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Pokemon GO Fest 2020: Why trainers have mixed feelings about the event

Published: 26/Jul/2020 21:54

by Paul Cot


After all the hype Pokemon GO Fest 2020 is now in the books, but trainers seem to have mixed responses to the huge event.

The 2020 edition of Pokemon GO Fest was the first to take place virtually. Previous events had taken place in specific locations but this year’s was available to all players.

This seems to have been welcomed unanimously by trainers – after all, the more the merrier, right. The full experience was behind a $14.99 paywall in the form of a ticket but nonetheless there was plenty of value to be had.

It was arguably the biggest event in the world of Pokemon Go in all of 2020. As such, it will come as no surprise trainers were more than willing to share their thoughts on it. These ranged from loving it to harsh criticism.

Shiny luck

One trainer was delighted with their Shiny haul over the two days. We’d all be loving GO Fest 2020 if we got the 25 (or more) Shiny Pokemon Gary got.

However, Shinies were hit and miss among trainers. While some players were obviously lucky like Gary, others bemoaned their inability to get more than even a couple.

Val Josh remained upbeat about their two Shinies, sharing on Twitter: “Not the best ONLY 2 shiny 🙁 but it could of been worse. Thanks Pokémon Go!”

Meanwhile over on Reddit Izzynewt was unlucky enough to get zero Shinies. “I feel you, I got 0 shinies and that makes me really sad, like at the end I just closed the game feeling kinda empty…”

Anecdotally, trainers that walked around, as opposed to just staying at home, seemed to catch more Shiny Pokemon. The use of Incense also seemed to make a big difference.

We’re unsure if this was intentional as we doubt Niantic will have be wanting to encourage trainers to play outside given the nature of the event in the first place. With that said, there are far less restrictions across the world than there were just a few months ago.

Despite the array of bonuses on offer, trainers pinpointed their enjoyment on their Shiny success, which always come down to luck. This was summarized well by another Reddit user, OhMyGoth1 who said: “I mean, for people who had good RNG, it was probably amazing. For people like me, who went nearly 5 hours between shinies, it was pretty disappointing.”

Server issues

Few players complained about the bonuses themselves. There’s no doubt they were plentiful and the Day 2 Special Research even offered five Mythical/Legendary Pokemon as rewards. That was in addition to the boosted rare spawns such as Gible and Togetic.

Server issues plagued Day 1, though. Pokemon that were already caught remaining on screen and being unable to access the Friends list were just a couple of the highlighted issues.

Then, perhaps more annoyingly, was the Remote Raid Pass issue. Trainers reported using them and being quit from the Raid due to the aforementioned server problems. “I’ve wasted at least 3 over these 2 days due to it being buggy not keeping me in the raid,” HungryRaichu said on Twitter.

There was always going to be contrasting opinions on how enjoyable Pokemon Go’s GO Fest 2020 was. The overarching feeling on the event was positive, which given how difficult that is to achieve, Niantic should be commended.

Given the overall success it will be interesting to see if GO Fest reverts back a physical event in 2021 or carries on virtually. They may well consider the latter after seeing how popular it ended up being.


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.