We had a great turnout for our first Fincastle League Challenge on Sunday, and everyone got in some quality practice for the next level of Pokemon Premier events, which start this weekend. That’s right, between Thanksgiving and the first weekend of January, the Pokemon calendar will be full of City Championships. There are 9 events in Virginia plus nearby events in North Carolina. If you’re planning to travel any time this holiday season, head over to pokemon.com and see if there will be any events near you. This is also a great way to find local League play when you travel anytime. Gym Leader Joel has attended leagues in Georgia when he has had to travel for work. Continue reading
Trading after Chespin League Challenge
This past Sunday was a double dip of “firsts” for the Fincastle Gym. The Gym Leaders traveled to Charlotte, NC on Saturday to sample its first League Challenge of the 2013-14 season. On Sunday, the Fincastle Pokemon Gym hosted its first-ever League Challenge. The Gym Leaders had a great time at both events, seeing a nice mix of decks on both days, which always make for a more interesting event. Continue reading
Play!Pokemon has made several changes for the 2013-14 season that we have discussed in earlier posts. One of the most notable changes is the replacement of the tournaments formerly known as Battle Roads with the League Challenge. The major difference in these events is that the Challenge is now run by individual league leaders, instead of tournament organizers. Each league may host their own Challenge and may have one each season. Championship points are still available for the winners, however, prize support is up to the individual league. The Fincastle Pokemon Gym will host its first Challenge of the year this Sunday at the Fincastle library. Continue reading
On Friday, 11/1/13, the Fincastle Gym will host a pre-release tournament featuring the brand new Black & White: Legendary Treasures series of cards – before they can be purchased in stores! This is the last set of the Black & White card series. This set features both reprints combined with new printings of big cards from the current format, with the return of a few cards that were just rotated out in September. Catch both legendary and EX pokemon one more time before they go on sale in stores.
Registration is from 5:30-6:30 pm with play beginning by 7 pm. The entry fee is $30 (cash only). You will initially receive 6 booster packs from which you will make a 40 card deck (energy supplied by the organizer). After we play a for-fun tournament (3 rounds total), you receive an additional 2 booster packs. You Continue reading
If ever there was an 8-year-old who was mentally prepared for a real marathon, we’d like to see how they stack up against the Fincastle Pokemon Gym’s youngest Gym Leader. The Gym Leaders arrived in Philadelphia at around 8:30pm on Friday to a hotel that was sub-standard at best for a downtown hotel next to the city’s convention center (we’ll spare you the details). Straight to bed and then back up Saturday morning and at the convention center just after 7:00am, as Gym Leader Marthe had to report to help set up and prepare to judge in the Master Division in what would definitely prove to be an interesting new format. Play in the TCG event, which was to begin at 10:00am kicked off just prior to 11:00am. One of our gym leaders walked away with “top 32″ prizes. More than 12 hours after play began, minutes before midnight, one of our gym leaders walked away as Regional Champion. Continue reading
Since the Fincastle Pokemon Gym Leaders started playing the TCG, Play!Pokemon has made several rule changes and rulings that change the definition of existing cards (known as publishing an “errata” or new definition for that card). The “errata” is usually followed up with a new printing of the changed card with its new definition at some point. This fall, Pokemon is making both. The new rulings will definitely have game-changing implications. The first set of changes is in effect now (for the Fall Regional Championships). The 2nd set comes on November 8th, after the release of X&Y and will be in effect for all tournaments for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. Continue reading
As we noted in our last post, the Pokemon organization has not released very much detail, to date, on how the 2013-2014 TCG season will play out. The Fincastle Gym has gathered the information available so that it can help you prepare for events coming in the first half of the season. Over the remainder of 2013 (and 1st part of 2014) we know that we will see one more set released, Regional Championships (out of our area) and League Challenges. League Challenges are still a bit of an unknown at this point, so we pass on what we know for sure. Continue reading
The Leaders of the Fincastle Pokemon Gym have 2 very exciting announcements for all of you. The first is our next event coming to the Gym. On Sunday, 8/4/13, the Fincastle Gym will host a pre-release tournament featuring the brand new Black & White: Plasma Blast series of cards – before they can be purchased in stores! Beat your friends in collecting the new set, which includes over 100 new cards. Powerful new EX cards include the much-anticipated Genesect EX & Virizion EX, as well as Palkia EX, Dialga EX, a new Kyurem EX and Jirachi EX. The set also introduces several new Trainer Item and Supporter cards, including 4 new “ACESPEC” Items.
Registration is from Noon-1:00pm with play beginning shortly afterwards. The entry fee is $30. You will initially receive 6 booster packs from which you will make a 40 card deck (energy supplied by the organizer). After we play a for-fun tournament (usually 3-4 rounds), you receive an additional 2 booster packs. You keep everything but the energy cards you borrow for the deck. In addition to the Continue reading
The Pokemon Trading Card Season traditionally runs from World Championships to World Championships. They have altered that slightly, beginning the new season both this and last year in July so that you can start building PLAY! Points earlier through league play. This was done because of the new PLAY! Point requirement for entry into the National Championships, a response to the “free t-shirt mob” that threw the 2011 Nationals into chaos (a large group entered for the free shirt and then dropped/didn’t show for round 1). At any rate, the close of each season also usually brings with it a rotation of card sets (usually around 3 sets) to make room for new sets coming in the next year and attempt to shake up the format a little by removing cards that have become staples in many decks. For the 2013-14 season, the Modified Format will be Next Destinies-on (NXD-on). This rotation will officially take place on 8/28/13. Continue reading
The Fincastle Gym Leaders are finally back home after our vacation that included a weekend stop at the Pokemon TCG National Championships, sandwiched between visits to the roller coaster heaven, Cedar Point (OH) and the relaxing Mammoth Cave (KY). We had hoped to post from the event, but this is the busiest Nationals that we have attended as we had competitors in all 3 age groups. Gym Leader Marthe volunteered all 3 days in the main event and top cut rounds. Marthe also competed in the Professor Cup, a special rules Continue reading