Pokemon.com has announced a rule change to set legality – new expansions will now be legal to play the third Friday after their store release date.

sfodt_phototour28“Top players will get a chance to build winning strategies with the latest Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion after a change to the rules and regulations regarding eligible expansions at Pokémon TCG tournaments. Now, each expansion will be permitted for use in competitions starting on the third Friday after its US release date. The Steam Siege expansion launches August 3, 2016, so under the new regulations, it will be eligible for play at the 2016 Pokémon TCG World Championships, which begin Friday, August 19. Look forward to seeing how the top players build their decks and adapt to the latest challenges that arise in Steam Siege!”

This new ruling will allow cards like Volcanion-EX, M Gardevoir-EX, Xerneas BREAK and Yveltal BREAK to take the stage and possibly see play in San Francisco!