Press Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Comes to the Chicago Area

Located just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL is perfectly suited to host the throngs of competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists as they arrive to wage card battles at the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Chicago. Presented by KONAMI, 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.

Beginning April 11 and 12, confident Duelists ranging from novice to sage, older veterans, will compete for a plethora of exciting prizes. The first place winner will receive an Ultra Rare version of the latest, most sought-after prize card: Ascension Sky Dragon. To this day it remains one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards in existence!

On a journey toward being a part of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG history, Duelists will enter the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on Saturday morning knowing 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 some of the best players 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 products available to the public – The Secrets Forces booster set, the HERO Strike Structure Deck, and Premium Gold: Return of the Bling – YCS Chicago will be an incubator of sorts for live game-testing as Duelists unveil brand new strategies and Decks. Duelists will need to devote extra attention to see how the inclusion of the new cards from these products impacts the YCS standings!

YCS Chicago will be the fourth 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 leading up to YCS Chicago to see if they will be holding a VIP Qualifier tournament or check the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website for store locations.

Pre-registration for YCS Chicago will run from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10 and registration will continue promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five Secrets of Eternity booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Chicago. 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 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:
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Conference Center Level 2
5555 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Accompanying the Main Event, KONAMI will be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2002 or later). The Dragon Duel tournaments on both Saturday and Sunday will be sealed, using Battle Pack 3: Monster League, where each Duelist is given nine sealed Battle Packs to make a new Deck. 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 best two-out-of-three 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 Dragon Duel Champion! Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

A new Public Event, debuting for the first time at YCS Chicago, is the Beta Format Win-A-Mat. This Special Format Win-A-Mat will be a new challenge for Duelists, in which the number of Summons per turn are reduced. Duelists will use Advanced Format rules for Deck Construction and are allowed a maximum of three Summons per turn: one Normal Summon/Set, one Special Summon from the Extra Deck, and one “other” Special Summon. The complete game play details can be found in the YCS Chicago FAQs.

Additionally, a full range of other 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 computer entertainment 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, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
4th place – Xbox One system; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
5th – 8th place – Nintendo 3DS XL system; Download code of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival; YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
9th – 16th place – 24 booster packs of Secrets of Eternity; 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 Championship Qualifier

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

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