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Professor’s Corner – The Limited-Sealed Deck Format Revisited for BLW-on 01/30/2013

Posted by raznprince in Ask a Professor, Pokemon TCG.
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Hey, TCG’ers!

Some of you my have questions regarding the format of the sealed tournaments I’ve been hosting, so I thought I’d refer back to a previous blog I posted last year. Some rules may have been added or changed due to the introduction of new types of cards, so I also mention them here in this updated post.

A Limited tournament consists of the following general guidelines:

  1. The Tournament Organizer (TO) or Premier Tournament Organizer (PTO) provides all the cards needed for players to participate in this type of tournament. This includes enough booster packs of the new set to support the number of players participating as well as Basic Energy to play with cards. Bringing your own Basic Energy for these events may be desired, but it’s not required.
  2. You have 30 minutes construct a 40-card deck upon receiving all your packs and opening them. This includes all the Basic Energy you borrow for the tournament.
  3. In a Limited Tournament, the 4-copies-per-deck rule is suspended. In other words, you are allowed to use more than 4 copies of any one card (including the common exception of Basic Energy) in your deck in this format. Ace Spec cards are still limited to one (1) total per deck per the specific printing on those cards.
  4. During a Limited Tournament, rounds are played to 4 prizes and each round typically lasts for 20 minutes. Some TOs/PTOs may offer the “Plus-3-Turns” overtime rule in addition to the time limit. You still play all your rounds whether you win or lose the first few rounds. This is called Swiss Rounds and the number of rounds is determined by how many people attend your event. (The Plus-3-Turns rule and Swiss Rounds are explained elsewhere in the Professor’s Corner articles.)

The Sealed Deck sub-format basically means that the TO/PTO simply hands you your packs, you open them, and you build your 40-card deck. Other Limited sub-formats include Booster Draft (explained in a previous Professor’s Corner post), Rochester Draft, and Solomon Draft, and will be explained in a future blog.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Professor Raz

Professor Knowledge Difficulty – Intermediate

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