Pokémon TCG Format Rotation for 2017

Prepare for the 2017 Standard Format Rotation!

Every year, the Pokémon TCG rotation phases some older expansions out of the Standard format. Some decks fade away, some have to adapt, and some become even stronger. For the 2017 Play! Pokémon season, we say goodbye to XY—Kalos Starter Set through XY—Phantom Forces, meaning that XY—Primal Clash and beyond will be Standard legal. Let’s take a look at some changes to expect as the new tournament season gets under way.
The 2017 Play! Pokémon season starts on July 11, 2016, so players can start on earning their way toward the 2017 Pokémon World Championships. However, the format rotation will not occur until September 1, 2016.

Find out which cards will be permitted in the Standard format in the 2017 Pokémon TCG tournament season.

The Standard format for the 2017 season will consist of the following expansions:

  • XY—Primal Clash
  • Double Crisis
  • XY—Roaring Skies
  • XY—Ancient Origins
  • XY—BREAKthrough
  • XY—BREAKpoint
  • Generations
  • XY—Fates Collide
  • XY—Steam Siege
  • McDonald’s Collection 2014
  • McDonald’s Collection 2015
  • XY Trainer Kit—Latias and Latios
  • XY Trainer Kit—Pikachu Libre and Suicune
  • Black Star Promo Cards: XY36 and higher

Additional expansions become legal the third Friday after they are released in the United States.

The Expanded Format for 2017

In 2017 we will not be removing older expansions from the Expanded format. Players should double-check what format is being used before deciding which deck to bring to their local events.

The Expanded format for the 2017 season will consist of the following expansions:

  • Black & White
  • Black & White—Emerging Powers
  • Black & White—Noble Victories
  • Black & White—Next Destinies
  • Black & White—Dark Explorers
  • Dragon Vault
  • Black & White—Dragons Exalted
  • Black & White—Boundaries Crossed
  • Black & White—Plasma Storm
  • Black & White—Plasma Freeze
  • Black & White—Plasma Blast
  • Black & White—Legendary Treasures
  • Black & White Trainer Kit
  • XY—Kalos Starter Set
  • XY
  • XY—Flashfire
  • XY—Furious Fists
  • XY—Primal Clash
  • XY—Phantom Forces
  • Double Crisis
  • XY—Roaring Skies
  • XY—Ancient Origins
  • XY—BREAKthrough
  • XY—BREAKpoint
  • Generations
  • XY—Fates Collide
  • XY—Steam Siege
  • McDonald’s Collection 2011
  • McDonald’s Collection 2012
  • McDonald’s Collection 2013
  • McDonald’s Collection 2014
  • McDonald’s Collection 2015
  • XY Trainer Kit
  • XY Trainer Kit—Bisharp and Wigglytuff
  • XY Trainer Kit—Latias and Latios
  • XY Trainer Kit—Pikachu Libre and Suicune
  • Black Star Promo Cards: BW01 and higher, XY01 and higher.

Additional expansions become legal the third Friday after they are released in the United States.

 

 

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