The Fincastle Gym is hosting two days of pre-releases this weekend. Forbidden Light is the 6th set in the Sun & Moon series, which will be officially released on May 4, 2018. Forbidden Light contain over 130 cards, including 8 new GX’s, 5 new “Prism Star” cards and some interesting new support cards. While the original Japanese set Forbidden Light contains 110 cards, this expansion combines cards released of the Japanese set and a subset dubbed, Ultra Force. Continue reading
We think Mike Tyson said something like, “Everyone has a plan til they get punched in the mouth.” We had a plan, we changed the plan, something completely different happened… that’s the way of the world, it seems. The end result was a fun day at the Gym, but wasn’t exactly what we had anticipated. We had hoped to have results of both a League Challenge and VG Premier Challenge to report, however we did not have enough players for the VG Premier Challenge. While Anna R was ready to show VG players how its done, unfortunately, we could not hold the video game event without the minimum of 8 players. As we mentioned before, the month of March this year is a lost cause for us, as we just have too many things scheduled. The month of April will return us to our normal schedule at league, thankfully. Continue reading
The goal of the Fincastle Pokemon Gym regarding league/premier challenges is to conduct one of each (TCG & VG) each month. Well, its March and unfortunately we’re busier than a cat covering poop on a marble floor this month. However, we do have a solution to help those chasing championship points not miss out on a chance in the month of March. While it’s not something that we intend to do often, this Sunday, we will host both challenges at the Gym. Registration for both events will take place at our regular time. We don’t want either event to fall short of the required number of players to make it official, as we have several trainers at the Gym that play both the TCG & VG. So, should it Continue reading
The Fincastle Gym had another fun weekend on the convention circuit. After spending Saturday at the Big Lick Comic Con, we returned to our home league to host our TCG League Challenge for the month. This was our last event before the Ultra Prism set becomes legal for the standard format. With our players knowing that, we saw a lot of old favorites in terms of the decks present. Our only disappointment was the absence of any Junior players. The prizes and Championship Points are there for the taking, but it’s up to you to come and get ’em. Continue reading
The challenges facing the “powers that be” at Pokemon vary from season to season. When it comes to deciding the format and rules for each year’s VGC season, those decisions are very consequential, as once they are released, that’s what you get for the entire year. There are no major shifts in the format like there are in the TCG as various sets are released throughout the year. Sometimes the VGC format is pretty wide open and sometimes it becomes painfully narrow. Two seasons ago, the addition of the “Primals” (Groudon and Kyogre) was devastating to the format, as it narrowed it so much that almost all of the top 32 teams at the Virginia Regional Championship were identical. Inversely, the 2017 season was much more open, seeing a much wider variety of teams take the top spots at events throughout the year. 2018 is here and so is the new Ultra Sun & Moon format. Each new season usually brings a surge of new players with it with the hopes that the season will provide a fun, different and creative environment for the players. While we can’t see the future, we like the 2018 format and its possibilities. Continue reading
The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is kicking off 2018 by bringing back one of our old favorites. The month of January at the Gym is what we once called “Force Your Parents To Play” month. Our original idea was meant to get the parents of gym trainers to give the Pokemon TCG a try for two major reasons. The first reason is pretty simple. We believe that getting involved in anything that your kids do and spending time with them is always a good thing. Many parents are quick to write this game off as something they’ll never understand. However, usually after a game or two, they get the hang of it. The second reason is for those who want to go beyond casual play and try their hand at the competitive tournament scene. One thing that we’ve seen hold true over the years is that the majority of, if not all of the competitive Junior and Senior players have parents that are heavily involved in the game. Either way, if you can talk you parents into joining you, you will both get some goodies from the Gym. Continue reading
Play!Pokemon has announced its 2017 edition of the TCG’s annual rotation. As expected the oldest 3 sets from the X&Y series, Primal Clash, Roaring Skies and Ancient Origins are leaving the Standard Format officially on September 1, 2017. This means that all cards printed in XY BREAKthrough and newer sets will remain legal for the Standard Format. The promo card pool will be cut to include XY promo #67 and higher and all Sun & Moon promos. This also means that promo set dubbed, Generations, remains in format, as it was officially released on February 2016. The Fincastle Gym, now in its 7th year of existence (9 years of playing the TCG) has developed what we hope is an easy-to-follow guide to walk both new and seasoned players through the annual rotation. We have posted articles each of the last 5 years and like the layout that we’ve come to over the last 2 years. We’ll stick to that design again this year, so if you have navigated our past posts, this year’s article should be familiar to you. Continue reading
The Fincastle Gym leaders have returned from the event formerly known as “Nats” (now the North American International Championships). While Gym Leader Marthe was knee-deep in “deck checks” for most of the weekend, Georgia, Logan and Joel all competed in the main TCG event. We were joined by our “General”, Ridge, who took on the VGC field in hopes of earning his 1st World Championship invitation. While Ridge just needed to pick up one last chunk of point to get over the hump, Gym Leaders Georgia and Logan needed Top 8 finishes to stretch either of their Championship Point totals into another invitation. Joel, who has played very little this season outside of league challenges, was looking to occupy himself until it was time to hit some of favorite Indy eateries. Continue reading
Join us at The Fincastle Pokemon Gym on June 18th for our 2nd Video Game Premier Challenge! Be sure to download your game update and the 2017 Worlds Rules before you come and bring your team sheet.
Sunday, June 18
Registration 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Entry fee: FREE
Worlds 2017 Format. Teamlist required. Championship Points awarded based on division attendance.
See you this Sunday at The Gym!
The Fincastle Gym has hosted back to back weekends of competitive events at its home base in the metropolis of Fincastle. Two Sundays ago, the Gym held a VG Premier Challenge, gathering a good showing of skilled players. Masters battled it out over 4 rounds and then cut to a top 2 to determine the champion of the event. This past Sunday, the Gym hosted its 3rd League Challenge of the season. Our cast of regulars were joined by some Juniors and Seniors players making their 1st appearance in Fincastle. The current Standard Format has proved to be just that, pretty standard, as the decks present provided no surprises. Gym Leader Joel tried to shake up the match-ups (with no avail) and unfortunately for 1 player, altered the results. Continue reading