The Pokémon Company International (TPCi) puts out a ruleset for both the trading card game and video game that all tournaments across the world use to ensure a consistent format no matter where you play. This format is called Standard and is what you’ll play at all Premiere events in British Columbia. The Standard ruleset is reviewed and revised after each season.

2013 – 2014 TCG Standard Format

  • Players must use a deck of exactly 60 cards
  • Players may not use any more than 4 cards of the exact same name aside from basic Energy cards
  • Players may not use cards released before the Black & White: Next Destinies expansion
    • Note that cards from earlier sets with the exact same name and effect as a currently legal card may still be used. Please check here for a full list of usable cards.

You can find the full official TCG ruleset here.

2013 – 2014 VG Standard Format

  • All matches are played in Doubles format
  • Pokemon above Level 50 will be brought down to 50 for the match while those below 50 will stay as-is
  • Players choose 4 of their 6 registered Pokemon after team preview
  • Pokémon must meet all three of the following conditions to be eligible for use:
    1. Pokémon must be found in the Coastal Kalos, Central Kalos, or Mountain Kalos Pokédex (Full list can be found here)
    2. Pokémon must have been obtained in Pokémon X or Y (identifiable by a blue pentagon on the stats screen)
    3. Mewtwo, Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygarde are banned
  • Species Clause: No two Pokémon can share the same Pokédex number.
  • Item Clause: No two Pokémon can hold the same held item.

You can find the full official VG ruleset here.


Many amazing sources exist for help with creating your decks or teams. A few favourites are listed below for you to find more information:

Trading Card Game

Video Game

  • Nugget Bridge for news, articles, videos, podcasts, live tournament coverage, and discussion
  • Veekun for Pokedex with very powerful search
  • Bulbapedia for extra in-game information


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