Category Archives: Pokemon Organized Play events

Links and information on regional Pokemon tournaments and special events

2018 World Championships Recap & Photos From Nashville

The Fincastle Gym Leaders came back home from their trip to the 2018 Pokemon World Championships in Nashville, TN.  Upon returning, we immediately had to pack up for GEXCON, in D.C. on the following weekend, so we are unfortunately delayed in getting this report out.  While not competing in the main event, Gym Leaders Joel, Logan and Georgia did try their hand at the Nashville Open, a regional-level tournament held on Saturday.  They were also there to cheer on Ridge and Anna Radtke, as they competed in their first Video Game World Championship.  Overall the weekend was a really cool.  There were a multitude of things to see, including a massive Mega Construx Blastoise accompanied by its previous forms, a diorama to end all dioramas, a decked out Pokemon Center full of unique things to buy and of course, lots of Nashville themed decorations throughout the hall.   The weekend full of competitions had its strikes and gutters, ups and downs for The Gym.  As the Dude once said, you know, sometimes you eat the bar, and, sometimes uh, you know….  Alas, The Gym abides. Continue reading

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Fincastle’s Own “Generals” Ready For World Championships

The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is proud to announce that two of its own are on their way to the 2018 Pokemon World Championships in Nashville, TN, this coming weekend, August 24th – 26th.  Siblings Ridge and Anna Radtke have both qualified for the video game event in their respective age divisions.  They are the charter members of The Gym’s team, Hee-Haw’s Generals, and are the first active members of The Gym to earn invitations to the event under the tutelage of its founders, Joel & Marthe Honts and their children, Logan and Georgia.  Logan and Georgia have earned a combined 6 invitations to past World Championships, stretching back to 2011.  In 2016, Georgia became the 1st from Fincastle to earn an invite to the video game event.  Georgia, who qualified for both the trading card game and video game championships in 2016, was forced to choose between the two, ultimately picking the card competition.  This year marks the first time local players will compete in the video game event. Continue reading

Pokemon 2018 TCG Rotation – Sun & Moon-on!

The Pokemon Company and Play!Pokemon announced its 2018 TCG rotation… back in May.  Why?  “Why” is an often asked and rarely answered question for a lot actions taken by the corporation.  Our speculation as to this “why” is similar to the scenario of the “Top Cut” website (remember the original online site with “Pooka”, where all net-deckers went to get their lists).   The Top Cut was taking too much internet traffic away from Pokemon.com.  So, Pokemon hired Pooka (the site’s creator) to write and commentate for them, thus improving their service and eliminating a competitor.  Of course, dozens of other sites popped up in his absence and the entire community had to embrace net-decking just to keep up, thus turning to many other internet sources.  Mission not accomplished.  Our annual rotation article is our site’s biggest draw, and the subject in general draws lots of traffic to various YouTube channels and other sites.  So, Pokemon’s response is… just throw it out there in May.  Solid plan.  The discussion of “why’s” is not why we’re here today, so let’s move on to the reason we are here, the rotation. Continue reading

New Site For Dark Moon C & G, Celestial Storm Pre-Releases Begin 7/21!

The Fincastle Pokemon Gym’s card store and retail business, Dark Moon Cards and Games, just launched a new and updated website.  We are going to be taking our show on the road a little more often over the next few months and of course will be hosted our 3rd Roanoke Regional Championship this November.  Updates on where we’ll be and what is new at Dark Moon and The Fincastle Gym can be found there.  From that site you can link directly to our store, our Facebook page, this site and our Regionals site.  All of our events are listed there, as well as here.  Speaking of events… Continue reading

Forbidden Light Pre-Releases This Weekend

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

March TCG League Challenge Results

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

TCG & VGC Challenges This Sunday At Gym!

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

February TCG League Challenge Results

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

January 2018 VGC Premier Challenge Results

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

January Is “Bring A Friend” Month At The Gym!

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