Rules changing for XY card game; Professor Sycamore revealed

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First player can't attack first turn; Pokémon Catcher requires coin flip
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  • Friday, September 27, 2013

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The official Japanese Pokémon TCG website has updated the page detailing new rules for the upcoming release of the XY Era and Generation VI of the TCG. Three major changes have been noted, which are all detailed below. These changes go into effect in Japan on Nov. 8, the day that the X & Y Beginning Set will be released.

First player's first turn

Starting Nov. 8, the first player will not be allowed to use an attack on their first turn.

Pokémon Catcher errata

The Item card, Pokémon Catcher, will be receiving an errata. The card's effect will now be dependent on a coin flip. The new effect is as follows.

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AceSpec.png You can only have 1 Ace Spec Trainer card in your deck.
Flip a coin. If heads, switch your opponent's Active Pokémon with 1 of his or her Benched Pokémon.
You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

Professor Juniper and Professor Sycamore

Collection X's Professor Sycamore

These two supporter cards, Professor Juniper and Professor Sycamore, are given a special rule due to their effects. The newly revealed Professor Sycamore Supporter card has the same effect as Professor Juniper. Because of this, players may run either Professor Juniper or Professor Sycamore in their deck. They may still run 4 of the card they choose.