Japan Rotating All “A” Block Cards from Standard, New Turn-One Rule

Today at Tokyo’s Champions League tournament, it was revealed that all “A” block cards will rotate out of Japan’s Standard format on November 29th. Cards from their “A” block include (roughly) our Sun & Moon set through Crimson Invasion. Cards with the B, C, and D legality marks will remain legal (our Ultra Prism through Sword & Shield).

Our first Sword & Shield set will also feature Japan’s legality markers on the bottom of the cards. Check out my theory article on why I think we’re getting worldwide set releases and card legality starting next year.

A new rule change was also announced: the player going first can’t play a Supporter card on their first turn.

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  1. ShaunTheBoufflant Like No One Ever Was
    ShaunTheBoufflant

    Member

    Get yo dedennes quick?
     
  2. NicoNoo Meta/budget player
    NicoNoo

    Member

    A stupid rule that only makes basic decks and Dedenne-Gx stronger. Evolution decks at least had a chance to setup if you got turn 1. Now you need to go turn 2 to setup and then you cant even properly attack lol.
     
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  3. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior

    Member

    Finally a Japan which is similar to ours. So we don't need to worry on the Winning Deck List videos including rotated cards.
     
  4. JL_muserwolves

    Advanced Member Member

    I would like to register my displeasure that a *very* important first turn rule change, which I'm sure will be coming to our shores with the advent of Gen 8, is buried as the last line in this article and not mentioned in the title, with no source image of the change's announcement. That's almost bigger news to me than the rotation we all figured was coming at some point.

    Interesting that they waited this long to rotate but I guess they wanted to do it alongside the rule change. RIP Lillie in Japan, though.
     
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  5. Nyora Ticked Off ^^
    Nyora

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    God expanded is not gonna like this rule.
     
  6. hervul Aspiring Trainer
    hervul

    Member

    Does this first turn rule start applying from November 29th, as well?
     
  7. dmein89 Aspiring Trainer
    dmein89

    Member

    yes but only in Japan. We won’t see the rule change until later.
     
  8. Grass-Type Farm Owner Aspiring Trainer
    Grass-Type Farm Owner

    Member

    I would've preferred if they had just continued printing the "if you go second and it's your first turn" kind of cards. That could've been the gimmick of Galarian forms, like how most Alolan forms have 0 energy attacks and every Ultra Beast has a prize gimmick, as well as make it a more common bonus effect on Trainer cards.
     
  9. Mysticvulpix Just be chill
    Mysticvulpix

    Member

    I dunno about that, now that welder engines can’t hit absurd damage turn two, stage 1s now have a shot if they go turn 2
     
  10. Timmony_tcg Aspiring Trainer
    Timmony_tcg

    Member

    Well, Lillie will be rotating out of Japanese Standard in November, presumably at or around the time this new rule change is put into effect, so they probably won’t be too torn up by it
     
  11. AshCo Payne-ful
    AshCo

    Member

    That rule change is... I've got mixed feelings on it. I fear how it's gonna be for Archie, but I think being able to get the Mewtwo/Mew-Kingdra GX combo out in turn 1 might be enough to wait until the next turn. Or using Karplord to stall it out and tank some damage before you can whip out Blastoise.

    Just please don't neuter the ONE deck I enjoy, Pokemon. Please?
     
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  12. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun
    AngryBokoblin

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    If they do this, they better give us some "bench this and draw cards" pokemon like dede or shaymin.
    This is ridiculous.
     
  13. Merovingian Expanded Extraordinaire
    Merovingian

    Articles Head Member

    Hoooooooooo boy!

    That rule change is going to make Expanded weird!

    Let Loose Marshadow just became a staple in every deck in case you get stuck going first (to hopefully kneecap an opponent going second so you can get set up and going on your T2).
     
  14. JL_muserwolves

    Advanced Member Member

    That's what I was referring to. That and Rare Candy (to a certain extent) are two big pieces we will still have that they won't.
     
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  15. Gameguard Aspiring Trainer
    Gameguard

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    Lusmine also
     
  16. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer
    Yaginku

    Member

    This change really requires a new thread, it's insanely important and insanely ridiculous.

    Dedenne still exists. This change will just skyrocket the prices of rare Pokemon (because, obviously, a staple effect HAS to be on a rare) that can save your brick hand on turn one.
    I understand that this change wasn't simple. Judge is a good card and you don't want to have a Standard without a similar effect. If you put "You can't use this card on first turn" on Judge, then you have to make a new card and rotate Judge out. But I'd take that over hundreds of loses to brick hands on turn one.
     
  17. OnGaard Aspiring Trainer
    OnGaard

    Member

    Every evolution deck will now need to turn 1 (going second) Red & Blue for Evo.

    I don't think this rule change breaks the game, but it's definitely a major shift. There will now be a bunch of decks that will shift to always wanting to go second. And this severely hurts Malamar.
     
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  18. Tytus Expanded Legend
    Tytus

    Member

    This new rule is basically forcing you to play big basic decks. Hence the new V cards coming out that will be expensive. Gee what a coincidence.
     
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  19. ForeverRanger91 Aspiring Trainer
    ForeverRanger91

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    I tend to go second a lot so this rule doesn't bother me a whole lot.
     
  20. birdboy2000 Bird Keeper
    birdboy2000

    Member

    The new t1 rule seems almost like a return to the "attack 1st turn" era, which was horribly broken. Now everyone wants to go 2nd more than they wanted to go 1st before and things are even less balanced - evolution decks theoretically could benefit but they still need supporters to set up their board.