Upcoming League Promos Feature Reprinted Trainers With Alternate Art!

Pokemon Leagues will soon be awarding reprinted Trainer cards with alternate artwork! Each of the cards are “A” alternate art promos, so they’ll retain the same legality as their original prints. Each card will be printed as a reverse holo and will sport a Pokemon League stamp.

If you attend a Pokemon League in February, you’ll receive a Field Blower. In March, it’ll be Enhanced Hammer. In April, it’ll be Max Potion.

If you get top four in a League Challenge this quarter, you’ll earn an Acerola (with a 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, or 4th place stamp in the corner).

If you attend a League Cup this quarter, you’ll be given an Ultra Ball. The winner of each age division will also receive a playmat featuring Team Up‘s Gengar & Mimikyu-GX (artwork below).

In case you’re out of the loop, League Challenges are held monthly at Pokemon Leagues and any tournament organizer can run them. They are the first level of premiere event intended to get players interested in playing Pokemon tournaments. They always give out promo rewards and a small amount of Championship Points to top finishers.

League Cups are also held at Pokemon Leagues, but only happen once each quarter. They are supposed to be larger than League Challenges. They give out promo cards, a larger amount of Championship Points, and a playmat to top finishers in each age division.

All of the Trainers originate from recent Japanese sets, meaning they’ll be removed from our English sets (less clutter!). In Japan, the Trainers also kept the same legality as their original prints — the new prints did not reset their legality. The same holds true for our English cards.

Thanks goes to The Big Box for the images!

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  1. TeamAqua4Life #HEYNICK The Phazing Spider-Man
    TeamAqua4Life #HEYNICK

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    First. This is nice
     
  2. Ruben Aspiring Trainer
    Ruben

    Member

    Stupid that it's all an alternate art :(
     
  3. TSA123 i play pokeman
    TSA123

    Member

    Pretty sick until you realize all of them are supposed to rotate this year and there's no sign of them being reprinted to retain legality so far

    RIP Ultra Ball
     
  4. Merovingian The ground is weird! I'm a dog!
    Merovingian

    Articles Staff Member

    These promos are great for kids and new players who are still trying to grasp game mechanics. We can now give them cards that actually help. And not stuff like Guzzlord.
     
  5. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
    Lord Goomy

    Member

    I was getting sick of neutral background art trainers! Good news indeed!
     
  6. Robert Fuchs PCTGO name: Ben358358, PST zone
    Robert Fuchs

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    The reprints look great.

    Has ultra ball / enhanced hammer / max potion ever rotated out?? Seems like they have always been there since they were introduced.
     
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  7. TheBossBlastoise I rule the PokeSea
    TheBossBlastoise

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    Yes! Competiteve league promos for new players!
     
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  8. TheBossBlastoise I rule the PokeSea
    TheBossBlastoise

    Advanced Member Member

    I will be going to all the league cups i can just to get them ultra balls
     
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  9. Robert Fuchs PCTGO name: Ben358358, PST zone
    Robert Fuchs

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    Yes that makes a lot of sense also. So many league promos have been useless cards, useless Stage 2 Pokemons that no one would use competitvely.
     
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  10. Alex Leblanc Aspiring Trainer
    Alex Leblanc

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    Please don't rotate Ultra Ball
    Pokemon Communication isn't good enough but I feel there's a reason they are started to print more Type-related search cards.
     
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  11. Gameguard Aspiring Trainer
    Gameguard

    Member

    Alt print stamp all but confirms rotation of them all this fall
     
  12. Yair64 Aspiring Trainer
    Yair64

    Member

    If Ultra Ball rotates I'm leaving Standard until it is reprinted
     
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  13. Wechselbalg ultra biatch
    Wechselbalg

    Member

    It will be strange to play without Ultra Ball (if not downright annoying at first) but we also have: Nest Ball, Pokecom, Net Ball, Treasure, and Electromagnetic Radar. (And fossils.) I guess TPC wants to change the game so that not literally every deck will have the same core cards. Could actually be interesting. Or maybe the meta will only consist of Pikarom, (Radar) Malamar decks (Treasure) and Buzz&Phero (Net Ball).

    Field Blower is not that big of a deal since it hasn't been that popular for a while anyway. Loss of Max Potion, E. Hammer and Acerola could make stall and distruption even weaker. Then again, without Zoroark in the format I guess DCE will not be that popular anymore either.
     
  14. JBird Aspiring Trainer
    JBird

    Member

    I have no idea why people are saying UB is getting rotated when it is in the Japanese set, Full Metal Wall which is are unbroken bonds set
     
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  15. ForeverRanger91 Aspiring Trainer
    ForeverRanger91

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    Yeah losing UB is going to be weird but there is enough search available to lighten the blow. Way too early to be discussing things but DCE could very well rotate too.
     
  16. AshCo I gotta spruce this place up for the GAAAEEEEMS
    AshCo

    Member

    I hope these promos aren't expensive. I can't attend leagues. I don't have the means to get to them and I don't think I could even make a deck with what I have (Being that my collection consists of mostly BW/XY and other older eras). But now that there's ACTUAL league promos with unique art it's going to be even harder to complete master sets. So I really hope they're not hard to get.
     
  17. Belljacob48 Pack Gambler
    Belljacob48

    Member

    These promos are of the reprints. We will be receiving these in holo form in future sets.
     
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  18. Belljacob48 Pack Gambler
    Belljacob48

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    Everyone, none of these cards will be rotated because these arts are from the TR cards that’s in our 2019 sets.
     
  19. The Binder Guy Aspiring Trainer
    The Binder Guy

    Member

    The League rewards will probably be just a bit more expensive than their original prints but not by much due to how widespread and how accessable they'll be. The League Cup cards and League Challenge prizes are going to be more expensive (wih League Challenge prizes being more so due to each LC giving out twelve of 'em, One placement card prize for Top 4 of each division) but I don't expect them to be as expensive as the Cynthia TPCi gave out at Regionals.
    If that were the case we would've seen the TR Field Blower (along with the TR prints of Volkner, Choice Band, and Aqua Patch) in Team Up.
     
  20. Belljacob48 Pack Gambler
    Belljacob48

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    Right now I believe they are in the Japanese sets that make up Unbroken Bonds, our May set.