get it going, there's no lag and the video quality is perfect!

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