XY Series ruling changes applying to English card game

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Professor Sycamore revealed for XY expansion
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  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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Pokémon.com has announced ruling changes for the English card game that will be applying Nov. 8, 2013. These changes are the same that were revealed for the Japanese card game late September. Additionally, in order to help explain these rulings, Professor Sycamore was announced for the XY expansion. Professor Sycamore is an Uncommon Supporter card numbered 122/146 with the same effect as Professor Juniper. XY will release Feb. 5, 2014.

First turn

Players now flip a coin before drawing their opening hands. The winner of the coin flip now decides who goes first. Also, whoever goes first now can’t attack on his or her 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. Pokémon Catcher is now functionally identical to Pokémon Reversal. The new effect is as follows.

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

Professor Juniper and Professor Sycamore

XY'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 up to 4 of the card they choose.