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

Posted by raznprince in Ask a Professor, Pokemon TCG.
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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

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