Legacy format (TCG)

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The Legacy format of the Pokémon Trading Card Game was a format added to Pokémon Trading Card Game Online on March 29th, 2016 [1] as a way for players to continue using cards from the HeartGold & SoulSilver Series, as the Unlimited format was removed from the Versus and Event modes. With its sucessor Pokémon Trading Card Game Live not having cards older than the Black & White Series, Legacy is no longer playable in an official capacity.

Only cards released in the HeartGold & SoulSilver and the Black & White Series were legal to play in Legacy. Uniquely among TCG formats, the same card pool was used from the format's creation until its demise. However, some fan communities enforced unofficial bans on certain cards.[2]

If a card in a non-Legacy-legal expansion is a reprint of a card from a Legacy-legal expansion, all prints of the card can be played in a Legacy-legal expansion-legal deck (e.g. Furious Fists Energy Switch). However, some cards significantly differ in wording between newer prints and older prints; these cards can be used in Legacy, as the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online will always use the effect of the latest printing of the card.

Notably, while Legacy uses only cards from old Series, it always followed the current rules of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. This meant that as new Series were released, the rules the Legacy format followed changed along with them [3].

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