2013-14 Season Tournament Documents Updated!

With the announcement of 50 minute, Best-of-3 Swiss rounds and the reinstatement of draws in the Pokémon TCG, everyone was awaiting the new rules to see how everything would be implemented. Finally the rules document has been updated. Here’s how draws and Swiss rounds will be run this season.

2014 Play! Pokémon TCG Rules and Formats
New Section 8 called “Match Resolution during Swiss Rounds”
Section 8.3: Determining the Outcome of an Unresolved, Best-of-Three Match

Game 1
• If the last turn ends during game 1, the match results in a tie.
• If time is called after game 1 has been resolved but before the starting player for a Sudden Death game has been determined, the match results in a tie.
• If time is called after the game 1 winner has been determined but before the starting player for game 2 has been determined, the winner of game 1 wins the match.

Game 2
• If the last turn ends during game 2, the winner of game 1 wins the match.
• If time is called after game 2 has been resolved but before the starting player for a Sudden Death game has been determined, the winner of game 1 wins the match.
• If time is called after the game 2 winner has been determined but before the starting player for game 3 has been determined, the match results in a tie.

Game 3
• If the last turn ends during game 3, the match results in a tie.
• If time is called after game 3 has been resolved but before the starting player for a Sudden Death game has been determined, the match results in a tie.

For the full rules document, you can download the PDF file from Pokémon’s support site: http://support.pokemon.com/

12 responses to “2013-14 Season Tournament Documents Updated!”

  1. Darkstripe2

    damn. dark garb won’t go anywhere if it looses the first game

    1. poetlarsen

      but it can easily win the first game

  2. Lukas

    Your source link isn’t working.

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      Apparently you can’t direct link to it. I fixed it to link to the support page, and you can get it from the downloads section. Thanks!

  3. Samzilla33

    What does it mean by “If time is called after game X has been resolved but before the starting player for a Sudden Death game has been determined, the match results
    in a Y?” I’m completely lost on what that means.

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      Sudden Death refers to a situation where both players win at the same time, which would cause a new, one prize game. Here’s an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czv0YG7TX4o

      Basically if time is called before the Sudden Death game begins, the game is incomplete. The odds of this situation happening are extremely, extremely low.

      1. Samzilla33

        Okay, thanks! I knew what Sudden Death was, but the way the Tournament Documents worded it was really confusing.

  4. Public Toilet

    Not sure if there will be a lot of ties.

    Question, does the 3 turn rule still apply after time is called?

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      Yes, the Swiss rounds are 50 minutes + 3 turns.

  5. TheAllyKat

    I am new to competitive play. I would to inquire what “Sudden Death” is defined as.

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      Sudden Death is when a game ends in a tie, such as both players taking the last prize simultaneously or both players having no Pokémon left in play. Normally this occurs via Poison/Burn damage between turns or with a “selfdestruct” move that KOs each player’s Pokémon at once. In this situation, you start a brand new game with 1 prize each.

  6. Dark Kitty

    So does this mean that every round before top cut is going to be best of 3 instead of best of 1?