Wizards of the Coast
|Wizards of the Coast LLC|
Wizards of the Coast logo, as of 2022
|Industry||Card games, role-playing games, video games|
Wizards of the Coast LLC, formally Wizards of the Coast, Inc. (often referred to as WotC), is the producer of hobby gaming systems owned by Hasbro, including Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons. From 1998 until 2003, Wizards of the Coast was responsible for translating and distributing Pokémon trading cards created by Media Factory (then by The Pokémon Company).
On October 1, 2003, Wizards of the Coast's license to translate and distribute Pokémon Trading Card Game was transferred to The Pokémon Company International by Nintendo. After the license was transferred, Wizards of the Coast sued Nintendo claiming Nintendo stole certain insider secrets. Both parties settled outside of court in December 2003.
Expansion sets released by Wizards of the Coast
Legendary Collection Series
A set to follow Skyridge, titled "Jamboree," was in the works of being released by WOTC, but never had the opportunity to be printed, due to the cancellation of Wizards' license. Other consequences of the cancellation of the WOTC license was that there was only one print run of Skyridge, causing the price of the set to skyrocket.
Pokémon TCG books released by Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast released a handful of strategy guides to the TCG during the time they had the distribution rights.
- Pokémon Made Simple! - an introductory guide to the TCG
- Team Rocket Strategy Guide - a guide to the Team Rocket expansion
- Gym Heroes Strategy Guide - a guide to the Gym Heroes expansion
Wizards Pokémon TCG Chat
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During their time with the card game, Wizards of the Coast held weekly chats about the TCG starting from January 20, 2000. In these chats, non-Wizards operators had to follow protocol when asking questions, which were typically about release dates, promotions, and rulings. The chats lasted until the final months of 2002, which is about the time Wizards lost the license and rights to the card game.
|Chat||Date||Notes of discussion|
|1||January 20, 2000||
|2||January 27, 2000|
|3||February 3, 2000||
|4||February 10, 2000||
|5||February 17, 2000|
"Scorched Earth Mode"
- In response to losing the license for printing Pokémon cards in 2003, Wizard's at the time VP, Vince Calouri; launched "Scorched Earth Mode." In this, Calouri openly threatened Nintendo, telling them that, if they retracted the license, Wizards would flood the market, causing a plummet in product value, and devaluing the product for Nintendo. After the license was indeed lost, Wizards decided to vent the entire supply of a private stocked warehouse in an attempt to make good on their threat. Additionally, former members of Wizards' playtest staff alleged that, under Scorched Earth Mode, Organized Play had "given up on trying." This led to many bizarre events occurring, such as officially run Wizards' "FAT" (Fan Appreciation Tournaments) where entry was the price of 2 packs, but the winners were guaranteed 16 packs as prize. Other times, it meant releasing cards with errors on purpose, to suit the desires of Wizards' balancing team, such as the Best of Game Hitmonchan.
- MATOBA DESIGN video highlighting Scorched Earth Mode
- Official website
- Wizards of the Coast's Pokémon page (archived)
- Wizards of the Coast on Wikpedia
- MATOBA DESIGN interview with former Wizards of the Coasts about the Jamboree TCG set
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