🏆 EX Mega Battle – October 2022
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Organized by Retro Pokémon TCG
EX Series (RS–PK) format

$135 in cash prizes are up for grabs! New to the EX format? Learn the basics here.


  • 1st Place: $40 USD

  • 2nd Place: $25 USD

  • 3rd & 4th Place: $15 USD

  • 5th–8th Place: $10 USD

Cash prizes sent via Paypal. Players may opt to receive PTCGO boosters instead of cash ($1 = 3 codes).

Legal Sets

  • ruby-sapphire-symbol Ruby & Sapphire
  • sandstorm-symbol.png Sandstorm
  • dragon-symbol.png Dragon
  • team-magma-vs-team-aqua-symbol Team Magma vs Team Aqua
  • hidden-legends-symbol Hidden Legends
  • firered-leafgreen-symbol.png FireRed LeafGreen
  • team-rocket-returns-symbol Team Rocket Returns
  • deoxys-symbol Deoxys
  • emerald-symbol Emerald
  • unseen-forces-symbol.png Unseen Forces
  • delta-species-symbol.png Delta Species
  • legend-maker-symbol.png Legend Maker
  • holon-phantoms-symbol.png Holon Phantoms
  • crystal-guardians-symbol.png Crystal Guardians
  • dragon-frontiers-symbol.png Dragon Frontiers
  • power-keepers-symbol.png Power Keepers
  • pop-1-symbol POP Series 1
  • pop-2-symbol POP Series 2
  • pop-3-symbol POP Series 3
  • pop-4-symbol POP Series 4
  • pop-5-symbol POP Series 5
  • promo-symbol Nintendo Black Star Promos 001–040

Bugged Cards

Minor Bugs

The following cards contain bugs, but are still allowed in decks.

  • Ampharos (Dragon Frontiers 1/101): Delta Veil does not properly convert Pokémon in your hand, deck or discard pile.
  • Beldum (Hidden Legends 54/101: Beldum occasionally cannot be evolved by Rare Candy. Evolving can cause a Game Engine error. If this occurs, the player who caused the error will forfeit the match.
  • Bulbasaur (all versions): Bulbasaur occasionally cannot be evolved by Rare Candy. Evolving can cause a Game Engine error. If this occurs, the player who caused the error will forfeit the match.
  • Chansey ex (Ruby & Sapphire 96/109): Chansey ex cannot evolve into Blissey ex.
  • Scyther ex (Ruby & Sapphire 102/109): Scyther ex cannot evolve into Scizor ex.

Major Bugs

The following cards contain significant bugs. These cards are not allowed in decks.

  • No cards are currently banned due to known bugs.

New Bugs Arising During Tournament

If any significant bugs are discovered during tournament play, a tournament admin may allow or direct any affected players to replace those cards with either Basic Energy cards, or in some instances, a similar card. For example, if a particular Magikarp was bugged and could not evolve into Gyarados, that player could be allowed to use a different Magikarp for the remainder of the event.

Sudden Death

There is no Sudden Death feature. If Sudden Death should arise, it must be played played as a new game with 6 Prize cards. However, the first player to draw a prize will be declared winner. In Sudden Death, whenever possible, players must treat their Prize count as 1. For example, if a player uses Rocket's Admin., each player must opt to draw 1 card.


Spectating must be enabled for all tournament matches. Players are allowed to spectate any match, but are asked not to comment on a match in progress in a way that could affect a player's decisions.

Late Players

In order to keep the tournament running, we ask players to begin their rounds as quickly as possible after they are posted. A player who has been queued for 5 minutes without an opponent must mark themselves the winner after confirming their opponent is not also queued.

Match Time Limits

To avoid unnecessary delays to the tournament, players may not extend match time if an opponent's game time expires. If your time expires, you lose the match, regardless of game state.

Game Crashes

Unfortunately, major errors, including game crashes, sometimes occur. If you encounter this, do not restart your match, as this can unnecessarily delay the tournament. Instead, reach out to a tournament admin, who will do their best to find a solution that is fair to both players. Generally, game-breaking errors will award the win to the player that was leading in prizes when the crash occurred. (If the game was tied, the players may be directed to play a Sudden Death match.) However, if restarting the game is unlikely to cause any delays to the event, a tournament admin may allow the match to be replayed. If a game crash was caused by one player disconnecting (or any sort of exploitation of online play), that player will forfeit the match.

Deck Lists

All players will submit a legal deck list to participate. Players must play this same 60-card deck list throughout the duration of the tournament. Deck lists will be shown at the conclusion of the event.

Tournament Structure

3 Swiss Rounds - BO1
untimed rounds
no round check-in
8 players advance to the next phase
Top 8
Single Elimination Bracket - BO3
untimed matches
no match check-in
Wins are worth 1 match point, ties 0