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No League This Sunday, 3/25 – Back On 4/1!!!!

The Fincastle Gym was trying to work out opening up league this Sunday, 3/25/18, but it looks like the weather may be a factor this weekend.  Rather than planning on having it and then having to cancel it last minute, we are going to concede and simply plan on not having it.  We will definitely be back at the Gym the following Sunday, 4/1/18.  All of the leaders will be there that weekend and it looks like the wave of nor’easters will hopefully have run their course by then.  So join us next weekend on Easter Sunday afternoon if you can!  Check back soon for details about events in April and beyond.  See you soon at the Gym!


March Cancellations At The Gym.

The month of March is just about kaput for the Gym, at least as far as league events go.  The Fincastle Pokemon Gym will not hold league for the next two weeks, for sure, and perhaps three, depending on what happens with our robotics team.  So, for now, there is NO LEAGUE on Sunday, 3/11/18, or the following week on Sunday, 3/18/18.  We are not sure how things will play out over the last weekend in March, so we will leave that date open for now.  We will make an Continue reading

Gym Deck Retired: Solgaleo GX

Today we are going to look at the recently retired Steel-type gym leader deck.  Traditionally, Steel-types in the TCG have been designed to be more defensive, offering larger HP numbers or defensive abilities in exchange for heavier attack costs.  In the sets released prior to Sun & Moon, one had to wonder if Pokemon forgot that they were a thing at all.  When Bronzong (PHF 61) rotated out of the format, taking Aegislash EX with it, it became very difficult to construct a functional Steel deck.  Gym Leader Joel rode a Mega Scizor EX deck about as long as anyone could stand (because M-Scizor really was not that interesting to play), patiently waiting for something else to come along.  Luckily for him, gym leader challenges were not taking place very often during that time, so he did not have to take too many losses with the deck.  Sun & Moon came along and gave Joel a gift in the form of the most offensive Steel pokemon that he had ever seen (and no, we’re not talking Hollywood-offensive, we mean capable of offense-offensive).  Joel immediately turned this gift into a successful deck. Continue reading

January TCG Challenge Results and Congrats Chris, v5.0!

The Fincastle Gym had a busy day this past Sunday and, thanks to the school system shutting down for the week over weather that makes Gym Leader Marthe (a Wisconsin native) chuckle, our kids have been home all week, making it difficult to find time to finish this post.  We have two interesting pieces of news to share, both about Sunday’s happening.  The first is about a New Year’s resolution of sorts.  For the majority of 2017, we adopted the schedule of hosting one TCG League Challenge and one VG Challenge each month.  Gym Leader Joel thought it’d be a nice addition to post the results of those events to recognize the winners.  So starting this week, we will do so.  We won’t list descriptions of the matches, mostly because we can’t watch them all.  However, for now, we will list the results.  Our dream is to video tape both TCG & VG finals and Gym Leader Challenges and connect a YouTube channel to this site (which is not an issue of “how”, but an issue of finding the time to do so).  For now, we’ll stick with listing the winners.  Speaking of Gym Leader Challenges…. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Gym Leader Challenge Update

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

2017 Halloween Costume Contest Results

It was not officially Halloween yet, but it surely felt like it at the Gym on Sunday.  Our combination pre-release/costume contest always stirs our Halloween spirit as we have had some awesome gatherings over the last few years.  This year did not disappoint.  As a matter of fact, we’d say that everyone “upped” their game, to the point we had to turn to some of our seasoned league trainers to help break the judging deadlock and decide the winners.  Those who have walked away with the top spots in previous years had some real competition this time around. Continue reading

Congratulations Anna, v1.0!

In our last post, the Fincastle Pokemon Gym discussed our desire to light a fire under our long standing tradition of Gym Leader challenges, especially among our younger players.  The ever-changing dynamics of league support from Play!Pokemon to local leagues has altered our ability to make challenges the priority that we want them to be.  As the 2017 season comes to an end with the conclusion of the World Championships over the weekend, we were thrilled to not only have a young challenger seek a gym badge at Sunday’s league meeting, but even more so to have the 2nd youngest challenger ever seek a badge.  Eddie R made league history in 12/16 by becoming the youngest trainer to ever win a gym badge in Fincastle at the ripe old age of 6 years, 8 months, when he won the Grass-type badge.  This past Sunday, Anna R, who is younger than Eddie, won her 1st badge, narrowly missing the mark of “youngest ever” to claim a badge in Fincastle by a little over 4 months (she currently is about 7 years, 2 months). Continue reading

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

Pokemon Announces 2017 Rotation – BREAKthrough – On!

Play!Pokemon has announced its 2017 edition of the TCG’s annual rotation.  As expected the oldest 3 sets from the X&Y series, Primal Clash, Roaring Skies and Ancient Origins are leaving the Standard Format officially on September 1, 2017.  This means that all cards printed in XY BREAKthrough and newer sets will remain legal for the Standard Format.  The promo card pool will be cut to include XY promo #67 and higher and all Sun & Moon promos.  This also means that promo set dubbed, Generations, remains in format, as it was officially released on February 2016.  The Fincastle Gym, now in its 7th year of existence (9 years of playing the TCG) has developed what we hope is an easy-to-follow guide to walk both new and seasoned players through the annual rotation.  We have posted articles each of the last 5 years and like the layout that we’ve come to over the last 2 years.  We’ll stick to that design again this year, so if you have navigated our past posts, this year’s article should be familiar to you.  Continue reading

Back From North American Internationals (Nats)!

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