With the close of the City Championship portion of the 2011-12 tournament cycle and the end of some busy weekends of traveling to various Virginia and North Carolina events, the Fincastle Gym Leaders were finally all back together. The Gym has an ever-growing list of challengers waiting for their chance to earn a badge, so we got right back into the mix. On the day, the Gym fielded 9 different challenges for badges. Some were trying out a Gym Leader for the first time, while some very determined trainers were back for rematches with leaders that had previously bested them. On to the details.
Our youngest Gym Leader, Logan fielded 3 challenges on the day. He successfully defended 2 attempts for the Darkness type badge and then followed up by another defense of the Water badge. With the 3 wins, Logan remains the protector of the only 2 types at the Gym that have never been defeated. Great job to the challengers and to Logan!
Gym Leader Marthe, the psychic type leader, had been one of the most frequently challenged leaders since the Gym began. On Sunday, she also took on 3 different trainers, all vying for the psychic badge. While her opponents were very spirited, she defended the badge in all 3 attempts. While Marthe may have been the most frequently targeted leader in the past, it appears that trend may be shifting towards the grass type leader, Joel (thanks a lot Reshiram….sheeesh!)
First up for Gym Leader Joel, the catch-all leader stepped in to take on an attempt for the fire badge, which he defended successfully. After turning to the “dark side”, Joel returned to the “fluffier side” to resume his role as the grass leader. Next up and back for a rematch was Hunter H. Hunter has split games (in the best 2-3 matches) with the leader before, but has not yet been able to take him over the edge. Hunter got the best possible start in his match as he went 1st, attached a double colorless to his Reshiram, attacked and won game 1….. all in a matter of about 20 seconds. Wow. Onto game 2. Hunter did not start great, but he stuck to his strategy and slowly built momentum. Once the battling ensued, Hunter’s deck was too much. He won game 2 by taking all 6 prize cards. Some recent improvements to his deck were more than enough to break through that “wall” that Hunter could not seem to get over. Great job Hunter! Hunter earned his first badge and became on the 11th trainer at the Gym to win a badge. Welcome to the Fincastle Gym “Wall of Fame” (see bottom of page).
Following obliteration at the hands of Hunter, Joel regrouped to take on another challenger for the grass badge, up-and-coming Noah B. Noah took the gym leader to turns and lost the 1st game on a coin flip (attacking with a “confused” pokemon). In game 2, Noah could not get set up very quickly and was again unlucky with the coin flips, losing game 2 and the match. Gym Leader Joel knows that Noah will be back and be ready.
The day was definitely very “challenging” for the Gym Leaders, but was great fun. We encourage all who challenge the Gym Leaders to pay attention to what we play and how we play. Our goal is not just to defeat all who come, but to show you strategies and combos that you may not have seen before. Being good at this game often means just finding a deck that is the right fit for you. We hope that in the challenges, you may see something you like. Always take time after the challenge to talk with the leader and seek some advice. Great job everyone, here is the updated list… see you next Sunday at the Gym!
Gym Badges Earned (aka, The Wall of Fame):
- Austin W – Steel, Grass (*now a Gym Leader)
- Tyler D – Electric, Steel, Grass
- Chris L – Electric, Fire
- James H – Psychic, Steel
- Tessa Y – Fire, Psychic, Grass, Electric
- Angela Y – Electric, Fighting, Psychic
- Dustin F – Psychic
- Brycen F – Psychic
- Troy B – Electric
- Jordan L – Grass
- Hunter H – Grass