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New Modified, Tournament-Legal Set Rotation for 2012-2013 Tournament Year Announced 06/18/2012

Posted by raznprince in League News, Pokemon TCG, TCG News.
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Hey, TCG players!

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 Modified rotation for the 2012-2013 tournament year is as follows as of October 15, 2012:

  • 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 and White: Dragons Exalted (DRX)
  • Black Star Promos (BW01 and higher)
  • Dragon Vault (DRV) (DV is acceptable)
  • Black and White McDonald’s promos (MCD)
  • 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 list is subject to updates as the newer sets are released.

TPCI has also announced that the 2012-2013 Tournament Year will commence on July 9 to allow a head start in obtaining Play! Points towards qualifying for attendance to next year’s National Championships, while the set rotation will still occur on September 1. Players competing in the 2012 World Championships will still follow the HGSS-on format. For more information, click here.

The best opportunities to take advantage of this head start for Play! Points prior to the set rotation are participatinig in Sanctioned, Non-Premier Tournaments for the month of July and August, and participating in the Legend Season at your local League!

You are highly encouraged to build your decks using this new set rotation list as it will better prepare you for competing in future Premier Events when we switch over to this format.

Let me know if you have any questions or feedback!

Professor Raz



1. zak0 - 06/23/2012

How do you qualify for Nationals?

raznprince - 06/23/2012

You need 10 Play! Points…that’s it. The player counter resets on July 9, meaning all the Play! Points you earned before that will not count towards qualifying for next year.

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