All Yu-Gi-Oh! Events Canceled Until Further Notice

July 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yami Yugi holding a card with an upset look on his face in episode 157

Things will get worse for Yu-Gi-Oh! in the Americas before they get better. Citing the recent increase in cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the U.S., Konami announced on Tuesday that all organized play and promotional events are now canceled until further notice. This includes YCS Minneapolis, which is scheduled for August 22 and 23. This also eliminates Konami’s previously announced plans to hold WCQ National Championships this year. Up until this point, the company had been announcing cancellations from month to month.

Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel initiative remains in full swing. There are now approximately three hundred Official Tournament Stores (OTS) across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America participating.

If your nearest OTS is open and you are able to safely visit, consider dropping by and patronizing that small business. Don’t forget that the Lost Art Promotion is still underway, with an opportunity for you to score a copy of Kazuki Takahashi’s Dark Magician Girl card.

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania are in a slightly better position. OTS in these territories were allowed to resume sanctioned Yu-Gi-Oh! events on June 20, subject to the pandemic situation in their respective regions of course. The revival of the events brought with them new guidelines designed to keep people safe, like disallowing players from touching each other’s items.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel Discord Server Reopens

Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel Discord Server Reopens

June 2, 2020 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel logo

After being vandalized and quickly shutting down in May, Konami’s official Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel Discord Server is back and is welcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! fans for sanctioned online tournaments. With the support of local Official Tournament Stores (OTS), players can take part in tournaments for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, Legacy of the Duelist, and Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution video games. They can also participate in webcam duels using their physical cards.

Each OTS will independently coordinate and promote its tournaments on Discord, and will handle the dispersal of prizes while adhering to the requirements of government health authorities.

Visit the Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel Discord Server to search for participating OTS, join their servers, and see their schedules.

Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel webpage has more details about this initiative, including information about upcoming giveaways and promotions.

The Vagabond participating in a Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel via webcam

Together with the Remote Duel relaunch announcement, Konami has also provided an update regarding the status of its organized play and promotional events; all such events in the Americas are now canceled through June 30.

Meanwhile in Japan, Konami has restarted its events and tournaments as of June 1. Konami has set up guidelines to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, such as limiting attendance, requiring the use of face masks, and setting up acrylic panels between players if needed.

Previously:
Konami Extends Yu-Gi-Oh! Event Cancellations Again, Announces Sanctioned Remote Duels

Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag-A-Friend Sweepstakes

May 6, 2020 at 8:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Prizes for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Tag-A-Friend Sweepstakes

Even when we are apart, Konami reminds us that we can still play Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links together. That’s why the company has launched the Tag-A-Friend Sweepstakes, where it is giving away five prize packs, each with the following goodies:

  • Two game codes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution for the gaming platform of choice (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or Steam)
  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links 3rd Anniversary physical playmat
  • One exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links T-shirt
  • One oversized Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Magician card

To enter, reply to Konami’s sweepstakes promotional post(s) on any of following social networking services with the hashtag #PlayApartTogether and tag a friend:

Fans have until May 15 to enter once on each post, for a maximum of five entries per person. Konami will randomly select one person from each post as the winners.

Entrants must be a resident of the 50 United States or Washington, D.C., and be above the age of majority. Check the official rules for all the details.

Fanattik Expands Yu-Gi-Oh! Licensing Deal

May 2, 2020 at 9:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Millennium Puzzle replica necklace by Fanattik

Fanattik will soon be releasing more Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise to even more territories. The England-based producer of pop culture goods and gifts announced on Thursday that it has expanded its Yu-Gi-Oh! licensing deal with Konami, which originally covered only the United Kingdom and select European countries.

Fanattik now holds merchandising rights for North America, the entirety of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and will widen its product range to include more collectibles, like money boxes and clocks.

Fanattik’s first Yu-Gi-Oh! product was a game flip coin, released in September 2019. Since then, the company has broadened its Yu-Gi-Oh! line with keychains, posters, pins, and necklaces, like the Millennium Puzzle pictured above.

Check out Fanattik’s Yu-Gi-Oh! page to see its products and to make a purchase.

(News from Fanattik h/t Total Licensing. Image from YuGiOhTCGEU.)

Konami Extends Yu-Gi-Oh! Event Cancellations Again, Announces Sanctioned Remote Duels

May 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Tristan overselling Joey's dueling performance to Serenity in episode 58

It’s going to be a little while longer before Yu-Gi-Oh! returns to normal amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Yesterday, Konami provided an updated statement regarding the status of its Yu-Gi-Oh! events around the world.

In the Americas, all organized play and promotional events are now canceled through May 31.

In Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania, all such events are canceled until further notice.

And in Japan, Konami also extended the cancellation of its Yu-Gi-Oh! events until May 31.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel

In the meantime, Konami announced the launch of Remote Duel, a new Yu-Gi-Oh! organized play initiative that will be supported by Official Tournament Stores. As implied by name, this initiative will allow sanctioned online tournaments to be held using the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, Legacy of the Duelist, and Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution video games, as well as using physical cards for webcam duels.

Yesterday, Konami’s European arm outlined the setup of a Remote Duel and introduced the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel Discord Server where tournaments would be organized. Unfortunately, some technical oversights in the server and bad behavior by players forced Konami to close the server mere hours after it opened.

Konami will provide more information about how to participate in the Remote Duel initiative at a later date.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2020 Canceled

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation to Be Retired on September 30

April 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yami crying after losing Yugi to the Orichalcos in episode 158

Konami announced today that Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation will be retired on September 30, 2020. The game will continue to be playable until then, although in-app purchases are now disabled.

Duel Generation is the only full-fledged Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG simulator for mobile devices. The game launched in October 2014 for iOS and December 2014 for Android and is exclusive to the Western market. In March 2015, it celebrated one million downloads.

Although Duel Generation doesn’t have the bells and whistles of modern mobile games, it is still beloved by many in the Yu-Gi-Oh! community. Over the years, Duel Generation enjoyed an active community on Facebook where Konami regularly engaged with players with polls and gave out free cards and Duel Points. Konami even held special community events, like Puzzle Day, and provided fun lore for the cards, like the choose-your-own-adventure-style stories of Warrior Dai Grepher and Gigobyte.

Today was the last day for Duel Generation’s Facebook team. Their enthusiasm for the game and its players will be missed dearly. Farewell, Grand Masters. And farewell, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation.

Kazuki Takahashi’s Dark Magician Girl Arrives as Lost Art Card

April 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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More Yu-Gi-Oh! Lost Card cards coming in 2020, including Kazuki Takahashi's Dark Magician Girl

At last, after a nearly twelve-year wait, Kazuki Takahashi’s Dark Magician Girl card is coming to the West. Illustrated and autographed by the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh! himself and originally released only in Japan as part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th Anniversary Pack in 2008, Dark Magician Girl is one of twelve cards included in Konami’s next batch of Lost Art cards.

The Lost Art Promotion, now in its third year, allows fans to pick up original versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards whose artworks were edited when they were initially brought to the West from Japan. Takahashi’s Dark Magician Girl card is unique in that it has never been released at all outside Japan. Other cards in this batch include Tragedy, Ghost Sister & Spooky Dogwood, Harpie Channeler, Harpie Queen, Alluring Mirror Split, and Frightfur Leo.

Lost Art cards are available exclusively at your nearest Official Tournament Store. Customers receive one card after spending at least $30 on sealed Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products. A new card will be rotated in every two weeks.

“In order to make sure all areas can get these cards, the release order will be more flexible than what has been done in the past,” states Konami, adding that it will “do everything [it] can to make sure that every participating OTS has a chance.” This flexibility is certainly welcome in light of the numerous store closures resulting from the novel coronavirus pandemic. Check with your local OTS for more information about release dates.

This year’s Lost Art Promotion is already underway and includes cards like Solemn Judgment and Foolish Burial, which were selected as part of a fan vote.

(News from YuGiOhTCGEU)

YouTube Adds Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Episodes

April 8, 2020 at 4:00 am | Posted in Japanese, Konami, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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The main characters of Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS in chibi form from the first opening, Nanananananana

Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel TV, the official Japanese YouTube channel of Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel trading card products, began posting full episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS today. The anime is viewable worldwide with no geo-blocking (Update: Not anymore!), but does not have subtitles in any language.

Episode 1 is available now and will remain on the channel free for the next six months.

Episode 2 and all subsequent episodes will be posted each Wednesday at 5 p.m. JST (4 a.m. ET/1 a.m. PT) and will be available for one week only.

The channel has also uploaded the opening theme song, “Nanananananana” by SAEKI youthK.

(News from @YuGiOh_RUSHDUEL)

Update (April 12): Nevermind, the channel has activated geo-blocking on all its Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS videos. They’re now Japan-only.

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2020 Canceled

April 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yusei Fudo crying out after defeating Kalin Kessler in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 55

Konami announced today that the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2020 is canceled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The event was to be held on August 22 and 23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Additionally, all World Championship Qualifiers, WCQ National/State Championships, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series leading up to the WCS in the Americas and in Europe and Oceania are canceled.

However, Konami states that it will still hold National Championships in Europe and Latin America, State Championships in Oceania, and Championships in Europe, Oceania, and the Americas sometime later this year.

Konami also notes that it may consider holding an online Duel Links event between June and August in place of the WCS.

In Japan, Konami has extended the cancellation of its Yu-Gi-Oh! events to apply to gatherings taking place through May 6. The company is now encouraging players to duel remotely using a webcam setup.

Last Friday, Konami announced the first Yu-Gi-Oh! product delay to affect North America since the pandemic began. The Eternity Code set and its premiere event, which were scheduled for the end of this month, are now postponed until early June after one of Konami’s manufacturers in Texas had its operations disrupted by the virus. No other product releases are currently affected.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Event Cancellations Further Extended Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Choose Your Favorite Secret Slayers Card Sweepstakes

April 2, 2020 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Banner for Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Secret Slayers Sweepstakes

The new Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Secret Slayers set dropped today! To celebrate, Konami wants to give you a set of Super Rare YCS Darklord prize cards, just for saying what your favorite card in the set is. Darklord Asmodeus, Superbia, and Edeh Arae — the powerhouse monsters played by Midori Hibiki in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX manga — were awarded to the best duelists of the 2010 dueling season. Now, one lucky Yu-Gi-Oh! fan has a chance to win these valuable cards. To enter, you must:

  1. Follow @YuGiOh_TCG on Twitter
  2. Retweet the linked sweepstakes tweet
  3. Reply to the linked tweet with a screenshot from the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Card Database that shows your favorite card from the Secret Slayers set
  4. Include the hashtag #SecretSlayers in your reply

Konami will randomly select one person who completes all the tasks by April 12 as the winner. Entrants must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the 50 United States; Washington, D.C.; or Canada (excluding Quebec) to win. For more details, see the official rules.

Believe in the heart of the cards. Good luck!

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