Fossil & Rocket Get The Go At STS

Well, due to the plea of many little young ones, WotC finally give the OK to use Fossil and Rocket cards at the Super Trainer Showdown in Long Beach CA. I was FedEx'd a letter explaining it all. If you want to read it, then keep on reading. [slight pause] Yeah.

Pokémon™*: Fossil™ and Team Rocket™ cards?
In the Super Trainer Showdown?

Dear Master Trainers,

It's true! Due to the amazing customer feedback we've received, we have decided to include the Fossil and Team Rocket expansions in the Pokémon card sets that you can use at the Super Trainer Showdown taking place at the Queen Mary, July 22. All age groups can use Base Set, Base Set 2, Jungle™, Fossil, and Team Rocket expansion cards. In addition, you can use all promo cards that have been produced by Wizards off the Coast as well.

We feel that this will create the most exciting and interesting play experience for all of the Master Trainers coming to the Super Trainer Showdown.

Good luck, Master Trainers, and have a great time!


*©1995, 1996, and 1998 Nintendo, Creatures, GAMEFREAK. Pokémon, Fossil, Jungle, and Team Rocket are trademarks of Nintendo.
Wizards of the Coast is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. ©2000 Wizards of the Coast, Inc.

Well, this was just about the FedEx'd letter they sent to me. Rejoice, it's official!

Also in the FedEx package was a blue sheet, explaining more of the STS rules.

Super Trainer Showdown Tournament Rules

The Super Trainer Showdown tournament rules are very similar to the Pokémon™ Mall Tour Qualifier rules with slight modifications to accommodate the swiss format.

  • You cannot have more than 4 of the same cards in your deck besides Basic Energy cards. All decks must be exactly 60 cards.

  • You may not use proxy cards in the Super Trainer Showdown. You may use Japanese cards only if you have the English version of the card available, set aside from your deck, for your opponent and a judge to reference.

  • If you use card protectors such as card sleeves all cards must be in the same color card protectors.

  • No marked or worn cards may be used.

  • Super Trainer Showdown is played in a swiss format. In this format, even if you lose some matchers, you may continue to play in the tournament until all rounds of swiss have been run.

  • If neither player has taken all six prize cards, the player who has taken the most prize cards at the end of a 20 minute round will be declared the winner, but given only 2pts, instead of 3pts for winning. In the case of tie, the match will be declared a draw and each player will receive 1 pt.

  • Tournament rulings are final.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Pam Wilson at 425-204-7628 or at

Well, it does clear up a lot of questions I had with the STS, except for one... I wonder if I can use French cards in my deck (since I bought all that Pokémon TCG stuff when I went to Europe)... I guess I'd better ask! :D  

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