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 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

No League Sunday 8/17 – Look For The Gym At Worlds!

As mentioned in a previous post, the Fincastle Gym Leaders are headed to Washington DC this weekend for the Pokemon World Championships, so there will be no regular meeting of the Fincastle Pokemon League on Sunday, August 17.

Don’t despair, you can stay connected to the Gym and follow Gym Leaders Logan and Georgia (as well as other Gym members) at the official World Championship website:

Worlds webpage

Look for articles about various trainers and VIPs daily under the News heading.

For a live list of standings and pairings during the tournament Saturday and Sunday, click on the purple Standings bracket.  You can see all the matchups in each division and their current records (Win, Loss, Tie).

Worlds web 2

Click on the “World Championship information” link, and get lots more cool info.




  • Full listing of the World Championship Invitations by country
  • Details on prizes, schedule and other events held during the Championships
  • Official and “un”official photos of the event shared via Instagram
  • Decklists and Video Game team lists for the finalists in each division
  • and more.

The final rounds in each age group (both Trading Card Game and Video Game) will be broadcast live on Sunday via Twitch.  There will be additional live streaming throughout the event – so take a peek.  You never know when you might see a familiar face!

We will try to post an update or two during the weekend, but only as time permits.  We expect this to be an exciting 3 days of tough Pokemon matches and we want to stay focused on supporting our Gym Leaders in their pursuit of the World’s best.  Gym Leader Joel will have a full summary of the tournament and everyone’s journey after we return to Fincastle.

Our next regular league meeting will be on Sunday, August 24 at 3PM.  This weekend, cheer on Logan and Georgia as aim for the top of the year’s biggest Pokemon event!  Until then, see you at the Gym!

Furious Fists in Fincastle on Sunday!

XY3_EN_55XY-Furious Fists, the 3rd set in the XY series, is finally on its way.  If your favorite Pokemon are Fighting-types, then you are going to love this set!  Furious Fists brings Lucario-EX (and its Mega Evolution) as well as Hawlucha-EX.  Other Fighting-types in the set include Machamp, Tyrantrum, and Hariyama. Plus Fighting-types are easily paired with the Fighting Stadium, Strong Energy, and new trainers like Korrina to maximize their attack potential! For those who aren’t fans of fighting, the set contains a strong mix of of both EX and non-EX pokemon, including Seismatoad, Heracross, and Dragonite (all EX’s).  There are over 100 cards in the set, with 5 new EX’s and 3 Mega evolutions.  Continue reading

Gym Leader Georgia Headed To Worlds!

Star Wars Day & Easter 009Gym Leader Georgia, the Fincastle Gym’s youngest leader, at 9 yrs old, has broken new ground for us.  Logan, our most accomplished leader (2-time World’s competitor), did not pick up a pokemon card until he was 8.  Logan was 9 by the time we started to even understand what this game was all about.  Logan paved the way for the Gym to turn into what it has become.  In doing so, he laid the blueprint for his younger sister to follow, if so inclined.  Georgia inclined and then inclined a little more, turning on to her brother’s path and then charging up it.  As a result, Georgia has earned her first invitation to the Pokemon TCG World Championships, which will take place in Washington DC on the 2nd weekend in August. Continue reading

Pokemon Announces 2014-2015 Rotation – Boundaries Crossed-On!

bconThe set rotation and format for the 2014-15 Pokemon TCG season has been announced.  The upcoming season will be Boundaries Crossed-on, meaning the Next Destinies, Dark Explorers and Dragons Exalted will rotate out of the format, in addition to a small group of BW Promo cards.  While not always the case, traditionally Play!Pokemon rotates the oldest 3 sets each year, which is exactly what they did and what we at the Gym were anticipating.

Now, if the rotation was cut and dry, with all cards from those sets gone, then there would not be much else to say.  However, over the last few years, Pokemon has developed a trend of reprinting cards throughout various sets with different artwork or as “secret rares”.  Adding to that, the final Black & White set, Legendary Treasures was a set comprised of many reprintings of various cards that have appeared throughout the Black & White series.  So, what we will try to do for you in the course of this article is to lay out a guide, of sorts, by set, of what goes out and what stays in for the upcoming season.  Keep in mind, however, as you sort your cards out, that Pokemon has announced a special Continue reading

Congratulations Rob v2.0!

The Fincastle Pokemon Gym has been a little light lately on posts involving gym leader challenges.  Since we hit our 300th challenge, there has not been much in the way of news concerning challenges.  This is not because they’re not happening, because they are, but more because the gym leaders have hit a lengthy streak of successful defenses.  Gym Leader Logan has fielded the majority of recent challenges, seeming to be leader under fire, for whatever reason.  Continue reading

2014 Nationals Deck – Phan-tastic Villain

weasel3As we mentioned in our last post, Gym Leaders Joel and Georgia paired up to play identical decks in the masters division and junior division at this year’s National Championships.  We entered the event pressure-free, as Georgia had already earned her invitation to the World Championships and Joel, well, he’s pretty much pressure-free all the time, barring any Taco Bell being consumed before the event.  So, given those circumstances, why play any of the “must-plays” when you can go rogue and just have fun?  That’s what we did.  However, don’t let the rogue/fun label fool you, as the decks we delivered were very powerful hitters, which took down several top-tier decks over the weekend.  The deck is probably best described as “finicky”, meaning it can present you with some strange choices to make in the course of a match and is prone to misplays.  Once you learn the tricks and realize that it has many “outs” from bad starts or bad hands, it is a very fast deck to play and one of the most fun plays in our arsenal. Before we go into the deck, here’s a little history on what we came up with. Continue reading