Posts Tagged ‘Yu-Gi-Oh’

Press Release: New Tournament Season is Going to be Huge in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG

August 17, 2019

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship 2019 in Berlin, Germany draws the 2018-2019 tournament season to a close, but a new era of competition begins just one week later! A new Forbidden & Limited List brought a “soft reboot” to the Advanced Format and now Duelists across the globe are working hard to come up with new tournament-topping Deck strategies. But they don’t have much time! Konami is proud to bring the Ultimate Duelist Series – 2019 Summer Invitational (UDS) to Indianapolis, Indiana, where North America’s greatest will go head-to-head in a brand-new format. The first big event of the season, the UDS will serve as the jumping-off point for a new age of competition, and a showcase for Dueling creativity.

From there we’ll see the return of Regional Qualifiers across dozens of venues, as well as not one, not two, but a whopping four Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) tournaments! Duelists competing in a YCS will compete against the best of the best from all over the world, vying for prizes, pride, and an all-new Championship Prize Card never before seen in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG – the first-ever Prize Card Link Monster, the epic Duel Link Dragon, the Duel Dragon.


YCS Portland, OR
August 24 – 25, 2019
Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center

YCS Niagara Falls, ON
September 21 – 22, 2019
Scotiabank Convention Centre

YCS Guadalajara, Mexico
September 28 – 29, 2019
Fiesta Guadalajara

YCS Fort Worth, TX
October 5 – 6, 2019
Fort Worth Convention Center

All year long, determined Duelists have collected UDS Points through participation in Tier 2 and Tier 3 events like Regional Qualifiers, Dragon Duels, and YCS tournaments. Now it’s time to cash in! Competitors with a minimum of 100 UDS Points can redeem them for a seat in the UDS 2019 Summer Invitational main event, where they’ll compete for the title of Ultimate Duelist and one of the coolest prizes in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG today: the Ultimate Duelist Championship Title Belt.

Winning a UDS Invitational and hoisting the strap brings special rewards, including paid travel and accommodations (only available to KDE-US territory players) to the next UDS Invitational and VIP status at big events for the life of the UDS program. That means UDS Invitational Champions get to Duel in style with their own special seating, priority tournament coverage and a 2-Round Bye, so they can skip the first two rounds of any Regional Qualifier, Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational or Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event. Add in some incredible exclusives like lanyards, pins, and a luxury cloth game mat only available to UDS attendees, and you’ve got an incredible weekend for main event contenders and Public Event Duelists alike.

Next up the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series takes over as YCS action invades Portland, Oregon. The UDS in Indianapolis will give us a glimpse of the new format, but YCS Portland throws the doors wide open to all Duelists hungry for competition and fun. Hundreds of Duelists will assemble in Portland for a tournament of firsts: the first-ever Premier Event in Oregon, the first YCS of the new Advanced Format, and the debut of the new YCS Prize Card Duel Link Dragon, the Duel Dragon. YCS Portland will also be the first Premier Event to include cards from the Fists of the Gadgets booster set, launching Friday August 23 just before the YCS. Will the Brotherhood of the Fire Fist bring the heat with their return? Will the “Gadget” monsters wreak mechanized mayhem? We’ll find out on August 24 at the Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center.

One month later Championship Dueling returns to the Great White North with YCS Niagara Falls! Canadian and American Duelists alike will gather at the Golden Horseshoe to compete for YCS title gold, in a competitive field bolstered by the release of the 2019 Gold Sarcophagus Tin and Rising Rampage Special Edition. Competition will be at an all-time high with lots of established strategies, sure, but the ghosts of tournaments past have set the stage for surprising swerves: last year’s YCS Niagara Falls was one of the most shocking tournaments of the year with countless rogue Decks stealing the spotlight. It all goes down on September 21 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, so get ready to expect the unexpected.

Just days after the YCS in Canada, focus will shift to sunnier climes. The Fiesta Inn Guadalajara Expo will play host to the first Latin American YCS of the year. Arriving hot on the heels of Legendary Duelists: Immortal Destiny, the final Mexican Championship tournament of the year could become a proving ground for some villainous Decks. New support for Dark Necrofear, “Evil HERO”, and the “Predaplant” monsters are just some of the shadowy threats getting their Championship spotlight start on September 28.

Two weeks later the competition jumps back to the United States with YCS Fort Worth! Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes the Dueling action at what could be one of the biggest, best attended Premier Events of the year. The action starts October 5 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

For younger Duelists looking to compete in their own division, every YCS tournament this season will host two Dragon Duel tournaments on the Saturday and Sunday of the event, for Duelists born 2007 or later. Each tournament will be played in the Advanced Constructed Format, and both Dragon Duel tournaments each weekend will award invitations to the 2020 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier based on attendance. The winning Dragon Duelist from Saturday will compete against Sunday’s Dragon Duel winner in a best-of-3 Match, again played with their Advanced Format Constructed Decks. The winner will celebrate with a Dragon Duel Championship Trophy, a Super Rare set of the “Darklord” YCS Prize Cards and will earn the title of YCS Dragon Duel Champion!

A wide array of Public Events will be held all weekend long at every YCS, including 2020 Regional Qualifiers; Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers; 3 vs. 3 Team Tournaments; ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! events; plus Win-A-Mat, Sealed Structure Deck, Sealed Starter Deck, Battle City, Yu-Gi-Oh! Charity Events, Duelist League, Speed Duel Constructed, Speed Duel Sealed and Duel Links tournaments.


Press Release: Dueling Action Gets Bigger and Better This Spring in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG

April 7, 2019

Your favorite Decks are about to get better this Spring in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, as time-honored themes are reinvented and modern classics reach new heights. KONAMI is excited to usher in bright new futures for fan-favorite strategies from the past and present. It all starts with the Duel Power collector’s set, ramping up the action with loads of amazing new cards, and levelling the playing field with awesome reprints.

Duel Power heralds the debut of stunning new Link Monsters like Platinum Gadget, Aromaseraphy Jasmine, Crowley, the First Propheseer, and Thunder Dragon Thunderstormech, introducing theme-stamped Link Summons to strategies that didn’t have their own Link Monsters before. And if that wasn’t enough, flexible new Link Monsters like Beat Cop from the Underworld and Security Dragon bring new combos and control moves to a cadre of different Decks.

The Duel Power collector’s set is one of the most anticipated releases of the year: an elite collection of 100 Ultra Rares that include 40 brand-new cards destined to shake up every level of competition, plus 60 of the strongest and most sought-after cards in Dueling today. Each Duel Power collector’s set includes six Duel Power booster packs with 5 Ultra Rare cards per pack. And fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series will find something special in every Duel Power collector’s set: Ultra Rare variants of all six ace monsters from every generation of Dueling, from Dark Magician to Decode Talker, each with stunning new artwork.

Every Duel Power booster pack is loaded with cards to strengthen your Deck-building arsenal. Tournament mainstays like Infinite Impermanence, Evenly Matched, and Card of Demise return in all their Duel-dominating glory, “discard” Effect Monsters like Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit and Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion make encore appearances, and even Extra Deck powerhouses like Trickstar Holly Angel, Naturia Beast, and the stunning Borreload Dragon are back.

Joining the past with the present, Duel Power also re-envisions some of the most famous cards in Dueling history. Yugi’s Dark Magician is reborn as the Ritual Monster Magician of Chaos, Zane’s Cyber Dragon strategy gets supercharged with Cyber Dragon Nachster, and Signal Warrior celebrates the Duel Wheeling heroes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. Yuma’s Number 39: Utopia reemerges as Number 39: Utopia Double, and Odd-Eyes Advance Dragon erupts from Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V to burn through your opponent’s monsters and Life Points. Meanwhile some of the biggest Decks from Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS continue their reign with new cards like Gouki Cage Match and Trickstar Foxglove Witch.

The Duel Power collector’s set launches on April 3 with 6 new Ultra Rare variant cards in every box, plus 6 Duel Power booster packs with 5 Ultra Rare cards each. The Duel Power booster set consists of 100 Ultra Rares total: 60 Ultra Rare reprints and 40 all-new Ultra Rares. MSRP: $29.99 per set.

Protect and display your favorite cards with accessories that showcase some of Dueling’s most iconic cards with the Golden Duelist Collection. From Dark Magician Girl, Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Exodia the Forbidden One, to Rescue Cat, Black Rose Dragon and El Shaddoll Construct, the Golden Duelist Collection draws together dozens of fan-favorite Monsters, Spells and Traps in a rich black and gold motif punctuated by a timeless image of Yugi and the Dark Magician.

Following up on the February release of the Golden Duelist Card Case, Card Sleeves and Game Mat you can now show off your trades with the Golden Duelist Collection Duelist Portfolio featuring an exclusive glittering foil finish, unique to the Golden Duelist Collection. The stylish black and gold motif runs through all four accessories, lending a touch of luxury to your Dueling that even Kaiba would approve of.

The Golden Duelist Collection Duelist Portfolio arrives April 5, and includes 10 pages with 9 card pockets per page, displaying up to 180 cards. MSRP: $9.99 per Portfolio.

From there the season turns to the ancient and arcane, as some of Dueling’s greatest sorcerers and spellcasters return to claim their rightful place. Structure Deck: Order of the Spellcasters assembles a cast of classic conjurers and imbues them all with a new form of trickery: abilities that let them change from powerful monsters into raw magic and back again. Fan-favorites return as Pendulum Monsters, capable of leaping in and out of your Spell and Trap Zones with surprising Special Summon effects, all powered by the “Spell Counter” mechanic. Endymion, the Master Magician makes a revolutionary return, demolishing the field when he arrives and negating your opponent’s Spells and Traps. The new leader of the Magical City uses Spell Counters as sorcerous shields to protect himself from targeting and destruction, and should he ever be destroyed you’ll search any Normal Spell card you want, straight from your Deck.

Endymion’s acolytes are all fierce Pendulum Monsters that Special Summon not only themselves, but more support from your hand, Main, and Extra Deck. A new Link Monster joins the battle to make even bigger plays, turning your Spell Counters into raw destructive power while new Spell Cards let you search and reuse your most powerful Spellcasters (all while helping you gather more Spell Counters). Combined with popular Spell Cards like Left Arm Offering, Spellbook of Secrets, and the peerless Pot of Desires, Structure Deck: Order of the Spellcasters is loaded with all the arcane opportunities you need to mount your magical conquest.

Structure Deck: Order of the Spellcasters is available April 19 with 1 Beginner’s Guide, 1 Double-sided Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide, and 42 cards total: 37 Commons, 3 Super Rares, and 2 Ultra Rares. MSRP: $9.99 per box.

Press Release: The New Future of Dueling Arrives This March in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG

February 27, 2019

Duelists across the globe will set their eyes on the horizon this March in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, as old boundaries are shattered and new possibilities emerge in three exciting releases! Konami is thrilled to shake things up with new surprises in Savage Strike Special Edition, début Deck themes in The Infinity Chasers, and a fresh chapter in the latest and most innovative Dueling format with Speed Duel: Arena of Lost Souls.

Savage Strike Special Edition kicks it all off with one last look back, offering more opportunities for Duelists to snag all the top picks from the first booster set of 2019…and at a price that can’t be beat! Every Special Edition includes three packs of Savage Strike, and that means Cyberse Quantum Dragon and Borreload Savage Dragon are back – monsters that redefined Synchro Summoning and brought it into the era of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. Witch’s Strike and Pot of Extravagance proved to be incredible cards that were played in lots of top tournament strategies, and now you’ll have three more chances to collect your copies. And of course, Savage Strike Special Edition includes cards with support for Zombies, the “Elemental HERO” monsters, Valkyries, Sky Strikers, and Madolches that made the original Savage Strike release such a hit.

Every Savage Strike Special Edition box also includes 1 of 2 Super Rare variant cards, plus 1 of 2 Super Rare preview cards. Each box comes with a guarantee of Trickstar Crimson Heart, a graceful Link Monster to complement Trickstar Live Stage and Trickstar Corobane from the booster set, OR White Rose Dragon, an incredible new monster that pairs with Akiza’s Rose Dragons from January’s Legendary Duelists: Sisters of the Rose. You’ll also find a Super Rare preview of a non-foil card from the upcoming Dark Neostorm booster set. Score a new Cyberse monster or Yuki-Musume, the Ice Mayakashi – a strong supporting card for the Hidden Summoners theme that packs Special Summon tricks and synergies with Zombie fan-favorites like Mezuki.

Savage Strike Special Edition arrives March 8 with 3 booster packs, 1 of 2 Super Rare variant cards, and 1 of 2 Super Rare preview cards from Dark Neostorm. MSRP: $9.99 per Box.

Two weeks later we’ll see the arrival of 2019’s first all-foil premium booster set with The Infinity Chasers. The successor to last year’s Dark Saviors release, The Infinity Chasers unleashes three all-new themes making their Dueling début! The first is a clockwork cadre of mega-strong Machine-types that Link, stack, and combine into cohesive combatants – attackers and defenders that are more than the sum of their mechanical parts! Get ready to revisit some of your all-time favorite Xyz too, because this Deck is set to breathe new life into some high-octane originals.

Next up, a new tribe of Spellcasters works in the shadows to craft perfect hands and fields, preparing to cast the ultimate bewitchings on your opponent. The new theme taps into ancient auguries and staple sorceries to make enticing new enchantments, so fans of Spellcaster standbys like Spellbook of Knowledge will find new ways to play potent cards from the past.

Lastly, prepare for the power of the Evil Eye! The wickedest of wizards join the most awful of the occult to create a strategy that makes great demands of the Duelist that would wield it, but offers even greater rewards in return. Protect your “Evil Eye” monsters with The Evil Eye of Selene to grant them untold strength, and search your grimoire with Serziel, Watcher of the Evil Eye to disrupt your opponent on your turn and their own. Sky Strikers changed the way Duelists approached the game, and the Evil Eye offers a similar, sinister proposition.

The Infinity Chasers is available March 22 with 60 cards total: 40 Super Rares and 20 Secret Rares. MSRP: $3.99 per 5-card Pack.

And lastly the future of Speed Dueling is now! Speed Duel: Arena of Lost Souls is the first-ever Speed Duel Booster, building on the stellar success and fast-paced action of the Speed Duel Starter Decks with 45 cards that are new to the format, plus 5 all-new Skill Cards.

Yugi fans will discover a new-to-Speed-Duels strategy in Yugi’s Royal Knights! Harness the potential of Arcana Knight Joker and add a new Skill to your repertoire to make the most of the mighty royal flush. Or explore new directions for Ishizu’s Gravekeepers, bolstered by another new Skill exclusive to the reincarnated Priestess. And Bonz steals the spotlight with his first Speed Dueling appearance! Command a horde of Zombies and select 1 of 3 new Skill Cards to torment your opponents with a tumult of trickery and necromantic mischief! The brute force of the undead is at your fingertips; how you use them is up to you…and the Skill Card you carry into battle.

The Speed Duel: Arena of Lost Souls booster launches March 29 with a total of 45 cards that are new to Speed Dueling plus 5 new Skill Cards: 34 Commons, 8 Super Rares and 8 Ultra Rares. MSRP: $1.49 per 4-card Pack.

KONAMI has also designed a day of fun and gameplay for Speed Duel fans with a special Yu-Gi-Oh! Day on Saturday April 6, 2019 or Sunday April 7, 2019, at participating Official Tournament Stores (OTS). Yu-Gi-Oh! Day is a day for all fans to celebrate the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand with a special tournament at OTS’ throughout North and Latin America.

The current Yu-Gi-Oh! Day event is a Tier 1 event, conducted as Sealed Format, Sealed Deck, Swiss round events. The Yu-Gi-Oh! Day will play Swiss Rounds, with no Playoff top cut, with prizes awarded at the end of the final Swiss round played, including a unique Yu-Gi-Oh! Day Game Mat featuring artwork from Arena of Lost Souls, and an Ultra Rare Skill Card, only available at Yu-Gi-Oh! Day. A list of locations and dates for Yu-Gi-Oh! Day can be found here.

Press Release: New Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Products Highlighted at the 116th Annual North American International Toy Fair

February 10, 2019

Konami is excited to unveil its 2019 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG product lineup at the 116th Annual North American International Toy Fair February 16-19. The company will be showcasing products from this year’s first and second quarters in booth #5427 at the Javits Center in New York City.

“Toy Fair gives us the chance to showcase our Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG portfolio for the first half of 2019 with our hobby and mass market partners in a fun environment,” said Yumi Hoashi, Senior Vice President, Card Business for Konami. “Our 2019 portfolio stands out in particular with exceptional products like Duel Power, and the introduction of a new Speed Duel product line; our retail partners will walk away confident knowing we can exceed the needs and wants of our faithful fans but also include exciting products that will attract and keep new players.”

With the release of Legendary Duelists: Sisters of the Rose, Savage Strike, and the Speed Duel Starter Decks: Duelists of Tomorrow & Destiny Masters jumpstarting the new year, 2019 is already off to a hot start! Display and protect these cards with accessories that showcase some of Dueling’s most iconic cards with the Golden Duelist Collection. The Golden Duelist Collection draws together dozens of fan-favorite Monsters, Spells and Traps in a rich black and gold motif punctuated by a timeless image of Yugi and the Dark Magician. Keep your Deck safe on the go with the Golden Duelist Collection Card Case, featuring an exclusive glittering foil unique to the Collection. Show off your trades with the Golden Duelist Collection Duelist Portfolio featuring the same foil finish, and hit the table with the Golden Duelist Collection Game Mat and Golden Duelist Card Sleeves to match. The stylish black and gold motif runs through all four accessories, lending a touch of luxury to your Dueling that even Kaiba would approve of. Card Sleeves MSRP: $3.99 each 50-count pack, Card Case MSRP: $4.99 each, Game Mat MSRP: $14.99 each, available February 15. Duelist Portfolio MSRP $9.99 each, available April 5.

Also releasing February 15 is Structure Deck: Soulburner! Straight from the animated series to real life, Soulburner’s Salamangreat Deck from the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS animated series offers monsters a new lease on life with its “reincarnation” strategy! Salamangreat powers up its boss monsters in a unique way. By sending your first copy of a “Salamangreat” boss monster to the Graveyard to Summon your second copy, the new one is granted an extra ability far beyond what it had in its first life! Each box of Structure Deck: Soulburner contains a Beginner’s Guide and a Double-sided Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide, with a 40-card Main Deck and a 6-card Extra Deck for a total of 46 cards. MSRP: $9.99 per Box.

March is jam-packed with releases to keep fans happy throughout the spring. March 8 sees the release of the Savage Strike Special Edition! Not only does it include 3 booster packs of Savage Strike, each box is guaranteed 1 of 2 Super Rare variant cards (either Trickstar Crimson Heart, a Link Monster to go with the many powerful “Trickstar” cards in Savage Strike, or White Rose Dragon, a new monster designed specifically to enhance Decks built with cards from January’s Legendary Duelists: Sisters of the Rose), as well as 1 of 2 Super Rare preview cards of non-foil cards from the upcoming Dark Neostorm booster set (either Yuki-Musume, the Ice Mayakashi, a monster that adds a jolt of extra Summoning power to the Mayakashi Deck from Hidden Summoners, or a new Cyberse monster). MSRP: $9.99 per box.

Join the quest on March 22 to obtain overwhelming Dueling power with the all-foil booster set The Infinity Chasers! Duelists looking to pick up a new strategy should look no further, as The Infinity Chasers introduces 3 new strategies with their own unique gameplay styles. All the basic cards for each theme are in this set, along with some additional cards to help support them, so it’s a great starting point for building many different Deck strategies! The Infinity Chasers booster set contains 40 Super Rares and 20 Secret Rares, for a total of 60 cards. MSRP: $3.99 per pack (5 cards per pack).

Brand-new cards will be added to the Speed Duel card pool with the very first booster, Speed Duel: Arena of Lost Souls! Releasing March 29, Arena of Lost Souls sees the debut of Yugi’s renowned Royal Knights to the Speed Duel format, Ishizu with the power of Gravekeepers, and Bonz with a horde of Zombies! The Speed Duel: Arena of Lost Souls booster set is made up of 45 new-to-Speed Duel cards and 5 brand-new Skill Cards. MSRP: $1.49 per pack (4 cards per pack).

On April 5, Duel Power celebrates spring by rolling together a new 100-card Ultra Rare booster set (including 40 brand-new cards) alongside new Ultra Rare variant artwork of every Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series ace monster (from Dark Magician to Decode Talker), and a new double-sided Gameboard celebrating Yu-Gi-Oh!‘s history. Each box of Duel Power contains 6 new Duel Power booster packs with 5 Ultra Rare cards per pack. This set includes 40 new cards and 60 hot reprints, including the 4 popular “discard” effect monsters (from Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit to Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion); popular Spells and Traps like Infinite Impermanence, Card of Demise, and Evenly Matched; Link Monsters from Borreload Dragon to Trickstar Holly Angel; and out-of-print cards like Naturia Beast, High Priestess of Prophecy, and 2015’s “Nekroz” Ritual Monsters. MSRP: $29.99 per set.

On April 19, the magical masters of Structure Deck: Order of the Spellcasters have transcended the need for physical forms and gained the ability to become Spells themselves! As Pendulum Monsters, they can be played as either monsters or Spell Cards, and have different abilities depending on which you choose. This Structure Deck uses the same “Spell Counter” system as the Spellcaster’s Command Structure Deck and the “Mythical Beast” monsters from Extreme Force, so cards from all three can be combined to create an even more powerful Deck! Each Structure Deck: Order of the Spellcasters contains a 41-card Main Deck + 1 Extra Deck monster for a total of 42 cards, plus a Beginner’s Guide and Double-sided Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide. MSRP: $9.99 per box.

Forget about April showers, the real storm is brewing May 3, the official release date of Dark Neostorm, the last 100-card booster set of the 2018-2019 Dueling season! Each of the core booster sets this past season highlighted one of the main Special Summoning mechanics from previous eras of the game, and in Dark Neostorm, it’s Xyz Summoning’s turn to shine! The Dark Neostorm booster set contains 100 cards in all. MSRP: $3.99 per pack (9 cards per pack).

Dark Neostorm gets a second wind on June 14 with the Dark Neostorm Special Edition! Each box of the Special Edition includes 3 booster packs of Dark Neostorm, along with 1 of 2 Super Rare variant cards as well as 1 of 2 Super Rare variant preview cards from the upcoming Summer 2019 booster set! MSRP: $9.99 per box.

Between conventions, qualifier tournaments and in-store events, Duelists will have plenty of opportunity to put their skills to the test this summer. For more information on KONAMI’s extensive Organized Play programs, including opportunities for aspiring Duelists to learn how-to-play the game, go to http://www.Yu-Gi-Oh!

Press Release: Konami Showcases Its Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG an Much More at San Diego Comic-Con

July 19, 2018

Comic-Con International: San Diego attendees will want to make booth #3713 their first stop to see what’s new from Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. during the world-renowned five-day show July 18th to July 22nd. Year after year KONAMI is right in the thick of things, offering pop culture fans the latest and greatest from the world’s best-selling Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG as well as other new booth features and fun activities.

Always a fan favorite, KONAMI will once again have the green screen photo booth. A Comic-Con must-have, fans can create their own exclusive one-of-a-kind Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card. They can choose from 7 different card backgrounds, with Dueling legends Yugi, Jaden, Yusei, Yuma, Yuya, and Playmaker or the 2018 Comic-Con International: San Diego logo – suitable for use during Duels!

Looking for a Con exclusive and the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products? Head over to the booth’s retail counter early in the show to get KONAMI’s Comic-Con International Exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG game mat before it sells out! Available for just $30, this collectible game mat features awesome imagery of Jaden Yusei along with Elemental HERO Nebula Neos!

There will be plenty of products for sale too. Fans wanting to add to their card portfolio can purchase new and popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products every day of the show while supplies last, including the recently released Battles of Legend: Relentless Revenge, Flames of Destruction Special Edition, Dark Saviors, and Starter Deck: Codebreaker, releasing July 19!

With over 70 million downloads to date, the gaming app Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links continues to be enjoyed by fans worldwide on iOS and Android devices, as well as PC Steam, and San Diego Comic-Con attendees can experience this exciting game. Choose from a selection of pre-generated Characters, including a new, unreleased character, to Duel with their signature Decks, and battle your way to Dueling victory! For attendees that have Duel Links installed on their phones, they will be given a special Duel Links-branded lanyard, while supplies last!

Attendees wanting to learn the game can take a seat at a game table to get a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demonstration from the experts! Those completing a demo will receive a show exclusive coupon good for one (1) free booster pack with the purchase of any sealed Starter Deck! (Redeemable only at KONAMI’s booth during Comic-Con.) Players wanting to tweak their Deck-building strategies can get helpful hints from KONAMI’s many Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG experts on-hand throughout the show. Plus, players feeling lucky and confident in their Dueling skills can spin the wheel to Duel the Master as he sits on his royal throne, for a chance to take home some other prizes!

Duelists looking for more opportunities to show off their Dueling techniques can visit the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Organized Play Room #16B on the Mezzanine level where KONAMI will host a variety of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events from Thursday through Sunday including Win-A-Mats, 2019 Regional Qualifiers, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Duel Links tournaments and more! Dragon Duel Tournaments, for children born 2006 or later, will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. And best of all – these tournaments are free to Comic-Con attendees, so make sure to bring your pre-constructed Deck!

Comic-Con International: San Diego hours:
Friday, July 20: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 21: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 22: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 billion cards sold. It is a game of strategy, where players create individual Decks of cards collected from Structure Decks and Booster Packs. Two players engage in a Duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical Spells and surprising Traps.  Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America and Latin America.

KONAMI is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. KONAMI’s software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. KONAMI is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide.

Origins Game Fair 2017

June 12, 2017

Origins Game Fair returns this Wednesday June 14th to Sunday June 18th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  Origins is the longest-running and largest convention for people who enjoy games.  There is so much to do over the five days that I could go on for pages, but I am of course just going to focus on anime and Japanese related events and games.

The Anime Track is being ran by Wasabi Anime again this year.  They will be running events from Thursday to Sunday.  They will be showing Anime Music Videos ever day, a manga library, and a viewing room sponsored by Viz, Funimation, and AnimEigo.  Though I will say last year the library was a big disappoint me quality and selection.  Let’s hope for more this year.  Panels for this year cover such topics as Voltron, Yu Yu Hakusho, Transformers, tea, a Cowboy Bebop listening party, Anime Name That Tune, and many more.

They will also be running sessions of various anime related games for free; Mangaka, Ryuutama, Golden Sky Stories, Maid RPG, and Tanto Coure.  All the other games at the con will cost at least $2, most will cost even more.

For Collectable Games, both Konami and Pokémon running many sessions of their games.  Demo games to learn Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokémon, tournaments of various styles and levels, and plenty of pick-up games.  Also games and tournaments for Dice Masters, which had a Yu-Gi-Oh set.

For Role Playing Games there are a few that are of interest to this blog including some sessions of Kuro and sessions of Advanced Dimensional Green Ninja-Educational Preparatory Super-Elementary Fortress 555 (ADGNEPSEF555) where you play in an anime-themed cross-dimensional grade school.  It is very weird.

There will be some Pokémon LARP sessions using DSes and a LARP for the ADGNEPSEF universe.

For Miniatures Games, you will have four chances to play a Starblazers game and learn Infinity a new manga inspired game.  Heroclix will have some tournaments to play in, they also had a Yu-Gi-Oh expansion set.

If you are interested in board games, they have you covered there too.  Cool Mini or Not will be running games and tournaments of Arcadia Quest and Masmorra Dungeons of Arcadia.  Japanime Games will be doing learn to plays and tournaments of Tanto Cuore (various sets) and Heart of Crown.  The games available to try are Pokemon Master Trainer, Resident Evil Deck Building Game, Hatsune Miku (a new co-op game), Cowboy Bebop: The Board Game, Era of the Ninja, Super Dungeon Explore, and more.

Plus do not forget all the dealers that will be there with many of the above games and others.

Origins is a great convention to go to, but it does take a bit of money to go and survive.  But it is worth it.


Press Release: Two New Champions Crowned at Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Pittsburgh

May 22, 2017

Pittsburgh, well-known for its championship professional teams, welcomed two new champions this past weekend as hundreds of passionate fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG competed for the top prize at Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Pittsburgh. Hosted by Konami, this premier-level event featured many of the top Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG players and enthusiastic newcomers. Duelists met their peers and displayed the skills and strategies necessary to win prizes and make lifelong friends. YCS Pittsburgh crowned two new Champions, Aaron Furman and Dragon Duel top finisher Justus Long.

Participants of every age and ability displayed spirited Dueling in the early rounds of Swiss Format Dueling on Day One. On Sunday, Furman, from Linwood, NJ, learned that his Zoodiac Deck proved its worth as he triumphantly marched toward a Finals showdown. Starting with several rounds of Swiss, followed by more Single Elimination rounds, he squared off against Wen Tong Xiang, from Montreal, Quebec, using a Zoodiac Speedroid Deck in the final playoff.

In addition to bringing home the title of YCS Champion, Furman received a special set of prizes that included the new YCS prize card, an Ultra Rare Number 93: Utopia Kaiser, a YCS Championship Trophy, the new YCS Top Cut Game Mat, a PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, 32 World Qualifying Points*, and an invitation and paid travel to his 2017 World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) tournament!

*The number of World Qualifying Points is awarded based on the final standings. For example, if there are 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.

Additionally, there was a tremendous amount of excitement in the Dragon Duel tournament (an event for Duelists born in 2004 or later) where attendees witnessed an exciting series of Duels between Long, from Xenia, OH, using his Metalfoes Deck against Connor Perrotta, Lee Center, NY, in the finals. Long displayed great sportsmanship and a winning combination as he beat Perrotta to snare 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: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Pittsburgh May 13-14

May 12, 2017

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s second largest city, Pittsburgh, prepares to host the upcoming Konami Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Pittsburgh on May 13-14. Duelists will experience epic head-to-head card battles against one another during this ultra-competitive weekend-long tournament with participants from across the United States and Eastern Canada.

Duelists will be competing for an exclusive prize card awarded to the weekend’s top finishers – 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 mass of Duelists around the world that will participate in the high-level competitive YCS events during the course of the season.

Moreover, the top-ranked Duelists will win a YCS Top Cut Game Mat for this event featuring artwork of the new prize card.

For those eager to get things started, pre-registration for YCS Pittsburgh will run from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, May 12 and registration will continue promptly at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, with Round One starting at 10:00 a.m. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five of the recently released Maximum Crisis booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Pittsburgh. 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 (WCQ), plus earn valuable World Qualifying Points, that may earn them a spot in the 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship. Duelists can find the answers to many of their questions here: YCS Pittsburgh.

Event Address:
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Hall D & E
1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Accompanying YCS Pittsburgh’s 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 head-to-head matchup using their own pre-constructed Decks in the Advanced 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 Pittsburgh 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.

A full range of Public Events such as 2017 Regional Qualifiers, Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, School Tournament Series, 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 Generation Duel Tournaments will be held through the weekend.

Prizing Information for YCS Pittsburgh:

  • 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 Pro 1TB system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 30 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 2nd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; PlayStation®4 Pro 1TB system; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 3rd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; PlayStation®4 Pro 1TB system; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 4th place – PlayStation®4 Pro 1TB system; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 5th–8th place – PlayStation®4 500GB system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 9th– 16th place – 24 booster packs of Maximum Crisis; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying 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; World Qualifying Points*.

*The number of World Qualifying Points for the Top Cut is awarded based on the total number of WCQ invites awarded at YCS Pittsburgh after final standings. For example, if there are 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.

For those unable to attend YCS Pittsburgh, Duelists can follow blog-type online coverage of the event at

Press Release: Two New Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Releases

May 6, 2017

With summer just around the corner, Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Duelists are busy sharpening their game strategies and building new Decks in preparation for the tournament-filled season. Konami helps them get game-ready with two exciting new products: Maximum Crisis Special Edition, and Pendulum Evolution, both available at hobby and retail stores this month.

Building on May’s Maximum Crisis booster set release, Maximum Crisis Special Edition hits store shelves on June 9. Maximum Crisis Special Edition is your second chance at some of the best cards of the year, like Zoodiac Chakanine, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring, and Dragonic Diagram which cracked the competitive season wide open in May.. In addition, Duelists can load up on cards that boost Decks and themes from Fusion Enforcers, Raging Tempest, Invasion: Vengeance, The Dark Illusion, Shining Victories, and Wing Raiders. With Maximum Crisis Special Edition, players can benefit from all of what Maximum Crisis has to offer, and more! Each Special Edition includes three Maximum Crisis booster packs, one of two foil preview cards from this summer’s yet to be released Code of the Duelist booster set and one of two variant foil cards! This is a great way for Duelists to power-up a current Deck or build a whole new one! Each Maximum Crisis Special Edition is $9.99 MSRP.

On June 23, the magical Pendulum Evolution booster pack becomes available nationwide. A perfect follow-up to Maximum Crisis, Pendulum Evolution features powered-up Pendulums and mightier “Magician” monsters that take Pendulum Summoning into new territory, while a pair of super-strong Sorcerers help you unleash Supreme King Z-ARC, faster than ever before.. An all-foil set of Ultra Rare and Super Rare cards, Pendulum Evolution features several new cards such as Timestar Magician and Chronograph Sorcerer plus dozens of the most popular cards from the Pendulum Monster era of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V animated TV series. Each 5-card pack is $3.99 MSRP.

Press Release: The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Reaches Maximum Crisis, As Dimensions Collide in May

April 30, 2017

This May, Konami helps Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG players get Duel-ready with the release of two exciting new products: the Maximum Crisis booster set introduces a host of new themes and cards for players of all skill levels, and in Duelist Pack: Dimensional Guardians, familiar faces emerge from the past to join the heroes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V on a quest to reach their home dimension.

Duelists prepping to be in top game-form for summer tournaments and casual play can get a Sneak Peek at the Maximum Crisis booster set April 29 and/or 30 before it officially 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! Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring grants powerful new negation effects; and the long-awaited True Dracos finally make their arrival. Dragonic Diagram is a tremendous new Field Spell that boosts the ATK and DEF of all “True Draco” and “True King” monsters, protects them from destruction, and even searches them from your Deck. Combined with the True Kings from Raging Tempest and The Dark Illusion, it’s a must-run for new strategies built with Dinosmasher’s Fury Structure Deck. Maximum Crisis contains 100 cards: 48 Commons, 20 Rares, 14 Super Rares, 10 Ultra Rares, and 8 Secret Rares. MSRP: $3.99 per pack.

Closing out May, Duelist Pack: Dimensional Guardians will be on store shelves May 26. Jack Atlas, Kite Tenjo, and Alexis Rhodes make their return in Duelist Pack: Dimensional Guardians, armed with cards from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, as well as new cards from Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, on their journey through the Synchro, Xyz and Fusion Dimensions. Competitive Duelists will find brand-new cards for popular ARC-V strategies like Performapals, Speedroids, Frightfurs and Raidraptors, powering up some fan-favorite strategies in modern Dueling. 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.