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.

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

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.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2020 Canceled

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.

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! Events Suffer Massive Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

March 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Konami, Other Stuff, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuma Tsukumo meeting Corona Williams in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival for the Nintendo 3DS
Yo! Um, no thanks, I’d rather not…

In light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Konami announced a spate of cancellations yesterday for its Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game events in North America and Latin America. All World Championship Qualifier Regional Qualifiers in both territories that are scheduled through April 6 are canceled. Other Regionals outside this time frame could still be canceled at the discretion of their local organizers as well.

Also yesterday, Konami announced that the 225th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series that was supposed to kick off today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is canceled. Additionally, YCS Hartford, which is scheduled for April 18 and 19 in Hartford, Connecticut, is also canceled.

This news follows Wednesday’s announcement that YCS Charlotte, originally scheduled for March 28 and 29 in Charlotte, North Carolina, is canceled.

As more information becomes available, you can keep up with the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG happenings in the Americas by checking Konami’s events page and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Yuma Tsukumo losing a duel to Corona Williams in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival
Oh no!!

The Western Hemisphere isn’t the only place where Yu-Gi-Oh! events are seeing numerous cancellations.

On Thursday, Konami’s European arm announced that all World Championship Qualifier Regional Qualifiers in its territories taking place before April 15 are canceled. Furthermore, all WCQ National Championship events taking place before May 1 are canceled; this includes the Austrian Nationals on April 11 and 12 and the German Nationals on April 18 and 19.

Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! events in Japan are seeing their own major flurry of cancellations. A statement from Konami back in February announced the cancellation of numerous events throughout the country — from local store duels to World Championship qualifiers — until the end of March.

The coronavirus outbreak also led to the cancellation of AnimeJapan, an annual Tokyo anime exhibition that’s half industry trade show, half fan gathering for consumers. The event was originally scheduled for March 21 through 24. In its place, many of AnimeJapan’s programs are moving online, including a Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS event featuring the show’s four lead voice actors. The event will be live streamed on March 21 at 1:00 p.m. JST.

Update (March 17): Konami has announced additional cancellations of its Yu-Gi-Oh! events.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Author Responds to New Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards

June 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 6 Comments
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Preview of the artwork of Dragon Maid Husky from the Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG

New cards coming to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game have caught the eye of a popular manga author. Today, the official Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! news hub YU-GI-OH.jp unveiled three new card themes debuting this August in Japan. One of the themes is called Dragon Maid and features — you guessed it — a human woman with dragon horns, wings, and a tail who is dressed as a maid.

The announcement included pictures of two cards from this theme. Dragon Maid Husky (shown above) is a charming dragon maid ready to serve you. Dragon Maids’ Kindness (below) has Husky and four other dragon maids busily prepping a dining room.

This news quickly made it to coolkyousinnjya, the creator of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, who took an immediate liking to the cards.

Dragon maids are in Yu-Gi-Oh!!” tweeted coolkyousinnjya. “I want to build a deck with them!”

C’mon, Konami, you can make it happen. Send some cards to coolkyousinnjya!

Any fans of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid out there? What do you think of these cards?

Check out the Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid manga from Seven Seas Entertainment and the anime on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

Preview of the artwork of Dragon Maids' Kindness from the Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG

Gemini Elf Prize Card Sold for $175K

May 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Photo of the genuine Gemini Elf T3-04 Asia Championship card
Photo by @youkiozisan

A very old, one-of-a-kind Yu-Gi-Oh! card is off the market. Japanese Yugituber Yuuki (@youkiozisan) revealed that he has purchased the “T3” Gemini Elf for 19 million yen, or about $175,000. This Gemini Elf was the fourth-place prize in the 2001 Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game Asia Championship.

Not only does Yuuki own the card but also the accompanying trophy. He has now placed both items on display at Card Shop Spiral, a trading card store in Akihabara, to thank his followers and let anyone stop by and marvel at these extraordinary pieces of Yu-Gi-Oh! history.

This Gemini Elf is part of the same set as the one-of-a-kind Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon that was on sale for $400,000 earlier this year. BEUD was the first-place prize card in the same 2001 tournament. Yuuki points out that that card is now in the hands of another Japanese Yugituber, Takucchi (@takutti0214), who is aiming to sell it for 1 billion yen, or about $9.17 million.

(h/t Maha Vailo Breaking News)

Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon Prize Card on Sale for $400K

January 10, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Photo of the genuine Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon T3-01 Asia Championship card
Photo by @saku06s

The owner of one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in existence is graciously putting it on display at a card shop in Japan — and on sale for a hefty price. Hassaku (@saku06s) is the owner of the “T3” Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, which was the first-place prize in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game Asia Championship of 2001. Only one copy of this card, sealed in a custom-made case, exists in the world and it was presented to the winner of that tournament.

Yesterday, Hassaku announced that the card is now on display at Card Shop Spiral, a trading card store in Akihabara. It is also available for purchase — for 45,000,000 yen, or about $400,000.

This isn’t the first time that this Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon has gone on the market. Hassaku first obtained the card in August 2016 and attempted to sell it for 999,000,000 yen (about $9 million). At the time, Hassaku included an autograph and sketch of Yugi from Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!. Takahashi presented the card to the tournament winner and apparently also created the sketch and signature right on the spot, explained Hassaku. After one week and no takers, Hassaku offered a 99 percent off discount, dropping the price to a measly 9,990,000 yen (about $90,000).

Some collectors must be kicking themselves for not buying it back then.

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