Belated Philadelphia Regionals Results

1016377_10203615504282361_3896094658622883013_nIt seems like a while ago now…. because it actually is.  Over the weekend of October 4-5th, the Fincastle Gym Leaders took their show on the road to Philly for the 1st Regional TCG and VG tournament of the 2015-2015 season.  Gym Leader Marthe served on the staff, in charge of deck-checks for both days of the TCG event, no small task as their were over 500 competitors (507 to be exact).  On that subject, this is how the TCG event broke down by division.  There were 348 Masters, who played 9 rounds on day 1, with the top 32 returning on day 2 for more and then a top cut.  There were 107 Senior competitors, who played 7 rounds and cut to a top 8.  There were 52 Juniors, who played 6 rounds, also cutting to a top 8.  A dreadfully long day for all involved, but seems to be as good as it will get for a while, as Play!Pokemon seems to be content with the best 2 of 3, 50 minute, egregious # of rounds, format.  Gym Leaders Georgia, Logan and Joel all dove in head-first (one in each division).  They were joined by the Gym’s top trainer, Hunter H, who also entered the Seniors competition. Continue reading

Congratulations Rob, v3.0!

procIt’s been a little while since we’ve had the chance to talk about Gym Leader Challenges.  As far as that goes, it’s been a while since we’ve looked at any of the Gym Leader decks.  Over-hauling the decks is on our perpetual “to-do” list, but seems to be one of those things that gets passed over for other things.  Honestly, now is a pretty good time to get some challenges in.  As long as we have something put together, we’ll take on a challenge.  Once a deck is beaten, it goes into the “shop” for a rebuild.  If we’re writing about it, then you know there is another damaged gym leader deck in the deck garage for repairs. Continue reading

Greninja Season Supplies Finally Here!

latemanThe saying goes, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”  On the other hand, the mailman can’t deliver what he doesn’t have.  Good news for all Fincastle League members and the top finishers in the Fincastle Greninja League Challenge from September 7th.  The League supplies for our Greninja season have finally arrived!  And yeah, we pretty sure this is how they actually got here… Continue reading

No League This Sunday, 9/28/14.

The Fincastle Gym is on the road this weekend.  If you enjoyed the double-header event in Fincastle earlier this month, then you should take a little road trip with us this.  The Gym is bringing a pair of double-headers to Raleigh, NC, this Saturday and Sunday.  4 league challenges in 2 days…. it doesn’t get much better than that!  On Saturday the 27th, the Gym is organizing the Garner McDonald’s league challenges for the Greninja and Delphox seasons.  The 1st tournament will be Standard Format (registration from 10:00am – 10:45am) and the 2nd tournament will be in the Extended Format (registration from 2:30pm – 3:30pm).  On Sunday the 28th, the Gym is organizing the Raleigh league challenges for the same seasons.    Sunday’s event, registration and format schedule is identical to Saturday’s.  The best part is that all events are at one location.  Event Horizon Games in Raleigh, NC, is hosting all 4 events.  If you want to get in some quality testing in both formats, then Event Horizon Games is where you want to be this weekend. Continue reading

Results, Results and Results

dhThe Fincastle Gym Leaders are in the process of doing a little catch-up work. We’ve had several events over the last month but were unable to post results on any of them as our laptop died a slow death.  Now we’re back in business and want to congratulate the winners of several tournaments.  We’ll start with Sunday’s video game tournament and then look back to our Delphox and Greninja double-header league challenge. Continue reading

Video Game Tourney Sunday 9/21!

Mr MagooYay, we have a computer again…. (can you hear the excitement in Gym Leader Joel’s voice?).  In case you can’t tell, Joel is a real lover of technology… kind of in the same way that most people love skunks.  We at the Gym are a little disturbed at how easily the loss of an electronic device (i.e. our laptop) can completely cripple one’s ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.  That being said, our new computer (supposed to be “in-store” on the next day from the time of order) has arrived (now 6 days after the order date).  The timing of this computer crash was bad for us at the Gym, as this Sunday’s video game tournament was to be our 1st Premier VG event.  Gym Leader Marthe is frantically working to get “TOM” (the pokemon program used to manage and record tournaments) up and running on our new laptop.  Once some vital data is transferred from our old hard drive, we’ll be good to go. However, that will not happen by this Sunday.  Fear not… the tournament will still take place. Continue reading

Technical Difficulties, Please Stand By!

psyduckWe had hoped to get a full report and results from our League Challenge Double Header posted by now.  However, technology has once again foiled our plans.  The Fincastle Gym is upgrading our computer (which in this case means “buying a new one since the old one died”) and will return to posting during the next week.  Thanks for your patience.

League Challenge Double Header Sunday, September 7

Poster HeaderThe Fincastle Gym Leaders are excited to host the final two League Challenges of the year this Sunday at the Fincastle library.  The Delphox and Greninja League Challenges will close out the 2013-2014 Pokemon League cycle, paving the way for fun, new promos beginning in (we hope) early October.  Between now and then, we’ll continue to have League meetings where players can keep earning 2013-2014 promos (we still have a few “N” left!) while supplies last. Continue reading

Logan’s 2014 Nats/World’s Deck – Dark Rush

When discussing the rotation in earlier posts, Gym Leader Joel likened the loss of Rayquaza EX from the Standard Format as the loss of a long-time friend.  If “Ray” was Joel’s friend, then the deck Logan played at this summer’s Nationals and Worlds LCQ was more akin to a brother.  Since its release in Dark Explorers, Darkrai EX has been at the center of Logan’s competitive deck arsenal.  Darkrai EX hit the scene in the Spring of 2012.  To chronicle the history of how Logan (and Joel, from time to time) have played this deck since 2012 would take dark sidea week-long series of posts.  Both gym leaders have come up with some unique and interesting twists on Darkrai based decks.  As the 2014 National Championships approached, Logan went back to the basics, going with his most consistent build.  Logan narrowly missed trips to the top cut at Nats and final rounds of the LCQ with the deck.  Come join us on the dark side as we first look at the evolution of the deck and then at his final list.  One thing we’ve learned about Darkrai is that you never want to underestimate the power of the dark side (add your own menacing voice here). Continue reading

Georgia’s 2014 Worlds Deck – Fall Out Girl

fall out girlWhat to play… Genesect… Pyroar… Yveltal… Plasma…..  What do you do?  What do you choose?  When you are just playing Pokemon with friends, or at league, or at a local tournament, it’s not that big of a deal.  You play whatever version of one of these decks you have.  You win some games, you lose some games.  You have fun with the wins, you write off the losses by exclaiming what was prized, or how you did not draw anything.  If you want to see those questions above gain a little weight, imagine thinking about them in the context of preparing for the World Championships.  You look at what is popular and what has won at major tournaments.  You look at counters to all of the same decks.  You look at everything that you have played in the last season (and beyond).  You have one chance to get it right.  This is a process that we at the Gym have gone through 3 times now and, well, it ain’t easy.  Tempers flare, arguments break out and tears are shed.  That’s all part of preparing for an event like the World Championships.  We wouldn’t trade it for anything. Continue reading