The Fincastle Gym Leaders have had a busy week. Gym Leader Marthe is putting the final touches on preparations for the Virginia Regional VG Championships (this Sunday) that she is organizing in conjunction with David Tuskey, the PTO for the Virginia Regional TCG Championships (this Saturday). The remaining Gym Leaders are rounding up their lists and teams for both events. First things first…. we have a little business to attend to from last week’s Gym meeting.
The Gym Leaders are glad to see a steady return to the Gym Leader Challenge sign-up sheets. We have fielded several challenges over the last few weeks and turned all of the attempts for badges away, save one from 3 weeks ago where Dean broke through against Gym Leader Joel’s Grass-type deck. Oddly enough, Robbie F, a trainer that has attended the Gym for quite a while, approached us last Sunday and asked, “So what are these challenge things?” Huh…., we don’t get the impression that he looks at this site much…..
After a brief explanation, Robbie signed up to challenge Gym Leader Marthe and her Lightning-type deck. Robbie brought a nicely put together Seismitoad EX/Pyroar deck, that Marthe knew she would struggle against with her item-heavy, Plasma deck. Marthe’s deck centers around Zapdos EX, one of the only fighting-resistant, Lightning-types in the game, whose nice mix of attacks can cause trouble for any deck.
Having not watched the game (and it now being 5 days after the fact), this writer can’t offer too many details about the match. This is what Joel was able to take away from the match. Marthe kept game 1 in her favor for the majority of the game. However, Robbie tied the game at 1 prize card each and then took the tightly contested game. The uncertainty that Robbie showed during game 1, as he tried to figure out Marthe’s deck, went away in game 2. During this game, Robbie focused on locking down the Gym Leader and controlled the game from start to finish. Robbie took game 2 handily and the match, earning the Lightning-type badge, his 1st at the Gym! Great job, Robbie! Sorry for the late props!
The Gym Leaders will not be at league this Sunday, 2/15. However, the Gym will still be open at its regular time, hosted by a league parent. If you can make it to Richmond this weekend, come join us. If you can’t, come on by the gym and play a few games. The Gym Leaders will catch up with you the following week (2/22) at our normal time. Until then, see you at the Gym!
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
- Rob C – Psychic, Water, Lightning
- Dean E – Grass
- Robbie F – Lightning
*players in BOLD have won all 9 badges