New changes to Penalties
There have been some important changes to the penalties that judges can issue during tournaments. Effective immediately the single Prize card penalty has been replaced with a double prize card penalty and the multi prize card penalty has been replaced with a quad card penalty. In addition, when one of these penalties is awarded, the player no longer takes the extra prize cards into their hand but instead are instructed that to win the game they just have to take 2 or 4 prize cards less.
Double and Quad card penalties for game play errors are normally only awarded at Tier 2 events such as Regional tournaments. League Challenges and League Cups are Tier 1 events. However, you should be aware that even at Tier 1 events, judges can escalate penalties to the next level if they feel it necessary or if a player has already received a warning for the same error.
If you're unsure about how the new penalties work please ask Glenn at the next event or league session.
Thanks to everyone who came along to our Winter Cup Tournament and congratulations to our winners - Rhys (Masters), Logan (Seniors) and Ben (Juniors)
Hope you all like our new banner designed by Jordan, our very own graphic designer.
The TCG annual rotation for the 2018 season came into effect on 1 September 2017.
This means that for Standard format events cards will need to come from the following sets:-
XY Break Through
XY Break Point
Sun and Moon
XY Trainer Kit – Pikachu Libre & Suicune
Sun & Moon Trainer Kit – Lycanroc & Alolan Raichu
Promo cards XY67 and upwards
Promo cards SM01 and upwards
For Expanded events, cards from Black and White onwards will be legal
The latest TCG expansion Burning Shadows became legal for tournament play on 18 August
Thanks to everyone who came along to our Summer Cup Tournament and Barbeque. Some photos from the day are on our gallery page
We are now officially "affiliated" to a shop. This is now a requirement to run pre-release events and League Cups.
Unfortunately this happened too late for us to be allowed to hold the next prerelease event in August (2017).
Tony from Premier Express, 2 Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield has been extremely helpful and patient about the process of being approved.
Sales of booster packs at the shop are gradually increasing in the store.
Congratulations to Jake for finishing as runner-up in Seniors at the Regional Championship in Malmo, Sweden.
Thank you to everyone who came along to our League Challenge on Saturday, great to see some new faces.
Sun and Moon TCG cards were released on 3 February and will become legal for tournament play on 17 February.
With the introduction of Sun and Moon, a gameplay rule change has been introduced for the Burn condition.
When a Pokémon is burned, put two damage counters on the Pokémon between turns and then flip to see if the burned condition is removed (heads) or remains (tails), This rule will apply for any Sun and Moon release event and for all gameplay as soon as Sun and Moon TCG becomes legal for play (17 February) and has already been applied to the rules for PTCGO with the latest patch release.
Well done to our New Year's Eve League Challenge winners - Jason (Masters), Vanshay (Seniors) and Carys (Juniors)
The remaining European Regional Championships have been announced recently and will include another three being held in the UK (Sheffield, Birmingham and Liverpool).
Here in the UK, we have been luckier than many other European countries with being allocated Regional events. Due to Regional Championships now offering cash prizes there are a number of legal implications and unfortunately TPCi have not been able to organise Regionals in all European countries.
The next International Championship has also been announced and will be held in Melbourne, Australia in March.
All event dates and locations are listed on our Club Dates and Events Page
Well done to Vanshay for winning the League Cup (Seniors) held during the weekend of the International Championship in London in December
Thanks to everyone who came to our Evolutions League Challenge on 26 November and well done to our winners Carys (Juniors), Vanshay (Seniors) and Luke (Masters).
Gear Season League Challenge Thanks to everyone for coming along to our Gear Season League Challenge on 15th Oct. 46 players in total, equalling the UK record that we set last year. Some photos from the day can be seen on our Galleries page
For players of Pokémon Go you will be pleased to know that our league location is a PokéStop and next door is a Gym.
New season and format rotation
The new season began on 11 July so you can expect new age divisions to be in effect for any tournaments that begin after this date.
Also, rotation for TCG has been announced and this will come into effect from 1 September. Standard Format will be XY - Primal Clash onwards. Expanded Format will remain the same which is Black and White onwards.
New sets will now become tournament legal from the third Friday after they are released.
Summer Cup Tournament
Thank you everyone who came along to our Summer Cup tournament on 2 July. There was a great turnout including both the UK Nationals Masters and Juniors 2016 champions, alongside some of the best UK Masters and a few well known TCG commentators fresh from their European tour. Well done to our winners Connor, Logan and Jake. Special thanks go to Barnaby, Kathryn, Ian and Rita for the BBQ and our wonderful young Pokemon Roller organisers Grace and Kiera and of course Becky and Joanna for designing and painting the cups.
You can see some more photos from the day in our gallery section.
Thanks to everyone who came to our double tournament day on 18 June -we've uploaded a few photos from the day on our galleries page - click here to view.
For those of you who went to Nationals, we hope you enjoyed the weekend and we'll try to put some photos up on the website this weekend.
The top four juniors included three of our players, Jake, Robin and Vanshay (how great is that?!) with Jake becoming crowned the 2016 UK National champion.
Well done also to Robbie who did really well for his first time at Nationals.
Thanks to everybody for coming along to our league Challenge on 30 April and congratulations to Shivam and Jono who both earned points to give them their worlds invite.
Happy New Year and thank you to everyone who came to our City Championship on 2 January, especially all the staff who helped make the event a success.
Well done to the winners - Vanshay Bhucher (Juniors), Kyle Guest (Seniors) and Andrew Emerson (Masters)
City Championships - We have listed the dates and locations for all the UK City Championships on our Dates and Events page
17 October saw us host the largest League Challenge ever held in the UK with 46 players so a real big thank you to everyone who came along making it a great event.
A big thanks to everyone who came along to our Ancient Origins Pre release. 46 players, a fantastic turnout.
2016 Season Pokémon TCG Rotation Announced
The yearly rotation of sets for the TCG has been announced. With effect from 1 September 2015 the Standard format will include only cards from the XY sets onwards:-
XY Kalos Starter Set
XY Furious Fists
XY Phantom Forces
XY Primal Clash
XY Roaring Skies
XY Ancient Origins
XY Break Through
XY Break Point
XY Trainer Kit
McDonalds Collection 2014 (USA)
Black Star Promos XY01 and higher
Lysandre's Trump card is still banned from tournament play .
New Age Groupings
The new age groupings are now in effect for all tournaments starting from 13 July 2015 as follows:-
Juniors - Born in 2005 or later
Seniors - Born in 2001, 2002,2003 or 2004
Masters - Born in 2000 or earlier
Our TCG League Challenge on 25 July will use these new age groupings
Summer Cup Tournament
On 4 July we will be holding our annual Summer Cup TCG tournament. The format for this year will be based on a Booster Draft Tournament..... with a couple of twists.
For those of you have never been to a Booster Draft event it is slightly similar to a pre release where you get to open 6 packs and build a 40 card deck. However, the key difference is that you will sit in a small group and when you open the first pack you choose one card and place it face down in front of you. You then pass the other 9 cards to the player on your right, in turn receiving 9 cards from the player on your left. You then choose another card and place it face down and then pass the remaining 8 cards on to the next player. Repeat this until you have 10 cards in front of you. Normally, each time you choose a card you would probably try to select a card based on the energy type or evolution chain that you want to try to put together. You then do the same with the next 5 packs until you have 60 cards in front of you. Those are your cards to keep and you then build your 40 card deck using those cards - energy cards will be supplied by us.
However, as I said there will be a couple of twists. Firstly you will not be allowed to use EX cards in your deck. So, when opening a pack, if you pull an EX you can keep it rather than passing it on to the next player but you will not be allowed to play it in your 40 card deck.
The second twist is that in booster drafts, players all have packs from the same set but in this tournament groups of players will build decks from either Primal Clash, Furious Fists or Flashfire. So once you've built your deck you will probably play against players who have built their decks from a different set to yours. We will randomly select players at the start to sit in specific groups for opening packs so all players on the same table will open packs from the same set (in other words, your six packs and the cards you select will all be from the same set but players on another table will have a different set to you) . I hope that's clear but if you are unsure of the rules please message Glenn on Facebook or email Joanna.
The cost to enter is £5 each and there will be hand painted custom cups for the winners.. .and of course you get to keep the cards you selected when opening the packs. Please book your place in advance by contacting us in the usual way - phone or email Joanna or message Glenn on Facebook.
Look who has got their photo on the official Pokémon web site and also feature in the video montage from Nationals :)
Meet the Winners http://www.pokemon.com/uk/pokemon-news/meet-the-winners-of-the-uk-national-championships/
Video montage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFhdZIb0yJ0
Card news - Lysandre's Trump card is being removed from tournament play and will be banned from use in all sanctioned tournaments from 15 June
TPCi believe the card has created an undesirable play environment because it eliminates one of your opponent's possible win conditions (decking your opponent out), allows repeated use of powerful trainer cards, allows drawing many cards from your deck with minimal consequences and extends the time of battles.
Well done to of all our Sutton Coldfield League players who competed at Nationals in Manchester this weekend
On day two our league had 2 out of the top 4 juniors and 3 out of the top 8 seniors competing in the finals.
Vanshay made it to the Juniors final and finished as runner-up.
TCG Spring Regionals are now over and the UK TCG Nationals is approaching. With this in mind I've updated the list of competitive decks where you can take a look at some of the decks that have been doing well in recent tournaments, both here and in the US. The deck lists may not be perfect but they can be used as a basis to build your own decks.
Click here for the deck lists or navigate the TCG tab above (TCG> deck building> competitive decks)
Another great day for Sutton players at the TCG East Midlands Regional in Nottingham with Vanshay winning Juniors and Corey winning Seniors. Well done to you both.
Wakefield Regionals saw another good day for some of our players with Vanshay winning Juniors and Corey coming second in Seniors.
It was a great day for Sutton players at the Nottingham City Championship with Rhys Williams winning Masters, Corey Kirkham coming second in Seniors and Robin Waters winning Juniors.
You may have seen on Pokemon.com and Facebook that the first UK Video Game Regional Tournament is to be held in Sutton Coldfield on 18 April. This is being held at Sutton Coldfield Town hall. However, please note that we are not the organisers for this tournament. For more information contact the organiser Suzie Masters at YeovilTCG@hotmail.com or via the event page on Facebook using this link https://www.facebook.com/events/1424000894559297
VG Tournament rules - Click here
VG Team Registration List - Click here
Don't worry if you see a league challenge report for 8 Feb and think you missed it... you didn't. We had encountered a number of problems getting the results of the League Challenge we held back in December registered on the main Pokémon website and to resolve this we have had to reload the tournament details using a different date. Play points and championship points from that league challenge should now show on your play Pokémon account.
Some photos from our Primal Clash pre release tournament can be seen on our gallery page
- click here.
It was a good day for Sutton players at Wakefield Cities. Vanshay won Juniors and Corey won Seniors. Shivam came third in Seniors and Luke and Tamao both made it to the top 8 Masters.
Awesome day at our City Championship on 3rd Jan. 93 players in total making it the biggest ever Cities tournament in the UK. For photos of the event click here
Well done to our winners
Many thanks to everyone who came along to our Rustboro league Challenge tournament on Saturday 13th and well done to our winners Matt , George and Vanshay.
Our next meeting will be our City Championship tournament on 3 January. We hope to see you all there and in the meantime we wish you all a very merry Christmas.
Last weekend Barnaby and his children ran a Pokemon stall at their school Christmas fair. Barnaby was Professor Oak running a Hunt the Snivy game and giving new trainers starter Pokemen at his lab. Robin was a Pokemon Trainer, teaching about Basic and Stage 1 Pokemon, giving out energy cards and running our shop selling cards and decks. Adam was a gym leader showing new trainers how to attach energy and do attacks. After a battle with Adam everyone earned a painted tiddlewink gym badge. Grace was Nurse Joy in the Pokecenter giving out item and healing cards and selling pokemon cup cakes. They raised £111. Well done indeed!
Manchester Regionals. There was another big turnout for last weekend's TCG Regionals in Manchester and a number of our players had travelled up for the competition. Well done to Vanshay and Shivam who both finished in the top 4 of Juniors and Seniors respectively, getting themselves a trophy each, booster packs and other goodies. Rhys and Jordan also did well, finishing 2nd and 5th after seven swiss rounds in a masters field of over 90 players. Rhys lost his top 8 finals match and unfortunately due to the late start and getting the last train back, Jordan couldn't stay to compete in the top 8 but still earned himself some championship points.
It was great to see a number of our league players attend the first TCG regionals of the season at Newport in Wales. Special congratulations go to two of our Juniors, Robin who won and Vanshay who came 3rd, earning themselves a trophy each, loads of booster packs and championship points too.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ANNOUNCED ..... Well, sort of.
Earlier this week, Pokemon posted details ot the 2015 World Championships on their website but soon afterwards took the page down again. I've summarised the details below but of course when the page gets reposted things may have changed somewhat.
According to the original post, Worlds will be held in Boston, Massachusetts 21 to 23 August. The championship points requirements have been reduced, masters will only require 300, seniors 250 and juniors 100. The tournament will be held over 3 days. The top players in each zone (e.g USA, Europe, etc) based on points earned will automatically get a place for day 2 and won't have to compete on day 1. All other players with an invite will compete in swiss rounds on day 1 with the top players proceeding into day 2. The top 8 will play at the end of day 2 and day 3 will be for the finals i.e. top 4 in each age group. The prize funds have been increased and will now see monetary scholarship prizes awarded to the top 32 in each age group.
There will not be a last chance qualifier.
Unlike what we have seen in previous years, I doubt there will be any players willing to scoop to other players in tournaments once they have the minimum points requirement as they will want to get as many points as possible to increase their chances of automatically competing in day 2 .
It was great to see a fantastic turn out for our League Challenge on Saturday - 39 players. We hope you all enjoyed the day and congratulations to our winners. For photos from the day click here
Thank you to everyone who attended our Phantom Forces pre release on Saturday 25th, it was great to see so many players including quite a few new faces. We're really sorry for the delayed start which was due to us having serious problems getting the tournament software up and running on the laptop and we hope it didn't spoil your day.
Our next tournament (which we promise will run a lot smoother!) is our League Challenge on Saturday 8 November. Please note that Phantom Forces cards will not be legal for this tournament. The official release date for Phantom Forces is 5 November and the set will not be legal in tournaments until 21 days after release - you will of course still be able to play them at normal league meetings to test out your new deck ideas.
Greninja League Challenge
Thanks to everyone who cam along to our League Challenge tournament on Saturday, especially our winners Vanshay (Juniors), Shivam (Seniors) and Jack (Masters).
You can download and print an updated deck registration sheet by clicking here
Our league member Luke Kirkham has created a blog site for discussing all elements of the TCG at www.victory-road.co
Please visit his site and show him your support - remember it's where Brandon Salazar got his US Nationals winning deck list from.
World Championships. Congratulations to Demetris who finished in an amazing 14th position in Seniors at Worlds. A great performance, well done.
TCG Rotation for next season announced
From next season, which normally starts sometime in September, the Standard format will allow for cards from Boundaries Crossed onwards. You can see a full list of legal cards for this format here
However there will also be a new Extended format that can be used in some tournaments and this will allow you to use cards from Black and White onwards.
A big thank you to everyone who came along to our Summer Cup Tournament on 5th July making it a great success. It was a fun tournament and that's what Pokémon is all about - playing with friends and having fun.
A big thank you to Becky for designing and painting the winner's cups and also for playing her trumpet to announce the rule changes throughout the day.
The winners from our League Challenge tournament held on 7 June
..and we have a Nationals winner!
Congratulations to Demetris Eaton is now the UK National 2014 Senior Champion.
Well done also to Arun Jhinger who got into the top 4, also earning himself an invite to the World Championships. Two Sutton Stunfisks in the top four seniors - Amazing!
I hope everyone who went along enjoyed themselves whether it was in TCG or VG. A few photos from the day are in our galleries section - click here
On Saturday 5 July we are planning to hold a Summer Cup Tournament. We are proposing to use a different format to the normal 60 card Standard Constructed format and will post details soon.
Thanks to everyone who came to our Flashfire Prerelease on 3 May - 39 players in total. Hope you all got some good cards.
Congratulations to Demetris who made it into the top 4 at Edinburgh Regionals on Sunday 27th and now has enough Championship Points for his invite to Worlds. Well done Demetris!!
Thanks to everyone who came along to our Yveltal League Challenge on Saturday 26th April and congratulations to our winners, Jack Robinson (Juniors), Jack Eccles (Seniors) and Luke Kirkham (Masters). You can see some photos from the day on our galleries page by clicking on this link.
Aberdare Regionals on Saturday 12th April saw an all Sutton Stunfisks final in Seniors. Jack won and Demetris came second.
We have now had three Regional winners from Sutton Coldfield this season Jack (Aberdare), Corey (London) and Jordan (Wakefield)
Well done to Corey for winning Seniors at London Regionals on Saturday 5th April. Biggest Regionals tournament of the year so far with 120 players in total. Glenn was Head Judge for the event.
Many thanks to everyone who came along to our Xerneas League Challenge. Well done to our winners Jack Robinson (Juniors), Demetris Eaton (Seniors) and Luke Williams (Masters). You can see more photos from the event on our galleries page here.
A big thankyou to everyone who came along to our Regionals Championship tournament on Saturday 8 March making it such a great event. 102 players in total.
You can see some photos from the event on our galleries page by clicking here
Well done to all our winners
Well done to the Sutton Stunfisks who travelled to Wakefield Regionals on 1 March. Glenn on staff as a judge, Joanna and Luke in Masters and Stephen, Jack, Demetris, Corey and Jordan in Seniors. Corey, Jack and Jordan all made the Top 8 Cut. Jordan beat Jack in Top Four and went on to win the tournament.
Well done to Jordan who now has enough Championship Points for an automatic invitation to compete in the 2014 World Championships in Washington DC.
Thanks to everyone who came to our Froakie league Challenge tournament on 18th Feb. Well done to our winners Tamao (Masters), Charles (Seniors) and Vanshay (Juniors). You can see some more photos from the event on our galleries page
Many thanks to everyone who competed in our X&Y Prerelease on 1st February and to everyone who helped out. You can see some photos of the event on our galleries page here.
Congratulations to our own Luke Kirkham who has passed the exam and is now a Pokémon Professor.
Well done to the Sutton Stunfisks who competed at the Sheffield City Championships on 25 January. .
Jack, Corey, Jordan and Steven made the Seniors Top Cut an all Sutton Coldfield affair. Jordan won with Steven coming second. Demetris finished 5th and Shivam 7th.
Luke also made Top Cut in Masters.
Well done Team SC
Well done to both Luke and Corey who won Masters and Seniors at the Doncaster City Championship
The Sutton Stunfisks were also represented at Wakefield Cities on Sunday by Luke and Corey. Corey won the seniors competition getting a trophy and 50 championship points while Luke put in a great performance in masters going 4-2.
Well done to the Sutton Stunfisks who competed in the City Championship at Manchester on Saturday. Masters - Glenn, Luke and Joseph. Seniors - Stevie, Jordan, Demetris, Corey, Jack and Shivam. Juniors - Vanshay.
Jordan and Demetris both made seniors top cut, with Jordan going on to win the tournament.
A number of our league players travelled to the south east last weekend to compete in the City Championships at Crawley and Aldershot - Luke, Glenn, Corey, Jordan, Demetris, Shivam and Vanshay. Special mention goes to Jordan who won Seniors at Crawley, came 3rd at Aldershot, earning him 80 Championship points for the weekend and congratulations to Luke who made top cut in Masters at Aldershot surprising everyone with his Scizor deck.
Thanks to everyone who came along to our Fennekin League Challenge tournament and congratulations to our winners - Rhys (Masters), Arun (Seniors) and Vanshay (Juniors). You can see some photos of the event on our galleries page - click here.
You can view a copy of our latest newsletter by clicking on the link on the right hand side.
A big thanks to everyone who came along to our City Championship on 21 December making it a great success - players, judges and staff. Well done to our winners Daniel (Juniors), Charles (Seniors) and Alex (Masters)
You can see some photos of the day here
Well done to Demetris for winning Seniors at the Aberdare City Championship and Jordan for a top 4 finish in Regionals at St Austell last weekend, both getting themselves championship points.
On Saturday 30 November ten Team SC players travelled to Manchester to compete in the first Regional Championship of the year. Well done to Jordan, Stephen and Demetris who all made it into the Seniors Top Cut. Jordan finished 3rd overall and got himself 105 Championship Points.
With the improved pull rates from Legendary Treasures packs, players have increased chances of getting EX cards, which may make it easier and cheaper to put together a competitive deck. Take a look at some of the competitive deck lists we have listed on our website here. We've just updated some of the lists and have added lists for Virizion/Mewtwo, Tooldrop, Rayboar and Empire. With the new rules we expect to see Catcher played a lot less and so there's more scope for playing Pokémon as tech cards onto your bench and building up Stage 2 Pokémon without them being catcher'd.
The new team in charge of Pokémon in the UK are Gordian Knot Games. They have announced that the first three UK Regional TCG tournaments will be held at Manchester (30 Nov), Glasgow (7 Dec) and St Austell (14 Dec). They are currently trying to coordinate City Championships and we now have confirmation that we can hold ours on 21 December - details can be found on our City Championships page here.
We are still waiting to receive confirmation of when we can hold our first League Challenge tournament - as soon as we know we will fix up a date and post the details here.
Thanks to everyone who came along to our Legendary Treasures Prerelease tournament and thanks also to Ross and Luke for helping out as Judges and our Pokemums for dishing out all the energy cards.
Well done to our winners, Ben Rollason (Masters), Jordan Pugh (Seniors) and Jack Robinson (Juniors)
You can view more photos from the event in our gallery page
Many thanks to everyone who took part in our Video Game Tournament land congratulations to the winners Luke Williams (Juniors), Corey Kirkham (Seniors) and Dan Willington (Masters)
Pokémon have made some changes to Championship points
We are planning to hold a TCG City Championship tournament on 21 December. We'll be holding the tournament at the United Reformed Church, where we had our Regionals tournament last year so we can invite more players. Further details will be posted nearer to the date but if you are planning to come along please send us an email.
One of our players mislaid a blue playmat at our Plasma Blast prerelease - if you picked it up by mistake please let us know or bring it along to the next league meeting. Thanks.
Our website has been updated to take into account changes for the new season such as the new legal card list for tournaments, competitive decks and a new deck registration sheet with the new age groupings listed.
Videos and photos from Pokémon World Championships
There are some photos from Worlds in our galleries page - click here to view
Pokémon produced some short videos at Worlds which they showed repeatedly on large screens over the 3 days.
Take a look and see if you can spot anyone you know in the second video
The event experience http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IJURNhpnSLI
Why do you play Pokémon http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9purZ2URSPY
Where are you from http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4sYYJZcvuBQ
World championships http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=epCMBzMbJws&feature=plpp
Latest News......World Championships 2014
Just announced - next year's 2014 Pokémon World Championships will be held in Washington DC, USA.
Summer Cup Tournament
A big thank you to everyone who attended our Summer Cup tournament. Well done to all our winners. It was especially a good day for the Williams boys with Luke winning the Masters and Rhys winning the Seniors in his last tournament as a senior before going into the masters next season. It was also nice to see Becca playing instead of judging.
Thanks also go to Becky for designing and painting the winners' cups.
Masters 1st Luke Williams 2nd Becca Mander
Seniors 1st Rhys Williams 2nd Jack Eccles
Juniors 1st Mason Swingle 2nd Wiliam Burroughs
Well done to everyone who went along to the Nationals at the NEC and we hope you had a great time. You can view some photos of the weekend on our galleries page by clicking here.
European Professor Cup
Congratulations to Glenn for finishing 3rd in the European Professor Cup and getting a large trophy presented to him by Dan Brandt from Pokemon USA. The tournament featured Pokémon Professors from all over Europe competing against each other for the title which was won by Tristan Wagner from Netherlands. Glenn was the highest UK finisher.
A big thank you to everyone who attended our Spring Battleroad tournament on 4 May. Well done to all our winners Callum Sanders (Juniors) , Jordan Pugh (Seniors) and Liz Roberts (Masters). Photos from the event are on our galleries page here
Special congratulations go to Jordan who has now earned himself over 400 Championship Points which gives him an automatic invitation to the World Championships in Canada in August. Well done Jordan!
Sutton Coldfield Pokémon Club in association with Premier Express, 2 Coles Lane.