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June 11th, 2004, 9:52 AM
Okay, back in the day, when the tcg game first started, I collected a lot of the cards that came out. I was just wondering...well I'm wondering a lot about the game today. One question i have is have the rules changed any since when it first started? Another question i have is how do these leagues work, and do you need the knew ex and such cards to be able to play?

June 15th, 2004, 12:18 AM
One question I have is have the rules changed any since when it first started?There are the addition of different formats. The popular ones seem to be unlimited(Everything is legal as far as I can tell) and Modified (Team Rocket set and below are illegal, I think.) Other than that, not much has changed. Just small things were added like Two-on-Two Battles, Dual types, "Poke-Body." They're just like "Poke-Powers" except Poke-bodies could come into effect at anytime, depending on what the description says. And "Supporter Trainer Cards" Those are basically Trainer cards that are "more useful" but you are limited to using them once per turn.

Another question I have is how do these leagues work, and do you need the new ex and such cards to be able to play?Hmm I'm not sure how the leagues run, but I think you can find some info about it at: http://op.pokemon-tcg.com/
And you don't have to use the new "ex pokemon" yet, BUT! The new modified rules coming up for league tournaments basically force you to use cards from the Expedition set and up :\.

June 15th, 2004, 12:49 AM
There is the "Supporter Card" which is attached to your Pokmon and then discarded at the end of your turn but usually depends on its effect.
The "Pok-Body" ability, preferably refering to the description its got.
You can play 2v2 battles, similar to the R/S game.
Dual-Type Pokmon, and thats about it.
There are no rules changed, only on the Pokmon card descriptions like "If your opponent as more than one defending Pokmon" usually on the older ones they refer Defending Pokmon as the active Pokmon but now they use the bench Pokmon as in-play and Defending pokmon.

June 16th, 2004, 3:14 PM
The "Modified" format includes the following sets...
EX: Ruby and Sapphire
EX: Sandstorm
EX: Dragons
EX: Team Aqua vs Team Magma
EX: Hidden Legends
Nintendo promos (no Wizards blackstar or Wizards Best of Game)

Most of the tournaments these days are of the Modified or Limited variety, be prepared for that.

Most other rules changes are minor in nature and include...

Supporter (explained above)
Mulligan (now draw 1 instead of 2)
Pokemon Power split (explained above)
Confusion (can retreat at any time, 3 damage counters for failed attack)
First Turn (first player can't draw a card, can't evolve at all)

everything else can be found by reading the text of the newer cards.

June 26th, 2004, 6:52 AM
There is also a new condition which I don't know WHy people didn't know. You can now burn pokemon. And also I think frozen