July 22, 2014

Play! Pokémon 2015 Season Format Rotation

Find out which Pokémon TCG expansions are playable in the current Play! Pokémon Season competitions.

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 2015 season starts on July 14, 2014, so players can get an early start on working toward the 2015 Pokémon World Championships. However, the rotation will not occur until September 3, 2014.

The 2014 Pokémon World Championships, held August 15–17 in Washington, DC, will use the 2014 format and rules as currently listed, rather than using the format listed below.

The Standard format for the 2015 season will consist of the following expansions:

Black & White—Boundaries CrossedBlack & White—Boundaries Crossed

Black & White—Plasma StormBlack & White—Plasma Storm

Black & White—Plasma FreezeBlack & White—Plasma Freeze

Black & White—Plasma BlastBlack & White—Plasma Blast

Black & White—Legendary TreasuresBlack & White—Legendary Treasures

XY—Kalos Starter SetXY­—Kalos Starter Set

XYXY

XY—FlashfireXY—Flashfire

XY—Furious FistsXY—Furious Fists

McDonald’s Collection 2014McDonald’s Collection 2014

XY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer Kit

Black Star Promo CardsBlack Star Promo Cards: BW51 and higher, XY01 and higher

Additional expansions become legal three weeks after they are released in the United States.

The New Expanded Format for 2015

Starting on September 3, the new Expanded format will be joining the familiar Standard format as a legal option for sanctioned Pokémon TCG events of all sizes. This new format will allow players to use all expansions from Black & White on, so players will have even more options when designing a winning deck! Players should double-check what format is being used before deciding which deck to bring to their local events.

The Expanded format for the 2015 season will consist of the following expansions:

Black & WhiteBlack & White

Black & White—Emerging Powers Black & White—Emerging Powers

Black & White—Noble VictoriesBlack & White—Noble Victories

Black & White—Next DestiniesBlack & White—Next Destinies

Black & White—Dark ExplorersBlack & White—Dark Explorers

Black & White—Dragon VaultBlack & White—Dragon Vault

Black & White—Dragons ExaltedBlack & White—Dragons Exalted

Black & White—Boundaries CrossedBlack & White—Boundaries Crossed

Black & White—Plasma StormBlack & White—Plasma Storm

Black & White—Plasma FreezeBlack & White—Plasma Freeze

Black & White—Plasma BlastBlack & White—Plasma Blast

Black & White—Legendary TreasuresBlack & White—Legendary Treasures

BW: Trainer KitBW: Trainer KitBW: Trainer Kit

XY—Kalos Starter SetXY­—Kalos Starter Set

XYXY

XY—FlashfireXY—Flashfire

XY—Furious FistsXY—Furious Fists

McDonald’s Collection 2011McDonald’s Collection 2011

McDonald’s Collection 2012McDonald’s Collection 2012

McDonald’s Collection 2014McDonald’s Collection 2014

XY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer Kit

Black Star Promo CardsBlack Star Promo Cards: BW01 and higher, XY01 and higher.

Additional expansions become legal three weeks after they are released in the United States.

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