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Press Release: Konami Entertainment Brings Its New Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Products To Gama Trade Show

March 20, 2017

Returning sponsor Konami is excited to share its 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG product portfolio at the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) annual trade show March 13-17 at Bally’s Event Center in Las Vegas. KONAMI will showcase products scheduled to be released later this year in booth #206 and conduct two seminars during the show.

“Out of the gate, 2017 has been a hugely successful year and we are looking forward to continued growth. Our new Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME products, combined with our growing Organized Play programs and fan base, have set the stage for a great year ahead,” said Yumi Hoashi, Senior Vice President, Card Business for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “With a growing and loyal consumer base, we are excited to share our newest product release schedule with our hobby partners as we remain dedicated to developing products that bring excitement to both new players and competitive Duelists.”

KONAMI will host two seminars, one on March 14 at 11 a.m. and one on March 15 at 11 a.m. During the first seminar, the company will outline their Official Tournament Store (OTS) Program, with a focus on store benefits and Organized Play programs. The second seminar will focus on a brand new game mechanic, Link Summoning, being introduced to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG this summer. For more information on KONAMI’s extensive Organized Play programs, including opportunities for new players to learn how to play the game, go to http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/index.html.

Sure to draw in players wanting more of January’s Raging Tempest booster set, KONAMI launches Raging Tempest Special Edition on March 17. This Special Edition brings Zoodiacs, Shinobirds, and Windwitches back for an encore! Cards like Zoodiac Ratpier, That Grass Looks Greener, and Sea Monster of Theseus reshaped the tournament scene, and the Special Edition offers another chance to add them to your collection with three booster packs of Raging Tempest, one of two Super Rare Cards from the upcoming Maximum Crisis booster set, either Zoodiac Kataroost or Baobaboon, plus one of two variant Super Rare Cards, either Number 22: Zombiestein or Masked HERO Blast – all for less than what it would cost to buy three individual booster packs. MSRP: $9.99 per box.

Rounding out the month, players and retailers alike can expect great things from Duelist Saga when it releases on March 31 where secret histories and ancient powers are revealed! This special set of 100 cards, all using a new, different Ultra Rare technology, features cards from all five incarnations of Yu-Gi-Oh! The 40 new cards in Duelist Saga are a mix of cards from the manga series, the animated series, and cards inspired by some of the coolest monsters and concepts from each series! Bakura’s Diabound Kernel is made real, and the Sacred Beasts of the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX animated TV series get new support! Cards used by Mai, Yuya, and Yusei all make appearances as well.

Duelist Saga also has 60 more cards that span the entirety of Yu-Gi-Oh!’s history, featuring memorable cards from the various series. Each box contains three mini-packs of five cards each, for a total of 15 cards per box: nine new cards and six previously available cards. MSRP: $14.99 per box.

KONAMI introduces Machine Reactor Structure Deck and Dinosmasher’s Fury Structure Deck on April 14, just in time for the busy Easter shopping season. The Machine Reactor Structure Deck uses the popular “Gadget” series of monsters, most recently seen in Movie Pack Gold Edition, to power up gargantuan “Ancient Gear” monsters. The Dinosmasher’s Fury Structure Deck is adept at Summoning multiple Dinosaurs of the same Level at the same time, and most of those monsters are Level 4, which makes this Deck a perfect fit for Xyz Summoning! Each Structure Deck comes with a 40-card Main Deck and one Token Card for a total of 41 cards. MSRP: $9.99 per Deck.

For stores wanting to help get Duelists tournament ready, the Maximum Crisis booster set releases May 5. This all-new 100-card booster set is the climax of the 2016-2017 Dueling season, introducing three new themes as well as bold new cards for a wide variety of popular Decks like Performapal, Speedroid, Phantom Knights, Zoodiac, and more. Pendulum Summoning will undergo its final evolution in Maximum Crisis with a pair of Pendulum Monsters with Scales of 0 and 13, opening up the ability to Pendulum Summon monsters of any Level in any Deck! But that’s not the only type of Summoning that’s evolving. Following up on February’s Fusion Enforcers set, Maximum Crisis introduces a new Fusion Summoning Spell Card that lets players keep their Fusion Monster while giving back the monsters they just fused together! Maximum Crisis contains 100 cards: 48 Commons, 20 Rares, 14 Super Rares, 10 Ultra Rares, and 8 Secret Rares. MSRP: $3.99 per pack.

Additionally, Duelist Pack: Dimensional Guardians will be on store shelves May 26. Duelist Pack: Dimensional Guardians is a collection of cards used by heroes, Jack, Kite and Alexis, in their original incarnations from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX on their journey through the Synchro, Xyz and Fusion Dimensions. It also includes new cards that they use in Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V and brand-new cards for popular ARC-V strategies like Performapals, Speedroids, Frightfurs and Raidraptors that players won’t find anywhere else. The Duelist Pack: Dimensional Guardians set has 45 cards: 22 commons, 10 Rares, 6 Super Rares and 7 Ultra Rares. MSRP: $1.99 per pack.

Helping retailers and Duelists gear up for the summer tournament season, KONAMI introduces two new products in June. First, on June 9, players can maximize their Deck potential with Maximum Crisis Special Edition. Each box comes with three packs of Maximum Crisis, one of two variant foil cards, and one of two foil preview cards of non-foil cards from the upcoming Summer 2017 booster set. MSRP: $9.99 per box.

On June 23, the Pendulum Evolution Special Booster set is released to stores nationwide. This set features magicians with the might of dragons and sorcerers that defy the laws of nature. Players can also witness the magnificent and mystifying results of Pendulum Summoning’s final evolution! Pendulum Evolution features powerful new Pendulum Monsters that can either stand on their own or in the service of that dreaded dragon, the Dominator of Dimensions itself, Supreme King Z-ARC (from Maximum Crisis). This all-foil set includes a mix of Ultra Rare and Super Rare cards, features several new cards plus dozens of the most popular cards from the Pendulum Monster era of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V animated TV series. MSRP: $3.99 per pack.

Duelists of all experience and skill levels will want to learn about Link Monsters, the newest type of monster to join the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Starter Deck 2017*, releasing in July, can be played right out of the box, includes three Link Monsters, and teaches Duelists how to Link Summon – a vital skill in the new era of Dueling! MSRP: $9.99 per box.

* Please note that the title is subject to change.

Press Release: Konami Digital Entertainment Introduces World Qualifying Points to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG

March 2, 2017

Konami is thrilled to announce a change to earning invitations to the 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship! In previous years, Duelists would earn invitations to the World Championship solely by their performance at their World Championship Qualifier (WCQ). For 2017, not only will top-performing Duelists continue to earn invitations to the World Championship at their WCQ, but Duelists that compete and do well at events throughout the course of the Dueling season can now receive “World Qualifying Points” to earn an invitation to the World Championship.

For the 2016-2017 Dueling season, players will receive World Qualifying Points if they earned a WCQ invite from a qualifying event, such as Regional Qualifiers, Dragon Duels, OTS Championships, Nationals in Latin America, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series. Players that make the Top Cut at the WCQ will also earn World Qualifying Points. World Qualifying Points are awarded based on the total number of invites awarded at that event. For example, at a Regional Qualifier that awards 32 WCQ invites, the Duelist who comes in 1st place will earn 32 points, the 2nd place Duelist will earn 31 points, and so on, down to the 32nd place Duelist who will earn 1 point. World Qualifying Points will be given retroactively for any event that qualified Duelists for their 2017 WCQ. (These points are separate from any other points earned to qualify for other KONAMI Organized Play events, i.e. Ultimate Duelist Series points used to qualify Duelists for the UDS Invitational.)

For the 2017 North American WCQ, the Top 4 Duelists at the end of the playoff rounds will earn invitations to the World Championship. The remaining 3 North American Duelists who will earn invitations to the World Championship will be determined via the World Qualifying Points list. At the conclusion of the North American WCQ, the top 2 World Qualifying Points-earners from the United States and the top World Qualifying Points-earner from Canada who did not already finish in the Top 4 of the WCQ, will earn an invitation to the 2017 World Championship. For Latin America, the top World Qualifying Points-earner of the 2016-2017 Dueling season, along with the Top Duelist from the Central American WCQ and the Top Duelist from the South American WCQ, will earn an invitation to the World Championship.

Now, even more Duelists will need to believe in the ‘heart of the cards’ throughout the Dueling season for a chance to clash against Duelists from around the world with hopes of being crowned the next Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Champion!

 

Press Release: Konami Digital Entertainment Introduces Yu-Gi-Oh! School Tournament Series

May 8, 2016

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is thrilled to announce a fantastic addition to their already extensive Organized Play program, the Yu-Gi-Oh! School Tournament Series. These premier-level competitive events for the massively popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) give Duelists across the nation the chance to team up with their classmates and challenge fellow Duelists from other schools!

“We have seen many players from the same school at our events competing against each other so we decided why not team up these talented Duelists and have them Duel against teams from other schools,” said Yumi Hoashi, Senior Vice President, Card Business for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “We will be kicking off the School Tournament Series on May 28 at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) Providence, Rhode Island.”

The Yu-Gi-Oh! School Tournament Series is designed specifically for students who want to attend and have fun competing at KONAMI premier-level events. Players from the same school can register as a team to compete for a variety of prizes, such as a donation back to the winning team’s school, collectible Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG product and a team plaque. To commemorate this inaugural event, all participants of the Yu-Gi-Oh! School Tournament Series will receive an exclusive, Yu-Gi-Oh! branded Journal!

The Yu-Gi-Oh! School Tournament Series are conducted as Advanced Format, Constructed Deck, Swiss Round events, with a Playoff Top Cut and prizes awarded at the end of the final playoff. Duelists will play Single Game Matches, with a team’s Round Results consisting of the combined Match Results for each Team member. Each Round in the Yu-Gi-Oh! School Tournament Series is 20 minutes long. All Team members must be at least 13 years old and enrolled, in good standing, at the same school. For more information about the Yu-Gi-Oh! School Tournament Series, please go to http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/schooltournamentseries/. For more information about YCS Providence, visit http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/2016/YCS_Providence.html.