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.

FAQ for Celestial Storm

 

Below please find the FAQ for the new Celestial Storm set. These will also be sent out by Organized Play to those authorized to run Prereleases, but we are posting them here as well for the convenience of Judges who won’t have access to that email.
They should also be on the Professor Forums tomorrow in a nicely formatted doc with color graphics, but if you want to save on ink, you can download our simplified version here: FAQ-SM07
Same rulings, just without the logos and graphics.

Enjoy:

SM: Celestial Storm – FAQ

 POKEMON ABILITIES:

== EXTEND (Metagross – SM:Celestial Storm)

Q. If you move Metagross with the “Extend” Ability to your bench after playing Steven’s Resolve, will your turn immediately end?
A. No, Extend only prevents your turn from ending as a result of playing Steven’s Resolve, after which your turn simply continues as normal.

== LAZY (Slaking – SM:Celestial Storm)

Q. What happens if both Slaking with “Lazy” and Garbodor with “Garbotoxin” in play? Do they cancel each other out or what?
A. It depends on the order in which each Ability gets activated. Both Lazy & Garbotoxin require a condition in order to activate (either being the Active Pokemon or having a Tool attached), so when one of the abilities is active the other one is prevented. But if the ability gets disabled (like if Slaking is no longer the Active Pokemon or if Garbodor loses its attached Tool), then the other ability can activate even if it was previously prevented.

== MAGIC EVENS (Mr.Mime GX – SM:Celestial Storm)

Q. Can Choice Band be used to get around Mr.Mime GX’s “Magic Evens” Ability that blocks even amounts of damage?
A. Yes, the Choice Band and all other effects that may adjust the attack total are factored into the amount of damage being done before Mr.Mime GX’s Ability is checked.

== SHADY MOVE (Banette GX – SM:Celestial Storm)

Q. What are the rules for using Banette GX’s “Shady Move” Ability?
A. You can move 1 damage counter from any Pokemon in play to another Pokemon in play; it can be different players’ Pokemon or it can be the same player’s Pokemon (either you or your opponent).

Q. If there is more than one Banette GX in play can the player perform “Shady Move” more than once (i.e. perform Shady Move with active, then retreat, switch, etc., perform it again with the new active)?
A. Yes, you could do that. However, going to the bench does not allow the same Banette GX to do Shady Move again; you are limited to one Shady Move per Banette GX per turn, assuming you can get them into the active slot.

== WISH UPON A STAR (Jirachi {*} – SM:Celestial Storm)

Q. What do I do with Jirachi {*}’s “Wish Upon a Star” Ability if my bench is full?
A. If you cannot put Jirachi {*} onto the bench, you just put it into your hand but do not draw another prize.

POKEMON ATTACKS:

== BLAZE OUT GX (Blaziken GX – SM:Celestial Storm)

Q. For Blaziken GX’s “Blaze Out GX” attack, can I choose to discard two DCE’s if I want?

A. Yes, you can choose to discard one energy from each of the two DCE’s, resulting in both cards being discarded.

== EVEN GAME (Luvdisc – SM: Celestial Storm)

Q. If my bench is full and I use Luvdisc’s “Even Game” attack, does that allow me to exceed my normal bench size like Sky Field does?
A. Sorry, but no. You can’t put more Pokemon on your bench than you are allowed to.

== GIGA DRAIN (Dhelmise – SM:Celestial Storm)

Q. If Dhelmise does “Giga Drain” and the Defending Pokemon only has 10 HP left, does Dhelmise still heal itself for 30 damage?
A. Yes, because the 30 damage is still done, even though it is more than enough to KO the Defending Pokemon.

== HARDEN (Seedot – SM:Celestial Storm)

Q. If I use Seedot’s “Harden” attack which prevents any attack damage that is 40 or less during the opponent’s next turn, does that come before or after calculating for Weakness/Resistance?
A. Weakness & Resistance are factored in before determining whether Harden blocks it or not. So if a fire Pokemon’s attack does 30 damage to Seedot and then +30 more is added for Seedot’s Weakness, Harden would not prevent the damage. However, if the fire Pokemon’s attack does 20 damage to Seedot and then +20 more is added for Seedot’s Weakness, Harden would prevent the damage.

== METEOR MASH (Metagross – SM:Celestial Storm)

Q. If I use Metagross’ “Meteor Mash” attack several turns in succession, does the damage keep piling up as 60, 120, 180, 240, etc.?
A. No, Meteor Mash tops out at 120. It only adds +60 to the base 60 damage, it does not accumulate on successive turns.

== PHEROMONE CATCH (Volbeat – SM:Celestial Storm)

Q. What happens if I try to use Volbeat’s “Pheromone Catch” attack, but Illumise was KO’d during my opponent’s previous turn?
A. Volbeat’s Pheromone Catch is a game state check; it doesn’t matter if Illumise is even in play anymore. As long as one of your Illumise used Pheromone Signals during your previous turn, you get the bonus when using Pheromone Catch.

TRAINER CARDS:

== APRICORN MAKER (SM:Celestial Storm)

Q. Can Apricorn Maker be used to search for the Trainer “Bursting Balloon”? Taking the card literally, Bursting *BALL*oon contains the exact same “Ball” as given on Apricorn Maker.
A. Of course not, don’t be silly! You can only search for cards like Poke Ball, Ultra Ball, Beast Ball, etc.

Q. Can Apricorn Maker be used to search for “Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick” since it has the word “Ball” in its name?
A. Nope, Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick is a Supporter, not an Item card.

Register NOW for NAIC 2018

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Seniors: 70%
Juniors: 70%

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Masters: 55%
Seniors: 34%
Juniors: 35%

Source: research shared by Will Post Mon June 25 on Facebook.

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Spectator Registration: https://pokemon.rk9labs.com/spectator/naic2018

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PokePopCast 9: Riffle Shuffle without Damaging Cards!

This is a short episode of the PopCast where we just look at the details of how to do a riffle Shuffle without damaging or bending your cards, or your opponent’s cards.
It’s a hot topic and if not done properly, can damage cards.
So a lot of players don’t want to have their cards riffle shuffled.
But that should only be a concern if it is done badly.
Here, we learn how to do it right, and not damage the cards.
It is the best, most efficient method of shuffling, so let’s learn how to do it correctly!

https://youtu.be/QpT5vcrLahY

Pokémon TCG: Guzzlord-GX Box image revealed

Italian Guzzlord-GX Box
UPDATE: The Italian image for the Guzzlord-GX Box has confirmed that the Guzzlord-GX card (and its jumbo variant) will have alternate artwork from the version released in Crimson Invasion.



Pokémon TCG: Guzzlord-GX Box

The Pokémon TCG: Guzzlord-GX Box includes:

  • 1 foil promo card featuring Guzzlord-GX
  • 1 oversize card featuring Guzzlord-GX
  • 4 Pokémon TCG booster packs
  • A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

The Pokémon TCG: Guzzlord-GX Box will release on January 5th, 2018, at a suggested retail price of $19.99 USD.