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2016 Worlds Photos!

DSCN8121Well, to highlight the point that we made yesterday about Georgia’s match-ups and the strength of the Japanese contingent… here’s how Georgia’s last 3 Day 1 opponent’s stood at the end of Day 2.  Asaki Hasegawa (her 4th round opponent) is in 4th place overall with a record of 5 wins, 0 losses and 2 ties, entering the Top 8 playoffs as the #4 seed.  Hajime Imura (her last round loss) finished in 9th place (1 spot out of the Top 8 playoff) with a record of 5-1-1.  Iori Kato (her 5th round loss) finished 32nd with a record of 4-3.  Georgia was dialed in yesterday, crushing every US players she faced.  How she drew this trio of amazing players is beyond us.  We assume Top 8 matches are underway and we don’t know how they are progressing, but 5 of the 8 are Japanese. Continue reading

2016 World Championships – Day 1

The Fincastle Gym Leaders took 2 very different paths today at Day 1 of the World Championships, 2 paths that ended up at the same destination.

Day 1 of the TCG World Championships sported over 830 players all after one goal, achieving enough wins to make it through to Day 2.  The Junior Division had 155 entrants who would play 6 rounds of swiss.  A record of 4-2 would be DSCN8050required to make it through to the 2nd day.  The Seniors had 205 players chasing the exact same goal, a record of 4-2 over their 6 rounds.  If needed (which it was not), Pokemon said that they’d fill in the spaces needed to even the Day 2 numbers with the best of what was left (which they did not, so we are not sure why they said it).  Both Gym Leaders, Logan and Georgia, fought to 3-3 records, missing the cut.  We’ll look briefly at their days and then reveal the list that we were holding for Day 2 to put in the hands of whichever leader made it (or both if they both made it, as we had 2 copies built and ready to go). Continue reading

Check In At @ 2016 Worlds.

Worlds2_M 125So… after putting in a good morning of practicing our decks, the Fincastle Gym Leaders headed out for an afternoon tour of Muir Woods.  Expecting to return and check in at about 5:30pm, we were pushing 7:00pm, as our tour van was held up in traffic.  I’m glad we didn’t get there at 5:30!  We arrived to find what turned out to be the side of the line, so we walked around the hotel, past the 2nd third of the line and found the end of the line somewhere around Oakland.  After standing in the same place for about 20 minutes, things began to move.  As Pokemon shifts their practices to their new “model”, they are being forced to learn that the same old setup does not quite cut it.  While we hung out in northern California, Pokemon was reassigning their personnel, which did break things free and get everyone moving.

Worlds2_M 139Lesson learned… hopefully that they will not try to squeeze check-in into such a small time period in the future.  Anyway, we made it through and collected what is definitely the coolest player “goodie bag” package in our years of playing.  Both Logan and Georgia were thrilled with the collection of Worlds items.  The boost in player “swag” is definitely one of the positive results of paid entry to major events all year.  From there, we scrounged up some food and headed back to wrap up preparations for tomorrow.

Opening ceremonies begin at 9:00am and after a brief players’ meeting, play will begin.  We are all nervous, excited, antsy… all the feelings that go along with an event of this magnitude.  Our Gym Leaders have been there before and know what they have to do.  We’ll post lots more pictures as we get them, so check back tomorrow evening.  Until then, cheer to the west!

 

In San Francisco, Out of Time!

friscoThe Fincastle Gym Leaders have been in the City by the Bay for a few days now and we’ve been trying to take in as much as possible in a short amount of time.  From its iconic landmarks, to its amazing food, to its cool and breezy weather (much appreciated by Virginians this time of year), we love what we’ve been able to sample of ‘Frisco.  However, its time for the Gym Leaders to get down to business and focus on why we’re here… the 2016 TCG World Championships. Continue reading

Lynchburg Steam Siege Pre-Release This Saturday!

steamThe 11th expansion of the XY era is here and pre-release tournaments continue this weekend.  The new set, XY – Steam Siege, contains 114 new cards, including 4 new EX pokemon, 2 new Mega Evolutions, 7 new BREAK pokemon and 8 dual-type pokemon.  Dual-typing for the pokemon characters is a mechanic that has not been seen since the days of Crystal Guardians and Delta Species. We also know that the long-awaited full-art “Professor Sycamore” is included in the new set.  The Fincastle Gym is hosting 1 more event this weekend.  Our last event is this Saturday, 7/30/16, in Lynchburg, Va.  The tournament is at the newest league in our area.  Kevin Harrison and his son Lucas, who have been training at the Gym over the last 2 years, are heading up the new venture at Star Port, located in River Ridge Mall.  Here are the specifics. Continue reading

Pokemon Announces 2016 Rotation – Primal Clash-On!

Ahhh… another year, another rotation.  The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is proud to be THE place to outline the annual rotation and help walk you through its immediate impact on the Pokemon TCG.  Play!Pokemon just announced the Standard Format for the 2016-2017 season will be Primal Clash-on.  Consequently, the following sets will be rotated out of the Standard Format:  X&Y base set, Flashfire, Furious Fists and Phantom Forces.  As for as the promo cards go, black star promo cards will rotate to XY36 and higher numbered cards.  Cards released in the 2 XY Trainer Kit sets (Latias/Latios Continue reading

Gym Leader Georgia Claims 11th Place At Nationals!

DSCN6516We’re working on a nickname… something that fits nicely with someone who continually breaks new grounds… maybe something do with earthquakes… I dunno, the “Quaker” sounds too 1600’s.  Like we said, we’re working on it.  Whatever it ends up being, it will be a name that Gym Leader Georgia has earned… and then some.  Not only is she the first player from the Fincastle Pokemon Gym to earn World Championship invitations to both the TCG and VG competitions, Georgia now holds the claim of earning the highest finish at the National Championships by a player from the Gym.  Georgia battled her way out of a deep hole, twice, this weekend and narrowly missed the Top 8 finals (which were locked quickly as all 8 players used “intentional draws” over the last 2 rounds to get in).  For her efforts, Georgia picks up another 100 Championship Points, $1000 more in prize money and 2 booster boxes of cards.  Not a bad weekend’s work. Continue reading

New Friends League Challenge Today (5/29)

Pokemon_SunMoon_StartersIn the spirit of anticipation for a new Video Game (new region and new starters), the Fincastle Pokemon Gym is proud to host the “New Friends” League Challenge in Fincastle this Sunday.  As the TCG and VG National Championships and World Championships both draw near, there are still a few chances to test out ideas and pick up a few Championship Points between now and then.  Here are the details: Continue reading

Worlds Collide League Challenge This Sunday, 5/8/16!

momWe’re not sure which 2 worlds are colliding, but either way, apparently it’s happening in Fincastle this Sunday.  As the National Championships and World Championships both draw near, there are still a few chances to test out ideas and pick up a few Championship Points between now and then.  The 1st of the 3 challenges in Fincastle will take place Sunday at the Gym (also known as the Fincastle Library).  Here are the details: Continue reading

Fincastle Fates Collide Prerelease This Sunday 4/24/16!

zygarde 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 spponalso 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!