As we have described many times before, the Gym Leader Challenge is a facet of the Fincastle Pokemon Gym that is exclusive to our league. We have single-type decks of each type in the TCG available to test your best decks against. The concept was born to follow the adventure that video game players experience while playing through the story mode of each edition of Pokemon video games. Gym Leader Joel has been brainstorming a bit about how to up the reward for whomever completes Gym Leader Challenge #400 at the Fincastle Pokemon Gym. We hit a new high at #300, where we supplied a fully built, competitive deck to the winner (Plasma Lugia EX). Knowing that we don’t have unlimited funds, we believe he has found a cool way to achieve that. Continue reading
Today we are going to look at our 2nd budget deck of our “Bargain Bin” series. As we pointed out last time, when new cards are released, some deck combos are strikingly obvious to experienced TCG players. These instant decks (just add water) are usually the 1st to flood the flooded arena of “pay to keep reading” websites and the more accessible YouTube channels, as they both are always digging for content for their readers and viewers. “Instant decks” are often those that receive a lot of hype when a set is released, usually bound to fade away into the shadows of the deck establishment. Today’s deck is one of those “instant decks”. However, this is one that we would caution you to not write off too quickly. We’ve tested this one and we like it a lot. And, to beat the band, it just happens to fall nicely into our budget category. Continue reading
The Fincastle Gym has hosted back to back weekends of competitive events at its home base in the metropolis of Fincastle. Two Sundays ago, the Gym held a VG Premier Challenge, gathering a good showing of skilled players. Masters battled it out over 4 rounds and then cut to a top 2 to determine the champion of the event. This past Sunday, the Gym hosted its 3rd League Challenge of the season. Our cast of regulars were joined by some Juniors and Seniors players making their 1st appearance in Fincastle. The current Standard Format has proved to be just that, pretty standard, as the decks present provided no surprises. Gym Leader Joel tried to shake up the match-ups (with no avail) and unfortunately for 1 player, altered the results. Continue reading
The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is hosting its first League Challenge of the 2016-2017 season this Sunday, September 4, at the Fincastle Library. This event will also be our 1st event to use the new Standard Format, as the 2016 rotation is official as of today. The Standard Format is now officially Primal Clash-on, meaning that cards legal for these events must be from Primal Clash and newer sets (up to Steam Siege at the moment). If you need any help sorting out what is legal and what is not, follow the link to our rotation article. Don’t forget that with each new season, the cut-off for age divisions changes, meaning that many of you may “age up” into the next age group. Juniors are those born in 2006 or later, Seniors are those born between 2002 and 2005 and Masters are those born in 2001 and earlier. Here is a little more info on what you need for this Sunday. Continue reading
Do you remember those little ol’ things called Gym Leader Challenges? Yeah, we still have them. Not at the level that we used to, though. At one time, the Gym Leaders were trying to see how many challenges they could fit into one league session. Over the last few months, if we field 1 per meeting, that has been a busy day for the Gym Leaders. So what’s different? Not that much at the Gym. However, over the last year, as Play!Pokemon has expanded the number of events available across the country, the down-time between events has shrunk drastically. It seems that League Challenges, City Championships and the big events (States/Regionals) take place just weeks apart. That, coupled with the advent of the new league format, has really put the brakes on Gym Leader Challenges. Needless to say, the Gym Leaders experienced a mild sensory overload as they fielded two VG Challenges at once today after the League Challenge. Continue reading
We’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
The Fincastle Gym Leaders are excited to host the next in our series of League Challenges this Sunday at the Fincastle library. The Petalburg Gym League Challenge is the first local chance that players will have to earn Championship Points for the 2015-2016 Pokemon Season. Next year’s World Championships are set for San Francisco – let’s start earning our way there. Here are this Sunday’s details. Continue reading
The saying goes, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” On the other hand, the mailman can’t deliver what he doesn’t have. Good news for all Fincastle League members and the top finishers in the Fincastle Greninja League Challenge from September 7th. The League supplies for our Greninja season have finally arrived! And yeah, we pretty sure this is how they actually got here… Continue reading
The Fincastle Gym is nearing the end of an exhausting Spring that has unfortunately left Gym Leader Joel will little time to post on this site. 1 baseball tournament, 2 dance recitals and a few more softball games and the Gym Leaders/baseball coaches can again turn their focus back to the TCG. We’d love to post on the new Flashfire set, but we have hardly had time to look at the set, much less play-test any of it. We have lots of ideas to try, but we will get to those when they are more than just theory. At any rate, the Gym hosted the Yveltal League Challenge last Sunday and again saw another nice mix of competitive decks. Here’s a quick recap of the event. Continue reading
The Fincastle Pokemon Gym will host its fifth League Challenge of the year this Sunday at the Fincastle library.
The Yveltal League Challenge:
- Sunday 5/18/14 @ Fincastle Library meeting room.
- Registration is from 12:30pm-1:00pm. Play begins shortly after.
- Players must bring a 60 card Modified format deck sorted by Pokemon, Trainers, and Energy.
- Entry fee is $5 (entry fee is waived if you have played at League during this season – 4/7-5/12).
- 1st Place – Challenge promo card, 4 booster packs & 15 Championship Points.
- 2nd Place – Challenge promo card, 2 booster packs & 12 Championship Points (if attendance is 4 or more in age group).
- 3rd/4th Place – promo card, 1 booster pack & 10 Championship Points (if attendance is 8 or more in age group).
We will also have door prizes in each age group.
A few side notes (for newer players):
If you sleeve your deck, the entire deck must be sleeved and all of the sleeves must be the same. If for some reason your deck does not comply with the Modified format rules, you may still play in the event with a starter deck supplied by the Gym. Gym Leader Marthe will do a deck-check of everyone’s deck to verify that all of the cards are in the correct format. So, please be sure your deck is sorted to make her job easier. Bring your own damage/poison/burn markers and either a coin or clear, 6-sided die (for flips).
If you have any questions, email us at our league email. We are excited about the event and hope you all are too! See you Sunday at the Gym!
If you can’t make it for the tournament, we’ll still have our regular League when the tournament is finished. All games during League this week will get double marks as we get ready to start a new season next week!