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Help Us Improve the PPL! South 2018 Challenger Survey!

Hey there, trainer! Did you test your mettle against the PAX Pokemon League at PAX South 2018?

Then help us out by answering a few questions in our challenger survey!

We’ll use your feedback to help improve the PPL at future PAXes!

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The Next Four South Leaders Unveiled! Patrick, Pending, Ellie, and Big Red!

Patrick Pinkerton, the Pink Pokemon Protector!

After being humbled by fellow Pokemon trainers almost 4 years ago at PAX East, Patrick went on a training journey across the world to perfect his bonds with his pink partners. With his trusty sidekick Sylveon, he has returned to the PAX Pokemon League prove himself as a powerful pink pokemon trainer!

Prepare and prime a perfect plan to earn the Pink Badge!

 

Pending, the TV Guide!

Check your watch… Whoa, look at that! Your calculator watch says 1999. That means it’s time to turn that hat backwards, bust out that yo-yo, stick a cassette into that walkman, and get ready for a rad time, because we’re in the 90s! That’s right, it’s a Saturday in the 90s. This new game called Pokemon just came out, and we’re about to check it out while we watch some Saturday morning cartoons! Scheduled during the Pending timeslot – sit down, grab a can of Surge, and get ready to challenge Pending, the TV Guide!

Prove that not just 90’s kids will get this to earn the Saturday Morning Badge!

 

Ellie, the Mechanic of Dust!

In the desolate area of northern Pandora called The Dust, Ellie runs her garage. While she gets some human visitors knocking on her door, it’s usually one of the many vicious, native creatures looking for a fight. Tired of her little pest problem, Ellie has decided to cage them, stuff them into pokemon costumes, and haul them off to PAX South, where she hopes they may finally get the challenge they have been looking for.

Survive the terrors of The Dust and earn L’s Badge!

 

Big Red, the King of the Hill!

Howdy ya’ll! His name is Mike Sherpa, but you can call him Big Red! He’s traveled across many regions, living life to the fullest! There’s no mountain too great and no peak too high! His team is the biggest, heaviest champs in all the land. Think yer up for the challenge young traveler?

Haul up to the peak of battle to earn the Summit Badge!

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Announcing the first Unplugged Champ!

Here it is, the moment you’ve been waiting for! Meet our Champ, Marshall:

 

Marshall, the Battling Breeder!

Strategy:  Achieving battle synergy through incompatibility.

Leader’s Pokemon: One big dysfunctional Poké-family!

Leader’s Message:  “All Pokemon can learn to love each other! Some just take more time than others…”

 

Defeat this guy, and win yourself an officially unofficial PAX Pokemon League diploma, and a spot on the first Unplugged Hall of Fame! Quite the honor, I say. Trainer! Believe in you! Gather your deck, and join us these weekend for history-in-the-making at the first ever Tabletop PPL!

 

That’s all folks! See you Friday!
~signed, Justice AKA Mayor Karp, Nov. 16, 2017

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Unplugged 2017 Leader Reveals 3: the Final Wave

The last in our line of Leaders, we have someone fishy, someone shadowy, and someone who can hear the voices beyond the grave! Remember, you need 6 badges to challenge our Champ! Can you find and defeat these Gym Leaders before PAX Unplugged ends?

 

Mayor Karp, the Fishy Mayor!

Strategy:  Jumping over the competition by fishing up what he needs!

Leader’s Pokemon: Do these Pokemon seem fishy to you?

Leader’s Message:  “Oh! Looks like you’re causing quite the Splash!”

Badge:  Splashy Badge

 

Undefined, the Shadowy Silhouette!

Strategy:  Hide in the shadows.

Leader’s Pokemon: Legendary Pokemon with a darker feel!

Leader’s Message:  “You may feel lost in the shadows during this duel, but find the light to conquer the darkness  and you’ll emerge with the Shadow Badge!”

Badge:  Shadow Badge

 

Maxwell Graves, Diviner of the Discard!

Strategy:  Gaining power by discarding!

Leader’s Pokemon: Just as dangerous in any zone!

Leader’s Message:  “Huh, and all these years I’ve just been using cards to tell fortunes…”

Badge:  The Seven Star Badge

 

 

Later tonight: the Champion reveal!

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Unplugged 2017 Leader Reveals 2: the Search for More Badges

The next set of Gym Leaders is here! Tonight we’ve got a flashback to the 90’s and not one, but two dragon Leaders—wait, is that Kaiba?! He knows we’re not playing Yu-Gi-Oh, right?

 

Seto Kaiba, the Dragon Duelist!

Strategy:  Overwhelm the the opponent with the most powerful attacks ever seen!

Leader’s Pokemon: The first fire breathing dragon!

Leader’s Message:  “Nobody will stand in my way when I claim my title as the true King of Games!”

Badge:  Believe in the Heart of the Cards, and you might prove yourself worthy of the Duelist Badge!

 

Udrys, the Dragon Fanatic!

Strategy: Show you the true heart of his Dragon cards!

Leader’s Pokemon: The brothers and sister of his Dragon Family!

Leader’s Message:  “I will teach you the bond of my Mighty Family!”

Badge:  Show me the strength in your heart to become part of my family by earning the Family Badge!

 

Classic Sean, the Leader from the Past!

Strategy:  A classic Pokemon battle!

Leader’s Pokemon: A look at what the 90’s had!

Leader’s Message:  “Back from the past!”

Badge:  90’s Badge

 

 

Hmm, Classic Sean appears to be using old WotC cards, I wonder how those will hold up in 2017? That’s it for today, check back tomorrow for the rest of our Leader Reveals!

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Meet your Unplugged 2017 Gym Leaders!

Our Gym Leaders have been hard at work tuning their decks for this weekend. You’ll need to find and defeat six of them in order to challenge our Champ! PAX Unplugged is just a few days away, so with great pride we present the first Leaders on your quest to become the very best!

 

Prof. Hardwood, the TCG Researcher!

Strategy: Stay a while and listen…

Leader’s Pokemon: Simple and clean.

Leader’s Message: “To be the best, you  must first understand the basics!”

Badge: Toot Oriole Badge

 

Crazy Carl, the Milling Maniac!

Strategy: Your Discard Pile will soon be larger than your deck!

Leader’s Pokemon: They just love making your cards disappear.

Leader’s Message: “Wooooo-WEE! Time to throw out them garbage deck, y’all! Let’s git sum!”

Badge: Recycle Badge

 

Faegan, the Fairy Fanboy!

Strategy: Flaunt your Fabulous and Faithful Friends!

Leader’s Pokemon: The Finest and most Fantastic of the Fey.

Leader’s Message: “My Ferocious Fairies will never Fail!”

Badge: Finish the Fearsome Faegan to Find yourself the Fantastic Fairy Badge!

 

That’s all for now, but check back later today for the next round of leader reveals!

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PPL East is looking for an artist.

We are in need of an artist to help us with leader art for PPL East ’18.  If you are an artist and may be able to take on a commission, check out this forum post for more details:

http://paxpokemonleague.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2691

 

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Applications for PAX Unplugged are now Open!

Announcing: PAX Pokemon League Unplugged!

 

Do you have a passion for the Pokemon Trading Card Game? We’re looking for Gym Leaders to join us in Philadelphia November 17-19 for the very first tabletop PAX Pokemon League! That’s right, we’ve been working behind the scenes to bring you a brand new PAX Pokemon experience. We don’t have much time, so applications are only open until September 20th!

 

If you have what it takes to be a Gym Leader, the LINK is right here!

 

If you have any questions, please contact RocketGruntFro, Shrain, or _Justice_.

For quick response, email me at the.mognet.t@gmail.com

~Justice

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Last Two Elites Revealed: Cyrus and Aku, the Dueling Brothers and Mr. Hawk, the High-Flying Professor!

Cyrus and Aku, the Dueling Brothers

 Born together but separated by their parents, these two brothers have reunited with Pokemon. To show their parents that genes don’t make the men, they are going work together and bring balance to the cosmos. After many challenges arose in their training . they finally settled on the prestigious coin flip to determine the team. Defeat the brothers and gain the Eclipse Emblem.

Eclipse Badge

Mr. Hawk, the High-Flying Professor

Mr. Hawk is an energetic educator at the Trainer School in Hao’oli. After the being soundly defeated by the Champion of Alola, Mr. Hawk decided to revisit and revise his entire repertoire of lessons to see what he could do to improve. Several days and a couple pots of coffee later he came to the conclusion that he would need to take a short sabbatical to brush up on battle style and to learn some new techniques. So with this goal in mind Mr. Hawk went off to join the Pax Pokemon League where he knew he would test other trainers and be tested himself.  SHOCK Mr. Hawk by paying attention in class so you can ROCK your exams and earn the Lesson Badge!

Lesson Badge

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Three Out of Five Elites Revealed: Damekage, the Pokemon Genetics Researcher, Erkenhelm the Wacky, Waving, Inflatable, Tubeman and Sans, The Judge of Karma

Damekage, the Pokemon Genetics Researcher

A Pokemon researcher from Kalos interested in how and why Pokemon evolve he found himself in Alola. There he found himself fascinated with how climates had changed the way some Pokemon had evolved. In doing that research he came across a Pokemon that seemed to sparkle in the light. This led to his research on why some Pokemon will rarely have a unique coloring to them and shine in the light. He is after the answer to the shiny Pokemon. Bring your unique Pokemon to challenge him and earn the Genetics Emblem.

Genetics Emblem

Erkenhelm the Wacky, Waving, Inflatable

Ever since he was young Erkenhelm loved wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tubemen. They were silly and fun to watch and he never tired of them. He also loved Pokemon and decided to combine those two things by putting together a team of Pokemon who loved to wave their bodies around just like the tubemen he enjoyed so much. When he heard about the PAX Pokemon League he gathered up his friends and set out to entertain challengers the same way he has been entertained for years: by being wacky! Defeat Erkenhelm and gain the Wacky Emblem!

Wacky Emblem

 

Sans, The Judge of Karma

Sans is a skeleton that’s very laid back to the point of laziness and loves puns and jokes, spending his days in the Underground being a sentry on the lookout for humans. Behind the goofy smile, however, lies a very dangerous monster that is equal parts intelligent and powerful. Be careful not to get on his bad side, or else you’re gonna have a bad time. If you have enough Determination to make it past his judgment, then he’ll let you pass with the Judgment Emblem in hand.

Judgement Emblem

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