Prepare for… jail?! The Pokemon Company has released its quarterly ban announcement, revealing that Jessie & James from Hidden Fates has been banned in the Expanded format.
Similarly to Delinquent, which was banned from the Expanded format earlier in the year, there are combos with Jessie & James that can discard a player’s whole hand before they take their first turn—especially in conjunction with Weezing. When this kind of strategy is effective and can be executed successfully a high percentage of the time, it creates an unhealthy environment.
The ban will go into affect on September 6th. No other cards were banned in Standard or Expanded.
The announcement also revealed that the Jessie & James secret rare will be #68/68 in Hidden Fates.