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Professor’s Corner – Erratas 01/25/2012

Posted by raznprince in Ask a Professor, Pokemon TCG.
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Wait…the card wasn’t supposed to say that?

Another exception to playing cards using its literal transcription comes in the form of what’s called the errata. An errata is an official change recognized by the Pokémon Company in which the cards are to be played in a way different from what the cards actually say as written.

Erratas occur for the following reasons:

  1. The way the cards were originally written cannot be correctly played based on the current rules of the game.
  2. The same cards that have been reprinted in future sets have now taken on new effects and the intention is to make all cards of that same name in older sets to have that same new effect.
  3. The cards are worded in such a way that has been subject to several interpretations.

Some common specific examples of erratas (may be paraphrased from the actual errata text):

  1. Rare Candy – Place the appropriate Stage 2 on top of the Basic Pokémon. This counts as evolving that Pokémon. You cannot play this card on the same turn you place the Basic Pokémon on your bench. Also, you cannot use this card to evolve your Basic Pokémon to a Stage 1 Pokémon (Diamond & Pearl previous effect). You cannot play this card on your first turn of the game.
  2. Potion – Heal 30 damage from one of your Pokémon (vice 20 damage as previously printed based on Diamond & Pearl rules).

Please note that not all erratas are limited to Trainer-Item/Supporter/Stadium Cards, but also include attacks and effects on Pokémon. I will post links to erratas relevant to the current Modified tournament rotation as they become available.

Also, some old cards that are Modified-Legal (old cards that are actually legal for tournament play) may have a significant errata associated and will require players to have a reference card of the correct wording (not actually played as part of the deck) handy should they be allowed to use those old cards in their deck. This allows both players to understand that the associated old card being played has the equivalent meaning of that with the latest wording.

I hope this clears up any further questions about the wording of cards. Let me know if you have any feedback!

Professor Raz

Professor Knowledge Difficulty: Advanced

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