Congratulations Alex T!

attackedThe Fincastle Pokemon Gym, in the midst of the State Championship series in the TCG, has been steadily climbing closer and closer to our 300th challenge.  Whether it is coincidence or a sign of good things to come from our Gym is unknown, but as we get closer, the challengers have been brutal against the Gym Leaders.  Over the last few weeks, 3 trainers (Alan, Ryan and Wesley) have earned gym badges.  Brycen F flat-out mauled his nemesis, the Fighting-type deck, in game 1 of a recent challenge and then missed taking the match and badge in game 2 by 10 damage before Gym Leader Joel turned the tables and came back to win that game and the 3rd of the challenge.  Davis N experienced almost the same thing last week as he destroyed the Fire-type deckpoisoned in the 1st game of his challenge and then narrowly lost game 2 thanks to his active Keldeo EX staying “asleep” on a coin flip.  He then fell victim to a horrible start in his 3rd game leading to a loss of the challenge.  The Gym Leaders know that the 3 badges lost in the last few weeks could easily be 5 or more.

The trend of competitive challenges did not let up today at the Gym as we got into the list of trainers.  Gym Leader Logan fielded a challenge for the Water-type badge which had to be suspended temporarily until the trainer makes a few changes to his deck.  Just as a quick reminder to all those who sign up, make sure your decks comply with the Modified Format guidelines and do not contain proxies.  We want your decks in the current format so that whenever we host events, you will be armed with a legal deck that you know and are ready to play.  Tournaments are not the best time to try to work your way through learning a deck.  Gym Leader Challenges, on the other hand, are excellent for that.  Case and point, Alex T.  This Sunday, Alex challenged Gym Leader Joel and the Grass-type deck with his unique but very effective deck.  Regardless of the results, Joel is always thrilled to face original deck ideas.

fireedAlex showcased the versatility of Victini EX as both an attacker and an “engine” for a deck.  While he may need to work on his poker face a little (you know something bad is about to happen to your field when Alex smiles and almost starts to laugh before playing a card), Alex used Victini to charge several attackers before going on the attack, demolishing Gym Leader Joel’s Genesect EX’s before they could ever think about doing damage in the 1st game.  Game 2 began with Gym Leader Joel jumping out to a fast set up, but as in the 1st game, Alex was always ready with another attacker (each of which could 1-hit Joel’s EX’s).  Joel tried to stay ahead, taking the game down to a single prize card remaining to Alex’s two.  Alex answered with a “Blue Flare” to wipe out Joel’s last Genesect EX and take his last 2 prize cards, netting him the victory in game 2 and the match.  There is no better way to win your 1st badge at the Gym than going 2-0 against a Gym Leader.  Alex proved that the “Victory Pokemon” is an appropriate title for the small but mighty Victini EX.  Alex becomes the  22nd trainer to win a badge at the Fincastle Gym.  Great job, Alex!

Gym Badges Earned (aka, The Wall of Fame):

  • Austin W – Steel, Grass
  • Tyler D – Lightning, Steel, Grass
  • Chris L – Lightning, Fire
  • James H – Psychic, Steel
  • Tessa Y – Fire, Psychic, Grass, Lightning
  • Angela Y – Lightning, Fighting, Psychic
  • Dustin  F – Psychic
  • Brycen F – Psychic, Lightning, Fire, Grass, Darkness, Steel
  • Troy B – Lightning
  • Jordan L – Grass
  • Hunter H – Grass, Darkness, Steel, Lightning, Psychic, Fighting, Water, Fire and Dragon
  • Kelli B – Fire
  • Eli T – Grass
  • Isaac B – Steel
  • Jeff D – Psychic, Fire
  • Jacob A – Steel
  • Alex D – Lightning, Grass
  • Jacob V – Dragon
  • Alan G – Fire
  • Ryan N – Psychic
  • Wesley H – Fire
  • Alex T – Grass

*players in BOLD have won all 9 badges

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