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Pokémon TCG Format Rotation for 2017

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28 July 2016 - 10:07 PM



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Find out which cards will be permitted in the Standard format in the 2017 Pokémon TCG tournament season.

In the interest of maintaining a healthy tournament environment, Pokémon Organized Play begins each new tournament season by removing older expansions from Standard format competition. Each annual rotation challenges existing players to create new strategies while enabling new players to get involved in Play! Pokémon events with minimal investment.

The 2017 Play! Pokémon season starts on July 11, 2016, so players can start working toward an invitation to the 2017 Pokémon World Championships. However, the format rotation will not occur until September 1, 2016. Importantly, this means that the 2016 Pokémon World Championships will use the 2016 format and rules as currently listed, rather than the new Standard format for 2017. Be sure to check out our first analysis for what this means for current competitive play.

For the list of eligible expansions for the Standard and Expanded formats, check out http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pokemon-tcg-format-rotation-for-2017/


Prepare for the 2017 Standard Format Rotation!

Every year, the Pokémon TCG rotation phases some older expansions out of the Standard format. Some decks fade away, some have to adapt, and some become even stronger. For the 2017 Play! Pokémon season, we say goodbye to XY—Kalos Starter Set through XY—Phantom Forces, meaning that XY—Primal Clash and beyond will be Standard legal. Let's take a look at some changes to expect as the new tournament season gets under way.


Guess what that means? No more Night March decks! Even Trevenant shut down decks will be rotated out. Maybe we'll see some interesting deck varieties pop up!


I'm particularly looking forward to strategies using the new Captivating Poké Puff!

Expanded Format
Unlike the Standard format, the 2017 Expanded format will remain unchanged. With each passing year, these two formats will look more and more different, creating two distinct, exciting environments for the Pokémon TCG. The Expanded format will be monitored aggressively, and any cards that are deemed unhealthy for that environment may be removed.

As more Pokémon TCG expansions are released, we'll keep track of which new strategies emerge and which old ones are able to adapt here at Pokemon.com/Strategy. The upcoming season's Standard format is sure to look quite different from the previous one. Exciting times are ahead, Trainers! Good luck coming up with your next deck!

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