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Wizards of the Coast and Tencent Team to Bring Magic: The Gathering Arena to China

Wizards of the Coast and Tencent have announced a partnership to bring Magic: The Gathering to digital gamers in Asia. Tencent will be the exclusive digital publisher and esports broadcaster for the iconic strategy card game in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei.

Wizards of the Coast’s newest digital game, Magic: The Gathering Arena, is currently in Closed Beta and will be the first game published by Tencent through the new partnership. The game is designed and built for digital gamers without compromising Magic‘s core gameplay. Every element of the game design is focused on an engaging and dynamic experience, true to authentic Magic, to provide players and viewers fast-paced, exciting, and easy-to-follow matches.

In addition to MTG Arena, the partnership also includes publishing of future games based on the strategy card game on mobile, PC, and console platforms.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Gets an Advent Calendar and Cybernetic Horizon Special Edition

Coming this holiday season, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Advent Calendar is here to honor the old-time tradition of counting down the days to Christmas, in a way fit for a Duelist!

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Advent Calendar contains 24 doors, full of holiday-themed cards to add to your collection and power up your Decks. Box of Friends, Toy Magician and many more cards can be found to get Duelists into the holiday mood!

Each Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Advent Calendar contains: 14 Super Rares and 10 Ultra Rares

If you’re looking to get some additional value with Cybernetic Horizon, look no further than the Cybernetic Horizon Special Edition! Each box includes 3 booster packs of Cybernetic Horizon, along with 1 of 2 Super Rare variants of sought-after cards as well as 1 of 2 Super Rare variant preview cards from the upcoming Fall 2018 booster set!

Past and present collide in Cybernetic Horizon, the first 100-card booster set of the 2018-2019 Dueling season! This set modernizes popular themes from the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL eras, provides brand-new Link Monsters, and new cards to bolster strategies introduced in Code of the Duelist, Circuit Break, Extreme Force, Flames of Destruction, Dark Saviors, and more! Here’s just some of what you have to look forward to!

  • Upgrade your Cyber Dragon Deck for the new era of Dueling! Cyber Dragon returned in last year’s Legendary Dragon Decks, and Cybernetic Horizon includes brand-new cards for Cyber Dragon Decks, including a Link Monster that grafts its 2100 ATK on to other Machines!
  • Famous Ritual Monsters return! Demise, King of Armageddon was once the king of competition. Now, new forms of Demise as well as Ruin, Queen of Oblivion tell the tale of these memorable monsters. You’ll also find Cyberse Ritual Monsters, and new cards to help assemble the required components of a Ritual Summon without spending your all-important Normal Summon for the turn!
  • A speck of dust on a camera lens, or a monster hiding in plain sight? Monsters have allegedly walked, swam, and flown among us since the beginning of recorded history, but no one has been able to produce solid evidence of their existence – until now! These monsters lurk in your hand and force your opponent to try and discover them. If they fail, the monster is Summoned to your field and you draw a card!

You can also find new cards for strategies like Mekk-Knight, Neo-Spacian, Dragunity, Noble Knight, Sky Striker, and more!

Each Cybernetic Horizon Special Edition contains: 3 Cybernetic Horizon booster packs, along with 1 of 2 Super Rare variants of sought-after cards as well as 1 of 2 Super Rare variant preview cards from the upcoming Fall 2018 booster set.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG: Kaiba Corporation Card Sleeves and Deck Case this September

Kaiba Corporation is an industry leader in Dueling system technology. However, sometimes a transformative approach is necessary to meet customers’ needs, and those can be more basic than holographic projection interfaces. Introducing, the Kaiba Corporation Card Sleeves!

These next-generation Card Sleeves are designed for optimal performance where it matters most, in real world usage. Featuring the signature Kaiba Corporation circuitry design along with the stunning KC logo on top of a pearl white base with a holographic frame, each pack contains 50 sleeves specifically designed to meet tournament regulation standards.

*Product title and design subject to change.

Your Deck is your most prized procession as a Duelist, and Kaiba Corporation understands that you value its protection. This has led to the introduction of the cutting-edge Kaiba Corporation Deck Case!

Slimmer than previous models, the Kaiba Corporation Deck Case’s streamlined design is the perfect fit for your Main, Side, and Extra Deck. The Deck Case is available exclusively in a pearl white frame with a translucent, azure blue base to help you keep an eye on your cards. This design features the signature Kaiba Corporation circuitry pattern and a holographic KC logo. To maximize efficiency, each Deck Case also includes a Deck Divider, boasting a complementary style, to help you keep organized so you can focus on the Duel at hand.

*Product title and design subject to change.

Dominaria Comes to Magic: The Gathering Arena on April 26th

April is shaping up to be exciting for Magic: The Gathering Arena. Later this month sees new content, new events, and a large update to the game on April 26.

Here’s what’s coming up next:

  • Dominaria is releasing for MTG Arena on April 26 and bringing economy updates with it.
  • Events are coming! They’re starting out with some best-of-one events, with lots more to come.
  • Wizards of the Coast will be hosting a streaming event on April 25th in which some streamers preview the new economy features and Dominaria—you don’t want to miss out!

DOMINARIA!

On April 26, after an extended downtime, Dominaria will be released for MTG Arena! Every legend, every Saga, and every Thallid will be playable. This update will include more visual improvements and a brand-new battlefield.

An experiment will begin with this release that explores ties between the tabletop game and MTG Arena. With the release of Dominaria, there’ll be a limited test of redeemable game codes in New Zealand only. New Zealand booster packs and Prerelease packs will include an in-game code that New Zealand residents can redeem for in-game items in Magic: The Gathering Arena.

The goal is to find ways to bring more value to all kinds of Magic players and to get that right.

DRAFT AND CONSTRUCTED EVENTS

The vision for MTG Arena has always been to give players many ways to play. Events are different ways for players to enjoy and utilize the content they’ve earned. This will begin rolling these out in just a few weeks, and you can expect events to keep coming throughout the rest of the year and beyond.

The first events we’ll be rolling out will be best-of-one Constructed events starting with the April 26 update. Then best-of-one Draft events starting May 4. You’ll soon be able to draft in MTG Arena! To start, best-of-one Draft events will be available each weekend and best-of-one Constructed events will always be available.

Events are central to MTG Arena and a great way to continually provide more depth of play. More events will be added moving forward, along with testing and refining along the way. There’ll be more news on April 25th in the Closed Beta forums, along with a full event schedule through June.

SEE EVERYTHING IN ACTION ON APRIL 25!

To celebrate this release, a small group of streamers have been invited to participate in an early access event that will preview the Dominaria build and all Dominaria content on April 25 from 1–5 p.m. PT. The streamers are being set up with special accounts stocked with goodies so they can show you all some Draft and Dominaria content. They’ll only have access to these accounts for one day—so make sure to tune in to get a sneak peek of what’s coming! You’ll be able to find a list of all streamers and their channels on the Closed Beta forum or by browsing Twitch by Magic’s game category. If you want to get a first look at all the new updates in the April 26 build, you definitely do not want to miss this event!

That same day includes a special livestream at 12 p.m. PT and an extensive post in the MTG Arena forums with more details on Dominaria, elaborations on events, economy updates, Gem pricing, (yes, you’ll be able to buy Gems starting with this update—details on April 25), Draft, and more. We’re still evolving and growing what MTG Arena has to offer, but the April 26 update is our biggest yet.

Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe – The Valiant Card Game is Out April 18th

Valiant‘s world of comics comes to a new game in Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe – The Valiant Card Game. Designed by Overworld Games, the card game is an interactive adventure in which players take the roles of their favorite Valiant heroes to team up to stop Ninjak, who has stolen a book of enormous power and disappeared. Players must build up their power to survive the surprises and traps Ninjak throws at the team…while also attempting to fulfill their own private agenda.

The game is a spin-off of the live action digital series coming out from Bat in the Sun Productions this April.

Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe – The Valiant Card Game is out April 18th. the game will be available at hobby and game shops, comic book stores, and at Overworldgames.com.

Renegade Game Studios Dreams up a release date for Lucidity Six-Sided Nightmares! Out May 16th.

You have the ability to enter the dream world: a world of vivid hallucinations and horrific monsters. Draw power from the Nightmares that live there, but do not let them corrupt you. For there are other Dreamers seeking power this night, and there is only room for one to escape from the realm of Nightmares.

Should you become corrupted and turn into a Nightmare yourself, you must hunt down the other Dreamers and consume their power. When the night is over, only one Dreamer or Nightmare will be left standing.

Lucidity: Six-Sided Nightmares is for one to four players, ages 14 and up, will battle to collect dreams, gaining power as they work towards escaping the dream world in about 20-30 minutes. It comes to game stores May 16, 2018.

The game comes with 80 custom dice, 1x Black Bag, 4x Dreamer Cards, 5x Nightmare Cards, 4x Turn Summary Cards
4x Glass Sleep Markers, and 1 Rulebook.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Dueling Heads to Tennessee

Get ready Tennessee Duelists, because the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) is coming to the Volunteer State! Konami invites hundreds of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game‘s greatest competitors to attend the Memphis Cook Convention Center for a “throwdown” of massive proportions. On April 21 and 22, YCS Memphis will test the wits, nerves, and ingenuity of some of the world’s greatest Duelists for two full days, on the way to inaugurating another in a long string of time-honored Champions.

Over the last two months, YCS titles have been won in Atlanta, Bochum (Germany), San Jose (Costa Rica), and Utah, as Duelists duked it out with every Deck under the sun. Trickstars, Pendulum Magicians, Zefras, Metalfoes, World Chalice, Invoked, Dinosaurs, ABC’s, and more have all captured their share of tournament glory so far this year.  But as Duelists devote more time to their favorite strategies, YCS Memphis is set to throw a curve ball into the mix – Structure Deck: Lair of Darkness launches one day before the tournament. Will new cards like Darkest Diabolos, Lord of the Lair and Grinning Grave Virus shake things up in the Volunteer State? Dueling’s finest will be on hand to find out!

Duelists in the YCS main event will compete for one of the highest honors in all of Dueling: the prestige of a YCS win and the title of Champion.  Competitors will also vie for a huge spread of prizes, including the YCS Prize Card Number 89: Diablosis the Mind Hacker!  The winner of YCS Memphis will earn an exclusive Ultra Rare copy while 2nd and 3rd place finishers win Super Rares.

When the weekend is over and one winner is left standing, the Champion of YCS Memphis gets paid travel and accommodations to their 2018 World Championship Qualifier (WCQ), where they’ll be invited to compete with VIP status. Both Finalists will win exclusive YCS branded premium Messenger Bags, and the full Top 8 will celebrate with high-end PlayStation®4 gaming systems for their efforts.  Every Duelist who makes it through the Swiss rounds to the Top 32 receive YCS Top Cut Game Mats featuring Number 89: Diablosis the Mind Hacker – a coveted prize only given to those who reach the Top Cut at a YCS – as well as World Qualifying Points, Ultimate Duelist Series Points, and invitations to their WCQ tournaments.

Pre-registration for YCS Memphis will run from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. All Duelists who pre-register and turn in their valid Deck list on Friday will receive one of the Yu-Gi-Oh! branded Attribute Dice, randomly blind-bagged. Registration will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday April 21, continuing to 9:45 a.m, with Round 1 beginning promptly at 10 a.m. All Duelists will receive five booster packs of Extreme Force upon registering, and while supplies last, registrants can also get “Yugi Hair” to wear at the event. The YCS Memphis main event tournament will be played in the Constructed Advanced Format. Attendees can find the answers to many questions online.

Event Address:

Memphis Cook Convention Center
Cannon Center, 255 N Main St
Memphis, Tennessee 38103

For Duelists born 2005 or later, two Dragon Duel tournaments will be held at YCS Memphis on April 21 and 22. These Saturday and Sunday tournaments will be sealed using Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, where each Duelist is given ten sealed Battle Packs to make a new Deck.  Both Dragon Duel tournaments award invitations to the 2018 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier based on attendance.

The Dragon Duelist who finishes 1st on Saturday will Duel Sunday’s 1st place Dragon Duelist Sunday afternoon, in a best-of-3 match played with their own Constructed Deck built for Advanced Format rules.  The winner of that match will be awarded a Dragon Duel Championship Trophy, Super Rare set of the Darklords YCS Prize Cards and claim the title of YCS Memphis Dragon Duel Champion!

A full spread of Public Events will run all weekend long, including 2018 Regional Qualifiers; Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers; 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling; two ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! events; Win-A-Mat, Sealed Structure Deck, Sealed Starter Deck, Battle City, Yu-Gi-Oh! School Tournament Series, and Duelist League tournaments.

YCS Memphis Prizing Information:

  • 1st place – Ultra Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 89: Diablosis the Mind Hacker; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Trophy; paid travel and accommodations to the winner’s 2018 World Championship Qualifier, with invite to compete and VIP status; YCS branded premium Messenger Bag; PlayStation®4 Pro 1 TB system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 30 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.
  • 2nd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 89: Diablosis the Mind Hacker; invite to the 2018 World Championship Qualifier tournament; YCS branded premium Messenger Bag; PlayStation®4 Pro 1 TB system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.
  • 3rd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 89: Diablosis the Mind Hacker; invite to the 2018 World Championship Qualifier tournament; PlayStation®4 Pro 1 TB system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.
  • 4th place – Invite to the 2018 World Championship Qualifier tournament; PlayStation®4 Pro 1 TB system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.
  • 5th – 8th place – Invite to the 2018 World Championship Qualifier tournament; PlayStation 4 500GB system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.
  • 9th – 16th place – Invite to the 2018 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 24 Booster Packs of Extreme Force; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.
  • 17th – 32nd place – Invite to the 2018 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 12 Booster Packs of Extreme Force; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

Players that make the Top Cut at the YCS will also be awarded World Qualifying Points based on standings.

YCS Memphis Dragon Duel Prizing Information:

  • 1st – 4th place –2018 Regional Game Mat; Dragon Duel Medal; and a Dragon Duel T-Shirt.

Survive the Pass & Defeat the Endless to Earn Glory in Endless Pass. Available Now from WizKids.

WizKids has released their newest card-based adventure game, Endless Pass. Designed by Nuria Casellas, two to six players take on the role of a Viking and explore the Pass while not only fighting the never-ending hoard of Endless, but rival Vikings as well. What are they fighting for? Eternal Glory!

The goal is simple: the last Viking standing or the first to earn 10 Glory, while surviving the turn, wins. If none of the players survive, then the player with the highest amount of Glory will take the honor of most worthy within Valhalla. To earn Glory, a Viking can either slay Endless as they appear in front of him or her or take it from another Viking in a surprise attack!

Each of the player boards are double sided. One side showing a generic Viking, all with the same stats, while the other is a named Viking Hero, such as Gunnar the Raider or Brynhild the Valkyrie, each with their own abilities. No matter what, each player has 10 health and needs 10 Glory.

Start each round by drawing cards from The Pass deck. Here is where the Endless show up, reptilian monstrosities spawned from Jormungand, the Midgard Serpent. Using additional cards from the Action deck, a Viking can use a sword or Greek Fire to kill Endless, earning Glory. Or they can play a defensive game, blocking Endless with shields or dodging out of the way. If an Endless isn’t defeated by the end of a player’s turn, all of them get passed onto the next player! A Viking could end up being overwhelmed in a sea of ferocious Endless!

Vikings needn’t only attack Endless – they can attack another Viking! Swing a sword or throw a bomb at another player in an attempt to take a Glory, or even health, from them. Be cautious, a good Viking won’t go down without a fight and can be ready to defend or dodge incoming attacks at a moment’s notice.

Will you be the Conqueror of The Pass? Are you worthy of receiving everlasting glory in the realm of Valhalla? Pick up Endless Pass at your Friendly Local Game Store for $24.99 and find out!

The Yu-Gi-Oh! 2018 Mega-Tin is Out this August

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game 2018 Mega-Tins bring the heat this Summer with some of the past year’s most popular cards AND brand-new cards designed specifically for these Tins! Each Tin includes three 16-card Mega-Packs containing cards from Maximum Crisis, Code of the Duelist, Circuit Break, and Extreme Force. These Mega-Packs use the traditional “1 card of each foil rarity” plus a Rare and 12 Commons configuration native to the Mega-Tins, and all cards appearing in the Mega-Packs will be included in their original booster set rarity.

Each 2018 Mega-Tin will also include additional non-randomized variant cards, as well as one unique new card designed specifically for that Tin! These new cards are based on the Decks used by Jaden and Yusei, the heroes of the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s manga and animated series respectively, and are depicted on the Tins with the characters.

  • For Jaden, master of huge comebacks, a new “Elemental HERO” Contact Fusion that can refill your hand, negate a card’s effect until the end of turn, and banish everything on the field! A special Spell Card to help support this new Elemental HERO will be included in an upcoming product.
  • For Yusei, who makes the most of every card in his Deck, look for a new Synchro Monster that fills your field with Tuner monsters! It can also double its ATK when battling a monster the same turn you Synchro Summon it.

Each 2018 Mega-Tin is sold separately. The 2018 Mega-Tins will be available Friday, August 31st.

New Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Releases this April and May!

Forces of shadow and fire are set to strike the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG), as Konami launches three new releases this Spring! Structure Deck: Lair of Darkness and the Dark Saviors special booster pack work together for a conspiracy of dark Dueling forces, but a purging blaze and a brilliant new light erupts in Flames of Destruction!

January’s Structure Deck: Wave of Light delivered a shining era of Dueling radiance, but wicked forces were lying in wait. Structure Deck: Lair of Darkness ushers in an army of fiends, demons, and legendary lords of the underworld, all united in a pact of subterfuge and sacrifice. New masters of malevolence like Darkest Diabolos, Lord of the Lair and Lilith, Lady of Lament work with the Lair of Darkness Field Spell to Tribute monsters and unleash twisted effects.  The catch? You don’t always have to Tribute your own monsters…

Packed with support for the DARK Attribute and brandishing a mix of classic ghouls and new tricks that can rend your opponent’s hand and Deck asunder, Structure Deck: Lair of Darknessengulfs the Dueling world in shadow on April 20.  Each Structure Deck contains 2 Ultra Rare Cards, 3 Super Rare Cards, 36 Common Cards, a Token Card, a Beginner’s Guide, and a Double-Sided Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide.  MSRP: $9.99 per box.

Defying the darkness, a spark explodes to a shining blaze!  Flames of Destruction is the latest 100-card booster pack in the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS era, featuring new support for established Decks, the return of the fan-favorite Elemental Lords, and a new tribe of Link Monsters that elevate Link Summoning entirely.

The new Link Monsters fit in almost any Deck thanks to their flexible Link Materials, and they offer tremendous rewards in return for careful planning: co-link them with other Link Monsters to cut the costs of their effects, and upgrade their abilities in the process! The co-link mechanic has never been better, as these monsters give Duelists more reason to think about where and how they build their fields.

The four Elemental Lords have long stood as some of the most powerful monsters in all of Dueling, but Flames of Destruction brings a new Lord to the fight: Summon it when you have exactly 5 LIGHT monsters in your Graveyard and you’ll wield the power of Raigeki, destroying all opposing monsters in one vengeful blast.  Lightworn and Fairy Duelists take note – reinforcements are on the way!

Speaking of reinforcements, the Elemental Lords have gained a following: a new monster theme that live to serve, they search your “Elemental Lord” monsters from your Deck, block your opponent’s plays, and adjust your Graveyard to make Summoning the Elemental Lords even easier.  Combined with new cards bearing the “Trickstar,” “Vampire,” “Topologic,” and “Trap Hole” names, as well as tricky new Trap Cards to suppress your rivals, Flames of Destruction is set to sear its brand onto the tournament scene.

Duelists can get a preview of Flames of Destruction at Sneak Peeks scheduled for April 28 and/or April 29 at participating Official Tournament Stores (OTS). Duelists can find more information and a list of locations online. The Flames of Destruction booster pack is available May 4 with 100 cards total: 8 Secret Rares, 10 Ultra Rares, 14 Super Rares, 20 Rares, and 48 Commons. MSRP: $3.99 per 9-card pack.

Finally, May closes out with another booster pack release … and another dose of darkness!  Dark Saviors is a 60-card all-foil set with themes that can stand on their own, but that also form powerful strategies with cards from Extreme Force and beyond. Fans of the longstanding Vampire theme from the early days of Dueling will find new cards to enslave your opponent’s monsters, building on releases from Structure Deck: Lair of Darkness and Flames of Destruction.

Who will fend off the darkness? How about some heroes Fur Hire!  A swashbuckling team of tagalong troublemakers that always travel together, the “Fur Hire” monsters overcome the odds with sheer numbers.  Easy to play but powerful on the battlefield, their teamwork makes the dream work for novice Duelists and seasoned competitors alike. Or look to the sky!  Soaring high above, the cloud faring heroine known as Sky Striker Ace is armed with an arsenal of high-velocity tech tricks.  Each of her weapon modules let her adapt to the situation at hand, and the more modules you play the more powerful they get.

Dark Saviors creeps from the shadows on May 25, a 60-card release with 20 Secret Rares and 40 Super Rares. MSRP: $3.99 per 5-card pack.

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