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Yu-Gi-Oh! Takes You into the “Battle of Chaos” in February 2022

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The first core booster of 2022 for Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, Battle of Chaos, breaks out in February! This 100-card set features new cards that work with Yugi Muto’s Dark Magician, including a new Ritual Monster, a new Fusion Monster, and a new Dragon form of Timaeus! There is plenty to look forward to in Battle of Chaos, here is just some of what you can expect:

  • The adorable Magikuriboh, as seen on the Kuriboh Kollection of accessory items!
  • New cards for themes introduced in Burst of Destiny, including an ocean of new “Icejade” cards and a powerful new Level 10 “Swordsoul” Synchro Monster.
  • New cards for “chilling” strategies like Vampire and Ghostrick!
  • The “Aesir” rise again! New “Nordic” monsters and “Nordic Relic” cards.
  • A brand-new World Premiere theme!
  • And much more!

The Battle of Chaos booster set contains 100* new cards:

50 Commons
26 Super Rares
14 Ultra Rares
10 Secret Rares

It’s currently set to be released on February 11, 2022.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Battle of Chaos

*Set content and release date subject to change

The Pokémon Trading Card Game Heads to Smartphones and more with the New Pokémon TCG Live App

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The Pokémon Company International has unveiled Pokémon TCG Live, a new app that allows Trainers to enjoy the Pokémon Trading Card Game in an updated digital format. Releasing as a free-to-play game, Pokémon TCG Live also marks the first time that the Pokémon Trading Card Game will be playable on smartphones, in addition to tablets, PCs, and Macs.

The announcement comes as The Pokémon Company International continues its yearlong celebration of the brand’s 25th anniversary by engaging fans with innovative Pokémon experiences and products.

Pokémon TCG Live is designed to be easy for beginners to learn how to play the game, while offering fresh challenges for existing players to improve and test their skills. Players will be able to enjoy some of their favorite Pokémon Trading Card Game activities, including building decks and battling other Trainers around the world. They will also be able to tailor their experience with customizable avatars and Pokémon Trading Card Game accessories, participate in daily quests, and more. In addition, Pokémon TCG Live will continue to be updated with new content and features following launch.

Pokémon TCG Live will be coming soon to supported iOS and Android devices, as well as PCs and Macs via Pokemon.com. Trainers looking to preview the game prior to broad availability will be able to participate in the mobile soft launch in Canada and the global open beta for PCs and Macs later this year.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box Revealed

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game player, prepare to get your game on with the new Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box! Just like the popular Speed Duel: Battle City Box, it is designed to allow up to 8 players to jump into their own dynamic tournament experience and includes a static pool of around 200 cards to construct various popular strategies from, most of which are brand new to Speed Duel! Here are just a few of the things you can look forward to in the new box:

  • Brand-new Skill Cards introduce legendary Duelists from the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime to Speed Duel! Become “Elemental HERO” enthusiast, Jaden Yuki, fulfill your destiny as Aster Phoenix, teach the class a lesson as Dr. Crowler, and more!
  • Heaps of new cards for Speed Duel to add to the Speed Duel Deck you already have or discover new strategies to try out!
  • Duel in style with Secret Rare variants of popular GX-era cards!
  • And more!

To use a card in Speed Duel it must have the Speed Duel Symbol on the card, cards without the Symbol are not legal, but Speed Duel cards can be used in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Skill Cards may only be used in Speed Duel.

 Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box arrives February 25, 2022.

 MSRP: $29.99

 Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game – Speed Duel Box featuring Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Revealed

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Arriving February 18, 2022, Speed Duel Box featuring Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is designed to allow up to 8 players to jump into their own dynamic tournament experience and includes a static pool of around 200 cards to construct various popular strategies from, most of which are brand new to Speed Duel!

Here are just a few of the things you can look forward to in the new box:

  • Brand-new Skill Cards introduce legendary Duelists from the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime to Speed Duel! Become “Elemental HERO” enthusiast, Jaden Yuki, fulfill your destiny as Aster Phoenix, teach the class a lesson as Dr. Crowler, and more!
  • Heaps of new cards for Speed Duel to add to the Speed Duel Deck you already have or discover new strategies to try out!
  • Duel in style with Secret Rare variants of popular GX-era cards!
  • And more!

To use a card in Speed Duel it must have the Speed Duel Symbol on the card, cards without the Symbol are not legal, but Speed Duel cards can be used in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Skill Cards may only be used in Speed Duel.

Speed Duel Box featuring Yu-Gi-Oh! GX will retail for $29.99.

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield-Chilling Reign is Out Now

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The Pokémon Company International has today launched the latest expansion for the Pokémon Trading Card GameSword & Shield—Chilling Reign. The new set, available at retailers around the world, introduces the King Pokémon Calyrex as a Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX in both Ice Rider and Shadow Rider forms, alongside Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos, Galarian Moltres, and more.

With over 70 new Battle Style cards, Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign allows Pokémon TCG players to perfect the Single Strike or Rapid Strike decks that they built with Sword & Shield—Battle Styles.

Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign is available in booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes, and special collections, and includes the following cards:

  • Eight Pokémon VMAX
  • 15 Pokémon V and 26 full-art Pokémon V
  • 28 Trainer cards and 13 full-art Supporter cards
  • Three new Special Energy cards

In addition, Trainers in the United Kingdom and Ireland can obtain a special code to receive a Dynamax Crystal in their Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game that will allow them to encounter and battle Gigantamax Sandaconda in a Max Raid Battle. Codes will be available at GAME in the United Kingdom and at Gamestop in Ireland, from 18 June to 18 July 2021 online and in store (no purchase necessary and only while supplies last).

Dawn of Majesty and Structure Deck: Cyber Strike are Coming to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

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Stardust Dragon takes flight once more in Dawn of Majesty for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game! This Fall’s 100-card core booster set transforms Yusei’s signature Synchro Monster, hosts a gathering of Gizmeks, introduces a new Insect World Premiere theme, and more!

Dawn of Majesty is out August 13, 2021.

Let’s rev it up again! Yusei’s Stardust Dragon from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s takes flight with a brand-new slate of cards! Speed up your Stardust Dragon strategy with new Tuner monsters that can Special Summon themselves, making it easy to Synchro Summon Stardust Dragon and then upgrade it into a brand-new “Majestic” form. Draw up the blueprints for your victory with Spell and Trap Cards that benefit you further for Summoning Stardust Dragon and its more advanced forms, as well as activating their effects.

After sitting out for two sets, the Gizmeks are back in force and becoming a full-fledged theme with 4 new “Gizmek” monsters as well as their own Field Spell! These magnificent machines excel on utilizing other machines with identical ATK and DEF, so the synergy not only works with the original Gizmeks, but also with monsters from the past! Now it’s up to you to find out the hidden potential of machines yet to be in the spotlight! Duelists who missed out on the original Gizmeks can find two of them in Egyptian God Deck: Obelisk the Tormentor and another in Structure Deck: Cyber Strike.

What’s scarier: a swarm of small angry insects or one very big, very angry insect? Whichever you choose, you’ll be glad it’s on your side when you play with the brand-new World Premiere theme introduced in Dawn of Majesty! Gather a swarm of Insects that can link together to create a 3000 ATK Insect that can Tribute other Insects to deploy a stronger one or to prepare an attack with its power to climb all the way to 5000 ATK!

Dawn of Majesty also introduces:

  • A new theme that can Fusion Summon or Ritual Summon…using the same Spell Card!
  • A new Xyz Summoning theme driven by the taste and texture of sushi!
  • A new theme that continues the story of Fallen of Albaz and Dogmatika Ecclesia that began in Rise of the Duelist!
  • New cards for themes introduced in Genesis Impact, Blazing Vortex, Ancient Guardians, and Lightning Overdrive!
  • A Ritual Spell that lets you Ritual Summon monsters from your Deck instead of your hand!
  • And more!

The Dawn of Majesty booster set contains 100 new cards:

  • 50 Commons
  • 26 Super Rares
  • 14 Ultra Rares
  • 10 Secret Rares

Master the forbidden Fusion arts that combine fierce Dragon and Machine monsters with Structure Deck: Cyber Strike!

Structure Deck: Cyber Strike is out July 30, 2021.

Structure Deck: Cyber Strike enhances both of Zane Truesdale’s strategies from the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime! This is one of the most customizable Structure Decks yet. You can choose to focus on Zane’s original Cyber Dragon Fusion strategy, his Dragon-based Cyberdark strategy, or play both together in a single Deck like in the later seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.

Cyber Dragons!

You can fuse together multiple copies of Cyber Dragon with Power Bond to create Zane’s signature Cyber End Dragon and raise its ATK all the way to 8000! It’s easier than ever thanks to a brand-new monster that can add Power Bond from your Deck and let you use monsters in your Graveyard as Fusion Materials for it.

Cyberdarks!

Load your Graveyard with Dragons, then equip them to your “Cyberdark” monsters to power them up! Use Cyberdark Impact! to fuse together the original 3 “Cyberdark” monsters to create Cyberdark Dragon or use Overload Fusion to fuse any 5 “Cyberdark” Effect Monsters to create Cyberdarkness Dragon instead.

Both!

Why choose just one when you can have both? Structure Deck: Cyber Strike specializes in fusing these two strategies together into a powerful hybrid strategy, and the ultimate symbol of this fusion is a new fusion of Cyberdark Dragon and Cyber End Dragon! This 5000 ATK powerhouse can also be Summoned by Tributing Cyberdarkness Dragon while equipped with Cyber End Dragon, so even the requirements for playing your new boss monster are flexible!

And More!

With the new Spell Card Cybernetic Horizon, both strategies can fuse with no malfunctions! This card allows you to add a Dragon or Machine “Cyber” monster to your hand and fill your GY with “Cyber” Dragon or Machine monsters necessary for Overload Fusion! Reach for the horizon and grasp your victory.

Structure Deck: Cyber Strike is slated to contain a 43-card Main Deck as well as a 5-card Extra Deck for a total of 48 cards*

  • 5 Ultra Rares
  • 3 Super Rares
  • 40 Commons
  • 1 Deluxe Double-Sided Game Mat/Dueling Guide

*Name and content subject to change.

Legendary Duelists: Synchro Storm and 2021 Tin of Ancient Battles for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Revealed

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The second piece of an ancient legend stands before you!

The 2021 Tin of Ancient Battles builds (literally!) on the foundation of the 2020 Tin of Lost Memories, featuring the middle section of the mysterious Pharaonic tablet discovered in Egypt!

(Most Duelists never noticed, but the 2020 tins, and now the 2021 tins, have embossed/debossed sides, and rimless lids that fit flush with the tin body, allowing the tins to be stacked on top of each other to build the entire Pharaonic tablet – once all three pieces have been assembled!)

The eternal clash between the spirits of the Dark Magician and the Blue-Eyes White Dragon are immortalized in this carving, along with 3 brand-new World Premiere cards to give these monsters a new power boost.

Like the 2020 Tin, each 2021 Tin of Ancient Battles will contain 3 extra-large Mega-Packs, each with 1 Prismatic Secret Rare, 2 Ultra Rares, 2 Super Rares, 1 Rare, and 12 Commons.

Each Tin’s total haul will be:

  • 3 Prismatic Secret Rares
  • 6 Ultra Rares
  • 6 Super Rares
  • 3 Rares
  • 36 Commons

The 2021 Tin Mega-Pack mega-set is made up of popular cards released in 2020, including cards from Ignition Assault, Eternity Code, Rise of the Duelist, Phantom Rage, and more!

*Name, contents, and specifications subject to change


The winds of victory are swift and sure! Legendary Duelists: Synchro Storm powers up three strategies used by Duelists that specialize in WIND monsters!

First, appearing in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Yugo’s “Speedroid” monsters excel at quick, consecutive Synchro Summons! Start off with Summoning his signature monster, Clear Wing Synchro Dragon, then use the rest of your Speedroids to upgrade it into more advanced forms like Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon or even a brand-new WIND Synchro Dragon!

Originally released as videogame promotional cards, Sherry LeBlanc’s strategy is resurrected and revolutionized in Legendary Duelists: Synchro Storm! Hailing from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Sherry’s cards specialize in fielding a single powerful WIND Synchro Monster. Her ace monster from the anime, Chevalier de Fleur, is a Level 8 WIND Synchro Monster that prevents your opponent from blocking your wind of victory by negating the opponent’s Spell or Trap cards during your turn.

Finally, Lulu’s Lyrilusc strategy from Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V flies back in with the new support cards! This strategy stacks up Level 1 Winged Beasts to Xyz Summon Rank 1 Xyz Monsters with as many Xyz Materials as possible. You can even combine them with “Tri-Brigade” cards from Phantom Rage, Blazing Vortex, and Lightning Overdrive to create a cool hybrid strategy!

Topping it all off, Legendary Duelists: Synchro Storm will include a hard-to-find Ghost Rare version of one of its coolest cards!

The complete Legendary Duelists: Synchro Storm booster set contains 56 cards:

  • 9 Ultra Rares
  • 8 Super Rares
  • 10 Rares
  • 29 Commons
  • 1 card from the set will also appear as a Ghost Rare.

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign Expansion Introduces More Battle Styles Cards—Plus Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos, and Galarian Moltres

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Inspired by The Crown Tundra expansion for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games, Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign introduces over 70 new Battle Styles cards for Trainers to improve their Single Strike or Rapid Strike deck.
 
Calyrex will make its Pokémon TCG debut as a Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX in both Ice Rider and Shadow Rider forms, allowing players to bolster their decks, or create new ones, centered around this powerful Pokémon that will deliver exciting gameplay strategies. In addition, Trainers can look forward to playing with many new Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX, including cards featuring Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos, and Galarian Moltres.
 
Available in booster packs, special collections, and two versions of the Elite Trainer Box featuring Ice Rider Calyrex and Shadow Rider Calyrex, the full Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign expansion includes the following:

  • Eight Pokémon VMAX
  • 15 Pokémon V and 26 full-art Pokémon V
  • 28 Trainer cards and 13 full-art Supporter cards
  • Three new Special Energy cards

Trainers interested in playing with the expansion before it launches can do so by grabbing the Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign Build & Battle Box, available through their local participating Pokémon TCG retailer starting June 5. Each box contains four Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign 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.

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

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As the developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, Konami has been releasing updates concerning Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Organized Play and promotional events. Check out the latest update released below from Konami.

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

We hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe.

Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. continues to monitor developments and updates related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we remain diligent about prioritizing the overall health and safety of our fan base, Tournament Store owners and staff, and all business partners. With this in mind, although state and local openings are at various stages throughout the country, we believe it is still in the best interests of our community to extend the postponement of our Organized Play and in-store promotional events through at least Friday, April 30, 2021.

To continue supporting Official Tournament Stores (OTS) during this challenging time, we introduced Remote Duel, an Organized Play initiative to run sanctioned tournaments using Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel LinksLegacy of the DuelistLegacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution, and the traditional Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in 2020. We have been pleased to host numerous Remote Duel Extravaganzas and four successful Remote Duel Invitational virtual events since the iteration of the program. Full information about this program is shared directly with OTS and on the Official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Website (https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/remoteduel/index.html), as well as via our official social media channels on an ongoing basis.

We share our community’s enthusiasm to resume Organized Play and promotional events, and, in this vein, we are working closely with our OTS contacts and business partners, while heeding public health guidance, to determine how and when we can do this safely.

At the end of April, we will review government health authority guidelines and provide another update relating to the status of local Organized Play and promotional events.

Please continue to visit our official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website and official social media channels on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and updates:

Official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website: https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/YuGiOh_TCG
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialYuGiOhTCG/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialyugiohtcg/

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 and look forward to sharing additional ways to connect and enjoy the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG.

The King’s Court gathers for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game!. King’s Court

The King of Games shall see you now in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game!. King’s Court revitalizes Yugi’s “Three Musketeers of Face Cards” – King’s Knight, Queen’s Knight, and Jack’s Knight – with a new high-speed Summoning strategy that always leaves you with a full hand! The new set arrives on June 25, 2021.

Joining the royal court is the World Premiere Joker’s Knight, a 2000 ATK monster similar to Magician’s Souls that can assume the identity of all 3 of the Knights. You can return Joker’s Knight from your Graveyard to your hand during each End Phase by shuffling another LIGHT Warrior from your Graveyard into your Deck, giving you a beefy, free Summon to use every turn without depleting your hand!

Joker’s Knight isn’t the only new card that’s going to keep returning to your hand though! Two more World Premiere “Joker” cards, 1 Spell and 1 Trap, will provide you with powerful effects and then return to your hand in the End Phase. Keeping your hand full is important for maximizing the power of the World Premiere Arcana Triumph Joker, who powers up based on the total number of cards in both players’ hands and lets you discard cards to destroy all face-up cards your opponent controls with the same card type!

Of course, Arcana Triumph Joker isn’t the only monster out there that powers up based on cards in-hand. If you’re looking to power up your Egyptian God Deck: Slifer the Sky Dragon, you can use these new cards to gather Tributes, add to your Summoning power, and keep Slifer the Sky Dragon strong without forgoing your ability to play your cards. Use Slifer and Arcana Triumph Joker in the same Deck for even more firepower!

King’s Court also has new cards to help out a wide variety of Decks you might have started building in 2021, including new cards related to Deck strategies and themes introduced or supported in Legendary Duelists: Season 2, Lightning Overdrive, and more! Be on the look out for Collector’s Rare versions of World Premiere cards and previously unreleased cards from Japan as well as classic and competitive favorites!

The complete King’s Court booster set contains 62-cards*:

10 Ultra Rares
15 Super Rares
37 Rares
15 cards in the set are also available as Collector’s Rares

Each booster pack contains 7 cards:
1 Foil card per pack
6 Rare cards per pack

*Contents subject to change

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