POP 2013/2014 Format and Rotation

POP 2013/2014 Format and Rotation

Pokemon Organised Play (POP) has announced the official Pokemon Modified format for the 2013/2014 pokemon tournament season. The new format will be NXD-on, rotating out the currently legal sets BW, EP, and NV. These sets were the last in the format from 2011 and the last to not include EX-pokemon in them. The rotation will come into effect on August the 28th, 2013. 

2012/2013 Format (BW-PF) 2013/2014 Format (NXD-on)
  • Black & White: April, 2011
  • Emerging Powers: August, 2011
  • Noble Victories: November, 2011
  • Next Destinies: February, 2012
  • Dark Explorers: May, 2012
  • Dragons Exalted: August, 2012
  • Boundaries Crossed: November 2012
  • Plasma Storm: February, 2013
  • Plasma Freeze: May, 2013
  • Black Star Promo Cards BW01 and higher
  • McDonald’s Collection 2012
  • Next Destinies: February, 2012
  • Dark Explorers: May, 2012
  • Dragons Exalted: August, 2012
  • Boundaries Crossed: November 2012
  • Plasma Storm: February, 2013
  • Plasma Freeze: May, 2013
  • Plasma Blast: August, 2013
  • Black Star Promo Cards BW33 and higher
  • McDonald’s Collection 2012

A New Format in 2015

In addition to their announcement about the rotation, POP has also announced that in 2015 organised play will feature a second format!

In addition to announcing our 2014 rotation, we are also pleased to give players a sneak peek at one of the changes that they will see after next year’s expansion rotation.

Starting in late 2014, a new TCG format will be joining the familiar Modified format as a legal option for sanctioned Pokémon events of all sizes. Because this new format will allow players to use all sets from Black & White on, players will have even more options when designing a winning deck!

We will provide more details as we near the end of the 2014 tournament season!

This format will be familiar to players who know of the Japanese “Palace Format” which has a similar long term focus. It is also similar to the dual competitive formats seen in Magic: The Gathering, which features Standard (similar to Pokemon Modified) and Modern (similar to this new format).

It is likely that Pokemon has announced this format now to inform players who might otherwise sell off their soon-to-rotate cards. This is a very exciting development for the game and its a shame we will have to wait a year to find out more about it.

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Cards Being Rotated

The following is a comprehensive list of the cards being rotated out of format. That means the set lists for “Black & White”, “Emerging Powers”, “Noble Victories”, and Black Star Promos BW01-BW32.

However a large number of the cards in these sets have been reprinted in legal sets or as promos, often in the form of “Secret Rare” cards. Thanks to these reprints, all copies of the old cards may still be used in the current format. We’ve listed which set cards were reprinted in (if they were reprinted), any card with a reprint listed will not be rotated.

There has also been a lot of speculation about upcoming reprints of these older cards coming in future sets. Particuarly there is speculation that cards from the Japanese sets Megalo Cannon (our upcoming Plasma Blast) and EX Battle Boost will be reprinted in English. All cards which might be reprinted in such a way have been noted with a [Maybe Reprint] tag.

Where there are multiple reprints in the current set, only one has been listed.

Black & White

Setlist

Set # Name Reprint
1/114 Snivy
2/114 Snivy [Maybe Reprint]
3/114 Servine McDonald’s Collection 1
4/114 Servine [Maybe Reprint]
5/114 Serperior
6/114 Serperior Dragons Exalted 125
7/114 Pansage
8/114 Simisage
9/114 Petilil
10/114 Lilligant
11/114 Maractus
12/114 Maractus
13/114 Deerling
14/114 Sawsbuck
15/114 Tepig
16/114 Tepig [Maybe Reprint]
17/114 Pignite  McDonald’s Collection 4
18/114 Pignite [Maybe Reprint]
19/114 Emboar
20/114 Emboar Next Destinies 100
21/114 Pansear
22/114 Simisear
23/114 Darumaka
24/114 Darumaka
25/114 Darmanitan
26/114 Reshiram Next Destinies 21
27/114 Oshawott
28/114 Oshawott [Maybe Reprint]
29/114 Dewott  McDonald’s Collection 5
30/114 Dewott [Maybe Reprint]
31/114 Samurott
32/114 Samurott [Maybe Reprint]
33/114 Panpour
34/114 Simipour
35/114 Basculin
36/114 Ducklett
37/114 Swanna
38/114 Alomomola
39/114 Alomomola
40/114 Blitzle
41/114 Blitzle
42/114 Zebstrika
43/114 Zebstrika
44/114 Joltik
45/114 Joltik
46/114 Galvantula
47/114 Zekrom Next Destinies 50
48/114 Munna
49/114 Musharna
50/114 Woobat
51/114 Swoobat
52/114 Venipede
53/114 Whirlipede
54/114 Scolipede
55/114 Solosis
56/114 Duosion
57/114 Reuniclus Dragons Exalted 126
58/114 Timburr
59/114 Timburr
60/114 Gurdurr
61/114 Throh
62/114 Sawk
63/114 Sandile
64/114 Krokorok
65/114 Krookodile
66/114 Purrloin
67/114 Liepard
68/114 Scraggy McDonald’s Collection 10
69/114 Scrafty
70/114 Zorua
71/114 Zoroark Next Destinies 102
72/114 Vullaby
73/114 Mandibuzz
74/114 Klink
75/114 Klang
76/114 Klinklang
77/114 Patrat
78/114 Patrat
79/114 Watchog
80/114 Lillipup
81/114 Lillipup
82/114 Herdier
83/114 Stoutland
84/114 Pidove
85/114 Tranquill
86/114 Unfezant
87/114 Audino
88/114 Minccino
89/114 Cinccino
90/114 Bouffalant
91/114 Bouffalant [Maybe Reprint]
92/114 Energy Retrieval [Maybe Reprint]
93/114 Energy Search Boundaries Crossed 128
94/114 Energy Switch [Maybe Reprint]
95/114 Full Heal
96/114 PlusPower
97/114 Poké Ball Boundaries Crossed 131
98/114 Pokédex
99/114 Pokémon Communication
100/114 Potion Boundaries Crossed 132
101/114 Professor Juniper Dark Explorers 98
102/114 Revive
103/114 Super Scoop Up
104/114 Switch Boundaries Crossed 135
105/114 Grass Energy
106/114 Fire Energy
107/114 Water Energy
108/114 Lightning Energy
109/114 Psychic Energy
110/114 Fighting Energy
111/114 Darkness Energy
112/114 Metal Energy
113/114 Reshiram Next Destinies 21
114/114 Zekrom Next Destinies 50
115/114 Pikachu

Selected Surviving Cards

Serperior 6/114
SerperiorBWPromo20

Emboar 20/114
430px-EmboarBlackWhite20

Reuniclus 57/114
ReuniclusDragonsExalted126

Zoroark 71/114
427px-ZoroarkNextDestinies102

Poké Ball 97/114
424px-PokéBallBlackWhite97

Potion 100/114
424px-PotionBlackWhite100

Professor Juniper 101/114
431px-ProfessorJuniperBlackWhite101

Switch 104/114
429px-SwitchBlackWhite104

Emerging Powers

Setlist

Set # Name Reprint
1/98 Pansage McDonald’s Collection 2
2/98 Simisage
3/98 Sewaddle
4/98 Sewaddle
5/98 Swadloon
6/98 Swadloon
7/98 Leavanny
8/98 Leavanny
9/98 Cottonee
10/98 Cottonee
11/98 Whimsicott
12/98 Whimsicott
13/98 Petilil
14/98 Lilligant
15/98 Deerling
16/98 Sawsbuck
17/98 Virizion
18/98 Pansear
19/98 Simisear
20/98 Darumaka
21/98 Darmanitan
22/98 Panpour
23/98 Simipour
24/98 Basculin
25/98 Basculin
26/98 Ducklett
27/98 Swanna
28/98 Cubchoo
29/98 Cubchoo
30/98 Beartic
31/98 Beartic
32/98 Emolga McDonald’s Collection 6
33/98 Joltik
34/98 Galvantula
35/98 Thundurus Promo
36/98 Woobat McDonald’s Collection 7
37/98 Swoobat
38/98 Venipede
39/98 Whirlipede
40/98 Scolipede
41/98 Sigilyph
42/98 Sigilyph
43/98 Gothita [Maybe Reprint]
44/98 Gothita
45/98 Gothorita [Maybe Reprint]
46/98 Gothorita
47/98 Gothitelle [Maybe Reprint]
48/98 Gothitelle
49/98 Roggenrola
50/98 Roggenrola
51/98 Boldore
52/98 Boldore
53/98 Gigalith
54/98 Drilbur  McDonald’s Collection 8
55/98 Drilbur
56/98 Excadrill
57/98 Excadrill
58/98 Throh
59/98 Sawk
60/98 Sandile
61/98 Krokorok
62/98 Krookodile
63/98 Terrakion
64/98 Purrloin  McDonald’s Collection 9
65/98 Liepard
66/98 Zorua
67/98 Zoroark
68/98 Vullaby
69/98 Mandibuzz
70/98 Ferroseed
71/98 Ferroseed
72/98 Ferrothorn
73/98 Ferrothorn
74/98 Klink
75/98 Klang  McDonald’s Collection 11
76/98 Klinklang
77/98 Cobalion
78/98 Patrat
79/98 Watchog
80/98 Pidove
81/98 Tranquill
82/98 Unfezant
83/98 Audino
84/98 Minccino
85/98 Cinccino
86/98 Rufflet
87/98 Rufflet
88/98 Braviary
89/98 Tornadus Promo
90/98 Bianca Boundaries Crossed 147
91/98 Cheren Dark Explorers 91
92/98 Crushing Hammer [Maybe Reprint]
93/98 Great Ball Boundaries Crossed 129
94/98 Max Potion Plasma Freeze 121
95/98 Pokémon Catcher Dark Explorers 111
96/98 Recycle
97/98 Thundurus Promo
98/98 Tornadus Promo

Selected Surviving Cards

Cheren 91/98

431px-CherenEmergingPowers91

Max Potion 94/98

429px-MaxPotionEmergingPowers94

Pokemon Catcher 95/98

431px-PokémonCatcherEmergingPowers95

Thundurus 97/98

433px-ThundurusEmergingPowers35

Tornadus 98/98

431px-TornadusEmergingPowers89

Noble Victories

Setlist

Set # Name Reprint
1/101 Sewaddle [Maybe Reprint]
2/101 Swadloon [Maybe Reprint]
3/101 Leavanny [Maybe Reprint]
4/101 Petilil
5/101 Lilligant
6/101 Dwebble McDonald’s Collection 3
7/101 Crustle
8/101 Karrablast
9/101 Foongus
10/101 Amoonguss
11/101 Shelmet
12/101 Accelgor
13/101 Virizion [Maybe Reprint]
14/101 Victini [Maybe Reprint]
15/101 Victini
16/101 Pansear
17/101 Simisear
18/101 Heatmor
19/101 Larvesta
20/101 Larvesta
21/101 Volcarona
22/101 Tympole [Maybe Reprint]
23/101 Palpitoad [Maybe Reprint]
24/101 Seismitoad [Maybe Reprint]
25/101 Tirtouga
26/101 Carracosta
27/101 Vanillite
28/101 Vanillish
29/101 Vanilluxe
30/101 Frillish
31/101 Jellicent
32/101 Cryogonal
33/101 Cryogonal
34/101 Kyurem Promo
35/101 Blitzle
36/101 Zebstrika
37/101 Emolga
38/101 Tynamo
39/101 Tynamo
40/101 Eelektrik
41/101 Eelektross
42/101 Stunfisk
43/101 Victini
44/101 Yamask
45/101 Yamask
46/101 Cofagrigus
47/101 Cofagrigus
48/101 Trubbish
49/101 Garbodor
50/101 Solosis [Maybe Reprint]
51/101 Duosion [Maybe Reprint]
52/101 Reuniclus [Maybe Reprint]
53/101 Reuniclus
54/101 Elgyem
55/101 Elgyem
56/101 Beheeyem
57/101 Litwick
58/101 Litwick
59/101 Lampent
60/101 Chandelure Next Destinies 101
61/101 Gigalith
62/101 Timburr
63/101 Gurdurr
64/101 Conkeldurr
65/101 Conkeldurr
66/101 Archen
67/101 Archeops Dark Explorers 110
68/101 Stunfisk
69/101 Mienfoo
70/101 Mienshao
71/101 Golett
72/101 Golurk
73/101 Terrakion Boundaries Crossed 151
74/101 Landorus Promo
75/101 Pawniard
76/101 Bisharp
77/101 Deino
78/101 Zweilous
79/101 Hydreigon Next Destinies 103
80/101 Escavalier
81/101 Pawniard
82/101 Bisharp
83/101 Durant
84/101 Cobalion [Maybe Reprint]
85/101 Audino
86/101 Axew McDonald’s Collection 12
87/101 Fraxure
88/101 Haxorus
89/101 Druddigon [Maybe Reprint]
90/101 Cover Fossil [Maybe Reprint]
91/101 Eviolite Plasma Storm 122
92/101 N Dark Explorers 96
93/101 Plume Fossil [Maybe Reprint]
94/101 Rocky Helmet Boundaries Crossed 133
95/101 Super Rod Dragon Vault 20
96/101 Xtransceiver
97/101 Virizion [Maybe Reprint]
98/101 Victini
99/101 Terrakion Boundaries Crossed 151
100/101 Cobalion
101/101 N
102/101 Meowth

Selected Surviving Cards

Kyurem 34/101

430px-KyuremNobleVictories34

Chandelure 60/101

430px-ChandelureNobleVictories60

Archeops 67/101

434px-ArcheopsNobleVictories67

Terrakion 73/101

433px-TerrakionNobleVictories73

Landorus 74/101

432px-LandorusNobleVictories74

Hydreigon 79/101

430px-HydreigonNobleVictories79

N 92/101

430px-NNobleVictories92

Rocky Helmet 94/101

429px-RockyHelmetNobleVictories94

Super Rod 95/101

432px-SuperRodNobleVictories95

Black Star Promos BW01-BW32

Setlist

Set # Name Reprint
BW01 Snivy
BW02 Tepig
BW03 Oshawott
BW004 Reshiram Next Destinies 21
BW005 Zekrom Next Destinies 50
BW06 Snivy
BW07 Tepig
BW08 Oshawott
BW09 Zoroark Next Destinies 102
BW10 Axew
BW11 Pansage
BW12 Zorua
BW13 Minccino
BW14 Pansage
BW15 Pidove
BW16 Axew
BW17 Ducklett
BW18 Darumaka
BW19 Zoroark [Maybe Reprint]
BW20 Serperior Dragons Exalted 125
BW21 Emboar Next Destinies 100
BW22 Samurott
BW23 Reshiram Next Destinies 21
BW24 Zekrom Plasma Freeze 39
BW25 Scraggy
BW26 Axew
BW27 Litwick
BW28 Tropical Beach Promo
BW29 Victory Cup
BW30 Victory Cup
BW31 Victory Cup
BW32 Victini

Selected Surviving Cards

Reshiram BW04

reshiram-black-white-promos-bw004

Zekrom BW05

zekrom-black-white-promos-bw005

What Are We Losing

The first thing on a lot of people’s minds when a rotation happens is “what important cards will the format be losing?”. Thanks to the large number of reprints of important/staple cards the effect of this rotation is minimal on the format and may be even less so when we see the additional reprints in the upcoming Plasma Blast set. Nonetheless, we are losing some old friends (or foes) and a couple of cards which have seen widespread usage in the last format.

Pokemon

  • Cobalion NV84 – a card which has seen use as a tech in a large number of formats.
  • Durant NV83 – used as the centre-piece of durant mill decks.
  • Eelektrik NV40 – the energy acceleration to a number of decks from Zekeels to Rayeels and more, probably the card which will be mourned the most.
  • Gothitelle EP47 – a huge pokemon for a number of formats, showing how powerful trainerlock can be, possibly being reprinted.
  • Klinklang BW76 – used in a number of steel decks and used widely with max potion.
  • Victini NV14 – affectionately known as fliptini, this card’s Victory Star ability improved the performance of a large number of coin-flip based decks, broadening the format considerably.
  • Victini NV15 – a one off tech in a number of decks due to its powerful V-create attack.

Trainers

  • Crushing Hammer – used prolifically in Hammertime decklists utilising Sableye or other ways to get more and more flips of this powerful card, possibly being reprinted.
  • Energy Retrieval – a staple card for decks like Blastoise or Emboar, now replaced with its bigger sibling Super Energy Retrieval.
  • Energy Switch – a card which improved the consistency and speed of a number of decks, particularly popular with Darkrai variants after Shaymin HGSS8 was rotated out of format in the last rotation.
  • Full Heal – a card that never saw serious competitive play.
  • Plus Power – a staple in the game for a long time which had a number of serious uses but which was never particularly widespread.
  • Pokedex – a card used heavily with “top of the deck” abilities, its partner Ether for the hyped Etherdex combo never really panned out but nonetheless saw some play.
  • Pokemon Communication – another long term staple, this time mostly replaced by different ball trainers.
  • Revive – a strong card which saw one off plays in a number of decks.
  • Recycle – useful for some very niche decks, but largely seen as inconsistent.
  • Super Scoop Up a card which is equal parts too good and too bad to use, when heads is flipped in the right deck at the right time it could be game winning, but equally a bad flip and it could causes losses. For the sake of reducing luck in the game many will be happy to see this card finally gone.
  • Victory Cup – not a useful card, but definitely a blingy one. I suspect we’ll be seeing it again soon.
  • Xtransceiver – generally seen as a worse Random Receiver and thus unused.

 

What do you think of the rotation and how it will affect the metagame?

15 comments

  1. Christopher Morales July 30, 2013 at 4:51 am

    Just note that Mcdonalds Collection 2012 still playable NOT Mcdonalds Collection 2011. Both Collections have different symbols and Pokemon.com has the symbol for 2012 still playable while 2011 is in rotation. Might need to fix that here in this article when explaining the Mcdonald promos.

    • Ace Trainer Myles July 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      The card list only includes cards from the 2012 collection, I’ve made it a little clearer by stating 2012 when the collection is first mentioned. For the most part it shouldn’t matter though given the McDonald’s collection is almost entirely unimportant for competitive play.

      • Christopher Morales July 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm

        True, I only mentioned it because that Axel in the Mcdonalds Collection 2012 is also the same Axel in Noble Victories (which means it stays in format) and that is the best Axel we have for people wanting to use the new Haxorus. 60 hp and no weakness sounds great to me versus the other Axels at 50 hp and weak to dragons.

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