Effective on August 18, 2017 Pokemon company will change their rules and ban list. With the upcoming release of Burning Shadows, Forest of Giant Plants and Archeops will be banned from Expanded. Lysandre’s Trump Card continues to remain banned.
Changes in Pokemon TCG Rules:
- Standard format:
No new cards are banned in the Standard format.
- Expanded format:
-Forest of Giant Plants (XY—Ancient Origins, 74/98) is now banned in the Expanded format. The Forest of Giant Plants Stadium card enables many dangerous strategies with Grass-type Pokémon in the Expanded format. These strategies can range from locking down the opponent’s options to winning the game on the first turn, and all of them can happen before the opponent ever gets a chance to play. No single strategy was powerful enough to ban this Stadium card, but so many of them existing at the same time gave sufficient cause to ban it.
-Archeops (Black & White—Noble Victories, 67/101; Black & White—Dark Explorers, 110/108) is now banned in the Expanded format. The existence of Archeops’s Ancient Power Ability has a very negative effect on decks that rely on evolved Pokémon. There are ways to combat it—Hex Maniac, Evosoda, or Wobbuffet are a few examples—but decks that focus on evolved Pokémon are forced to use these cards just to evolve their Pokémon. The combination of Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick with Archeops can stop Evolution before the opponent ever gets a chance to evolve their Pokémon, which limits the number of viable strategies. Removing a different part of the combo (Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick or Battle Compressor was also considered, but banning Archeops impacted existing strategies the least, so that was the route that made the most sense.
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-Shiftry (Black & White—Next Destinies, 72/99) is no longer banned in the Expanded format. Shiftry was banned from the Expanded format because of an unhealthy combo with Forest of Giant Plants. Since that card is now banned, Shiftry has been reinstated into the Expanded format.
No new rule changes have been made and no cards were banned from the Standard format. It will be an extremely rare occurrence for cards to be banned from the Standard format. Expanded format will be aggressively monitored because there are so many cards and potential combinations available to players.
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