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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


Blue Ridge Regional Championships – Battle Fiesta & Side Events

The next aspect of the Blue Ridge Regional Championships that we are going to look at is the planned TCG and VGC Side Events.  Side events have been a staple of the Regional Championship format since we at the Fincastle Pokemon Gym have been playing the game.  Typical “sides” have been 8-person, single elimination pods in formats ranging from Standard to Expanded to Theme Deck contests.  In more recent Regionals, Day 2 (usually Sunday) has included a League Challenge.  While these are great additions to the main events at these weekends, we are looking for (and have found) some great ways to expand those options and, in the process, bring you the 1st event of its kind on the east coast (maybe USA…, 1st that we’ve heard of anyway).  The Battle Fiesta events are exciting new events for us to try out.  We’ve read some amazing articles from American and European players that have been lucky enough to travel to Japan to compete in the real thing.  Their tournament reports make for some fascinating reading.  On both Saturday and Sunday, we will hold Japanese-style Battle Fiesta contests.  Let us break down some details on all of these events. Continue reading

No League Sunday 12/7 – VG Premier event 12/14

The Gym Leaders will be out of town this weekend, so no league at the Fincastle Library on Sunday, 12/7.  Don’t neglect your Pokemon training, though – we’ll be back Sunday 12/14, ready for our first Video Game Premier Challenge.

Pokemon WorkoutCheck in for players is from 12:30 – 1 PM.

Online Registration: http://labs.pokegym.net/register/14-12-000102. There is a $5 entry fee for all players, to cover the cost of prizes.

Players need to bring a completed Team List to the tournament for check in.   Blank forms will be available at the tournament.

Quick rules overview. (For complete rules, please click here.)

  • Tournament uses the Pokemon X and Pokemon Y games only.
  • Pokemon must have a blue pentagon in their summary screen.
  • Pokemon must be from the Kalos Pokedex (MewTwo, Diance, Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zyguarde are not eligible)
  • No two Pokemon can be the same species.
  • No two Pokemon can hold the same item.

Regular league play will continue after the video game tournament.

More Phantom Forces Fun

Over 30 trainers attended the Phantom Forces Prerelease at the Fincastle Library on Sunday, November 2.  Well, maybe we should say over 30 Pokemon and trainers – since we had several of those show up as well!  Our first Pokemon Halloween Costume Contest was a huge success – and so much fun, too!  Take a look at who showed up at the Gym. Continue reading