Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (9:30 PM) - JPN Gallade from our forums is reporting that at Worlds, there was artwork of Black Kyurem and White Kyurem on display that matches the style of the Keldeo artwork below. Thus, there's a good chance that their artwork could be used for two of the set's booster packs. | The previous story about the Black Kyurem and White Kyurem box has been updated with the official product details, so be sure to re-read it if you came here earlier today.

We have received the Boundaries Crossed set description as well as a small teaser image featuring Keldeo in its Resolute Form, which will likely be the artwork used on one of the set's booster packs. As expected, this set is our equivalent of Japan's BW6 Cold Flare / Freeze Bolt.

Boundaries Crossed

Step into the next dimension of your journey into battle using the might of the Boundary Pokémon... both White Kyurem and Black Kyurem! Harness the powers of more Pokémon-EX like Landorus, Cresselia, and Celebi, and Keldeo makes its debut in the Black & White - Boundaries Crossed expansion as both a Pokémon and a Pokémon-EX, along with the never-before-seen, powerful ACE SPEC Trainer cards, which are so devastating that you can only carry one into battle! Cross over to sweep aside your opponents with one mighty push!

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Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (1:30 PM) - We have received the product details for this box and have updated the news story below. | So much TCG news lately!

A new "Black Kyurem and White Kyurem Box" will be released on November 7th, the same day Boundaries Crossed officially hits store shelves. It will feature either Black Kyurem or White Kyurem as a figurine, a special holo promo card of one of the two, and four Black and White series booster packs. We'll probably get a product image of the box within the next week or so, so be sure to check back!

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Saturday, September 1st, 2012 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (10:00 PM) - The set prefix will be BW instead of BW2.

We have received exclusive information that the name of America's November set is Boundaries Crossed, which references the Boundary Pokemon, Kyurem ("crossed" also references "X," as in "EX"). The set will obviously be our equivalent of Japan's BW6 Cold Flare / Freeze Bolt, which was released in Japan this past July to promote the release of Black 2 and White 2. Our set will be released in America on November 7th, which means prereleases will probably take place the weekends of October 27th and November 3rd.

It should be noted that this is the first set released under TPCi that is not named after the games it is promoting, such as EX Ruby and Sapphire being named after Ruby and Sapphire. We'll hopefully have more details about this set next week, and perhaps some images as well, so be sure to check back!

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Saturday, September 1st, 2012 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A Plasma Gale preview leaflet has revealed two new Trainer cards: Colress and Poison Hypnotic Beam. Like all of the Trainer cards in this set, they seem to be quite powerful! With Colress, you can draw up to 10 cards, and with Poison Hypnotic Beam, your opponent is going to be hammered down with Special Conditions. The latter card also makes Poison decks that much more plausible to use now, especially with Virbank City Gym upping Poison by 2 damage counters. A huge thanks goes to Rogan for the card translations below!

Colress from Plasma Gale

Colress - Trainer
Supporter (Plasma)

Shuffle your hand into your deck. Then, draw an amount of cards up to the number of Pokemon on both your and your opponent's Bench.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).


Poison Hypnotic Beam from Plasma Gale

Poison Hypnotic Beam - Trainer
Item (Plasma)

The Defending Pokemon is now Poisoned. Flip a coin. If heads, the Defending Pokemon is also Asleep.

You can use any number of Item cards during your turn.

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Friday, August 31st, 2012 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (8:30 PM) - The package will cost $10.99.

In the first week of October, a new blister pack will hit store shelves called the Dragon Vault: unlike regular blister packs, it will come with its own unique Dragon Vault booster packs comprised of the 20 Pokemon and Trainer cards from Japan's Dragon Selection mini-set! There will be three of the Dragon Vault booster packs in the package, each containing five random cards instead of the usual ten, as well as one of five promo cards and a TCGO card. Like Japan's mini-set, ALL of the cards in the Dragon Vault packs will be holographic! How exciting!

Dragon Vault Blister Pack
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Friday, August 31st, 2012 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The official Pokemon website has posted a news article detailing the changes to the Play! Pokemon system for the upcoming season, some of which we have already covered recently. The full article is re-posted below.

The Pokémon Organized Play team has several exciting announcements regarding the upcoming 2013 Play! Pokémon tournament season.

Championship Points

We’ll be making some changes to the way that Championship Points work this season. First off, to add both precision and flexibility to the system, we’ll be increasing the point system by a factor of 10. Therefore, if you earned 1 point for a specific placement last season, you’ll earn 10 points this season.

Next up, the 2013 season won’t be using a “Top X” system for World Championships invitations this season. Because we have a solid baseline of data from a full season of play, the Organized Play team feels comfortable setting the invitation levels for Worlds at a fixed value. This means that you’ll have a clear target number to shoot for, and when you get there, there is no risk that someone else can bump you out. The points necessary will vary by rating zone, and will be listed in the Pokemon TCG Championship Points Award Structure.

Because this season will be using fixed value Championship Points invitations, we will also be eliminating the invitation prizes from National Championships. Instead, National Championships will now award the minimum number of points necessary to earn an invitation to Worlds to a predetermined number of top finishers (Top 8, 4, 2, or 1, depending on rating zone). We feel that Nationals should always be a key path to the World Championships, and it will remain so under this system.

These are the major changes to the Championship Points system for the 2013 season. There will be several other smaller changes to point award levels and best finish limits at some event series. The details will all be covered at Pokemon TCG Championship Points Award Structure.

Be sure to link your Play! Pokémon Player ID with your Pokémon Trainer Club account so you can track your Championship Points online, as well as become eligible to receive cool rewards!

Regional Championships

For the 2013 season, we’re further expanding the Regional Championship event series by splitting the series across three dates. You can now attend an Autumn Regional, Winter Regional, and Spring Regional Championship. Each season we’ll have 5 events running across the U.S. and Canada, giving Video and Trading Card Game players additional opportunities to earn some big prizes!

Dates for these events have been set for the following weekends:

Autumn: October 13 & 14
Winter:
January 19 & 20
Spring:
April 13 & 14

Details regarding exact times and locations will be posted shortly at Play! Pokémon.

Play! Points

The Play! Points program was a huge success in the 2012 season! More players played in more events, and in more matches, than any other season in the history of Pokémon Organized Play! For the 2013 season, players will still earn Play! Points based on the rates found at the Play! Points FAQ.

Play! Point entry requirements for U.S. Nationals for 2013 will be increased for the Masters division and slightly decreased for the Junior and Senior divisions. For other National event requirements, check with the event organizer.

Want to know if you have enough points to play at Nationals? Just use the event locator while you’re logged in. When you reach the tournament summary page, you’ll see a block that will indicate whether you’ve qualified for the event or not.

Changes to Top Cuts

To make some of the lower tier events less time consuming, we’re making changes to the top cuts at Battle Road events.

Battle Road events will no longer feature a top cut, and these events will be played as straight Swiss. Battle Roads will also feature a deeper Championship Points payout structure as a part of this change, awarding points to more of those participating.

Season Start Date

While this has already been mentioned in the 2012 Modified Format update, we’re providing a bit more detail here to explain why the start date has moved forward and what that means for you.

With the season now starting in early July, all July events will count towards the Championship Point or Play! Point requirements for events in that season. That is, events in July 2012 will award points for the 2013 Nationals or Worlds, respectively.

This means that future events will include some exciting new things, both domestically and internationally. Even this year, several international partners are running Premier Events in July that award Championship Points towards the 2013 World Championships!

Also, the World Championships will take place in the 2014 season, but they will keep the age division dates from the 2013 season. This means that finishers at Worlds will be awarded Championship Points that will apply to qualification for the following year.

The top four finishers at Worlds 2013 will receive points equal to, or in excess of, the points required to qualify for Worlds 2014. Players below the top four will receive an amount less than the amount required to qualify, but they will still have a good jump start towards qualification.

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
September 2012 Gym Challenge Promos

Players who attend Gym Challenge tournaments in Japan this September will get a booster pack of random promos and basic Energy stamped with the tournament's name. Promos confirmed thus far are a reprinted Psyduck, Charmander, Hugh (special holo), and Escape Rope (special holo) from Cold Flare / Freeze Bolt, though the two Pokemon feature alternate artwork.

There will also be a brand new Wartortle and Flygon promo. The Wartortle is too small to read, but has a [C][C] attack for 20 damage and a [W][C][C] attack for 40 damage with an additional effect. It has 80 HP, is weak to Grass, and has a [C][C] retreat. Flyon's translation is below thanks to DorianBlack.

Flygon - Dragon - HP140
Stage 2 - Evolves from Vibrava

Ability: Unknown Name
If Flygon would be damaged by an attack, flip a coin. If heads, reduce that damage by 40. (Note: The details of this translation aren't final.)

[G][P][C] Power Blast: 120 damage. Flip a coin. If tails, discard an Energy attached to this Pokemon.

Weakness: Dragon (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

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Saturday, August 25th, 2012 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update #2 (Monday, 1:00 AM) - The commercial has been posted on Pokemon's official YouTube channel. With clearer images, we've updated the translations for Rotom (OMG "BOLTERGEIST") and Beheeyem. | Update (10:30 PM) - Added images of Infernape, Monferno, Rotom, and Golbat below (and partial translations of the latter three).

A new commercial for Plasma Gale just aired in Japan, revealing that Rotom, Beheeyem, Amoonguss, Scrafty, Druddigon, Infernape, and their evolutionary relatives will be in the set along with a new Stadium card called Plasma Frigate. We should have clearer screenshots of the commercial tomorrow, so be sure to check back. For now, translations of what we can read are below thanks to Rogan!

Golbat and Monferno are not Plasma Pokemon, nor is Cubchoo from the other day. Thus, it seems that only final evolutions (such as Crobat and Klinklang) or fully evolved Pokemon (such as Giratina and Articuno-EX) will be Plasma Pokemon in the set.

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Plasma Frigate - Trainer
Stadium (Plasma)

All Pokemon that have Plasma Energy attached to them have no Weakness. (Note: This applies to non-Plasma Pokemon too since you can attach Plasma Energy to them. Wow!)

This card stays in play when you play it. Discard this card if another Stadium card comes into play. If another card with the same name is in play, you can’t play this card.


Rotom - Lightning - HP60
Basic Pokemon (Plasma)

[C] Electric Bonus: Discard 1 Lightning Energy from your hand. Then, draw 3 cards from your deck.
[L][C] Boltergeist: 20x damage. Look at your opponent's hand. This attack does 20 damage times the number of Trainer cards you find there. (Trainers = Items, Stadiums, Supporters)

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


Amoonguss - Grass - HP90
Stage 1 (Plasma) - Evolves from Foongus

[C] Astonish: Flip a coin. If heads, choose 1 card from your opponent's hand without looking. Look at the card you chose, then have your opponent shuffle that card into his or her deck.
[G][C] Miracle Powder: 30 damage. Flip a coin. If heads, choose 1 Special Condition. The Defending Pokemon is now affected by that Special Condition.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Water (-20)
Retreat: 3


Monferno - Fire - HP80
Stage 1 - Evolves from Chimchar

[C] Roar: Your opponent switches his or her Active Pokemon with 1 of his or her Benched Pokemon.
[R][C] Fire Tail: 50 damage. Discard 1 Energy attached to this Pokemon.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


Infernape - Fire - HP130
Stage 2 (Plasma) - Evolves from Monferno

[C] Torment: 30 damage. Choose 1 of the Defending Pokemon's attacks. That Pokemon can't use that attack during your opponent's next turn.
[R][C] Hell Fire: 120 damage. Discard all Energy attached to this Pokemon.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 0


Druddigon - Dragon - HP110
Basic Pokemon (Plasma)

[C][C] Guard Press: 20 damage. Damage done to this Pokemon during the opponent's next turn is reduced by 20 (after applying Weakness and Resistance).
[R][R][W][C] Dragon Claw: 90 damage.

Weakness: Dragon (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


Beheeyem - Psychic - HP90
Stage 1 (Plasma) - Evolves from Elgyem

[P] Lock Up: 20 damage. The Defending Pokemon cannot retreat during your opponent's next turn.
[P][C][C] Damage Kinesis: Choose any 6 damage counters on your Pokemon and move them on to any of your opponent's Pokemon.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


Scrafty - Darkness - HP90
Stage 1 (Plasma) - Evolves from Scraggy

[D][C] Kick Away: 30 damage. The opponent switches his or her Active Pokemon with one of his or her Benched Pokemon.
[D][D][C] Fortified Head: 50+ damage. If this Pokemon has a Pokemon Tool card attached to it, this attack does 50 more damage.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
Retreat: 2


Golbat - Psychic - HP80
Stage 1 - Evolves from Zubat

[P][C] Spiral Drain: 20 damage. This Pokemon heals 20 damage.

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-20)
Retreat: 1?

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Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

This coming year promises some big changes to the Play! Pokemon system, and we're already hearing about one exciting change from TPCi's Dylan "ExoByte" Mayo regarding how players will become eligible for Worlds:

Next years World Championship invites will not be based on a Top X system. There will be a cutoff. Everyone with more points than the cutoff will make the list. No one will bump anyone off, no one getting an invite via points will prevent anyone else from getting an invite from points.

It seems that now more people will have the opportunity to play in Worlds if they earn it; however, we still have to wait for the rest of the details before we can know anything for sure (such as how high the aforementioned cutoff bar will be). The rest of next year's system will be revealed very soon.

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Monday, August 20th, 2012 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The latest issue of Dengeki Magazine has revealed very small teasers of Articuno-EX and Giratina from Plasma Gale; both Pokemon will be Plasma Pokemon. Giratina has 130 HP and two attacks: one is Shadow Claw, hits for 90, costs PPCC, and has an unreadable effect. Other than that, we can't make out the rest of the cards. Also revealed was the set version of the booster box Crobat promo, which of course features alternate artwork.

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