Well, I had hoped to drop this on the eve of rotation, but then PTCGO went and kicked all of the rotating cards out of Standard a couple of days early. Anyways, here’s a glimpse at all of the cards that will potentially be rotating out next year at this time.
So there were only three sets that entered the format before last year’s rotation: Sun and Moon Base Set, Guardians Rising, and Burning Shadows (has it really been a year and a month? seems like it was just yesterday Gardy and Golisopod dropped into the meta). It’s safe to assume that a rotation in 2019 will probably only include these sets…. However, they seem pretty pleased with the Sun and Moon franchise, and it’s possible – not probably, actually not likely at all – that they might just skip rotating out any sets in August of 2019.
So I have no idea, but it seems to me a three set rotation is pretty insignificant, and they might just leave those three sets as is. That would leave some continuity in the format, but I’m just speculating. I could easily see them rotating those first three Sun and Moon sets. I don’t think they’ll rotate Shining Legends, they almost always give a set at least two years, and rotating out SLG would give it a life span of about 23 months, so that to me seems unlikely.
But here’s the list, I have taken out cards that have been reprinted in CIN or later. I’m not sure about some of the promos, it would be TOTAL speculation to try to determine where they would draw the line on promos.
Baby Ninetales and Ninetales GX
Energy Evolution Eevee
Golisopod GX (maybe there’s a promo SM 62… depends on where they draw the line)
Ho-Oh GX (maybe there’s a promo SM 80… depends on where they draw the line)
Kommo-No GX (maybe there’s a promo SM 80… depends on where they draw the line… oh wait nobody cares because this is the worst GX Pokemon ever)
Lycanroc GX (yes, Bloodthirsty Eyes)
Necrozma GX (maybe there’s a promo SM 59… depends on where they draw the line… but even if it is rotated don’t worry we have plenty of other Pokemon named Necrozma)
Banana Master (sorry Donald)
Salazzle GX (maybe there’s a promo SM 63… depends on where they draw the line)
Tapu Bulu GX (maybe there’s a promo SM 61… depends on where they draw the line)
Tapu Lele GX (although I’ve heard she’s going to be re-released in a tin or something)
Snorlax GX (the one that started it all)
Altar of the Moone