Okay, so I know you guys haven’t heard from me for a while, but I am still alive and here. I was just on Facebook and happened to see one of J-Wittz posts that happened to catch my eye. I couldn’t help but click the link because there where a ton of likes and comments. I clicked the link and I read something that looked a little like this:
With the release of the Pokémon Trading Card Game: Black & White expansion later this month, players will see some changes to the TCG rules. With so many different cards interacting with the new rules, Pokémon Organized Play will be taking extra care to ensure the competitive environment remains as fun and fair as it has always been for our players.
To provide a fun, positive tournament experience for all Play! Pokémon members, we may rotate some older sets out of the Modified format earlier in the year than the typical September 1st rotation date.
The next Modified format will include expansions from HeartGold & SoulSilver to the present. Under normal circumstances, this rotation would take effect September 1st, 2011. However, should we deem it necessary to maintain a healthy competitive environment, the rotation would take effect on July 1st instead. The final decision will be announced in early June.
Please note that some Premier events in Europe may not incorporate rules and cards from the Pokémon TCG: Black & White expansion. Contact your local event organizers to confirm which expansions will be allowed.
Thank you for your understanding throughout this process! Pokémon Organized Play strives to keep players as up-to-date as possible to help you be best prepared to perform at your peak at every Pokémon TCG event.”
For those of you who don’t feel like reading that and are just skimming this article it basically says that when they rotate sets only cards from HeartGold SoulSilver to present will be legal. It also says that there is a possibility of a mid-season rotation. As far as I know Pokémon has never done something like this before. The real kicker is that the mid-season rotation would take effect on July 1st.
As far as I am concerned about this news I don’t like it one bit… I think that it could end of causing more problems in the long run than helping things. If you think about it the rotation will not take effect till July 1st and they don’t plan to announce the rotation till the beginning of June.
Nationals is in July so we are only getting about a months notice which makes testing very difficult because you don’t know if you should test HGSS on or the current format.
I am thinking that the company wants to see how Battle Roads go before they make a decision. I believe that if they see Sabledonk tearing up the top tables then we will most likely get a mid-season rotation to prevent Sabledonk from doing the same at Nationals.
It could be good it could be bad but a little more notice would be appreciated. Of course a mid-season rotation doesn’t have to be the way around it either. They could do what other card games do and just for once ban a broken out-of-control card.
I am not against that idea because we keep our format, and still have a semi-healthy format. I am aware that when Wizards of the Coat had the game they banned Sneasel and Slowking. I am however against the games that use banning broken cards as a marketing strategy and wouldn’t want one card like Sableye start a chain of that like in Yu-Gi-Oh.
There is another way to potentially even up the game. One of my local professors actually made this statement “When Yu-Gi-Oh make a broken card the ban it, however when Pokémon makes a broken card they make a dumb rule” this is sad but true… it could help though. I mean they already made a new dumb rule for Rare Candy and PlusPower. What’s one more?
On a side note you can tell that they are trying to slow down the game. If you recall our old rounds were 45 minutes long and now they are 30 minutes. Back then we also had more speed decks and DONK decks that didn’t need 45 minutes half the time and now they slow the format down and give us less time? Doesn’t make senses to me…
I sure don’t agree with a lot of the things this company has done lately and I feel that the game may be slipping and going downhill. I know a couple of people who have been frustrated with the game, and then this news comes along. I am also one of the players who is becoming frustrated with the game.
I definitely feel that this game should make more of an attempt to listen to their players and study their game mechanics a little better. You can tell that they are trying at least to some of the things they messed up.
Well these are pretty much my though on this announcement and the current format. I am curious to see what everyone else has to say about all this especially the potential rotation before Nationals. We will almost have to build an entirely new meta the day before Nationals. What decks could be potentially played??? All I know is that things are definitely about to get interesting…