BIG NEWS! Arceus, Dialga and Palkia is leaving the Standard format!
That is all thanks to the announcement of rotation for the upcoming season of the Pokemon TCG. Today we got the announcement for the 2021-2022 Pokemon TCG Standard format with some new changes for the future. These changes will surely make rotation and legality easy for years to come.
First off, the format for the Pokemon TCG 2021-2022 season will be Sword & Shield-on. That means all cards from the Sun & Moon era will no longer be legal for the Standard format in the later part of 2021.
Also, the last of the Fairy type Pokemon will be gone with this rotation. That means basic Fairy energy will not be legal in the 2021-2022 Standard format.
There was no changes in the Expanded Format. It will continue to be Black & White-on.
Though, what was made official was the implementation of the Regulation Mark system.
Regulation Mark System
Since the start of the Sword & Shield era, a Regulation Mark has been place in the bottom left corner of every card. The purpose of the mark is to help indicate if a card is legal for the format. It is meant as an easy to find indicator to help new and older players know if they can play a certain card at a Standard format tournament. This system was implemented in Japan since the Sun & Moon era but was finally brought over in the Sword & Shield era for around the world.
There are currently two Regulation Marks to look for. There are “D” and “E” Regulation Marks that are being used for legality in the upcoming 2021-2022 Standard format.
Sets marked with the “D” are cards from Sword & Shield, Rebel Clash, Darkness Ablaze, Vivid Voltage, Champions Path and parts of Shining Fates.
You can find cards with the “E” Regulation Mark in some cards from Shining Fates and all of Battles Styles. The upcoming Chilling Reign set will also have the “E” Regulation Mark.
Please note that not all cards in the same set will have the same mark. As mention before, the cards from Shining Fates had a mixture of “D” and “E” Regulation Mark.
Older versions of cards that have been reprinted like Switch are also still legal to use in the Standard format. Those older versions may not have the Regulation Mark on them but they do have a legal version in the format that has the needed Regulation Mark.
What Does This Mean for Rotation?
Future rotations will now be based on the Regulation Mark. We can now expect that when we get the rotation announcement in the future that a certain mark will no longer be legal for the upcoming future season.
For example, when we get the announcement for the rotation in 2022, we can expect that Pokemon will rotate the “D” Block from Standard format. That means all cards with the “D” Regulation Mark will not be legal for Standard format in the future.
As mention above, the use of Regulation Mark will make things much easier for newer and older players. Not only will we see easier to predict and implement rotations. We will also be able to explain which cards are legal in the Standard format to newer players.
All you will need to do is tell a player that only cards with the “D” and “E” mark are legal for the current tournament. If it doesn’t have one of those marks then you can’t play it.
Rotation will go in effect for the Pokemon TCG starting on September 10th, 2021. That means any events that will take place after that date will use the Sword & Shield-on or “D” Block-on format.
Best of luck to you in the future when playing in this brand new format!