Archive for August, 2009

Aardvark Gym Championship 2009 Winners

Here are the standings for this event, along with the number of matches each player won

1st- Robbie Price (8)
2nd- Chris Nugent (7)
3rd- Ben Potter (5)
4th- Rick Nodland (3)
5th- Ryan Simmons (3)
6th- Austin Brehm (1.5)
7th- Connor Craft (1.5)
8th- Jeff Henderson (1)

Photos of this event can be found here

It seems that the players had lots of fun, especially those who made it to the top four. The final stage of the tournament, was a three-round round robin, in which the players built 60-card decks from identical pools of cards provided by the tournament organizer. People seem to like this format a lot, so I will most likely run a tournament using this format in the near future.

Stay tuned for info on Aardvark Gym Championship 2010!

Aardvark Gym Championship Rescheduled

Sorry, guys, but I’m going to have to reschedule the Aardvark Gym Championship to to 1:00pm (it was originally 3:30pm).
Those of you who were invited and intend to play, show up to Aardvark’s at 1:00pm on August 30th.

I wish I didn’t have to change this so soon, but this is unavoidable. My apologies.

League Continues in SoMD

Reposted from PokeGym:

I got a call from my boss Thursday and it was a shocker. I regret to inform you that effective 9:00pm, August 22rd, 2009, all operations at Aardvark, Videos, Comics, and Games will cease.

The good news: the store will no longer exist, but the Pokémon League will stay intact. Mike and Tara have been the most supportive anyone can be about Pokémon over the years, and that won’t be stopping just because they don’t have a store anymore. They have allowed me to continue running the League at the same place. This facility will continue to be used for Pokémon TCG League every Sunday until we find a new League location in Southern Maryland.

If anyone has said the League is gone, they are mistaken.

It has been a fun 5+ years since the store opened in Sept 2003, and we will miss you. However, if you’re a Pokémon player, you can count on seeing me and your other Pokémon friends at Pokémon League! Pokémon has always been my favorite thing to do, and I’m not going away!

300 Clubhouse Drive
Lusby, MD 20657

League 12-4pm and then a Modified-Constructed swiss-style tournament at 4pm

As soon as the boss told me about Aardvark’s I got in touch with my local Pokémon friends and we will be working together to formulate a game plan, as to what we’re going to do with League, how we’re gonna do it, and what the new League location will be. We’ve got a large network of people to get help from. Stay tuned: we’ve had a Pokémon League in Lusby for over four years and Southern Maryland will continue playing Pokémon for many years to come!
Another thing to note: Mike Mattingly is still a PTO. We are still working together to run Pokemon events. We will be running Prereleases for every set that comes out, and most likely at multiple locations. Battle Roads, Cities, States, we got you covered. Nothing is changing: you all have Premier Events and will all have a place to play in SoMD.

Aardvark Gym Championship Invited Players (all 8 of them)

The post containing the list of all invited players and backups is here:

It was updated with the 8th person, but just a reminder, as to who has been invited. Here’s the list:
Jorge Suarez
Rob Price
Ryan Simmons
Ben Potter
Antonio Pannone
Rick Nodland
Jeff Henderson
Zillah Peters

(if any person on the list does not show up, his/her invite will be passed down to the next person on the list)

Aardvark Gym Championship 2009 Prizes/Format

Prizes for those who playing in the Aardvark Gym Championship
1st Place
• Pokemon TCG Kyogre tin
• Pokemon TCG World Championships 2007 Hat
• 100 Common/Uncommon cards
• Pokemon Battle Frontier Binder with 18 Rare cards
• 1 Entei Wizards of the Coast Promo card
• An invite to the next Aardvark Gym Championship

2nd Place
• Pokemon Professor Cup 2006 deck box
• 18 Rare cards
• 100 Common/Uncommon cards
• 1 Entei Wizards of the Coast Promo card
• 1 Ancient Mew card

3rd Place
• 4 Professor Oak’s Visit with the Pokemon Professor stamp
• 2 random Rare cards
• A set of Electivire card sleeves

4th Place
• 1 Entei Wizards of the Coast Promo card
• 2 random Rare cards

5th Place
• 1 Entei Wizards of the Coast Promo card
• POP 9 booster

6th Place
• 1 Entei Wizards of the Coast Promo card
• POP 9 booster

7th Place
• POP 9 booster

8th Place
• POP 9 booster

The tournament will be held in 3 stages:
Aardvark Gym Championship: Stage One:
The first stage is a swiss-style Modified-Constructed tournament.

Aardvark Gym Championship: Stage Two:
The first stage is a swiss-style Unlimited-Constructed tournament.

The 4 players with the highest combined scores for stage one and stage two will be allowed to move on to stage three.

Aardvark Gym Championship: Stage Three:
Four players will be given 15 minutes to build a 60-card deck from a pool of cards provided by the Tournament Organizer. They’ll play 3 Round Robin rounds.

Each of the stages is a separate tournament that will not be sanctioned. The player who has the most points at the end of the match wins the tournament. (win = 1, draw =.5, loss = 0)

Supreme Victors Prerelease a Success

Total- 52
Junior- 9
Senior- 16
Master- 26

Congrats to winners Zillah P, Jac L, and Chris N

Aardvark Gym Championship 2009 Invited Players

Aardvark Gym Championship 2009

The players whose names are in red have won the most sanctioned tournament matches (between May 24 and August 8) and have been invited to the invite-only tournament (Aardvark Gym Championship) on August 30, 2009 at 3:30pm. Any players who do not attend will have their invite passed down to the next eligible person.

16- Jorge Suarez

16- Rob Price

15- Ryan Simmons

13- Ben Potter

12- Antonio Pannone

10- Rick Nodland

9- LJ W

9- Chris N

9- Louis P

8- Dylan A

7- Zillah P

7- Nicholas S

6- Jeff H

6- Jac L

6- Mike M

5- Sue S

5- Michael P

5- Austin B

4- Connor C

3- Nicholas K

2- Jason H

2- Zack S

2- Alex F

2- Zach B

2- Joe N

2- Brian F

2- Daniel O

2- Nicholas D

2- Nathan B

1- Nicholas F

1- Brandon S

1- Noah B

1- Austin B

1- Thomas H

2- Tyler H

1- Braden B

0- Adam N

0- Cole C

This is a list of the number of sanctioned tournaments each player has played in. The one player who has played in the most tournaments has been invited.

[7- Rick N

6- Ben P

6- Ryan S

5- Jorge S

5- Antonio P

4- Rob P] These players have already been invited. Their invite passes down to the next eligible person.

4- Jeff H

4- Austin B

3- Dylan A

3- Sue S

3- Zillah P

3- Jacob L

3- Louis P

3- Connor C

3- LJ W

3- Chris N

3- Thomas H

3- Nicholas S

2- Mike M

2- Austin B

2- Adam N

2- Nicholas D

2- Tyler H

1- Braden B

1- Cole C

1- Zach B

1- Daniel O

1- Alex F

1- Brian F

1- Nicholas F

1- Nathan B

1- Brandon S

1- Noah B

1- Zach S

1- Joe N

1- Jason H

1- Nicholas K


We voted on the eighth player:

Zillah Peters

Adam N

Summer M

Any invited players who do not intend to participate in the tournament, please let me know.