Archive for November, 2014

Press Release: Patrick Hoban Wins Yu-Gi-Oh Championship Series Anaheim

November 26, 2014

Duelists descended upon Anaheim for this past weekend’s Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) event. Duelists young and old participated in the premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG event, presented by Konami Digital Entertainment Inc, ready to show off their impressive Dueling skills for the chance to be crowned the YCS Championship winner. But, it was Patrick Hoban from Covington, GA who outplayed the field to claim the coveted title of YCS Champion and Kenneth Bevens from Camarillo, CA, who took home the Dragon Duel title.

YCS Anaheim hosted 1,681 enthusiastic Yu-Gi-Oh! players from across the country, wanting to try the latest strategies and combos with cards from the newly released The New Challengers booster set. Round after round, with refined skills and a bit of luck, elite players emerged above the competition in a weekend full of exhilarating Dueling.

Hoban went into Sunday’s Top 16 Draft confidently with his first-rate Burning Abyss Deck. After 3 Rounds of Single Elimination with their newly-drafted Decks from Battle Pack 3: Monster League, it came down to an exciting playoff with Barrett Key from North Hollywood, CA. In the end, the combination of precise play and smart risk-taking helped Hoban earn the title of YCS Anaheim Champion.

In addition to the title of YCS Champion, Hoban returned home with a stellar set of prizes that included an Ultra Rare YCS Ascension Sky Dragon Prize Card, an exclusive YCS Top Cut Game Mat, an invitation to the 2015 World Championship Qualifier tournament and much more!

In the Dragon Duel, an event for Duelists born in 2002 or later, Bevens used his Sealed Deck and his knowledge of the game to beat Trevor Grant, from Fullerton, CA, in a head-to-head playoff to win a mass of prizes, including a trip to Japan to attend the 2014 Jump Festa event and the coveted title of YCS Anaheim Dragon Duel Champion!

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Press Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game: The New Challengers Super Edition

November 21, 2014

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.’s (KONAMI) wildly anticipated December 5th release of The New Challengers Super Edition will have Duelists grinning from ear-to-ear as they crack open packs with the latest game changing Pendulum Monsters currently available, in addition to one of 14 Super Rare cards!

The New Challengers Super Edition offers Duelists another chance to pull an awesome foil card from The New Challengers booster set, like the powerful Pendulum Monsters Qliphort Carrier and Qliphort Helix, the mysteriousTaotie, Shadow of the Yang Zing, Fire Lake of the Burning Abyss, monsters from the ZEXAL TV series CXyz Barian Hope, Number 39: Utopia Beyond, and more!

With one guaranteed Super Rare card in each Super Edition box, plus the 27 cards pulled from the three booster packs, Duelists can load up their Decks with more Yang Zing, Shaddolls, Stellarknights, monsters from the Burning Abyss and cards for other Deck themes! The New Challengers Super Edition is a great way to power up current Decks, or build a whole new Deck, for less than it would cost to buy three individual booster packs! The New Challengers Super Edition(MSRP $9.99 each) is also a great gift idea for that hard to shop for Duelist on your holiday list!
Each of The New Challengers Super Edition contains three packs of The New Challengers Booster Setand 1 of 14 Super Rare Cards.

Duelists can watch all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In addition, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal airs twice on Sundays on Nicktoons. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon! For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Holiday Ideas

November 18, 2014

Konami makes it easy for gift givers this year with a large assortment of new and exciting Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products for beginning players or veterans. Shelves at hobby and retail stores nationwide will be stocked and ready for all of those on the ‘Nice’ list this holiday season.

First, for the Yu-Gi-Oh! fanatic, featuring more than 250 of the most famous cards of the 5D’s era, Legendary Collection 5D’s gives Duelists an opportunity to shift their Dueling into high gear with the inclusion of five Mega-Packs! Totaling nine cards per pack, each Mega Pack delivers an abundance of cards, including one Secret Rare, one Ultra Rare, one Super Rare, one Rare, and five Common cards – that’s three foil cards per pack, with five packs per box. Additionally, each Legendary Collection 5D’s includes three brand new Ultra Rare cards previously seen only in the animated series, including Yusei’s dynamic Stardust Flash Trap Card and Ultra Rare reprints of the two highest-demand Dragons of the 5D’s era: Shooting Quasar Dragon and Black Rose Dragon. To complete this awesome collection, each box includes a double-sided, foldable hard-back Game Board with artwork highlighting the modern heroes on one side and fearsome monsters on the other. Legendary Collection 5D’s is available now for an MSRP of $29.99 each.

A pack or two from The New Challengers booster set is the perfect solution for the enthusiastic Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG fan. Just now hitting store shelves as the first snowflakes start to fall, it contains a host of daring cards that no Duelist should be without, including some of the most powerful Pendulum Monsters to date! With The New Challengers booster set, Duelists are introduced to the Qliphort, a new Monster theme that harnesses the power of Pendulum Summoning like nothing else. In addition to the Qliphort, The New Challengers includes an exciting array of cards for Duelists to strengthen their Decks. Scorch opponents with cards for the Burning Abyss Deck theme, with four new Monster cards including a brand new Synchro Monster: Virgil, Rock Star of the Burning Abyss! New support cards for popular Deck themes like Naturia, Heralds, and Machina are also included, as well as popular Xyz Monsters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZexalTV series arc. Finally, Duelists can Summon new cards for recently introduced Deck themes like Superheavy Samurai, Stellarknight, Yang Zing, and Shaddoll, The New Challengers is available now for an MSRP of $3.99 per pack.

Don’t be a Grinch! For that hard-to-buy-for Duelist, the Noble Knights of the Round Table Box Set is guaranteed to be a hit. This set prepares the Noble Knights for challenging tournament play by adding key cards to this already popular Deck theme. Noble Knights have grown steadily stronger since their debut, but have lacked the guiding focus of Merlin until now. Additionally, this boxed set’s pre-constructed all-foil deck of Platinum Rares – a brand new rarity – includes a new Noble Knight monster and a new Spell Card, Last Chapter of the Noble Knights. Also included is an all-foil Power-Up Pack with three cards, a high quality, full-size rubber game mat, 70 new Round Table card sleeves, and a storage box to keep all the cards organized. This grand set will be available November 21st for an MSRP of $49.99 each box.

Have a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG player that can’t have too many The New Challengers booster packs? Then The New Challengers Super Edition fits the bill and is a great way for Duelists to power up current Decks, or build a whole new Deck. Plus it is a terrific value as each box comes with three booster packs of The New Challengers, plus one of 14 Super Rare cards all for an MSRP of $9.99 per box.The New Challengers Super Edition will be available December 5th.

Press Release: Weiss Schwarz FAIRY TAIL ver.E Trial Deck & Booster Pack Release Date Postponed

November 15, 2014

In order to accommodate the overwhelming pre-orders, Bushiroad has postponed the trial deck and booster pack release dates for the upcoming trading card game Weiss Schwarz FAIRY TAIL ver.E to ensure that all pre-orders can be fulfilled. The new release date for the Weiss Schwarz FAIRY TAIL ver.E Trial Deck and Booster Pack is December 19, 2014. The trial deck and booster pack will release simultaneously on the same date.

Weiss Schwarz is a popular card gaming system that features various licensed anime and game characters, including those from “Persona 4”, “Sword Art Online”, “Love Live!”, “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” and “Fate/Zero.”

The English Edition Weiss Schwarz trading card game is now available in more than 500 hobby stores in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Oceania regions.

For more information about English Edition Weiss Schwarz trading card game, please visit http://ws-tcg.com/en/.

FAIRY TAIL Synopsis from FUNimation:
Across the Fiore kingdom, wizards join guilds and make their pay by filling magical needs—but one guild has a reputation as the roughest, rowdiest, most dangerous of all: Fairy Tail!

When four young Fairy Tail members unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission. Whatever you do, don’t mess with these friends or you’ll get a taste of Natsu’s flaming fist or Gray’s ice hammer, suffer a painful blow from one of Lucy’s celestial spirits or catch the edge of Erza’s mighty blade! Whether they’re stopping demons from devastating the world or wrestling in the mess hall, this mystical team manages to inflict as much damage to their rivals as they do to the surrounding area!

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Bushiroad Inc. consists of 6 sub-entities: Bushiroad Inc., Bushiroad South East Asia Pte Ltd, Bushiroad USA Inc., Bushiroad Media, Bushiroad Music, and New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co., Ltd.
Bushiroad USA Inc. was established in Los Angeles, California on May 18, 2012, to better cater to the growing demand and interest in Cardfight!! Vanguard from both players and retailers in the USA.

Press Release: Tournaments Commence with the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Noble Knights of the Round Table Box Set

November 6, 2014

Just in time for the holiday season, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. unwraps a special gift for Duelists when the Noble Knights of the Round Table Box Set becomes available in stores November 21st. In addition to a pre-constructed Deck of Noble Knights, this majestic set includes a host of chivalric pageantry that is guaranteed to be a hit with Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) enthusiasts.

Noble Knights of the Round Table Box Set prepares the Noble Knights for challenging tournament play by adding key cards to this already popular Deck theme. Noble Knights have grown steadily stronger since their debut, but have lacked the guiding focus of Merlin, the fabled wizard of Arthurian legend! Merlin has now arrived, seeking the once and future King, and his magical powers allow players to take a Noble Knight from their Deck, and turn him into a leader of men.

Additionally, this Box Set’s pre-constructed all-foil deck of Platinum Rares, a brand new rarity, includes a new Noble Knight monster, Noble Knight Bedwyr, and a new Spell Card, Last Chapter of the Noble Knights. Also included is an all-foil Power-Up Pack with three cards, a high quality, full-size rubber game mat, 70 new Round Table card sleeves, and a storage box to keep all the cards organized. This royal set will be available for an MSRP of $49.99 each.

Duelists can watch all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In addition, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal airs twice on Sundays on Nicktoons. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon! For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, 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: The New Challengers Yu-Gi-Oh Booster Set Announced

November 3, 2014

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. continues to amp up the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG), this time with a bevy of big-time, game-changing Monsters, with the November 7th release of The New Challengers booster set. The New Challengers booster set (MSRP $3.99 per nine-card pack) also contains some of the most powerful Pendulum Monsters that no Duelist should be without!

With the recent début of Pendulum Summoning to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, only a handful of Monsters have been made available to Duelists so far that utilize this exciting game mechanic. Starting with The New Challengers booster set, Duelists will be introduced to the Qliphort, a new Monster theme that harnesses the power of Pendulum Summoning like nothing else currently available. With an impressive number of Monster and Spell cards, such as Qliphort Scout and Qlimate Change that search other Qliphort cards to Special Summon or add to a Duelist’s hand, Qliphorts are a force to be reckoned with.

In addition to the Qliphort, The New Challengers includes an exciting array of cards for Duelists to strengthen their Decks. Scorch opponents with cards for the Burning Abyss Deck theme, with four new Monster cards including a brand new Synchro Monster: Virgil, Rock Star of the Burning Abyss. New support cards for Deck themes like Naturia, Heralds, and Machina are also included, as well as popular Xyz Monsters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal TV series arc, such as Number 99: Utopic Dragon, CXyz Barian Hope, and Number 39: Utopia Beyond.

The New Challengers booster set contains 100 cards:
48 Common Cards
20 Rare Cards
14 Super Rare Cards
10 Ultra Rare Cards
8 Secret Rare Cards

For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, 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: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Comes to Anaheim

November 2, 2014

Sunny Southern California welcomes Duelists from all corners of the globe to the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) event, presented by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. The YCS is a traveling, premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME competitive tournament, a game made famous by the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV animated series. From November 22nd – 23rd, Duelists young and old, novice and veterans alike, will compete for a bounty of valuable prizes. The first place winner will receive an Ultra Rare version of the latest most sought-after prize card: Ascension Sky Dragon – one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards in existence!

Hoping to be a part of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG history, more than one thousand Duelists will enter the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday morning believing they have the precise combination of luck and strategy for a shot at glory and prizes. Duelists will put their practice and Deck-building skills up against the best the game has to offer for the chance to advance to the Final Round on Sunday and the opportunity to Duel for the title of YCS Champion.

With the newest booster set, The New Challengers, releasing on November 7th, YCS Anaheim will be a testing ground of sorts for Duelists to unveil brand new strategies and Decks. Duelists will pay extra attention to see how diverse the game has become and what Decks prove worthy, especially with the introduction of some of the most powerful Pendulum Monsters to date! Pendulum Monsters are half Monster Card and half Spell Card and can swing the tide of battle with Pendulum Summoning, a powerful new game mechanic for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG.

YCS Anaheim will also be the first YCS to feature Duelists who have qualified for VIP treatment via the VIP Qualifier tournaments only available at Top Performing Official Tournament Stores (OTS). VIP Duelists will receive free entry to the YCS, reserved seating, additional match coverage, and a two round bye in the main event. Duelists should contact their local OTS to see if they will be holding a VIP Qualifier tournament.

Pre-registration for YCS Anaheim will run from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21st and registration will continue promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 22nd. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five The New Challengers booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Anaheim. Round One will start at 10:00 a.m. and the top ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in the 2015 World Championship Qualifier. Players will use their constructed Decks until the Top 16 are determined, then the Top 16 Duelists will draft cards from the recently launched Battle Pack 3: Monster League and will use Decks built solely from this product to compete for the Championship. For those Duelists unfamiliar with drafting, KONAMI has created a series of helpful videos.

Event Address:
Anaheim Convention Center
Hall E
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802
714-765-8950

Accompanying the Main Event, KONAMI will be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2002 or later). The Dragon Duels at YCS Anaheim will be Sealed Play using Battle Pack 3: Monster League and entry will be free to all qualified players! The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive winners’ medals, a Dragon Duel T-Shirt, and a 2015 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also win an invitation to the 2015 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier. The two victors from the Saturday and Sunday tournaments will face off in a head-to-head playoff matchup to determine the weekend’s overall winner and a chance at the ultimate prizes: to hoist the Dragon Duel Champion’s trophy, and for this event only, a trip to Japan to attend the 2014 Jump Festa event in December, and the coveted title of YCS Dragon Duel Champion!

Additionally, a full range of Public Events such as Regional Qualifiers, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, Battle Pack, and Battle City Tournaments will be held through the weekend.

The Main Event winner, the two runners-up and winners of Sunday’s two Public Event playoffs will each be awarded a YCS prize card. The Main Event winner will take home an Ultra Rare version of the Ascension Sky Dragon prize card, with the other winners bringing home Super Rare versions. Additionally, the top ranked Duelists will win a Top Cut Game Mat for this event that matches the artwork of the Ascension Sky Dragon card.

Prizing Information:
1st place – Ultra Rare Ascension Sky Dragon YCS Prize Card; Trophy; Paid travel to their World Championship Qualifier (if underage, then winner and guardian); YCS Top Cut Game Mat; PlayStation®4 system; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier tournament
2nd place – Super Rare Ascension Sky Dragon YCS Prize Card; 32 GB Tablet PC; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
3rd place – Super Rare Ascension Sky Dragon YCS Prize Card; Xbox One console; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
4th place – Xbox One console; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 WorldChampionship Qualifier
5th – 8th place – Xbox 360 console; YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2015 WorldChampionship Qualifier
9th – 16th place – 24 booster packs of The New Challengers; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier

If attendance exceeds 513 Duelists:
17th – 32nd place – YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2015 World ChampionshipQualifier

Duelists unable to participate in YCS Anaheim can check out online coverage of the event provided by KONAMI staff.