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District Noir by Pandasaurus Games Coming Soon

Pandasaurus has announced a new 2 player set collection game District Noir is coming this summer. Preorders will start on May 19th with retail release planned for July 19th. District Noir was originally published in Japanese by Taikikennai Games in 2016 as Throne and Grail. It was then published in 2019 as Chocolate Factory by Nasza Księgarnia in Polish. The current art and theme was published last year in French by Spiral Éditions. When the time is right, gain control! At the head of the city’s largest criminal organizations, men and women fight to control territories and gain support by trying every means possible to grow their influence. Control of the District Noir, a central and highly contested area, remains the major issue that will make all the difference in dominating the city. There are two paths to victory: win over District Noir's various supports, or directly control the city’s three strategic locations. Before players can claim these, they must be played to the center

Pokémon TCG: Play! Pokémon Autumn 2020 Rules Update

Play! Pokémon has updated their Rules and Regulations for Autumn 2020. The only update was the addition of the Promo Card Legality Status adding the upcoming Sword and Shield Promo Cards coming to the TCG. The three promo cards from the Fall 2020 Treasure Chest are not listed, meaning they may not be Black Star Promos and instead are alternate holos of the previously released Rillaboom, Cinderace and Inteleon.


After posting Play! Pokémon released the updated banned list effective November 27th. The next announcement will be on February 4th 2021.

Promo Legality

Champion's Path

  • Hatterene V - SWSH055 - 11/6/2020 (Hatterene V Box)
  • Morpeko V - SWSH056 - Upon Release (Marnie Premium Collection)
  • Grimmsnarl V - SWSH057 - Upon Release (Marnie Premium Collection)
  • Alcremie - SWSH058 - Upon Release (Ballonea Gym Pin Collection)
  • Galarian Obstagoon - SWSH059 - Upon Release  (Spikemuth Gym Collection)
  • Duraludon - SWSH060 - Upon Release  (Hammerlocke Gym Pin Collection)
  • Vivid Voltage Pre-release

  • Charizard - SWSH066 - 11/27/2020 (Build and Battle Kit)
  • Donphan - SWSH067 - 11/27/2020 (Build and Battle Kit)
  • Snorlax - SWSH068 - 11/27/2020 (Build and Battle Kit)
  • Lugia - SWSH069 - 11/27/2020 (Build and Battle Kit)
  • Vivid Voltage Blisters

  • Grookey - SWSH070 - 11/27/2020 (1 Pack Blister)
  • Scorbunny - SWSH071 - 11/27/2020 (1 Pack Blister)
  • Vaporeon - SWSH072 - 11/27/2020 (3 Pack Blister)
  • Sobble - SWSH073 - 11/27/2020 (3 Pack Blister)
  • Zacian and Zamazenta Premium Collection & Elite Trainer Box Plus

  • Zacian V - SWSH076 - Upon Release
  • Zamazenta V - SWSH077 - Upon Release
  • Orbeetle V Box

  • Orbeetle V - SWSH078 - 11/27/2020

  • Banned List


      No changes have been made to the banned card list for the Standard format for Vivid Voltage
      • Bellelba & Brycen-Man (Sun & Moon—Cosmic Eclipse, 186/236)
      • Mismagius (Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds, 78/214)


      New Cards

      • Milotic (XY—Flashfire, 23/106)
      • Oranguru (Sun & Moon—Ultra Prism, 114/156)
      • Sableye (Black & White—Dark Explorers, 62/108)
      • Shaymin-EX (XY—Roaring Skies, 77/108, 77a/108, and 106/108)

      Play! Pokémon's reasoning for these changes:

      • Milotic‘s Energy Grace Ability doesn’t work with Pokémon-EX, but it still works with Pokémon-GX and Pokémon V. This created some undesirable combos, such as the one with Trevenant & Dusknoir-GX and Ace Trainer. As more Pokémon V come out in the future, there’s a high likelihood of even more combos with Milotic being discovered.
      • Oranguru‘s Resource Management attack and Sableye‘s Junk Hunt attack allow for infinite resource recursion strategies that are relatively simple to achieve. In an attempt to curb the effectiveness of some of these control and lock strategies, these cards have been banned.
      • The sheer amount of card drawing provided by Shaymin-EX‘s Set Up Ability allowed dangerous combo decks to function at an alarmingly consistent rate. With the introduction of Scoop Up Net, it became too easy to use Set Up repeatedly in a single turn. Crobat V and Dedenne-GX provide effects similar to Shaymin-EX, so this type of card isn’t gone completely, but their Dark Asset and Dedechange Abilities are limited to one use per turn.

      Existing Cards

      • Archeops (Black & White—Noble Victories, 67/101; Black & White—Dark Explorers, 110/108)
      • Chip-Chip Ice Axe (Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds, 165/214)
      • Delinquent (XY—BREAKpoint, 98/122, 98a/122, and 98b/122)
      • Flabébé (Sun & Moon—Forbidden Light, 83/131)
      • Forest of Giant Plants (XY—Ancient Origins, 74/98)
      • Ghetsis (Black & White—Plasma Freeze, 101/116 and 115/116)
      • Hex Maniac (XY—Ancient Origins, 75/98 and 75a/98)
      • Island Challenge Amulet (Sun & Moon—Cosmic Eclipse, 194/236 and 265/236)
      • Jessie & James (Hidden Fates, 58/68 and 68/68)
      • Lt. Surge's Strategy (Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds, 178/214; Hidden Fates, 60/68)
      • Lusamine (Sun & Moon—Crimson Invasion, 96/111 and 110/111; Sun & Moon—Ultra Prism, 153/156 and 153a/156)
      • Lysandre's Trump Card (XY—Phantom Forces, 99/119 and 118/119)
      • Marshadow (Shining Legends, 45/73; Black Star Promo, SM85)
      • Maxie's Hidden Ball Trick (XY—Primal Clash, 133/160 and 158/160)
      • Mismagius (Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds, 78/214)
      • Puzzle of Time (XY—BREAKpoint, 109/122)
      • Red Card (XY, 124/146; Generations, 71/83)
      • Reset Stamp (Sun & Moon—Unified Minds, 206/236, 206a/236, and 253/236)
      • Unown (Sun & Moon—Lost Thunder, 90/214)
      • Unown (Sun & Moon—Lost Thunder, 91/214)
      • Wally (XY—Roaring Skies, 94/108 and 107/108; Generations, RC27/RC32)


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