Aidan Wood, 10 years old from California, Junior TCG player
06 July, 2013 in Play! Pokémon
First-Timer Aidan Finds Success in the Circle City.
After a year of playing, Aidan Wood already shows a solid grasp of competitive Pokémon TCG play. In his first National Championships, Aidan breezed through the Swiss rounds, and won one game in single elimination before his run came to an end. But the loss won't slow him down—he's still looking for his chance to qualify for the World Championships with a good showing in Sunday's Championship Points qualifier event.
Pokemon.com: You made it all the way to the top 16 in your division, a great run here at Nationals. What deck were you playing?
Aidan: I was playing a standard Darkrai deck. It doesn't run anything special. I chose to play it because it's been a very good deck since it came out, and I just thought it'd be fun.
Pokemon.com: Are you surprised that Darkrai is still a popular deck, and that no other decks have been able to knock it out regularly?
Aidan: Hmm.... yes and no. Garbodor was kind of able to, but not much. Darkrai's Dark Cloak Ability is the whole thing, and Garbodor can stop that.
Pokemon.com: How did you do in the Swiss rounds?
Aidan: I went 7-1. The one loss was against a Deoxys deck. It was a good match.
Pokemon.com: Did you come across any decks you weren't expecting?
Aidan: Well, I did see a Weavile deck. I think that deck is a good idea, but I still won pretty quickly. But I like that deck and it was a good game.
Pokemon.com: You made the top cut at your very first Nationals. What does that mean to you?
Aidan: I don't know. I was thinking I might get lucky. I really wanted to get into the top 4. What I was really hoping for was to get enough points to go to Worlds. I don't have quite enough.
Pokemon.com: So will you be playing in the last Championship Points qualifier tomorrow?
Aidan: Definitely. I need to make it to top-8 to qualify for Worlds.
Pokemon.com: Besides playing in the tournament, what have you enjoyed about Nationals?
Aidan: It's been a lot of fun. I really like the competitiveness about it because it's much tougher than the local games at my League. I've met a lot of cool people, and I've played in four or five side events already.
Pokemon.com: What got you into playing Pokémon competitively?
Aidan: I've always collected the cards, and I've played the video game a lot. Then my brother started playing so I decided to start, too. We now practice against each other. I beat him occasionally.
Pokemon.com: What are your future plans for playing Pokémon TCG? Will we see you back here next year?
Aidan: I'll be moving into the Senior Division so I'm concerned a little about the difficulty. Making the top cut this year is a good encouragement.