We’re preparing for a big weekend here at the Fincastle Pokemon Gym. Fates Collide (our 12th Prerelease in Fincastle) will bring with it lots of “first’s”:
The first time we see a new format for Prerelease events.
…In the old days, players would come to a prerelease, get a promo card that you can’t play in the tournament, get 6 new booster packs and open them. They usually get a mix of really cool Stage 1 and 2 Pokemon (but not the corresponding basics) and would build a deck that is difficult to play, often losing to the player that built that “1 EX + 39 energy” deck because they didn’t have any trainers or effective Pokemon.
…Now, players will get a “seed deck” of 22 cards (some of which may be reprints) that will include things like trainers and supporters you might need, full evolution lines of Pokemon, and 1 of 4 promos – which you can actually use in the event. Plus, everyone will get 4 additional booster packs to open.
The first time that performance in a Prerelease can win you more prizes!*
…In the old days, everyone got 2 packs when they finished the event.
…Now, everyone will still get 2 packs when they finish. However, now, starting in Round 2, you will also get an additional booster pack for each game you win! So players who build and play well could get up to 4 (or even 5) booster packs at the end of the event. And of course, at the end of the day, you take everything, including your energy home with you.
The first time to see Zygarde – and its forms in print. We’ve seen the green and black “slug-like” pokemon starting in the 2013 release of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y on the video game, but we haven’t had a chance to “play” it yet. We also get our first chance (since we started playing in Platinum: Arceus days) to see Alakazam and his amazing spoons! (Even though children in The Matrix will remind us “there is no spoon” – we hope the event will be a truly mind-bending experience.)
The first time we see you? Plan to join us (and bring some friends, family, foreign dignitaries or fashion designers) on Sunday April 24th for this fun event. Registration is available now online at www.DarkMoonCardsandGames.com. You may also register in person at the Fincastle Library Meeting Room on Sunday between 1 and 1:30 PM. Event entry is $30 and payable by credit card or PayPal online and cash or credit in person.
Where will your Fate lead you (hopefully not into a collision)? See you at the Gym!