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

2014 Pokemon World Championships – Wrap Up

After an exhausting few days, the Fincastle Gym Leaders had their fill of competitions, long lines and Pokemon in general for one weekend.  We left the convention center on Sunday at did a little more exploring around our nation’s capital.  We won’t take up space here re-posting winning lists and teams, as Pokemon.com provided excellent coverage for the event.  Be sure to check their page out if you have not already.  Here, as promised, is the remainder of our photos from the weekend long event.  Check back later today for a look at Gym Leader Georgia’s Worlds deck.  Enjoy the pics. Continue reading

2014 Pokemon World Championships Day 2 – The Main Event

Washington DC 052Saturday, the main event at the 2014 Pokemon TCG World Championships, was finally here.  Gym Leader Georgia was excited (and a little bit nervous) to take her first crack at an international field that like her, had their eyes on the biggest prizes offered by Play!Pokemon.  To the winner, a $10,000 scholarship, an automatic invite to next year’s event, cards out the ears and lots of extra promo items.  After testing and eventually scrapping the deck we thought would be the best play, Georgia entered the event with one of the Gym’s most unusual creations, based on the idea of flat-out overwhelming her opponents.  We’ll look at her deck in-depth later this week.  With 125 competitors in the Junior Division and the expected 7 rounds of best 2-0f-3 match play, we knew Georgia was in for a long day, but we liked her chances. Continue reading

2014 Pokemon World Championships Day 1 – LCQ

Pokemon World 2014 074The Fincastle Pokemon Gym, in its 3rd trip to the Pokemon World Championships, made the short trip (for once) to our nation’s capital on Thursday.  We went early, to give us time to check in and relax and even do a little sight-seeing before diving into a weekend of intense pokemon competition.  Once settled in, it was early to bed, as the Gym’s original Gym Leader had to get up early on Friday to check in for the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), which was to begin at 9:00am on Friday.  Thanks to the convenient location of this year’s Worlds, 2 of the Gym’s trainers were also able to try their hand at their 1st ever World Championship competition.  There is a lot to cover from this weekend, so lets get right to it. Continue reading