Archive for January, 2016

Press Release: Atlanta, Georgia is Home to the First Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Event of 2016

January 23, 2016

Since the last North American Yu-Gi-Oh! YCS in November 2015, hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists have been waiting and preparing for the next chance to show off their skills and strategies and compete with their peers. On February 6 and 7, their wait will be over as KONAMI presents YCS Atlanta, the first North American premier-level event of 2016 at the Georgia International Convention Center.

YCS Atlanta gives veteran Duelists and those just getting into the game a chance to compete for a variety of exciting prizes. The first place winner will receive an Ultra Rare version of the latest, most sought-after prize card: Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn – one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards in existence!

The Georgia International Convention Center will host hundreds of hopeful Duelists during the weekend, each one confident that they have the right mix of cards and strategy to win round after round and advance to Sunday’s Final Round and the opportunity to Duel for the title of YCS Champion.
Pre-registration for YCS Atlanta will run from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5 and registration will continue promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 6. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five Breakers of Shadow booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Atlanta. Round One will start at 10:00 a.m. and the top ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in the 2016 World Championship Qualifier. Players will use their constructed Decks all the way to the Championship.

Event Address:
Georgia International Convention Center
Hall D
2000 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, GA 30337

Accompanying the Main Event, KONAMI will also be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2003 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 winners’ medals, a Regional Deck Box, and a 2016 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also win an invitation to their 2016 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 Dragon Duel Champion! In addition, the Dragon Duel Champion will also receive a previously issued Super Rare YCS prize card. Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

Additionally, a full range of Public Events such as 2016 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 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 Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn 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.

Prizing Information:
1st place – Ultra Rare Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn 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 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament
2nd place – Super Rare Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn YCS Prize Card; 32 GB Tablet PC; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier
3rd place – Super Rare Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn 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 2016 World Championship Qualifier
4th place – Xbox One system; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier
5th – 8th place – Nintendo 3DS XL system; YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier
9th – 16th place – 24 booster packs of Breakers of Shadow; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier

Press Release: Konami Rings in the New Year with Two New Yu-Gi-Oh! Game Products

January 16, 2016

With the faint scent of pine still wafting through the air and a few stray decorations not yet put away, KONAMI eases the post-holiday lull with two new Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products to be released this month. With this great mix of new and classic cards as well as popular themes, January is sure to start out with a bang for both beginning and existing players.

On January 15, the Breakers of Shadow booster set hits store shelves and Duelists will be introduced to new Deck themes and strategies, and can witness the return of a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG legend. In Breakers of Shadow, the Shiranui use the strength of Samurai spirit warriors to power players through Duels, while Twilight Ninjas rely on speed and numbers to overwhelm foes. Opponents will also feel the power of the Dinomists, steam-powered Pendulum dinosaurs that can land a heavy hit when a player least expects it. Lastly, swords will clash as the legendary warrior Buster Blader is back as >Buster Blader, the Destruction Swordmaster, with a mighty band of new support cards that make this iconic monster stronger than ever before!

New cards for existing themes are also included like Melodious, Goyo, Majespecter, Odd-Eyes, Performapal, Magicians, and more, headlined by over a dozen new Extra Deck monsters. Many cards in this set will have excellent synergy with the recently released Master of Pendulum Structure Deck. Also, Duelists can now look forward to getting at least one foil card in every booster pack (MSRP: $3.99 per pack).

Then on January 29, the Emperor of Darkness Structure Deck will be available at retailers nationwide. The ready-to-play Emperor of Darkness Structure Deck is filled with some of the most imposing Monsters ever made, and they demand Tribute! Monarchs are high-Level monsters that unleash their devastating elemental powers when Tributes are offered to Summon them. Players can strike a dynamic combo using the mighty Erebus the Underworld Monarch with new support cards like Eidos the Underworld Squire or The Prime Monarch to thwart an opponent’s strategy and reinforce their Deck. In addition to this 41-card Deck, Duelists can add a brand-new Token card to their collection (MSRP: $9.99 per Deck).