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Wizards of the Coast Takes on Depictions of Racism in Magic: The Gathering

Magic: The Gathering

Wizards of the Coast has made an announcement that they are taking a look at the cards from Magic: The Gathering for depictions of racism. They have announced numerous cards whose images will be removed from the database.

The company has announced they are changing the multiverse ID and removing the Gatherer card image for the card Invoke Prejudice which was originally released in 1994. The company has described the card as racist and there is no place for racism in the game, community, or anywhere.

The following cards will also have their images removed from the Magic database:

  • Invoke Prejudice
  • Cleanse
  • Stone-Throwing Devils
  • Pradesh Gypsies
  • Jihad
  • Imprison
  • Crusade

Instead a statement will be in place of the images:

  • We have removed this card image from our database due to its racist depiction, text, or combination thereof. Racism in any form is unacceptable and has no place in our games, nor anywhere else.

Those cards will also be banned in all sanctioned tournament play.

They said there is more to come and this is just a first pass of cards. This is a good start for the company but there’s much work to do behind the scenes with hiring and more.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game’s Releases Schedule for June and July 2020 Revealed

Summer has arrived in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG), and Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is thrilled to offer Duelists five new releases, each reaching into popular chapters of the game’s history!


Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Eternity Code

After a long delay, Eternity Code is finally here with new support for Ignition Assault themes like the Ancient Warriors, Plunder Patroll and the @Ignisters! Dueling has changed, and competitors have more ways to make the most of their Fusion, Synchro and Xyz monsters. Eternity Code answers the call, bringing new legacy support for countless classic themes new and old, catapulting them back into the tournament arena. Girsu, the Orcust Mekk-Knight kicks off your combos by setting up cards in your Graveyard, and Special Summoning Tokens to help build your field! Animadorned Archosaur is a must for Dino-Duelists, destroying your Dinosaurs to trigger big effects, adding monsters or even an “Evolution Pill” Spell from your Deck. Chamber DragonmaidMadolche SalonTraptrix AllomerusMachina Metalcruncher and many more all offer new support to established themes, bringing more choices to your tournament scene.

From Traptrix and Tindangles to Megaliths and Marincess, to Gizmek and Goukis and beyond, Eternity Code’s a celebration of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG’s greatest hits of the modern era. The complete set comes with 100 cards: 50 Commons, 26 Super Rares, 14 Ultra Rares and 10 Secret Rares. In stores now! MSRP: $3.99 per 9-card pack.


Straight out of the Duelist Kingdom storyline, Toon Chaos revisits two of the most time-honored themes in Dueling history: Yugi’s Chaos monsters and Pegasus’ sinister Toons. Along with a lineup of classic crowd-pleasers, Toon Chaos includes 3 new Chaos monsters like The Chaos Creator. It’s a new addition to the LIGHT and DARK arsenal that Special Summons a banished monster, while returning other banished monsters to your Deck. You’ll also find cards to help you get them from your Deck and onto the field. On Pegasus’ side watch out for Toon Black Luster Soldier, an animated rework of the revered Envoy of the Beginning, plus more new cards that boost the speed of the Toon Deck for modern play!

Looking beyond the clash of Chaos and cartoons, you’ll also find a pair of new Noble Knights and the return of long-awaited favorites like Pot of Extravagance! And Toon Chaos will debut the stunning new “Collector’s Rare” rarity, appearing outside of Asia for the first time ever. A total of 15 cards will appear in alternate Collector’s Rare versions.

Unleash the Toon Chaos on June 19. The complete set includes 60 different cards, 15 of which can appear as Collector’s Rares: 35 Rares, 15 Super Rares and 10 Ultra Rares. MSRP: $3.99 per 7-card pack (1 Foil card & 6 Rare cards).


Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Legendary Duelists Season 1

From there, it’s time for Legendary Duelists to make their return…with some new color! Legendary Duelists and Legendary Duelists: Ancient Millennium were massive hits that ushered in a new era of retro releases, and now they’re back by popular demand. Hard-to-find cards like Millennium-Eyes Restrict and Red-Eyes Slash Dragon will be available in Legendary Duelists: Season 1 along with more than 100 other cards. It’s a huge opportunity for Duelists and collectors alike, but even diehard fans are in for some big surprises.

Each box of Legendary Duelists: Season 1 will come with 1 of 7 Secret Rares that weren’t part of the previous sets, selected from the series’ biggest hits. Every box will also have 2 Legendary Duelists: Season 1 packs, each with 18 cards: total 15 Commons and 3 Ultra Rares. One of them will be a standard Ultra Rare with gold lettering. But the other two will be colorful Ultra Rares, each appearing with blue, green or purple foil lettering! 16 Ultra Rare cards can appear in any of the three colors, so you can match your cards to your sleeves and card case, or just play your favorite color to add a little customization to your Deck.

Legendary Duelists: Season 1 is available July 3, and each box comes with 1 double-sided art card, 30 Commons, 2 standard Ultra Rares, 4 colorful Ultra Rares, and 1 Secret Rare. The complete Legendary Duelists: Season 1 set contains 121 cards: 94 Commons; 4 standard Ultra Rares; 16 colorful Ultra Rares each available in blue, green or purple; and 7 Secret Rares. MSRP: $14.99 per set.


Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts

Then it’s a throwback to a past that never was! Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts revives the three Sacred Beasts from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX all in one Deck, uniting them in a single strategy. New support lets you double the power of Raviel, Lord of Phantasms to a towering 8000 Attack Points, negate your opponent’s effects with the power of Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder, and power up Uria, Lord of Searing Flames with new Trap Cards.

Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts also comes with cards that can power up any Deck: One for One is an incredible card to use for combo strategies; Terraforming and Set Rotation make your Field Spells more reliable; Mystical Space Typhoon is the “original” Spell and Trap destroyer; and Pot of Desires can make almost any Deck more consistent. Whether you’re looking to tap into dark new powers or load up on tournament mainstays, this new Structure Deck can give you an edge.

Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts erupts from the shadows of Duel Academy on July 10, and each Structure Deck comes with 1 Double-sided Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide and 48 cards total: 38 Commons, 3 Super Rares, 5 Ultra Rares and 2 Token Cards. MSRP: $9.99 per box.


And last but not least, the mighty Battles of Legend series is back with brand-new twists! Battles of Legend: Armageddon is filled with powerful cards like Artifact Sanctum and Chimeratech Megafleet Dragon, popular themed cards like Madolche Anjelly and Black Whirlwind, plus drool-worthy foil upgrades of popular tournament cards like Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion and Dragon Buster Destruction Sword.

So what’s new? For almost two years, Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon was only available as an exclusive Championship Prize Card, awarded solely to the most proven Duelists in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series. But now it’s back, and for the people! You’ll also find iconic Dragon monsters like Trishula, the Dragon of Icy ImprisonmentDark Armed, the Dragon of Annihilation and Judgment, the Dragon of Heaven. Fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX will also get their first chance to collect Jim Cook’s “Fossil” cards, a unique Fusion strategy that digs Fusion Spell Cards out of the Graveyard to use them again and again, unleashing a Level 8 dual-attacking behemoth!

The all-foil Battles of Legend: Armageddon debuts on July 24. The complete set comes with 92 cards: 59 Ultra Rares and 33 Secret Rares. MSRP: $3.99 per 5-card pack.

The Op Partners with Asmodee for New Spot It! Games

The Op Spot It!

Usaopoly (The Op) has announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with Asmodee to release licensed versions of Spot It!, a multi-award winning pattern recognition game that launched in 2010 to universal acclaim.

Also known as Dobble, the quick-playing family game is most recognized by its uniquely illustrated deck of 55 circular cards, each featuring eight various symbols. With always one symbol in common between any two cards, the game’s fast-acting objective is to be the first to spot a match and grab that card, prompting the next in the deck to be revealed, then quickly surveyed and claimed. Once the deck is depleted, the player with the most collected cards wins.

The Op is looking to release several Spot It! games this fall in North America with a $14.99 MSRP.

Konami Releases a Statement about Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG of Organized Play and Promotional Events

Yu-Gi-Oh!

Konami, the makers of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game has released a new statement concerning the future of their organized play and promotion events through June 30, 2020.

COVID-19 has impacted so many and thrown every day interactions into chaos. The gaming community, which relies on in person events and interaction has of course been impacted canceling conventions, events, and generally shutting down local stores.

You can read the full statement below:

To the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME community –

We hope you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe. As we continue to closely monitor developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to our role in prioritizing the overall health and safety of our fan base, Tournament Store owners and staff, and all business partners. In keeping with the guidelines and recommendations put forth by government health authorities, we believe it is in the best interests of our community to extend the postponement of our Organized Play and promotional events through Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

We are aware of the steps that communities across the nation have taken to gradually reopen and share our community’s enthusiasm to resume Organized Play and promotional events. As circumstances evolve throughout the coming weeks, we may provide another update relating to the status of local Organized Play and promotional events prior to June 30, as we review government health authority guidelines.

To support Official Tournament Stores during this challenging time, we have introduced Remote Duel, a new Organized Play initiative to run sanctioned tournaments using Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel LinksLegacy of the DuelistLegacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution, and a Duelist’s own card collection.

Information about Remote Duel will be available June 2 here

Additionally, those with non-press-related inquiries regarding event cancellations and updates on future events and Organized Play initiatives are encouraged to contact us-opsupport@konami.com for more information.

Our thoughts remain with those affected by this pandemic and we are grateful for everyone’s commitment to the safety of our community. We thank the Yu-Gi-Oh! community for their patience and understanding during this time.

Gotta Catch the Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is going from cards to board game in the first ever adaptation of the TCG. The Pokémon Company International has announced Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy. The game provides everything a “Trainer” needs to master the basics of the Pokémon TCG, Battle Academy offers fun family entertainment, combining strategic Pokémon TCG gameplay within a classic, easy-to-learn family game experience. The game provides an even more accessible option for aspiring players.

Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

Each Battle Academy box comes with a two-player game board, three 60-card decks, tutorial guides, and gameplay accessories. It also comes with a code card that allows Trainers to enjoy the Pokémon TCG digitally through the free-to-play Pokémon Trading Card Game Online app on iOS and Android, as well as on Pokemon.com.

The game launches around the world on July 31, 2020 and will be available widely at participating mass and hobby retailers, as well as online retailers.

Charizard and Eternatus make their Pokémon VMAX debut in Pokémon: Sword & Shield—Darkness Ablaze, Out August 14

Pokémon Trading Card Game, Sword & Shield—Darkness Ablaze

The Pokémon Company International has unveiled the newest expansion for the Pokémon Trading Card GameSword & Shield—Darkness Ablaze, arriving around the world on August 14, 2020.

Sword & Shield—Darkness Ablaze introduces highly collectible cards including Charizard VMAX, as the fan-favorite Charizard makes its Gigantamax form debut in the Pokémon TCG—just like in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games. In addition, Trainers will be able to pull more Pokémon from the Galar region as Pokémon VMAX, such as Centiskorch VMAX and Grimmsnarl VMAX in their Gigantamax forms, and the Legendary Pokémon Eternatus VMAX in its unique Eternamax form.

The full expansion includes the following:

  • Seven Pokémon VMAX
  • 14 powerful Pokémon V—plus nine full-art Pokémon V
  • 17 Trainer cards and four full-art Supporter cards
  • Three new Special Energy cards

Fans interested in playing with cards from the expansion before launch can do so by picking up the Sword & Shield—Darkness Ablaze Build & Battle Box, available through their local participating Pokémon TCG retailer starting August 1. Each box contains four Sword & Shield—Darkness Ablaze booster packs; a 23-card Evolution pack featuring key cards from current and prior sets, including one of four alternate-art promo cards; and a deck-building tip sheet.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game: Duel Overload First Look

Duel Overload features the biggest collection of brand-new Link Monsters ever, with 30 new Link Monsters as well as 26 other new cards, just in time to shake things up for the biggest competitions of the year! The complete Duel Overload booster set contains 100 cards.

Each Duel Overload box comes with:

6 Duel Overload booster packs, each with 5 Ultra Rare cards per pack
1 of 6 special oversized collectible cards

We open up a box of this release to show off some of what you can get! So, how’d we do? Let us know in the comments!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legendary Duelists: 7 Arrives September 25, 2020

Legendary Duelist: 7

Dive deep into the Decks of Duelists shrouded in darkness with the next chapter in the Legendary Duelist series!

Yugi’s final foe in the Battle City tournament was none other than Marik Ishtar, leader of the Rare Hunters and master of The Winged Dragon of Ra! Marik’s advanced tactics using The Winged Dragon of Ra were previously impossible to replicate, but 7 new cards in this set are poised to make the impossible, possible! But why stop at just upgrading your Deck’s strategy? This new Legendary Duelists set includes an extra special version of The Winged Dragon of Ra like you’ve never seen before! 

Additionally, you can find 7 new cards each for Aporia’s Meklord strategy from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and 7 new cards from Esper Roba’s Battle City psychic-strategy featuring the bane of Trap Cards everywhere: Jinzo! Rounding out the set, you’ll be able to get important cards necessary for building these 3 Decks as well as other famous cards used by these Duelists on the TV show.

Super Cats is Here for Your Parties from The Op

Super Cats

In Super Cats act as cute kittens and band together to become the fierce Super Cat, the only one who can defeat mangy enemy RoboDog! This fun game brings the strategy of rock-paper-scissors to a multi-player card game. Outwit your friends and be the first to transform your cats. Remaining players can then act as defense and let RoboDog win! Spontaneity and teamwork create this raucous new version of roshambo.

Here’s How to Play:

  1. Assemble your team!
  2. Choose a number with your hands while shouting…SU-PER-CATS
  3. The largest unique number wins and the winner flips over one of their cards revealing a Super Cat
  4. The first player to turn all of their cats to Super Cats becomes the HERO!
  5. The hero battles against the RoboDog controlled by the other players
  6. Choose a number with your hands while saying…RO-BO-DOG, the unique highest number battles against RoboDog
  7. Keep attacking RoboDog to win the game.
  8. Battle until all of the Super Cats are defeated or all of the RoboDog cards are destroyed.

The game is for 2-5 players ages 8+ and should take about 15 minutes. The game retails for $9.99

Create a Masterpiece Out of Thin Air in El Maestro, Coming Soon from WizKids

El Maestro

WizKids has announced the upcoming release of hit game El Maestroin English for the first time! For 3-8 players ages 10+, El Maestro is expected to release July 2020 and retails for $24.99.

In El Maestro, one player leads the group in air drawing their Oeuvre (their fine work of art). The others physically draw along with the motions, doing their best to recreate the Maestro’s shapes and understand their signals. Sign your masterpiece, then guess what you’ve been creating – and try not to laugh too hard when you share!

Players gain points for artistic merit, as well as for words guessed correctly. The Maestro gains points depending on whether or not they spoke during their performance. The game ends after 4 rounds, and the player with the most points wins!

The game includes

  • 70 Double-sided Oeuvre cards, with a pair of images on each side
  • 1 Lectern stand
  • 2 Guides for the Maestro’s hand signals
  • 7 Pencils
  • 1 Pad of Paper for your masterpieces

Perfect for game night, El Maestro is a fun new spin on charades-style gameplay that will earn a standing ovation from the whole family! Pre-order from your Friendly Local Game Store today!

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