Yay, 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
The 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
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 a 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
What 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
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
Saturday, 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
The 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
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: http://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/worlds/2014/
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).
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!
XY-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, 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