This Sunday at the Fincastle Pokemon Gym, there was another full slate of trainers ready to challenge the Gym Leaders of their choice. The Gym welcomed 2 new players this week, in addition to helping a few of our “regulars” with some deck builds. Gym Leaders Joel and Marthe both fielded challenges for the Fire-type and Psychic-type badges respectively. Last Sunday our “Wall of Fame” welcomed its 19th resident. At the end of this day at the Gym, the wall expanded again as 2 more trainers earned their 1st badges at the Gym. Continue reading
Basketball fans and Pokemon fans alike, March Madness is here. The Gym Leaders just finished a busy week of games and banquets to wrap our winter sports season up, in addition to watching our Alma Mater battle its way through to the semi’s of their conference tournament (upsetting the #6 and then #3 seeds along the way… way to go Generals!!), all the while making preparations for the up-coming Pokemon State Championship series. So, we hope you understand our delay in getting around to reporting on last weekend’s Froakie League Challenge and league activities. The Fincastle Gym had a small but competitive group via for the League Challenge points, with 16 players and 3 rounds of swiss play in each age group. During league play after the event, the Gym Leaders jumped into another group of Gym Leader Challenges. We have been taking on several each week over the last few weeks and had some trainers come very close to earning a Fincastle Gym Badge. Win or lose, each match had also moved us 1 step closer to challenge #300. Last Sunday, someone finally broke through and took away the 1st gym badge earned this year. Continue reading
The Fincastle Pokemon Gym will host its third League Challenge of the year this Sunday at the Fincastle library.
The Froakie League Challenge:
- Sunday 2/23/14 @ Fincastle Library meeting room.
- Registration is from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Play begins shortly after.
- Players must bring a 60 card Modified format deck sorted by Pokemon, Trainers, and Energy.
- Entry fee is $5 (entry fee is waived if you have played at League during this season – 1/19-2/16).
- 1st Place – Challenge promo card, 4 booster packs & 15 Championship Points.
- 2nd Place – Challenge promo card, 2 booster packs & 12 Championship Points (if attendance is 4 or more in age group).
- 3rd/4th Place – promo card, 1 booster pack & 10 Championship Points (if attendance is 8 or more in age group).
We will also have door prizes in each age group.
A few side notes (for newer players):
If you sleeve your deck, the entire deck must be sleeved and all of the sleeves must be the same. If for some reason your deck does not comply with the Modified format rules, you may still play in the event with a starter deck supplied by the Gym. Gym Leader Marthe will do a deck-check of everyone’s deck to verify that all of the cards are in the correct format. So, please be sure your deck is sorted to make her job easier. Bring your own damage/poison/burn markers and either a coin or clear, 6-sided die (for flips).
If you have any questions, email us at our league email. We are excited about the event and hope you all are too! See you Sunday at the Gym!
If you can’t make it for the tournament, we’ll still have our regular League when the tournament is finished. All games during League this week will get double marks as we get ready to start a new season next week!
With the latest set of the TCG expansions going on sale this week, the Fincastle Gym is going to look at one last deck from our online collection before the new cards enter the format. Like the deck featured in our last article, today’s feature has evolved through several different versions since its creation. Some of the changes were made to accommodate glitches in the TCG online that would not let some attack effects go through. There are still a few “abilities” in the TCG online that do not exactly perform as intended (you’ll see what we’re talking about in a minute). With that being said, let’s look at deck #4 in our spotlight, “Totoro”. Continue reading
The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is back with its 3rd installment of our “online spotlight” after breaking for a few days with X/Y pre-releases. We had great turnouts at both Cornelius and Fincastle. While not sure about Cornelius, I know that no one person at Fincastle was lucky enough to get matching EX’s and their mega-evolution, but we saw a nice mix of the “mega’s” and the other new EX’s, including some beautiful full-art cards. We had a great time and hope you all did too. Speaking of EX’s, the featured deck today is nothing but. However, those featured today have never seen the love and hype that several EX’s in the new X/Y set have already, leaving them lost and lonely. Come to think of it, being ignored as they have, they’re probably pretty angry. Thus the name, Angry Birds. Oh, yeah… and they’re birds (almost forgot that part). Continue reading
The Fincastle Gym hopes that all are enjoying the Online Spotlight that we have featured with some unique deck ideas to play around with. We’ll take a break to bring you more exciting news and then return to our final 2 decks in the featurette next week. On to the news…. this weekend kicks off the much-anticipated X/Y Prerelease circuit, giving players and collectors all over the country a chance to get their hands on the brand new set before it goes on sale in stores. Depending on where you live, there will be several chances to make one of these events over the next 2 weekends. Continue reading
Today we are going to look at the 2nd deck in our second series of online deck articles. As we’ve stated before, these decks are fun decks from Gym Leader Joel’s extensive online collection where he throws together and tests (and then often scraps) every deck combination that drifts through or at least, near his head. After some time play-testing these creations, a few of these decks start to stand out as they compile winning records. Those that do the best are the ones that we bring to you. Our first series brought you “Catnip”, “The Energy Burglar”, “The Electric Seahorse” and the “Turbo Dragon” decks, all of which we still play with quite a bit of success online. In this series, we hope you enjoyed our 1st installment, “The Stranger”. Let’s look at deck #2 in this series, “Salty Dawg”. Continue reading
Last June, leading up to the Pokemon TCG and VG National Championships, we published a series of articles that featured decks that we created in the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online (PTCGO). As we mentioned then, our favorite thing about the PTCGO being able to throw together and test (and then adjust with simple mouse clicks) any deck idea that you have the “virtual” cards for, without having to dig the real cards out of binders, put them in sleeves and eventually take them back out for other decks. The PTCGO still has its glitches, but for us, it remains the best testing tool that we’ve seen. Last time we looked, Gym Leader Joel had over 60 decks assembled in his account, ranging from the ludicrous, to lists that have claimed the top spots at area Regional and City Championships. Continue reading
This Sunday at the Fincastle Pokemon Gym, the 2013-14 City Championship series came to a close for us and organizers across the country. For Gym Leader Marthe, this was her first go-round at a PTO. All told, she ran 4 City Championship tournaments stretching from the metropolis of Fincastle on into the heart of western North Carolina. New this year for Masters players was the advent to entry fees as part of the Play!Pokemon organization’s restructuring Continue reading
What a busy year! For the Fincastle Pokemon Gym, 2013 has been, by far, the busiest year to date. As always, we have traveled near and far in search of battles with the best competition in the world. Despite missing the 2013 World Championships, the Gym Leaders had great successes in competitive play and are off to a strong start in the 1st half of this season. We have presided over an ever-growing, yet constantly changing league where we offer both a fun place to play and a place to hone your competitive skills. New for the Gym Leaders in 2013 was the role that Gym Leader Marthe stepped into as a PTO in western Virginia and North Carolina, which may expand further in 2014. The Gym held multiple City Championships in addition to assisting several locations in setting up their League Challenges. The hectic year combined with a very busy holiday season have left us little time to post here which we will make up for as 2014 gets underway. We at the Gym love statistics, so to close 2013, lets look at some pretty cool figures from this year. Continue reading