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Pokémon Trading Card Game: Scarlet & Violet—Paldea Evolved arrives in June

Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG), Scarlet & Violet—Paldea Evolved

The Pokémon Company International has announced the latest expansion of the best-selling Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG)Scarlet & Violet—Paldea Evolved, available at participating retailers worldwide beginning June 9, 2023.

Scarlet & Violet—Paldea Evolved will introduce more Pokémon ex, which sport high HP as well as powerful attacks and Abilities but give up two Prize cards when Knocked Out. Trainers will also continue to see Tera Pokémon ex in the new expansion, including Slowking, Forretress and Dedenne, displayed in full-art illustrations to capture the unique crystal effects of the characters. Alternate art styles will also be introduced for illustration rare and special illustration rare cards, allowing Trainers to collect unique art cards that spotlight the Pokémon’s personality traits or Evolutions.

Noteworthy cards from the expansion include:

  • 15 Pokémon ex and three Tera Pokémon ex
  • 36 illustration rare Pokémon
  • 18 ultra rare Pokémon ex and eight ultra rare Supporter cards
  • 15 special illustration rare Pokémon and Supporter cards
  • Nine hyper rare gold etched cards, which can include Pokémon ex, Trainer and Energy cards

Trainers can find Scarlet & Violet—Paldea Evolved in booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes and special collections.

It’s Maze of Memories, Speed Duel GX: Duelists of Shadows, and Legendary Collection: 25th Anniversary Edition in March and April for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG

The 25th Anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! fell on February 4, 2024, but fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG) are already preparing for the massive milestone! This Spring, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) is starting up the celebration with three thrilling releases, each exploring epic eras of Yu-Gi-Oh! fandom: a new booster set, a new Speed Duel Box, and the return of one of Dueling’s most popular collectibles!

Maze of Memories is a wild ride through Dueling’s most spectacular stories, creating cards out of key places and events from almost every era of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series! Then it’s back to Duel Academy with Speed Duel GX: Duelists of Shadows, a brand-new Box Set ruled by some of the school’s biggest villains. And finally, the celebration kicks off in full with Legendary Collection: 25th Anniversary Edition, loaded with classic booster packs like Invasion of Chaos, Pharaoh’s Servant, and the set that started it all: Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon.

Maze of Memories

On March 10, get ready to explore hidden archives of Dueling’s history! Maze of Memories delivers incredible new cards inspired by some of the most celebrated characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and animated series, like Yugi Muto, Jaden Yuki, Yusei Fudo, and Yusaku Fujiki,

Command a new version of Yugi’s first Ritual Monster and unleash Black Luster Soldier – Legendary Swordsman: whenever it wins a battle, it shuffles all cards your opponent controls back into their Deck! Relive the days of Duel Academy by activating it as a Field Spell that unlocks three powerful effects to match the monsters you control. You can even rev it up with Accel Synchro Stardust Dragon! Based on Yusei’s signature Synchro Monster, you can use it to Synchro Summon a Level 10 monster on your opponent’s turn and protect it from your opponent’s activated effects! Revisit your favorite moments from Yu-Gi-Oh! history with more than 20 new cards.

After Gate Guardian’s return in last year’s Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox, prepare for the ultimate encore. Brand-new never-before-seen World Premiere cards let you combine the iconic KazejinSuijin, and Sanga of the Thunder any way you want, to Special Summon earthshattering new Fusion Monsters!

Finally, Maze of Memories includes plenty of high-impact reprints: must-have cards for the modern Advanced Format, as well as your favorite Time Wizard tournaments. It even offers a second chance to add one of the most powerful Synchro Monsters of all time to your Dueling arsenal: Baronne De Fleur! Armed with an effect that destroys any card on the field once per turn, this Level 10 Warrior Synchro can negate and destroy almost any card that activates an effect. You can return it to your Extra Deck to Summon it again later, and when you do, you’ll Special Summon a monster as big as Level 9 from your Graveyard to take its place! Baronne de Fleur is incredible on its own, but it’s also the perfect combo for the new Accel Synchro Stardust Dragon: use it to Synchro Summon Baronne de Fleur on your opponent’s turn and shield it from all of your opponent’s activated effects!

Enter the maze on March 10 to discover the treasures hidden within! The Maze of Memories booster set contains a total of 67 cards: 42 Rares, 15 Super Rares, and 10 Ultra Rares. 15 cards also appear as stunning Collector’s Rare variants. Each booster pack contains 7 cards: 1 Foil card and 6 Rares. MSRP: $4.49 per 7-card pack.

Speed Duel GX: Duelists of Shadows

Then on March 31, you’re heading back to Duel Academy! The Speed Duel GX: Duelists of Shadows is another all-in-one box with 8 Speed Duel Decks included, pre-built and ready-to-play. Every Speed Duel GX: Duelists of Shadows Box comes with 200 Speed Duel cards, a mix of powerful reprints and dozens of cards that are entirely new to the format. Each box comes with 8 Secret Rare variant cards too: you’ll get Secret Rares of Uria, Lord of Searing FlamesHamon, Lord of Striking Thunder, and Raviel, Lord of Phantasms in every box, as well as 5 more random Secret Rares from the complete set of 24.

You’ll also find 20 all-new Skill Cards featuring characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX animated series. Open the box, grab some friends, and get ready to Duel with Supreme King Jaden’s Evil Heroes, Kagemaru’s Sacred Beasts, Camula’s Vampires, Nightshroud’s Dragons, Adrian Gecko’s Cloudians, Tania’s Amazoness tribe, Titan’s Archfiends, and Amnael’s Alchemy!

Speed Duel GX: Duelists of Shadows even includes Skill Cards for popular supporting characters: if you picked up the Speed Duel: Battle City Box and Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box, you’ll have all the cards you need to assemble your very own Dark Scorpion Deck, led by Don Zaloog himself! Call upon the Spirit of the Pharaoh as Abidos the Third, unleash a Reptile rampage as Thelonious Viper, or harness the powers of darkness with a new version of Yubel.

You’ll even find strong cards that are totally new to Speed Dueling, for characters who appeared in previous Speed Duel GX sets: Jaden Yuki’s Elemental HERO Shining Flare Wingman and Chazz Princeton’s Armed Dragon LV10 both make their Speed Duel debut, and if you’re lucky, you could open either of them as Secret Rare. Even Chumley Huffington gets a powerful new addition to his Chillin’ Outback Deck, with Vampiric Koala!

The latest Speed Duel Box is stuffed with awesome reprints too! Speed Duel devotees can score sought-after competitive cards like Nightmare WheelZoma the SpiritBook of MoonWall of Disruption and more. Meanwhile, fans of Advanced Format Dueling and Time Wizard tournaments will find cards like Super PolymerizationD.D. CrowMacro Cosmos and Allure of Darkness! All four cards appear in every Speed Duel GX: Duelists of Shadows Box as Speed Duel Commons, legal for play in all your favorite formats. But if you’re lucky, you might find them as Secret Rares!

Speed Duel GX: Duelists of Shadows arrives on March 31! Every Speed Duel Box includes 200 Common Cards, 20 Skill Cards, and 8 (of 24) Secret Rares. MSRP: $29.99 per set.

Legendary Collection: 25th Anniversary Edition

And on April 21, get ready for a blast from the past! The fan-favorite Legendary Collection is back, re-envisioned as the Legendary Collection: 25th Anniversary Edition, and it’s jam-packed with classic cards and retro booster packs from the early days of Duel Monsters.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, KONAMI is reprinting 6 booster packs from the early years of the game. Every Legendary Collection: 25th Anniversary Edition comes with 1 pack each of the timeless classics: Legend of Blue Eyes White DragonMetal RaidersSpell RulerPharaoh’s ServantDark Crisis, and Invasion of Chaos. Each pack could contain any of the cards from the original set’s printing, presented in their original rarities – even Secret Rares!

And since it wouldn’t be a Legendary Collection without some amazing promo cards, every Legendary Collection: 25th Anniversary Edition comes with 7 promos. Every set includes Obelisk the TormentorSlifer the Sky DragonThe Winged Dragon of RaBlue-Eyes White DragonDark Magician, and Red-Eyes Black Dragon, all printed as Ultra Rares. The last promo card in each collector’s set is a Quarter Century Secret Rare version of 1 of those 6 cards: your first look at the stunning new rarity created just for the 25th anniversary celebration!

Nostalgia takes over with Legendary Collection: 25th Anniversary Edition starting April 21. Each Collector’s Set includes 6 booster packs, 6 Ultra Rare cards and 1 Quarter Century Secret Rare. MSRP: $31.99 per set.

Go Classic with the Pokémon Trading Card Game

During the 2023 annual Pokémon Day livestream, the classic trading card game is getting a new release called Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic. The “premium” Pokémon set is “designed to last a lifetime” and contains everything you need to play.

The release features preconstructed decks and gameplay accessories that have been “uniquely designed to be both beautiful and functional to deliver a polished battling experience.”

The set is a collaboration between The Pokémon Company, Creatures Inc., and design firm nendo, and a premium Pokémon TCG set that is designed as a staple playset for any Pokémon TCG fan.

  • Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic
  • Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic
  • Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic

The new release features:

Three Preconstructed Decks:

  • Iconic cards from the history of the Pokémon TCG, including Base Set Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise, headline three specially constructed 60-card decks featuring Grass, Fire and Water Energy types.
  • Alongside classic cards, brand-new cards such as Ho-Oh ex, Lugia ex and Suicune ex are included, allowing players to form new strategies.
  • Except for Basic Energy cards, cards included in Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic cannot be used for tournament play. However, these static decks are perfect for challenging friends and family to a Pokémon TCG battle at any time.

High-Quality Game Board:

  • The foldable and portable two-player game board comes with card placement zones for Active Pokémon, Benched Pokémon, a card deck, discard pile, and Prize cards.
  • The game board features a compartment that holds up to three decks, as well as a toolbox complete with all gameplay accessories needed for battling.
  • The game board offers a premium fabric surface that allows cards to easily slide across, non-stitched edges to avoid cards getting caught when playing, a fabric hinge eliminating gaps in the board, and built-in magnet to minimize noise during gameplay.
  • The black-and-white color scheme of the game board has been designed to match the toolbox and card sleeves while maintaining a visual focus on the cards and tools.

All-Inclusive Toolbox:

  • The toolbox contains enough gameplay accessories for two players to battle, including stackable damage counters, three-dimensional Poison and Burn markers, and metal orbs that take the place of Pokémon coins.
  • Players will be able to roll metal orbs down a small chute — if the orb lands in a white-bordered hole, it’s treated as heads, and if it lands in a black-bordered hole, it’s treated as tails — removing the need for dice and coins.

Intuitive Damage Counters and Special Condition Markers:

  • The toolbox includes a set of damage counters featuring yellow 10-damage counters, orange 50-damage counters and red 100-damage counters.
  • I n addition to the bright colors, each damage counter prominently displays thedamage count on its side, allowing players to quickly calculate the total damage count.
  • Designed with a conical shape, the damage counters are stackable to maximize visibility of in-play cards and allow for easy storage.
  • Made from aluminum, the damage counters are moderately weighted to prevent falling over when vertically stacked.
  • Three-dimensional, ring-shaped Poison and Burn markers are also included in the toolbox to allow players to easily identify these Special Conditions.

Elegant Card Sleeves and Deck Boxes:

  • Featuring a Poké Ball motif, three kinds of card sleeves are included to protect the three preconstructed decks.
  • Card sleeves have been purposely designed in a black-and-white color scheme to maintain visual focus on the card artwork.
  • Three deck boxes featuring the Grass, Fire and Water Energy symbols match the preconstructed decks and allow for easy storage of sleeved cards when not in use

Expected to arrive sometime in 2023 the price is unknown.

Brace yourself for battle this summer with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Wild Survivors!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Wild Survivors

Brace yourself for battle this summer with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Wild Survivors! This 60-card set brings three new captivating strategies that can dominate your Duels! Each theme has a unique gameplay style to discover – find the one that fits you best! Here’s just a sample of what is on the menu:

Giant Dinosaurs that evolved to use different types of Summoning techniques! Wild Survivors introduces new Dinosaur monsters for your Extra Deck, including a Fusion, a Synchro, and an Xyz Monster! Whether you’re powering up your existing Dinosaur Deck or looking to build one for the first time, you’ll be able to find the cards you need in Wild Survivors!

A Ritual Summoning strategy that will introduce your opponent to a whole new world of monstrous cuisine! Cook up your opponent’s monsters and serve them a full-course meal that fights back. Once you’ve Ritual Summoned your first monster and the special condition is met, it can Tribute itself off along with 1 of your opponent’s monsters to Summon the next one on the menu!

Fighters that battle with Attribute-powered special attacks! More information will be available as Wild Survivors gets closer to release.

Wild Survivors comes to shops June 2nd!

The Wild Survivors booster set contains 60 cards:

  • 10 Ultra Rares
  • 15 Super Rares
  • 35 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

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG gets “Gold Pride” Accessories

Launching July 28, 2023, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is getting four “Gold Pride” accessories for you to help organize your collection!

Saddle up, Duelists! Protect your Deck with the perfect Card Case for fans of the most dangerous race in the known universe with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG) Card Case featuring “Gold Pride” Cards!

This Card Case is covered in the emblems of the top competitors in the “Gold Pride,” the titular race being run in the World Premiere “Gold Pride” theme that debuted in Photon Hypernova! Keep your cards separated with a special two-sided divider featuring two of the biggest rivals in the race: Gold Pride – Star Leon on one side and Gold Pride – Nytro Head on the other! Make sure to keep an eye out for more “Gold Pride” cards in Cyberstorm Access releasing this May!

This official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Card Case is large enough to hold a Duelist’s Main Deck, Extra Deck and Side Deck. Each Card Case is made from durable material, includes a card divider, and comes with a sturdy closure to ensure your cards will stay protected inside. Keep your Deck safe and get ready to Duel!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG) Card Case

Official Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Card Sleeves help Duelists keep their cards secure and protected during Duels.

Only the strongest, smartest, and most loyal make it on to Carrie’s Crew, so let your competition know they won’t stand a chance against you by Dueling with the brand-new Official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Card Sleeves featuring “Gold Pride” Cards*Featuring stitch-patterned artwork of the emblem known far and wide as the symbol of the mighty Gold Pride – Captain Carrie, you can show your love and undying support for the Captain while keeping your cards safe in style! Make sure to keep an eye out for more “Gold Pride” cards in Cyberstorm Access releasing this May!

Each pack contains 50 Card Sleeves specifically designed to meet tournament regulation standards for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Card Sleeves

Get ready to cheer on and support your favorite racer with the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Game Mat featuring “Gold Pride” Cards, showcasing the dynamic artwork of Gold Pride – Chariot Carrie, an upcoming card from this May’s core booster release: Cyberstorm Access!

You can’t win the “Gold Pride” without physical fortitude, mental toughness, and the willingness to do whatever it takes to win – even if it means creating a new racing vehicle from scraps on the fly! Carry that indomitable attitude into your own Duels with this new Game Mat and make sure to keep an eye out for more “Gold Pride” cards in Cyberstorm Access, releasing this May!

Made with the highest quality materials, this Game Mat is the same size as the Game Mats used as prizing in various KONAMI-sanctioned events. Use this Game Mat to keep your cards safe while you Duel your way to the top!

 Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Game Mat Gold Pride - Chariot Carrie

Protect your collection with pride and style with the all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game 9-Pocket Duelist Portfolio featuring “Gold Pride” Cards!

The front of the Portfolio is decked out with the insignias of all the top competitors taking part in this year’s “Gold Pride” while the back features artwork of an upcoming card for the theme! It’s neck and neck, but who will come out on top in the end? Make sure to keep an eye out for more “Gold Pride” cards in Cyberstorm Access, releasing this May!

Designed with a secure side-loading design, this 10-page Portfolio has 9 pockets per page – by placing cards front-to-back, you can store up to 180 of your most cared-for cards. The 9-Pocket Duelist Portfolio also utilizes an anti-slip feature to keep cards secure and your collection safe at all times.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game 9-Pocket Duelist Portfolio

Konami announces the return of the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship for 2023

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2023

Konami has announced its plans to hold the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2023, the prestigious international tournament to determine the world’s Top Duelists in three categories.

Following the global events of recent years, it will mark the first time the tournament is due to be held since 2019. Konami currently plans to hold the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2023 this August in Japan.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2023 will feature three separate tournaments for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, Yu-Gi-Oh! DUEL LINKS, and for the first time since the game’s launch, Yu-Gi-Oh! MASTER DUEL!

Information regarding the qualifying rounds for Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship will be announced through the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG and digital games’ websites and social media channels and through in-game notifications.

The Yu-Gi-Oh card game will celebrate its 25th anniversary on February 4, 2024. Today, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG and digital titles including Yu-Gi-Oh! DUEL LINKS and Yu-Gi-Oh! MASTER DUEL are loved by millions of fans all across the globe. To mark 25 years of Dueling, KONAMI will launch its 25th anniversary project in 2023, including the release of commemorative products and a variety of other promotions worldwide.  

See what’s coming this January and February for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

The New Year is here, and fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game are about to discover hundreds of new cards, as well as countless new Decks to explore! This Winter, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is proud to present four exciting releases: groundbreaking new booster sets, ready-to-play Structure Decks, and a new line of stunning accessories!

It all begins with booster sets! Amazing Defenders is the first Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG release of the year, with 3 never-before-seen monster themes and 15 Collector’s Rare variant cards for you to chase. Then it’s on to Photon Hypernova, an explosive collection of 100 all-new cards with incredible new cards and loads of boss monsters for tournament favorites like “Kashtira”, “Chaos”, “Tri-Brigade”, and “Tearlaments”. Old-school Duel fans will find irresistible new strategies in 2023’s first ready-to-play release, Structure Deck: Beware of Traptrix. And if you’ve got a soft spot for one of Dueling’s most famous magician girls, you’ll want to pick up the new Dark Magician Girl Accessories collection! It’s going to be a huge year for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, and it all kicks off this month.

Amazing Defenders

First up, Amazing Defenders kicks off 2023’s slate of booster releases, arriving on January 20 with 3 all-new monster themes. The new “Rescue-ACE” monsters revolve around Rescue-ACE Turbulence, a massive boss monster with 3000 Attack Points. You can search it from your Deck with a pint-sized Level 1 “Rescue-ACE” monster, then Special Summon it by banishing 2 more “Rescue-ACE” cards from your Graveyard. Once Turbulence hits the field, it has a once-per-turn effect that lets you Set up to 4 “Rescue-ACE” Quick-Play Spells and Normal Traps from your Deck – there’s no cost, and no strings attached. The four cards you Set have a variety of effects, including reviving a monster from the Graveyard; add a “Rescue-ACE” to your hand; negating the effect of an Effect Monster and keeping it from attacking; or destroying a monster outright. And if you keep the Level 1 monster on the field, all those effects get powerful bonuses! And guess what? Your opponent can’t attack the Level 1 monster if you control another “Rescue-ACE” monster. It’s an absolute truckload of free value.

Amazing Defenders also introduces the adorable new monster Purrely! A Level 1 LIGHT Fairy-type monster with just 100 ATK and 100 DEF, Purrely can excavate your Deck to dig for “Purrely” Spell and Trap Cards. Reveal a Quick-Play “Purrely” Spell from your hand, and you can use Purrely as Xyz Material to Special Summon one of 3 new Rank 2 Xyz Monsters. Depending on which Quick-Play Spell you reveal, you’ll Summon a LIGHT, EARTH, or WATER Xyz Monster. They each have unique effects, searching “Purrely” cards from the Deck, pilfering cards from the Graveyard, or negating opposing monster effects. But each one can also snag your “Purrely” Quick-Play Spells after you activate them, attaching them as Xyz Materials to power more effects.

Stack up 5 Xyz Materials and you can use your Rank 2 to Xyz Summon Purrely’s advanced forms: massive Rank 7 monsters with mysterious powers! And those “Purrely” Quick-Play Spells? They’re pretty good on their own, Special Summoning Purrely, protecting your cards, and gaining you Life Points. They even grant your Xyz Monsters additional effects once you attach them as Xyz Materials!

Finally, the third new strategy in Amazing Defenders is the Ritual Monster theme, “Mikanko”. Masters of Equip Spells, the “Mikanko” specialize in deflecting damage back at your opponent. They’re championed by the Level 6 LIGHT Fairy Ritual Monster Ohime the Manifested Mikanko: with 0 ATK and 0 DEF, it can’t be destroyed by battle, and your opponent takes any damage you’d normally absorb when it battles. When Ohime’s in your hand you can reveal it in your Main Phase to add a “Mikanko” card from your Deck to your hand, then discard a card in return. As a Quick Effect, you can equip an Equip Spell from your Graveyard to a monster on the field for free, while Ohime is on the field. Since that’s a Quick Effect, you can use it on either player’s turn to respond to your opponent’s moves.

The Mikanko support card lineup features plenty of Equip Spells. They Special Summon monsters, restrict your opponent’s moves, and give you control of your opponent’s cards! The Mikanko Ritual Spell Summons Ohime the Manifested Mikanko, but it also has a brutal effect that destroys opposing cards, up to the number of different Equip Spells in your Graveyard. Then your opponent takes 1000 damage for each card destroyed! Combined with more Mikanko Spell and Trap Cards that help you put monsters and Equip Spells onto the field, this strategy strikes fast and hard in ways your opponent won’t expect.

Amazing Defenders introduces 36 new cards, but you’ll also find 24 reprints of past cards that help these new themes flourish. 15 cards in the set also appear as popular Collector’s Rare variants, including tournament favorites of the past and present like Card TrooperGizmek Orochi, the Serpentron Sky Slasher, and Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights!

Prepared to be amazed, as Amazing Defenders debuts in stores on January 20. The complete Amazing Defenders booster set consists of 60 cards: 35 Rares, 15 Super Rares, and 10 Ultra Rares. A selection of 15 cards in the set are also available as Collector’s Rare variants. Each booster pack contains 7 cards: 1 Foil card and 6 Rares. MSRP: $4.49 per 7-card pack.

Photon Hypernova

Then on February 10, we have the first 100-card core booster set of 2023! Photon Hypernova starts things off with a bang, bringing brand-new cards for Kite Tenjo’s “Photon” and “Galaxy” themes! Prepare yourself for a “Chaos” comeback, as “Chaos” monsters unite in a singular strategy featuring brand-new Synchro Monsters. And get ready, because the “Kashtira” cards from last year’s Darkwing Blast booster set are back and better than ever, ready to challenge the strongest Decks in tournaments today!

Fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon can Xyz Summon the new Rank 4 Galaxy Photon Dragon, boosting your other LIGHT monsters by 500 ATK, tweaking your monsters’ Levels for more Xyz Summons, and searching out Photon and Galaxy cards straight from your Deck! Ready to attack? Summon out Number 62: Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon from Legendary Duelists: Season 2 and use it as Xyz Material for the new Number C62: Neo Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon. With 4000 Attack Points and an effect that boosts its ATK by thousands more, it shrugs off your opponent’s monster effects and can attack up to 3 monsters during the Battle Phase.

In the early days of Dueling, monsters like Chaos Sorcerer and Chaos Emperor Dragon – Envoy of the End were some of the most powerful cards in competition. Flash forward, and their legacy continues with monsters like Chaos Dragon Levianeer. But now the “Chaos” name enters a new era! Tune your LIGHT and DARK monsters to Synchro Summon new “Chaos” Synchro Monsters: the first, a Level 6 powerhouse that can reach 3000 ATK, recycle your banished cards, and Special Summon itself from the Graveyard; and the second, a Level 8 that becomes a 4500 ATK behemoth, attacking and banishing all of your opponent’s monsters in a single turn!

And competitive Duelists take note: the “Kashtira” finally arrive in full force! The stunning Kashtira Arise-Heart emerges to dominate your Duels: any card that would be sent to the Graveyard while it’s on the field is banished instead, bringing Tearlaments monsters to their knees! Then, once per Chain, whenever a card is banished, Kashtira Arise-Heart takes a banished card as an Xyz Material. Detach 3 materials from Kashtira Arise-Heart to target a card and banish it face-down, removing it from the Duel entirely. And that’s not all! A trio of new Kashtira monsters make it easier to Special Summon the Level 7 materials you’ll need. One new Kashtira Spell adds even more Summoning Power, and another new Kashtira Spell threatens your opponent with unpredictable damage and negates their monster effects.

If that wasn’t enough, Photon Hypernova delivers new legacy support for countless fan-favorite themes, plus new boss monsters for “Tri-Brigade”, “Generaider”, “Springan”, “Icejade”, “Vaylantz”, “Gishki”, “Dogmatika”, and even “Great Moth” Decks! Harness the power of a new Fusion Monster that uses Blazing Cartesia, the Virtuous as a Fusion material, and add a Spell Card to your arsenal that can access any Normal Spell or Trap in your Deck!

Photon Hypernova explodes into stores on February 10! The complete Photon Hypernova booster set includes 100 new cards: 50 Commons, 26 Super Rares, 14 Ultra Rares, and 10 Secret Rares. Each 9-card pack contains 1 Foil card and 8 Commons. MSRP: $4.49 per 9-card pack.

But that’s not all for February 10. On that same day the curtain rises on an all-new show, featuring none other than one of Dueling’s most iconic characters: Dark Magician Girl! She’s played assistant to the ultimate wizard for more than 2 decades, but now she’s your personal protector, guarding your cards from dings, dents, and dirt in the Dark Magician Girl Accessories collection. Featuring Dark Magician Girl’s signature blue, pink, and gold color scheme, plus new artwork from the Dark Magician Girl found in the 2022 Tin of the Pharaoh’s Gods, Dark Magician Girl Accessories will keep you Dueling in style.

You won’t need a Magic Cylinder to deflect damage from your Deck, when your cards are shielded in Dark Magician Girl Card Sleeves! Each pack of 50 comes ready to protect your Deck from the rigors of regular play. Once you’re sleeved up, grab your very own Mystic Box: carry your entire Main, Side, and Extra Decks in the Dark Magician Girl Card Case, holding up to 70 sleeved cards. It’s adorned with colorful black-backed line art featuring Dark Magician Girl on the sides, and you can keep the contents organized with a matching card divider. The Dark Magician Girl Sleeves and Dark Magician Girl Card Case are the perfect Magicians’ Combination!

The showstopping centerpiece of the collection is the Dark Magician Girl Game Mat. The lady of the hour sits center stage in full color, flanked by 2-line art portraits in a dramatic blue, pink, and gold gradient on black. Zip your cards across the field in graceful flourishes and protect them from less-than-magical surfaces with this full-sized soft Game Mat, just like the ones awarded as prizes in KONAMI-sanctioned events. And when the show is done and it’s time to trade, you can keep, carry, and display your collection in the Dark Magician Girl 9-Pocket Duelist Portfolio. Securely store up to 180 cards in anti-slip side-loading pockets and keep your cards from pulling a disappearing act.

The Dark Magician Girl Accessories are unveiled alongside Photon Hypernova on February 10. The full collection includes the Dark Magician Girl Card Case, MSRP $4.99; the Dark Magician Girl Game Mat, MSRP $16.99; the Dark Magician Girl 9-Pocket Duelist Portfolio, MSRP $9.99; and Dark Magician Girl Card Sleeves, MSRP $4.99 per pack of 50.

Structure Deck: Beware of Traptrix

And on February 24, a fan-favorite theme is finally getting serious! The “Traptrix” are a family of Plant and Insect-type monsters, all sharing the EARTH Attribute, first appearing almost 10 years ago in the Judgment of the Light booster set! Over the years, they found new allies one by one, in releases like Primal OriginCode of the Duelist, and even last year’s Lightning Overdrive. But now they’ll get more than half a dozen new cards all at once, in Structure Deck: Beware of Traptrix.

The “Traptrix” monsters revolve around looking for, activating, and reusing Normal Trap cards, specifically “Hole” Traps like Bottomless Trap Hole and Gravedigger’s Trap Hole. They’re also really good at Special Summoning each other, and many of their best monsters have powerful abilities that trigger when you Normal or Special Summon them.  Structure Deck: Beware of Traptrix is chock full of classic “Traptrix” cards like Traptrix MyrmeleoTraptrix Dionaea, and Traptrix Sera, and the new cards help grow the seeds those cards planted years ago.

You can Special Summon the new Level 4 Insect-type “Traptrix” straight from your hand anytime you control another “Traptrix” monster. It’s a great way to make quick Xyz Summons and Link Summons, but while it’s on the field it also protects Set cards in your Spell and Trap Card Zone from being destroyed. It’s matched by a new Level 4 Plant-type “Traptrix”: when you Special Summon it, you can banish an opposing monster, but when you Normal Summon it, you’ll search the new “Traptrix” Field Spell from your Deck!

That Field Spell is like a permanent Double Summon: every turn, you can Normal Summon a “Traptrix” monster in addition to your regular Normal Summon or Set. That’s awesome for assembling your Xyz Summons and Link Summons…or just for swarming the field when you want to close your carnivorous jaws on your opponent. The Field Spell also protects each of your Plants and Insects from destruction by battle once per turn, and it lets you banish any monster you control to tag in another “Traptrix” from your hand or Graveyard. It’s great for triggering those powerful Special Summon effects. And that’s not the only new Spell Card: “Traptrix” gets a “draw 2” Spell that lets you discard a Level 4 Insect or Plant, or a Normal Trap, to draw 2 cards. Once it’s in your Graveyard, you can banish it to recycle a banished card back to the bottom of your Deck. Dig for the cards you want to draw, and place key cards in the Graveyard to fuel your other effects.

A great example would be a new Link 3 Link Monster boosts all of your “Traptrix” by 1000 ATK while you have at least one Normal Trap in your Graveyard. Once per turn, it can also negate all the effects of your opponent’s face-up cards! Banish a Normal Trap from your Graveyard and you can destroy 1 of those face-up cards as well. Meanwhile, a new Rank 4 Xyz Monster joins Traptrix Allomerus and Traptrix Rafflesia! This new Rank 4 Plant has 2500 ATK, and it searches “Traptrix” monsters from your Deck. Then, when your opponent’s monster is sent to the Graveyard or banished by a card effect – perhaps by a “Hole” Trap? – this new Xyz Monster snags it to use it as Xyz Material. It’s unaffected by Trap effects, and it ignores the activated effects of any other monster with the same Type as any of its materials as well!

“Traptrix” fans will also find a brand-new “Hole” Normal Trap. You can activate it on any turn your opponent Special Summons a monster, and from there you target an opposing monster with 2000 or more ATK: you’ll destroy that monster, and if you have a “Hole” Normal Trap in your Graveyard you’ll get to banish a monster from your opponent’s Graveyard too. You’ll also find some classic powerhouse Trap Cards in this Structure Deck, including Artifact Sanctum and Evenly Matched! And since “Traptrix” rules the back row, you’ll even find Harpie’s Feather Duster to demolish your opponent’s defenses.

Structure Deck: Beware of Traptrix swarms and sprouts into stores on February 24. Each Structure Deck includes 40 Common cards, 3 Super Rares, 5 Ultra Rares, and 1 Double-sided Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide. MSRP: $11.99 per box.

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Scarlet & Violet Brings Back Pokémon ex Mechanic and Introduces Tera Pokémon

The Pokémon Company International has revealed more details about the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG): Scarlet & Violet expansion, launching worldwide beginning on March 31, 2023.

The new expansion will adopt an updated take on Pokémon ex, a gameplay mechanic featuring Pokémon with high HP as well as powerful attacks and Abilities. Unlike Pokémon-EX from the Black & White and XY Series, which were all Basic Pokémon, the Pokémon ex in the Scarlet & Violet Series can be Basic, Stage 1, or Stage 2. Though powerful, Pokémon ex give up two Prize cards when Knocked Out.

Inspired by the Terastal phenomenon from the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games, the expansion will introduce Tera Pokémon ex featuring unique etched artwork that spotlights their Tera Types. These new cards follow the same rules as Pokémon ex but will take no damage from attacks when on the Bench.

In addition to the recently announced design updates for Pokémon TCG cards, Scarlet & Violet will feature full-art etched cards showcasing Pokémon in simple poses and bright colors. The expansion will also include illustration rare and special illustration rare Pokémon, which may show an entire Evolution line growing together. These cards will showcase Pokémon in their natural environments and offer a closer look at their unique personalities.

Noteworthy cards from the expansion include:

  • 12 double rare Pokémon ex, including two Tera Pokémon ex featuring Arcanine and Gyarados
  • 12 ultra rare Pokémon ex and eight ultra rare Supporter cards
  • 24 illustration rare Pokémon
  • 10 special illustration rare Pokémon and Supporter cards
  • Six hyper rare gold etched cards, which can include Pokémon ex, Trainer and Energy cards

Scarlet & Violet will be available in booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes and special collections at Pokémon Center in the US, Canada, and UK, as well as other participating retailers around the world. In addition, certain products are now available for preorder at Pokémon Center, including the Scarlet & Violet Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Box, which includes two additional booster packs and two copies of a full-art promo card; one of the cards features the Pokémon Center logo.

April 2023 features the 250th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Event!

250th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series

Konami has announced the 250th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) events will be taking place in April 2023 in three different locations. The YCS events will feature the best Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG) players from across the globe, Dueling for a chance to be named a champion at these historic events. 

Three YCS events will be taking place simultaneously on the same weekend of April 1-2, 2023. Konami will host the North America YCS in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Latin America YCS in Bogotá, Colombia at the Agora Bogotá Convention Center. Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. will be hosting a YCS in Europe in London, UK at ExCeL London.  

All registered Duelists in the main events will take home a participation Game Mat and Field Center Card. The three winners of these prestigious events will be taking home a unique Ultra Rare Anotherverse Dragon card commemorating the event and a very special YCS Champion trophy.  

Outside of the main tournament, there’ll be plenty of things for attendees to enjoy over the course of the weekend, including popular public events, such as Win-A-Mat tournaments and ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, as well as newer events including Rivalry of Warlords and digital game tournaments for Yu-Gi-Oh! MASTER DUEL. For special events only available at the 250th YCS, Duelists will be able to compete in Time Wizard events using formats from previous milestone YCS events. 

Registration for these events will open in early 2023.

Enter the Data Storm with Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Cyberstorm Access

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Cyberstorm Access

Enter the Data Storm and take hold of extraordinary new monsters, Spells, and Traps in Cyberstorm Access, the next Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game core booster set, scheduled for Spring 2023!

Cyberstorm Access has a huge haul of powerful new monsters for your Extra Deck, headlined by a brand-new Link-6 evolution of Firewall Dragon! This 3500 ATK behemoth rewards you for combining classic Cyberse Link Summoning tactics with Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz Summoning tactics. Back it up with the newest “Code Talker” monster for a devastating one-two punch!

Meanwhile, the journey of Visas Starfrost continues onwards to a strange new world! Experience a powerful new Synchro Summoning strategy while unraveling the mysteries in the newest chapter of this  story. Look to the stars, and you’ll find brand-new cards for “tellarknights”, the very first Xyz Monster theme of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V era. And speaking of ARC-V, fans of Gong Strong and his Superheavy Samurai style of Dueling are in for a treat with several brand-new cards to let them stand tall in the face of adversity!

You’ll also find new cards for strategies from recent sets like Amazing Defenders and Photon Hypernova:

  • Adopt a new “Purrely” monster!
  • Reinforce your “Rescue-ACE” barracks!
  • Meet a new “Mikanko” dancer!
  • Get up and ride! The Gold Pride race got off to a chaotic and destructive start in Photon Hypernova, and the action continues as a new rider goes on the attack!
  • And more!

The Cyberstorm Access booster set contains 100 new cards*:

50 Commons
26 Super Rares
14 Ultra Rare
10 Secret Rares

*Set content subject to change

Product Title:                                                  Cyberstorm Access 
Product Type:                                                  Booster Pack  
Set Size:                                                            100
Official Tournament Store Launch Date: 5/3/23     
Launch Date:                                                   5/5/23     
Konami Tournament Legal Date:               5/5/23
MSRP:                                                               $4.49 per Pack (9 cards per pack)

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