Anyway, I got my STS Invitation through FedEx yesterday afternoon. This was because I was one of the top four players in my round at the Pokémon TCG Tour (not much to gloat about, there were only about 25 something people in my round). Inside the FedEx packet was a really spiffy invitation (which I have scans of), a letter to my parents about what I've received in that FedEx package, a really cool "Wizards of the Coast® Consent and Release Agreement" and Registration sheet which I have to fill out, an envelop to sent the Registration in with (where I need to supply my own stamp), and a really nice information booklet (which I'll be more than glad to share with you).
Let's see... first, here's the scan of the nice little invitation card I got in my FedEx package.
Now here's some basic info that I will share with you about the STS.
Who Can Enter:
Earn three or more badges in the Pokémon League. If you have at least the Bolder, Cascade, and Thunder Badge from the Pokémon TCG League, you can enter! (Of course, you need to prove it to them to enter, so have your badges on you!)
A plus side to the tourney is that it's going to be mostly a Swiss-draw tourney, meaning that you aren't kicked out for just losing one round. Hoo-ray! It's based on points (3 points for a win, 1 for a tie, 0 for a loss), and the top 8 players after about five or six rounds will head off to the Final Finals (which will be single elimination). I doubt that I'll make it up there, knowing my "luck". There are tons of prizes though, but if you lose just one game, you can really kiss that 1st Place prize good-bye.
To add more fairness to the game, the tourney will be separated into three age groups, Ages 10 and under, Ages 11 to 14, and Ages 15 and older.
There will be about five or six rounds (depending on the number of players at the tour) before the final single-elimination rounds. Each of those rounds will be 20 minutes long... So for all you Insane Stall players, I say "HAH!".
As for prizes, there is a lot of them.
1st Place: 32 Booster Packs, an Event Jacket & cap, and a special edition binder. There will also be a nice golden medal given out. Wheee!
Well, you get 4 packs of cards for going all the way through, that's not bad.
That generally sums up the Tourney part of the STS.
But Wait... There's More!
Pokémon Central: Free Pokémon Gifts!
So really, if you get KO'd in the main event, you can check out some of the other stuff there! You're guaranteed NOT to get bored, or your money back!
Fan: But we didn't pay anything!
Well... somebody better give me some money! :D
Wow... that's a lot of typing. .... Uh... I guess all of this stuff sums up the STS. Remember, I'm going, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask me!