The Fincastle Gym, after being busy with City Championships and Premier VG challenges, has returned to the norm. The norm being, having its gym leaders knee-deep in challenges. We have fielded multiple challenges, both in the TCG and VG, over the last few weeks. The Gym Leaders have, for the most part, held their own. However, against more experienced players, holding off a challenge from a trainer playing your weakness is a tall order for any player. And of course, if we’re writing about it, that means another trainer broke through with a win.
Nathan S attempted his 1st challenge at the Gym and chose well, picking the Dragon-type deck as his 1st deck to challenge. What better to come after than the Dragon-weak gym deck with than one of the newer Dragon-types sporting a Fairy-type weakness. Gym Leader Joel piloted the gym deck, as Georgia had not played the Gym deck in so long that she thought it was still the old Garchomp deck. Gym Leader Joel set up fairly well in both games, piling damage on Nathan’s Dragonite EX’s with “baby” Rayquaza (boosted by Altaria and “Muscle Band”). However, the combinations of “Scoop Up Cyclone” and “AZ” with Dragonite’s ability successfully wiped 150+ damage off the field multiple times over the course of the match. That, combined with easy 1-hits on the “baby” Rayquazas, made for a smooth, straight-game win for Nathan. Great job, Nathan!
As most of you know, the Gym Leaders throw together some interesting, “non-meta” ideas for the various gym decks. When someone knocks one of them off, we scrap the deck to try something else. Pokemon’s seemingly random energy assignment to all of the Dragon-types makes it very difficult to use any combinations of dragons in one deck, especially since the only “multi” energy in play at the moment is “Rainbow Energy” (which you can only play 4 of in 1 deck). Here are some examples; Dragonite EX requires Grass & Lightning energy, Garchomp requires Water & Fighting, Rayquaza requires Fire & Lightning, Dragalge uses Dark & Psychic, Latias EX uses Fire & Psychic, Druddigon uses Water & Fire, Goodra uses Fairy & Water….., do you see the challenge in making an all Dragon-type deck yet? We have pretty much run the gambit of dragon decks, from Garchomp/Altaria, to Dragonite EX to the Rayquaza deck that Nathan just defeated. Gym Leader Joel is back at the drawing board trying to come up with something else interesting to battle. If we can make something worthy of a Gym Challenge, we’ll have another deck ASAP.
Luckily for the dragons, the next set due out, X/Y – Roaring Skies, will provide a little aid and some stronger pokemon. The set looks like it will include a “double” energy card just for dragons that basically provides a “double Rainbow” energy. That boost probably does not make the dragons the best in the format by any means, especially since almost nothing in the format is weak to Dragon-types. However, it will hopefully make them more playable.
Keep the challenges coming and remember that if you are signed up and are ready to battle, let that Gym Leader know when you arrive at league so that we can prepare. See you at the Gym!
TCG 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
- Nathan S – Dragon
*players in BOLD have won all 9 badges