The Pokemon Trading Card Game has made a small change to how it numbers some of its cards. Beginning later this month, reprints and cards with alternate artwork will have an "A" next to the number on the bottom right corner of the card to denote them as alternates. Previously, reprints and alternate artwork cards typically had a new number with a "Black Star" next to it, denoting it as a promo card.
So why did the Pokemon Company make this change? It's actually meant to improve competitive play by making it easier to determine what's a legal card and what isn't. Players competing in Pokemon Trading Card Game competitions are limited to what cards they can include in a deck. Typically, cards that are two years old or older are cycled out after the end of the Pokemon competitive season in August. However, players have argued over whether alternate art cards or reprints of older cards are technically allowed in competitive play, especially if the reprints were released less than two years ago.
By reverting reprints and alternate art cards back to their original numbering, the Pokemon Company is hoping to make it easier to know what cards are competitively legal and which cards aren't. Of course, this also means that there will be newly released cards that can never be used in official Pokemon Trading Card Game competitions.
On the plus side, a new expansion set for the Pokemon Trading Card Game is set to be released tomorrow. Stay tuned to WWG for more coverage.