No League This Sunday, 3/25 – Back On 4/1!!!!

The Fincastle Gym was trying to work out opening up league this Sunday, 3/25/18, but it looks like the weather may be a factor this weekend.  Rather than planning on having it and then having to cancel it last minute, we are going to concede and simply plan on not having it.  We will definitely be back at the Gym the following Sunday, 4/1/18.  All of the leaders will be there that weekend and it looks like the wave of nor’easters will hopefully have run their course by then.  So join us next weekend on Easter Sunday afternoon if you can!  Check back soon for details about events in April and beyond.  See you soon at the Gym!


March Cancellations At The Gym.

The month of March is just about kaput for the Gym, at least as far as league events go.  The Fincastle Pokemon Gym will not hold league for the next two weeks, for sure, and perhaps three, depending on what happens with our robotics team.  So, for now, there is NO LEAGUE on Sunday, 3/11/18, or the following week on Sunday, 3/18/18.  We are not sure how things will play out over the last weekend in March, so we will leave that date open for now.  We will make an Continue reading

March TCG League Challenge Results

We think Mike Tyson said something like, “Everyone has a plan til they get punched in the mouth.”  We had a plan, we changed the plan, something completely different happened… that’s the way of the world, it seems.  The end result was a fun day at the Gym, but wasn’t exactly what we had anticipated.  We had hoped to have results of both a League Challenge and VG Premier Challenge to report, however we did not have enough players for the VG Premier Challenge.  While Anna R was ready to show VG players how its done, unfortunately, we could not hold the video game event without the minimum of  8 players.  As we mentioned before, the month of March this year is a lost cause for us, as we just have too many things scheduled.  The month of April will return us to our normal schedule at league, thankfully. Continue reading

TCG & VGC Challenges This Sunday At Gym!

The goal of the Fincastle Pokemon Gym regarding league/premier challenges is to conduct one of each (TCG & VG) each month.  Well, its March and unfortunately we’re busier than a cat covering poop on a marble floor this month.  However, we do have a solution to help those chasing championship points not miss out on a chance in the month of March.  While it’s not something that we intend to do often, this Sunday, we will host both challenges at the Gym.  Registration for both events will take place at our regular time.  We don’t want either event to fall short of the required number of players to make it official, as we have several trainers at the Gym that play both the TCG & VG.  So, should it Continue reading

Trade In Cards For Packs At The Gym!

The Fincastle Gym Leaders (and Dark Moon Cards and Games) are on the lookout for some cards… and maybe you have them in your collection!  While this isn’t exactly “Cash for Clunkers” – we would like to open up an exchange program where you can redeem some of your cards for brand new packs of Ultra Prism! Continue reading

Gym Deck Retired: Solgaleo GX

Today we are going to look at the recently retired Steel-type gym leader deck.  Traditionally, Steel-types in the TCG have been designed to be more defensive, offering larger HP numbers or defensive abilities in exchange for heavier attack costs.  In the sets released prior to Sun & Moon, one had to wonder if Pokemon forgot that they were a thing at all.  When Bronzong (PHF 61) rotated out of the format, taking Aegislash EX with it, it became very difficult to construct a functional Steel deck.  Gym Leader Joel rode a Mega Scizor EX deck about as long as anyone could stand (because M-Scizor really was not that interesting to play), patiently waiting for something else to come along.  Luckily for him, gym leader challenges were not taking place very often during that time, so he did not have to take too many losses with the deck.  Sun & Moon came along and gave Joel a gift in the form of the most offensive Steel pokemon that he had ever seen (and no, we’re not talking Hollywood-offensive, we mean capable of offense-offensive).  Joel immediately turned this gift into a successful deck. Continue reading

February TCG League Challenge Results

The Fincastle Gym had another fun weekend on the convention circuit.  After spending Saturday at the Big Lick Comic Con, we returned to our home league to host our TCG League Challenge for the month.  This was our last event before the Ultra Prism set becomes legal for the standard format.  With our players knowing that, we saw a lot of old favorites in terms of the decks present.  Our only disappointment was the absence of any Junior players.   The prizes and Championship Points are there for the taking, but it’s up to you to come and get ’em. Continue reading

Bring A Friend Month Continues Throughout February

The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is excited to announce that we are extending “Bring-pokemon-sun-and-moon-theme-deck-setA-Friend” month to include the month of February.  We missed league last weekend as Dark Moon Cards and Games, the Gym’s card store, was vending at the Star City Anime Convention.  As it so happened, we would have likely missed league anyway because of the random weather on Sunday.  We had a great time at the convention and we will be vending again this Saturday, 2/10/2018, at the Big Lick Comic Con at the Berglund Center in Roanoke.  Following this convention, we will return to Fincastle for league and a League Challenge at our regular time on Sunday.  As a reminder, here’s how “Bring-A-Friend” month works.  Any existing trainer can bring a new player with them and introduce them to the game and league play.  If they do, that new player will receive a free starter deck, compliments of the Gym.  The trainer that brings a friend will receive a booster pack as thanks for helping our league grow.  If you have never been to the Gym and wish to visit us on your own, come join us.  If you bring yourself, you may choose either the deck or a pack.  If you have never visited us and would like to AND you bring someone with you, you and your friend may work it out as to whom is bringing whom, and divvy up the deck and pack.  Come see us at Big Lick on Saturday (we are against the wall near the stage) and bring your friends to play at the Gym this Sunday.

Gym Deck Retired: Golisopod GX/Lurantis GX

As we detailed in a few of our latest posts, Gym Leader Joel has been taking a beating in recent Gym Leader challenges.  Despite two recent losses, his Steel-type deck still stands as a tough deck to beat.  On the other hand, Joel’s Grass-type deck has been burned down by several gym trainers recently, losing six times in the last eight challenges.  All six losses were not by the same deck.  The earlier version was a straight Lurantis GX/Tapu Bulu GX deck, which in its own right is a solid deck and did not really need to be retired, as it had a strong record in challenges.  Joel changed from that one simply because he wanted to try something else.  The current version is an all Grass-type Golisopod GX deck.  The strength of Fire-type decks at the moment makes any Grass-type deck vulnerable to defeat.  Building an unbeatable deck is not our goal.  We want our gym decks to help players learn how to focus a deck build towards a specific goal, like focusing on a central attacker or line of attackers, and supporting it with the correct line of Items, Supporters and Stadiums.  Recent challengers have definitely been on point as far as that goal goes.  Like we promised earlier, when a few trainers take down the same deck, we will retire it (if possible) and share it here with you. Continue reading

Congratulations Daniel, v1.0, and Anna, v2.0!

As mentioned in our last post, we had quite the array of Gym Leader Challenges going on last Sunday.  Gym Leader Marthe successfully defended her Lightning-type badge to start the day off.  Gym Leader Logan, who arrived at league later after robotics practice, stepped immediately into a defense of the Water-type badge, which he also was successful in doing.  Then there was Gym Leader Joel.  When Joel’s day was done, he felt like he needed to call the fire department, as his Steel-type and then Grass-type decks were attacked by two well-built Fire-type decks. Continue reading