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400th Gym Leader Challenge Is Almost Here!

The Gym Leader Challenge is the Fincastle Gym’s longest running tradition.  Shortly after beginning our league, Gym Leader Joel went to work on taking the core concept of every Pokemon video game to date and incorporating it into our gym.  That concept is having Gym Leaders and type-specific decks available for its trainers to test themselves against.  Originally, we scrounged the web for a supply of the 2008 league promo badges to reward our trainers for wins over gym leaders.  That supply soon dried up, so we went to our trainers, held a contest and eventually created our own gym badges based on the design of Kelli Bowen, a trainer that was part of one of the many great families that have come and gone over the years at the Gym.  We have documented every challenge we’ve ever taken… every win, every loss, every battle that came down to the wire.  Those who have prevailed are immortalized on our Wall of Fame. Continue reading

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Congratulations Eddie, v1.0!

As promised, the Fincastle Gym hit another milestone at our league.  Sunday, Gym Leader Joel battled the youngest player to ever take on one of our Gym Leader Challenges.  Eddie R, maybe standing all of 3 1/2′ tall, is about as full of himself as any 6-year-old that we have met.  To be good at this game, you need to able to read and comprehend ideas that are pretty foreign to the average pluff15-year-old mind.  You need to be able to perform basic math and at times, math that goes way beyond the definition of “basic”.  You need to be able to grasp the strategy of a themed deck, whether it is a creation of the best cards you have or a deck based off of the top decks played by Masters and Seniors.  Pokemon rates this game for ages 6 and up, but from what we seen on average, most kids aren’t ready until they are closer to 8.  The average 6-year-old (in our country, anyway) does not read and is not expected to be able to.  If their parents are active with them, many 6-year-olds are counting, but that’s a far cry from doing math.  The most complex strategy in most 6-year-old brains is how get something they want or how to not do something their parents want them to do.  We have absolutely zero qualms in labeling any 6 year old that can play this TCG as “exceptional”. Continue reading

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 TCG States Come To A Close

raceAs the TCG State Championship series wraps up this weekend, so does a very impressive run from the Fincastle Pokemon Gym’s best.  Gym Leader Georgia entered the series with her World Championship invitation already in hand, so for her, the State Championships were a chance to test out some different ideas.  Gym Leader Logan, on the other hand, entered the series looking to secure an invitation to Worlds, a concept that he was not even on his radar as he began this season.  As they frequently do (a fact that we sometimes take for granted), both Georgia and Logan went above and beyond. Continue reading

Gym Leader Georgia Headed To Worlds!

Star Wars Day & Easter 009Gym Leader Georgia, the Fincastle Gym’s youngest leader, at 9 yrs old, has broken new ground for us.  Logan, our most accomplished leader (2-time World’s competitor), did not pick up a pokemon card until he was 8.  Logan was 9 by the time we started to even understand what this game was all about.  Logan paved the way for the Gym to turn into what it has become.  In doing so, he laid the blueprint for his younger sister to follow, if so inclined.  Georgia inclined and then inclined a little more, turning on to her brother’s path and then charging up it.  As a result, Georgia has earned her first invitation to the Pokemon TCG World Championships, which will take place in Washington DC on the 2nd weekend in August. Continue reading

Xerneas Results and Congrats to Rob!

xerneasThis past Sunday at the Fincastle Pokemon Gym was a busy and exciting day all the way around.  The day kicked off with the Xerneas League Challenge.  The event saw a nice mix of decks and some very close matches.  Following the League Challenge, the Gym moved on to its own brand of challenge, the Gym Leader Challenge.  For the 2nd season in a row, a trainer took home a gym badge on the same day as a League Challenge. Continue reading