The Pokémon Video Game Championships for Sword and Shield ruleset for Series 10 has been released. Major tournaments like the VGC World Cup will follow this new rule set meaning these changes are very important. This new ruleset has a unique twist to it that has always had controversy around it. They announced that there will be no Dynamaxing allowed for Series 10. If you aren’t familiar with this term, Dynamaxing basically increases a Pokémon’s size and HP, while changing it’s moves. When the game was released in November 2019 one of the main focus points was Dynamxing. Removing this will definitely mean big changes to play.
Argentine Pokémon player Alejo Humphreys said, “I think its going to be a very interesting take because of the lack of Dynamx, which has been very controversial gimmick since it appeared. In both rulesets the battle time, your turn, Team preview, and Turn Time are the same. In series 10 ruleset you can only have one legendary Pokémon on your team which can include Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus, Calyrex. In the previous series rulesets some of these Pokémon have been banned like Calyrex. In my opinion this is going to be interesting because in competitive VGC tournaments most competitors bring two legendary on their team. ”
This new addition will completely shift the archetypes you usually saw in series 9, making it more aggressive and match-up dependent. Pokémon from the Galar region, DLC Isle of Armor and Crown tundra are allowed to be used in the series 10 ruleset. The new rules will be official starting in the month of August.