This February, join some of the game’s greatest players in Orlando, Florida to compete in one of the most popular and fun retro formats: the Ruby & Sapphire–Power Keepers EX format! Four days of retro Pokémon kick off beginning on Thursday, February 9 and end on Sunday, February 12. The event is free and open to everyone.

Event Location

The Florida Mall
8001 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809

Conveniently located just minutes from Orlando International Airport. Attendees will meet each day at the Dining Pavilion located in the mall.

Note: Due to a high amount of registrants, Saturday and Sunday’s tournaments may be moved to Cool Stuff Games, located five minutes from the Florida Mall. Players will be notified Friday night where to meet for Saturday and Sunday’s events.

Cool Stuff Games
7671 S Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL 32809

Full Schedule

  • Thursday, February 9
    5pm–9pm: Open retro Pokémon TCG gaming and trading
  • Friday, February 10
    1pm–9pm: Open retro Pokémon TCG gaming and trading
    5pm–9pm: Booster Challenge (Details below.)
  • Saturday, February 11: EX Tournament
    Sign-up page (Note: Space for these events is limited. Register online to reserve your spot.)
    Noon–1pm: Tournament check-in
    1pm–6pm: Swiss rounds (Best-of-1)
    6pm–9pm: Top 4 Playoff (Single Elimination, Best-of-3)
  • Sunday, February 12: EX Tournament, 2-on-2 Format
    Sign-up page (Note: Space for these events is limited. Register online to reserve your spot.)
    Noon–1pm: Tournament check-in
    1pm–6pm: Double Elimination tournament

Please check back on this page periodically as starting times may change.

Booster Challenge

On Friday evening, you can compete against four of the game’s best EX players for a shot to win booster packs. Each one of them you defeat will earn you 1 pack. However, each time a player is defeated by one of our four top players, the prize pool increases by one booster pack for the next challenger! This continues until someone wins the pool of boosters, at which point it resets to 1 booster. Meet our line-up of EX All Stars below.

Tord Reklev (4x International Champion)

Jason Klaczynski (3x World Champion, 2015 US National Champion)

Alex Brosseau (2002 Professor Cup Champion)

Chris Fulop (2004 Worlds Finalist)

Prizes

Saturday EX Tournament

  • 1st Place: 15 Astral Radiance Booster Packs
  • 2nd Place: 10 Astral Radiance Booster Packs
  • 3rd & 4th Place: 5 Astral Radiance Booster Packs
  • 5th–8th Place: 3 Astral Radiance Booster Packs

Sunday 2-on-2 EX Tournament

  • 1st Place: 15 Astral Radiance Booster Packs
  • 2nd Place: 10 Astral Radiance Booster Packs

EX Format: Legal Sets & Cards

Legal sets for Ruby & SapphirePower Keepers “EX” format:

  • ruby-sapphire-symbol  EX Ruby & Sapphire
  • sandstorm-symbol.png  EX Sandstorm
  • dragon-symbol.png  EX Dragon
  • team-magma-vs-team-aqua-symbol EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua
  • hidden-legends-symbol EX Hidden Legends
  • firered-leafgreen-symbol.png EX FireRed LeafGreen
  • team-rocket-returns-symbol EX Team Rocket Returns
  • deoxys-symbol EX Deoxys
  • emerald-symbol EX Emerald
  • unseen-forces-symbol.png EX Unseen Forces
  • delta-species-symbol.png EX Delta Species
  • legend-maker-symbol.png EX Legend Maker
  • holon-phantoms-symbol.png EX Holon Phantoms
  • crystal-guardians-symbol.png EX Crystal Guardians
  • dragon-frontiers-symbol.png EX Dragon Frontiers
  • power-keepers-symbol.png EX Power Keepers

Legal promotional cards for Ruby & SapphirePower 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)

Celebrations reprints of legal cards are permitted in decks. All other reprints of legal cards may be used provided there are no significant changes in the reprinted card’s text.

Foreign & Proxy Cards

All language cards are legal at this event (provided an English counterpart exists). In order to ensure players have access to the cards needed to build their decks, and since many cards from the EX era have become scarce and expensive, players will be permitted use up to 10 high quality proxy cards in their tournament decks. (World Championship versions of cards are considered proxy cards.)