Sunday at the Fincastle Pokemon Gym was a pretty standard, uneventful day at league. Uneventful for everyone except Gym Leader Logan. Gym Leader Logan had his hands full in his role as the Water-type gym leader (TCG). We made some changes to the water deck, trying to transition it towards the coming rotation. Most of the strong water-type cards, outside of Seismitoad EX and Primal Kyogre EX, fall out of the Standard Format on September 1st. Many of the Gym Leader’s mainstays like Suicune, Plasma Kyurem, Keldeo EX, Empoleon and Blastoise, leave the format without any worthy successors in the upcoming Ancient Origins set. What the new set does provide, however, is a huge boost to Grass-type pokemon, which spells trouble for the Water-types.
1st up to challenge Gym Leader Logan was Robbie F. Robbie did not have to wait for the new grass pokemon to put together an idea to punish the water deck. Robbie had seen some glimpses of the water-deck in recent weeks. That whiff of what he might face, no matter how brief, was all Robbie would need to craft a deck for the challenge. While I did not get details of everything that he used, I know that the core of his deck was Plasma Leafeon with support from the Crobat line. The Gym Leader’s Kyogre based deck relies on lots of energy being in play. Leafeon does more damage for each energy its opponent puts in play and attacks Kyogre for weakness. There wasn’t much Gym Leader Logan could do in this one other than flip over his cards and let the beating begin. Robbie’s deck had an answer for everything that Logan tried. Robbie won this challenge in consecutive games. The Water-type badge is his 5th badge earned at the Gym, as he continues to sharpen his deck building skills, tailoring decks specifically for each leader. Great job, Robbie!
The assault on Gym Leader Logan did not stop there. His loss was immediately followed by another challenge on the Water-type deck, this one by Dean E. Logan was able to hold Dean off in the 1st game until he could go on the offensive and take over, defeating Dean in game 1. Logan went on the defensive again in game 2 and pretty much stayed there. Dean burned through his deck trying to play around Logan’s Suicune, but could not get what he needed. Despite leading by prize cards in the 2nd game, Dean eventually decked out, losing the game and the challenge.
It looks like we may have to head to the drawing board for a new water deck, or at least some modifications to this one. We’ll get busy on some ideas. One thing that both Gym Leaders Logan and Joel excel at is finding some combos that many don’t see. You never know what we’ll come up with… sometimes we surprise ourselves. Check back later today for the 3rd deck in our spotlight, “Ross Perot”, an update to a water-deck that has been with us for multiple seasons and has been one of our favorites of all time. Until then, 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, Fire
- Robbie F – Lightning, Grass, Psychic, Darkness, Water
- Nathan S – Dragon
- Davis N – Lightning
*players in BOLD have won all 9 badges