X/Y Prereleases Start This Saturday & Sunday!

pokeXYThe Fincastle Gym hopes that all are enjoying the Online Spotlight that we have featured with some unique deck ideas to play around with.  We’ll take a break to bring you more exciting news and then return to our final 2 decks in the featurette next week.  On to the news…. this weekend kicks off the much-anticipated X/Y Prerelease circuit, giving players and collectors all over the country a chance to get their hands on the brand new set before it goes on sale in stores.  Depending on where you live, there will be several chances to make one of these events over the next 2 weekends.

The X/Y release is the first set to come with characters based on the new video game centered in the Kalos region.  Initial sets like this are cool because while they do usually include some traditional characters that we have seen before, they introduce cards with all new characters.  Many of these characters/cards will open up new combinations that can drastically sway the TCG.  The new mechanic that this set will introduce will be the “Mega Evolutions” (just like in the video game).  The “mega” characters feature massive HP, accompanied by powerful new attacks, which will create combinations that will definitely impact the game.  There will be 6 new EX cards, 2 with mega evolutions.  With over 140 cards in the set, there will also be a nice variety of Trainer cards to go with the array of new Kalos pokemon.

Here are the events the Gym is bringing you this weekend and next:

Saturday 1/25/13 – Cornelius, NC @ Parker, Banner, Kent & Wayne

  • Registration from Noon – 1pm
  • Play begins shortly after
  • Booster Draft available after main event (if supply allows)

Sunday 1/26/13 – Fincastle, VA @ Fincastle Library Meeting Room

  • Registration from Noon – 1pm
  • Play begins shortly after
  • Event is cash only

Saturday 2/1/13 – Morrisville, NC @ Morrisville Outlet Food Court

  • Registration from Noon – 1pm
  • Play begins shortly after
  • Event is cash only

Sunday 2/2/13 – High Point, NC @ Gaming Underground

  • Registration from Noon – 1pm
  • Play begins shortly after
  • Booster Draft available after main event (if supply allows)

All four events require a $30 registration fee.  For this, you receive 6 booster packs that you use to make a fun deck for the tournament.  After play is completed, everyone receives an additional 2 booster packs.  Basic energy cards are supplied by the Gym and then returned at the close of play.  Door prizes are available at all four events.

These are always our favorite events, as these events are just fun tournaments where everyone can get together and enjoy playing Pokemon without the competitive pressure of the Premier tournaments.  It’s always exciting to see what you get and what your friends get (that you can immediately try to trade for after the event, if they are willing).  We hope that you can join us for at least one of these events.  See you at the Gym!

** If you can’t make it to one of these events, there are also Prereleases being held in Richmond, Norfolk, Fairfax and Culpepper.  Check here for details.

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