Celestial Storm Brings Back Friends From the Past

The newest Pokemon TCG release, with Prereleases being held this last weekend and next,  is Celestial Storm. And it is blast from the past, featuring new takes on cards from sets dating back to the e-series. A lot of the  Pokemon cards feature the same art as older cards, but each one has been updated, either with more HP, stronger versions of their attacks, or sometimes just with changed Weaknesses.

There was ONE Pokemon card, however, that many players were anticipating would be identical in Game terms to the original print, and that is Dunsparce. Unfortunately, in the new print, there is a clause in the Strike and Run attack which requires the player to have put a Pokemon from the search onto the Bench in order to then Switch Dunsparce. Since that clause is not in the original print from Sandstorm, the old copy of the card will not be legal to play in Standard or Expanded. It is not an exact reprint.

So, while none of the Pokemon from the set are exact Game Play reprints of many of the older cards, many of the Trainers found in the set are exact reprints, or identical in Game Play terms, and therefore will be playable.
BUT NOT ALL OF THEM!

We consulted with Pokemon Organized Play and R&D to get a definitive list of which original prints of the Trainers from the set are playable and which ones are not. Most of the reprinted Trainers had identical game effects, however a couple of them had differences that were significant enough to keep them from being used in current formats.
To make this an easy reference for players and judges, we will list all of the Trainers below that have older prints and what their status is. We will also soon incorporate this information into our “Legal Card List” resources, found in links over on the right hand side of this page.

Reprinted Trainers from Celestial Storm

Trainer Legal Prints Notes
Acro Bike
Primal Clash 122/160
Apricorn Maker
No old prints are legal The original version from Skyridge allows a search for all Trainers, not just Items
Bill’s Maintenance
Expedition 137/165
FireRed LeafGreen 87/112
Crystal Guardians 71/100
OP Series 5 6/17
Some text changes, however they do not affect the game play of the cards.
Copycat
Expedition 138/165
Team Rocket Returns 83/109
Dragon Frontiers 73/101
HeartGold SoulSilver 90/123
Call of Legends 77/95
Some text changes, however they do not affect the game play of the cards.
Energy Recycle System
Dragon 84/97
Unseen Forces 81/115
Power Keepers 73/108
Text changes, however they do not affect the game play of the cards.
Energy Switch
All of many, many versions Commonly Reprinted
Fisherman
Skyridge 125/144
HeartGold SoulSilver 92/123
Breakthrough 136/162
Text changes, however they do not affect the game play of the cards.
Friend Ball
No old prints are legal The original version from Skyridge has a template that does not include all types of Pokemon, such as Restored Pokemon.
Life Herb
Platinum 108/127
Unleashed 79/95
The Prints from Hidden Legends and FRLG exclude a type of Pokemon from the effect and are therefore NOT legal
Lure Ball
Skyridge 128/144
PokéNav No old prints are legal The original version from Crystal Guardians has a template that does not include all types of Pokemon, such as Restored Pokemon.
Rare Candy
All of many, many versions Commonly Reprinted and Errata allows old versions with different Game text
Super Scoop Up
All of many, many versions Commonly Reprinted
Switch
All of many, many versions Commonly Reprinted
TV Reporter
Dragon 88/97
Dragon Frontiers 82/101
OP Series 2 11/17
Text changes, however they do not affect the game play of the cards.
Underground Expedition
Skyridge 140/144
Rising Rivals 97/111
Text changes, however they do not affect the game play of the cards.
Rainbow Energy
All prints from Aquapolis and newer Early versions (Team Rocket and WotC Promo) did 10 damage, rather than place 1 damage counter when attached, so those are not legal.