The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is proud to host its 2nd Regional Championship Event in Roanoke over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. As we did last year, we are striving to incorporate special events as part of that weekend that you cannot experience anywhere but here in the heart of Virginia. We tried a little bit of everything last year, from Pokemon GO tours, to photo booths, to the 1st attempt on US soil at a Japanese-style Battle Fiesta. This year, the organizing team of the Fincastle Gym (Joel and Marthe) and Pam & Dave Tuskey have refined the weekend to focus on what worked best last year. Gym Leader Joel will be detailing the plans for the weekend over the next two weeks, and hopefully slipping in an article or two on the Expanded Format in between, so check back here often to see our latest posts. You can also follow our links to the main Blue Ridge Regional site and Facebook pages (Gym’s and Regionals) for registration info and additional details. On to the 1st event in this series, the Pokemon Cosplay contest. Continue reading
The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is thrilled to announce that the Regional Championships are returning to Roanoke in 2018! The Regional will return to the Berglund Center on Memorial Day weekend, the 25th through the 27th of May, 2018. Pokemon confirmed this with us prior to their announcement this past Wednesday and informed us that our TCG event will be in the Expanded Format. We are planning on returning many of the features from this year’s event, like the vendor marketplace and a variety of side events including Battle Fiesta style tournaments. We have other ideas in mind to expand the weekend experience, including several Friday evening events, which we will share soon on the Regional website as we solidify those details. Roanoke was one of the biggest and most diverse Regionals of the 2016-17 season. It is our goal to outdo ourselves for next May’s event. Check back here and on the Regionals site for details as they come! See you at the Gym!
The Fincastle Gym leaders have returned from the event formerly known as “Nats” (now the North American International Championships). While Gym Leader Marthe was knee-deep in “deck checks” for most of the weekend, Georgia, Logan and Joel all competed in the main TCG event. We were joined by our “General”, Ridge, who took on the VGC field in hopes of earning his 1st World Championship invitation. While Ridge just needed to pick up one last chunk of point to get over the hump, Gym Leaders Georgia and Logan needed Top 8 finishes to stretch either of their Championship Point totals into another invitation. Joel, who has played very little this season outside of league challenges, was looking to occupy himself until it was time to hit some of favorite Indy eateries. Continue reading
In a year of many firsts for the Fincastle Pokemon Gym, we have reached another one that we did not recognize until our time in San Francisco watching Georgia and Logan compete against the best players in the world. The 2016-17 season will be the 1st time since we have been involved with the game that we do not have a competitor of our own in the Junior Division. The Junior Division has been very good to the gym leaders as both Logan and Georgia quickly became dominant forces in the Juniors during their respective years within those ranks. Beginning with Gym Leader Logan and the 1st scholarship that he won as a Regional Champion, the siblings have amassed a collection of “goodies” (like mats, hats, plushes, deck boxes, backpacks and more booster packs that we can account for) and cash travel allowances that given them a leg up on saving for the future. As Georgia graduates into the Senior Division this year, the rewards have grown to even higher numbers, leaving us wishing that we had another Junior. A spark went off in Gym Leader Joel’s head as he watched Georgia dominate her American opponents and battle down to the wire against 3 of Japan’s top finishers at Worlds (and no, we’re not adopting a child to compete… although his idea is along those lines). Continue reading
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
We’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
This weekend, the Fincastle Pokemon Gym Leaders will be knee-deep in everything Pokemon. The 2016 TCG and VG Championships take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. This venue is a new one for the Gym, as Indianapolis has hosted the event every year since we became involved with the game. We are checked in and registered, as are several of our best trainers who made the trip as well. Play begins tomorrow, so we will have more info at that time as to attendance for the tournament and how everyone fared on day 1 (time permitting). For those who could not join us: There is no league this Sunday, 7/3/16. The leaders will not be available on the following Sunday either, but we may have league under the direction of one of our regular families (check back next week to verify whether we have league or not). Check back this weekend for details about Nats and wish us all luck! See you soon at the Gym!
Last day of school!!!! Yay! Yes, finally, school, sports & dance are done. As a busy spring winds down for everyone, Play!Pokemon is hitting its stride. Months of competitive play are coming to a climax as the 2 biggest events of the year are just around the corner, the National Championships and World Championships. Players have battled all year chasing the Championship Points necessary to receive an invitation to the World Championships. Many have reached that total and can sit back and relax a little. Many more are painfully close, still needing just a handful of points to seal the deal. Whether you are in either crowd, or even the casual player crowd, this is a very fun time of the year for Pokemon. Let’s look at what is in store for the rest of this season of organized play.