NEW from Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME in January!
I know it’s January 2019 now and last year seems so long ago, but I’ve got to bring up some exciting news from NYCC 2018. The Konami booth is always the first exciting thing you see when arriving at New York Comic Con – they always bring their best, the iconic red carpet and Yu-Gi-Oh! character banners smiling back at you. You can see players passionately playing and cosplayers passionately cosplaying and you can catch a glimpse of the upcoming TCG releases. I was lucky enough to get a look at a lot of it and have a conversation with those in the know. It’s finally time to tell you about January’s exciting releases!
El Segundo, Calif. (January 8, 2019) – It’s a new year and the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) is kicking it off with new cards for the most celebrated Duelists, and a totally new way to Duel! Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) is proud to present the next installment in the Legendary Duelists series with an all-female cast, as some of the strongest heroines of Dueling make their return. Then, classic heroes and storied rivals are back in high style, as the fast-paced Speed Dueling format debuts in the real-life TCG! Get ready to ring in the New Year like never before with Legendary Duelists: Sisters of the Rose and the Speed Duel Starter Decks: Destiny Masters & Duelists of Tomorrow.
Some of the most popular Duelists of all time take center stage in Legendary Duelists: Sisters of the Rose, as heroines spanning five generations of Dueling unite in one awesome booster set. First up, Mai Valentine’s Harpie Lady theme soars higher than ever before. Harpie Perfumer is a powerful “Harpie Lady” alternative that searches your Deck for a Spell or Trap Card like Harpies’ Hunting Ground or Harpie Lady Phoenix Formation, adding it to your hand. Pair her with a Level 5 or higher “Harpie” monster and you’ll search not one, but two cards instead! Follow up withHarpie Oracle to swarm the field and retrieve those cards from your Graveyard.
But as powerful as she is, Mai will have stiff competition, because the Black Rose herself is back! Akiza Izinski unleashes new trickery centered on the Black Garden Field Spell, starting with a new Synchro Monster. Garden Rose Maiden searches Black Garden from your Deck or Graveyard whenever she’s Special Summoned, returning to the field again and again through the dark magic of Black Garden’s Rose Token monsters. When the time is right, you can banish the Maiden from your Graveyard to regrow a “Rose Dragon” monster or any Dragon Synchro you buried. The new Dark Rose Fairy makes Synchro Summons even easier, and a new Spell Card called Frozen Rose lets you search and draw key cards to keep your garden in bloom.
Straight from the legendary Duel Academy of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX comes Alexis Rhodes with new Cyber Angels! Cyber Angel Izana is an incredible new Ritual Monster, tearing apart your opponent’s Spells and Traps, punishing your opponent for targeting your Cyber Angels and dishing out extra attacks. Meanwhile the Merficul Machine Angel trades “Machine Angel” Ritual Monsters for more draws, getting you to your best cards in record time. Next, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL’s Anna Kaboom rides high with a new Rank 11 Xyz Monster! Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Juggernaut Liebe is a free upgrade to any of your Rank 10 Machine Xyz, overlaying to ascend to 4000 Attack Points, detaching a material to gain 2000 ATK more, and making extra attacks according to its Xyz Materials. Finally, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V’s Celina debuts new support for her Lunalight strategy! Lunalight Fusion is the key to Summoning your best monsters, and makes things even easier if your opponent controls a monster that was Special Summoned from the Extra Deck!
Legendary Duelists: Sisters of the Rose arrives January 11 with 56 cards: 29 Commons, 10 Rares, 8 Super Rares, and 9 Ultra Rares. MSRP: $1.99 per 5-card pack.
Next up, Dueling’s original stars are back with a whole new way to Duel! The Speed Duel format explodes out of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links mobile game and into the real-life Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME with a new series of ready-to-play Decks: Speed Duel Starter Decks: Destiny Mastersand Speed Duel Starter Decks: Duelists of Tomorrow. The Destiny Masters collection brings together three of the mightiest Millennium Item holders in Yami Yugi, Ishizu Ishtar, and Maximillion Pegasus, while Duelists of Tomorrow unites Seto Kaiba, Mai Valentine, and Joey Wheeler. Each Duelist is represented with their own Deck and three all-new Skill Cards, turning the tables on your opponents with Duel-devastating effects.
Command the power of Pegasus’ Millennium Eye to look at your opponent’s opening hand, and if you want, shuffle it back into their Deck and stick them with a new one! Use Ishizu’s Millennium Necklace to keep your opponent from drawing their most important card, or Yugi’s Final Draw to search anything you want from your Deck! Kaiba’s Dragon Caller ability lets you make huge plays for Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Joey makes massive Fusions with Pal-O’mine-zation, and Mai can draw free cards with Tribal Synergy. And all of that is just a taste: each Duelist gets three unique Skill Cards so you can keep your opponents guessing.
Speed Duel will be fully supported as a brand-new way to play with exclusive events, starting with a Speed Duel Release Celebration at KONAMI Official Tournament Stores (check here for participating stores). While cards with the Speed Duel marker can be used in Speed Duels, all Speed Duel cards are legal for regular Dueling. As a bonus, you’ll find three Ultra Rare variant cards in every box of the Speed Duel Starter Decks.
Both Speed Duel Starter Decks launch on January 25. Speed Duel Starter Decks: Destiny Masters contains: one 20-Card Yami Yugi Deck, one 20-Card Ishizu Ishtar Deck and one 20-Card Pegasus Deck, plus 9 Skill Cards and 3 Ultra Rare Variant cards. Speed Duel Starter Decks: Duelists of Tomorrow contains: one 20-Card Seto Kaiba Deck, one 20-Card Mai Valentine Deck and one 23-Card Joey Wheeler Deck, plus 9 Skill Cards and 3 Ultra Rare Variant cards. MSRP: $9.99 per 3-Deck box.
Every Saturday and Sunday, Duelists can now watch a new episode of the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, on Teletoon in Canada – check local listings for times. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is available subtitled on Crunchyroll and will be simulcast with a new episode available one hour after it is broadcast in Japan, at 6:25AM EST (Simulcast currently available in the US and Latin America). Watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/yu-gi-oh-vrains!
Additionally, Duelists can watch a new episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V every Saturday on Nicktoons – check local listings for times. In addition, all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s can be seen on www.yugioh.comin the United States. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon! For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.
About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 billion cards sold. It is a game of strategy, where players create individual Decks of cards collected from Structure Decks and Booster Packs. Two players engage in a Duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical Spells and surprising Traps. Duelists with well-constructed Decks, dominating monsters, solid strategy and good fortune are the victors in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America and Latin America.
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So there you have it guys, the exciting stuff to expect in January! I’m really excited about the all-female cast for the new Legendary Duelists series. Hopefully you check some of this out and I’ll be back with a review once it officially releases!