Cards Have Been Banned in Expanded Format for Pokémon TCG

Published on October 18, 2019 at 5:50 AM

With the release of Cosmic Eclipse for us very soon, in Japan cards that were banned a while back in their respective Expanded format, will also be banned for our Expanded format. 

 

See the list below for the cards:

  • Chip-Chip Ice Axe (Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds, 165/214) is now banned in the Expanded format.
  • Flabébé (Sun & Moon—Forbidden Light, 83/131) is now banned in the Expanded format.
  • Island Challenge Amulet (Sun & Moon—Cosmic Eclipse, 194/236 and 265/236) is now banned in the Expanded format.
  • Lt. Surge's Strategy (Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds, 178/214; Hidden Fates, 60/68) is now banned in the Expanded format.
  • Marshadow (Shining Legends, 45/73; Black Star Promo, SM85) is now banned in the Expanded format.
  • Mismagius (Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds, 78/214) is now banned in the Expanded format.
  • Red Card (XY, 124/146; Generations, 71/83) is now banned in the Expanded format.
  • Reset Stamp (Sun & Moon—Unified Minds, 206/236 and 253/236) is now banned in the Expanded format.
  • Unown (Sun & Moon—Lost Thunder, 91/214) is now banned in the Expanded format.

You can read the details on why these cards are banned, this is from the official Pokémon website. 

  • These card bans were applied in Japan recently. In an effort to maintain a more global experience for the Expanded format, TPCi has also banned these cards.

  • Most of these card bans are an attempt to weaken strategies that involve disrupting or destroying an opponent's hand. These cards contribute to several combos that result in a player having to discard their entire hand before they get to take a turn.

  • The Expanded format currently has a reputation for being dominated by hand-disruption decks, which many players dislike. Hopefully these card bans will promote a more enjoyable environment and change that reputation.

For more details please read the official page here.


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