Necrozma V Spread Deck Just Posted!

You know, when you try to work time into your schedule to make YouTube videos, but you have a kid in high school and one in college, and one of them has to move out of campus housing at the end of the year, and the other one has a birthday approaching, so you go pack up one and move him home for the summer, and you get the other one her first car for her birthday that just needs a new clutch, but the clutch doesn’t come in until the day before her birthday, and while balancing all of that, you pack up for a card show in South Carolina, while hosting birthday festivities and trying to update prices for all of the cards you are taking to the card show and finally start the four hour drive to the show and about an hour down the road you exclaim, “Crap… I forgot to post the new video”?

That’s why this video went up today, instead of last Thursday.

Just thought I’d share.

Check this one out. I think it’s definitely has competitive potential. Plus, it’s based on Necrozma, and he’s cool. So, now you have to try it.


Be not afraid.


New Wailord V & Kingdra Deck!

Check out our latest deck feature on YouTube. This one may not be the one for Worlds 2022, or 2023, or whenever Play!Pokemon decides to give up on London and bring the event to a place where they might actually allow it to take place….

But it is a fun deck nonetheless. Give it a try and see if you can get Wailord V to hit the lucky 360 or get Kingdra to top 400 damage!

Be not afraid. Later.

Single Strike Tyranitar V Deck!

Think we were gone? We are still here, despite Play!Pokemon cancelling every in-person event for the last year, and on through the remainder of this season. Hey Pokemon! They’ve been holding real tournaments in Japan this whole time… you should look into whatever sorcery they’ve discovered. We have moved most of our content to YouTube, especially regarding decks. If we are ever allowed back into the Fincastle Library, we are anxious to resume our league. Until that time, we are traveling outside of communist Virginia to keep Dark Moon Cards and Games afloat.

Gym Leader Joel, aka Hee-Haw on YouTube, has spent the last week delving into Battle Styles and created some pretty cool decks to try out. Here is the first:

Check out previous deck videos and openings on our channel. Come back here for links as soon as we post them.

Be not afraid. Later.

2020-2021 Rotation List

Check out our 1st TCG Rotation video.  This once was the location for our in depth articles on the Standard Format Rotation each year.  Here is our video version.

Compete Guide To The 2021 Season TCG Rotation

Here are the lists to accompany the video.  Enjoy!



Rotated Cards


  • Celesteela GX (FA)
  • Dawn Wings Necrozma GX
  • Dialga GX (Drg)
  • Dusk Mane Necrozma GX
  • Glaceon GX
  • Leafeon GX
  • Lunala GX (gold)
  • Palkia GX (Drg)
  • Pheromosa GX (FA)
  • Silvally GX
  • Solgaleo GX (gold)
  • Xurkitree GX (FA)


  • Cynthia
  • escape board
  • Lillie
  • Memory (F,L)
  • Lana (FA)
  • Lusamine (FA)
  • Mt Coronet
  • Order Pad
  • Pokemon Fan Club
  • Unit Energy (L/P/M)
  • Volkner

-Prism Star:

  • Cyrus
  • Darkrai
  • Giratina
  • Lunala
  • Solgaleo
  • Super Boost Energy

Other Rare/Common/Uncommon

  • Lucario
  • Garchomp (Drg)
  • Empoleon
  • Magnezone
  • Oranguru
  • Pachirisu
  • Rampardos
  • Tapu Lele
  • Weavile

Set Cards That Don’t Rotate (Keepers):

  • Crushing Hammer (SWSH)
  • Unidentified Fossil (TEU, UNM)
  • Pal Pad (SWSH)


Rotated Cards


  • Dialga GX(M)
  • Greninja GX
  • Lucario GX(FA)
  • Nagandel GX
  • Palkia GX (W)
  • Ultra Necrozma GX
  • Xerneas GX
  • Yveltal GX
  • Zygarde GX


  • Beast Ring
  • Bonnie
  • Crasher Wake
  • Diantha
  • Energy Recycler (SR)
  • Judge
  • Lysandre labs
  • Metal Frying Pan
  • Mysterious Treasure
  • Ultra Space
  • Unit Energy (F, D, Y)

-Prism Star:

  • Arceus
  • Beast Energy
  • Diancie
  • Lysandre
  • Volcanion

Other Rare/Common/Uncommon:

  • Alolan Exeggcutor (Tropical Shake)
  • Buzzwole (“baby”)
  • Garchomp (F)
  • Malamar
  • Magnezone

Set Cards That Don’t Rotate:

  • Unidentified Fossil (TEU, UNM)


Rotated Cards


  • Alolan Raticate GX
  • Articuno GX
  • Banette GX
  • Blaziken GX
  • Electrode GX
  • Mr Mime GX (Evens)
  • Palosand GX
  • Rayquaza GX
  • Scizor GX
  • Shiftry GX
  • Stakataka GX


  • Acro Bike
  • Apricorn Maker
  • Bill’s Maintenance
  • Copycat
  • Energy Recycle System
  • Fisherman
  • Friend Ball
  • Hau
  • Hustle Belt
  • Lisia
  • Lure Ball
  • Pokenav
  • Rainbow Brush
  • Shrine of Punishment
  • Sky Pillar
  • Rainbow Energy
  • Steven’s Resolve
  • Super Scoop Up
  • Tate & Liza
  • TV Reporter
  • Underground Expedition

-Prism Star:

  • Jirachi
  • Latias
  • Latios

Other Rare/Common/Uncommon:

  • Deoxys
  • Magcargo
  • Swampert

Set Cards That Don’t Rotate:

  • Energy Switch (SWSH)
  • Rare Candy (SWSH)
  • Switch (SWSH)



Rotated Cards


  • Altaria GX
  • Dragonite GX
  • Kingdra GX
  • Reshiram GX
  • Salamence GX
  • White Kyurem GX


  • Dragon Talon
  • Fiery Flint
  • Switch Raft
  • Zinia

-Prism Star

  • Lance
  • Victini

Other Rare/Common/Uncommon:

  • Altaria
  • Blaziken
  • Quagsire
  • Turtonator

Set Cards That Don’t Rotate:

  • None



Rotated Cards


  • Alolan Ninetales GX
  • Blacephalon GX
  • Genesect GX
  • Lugia GX
  • Magcargo GX
  • Mimikyu GX
  • Sceptile GX
  • Shuckle GX
  • Sigilyph GX
  • Suicune GX
  • Tyranitar GX
  • Virizion GX


  • Adventure Bag
  • Choice Helmet
  • Counter Gain
  • Custom Catcher
  • Electropower
  • Faba
  • Fairy Charm (D,F,G,P)
  • Judge
  • Lost Blender
  • Mina
  • Mixed Herbs
  • Moomoo Milk
  • Net Ball
  • Professor Elm’s Research
  • Sightseer
  • Spell Tag
  • Wait & See Hammer

-Prism Star

  • Celebi
  • Ditto
  • Heat Factory
  • Life Forest
  • Lusamine
  • Thunder Mountain

Other Rare/Common/Uncommon:

  • Blissey
  • Granbull
  • Lost March (Jumpluff, Skiploom, Trumbeak, Natu)
  • Miltank
  • Nagandel
  • Nihelgo
  • Shaymin
  • Shedinja
  • White Kyurem
  • Wobbuffet

Set Cards That Don’t Rotate:

  • None

As a reminder, when we mention a GX, that includes all 3 versions of it:  the regular, full art and rainbow rare.


Pre-Release Pulls and Games

This Sunday marked the final day of the Fincastle Pokemon Gym’s Sword & Shield pre-release events.  Many of our players hit some really awesome cards.  Check out the videos of the Lexington and Fincastle events.  Stick around until the end of Fincastle video and watch Gym Leaders Logan and Joel play for bragging rights of  “Pre-release Tournament Champion” with cards from the brand new set!

Lexington Pre-Release

Fincastle Pre-Release

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Several New Videos Up On Dark Moon Cards & Games

The Fincastle Pokemon Gym and Dark Moon Cards & Games have got several new videos up to kick off 2020.  Check them out!

Re-Ment box opening and sales

Alolan Sandslash GX box review

Discussion of new TCG rules w/Sword & Shield

Enjoy the videos and see you at the Gym!

Openings, Openings & Openings, 3 Japanese Booster Boxes!

Thanks to a crazy few days leading up to Christmas, and no high-speed internet (10 hour+ upload times), we didn’t get these out as quickly as we would’ve like.  Alas, we got them up just in time for Christmas!  Check them out, a Japanese booster box of Dream League, then Sword and finally, Shield.  Check back soon for new products from Japan, some matches from our most recent League Challenge and maybe 1 or 2 from the Dark Moon Lair.

Dream League



See you at the Gym!  Merry Christmas!

3 Product Reviews For Holiday Shopping

Now that Christmas season is officially here (if you survived Black Friday weekend), its time to get serious with your shopping.  Here are reviews of the 3 of the latest boxed collections from Pokemon (2 pretty good products, one… not so much).  We hope these will help you with your shopping decisions!

Hidden Fates Ultra Premium Collection

Tag Team Generations Premium Collection

Pikachu GX/Eevee GX Special Collection

Be sure to check our site for singles from these collections.

Check Out Our Newest Items From Japan!

Sorry for the delay on content.  We’ve had back-to-back weekends of conventions and have been running around like the proverbial headless chicken.  Anyway, we just got this order in for our next show, Louisville Galaxycon.  If you like what you see, come visit us there.  Enjoy the video, see you at the Gym!

Pokemon Order from Japan

Don’t forget to join us this Sunday in Fincastle for a League Challenge!

No League Sunday 11/10

Joel's Phone 073League Leaders are all on the road this week with various Pokemon endeavors!  From demonstrations and Build & Battle events in Charlotte to competitions in the wilds of West Virginia – we have decided to ask our dogs to run Pokemon League on Sunday 11/10.  Unfortunately, they have other commitments, so we’ll have to cancel.   See you next week (11/17 for a Standard format League Challenge!)