July 12, 2017

Pokémon TCG Format Rotation for the 2018 Season

See which cards will be permitted in the Standard format in the 2018 Pokémon TCG Championship Series season.

With the goal of maintaining a healthy competitive environment, Pokémon Organized Play begins each new Championship Series season by removing older expansions from Standard format competition. The annual rotation challenges existing players to create new strategies while enabling new players to get involved in Play! Pokémon events using the most recent releases.

The 2018 season starts on July 10, 2017, so players can get an early start on working toward the 2018 Pokémon World Championships. However, the rotation will not occur until September 1, 2017. Importantly, this means that the Regional Championships in Liverpool, UK, which take place July 29–30, and the 2017 Pokémon World Championships, which take place August 18–20, will use the 2017 format and rules as currently listed, rather than using the new Standard format for the 2018 season.

The Standard format for the 2018 season will consist of the following expansions:

New expansions become legal for tournament play on the third Friday of the month they are released.

The Expanded Format for 2018

The Expanded format remains a legal option for sanctioned Pokémon TCG events of all sizes. This format has allowed players to use all expansions from Black & White on, so players will have even more options when designing a winning deck!

The Expanded format will remain unchanged for the 2018 season. This format will continue to be aggressively monitored to ensure fair gameplay balance, and individual cards may be banned periodically to maintain this balance. Consult the Pokémon TCG tournament regulations for the latest updates. Players should double-check what format is being used before deciding which deck to bring to their local events.

The Expanded format for the 2018 season will consist of the following expansions:

New expansions become legal for tournament play on the third Friday of the month they are released.

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