July 6, 2016. A date that will live in Pokemon lore forever… The day exercise became FUN! If you love catching Pokemon in the real world, we have a fun addition to the Blue Ridge Regional Championships for you: a Pokemon GO Tour around Roanoke!
What could be more fun than exploring this beautiful city with your Pokemon companions, you ask? BINGO! Before you go pack your marking dots and stake out a six-table spread at the local VFW, it’s not that kind of BINGO. It’s Pokemon BinGO!
That’s right – BINGO with Pokemon GO!
One of the unique features to Roanoke’s first Regional Championship should be another first in its own right in the Roanoke area. Saturday, during the main event, there is also a Pokemon Costume and Cosplay contest. Now, Roanoke has been developing an ever-growing base of talented cosplayers for a while now… probably longer than we’ve been aware of. The Fincastle Gym Leaders have attended recent events like the Roanoke Anime Convention and Geekmob for the last two years and have been blown away by the outfits that we’ve witnessed at these events. Our love for manga, anime and basically everything else to do with Japan grows larger every day, which means we actually know the anime characters that people dress up as (a pretty amazing feat for some 40-something parents of two, I say). This side event at the Blue Ridge Regional will be the first Pokemon-only contest that we have witnessed in the area. Continue reading
Today we are going to double down on Mega Love and look at 2 lists. These lists carry 2 distinct strategies that do differ from each other quite a bit. However, as the builds are similar in card counts, Gym Leader Joel feels like he can handle this degree of multitasking. Oh yes, that is right, he is quite the experienced multi-tasker. His years of intense divided focus has spanned such impressive areas as watching TV and eating, playing his 3DS and watching TV, eating and playing his 3DS while watching TV, reading or playing his 3DS while sitting on the… well, scratch that one… probably too much info. Either way, this ain’t his 1st rodeo, so sit back and enjoy this double-barrel of Mega Love with 2 “Water-type” giants…. (hold on…. I had to turn the TV off, I couldn’t remember what I was trying to say), Blastoise EX and Glalie EX. Continue reading
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In looking back on the Fincastle Gym’s experimentation and development of today’s deck, we mused that this silly premise, which we did not feel was even on the radar of competitive decks, had a real shot to get there with the release of the Fates Collide set that just went on sale. This deck, lovingly dubbed “Cousin Eddie”, is one that we thought would gain superpowers with the release of the Fates Collide Mew (29/124), that 50 HP kitty that will lock the format into a 2-way street, “Night March” or item lock, if Play!Pokemon does not rotate Phantom Forces at the end of this season. However, whether we viewed an early translation of the Japanese version of Mew that was inaccurate, or just misread the scans of the of the English card, we can’t say for sure. What we thought would be unlocking the potential of this Stage 2 featured in “Eddie” was shot down when we realized that Mew’s ability, “Memories of Dawn”, can only copy the attack of basic pokemon. Continue reading
The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is off to another busy weekend. This Saturday, 4/2/16, Gym Leader Marthe is running the North Carolina State TCG Championships in Mooresville, NC, followed by the VG Midseason Showdown on Sunday, 4/3/16, at the same location. There will be side-events that will be announced on location. In addition to the TCG and VG events, the Gym will be manning the vendor location for Dark Moon Cards & Games. This is our 1st venture in on-site sales, so come by and check us out. We have both card singles and booster packs for sale. We have TCG gaming supplies, promotional items, Pokemon plushes, buttons and pins. We will also have a limited buy list available, with an emphasis on limited, as this is our 1st attempt and don’t want to get in over our heads.
Check out our “Upcoming Events” tab for details on both events or follow us on Facebook. Of course, with all that going on, we unfortunately will not have our league meeting this Sunday in Fincastle. We will, however, be back next Sunday, 4/13, at our regular time. If you can’t wait until then, then come join us this weekend in Mooresville. If we don’t see you this weekend, then we’ll see you next time at the Gym
Fincastle Pokemon’s next Prerelease is happening on Friday, October 30th – just in time for another great Pokemon Costume Contest! The newest set XY BREAKthrough introduces a new type of pokemon evolution – BREAK evolution. Pokemon can add this card atop their Stage 2 level – horizontally. BREAK evolution adds HP, abilities and attacks, but allows the pokemon to continue to use attacks, retreat, weakness and resistance on the Pokemon below it.
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