Press Release: Terra Formars card game coming this fall

September 23, 2016

Japanime Games and Yoka by Tsume Games to produce the Terra Formars card game this fall!  Based on the hit Terra Formars anime series, the game puts players in the role of the heroes of Terra Formars trying to crush the mutated cockroaches underfoot.   Designed by Nicolas Badoux, the game is an exciting mix of cards and dice that forces opponents to outmaneuver each other to steal the most victory points from their enemies. Yoka by Tsume will release the French edition of Terra Formars to french speaking regions of the EU and Japanime Games will release the English, Spanish, German, Italian and French editions of the game to the rest of the world.

The Terra Formars card game uses a combination of unique dice and cards to create a nice balance of resource management and backstabbing your friends.  Based on the popular anime and manga series, Terra Formars, players take the role of the egotistical heroes sent to Mars to cleanse the humanoid cockroaches from the planet so humans may settle the newly terraformed planet.  The 7 unique dice create the resources each round to buy cards to enhance your character and steal kills from your opponents.  At the end, the player who killed the highest priority targets wins the game.  Japanime Games and Yoka by Tsume will be featuring the game at Essen Spiel 2016.

Eric Price had this to say:”We are proud of our second partnership with Yoka by Tsume to produce this exciting new game.  This game will introduce new fans to the Terra Formars anime and manga world and provide a unique and fun game for our customers.”

Japanime Games is dedicated to bringing you the finest games from Japan and beyond! It’s Japanime Games’ goal to import and translate the best of the best games from Asia to bring those great games to a wider audience. Their games feature some of the finest art that can be found along with engaging gameplay and quality components. For more information about Japanime Games, see www.japanimegames.com.

Yoka is the games division of Tsume.  Tsume is a company specialized in the design of high-quality statues in resin, numbered and limited edition. Tsume works with very famous licenses from the Japanese entertainment universe, such as Naruto Shippuden, One Punch Man, Saint Seiya, Bleach, Fairy Tail, Soul Eater, One Piece and Assassin’s Creed for Ubi Soft.

Press Release: The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Goes Old School for Back-to-School Season with Two New Products – 2016 Mega Tins and Duelist Pack: Rivals of the Pharaoh

September 10, 2016

September’s going to be a blast from the past as new Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG releases from KONAMI take Dueling back to its roots this fall. In the 2016 Mega-Tins and Duelist Pack: Rivals of the Pharaoh, heroic Duelists return to face their greatest rivals, and forgotten forces emerge from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! TV Series.
Players will want to hurry to stores to get their hands on September’s leadoff product, the enormous 2016 Mega-Tins, which released on September 2. The 2016 Mega-Tins celebrate the original heroes of Dueling, Yugi and Kaiba … and they aren’t coming alone. The Yugi & Slifer Tin comes with a Secret Rare Slifer the Sky Dragon and an Ultra Rare Dark Magician, while the Kaiba & Obelisk Tin features a Secret Rare Obelisk the Tormentor and an Ultra Rare Blue-Eyes White Dragon. And that’s just the beginning! Every 2016 Mega-Tin has three 16-card Mega-Packs highlighting the best from Crossed Souls, Clash of Rebellions, Dimension of Chaos, and Breakers of Shadow. And beyond the legendary Egyptian God Cards and signature Ultra Rares, each heroic Tin has four more foil promos – including a new Pendulum Monster, Aether, the Evil Empowering Dragon and a never-before-seen boss monster for D/D/D’s, D/D/D Gust King Alexander.

Duelists will want to get both cool designs before they sell-out. Each Tin, sold separately, will be available at retailers nationwide for $19.99 MSRP.

Duelist Pack: Rivals of the Pharaoh hits stores September 16, as the craftiest villains of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series return with new tricks. Bakura’s long-awaited Dark Sanctuary makes the leap to reality – a powerful Field Spell that weaves dark victories with Destiny Board, and turns an opponent’s attacks against them. Kaiba’s Lullaby of Obedience lets Duelists play any monster from an opponent’s Deck, and Duelists will finally command Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon’s signature attack with the Spell Card Neutron Blast. Pegasus and Marik make a cameo, while Yugi battles back with new cards for his Silent Magician and Silent Swordsman monsters.

Duelist Pack: Rivals of the Pharaoh contains 11 brand-new cards, and 46 cards in all: 24 Commons, 10 Rares, 6 Super Rares, and 6 Ultra Rares. Each Duelist Pack: Rivals of the Pharaoh will be $1.99 MSRP per five-card pack at hobby retailers nationwide and mass retailers will offer a two-pack blister for $3.99.

 

Press Release: ‘CARDFIGHT!! VANGUARD G’ GETS NEW ‘TRIAL DECK,’ ‘CLAN BOOSTER’

September 4, 2016

A new Trial Deck for Bushiroad’s Cardfight!! Vanguarg G trading card game, Ritual of Dragon Sorcery, and a new Clan Booster set, Divine Dragon Caper, will both release in December.Based on the deck used by the newest character in the Cardfight!! Vanguard G NEXT animated series, the Ritual of Dragon Sorcery hits the streets on December 9.  This Trial Deck features the Shadow Paladin clan and introduces the new Ritual ability.  The pre-constructed deck comes with a total of 52 cards of 18 different types, including 17 cards exclusive to this deck and 1 reissued card, as well as 4 holo cards.  Each deck also includes a starter’s guide, playmat, Shadow Paladin clan card, and a postcard sporting a preview illustration from the next season of the animated show.

The Divine Dragon Caper expansion follows on December 16, and includes cards designed to work with the Ritual of Dragon Sorcery deck and new trump cards.  This expansion will be packaged in five-card booster packs, sold in 30-pack displays.  The total set will include 104 cards with these rarities:  2 GR, 8 RRR, 12 RR, 22 R, and 60 C.  There will also be 2 SGR parallel and 12 SP parallel cards, and 5 special reissue cards from the SP Clan Pack with new artwork packed randomly in some boosters. Each booster will have one R rarity or above card. As an incentive, those who pre-order will receive an exclusive playmat for each carton ordered.

Retailers can hold a pre-release event scheduled for the weekend that Ritual of Dragon Sorcery releases, December 9-11, by ordering the Divine Dragon Caper Sneak Preview Kit.  Each kit includes 48 booster packs (enough for eight players), 9 promo cards, and 2 premium rubber playmats.

Press Release: Top Duelist at First Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series of the New Season In Toronto Canada

September 3, 2016

Fresh off the successful Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship held last weekend in Orlando, Fla., Konami drew hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists in the first premier level event of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Dueling season. The season kick-off event in Toronto proved to be a reason to celebrate for new YCS Toronto Champion Bohdan Temnyk, and young John Wilkin who won the Dragon Duel Championship.

Players of every age and ability showed off their impressive Dueling skills round after round at YCS Toronto. From Glenmore Park, New South Wales, Australia, Temnyk expertly played his Burning Abyss Phantom Knight Deck to earn him a spot in Day 2 of the tournament. Then, after several rounds of Single Elimination, he faced Michael Walters from Brampton (Toronto), Ontario, also playing a Burning Abyss Phantom Knight Deck in the final playoff.

In addition to bringing home the title of YCS Champion, Temnyk received a special set of prizes that included the new YCS prize card making its début at YCS Toronto, an Ultra Rare Number 93: Utopia Kaiser, a YCS Championship Trophy, the new YCS Top Cut Game Mat, a PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and an invitation and paid travel to his 2017 World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) tournament!

Another exciting series of Duels happened during the Dragon Duel Championship, an event for Duelists born in 2004 or later. John Wilkin from Toronto, Ontario used his Sealed Deck then switched to his own Qliphort Deck in the finals. Wilkin’s skill and strategy proved to be the winning combination as he beat Connor Perrotta playing a Blue-Eyes White Dragon Deck to capture the title of Dragon Duel Champion. He picked up some great prizes too, including a Dragon Duel Championship Trophy, a Regional Deck Box, a Dragon Duel T-shirt, a 2017 Regional Game Mat, and an invitation to his 2017 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier.

Press Release: Square Enix Enters North American Tabletop Games Market

August 30, 2016

Square Enix is entering the North American tabletop games market with two products based on its video game properties, planned for launch in October.  Both are connected to its top video game franchise, Final Fantasy.  The games are being released in Europe in September.

Final Fantasy TCG:  Opus 1 is a 186-card set sold in the traditional TCG format of Starters and Boosters.  It’s a two-player game recommended for players 13 and up.  The game was previously released in Japan in a different configuration, selling over 3.5 million boosters.

Boosters will each have 12 cards, including one premium foiled card.  They’ll be sold in 36-pack displays.

Three different Starter Decks will be available:  Final Fantasy VII (Fire & Earth), Final Fantasy X (Wind & Water), and Final Fantasy XIII (Ice & Lightning).   Each will contain 50 cards, a paper playmat, and rules.  Starters will be sold in six-deck displays.

The product is being released only to the hobby, and only through one distributor, a Square Enix spokesperson told ICv2.  That distributor is GTS distribution.  “No further distribution plans as of now,” the spokesperson said.

A second game, Chocobo’s Crystal Hunt, will be distributed to the hobby through “all of our existing distribution partners,” according to Square Enix, with no additional distribution plans “as of now.”    Chocobo’s Crystal Hunt is a card game based on the characters introduced in Final Fantasy and developed further in a spin-off series of Chocobo video games.

Chocobo’s Crystal Hunt is a card game, not a TCG.  For 3-5 players 5 and up, it plays in 10-20 minutes.

Each game includes 43 cards (14 Chocobo, 5 Fat Chocobo, 4 each of Fire, Water, Wind, and Earth Crystal, and 4 each of Bomb and Ahriman Monster cards), 5 Player Markers, 5 Victory Tokens, and Instruction Manual.  MSRP is $19.99.

Press Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Results

August 29, 2016

Twenty-two élite Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG players representing the top Duelists from all over the world competed this past weekend in Orlando, Fla. at the prestigious 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship. Each of these talented players were vying for the coveted title of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Champion. Additionally, 12 players competed for the title of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragon Duel World Champion, for those born 2003 or later, during the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragon Duel World Championship. Joining the reigning Champions, all of these determined Duelists had already competed and won at their region’s respective World Championship Qualifiers, beating thousands from North America, Latin America, Japan, Europe, Oceania and Asia, for the right to represent their region in Orlando.

The tournament hall was buzzing for two days as intense Duels were completed throughout the weekend. By Sunday afternoon only two players remained, reigning World Champion Shunsuke Hiyama from Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa, Japan and North American Champion Erik Christensen from Oakland Park, Fla. Showing his impressive strategy Hiyama played a powerful Blue-Eyes Deck keeping an eye on the grand prize at all times. Christensen was just as determined, facing off against Hiyama playing his own Blue-Eyes Deck, ready for a Duel of a lifetime. Both players remained laser-focused and intent during the demanding match but it was Hiyama who persevered to become the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Champion.

In addition to Christensen, representing the Americas in Orlando were five other North American players who each earned their spot by topping at the North American World Championship Qualifier held last month in Pittsburgh, Penn. This event rounded out a busy tournament season, which saw a legion of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG players participate in qualifying tournaments across the Americas. Central American Champion Brandon Aguilar from Pachuca, Mexico, South American Champion Joaquin Rinaldi from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Mijail Flores from Peru completed the list of competitors from the Americas.

The 12 Top Dragon Duelists from across the world reinforced the fact that they were a force to be reckoned with in the tournament hall during the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragon Duel World Championship. This exciting group of talented players included North American Dragon Duel Champion Aidan Tiemann from Austin, Texas, John Wilkin, who placed second in Pittsburgh and third place winner Ian Parish. Joining them to show off their Dueling talent and perfected strategies were, among others, Central American Dragon Duel Champion Ronaldo Sierra from Monterrey, Mexico and representing South America, Dragon Duelist Christian Suarez from Quito, Ecuador. After two days of skilled play and impressive Dueling Po-Hsiang Peng from Taipei, Taiwan beat his fellow Dragon Duelists including runner-up, and North American Dragon Duel Champion Aidan Tiemann from Austin, Texas to claim the trophy and title of Dragon Duel World Champion.

In addition to the title of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Champion and Dragon Duel World Champion, Hiyama and Peng, respectively, also took home a World Championship trophy and a 2016 Platinum Secret World Championship Prize Card plus they automatically received an invitation to compete in the 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship to defend their coveted titles.

Rounding out the World Championship experience was a host of several fun things for everyone to enjoy – a LIVE DUEL with voice actors Dan Green and Eric Stuart, the original voices of Yugi and Kaiba respectively from the Yu-Gi-Oh! animated TV series was performed; amusement games provided hours of fun and even a voice-over contest for the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie was held!

Duelists eager to play at the tournament level and trying to earn a place at the 2017 World Championship can participate at various qualifying events. For more information visit www.yugioh-card.com/en/events. For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.

Press Release: Toronto to Host First North American Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series of the New Dueling Season

August 23, 2016

It’s Time to Duel! Konami launches the new North American Dueling season for its premier level Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) in Toronto, Ontario August 27 – 28. This ultra-competitive weekend-long tournament gives hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists across Canada and the United States their first chance of the season to show off their Deck-building skills and strategies and to compete with their peers. The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is a card game involving strategy and skill made famous by the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and animated TV series.

In addition to the intense back-and-forth of competitive Dueling provided at a YCS event, a brand-new exclusive YCS prize card for the weekend’s top finishers will make its début – Number 93: Utopia Kaiser. Different from the regular cards found in booster packs and other Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products, Number 93: Utopia Kaiser can only be obtained by finishing in the Top Three spots at a Main Event of a YCS, or by winning a special Public Events playoff tournament. This makes Number 93: Utopia Kaiser highly coveted by the throngs of Duelists around the world that will participate in the high-level competitive YCS events during the course of the season.

Additionally, the top-ranked Duelists will win a brand-new YCS Top Cut Game Mat for this event.

Pre-registration for YCS Toronto will run from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, August 26 and registration will continue promptly at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 27. Round One will start at 10 a.m. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five of the recently released The Dark Illusion booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Toronto. Players will use their constructed Decks all the way to the final match. The top-ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in their 2017 World Championship Qualifier. Duelists can find the answers to many of their questions here.

Event Address:
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Exhibit Hall G – South Building
222 Bremner Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3L9

Accompanying the Main Event, KONAMI will also be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2004 or later). The Dragon Duel tournaments on both Saturday and Sunday will be sealed using Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, where each Duelist is given ten sealed Battle Packs to make a new Deck. The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive a Dragon Duel Medal, a Regional Deck Box, a Dragon Duel T-shirt, and a 2017 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also earn an invitation to their 2017 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier.

The two victors from the Saturday and Sunday tournaments will face off in a best 2-out-of-3 match using their own pre-constructed Decks in the Advanced Constructed format, to determine the weekend’s overall winner and a chance at the ultimate prize: to hoist the Dragon Duel Champion’s trophy and the coveted title of YCS Toronto Dragon Duel Champion! In addition, the Dragon Duel Champion will also receive a Super Rare set of the Darklord YCS prize cards. Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

Additionally, a full range of Public Events such as 2017 Regional Qualifiers, Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, Sealed Starter Deck and Structure Deck, Duelist League, Yu-Gi-Oh! Day, School Tournament Series, and Generation Duel Tournaments will be held through the weekend.

Prizing Information for YCS Toronto:

· 1st place – Ultra Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Trophy; Paid travel and accommodations to the winner’s 2017 World Championship Qualifier; Invite to and VIP Status at the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; PlayStation©4 system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 20 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 2nd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; PlayStation©4 system; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 3rd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; Xbox One console; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 4th place – Xbox One console; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 5th–8th place – Nintendo 3DS XL Console; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 9th– 6th place – 24 booster packs of the current booster release; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 17th–32nd place – Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

For those unable to attend YCS Toronto, Duelists can follow round-by-round with online coverage.

 

Press Release: Seiji Kanai’s ‘Gods’ Gambit’ From Japanime Games

August 13, 2016

Gods’ Gambit, a new game from renowned game designer Seiji Kanai (Love Letter, Cheaty Mages!, Lost Legacy), is coming to stores this November from Japanime Games.

In the game, players take on the roles of Fallen Gods who must perform good acts in order to return to the High Heavens. Cards in hand take on the role of quests needing completion, and only by emptying their hand can a player find absolution. Various plays help a player empty their hand or cause trouble for another player. Bad Karma accumulates when a god uses its servants to sabotage and manipulate another player, but Bad Karma can be ignored if a God completes all of its good works by finishing all of their quests. Time is of the essence, though, because at some point judgment will be called for by the turn of the card, and each player’s works will be counted.

The game was initially funded on Kickstarter in 2014, receiving backing of $25,421 from 550 backers (roughly $46.22/backer).

Multiple Press Release for Pokemon TCG

August 9, 2016

Pokémon USA will release the Pokémon TCG: Battle Arena Decks: Rayquaza v Keldeo on September 21.

The package consists of two 60-card decks, each led by a Pokemon-EX and includes 10 foil cards (2 foil cards featuring Rayquaza-EX or Keldeo-EX and 8 foil basic Energy cards). The decks also include tournament-level Trainer cards, including VS Seeker, Professor Sycamore, and N.  The box also contains 2 metallic coins, 2 sets of damage counters, a 2-player playmat and rules sheet, 1 code card to play these decks online,  2 deck boxes, and a quick guide with game strategies.

MSRP is $29.99.

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Pokémon USA will release Pokémon TCG: Super Premium Collection: Mew and Mewtwo on October 3.

The Pokémon TCG: Super Premium Collection: Mew and Mewtwo will include two never-before-seen foil promo cards featuring Mew-EX and Mewtwo-EX, sculpted figures of Mew and Mewtwo, 10 Pokémon TCG: Generations booster packs, and an art book that goes behind the scenes with Pokémon TCG illustrators.  There are also three collector’s boxes to hold everything with 12 dividers to keep cards organized, and a code card for the online game.  MSRP is $79.99.

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Pokémon USA will release Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection: Genesect Pin Box and Pokémon TCG: Collector Chest Tin this November.

The Genesect Pin Box features the mythical Pokémon Genesect, a dual Bug/Steel Pokémon. The collection includes a never-before-seen promo card featuring Genesect, a Genesect collector’s pin, two booster packs from Pokémon TCG: Generations, and a code card for Pokémon TCG Online. MSRP is $12.99.

The Pokémon TCG: Collector Chest Tin is a treasure trove of Pokemoon products, primarily featuring the collectible metal case with sturdy handle. It contains five Pokémon TCG booster packs, three foil promo cards featuring Volcanion, Magearna, and Shiny Mega Gengar-EX, a Pokémon coin, two colorful sticker sheets, a mini-album to store cards, a Pokémon notepad and four pencils, and a code card for Pokémon TCG Online. MSRP is $29.99.

Press Release: The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Hot August Products

August 6, 2016

The action heats up in August, when Konami sets the summer ablaze with new Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG releases! Two hot booster sets arrive just in time to kick off the 2016 Dueling season, ushering in a new era for collectors, competitors, and fans of every Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series.

On August 5 The Dark Illusion reinvents some of Yugi’s greatest cards with an all-new core booster set. Magician’s Robe and Magician’s Rod make Dark Magician Decks more consistent, while Yugi’s original powerhouse unites with the Magician of Dark Illusion to unleash Ebon High Magician – a fearsome Xyz Monster that bends the rules of sorcery to change how Spell and Trap Cards are played. With 100 new cards, The Dark Illusion introduces themes like the ancient Triamids, the agents of SPYRAL, the colossal Subterrors, and the high-speed Metalfoes, destined to become a force in tournament play. New support for Performapals and Shiranui skyrockets these themes to new heights, while groundbreaking cards like Pot of Desires, Cosmic Cyclone, Coral Dragon, and Floodgate Trap Hole raise the bar anywhere you want to play them.

Duelists got their first taste of The Dark Illusion at Sneak Peeks scheduled for July 30 and/or July 31 at participating Official Tournament Stores (OTS). Duelists can find more information and a list of participating locations here. MSRP: $3.99 per pack.

Legends unite! Dragons of Legend -Unleashed- arrives August 19, with some of the most-wanted cards from all five eras of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series. From Yu-Gi-Oh! GX comes Alexis Rhodes’ “Cyber Angel” Rituals, and five new planetary monsters. From Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Jack Atlas’ Red Nova and the Duel-warping Scrum Force rev it up. From Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal come several new “Number” Xyz Monsters, including the indomitable Number 100: Numeron Dragon. And from Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, the peculiar Cardian monsters make their début. Duelists can also upgrade their Extra Deck even further with monsters like Galaxy Stealth Dragon, Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon, and Number 24: Dragulas the Vampiric Dragon.

The Legendary Dragon monsters Timaeus, Critias, and Hermos return from Dragons of Legend and Dragons of Legend 2, bringing their Fusion Monsters and support cards with them, along with other heavily demanded cards from these sets. Each 5-card pack contains 4 Ultra Rare Cards and 1 Secret Rare Card. MSRP: 3.99 per pack.