DrDuring each season of the tournament series, Pokémon Organized Play removes old expansions from competition in the standard format with the goal of maintaining a healthy competitive environment. This rotation challenges existing players to create new strategies and enables new players to get in on the Play! Pokemon events using the latest versions.
As stated briefly in April 2021, cards marked with a regulation “D” will not be legal to play in the standard 2023 format. Cards with the “E” and “F” regulation marks will be legal to use (as will any future regulation marks that may be issued). A card’s legal status no longer depends on which expansion it belongs to. Even if a card is from a recently released expansion, players will need to refer to the regulation tag at the bottom of the card to see if that card is legal to play. New cards must still follow the appropriate waiting period for the tournament to become legal, which is usually two weeks after its release.
To play in person! For Pokémon events, the standard format rotation will take effect on April 14, 2023. For digital play on Pokémon TCG Live, the standard format rotation will take effect on March 30, 2023. This will give players an official platform to test out a new standard format before participating in any personal events.
Older versions of cards without a regulation mark can still be used if the card is currently legal to play. For example, the card Rare candy From sun moon Expansion can still be used because the card Rare candy From Pokémon TCG: Pokemon GO The expansion has an “F” regulation mark. Although the card Boss Orders (Giovanni) From Sword and Shield — Clash of the Rebels The expansion has a “D” marshaling mark (which rotates out of the standard format), and can still be used because the card Chief Cyrus’ orders. From Sword and shield — shining stars The expansion has an “F” regulation mark. Be sure to check out Play! Pokémon Tournament Rules Guide for more clarity on which reprints are appropriate to use.
The expanded format will remain unchanged, with the extension retained black and white chain and forward. Players should double check which format is being used before choosing a deck to bring to their events. Just like the standard format, new expansions become legal for tournament play two weeks after release.
Please note that many cards are currently blocked from the extended format. You can find the list of banned cards here.
In the past, Pokémon Tool Cards were considered a subclass of Item Cards. When scarlet and violet; The expansion becomes legal to play, and all Pokémon Tool cards will receive errors. From now on, the Pokémon Tool will be its training card class. This means that there will be four classes of Trainer cards: item, booster, stadium, and item Pokémon.
starting from scarlet and violet; All series Pokémon tool cards will be printed as their own class, not item cards. Pokémon Tool cards from all previous series will receive accompanying bugs to go along with this change. for example, Energetic band It says item on it, but it won’t count as an item card once this change takes effect – it’s just a Pokemon.
Pokémon Tool card errors affect some card interactions. For example, if the effect pokestop used, the player no longer places any discarded Pokémon Tool cards into their hand. On the other hand, if Vikavolt V.If a disabled Bolt attack is used, the opponent will be able to play Pokémon Tool cards during their next turn, since these are no longer considered item cards. Make sure to pay close attention to these card effects moving forward!
The Pokémon Tool card errors will apply to the Pokémon TCG: scarlet and violet; Pre-release tournaments.
Be sure to check Pokemon.com for the latest upcoming updates scarlet and violet; Pokemon TCG Series!