The Fincastle Gym and Dark Moon Cards & Games are thrilled to announce the launch of our YouTube channel! This has been something that Gym Leader Joel has wanted to do for quite some time, but just did not have the time and more importantly, the understanding to do. You know what it’s like trying to explain to your parent/grandparent how to use their first smart phone? Well, it probably wasn’t that bad, but it is in the same ballpark. And in no way, shape or form have we fully figured it out. For right now, we have a camera, a channel and some editing software, and we’re fine with that for now. What we’ve noticed over the last several years here is that the migration of the world to the smart phone has decreased the desire and ability of people to absorb long written articles, like the ones that we have focused on since 2012. As times change, so must we.
Before we go any further, here is the link to the channel:
Dark Moon Cards & Games – YouTube
Our plan is for the channel to provide a mix of media for our leagues (both in Fincastle & Lexington) and to share with you many of the products available in our store (Dark Moon Cards & Games), as well as products only available at conventions we attend. Unfortunately, the launch has been more Wright Brothers than Space X… we planned to launch the site with several videos at once, not knowing that thanks to SW Virginia internet speeds, it would take 3 days to upload 6 videos. At any rate, our first wave of material includes product reviews of the Porygon Z GX box and the Hidden Fates Elite Trainer Kit and the accompanying opening of those items.
We will try and capture at least the finals of our League Cup this Sunday, October 6, and bring you that content as well. At future league meetings, we will try to pick up some games, or a featured match on days that time and attendance allow. We have no intention of becoming a deck analysis site, as one more lamb bleating on a mountain already full of sheep won’t offer you anything but more sheep breath. If we play something fun or come up with something different, we may share it on the channel.
The majority of future posts here will simply be to alert you to new content on the channel. So, please check back here as often as you like. To help us continue our long running league and business, we’d also like to ask that you “Like” as many videos you’d like (that’s like a lot of likes) and “Subscribe” to our channel. We will work to improve our content and video quality as we gain some much needed experience. We’re always open to ideas, so feel free to contact us with any suggestions. Head over to our channel when you get a chance. Until next time, see you at the Gym!
Posted in Fincastle Pokemon Gym Meetings, Pokemon Organized Play events, What is Fincastle Pokemon Gym?, Who we are.
Tagged Fincastle Gym, Fincastle Library, Fincastle Pokemon Gym, League Challenge, National Championships, Pokemon League Cup, regional championships, Standard Format, trading card game, World Championships
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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Tagged Blastoise, Championship points, Fincastle Pokemon Gym, Glalie, Mega Blastoise deck, Mega Glalie deck, Mega Pokemon, Pokemon, pokemon cards, Shaymin EX, trading card game
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