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  • Play! Pokémon TCG Tournament Rules and Formats

    Revised: 1/1/2016 Table of Contents POKÉMON TRADING CARD GAME TOURNAMENT RULES ............................................................................ 4

    1. Cards ..................................................................................................................................................... 4

    1.1. Card Definitions ............................................................................................................................ 4

    1.2. Card Interpretations...................................................................................................................... 4

    1.3. New Pokémon TCG Releases ........................................................................................................ 4

    1.4. Reprinted Cards ............................................................................................................................ 4

    1.5. Unreleased Cards .......................................................................................................................... 4

    1.6. Fake Cards ..................................................................................................................................... 5

    1.7. Proxies ........................................................................................................................................... 5

    1.8. Foreign Cards ................................................................................................................................ 5

    1.9. Autographed Cards ....................................................................................................................... 6

    1.10. Alternate-Backed Cards ............................................................................................................ 6

    1.11. Cards Listed as Not Legal .......................................................................................................... 6

    2. Card Sleeves .......................................................................................................................................... 6

    3. Game Area Management ...................................................................................................................... 7

    3.1. Cards in Play .................................................................................................................................. 7

    3.2. Hand Elevation .............................................................................................................................. 8

    3.3. Turned Cards ................................................................................................................................. 8

    3.4. Tokens and Counters .................................................................................................................... 8

    3.5. Randomizers.................................................................................................................................. 8

    3.5.1. Coins ...................................................................................................................................... 8

    3.5.2. Dice ....................................................................................................................................... 9

    3.6. Rock/Paper/Scissors ...................................................................................................................... 9

    4. Deck Registration ................................................................................................................................ 10

    5. Deck Checks ........................................................................................................................................ 10

    6. Shuffling .............................................................................................................................................. 11

    7. Time Limits .......................................................................................................................................... 11

    7.1. Pre-game Time Limit ................................................................................................................... 12

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    Pokémon Organized Play Tournament Rules Rev: January 1, 201

    7.2. Mid-game Time Limit .................................................................................................................. 12

    7.3. Match Time Limits ....................................................................................................................... 12

    8. Match Resolution during Swiss Rounds .............................................................................................. 12

    8.1. Resolution of Match after the Final Turn Ends ........................................................................... 12

    8.2. Determining the Outcome of an Unresolved, Single-Game Match ............................................ 13

    8.3. Determining the Outcome of an Unresolved, Best-of-Three Match .......................................... 13

    9. Match Resolution during Single-Elimination Rounds ......................................................................... 14

    9.1. Resolution of Match after the Final Turn Ends ........................................................................... 14

    9.2. Determining the Outcome of an Unresolved, Single-Game Match ............................................ 14

    9.3. Determining the Outcome of an Unresolved, Best-of-Three Match .......................................... 15

    10. Determining Who Goes First in Best-of-Three Match Play ............................................................. 16

    POKÉMON TRADING CARD GAME TOURNAMENT FORMATS .................................................................... 17

    11. Standard Format Styles ......................................................................................................................... 17

    11.1. Constructed ............................................................................................................................. 17

    11.2. Limited .................................................................................................................................... 17

    11.2.1. Sealed Deck ......................................................................................................................... 17

    11.2.2. Booster Draft ....................................................................................................................... 17

    11.2.3. Rochester Draft ................................................................................................................... 18

    11.2.4. Solomon Draft ..................................................................................................................... 19

    12. Standard Deck Construction Rules .................................................................................................. 20

    13. Sanctioned Formats ........................................................................................................................ 20

    13.1. Standard Format ..................................................................................................................... 20

    13.1.1. Constructed ......................................................................................................................... 21

    13.1.2. Limited ................................................................................................................................ 21

    13.2. Expanded Format .................................................................................................................... 21

    13.1.1. Constructed ......................................................................................................................... 22

    13.1.2. Limited ................................................................................................................................ 22

    13.3. Unlimited Format .................................................................................................................... 22

    13.2.1. Constructed ......................................................................................................................... 22

    13.2.2. Limited ................................................................................................................................ 23

    14. Unsanctioned Fun Formats ............................................................................................................. 23

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    Pokémon Organized Play Tournament Rules Rev: January 1, 201

    14.1. 2-on-2 Battle ........................................................................................................................... 23

    14.1.1. ................................................................................................................................................. 23

    Constructed ......................................................................................................................................... 23

    14.1.2. Limited ................................................................................................................................ 23

    14.2. 30-Card ..................................................................