We just had an announcement from Play Pokemon, that let us know that a HGSS-on rotation could happen in July, just before US nationals. Here is the link to the announcement:
While I think that a rotation is necessary for the format, I disagree with the recent announcement by Play Pokemon. If they did not announce a rotation at the launch of the Black and White, why wait a couple of months? People have already spent about a month not planning for a rotation, and now Play Pokemon plays the “maybe” game with us. They are wasting the time of all the players by possibly forcing us to prepare for 3 different formats in the span of just 3 months. If I wanted to play 3 different games, I would do so, but I only want to play 1 game at once.
Lets back up a little bit. Last fall Japan’s organized play announced a rotation and a rules change that will effect their format alongside the release of their Black and White sets. The rules were kind of strange and included things like being able to use Trainers and Supporters on the first turn and having Supporter cards go straight to the discard pile. Fast forward to April 4, 2011, when it was announced that we also get the rules changes but not the rotation that Japan got. This meant that we will have a format that had a lot of donk decks. A lot of people were upset by the rules and lack of a rotation. They stated that the format had forced players to rely more on luck than skill.
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