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Development Update: Tournaments, Shop and Next Game Update

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13 March 2015 - 09:13 PM



    TPCi Staff

  • TPCi_Samhayne

Hello Trainers!

I want to talk with you today about some of the things we are working on for the Pokémon TCG Online, including:

  • On-Demand Tournament Rotation
  • Shop Rotation
  • Next Major Game Update
  • Continued Bug Stomping Efforts

On-Demand Tournament Rotation

As we announced at the end of February, we have a rotation of on-demand Tournaments running now in the Pokémon TCG Online. We are continuing to refine the rotation of different Tournament formats. Starting today, Friday, March 13th, we are enacting the following rotation.

There is a path to obtain tradeable Booster Pack rewards, with an entry requirement of either 3 or 5 Tournament Tickets.

Week 1: Theme Deck (3 Ticket entry) + Unlimited format on the weekend (5 Ticket entry)
Week 2: Standard format (3 Ticket entry) + Theme Deck on the weekend (5 Ticket entry)
Week 3: Expanded format (3 Ticket entry)+ Standard format on the weekend (5 Ticket entry)
Week 4: Unlimited (3 Ticket entry) + Expanded format on the weekend (5 Ticket entry)

There is a path to obtain Tournament Tickets rewards, with an entry requirement of 49 Trainer Tokens.

Week 1: Standard format + Unlimited format on the weekend
Week 2: Expanded format + Theme Deck on the weekend
Week 3: Unlimited format + Standard format on the weekend
Week 4: Theme Deck + Expanded format on the weekend

Over the course of any given week, 3 of the 4 different formats are available. 2 different Tournaments on weekdays and 4 different Tournaments on weekends.

Here is a calendar view of the rotation:

Tournament rotation calendar.jpg

Our aim is to keep Tournament queue times short, so that you can get in and play without much waiting, and to give each deck format a turn in the spotlight.

We will continue to monitor participation with the eye to make necessary revisions going forward. We also encourage you to post your thoughts and comments to our Feedback Forum.

Shop Rotation

As you may have noticed, we have started to regularly change up what is available in the Shop. We plan to continue to regularly rotate feature items on a weekly basis. Currently, we have a Theme Deck, Card and Booster Pack bundle from the HeartGold & SoulSilver expansion available.

Items that come and go from the Shop are not exclusive, in that they may return again in the future. For example, if you are interested in the current HeartGold & SoulSilver bundle, I would advise that you get it while you can. Yes, it may return in the future, but it may not.

Edit: On March 18th we updated the shop to remove the HeartGold & SoulSilver bundle and added an XY-Primal Clash 3 booster bundle.  This XY-Primal Clash bundle will expire on March 25th.  


As we continue to build out our plans, we will post them here to the forums so you can better plan what is coming to the Shop!


Next Major Game Update

The Development Team is hard at work on our next major game update that is currently scheduled for late March. This next version is still in development, so it is possible that timing may change. We will keep you up to date as we get closer. Later this week we will reveal additional details of this update, including the main new feature.

Continued Bug Stomping Efforts

The team is also working to address emergent issues with the game, such as an issue that can result in a player not properly loading card images.

On the issue of red cards or otherwise card images not loading. In the above mentioned next Major Game Update, set for late March, there will be a number of enhancements designed to help with this issue. First, there will be an option to direct the game to download all card information, rather than stream it in. Secondly, card information without the image will have text information about the card displayed, allowing you to know what the card is and keep playing, even without the full card image. Lastly, there are a number of other optimizations to the card streaming system going in to increase the robustness of this system.

Text on Cards, before image loading, coming in next version:
Loading Image Comparison.png

In addition, there are a number of individual card bugs that will be corrected in the upcoming Major Game Update. We can’t wait to get this new version complete and into your hands!

We really appreciate those who post their feedback to our Forums, reporting bugs and quality of life issues. We are committed to addressing these issues while continuing to develop and implement new and exciting features.

After reading this announcement, I welcome you to post your thoughts to our Feedback Forum (you need to be logged in to view or post to the Feedback Forum).

Respectfully yours,

Alex “Samhayne” Leary

Edited by TPCi_Samhayne, 18 March 2015 - 09:52 PM.

Alex Leary
Pokémon TCG Online

Live Operations Senior Producer
The Pokémon Company International

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