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
A few articles ago, some of Gym Leader Joel’s meanderings took your across Gym Leader Logan’s love for the obscure, including the SDSU “Jackrabbits”, which is just one of many. Whether this trait is inherited from his dear old dad or learned, is a much deeper discussion than we are looking to get into here. Either way, Gym Leader Joel is the likely source. Joel’s search for the obscure usually stays within the realms of film and music, as they were the only outlets available as he grew up. Al Gore did not “invent” the internet until he and Gym Leader Marthe were married college graduates. For example, ask Joel his favorite film and song (as of right now, as these are subject to change by a spot or two in his mental rankings) and he will reply, “The Fisher King” and “My Girls” by Animal Collective. The 1st is his favorite Robin Williams movie and the 2nd is his “being a dad/husband” theme song. The wonderful thing about the internet is that if you’ve never heard of either one, you can look them up in seconds. At any rate, it is another obscure song that came to mind when naming this deck, that being the brilliant flash in the pan, “Dreams” by Forest For The Trees. Continue reading
The Pokemon Trading Card Season traditionally runs from World Championships to World Championships. They have altered that slightly, beginning the new season both this and last year in July so that you can start building PLAY! Points earlier through league play. This was done because of the new PLAY! Point requirement for entry into the National Championships, a response to the “free t-shirt mob” that threw the 2011 Nationals into chaos (a large group entered for the free shirt and then dropped/didn’t show for round 1). At any rate, the close of each season also usually brings with it a rotation of card sets (usually around 3 sets) to make room for new sets coming in the next year and attempt to shake up the format a little by removing cards that have become staples in many decks. For the 2013-14 season, the Modified Format will be Next Destinies-on (NXD-on). This rotation will officially take place on 8/28/13. Continue reading
The Fincastle Gym was hit with some unfortunate news over the past week. We were informed that the Reynolds family is leaving the Pokemon Trading Card Game. We do not know (and it is not our business to know) what happened between the Pokemon Company and the family, but either way the Gym will definitely feel the loss. Our pre-release is cancelled and our Battle Roads tournament is up in the air. There are more details at the bottom of this post on these events. Losing these events doesn’t compare to losing the Reynolds family.
Our family’s first experience with organized play was at one of Jeff Reynolds’s events in Winston-Salem, NC. While we all were beaten severely in the event, as we had no concept of the possibilities in the TCG, we wanted to play again Continue reading
It is official….. finally! In the week that followed the National Championships, Play!Pokemon updated the point totals and standings. We knew where Logan stood at that point, but because of how close it was for him, we patiently awaited the finalization of the rankings and the receipt of his invitation. We received notice on Monday, that Logan was set to return and take on the World in the Pokemon Trading Card Game! Logan will travel to Waikoloa, Hawaii, over the weekend of August 10th-12th to challenge for lots of awesome prizes, including scholarships worth up to $10,000 for the winner. Logan’s journey towards this goal has been a long one and not without a little stress along the way. However, when it counted, his experience proved valuable and ultimately earned him the invite. Win or lose, it will be an unforgettable experience for Logan. Continue reading