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DCI™ Banned and Restricted List Announcement

Announcement Date: September 1, 2000

Effective Date: October 1, 2000

Standard
(Only English Base Set and Gym Set Pokémon TCG Cards)
Super Energy Removal is banned
Impostor Oak's Revenge is banned
Trap of Team Rocket is restricted

Gym Block
(All English Gym Set Pokémon TCG Cards)
No Changes

Type 1
(All English Pokémon TCG Cards)
Super Energy Removal is banned
Impostor Oak's Revenge is banned
Trap of Team Rocket is restricted

Type 1.5
(All cards on the Type 1 Banned and Restricted Lists are banned in Type 1.5)
Super Energy Removal is banned
Impostor Oak's Revenge is banned
Trap of Team Rocket is banned

Explanation of Banned and Restricted List Changes

Due to the decline of young players and increase of older players in the Pokémon Trading Card Game environment, R&D has decided that it would be safe enough to proceed with a Pokémon TCG Banned and Restricted List. As seen in the West Coast Super Trainer Showdown on July 22, 2000 and the Gym: Heroes prerelease tournaments on August 5th 2000, many cards have grown too powerful to encourage viable deck archetypes in the Pokémon TCG. It is in R&D's best interest to try to maximize the number of viable deck archetypes.

Super Energy Removal - The Haymaker deck was one of the most popular deck types used at the STS-West, it made up approximately 55% of the decks used in the tournament. It was obvious that this deck was dominating the entire environment and single handedly eliminated the number of viable deck archetypes. SER was the main force behind this deck, so it's removal will allow the Haymaker archetype to ease-up with the rest of the environment, and will also balance other unbalanced cards (like Item Finder and Computer Search).

Impostor Oak's Revenge - As seen in the Gym: Heroes prerelease tournaments, when combined with Trap of Team Rocket and Rocket's Sneak Attack, IOR allowed the player to eliminate their opponent's entire hand within one turn. This prevented any deck from becoming playable in any environment. R&D decided that with IOR banned, such "first turn hand removals" are non-existant, which was decided that it would be a problem when Gym: Heroes becomes legal in DCI tournaments.

Trap of Team Rocket - This card also aided in the power of IOR. Banning IOR will balance Trap of Team Rocket, but not much. Restricting TTR itself will balance it out in full.

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