The Fincastle Gym Leaders came back home from their trip to the 2018 Pokemon World Championships in Nashville, TN. Upon returning, we immediately had to pack up for GEXCON, in D.C. on the following weekend, so we are unfortunately delayed in getting this report out. While not competing in the main event, Gym Leaders Joel, Logan and Georgia did try their hand at the Nashville Open, a regional-level tournament held on Saturday. They were also there to cheer on Ridge and Anna Radtke, as they competed in their first Video Game World Championship. Overall the weekend was a really cool. There were a multitude of things to see, including a massive Mega Construx Blastoise accompanied by its previous forms, a diorama to end all dioramas, a decked out Pokemon Center full of unique things to buy and of course, lots of Nashville themed decorations throughout the hall. The weekend full of competitions had its strikes and gutters, ups and downs for The Gym. As the Dude once said, you know, sometimes you eat the bar, and, sometimes uh, you know…. Alas, The Gym abides. Continue reading
The Fincastle Gym Leaders (and Dark Moon Cards and Games) are on the lookout for some cards… and maybe you have them in your collection! While this isn’t exactly “Cash for Clunkers” – we would like to open up an exchange program where you can redeem some of your cards for brand new packs of Ultra Prism! Continue reading
As mentioned in our last post, we had quite the array of Gym Leader Challenges going on last Sunday. Gym Leader Marthe successfully defended her Lightning-type badge to start the day off. Gym Leader Logan, who arrived at league later after robotics practice, stepped immediately into a defense of the Water-type badge, which he also was successful in doing. Then there was Gym Leader Joel. When Joel’s day was done, he felt like he needed to call the fire department, as his Steel-type and then Grass-type decks were attacked by two well-built Fire-type decks. Continue reading
The Fincastle Gym is back with another look at an interesting budget-friendly deck. Much like the Golduck deck featured here, today’s deck is an iteration of a deck that many players were “hyping” when Sun & Moon was still in the pre-release stage. Much like Golduck, a quick internet search reveals several similar lists for today’s deck. While we view those lists as handy guides, we never borrow a list without testing it. And more often than not, when we test a list, we find other ways that we prefer to play it. The Gym leaders like our decklists to be as smooth and streamlined as possible. We think that you will find what we’ve done to this deck is an improvement over the lists we’ve seen floating around. Our gym leaders believe that the structure of today’s deck will open up some options to other variations (which should make a little more sense later in this article). Continue reading
The Fincastle Gym is going to continue its look at some of our online decks for the next week or two. However, we are going to shift our focus from our “Mega Love” theme to some budget friendly decks. The recent Sun & Moon set offered up some nice additions into this category. Several of these deck combos are pretty obvious ideas for decks, so it is likely that you have seen a version (or versions) of these decks already. By “budget friendly”, we mean to show you some builds that you can put together for little to no cost, as you may already have these cards set aside in a binder, tin or box of cards that you think you will never use. This obviously means no Shaymin EX ($45-$65 at the moment) or any other card that carries with it a cost in the $20 or more range. Does that mean these decks are not competitive? Absolutely not. Some of the most competitive decks over the last several seasons have been some of the most inexpensive. Remember “Night March”? How about Vespiquen 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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Our 2nd deck that we are going to look at this winter is a break from our Mega-themed series that Gym Leader Joel is working on. Under other circumstances, we would have shelved this one to look at later. There are a couple of reasons that we just could not do that. One is that this is the 1st submission from one of our trainers at the Gym. In our years of existence, we have had quite the interesting mix of original creations from our trainers. Some are good attempts at an idea that is just too hard to pull off. Some have surprised us at how well they work. At any rate, we have not featured any of those decks here… mainly because we never thought of doing so. This brings us to the 2nd reason we are deviating from our Mega articles… this submission was just too cool not to share. Continue reading
Sometimes Pokemon news comes in ways you just can’t miss. We’ve seen announcement take the form a TV adds, internet promotions, information packets to organizers or even well thought out and descriptive articles on Pokemon.com. Sometimes they are a little more subtle. Take the new season of league materials and format for league play, for example. Several weeks ago we received some league posters that looked like smaller versions of the “leaderboard” posters we used last season. And… that was it, no instructions, no promo pins, badges, cards, etc. So, we’ve made no announcements at league because we did not have anything to tell you other than, “We got posters”. League leaders were finally given a breakdown of what to do with said posters, although we have yet to receive the accompanying materials (which we have learned will be Item cards specific to each season). So, this is what we know. Continue reading
So… after putting in a good morning of practicing our decks, the Fincastle Gym Leaders headed out for an afternoon tour of Muir Woods. Expecting to return and check in at about 5:30pm, we were pushing 7:00pm, as our tour van was held up in traffic. I’m glad we didn’t get there at 5:30! We arrived to find what turned out to be the side of the line, so we walked around the hotel, past the 2nd third of the line and found the end of the line somewhere around Oakland. After standing in the same place for about 20 minutes, things began to move. As Pokemon shifts their practices to their new “model”, they are being forced to learn that the same old setup does not quite cut it. While we hung out in northern California, Pokemon was reassigning their personnel, which did break things free and get everyone moving.
Lesson learned… hopefully that they will not try to squeeze check-in into such a small time period in the future. Anyway, we made it through and collected what is definitely the coolest player “goodie bag” package in our years of playing. Both Logan and Georgia were thrilled with the collection of Worlds items. The boost in player “swag” is definitely one of the positive results of paid entry to major events all year. From there, we scrounged up some food and headed back to wrap up preparations for tomorrow.
Opening ceremonies begin at 9:00am and after a brief players’ meeting, play will begin. We are all nervous, excited, antsy… all the feelings that go along with an event of this magnitude. Our Gym Leaders have been there before and know what they have to do. We’ll post lots more pictures as we get them, so check back tomorrow evening. Until then, cheer to the west!