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Professor’s Corner – The Modified-Constructed Format and Tournament-Legal Sets (2011-2012) 02/19/2012

Posted by raznprince in Ask a Professor, Pokemon TCG.
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The Modified Constructed Format consists of expansion sets in the TCG that are legal for tournament play and using a 60-card deck built from your own personal collection of cards consistent with theses sets. As the deck size implies, games are played to six Prize Cards. As a standard, decks cannot contain more than four copies of any single card with the exception of Basic Energy and any cards that specify otherwise. Time format is 30 minutes “Plus 3.”

Every year, following the World Championships tournament (usually by September), the Pokémon Company releases a new Modified rotation of sets by phasing out older sets as the newer sets are released. This is to ensure that the metagame stays fresh and to encourage players to come up with new ideas and strategies that will allow a balance to the game and prevent certain cards and card combinations from becoming too powerful as to negatively affect the overall spirit of the game.

The current Modified rotation for this tournament year is as follows:

  • Heart Gold-Soul Silver (HS)
  • HS Unleashed (UL)
  • HS Undaunted (UD)
  • HS Triumphant (TM)
  • Call of Legends (CL)
  • Black and White (BLW)
  • Black and White: Emerging Powers (EPO)
  • Black and White: Noble Victories (NVI)
  • Black and White: Next Destinies (NXD)
  • Black and White: Dark Explorers (DEX)
  • Black Star Promos (HGSS01 and higher and BW01 and higher)
  • Black and White McDonald’s promos (MCD)
  • HGSS and Black and White Trainer Kits (TK)

Newer sets that are released after this point are also tournament legal. Cards obtained from Pre-Releases are NOT Modified, tournament legal until their actual scheduled release date. Please note that this post is subject to updates as the newer sets are released.

When filling out a decklist, use the symbols above to identify the sets your cards came from and the card number (both found at the bottom right corner of each card) and list the corresponding abbreviations (written in parentheses) in your decklist.

Let me know if you have any questions or feedback!

Professor Raz

Professor Knowlede Difficulty – Basic

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