17 August 2019 is the date when rotation occurs for the Pokémon card game. For tournaments using the standard format, you will only be able to use cards from the following expansions:
Ultra-Prism, Forbidden Light, Celestial Storm, Lost Thunder, Team Up, Unbroken Bonds, Unified Minds
Detective Pikachu, Dragon Majesty
Promo cards numbered SM94 and above
2020 Season - Age Groups (effective from July 2019)
Junior Division - Players born in 2009 or later
Senior Division - Players born in 2005, 2006, 2007 or 2008
Masters Division - Players born in 2004 or earlier
Our league is now affiliated with the Little Green Bookworm Café at Sutton Coldfield Library. All future league sessions will be held in the Library and you will find us either in the community room (first room on the right at the top of the stairs) or in the Café area at the far end of the library. Tournaments such as pre-releases, league challenges and league cups will still be held at the Quaker meeting house.
Saturday 6 April saw our first league meeting at our new location for league sessions in Sutton Coldfield Library so a big thank you to everyone who came along.
Happy new year and a big thank you to everyone who came along to our first League Cup tournament in December - 46 players in attendance. A few pictures from the day can be seen in our galleries link.
Our next league session is on Saturday 12 January
Thanks to everyone who came to our League Challenge tournament on 29 September and well done to our winners, Tommy, Cy and Ben.
The latest TCG expansion, Dragon Majesty, was released on 7 September 2018. This set contains over 70 cards but will only be available as part of special collection packs.
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.
For players of Pokémon Go you will be pleased to know that our league location is a PokéStop and next door is a Gym.
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.
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.
All event dates and locations are listed on our Club Dates and Events Page
17 October 2015 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.
Card news - Lysandre's Trump card has been removed from tournament play and is now banned from use in all sanctioned tournaments.
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.
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
..and we have a Nationals champion!
Congratulations to Demetris Eaton who won the UK Nationals 2014 Senior Division.
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
Aberdare Regionals on Saturday 12th April 2014 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)
Regionals 2014 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 2014. 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.
Well done to the Sutton Stunfisks who competed at the Sheffield City Championships on 25 January 2014.
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
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
European Professor Cup
Congratulations to Glenn for finishing 3rd in the 2013 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.
Sutton Coldfield Pokémon Club in association with The Little Green Bookworm Café in Sutton Coldfield Library