Archive for June, 2009

US Nationals 2009 Results

Here were the attendance numbers for US Nats:
Juniors: 225
Seniors: 283
Masters: 679
Total: 1187

Record-breaking numbers, just like last time, despite the tournament not being held at a convention like the last 5 years.

Congrats to LJ Wenger from St. Leonard, MD, for his placing in the US National Championship. 2nd place out of 283 players
Good luck at the World Championship!

There were also some other SoMD area players who made top 64 or top 32, I will post them here as soon as I can get some confirmation on who they are.

Experimental Decks Day a Success

Today at the weekly Modified-Constructed tournament, players were encouraged to play with experimental decks for “experimental decks” day. The winners of the tournament were:

1st Ben P
2nd Jorge S
3rd Mike M

The players voted for the player who they felt brought the most creative deck. I gave prizes to the top three:

1st Brandon S
2nd Dylan A
3rd Sue S

Experimental Decks Day was a success. So be ready on July 19th. That’s the third Sunday of July, and on that day, there will be another Experimental Decks Day.

Next week is Double Points day. See you there!

Every League Day Is Special!

I’ve had this planned out a while ago, but now it’s official! I’ve decided to go the extra mile and make every league day special! Aardvark Gym will be holding league from 12-4 and the regular weekly Modified-Constructed tournament every Sunday, as usual (this will not change). However, I’m going to add some new stuff- there’s something happening every Sunday! Something for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sunday of every month.:

1st Sunday: Casual Tournament Day- I will run a casual, free, Unlimited-Constructed tournament (the tournament is unsanctioned) during league. As the name implies, it’s very causal, and anyone may play (it’s free).

2nd Sunday: Random Prizes Day- I will give out random prizes to players during league. I may also give out prizes to players who show up at league at 12:00pm. Prizes will consist of whatever stuff I have lying around.

3rd Sunday: Experimental Decks Day- I have Chris Nugent to thank for this one. One day, a few minutes before the weekly Modified-Constructed tournament started, he suggested that everyone play experimental decks for the tournament that day. It was a success; we all had a good time. I think it’s a good idea, so from now on, I am designating the 3rd Sunday of every month as “Experimental Decks Day”. Everyone who comes to the weekly tournament will be encouraged to try experimental decks. So, put down your standard/conventional/archetype decks and come to the tournament playing something new and different!*

4th Sunday: Double Points Day- On this day, all league activities that earn you points will earn you twice the amount of points they normally do.

These will apply to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sunday of every month, effective immediately. So, tomorrow, June 14th is random prizes day. I’ll give out prizes to everyone who shows up to league during opening and give out more prizes randomly. Next week, June 21st, I’m counting on you all to surprise me with new, experimental decks. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! I’ll even give out a prize to whoever brings the most experimental/unique/original/creative deck.

Thanks to all my loyal players, I hope you enjoy this change!

*yes, playing an experimental deck is optional. I have no way of enforcing this, nor would I want to. You may play whatever Modified-legal deck you want, but I guarantee if you jump the bandwagon on this, you’ll have more fun.

2009-2010 Modified Format

Scared of losing your DP-GE cards in a few months? Fear not! DP-GE will be legal next tourament year in Modified:

New League Policy: Missing Items

Listen up, Aardvark Gym players! This is an important message from your League Leader.

On occasion, we will find items that people have left (like cards and other Pokemon paraphernalia). We hold on to them, just in case somebody claims them. We have been holding on to some things for a very long time. I have no idea who these things belong to, and no one has claimed it. At the league, there is a sign posted, that makes it very clear that you, the player, are responsible for your own property.

From now on:

  • If an item is found, it will be stored for 3 weeks.
  • If you have lost something at league, and you think we may have it, describe what you’ve lost, and if we have it, it will be returned to you.
  • When the 3 weeks is up, if the item has not been claimed, it will be donated to league. It will be stored along with all the cards and other league materials I use to help out players.

3 weeks to claim your lost items- If you don’t claim ‘em, they’ll be donated to the league. If you think we may have something of yours, feel free to contact me:

Pokemon Tournament 6/13

Comics MD is trying out some Pokémon tournaments. There will be one this Saturday:

June 13, 3:00pm

Pokemon in Accokeek?

Things are being planned for Pokémon in Accokeek. There seems to be someone interested in starting regular, weekly league/tournaments. We’re testing the market right now and we’ll be sure to get back to you on this.

Keep your eyes peeled for updates on future Pokemon-releated actitivy in Accokeek.

Lusby Battle Road Results

Juniors 8
1st- Dylan A
2nd- Zach H

Seniors 10
1st- Jacob L
2nd- Patrick M

Masters 18
1st- Michael P (Gengar/Cresselia/Nidoqueen)
2nd- Greg S (Shaymin/Scizor)

Thanx for coming. I must say, we really need to get the players to step up. We can do better than 36 players.

We saw quite a few new decks. Well-known decks such as Machamp and Dialga/Palkia G were almost nowhere to be found.

Thanks to our staff, thanks to those who let people borrow cards, thanks to all the players and thanks to all the parents who drove the players there.