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Professor’s Corner – The Modified-Constructed Format and Tournament-Legal Sets (2013-2014) 07/30/2013

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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.

Effective August 28, 2013 the Modified rotation for the 2013-2014 Play! Pokémon tournament cycle is as follows:

  • NXDBlack and White: Next Destinies (NXD)


  • Black and White: Dark Explorers (DEX)


  • Black and White: Dragons Exalted (DRX)


  • Black and White: Boundaries Crossed (BCR)

    PLS Symbol

  • Black and White: Plasma Storm (PLS)


  • Black and White: Plasma Freeze (PLF)


  • Black and White: Plasma Blast (PLB)


  • Black and White: Dragon Vault (DRV)

    Black Star

  • Black Star Promos (PR):  BW033 and higher
  • Black and White McDonald’s promos (MCD)

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


WORLDS!! 07/30/2013

Posted by Gryphon in Events, Game News, Pokemon TCG, Pokemon Video Games, TCG News, Tournaments.
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The final stop on the path to becoming a Pokemon World Champion will be in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada this year. Players from all over the globe will be gathered together to compete for the top title in TCG or VG over the weekend of August 9th-11th. You can follow along with the event coverage on the official Worlds site!

7/29 Updates 07/29/2013

Posted by Gryphon in Game News, League News, Pokemon Video Games.
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  • No League this weekend! H&V will be holding a big sale event.
  • Another distribution event has been announced, this time for shiny versions of the three Sinnoh legendaries: Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. These will be available as wireless downloads at local GameStop stores for all generation V games (Black, White, Black 2, and White 2). Dialga will be available from August 19 to September 8, Palkia from September 9 to September 29, and Giratina from September 30 to October 20. For those new to Mystery Gift, instruction sheets will be available in the stores during the event.

July Odds & Ends 07/25/2013

Posted by Gryphon in Events, Game News, League News, Pokemon Global Link, Pokemon News, Pokemon TCG, Pokemon Video Games, Site Updates, TCG News, Tournaments.
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  • The League Calendar has been updated!
  • We are planning on holding another booster draft in August, this time for Plasma Blast. Check the Local tab for more info!
  • The first day of Humilau season has been rescheduled due to the booster draft event. Humilau is the final season in this year’s league, so make sure to attend one of the sessions between August 24 and September 14 to get your Play Point!
  • Today is the last day to register for the 2013 Global Showdown! The competition will begin at 7:00 PM today (EST). Unlike the Challenge series of wifi competitions, this one is in Singles format and allows every pokemon in the National Pokedex, except Chatot. For more information, check this page.
  • New information on Pokemon X and Y versions is available, check the official site!
  • And last but not least, the 2013 Pokemon World Championships site is up! Check it out here!

Professor’s Corner – Modified-Constructed Set Rotation Announced for 2013-2014 Play! Season Analysis and FAQ 07/17/2013

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Effective August 28, 2013, the Modified-Constructed set rotation for the next Play! season is as follows:

-Black and White: Next Destinies (NXD)
-Black and White: Dark Explorers (DEX)
-Black and White: Dragons Exalted (DRX)
-Black and White: Boundaries Crossed (BCR)
-Black and White: Plasma Storm (PLS)
-Black and White: Plasma Freeze (PLF)
-Black and White: Plasma Blast (PLB)
-Black and White: Dragon Vault (DRV)
-Black Star Promos (PR): BW33 and higher
-Black and White McDonald’s promos (MCD) (2012 versions only)

What does this mean?
-Black and White (BLW), Black and White: Emerging Powers (EPO), and Black and White: Noble Victories (NVI) will no longer be tournament-legal.
-Rotations occur in order for players to try different strategies in order to maintain a healthy competitive format. This prevents overuse of specific cards that will cause certain decks and strategies from becoming too powerful.

What specific (examples of) cards are rotated/banned as a result of this new format?
-Pokémon Communication (BLW)
-Pokédex (BLW)
-Secret Pikachu (BLW)
-Revive (BLW)
-Energy Retrieval (BLW)
-Klinklang (Shift Gear ability – BLW)
-Recycle (EPO)
-Secret Meowth (NVI)
-Vicitini (Victory Star ability and V-create – NVI)
-Cobalion (NVI)
-Eelektrik (Dynamotor ability – NVI)
-Gothitelle (Magic Room ability – EPO)

What specific (examples of) cards that would normally be rotated/banned will still be tournament-legal due to them being reprinted in this new format?
-Poké Ball (BLW via BCR)
-Potion (BLW via BCR)
-Switch (BLW via BCR)
-Max Potion (EPO via PLF)
-Pokémon Catcher (EPO via DEX)
-Great Ball (EPO via BCR)
-Super Rod (NVI via DRV)
-Professor Juniper (BLW via DEX and PLF)
-Reshiram and Zekrom (BLW via NXD)
-Tornadus and Thundurus (EPO via PR BW41 and PR BW42)
-Kyurem (NVI via PR BW44)
-Rocky Helmet (NVI via BCR)
-N (NVI via DEX)
-Evioite (NVI via PLS)
-Energy Search (BLW via BCR)
-Virizion (NVI via PLB)
-Bianca (EPO via BCR)
-Cheren (EPO via BCR)
-Terrakion (NVI via BCR)

Are Basic Energy cards being rotated?
NO! Per the Modified-Tournament Legal Reprints document, Basic Energy cards are ALWAYS tournament-legal.

Are Special Energy cards being rotated?
No. All Special Energy currently printed in the current format were printed from NXD (Double Colorless Energy) at the earliest, which is part of this new format. Therefore, all Special Energy will still be tournament-legal.

The 2013-2014 Play! season started on July 9, 2013. Does this have anything to do with the rotation?
Although the rotation occurs on August 28th, the July 9 start gives an opportunity for players to participate in local tournaments and the Plasma Blast (PLB) Pre-Releases, and a head-start on earning Play! Points for eligibility towards the 2014 U.S. National Championships. Players participating in the 2013 World Championships will earn Play! Points to count towards the 2013-2014 Play! season.

Can I still play with the BLW-on format at this time?
You may continue to play with this format whenever and however you wish (League play, play with friends, etc.), but be advised that whenever you participate in all sanctioned Modified-Constructed tournaments and Premier Events, your decks must follow the NXD-on format.

Anything else I should know?
TPCi has briefly revealed that the format may return to BLW-on for the 2014-2015 Play! season. More information will be revealed come closer to time. It is recommended that you archive some of your BLW thru NVI cards in anticipation of this format if you wish to implement these cards in the future format.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Professor Raz

Professor Knowledge Difficulty: Intermediate