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The Pokémon Company International has confirmed that the Blaine’s Quiz Show card has been banned from Pokémon TCG competitive play and side events at the 2019 Pokémon World Championships.

“Attention all Pokémon TCG Trainers! Due to potential issues it may cause at multilingual tournaments, the newly released Supporter card Blaine’s Quiz Show will not be legal for play at the 2019 Pokémon World Championships in both official competitive play and side events,” The Pokémon Company International wrote on Twitter.

The Supporter card was introduced in the Pokémon TCG: Sun and Moon – Unified Minds expansion that was released earlier this month.

When put into play, the card’s action reads: “Put a Pokémon from your hand face down in front of you and tell your opponent the name of an attack it has. Your opponent guesses the name of that Pokémon, and then you reveal it.

“If your opponent guessed right, they draw four cards. If they guessed wrong, you draw four cards. Return the Pokémon to your hand.”

Given that the 2019 Pokémon World Championships will attract competitors from around the world, there are worries that, if the card was used, it could lead to confusion.

Seeing as Pokémon names are localized into different languages, there’s the chance that it would lead to a player stating the name of a Pokémon that their opponent wouldn’t understand – holding up matches as a result.

The 2019 Pokémon World Championships will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC from Friday 16th – Sunday 18th August.

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.