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It’s Rise of the Duelist for Yu-Gi-Oh! in August

Yu-Gi-Oh! Rise of the Duelist

Rise of the Duelist is set to dispel the dog days of Summer for Yu-Gi-Oh! fans on August 7th, 2020!

Yugi’s Gaia the Dragon Champion strategy has been remastered for the modern age! Classic cards like Gaia the Fierce Knight, Catapult Turtle, and more take on new forms in service of a new form of Gaia the Dragon Champion that stacks an extra 2600 ATK on to itself every time it wins a battle and can expend exactly that much ATK to destroy any card on the field without a fight!

New Noble Knights rise from the pages of history! The “Infernoble Knights” are a fast Synchro Summoning strategy that burns through their Equip Spells for immediate benefits, then brings them back to the field and dares the opponent to destroy the monster they’re equipped to. “Infernoble Knight” monsters are also “Noble Knight” monsters, so you can use existing cards like Heritage of the Chalice to make your Deck even stronger! Don’t forget Infernoble Knight – Renaud and Infernoble Knight – Roland from Toon Chaos – you’ll need them if you want to maximize your firepower.

Many powerful Spell and Trap Cards! Unleash a new “Forbidden” Quick-Play Spell that can negate the effects of and halve the ATK of an entire field’s worth of monsters or a Normal Spell that lets you retaliate against your opponent’s disruptive monster effects by choosing from the effects of Pot of Greed, Change of Heart, or The Forceful Sentry.

On top of all that, you can even find:

  • A powerful new “Chaos” Synchro Monster
  • A brand-new anti-Extra Deck Spellcaster theme
  • New cards for the “Rikka” and “Adamancipator” themes from Secret Slayers
  • New cards for the “Mathmech” and “Dragonmaid” themes from Mystic Fighters
  • 20 previously unavailable cards from overseas promotions, pack-ins, and more!

The Rise of the Duelist booster set contains 100 new cards: 50 Commons
26 Super Rares
14 Ultra Rares
10 Secret Rares

Charlotte’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Event is Postponed Indefinitely

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series

Konami and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game team have announced that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event scheduled in Charlotte, NC for March 28-29 has been postponed indefinitely.

Below is Konami’s full statement and where further updates can be found.

Every year, we at KONAMI take great pleasure in hosting the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series to bring together fans from all over the world to share their passion for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME; simultaneously, we also place the health and safety of our players, fans and staff as a top priority. In an abundance of caution relating to the developing situation surrounding COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event scheduled in Charlotte, NC on March 28-29, indefinitely.

We apologize if this has caused any inconvenience for our players who were planning to attend, judges who were preparing for the event, fans who were looking to keep an eye on the coverage, and everyone else who may be affected as a result. We continue to closely monitor the situation that is developing daily and will provide updates on the rescheduling of this event, as well as the status of future events as they become available. These updates will be posted to our website incorporated within each respective event’s FAQs, which can be found at: https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/index.html.

We will also share details on the rescheduling of YCS Charlotte and updates for other upcoming events as they become available via our official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG social media channels:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/YuGiOh_TCG
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialYuGiOhTCG/

Additionally, those with non-press-related inquiries regarding this event and future events are encouraged to contact us-opsupport@konami.com for updates.

We thank all our Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG fans and Duelists for their patience and understanding during this time.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG: Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts is Out July 2020

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

It’s a Yu-Gi-Oh! GX fan’s greatest dream come true! After years of needing their own individual Decks to survive, the three Sacred Beasts have been united under a single banner in Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts!


Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts includes more ways than ever to Summon the three Sacred Beasts! Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder and Uria, Lord of Searing Flames each receive cards that modify their Summoning requirements to make them easier to fulfill and help you mount a second or third strike if the first isn’t enough. Alternatively, you can skip those requirements altogether with a new monster that can be Tributed to Summon any of the three Sacred Beasts from your hand and then banished from the Graveyard to add the dominating Fallen Paradise Field Spell to your hand!


In addition to increasing your access to the Sacred Beasts and your ability to Summon them, Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts also increases the dominance of Sacred Beasts once they reach the field! You’ll be able to double Raviel, Lord of Phantasms ATK to 8000 and crush all your opponent’s monsters in a single Battle Phase, negateyour opponent’s Spell/Trap effects while you control Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder in Attack Position, and do a little creative accounting to power up Uria, Lord of Searing Flames far beyond its natural limitations.

Complete Domination!

Of course, it’s not enough to just command multiple Sacred Beasts throughout the course of a Duel. The truest form of Dueling dominance is to control multiple Sacred Beasts at the same time, and Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts rewards you for doing so! Control 2 or more at the same time, and a brand-new Trap Card will negate the activated effects of every monster your opponent controls.

Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts contains 46 cards total (44-card Main Deck, 2-card Extra Deck) as well as 2 different Token Cards:

5 Ultra Rares
3 Super Rares
38 Commons
2 Token Cards
1 Double-sided Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide

NYCC 2019: Konami Brings a Yu-Gi-Oh! Exclusive Mat, Tournaments, and More

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) is proud to present attendees of this year’s New York Comic Con (NYCC) with a thrilling spread of experiences! Drop by to sample different aspects of the cultural phenomenon that is the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, from convention-exclusive merchandise and video game demos, to friendly competition and cool prizes! Whether you’re a seasoned Dueling veteran, a fan of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and animated series or just a curious newcomer, booth #1321 is the place to be all weekend long from October 3 to October 6.

The KONAMI booth is always a popular place for NYCC attendees with plenty to do for fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, and this year is no exception! Attendees will find a wealth of fun activities and attractions, including…

  • Green Screen Photo Booth: Make your own personalized Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card where you can choose from different card backgrounds and Dueling legends or the 2019 NYCC logo – suitable for use during Duels!
  • Con Exclusive Game Mat: Take a trip to the retail counter to pick up the 2019 New York Comic Con Exclusive Game Mat! Available for $30 USD (including sales tax), this year’s Game Mat features signature monsters wielded by the biggest rivals from Yu-Gi-Oh!’s first three series: Kaiba’s Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Chazz’s Armed Dragon LV10, and Jack Atlas’ Red Dragon Archfiend!
Exclusive Game Mat for 2019 New York Comic Con

Exclusive Game Mat for 2019 New York Comic Con

  • Retail: Duel fans looking to pick up some of the year’s biggest releases will find plenty of them at the KONAMI booth, with some of the latest and greatest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products available all weekend long. Recent hits like Structure Deck: Rokket RevoltFists of the GadgetsRising Rampage Special EditionLegendary Duelists: Immortal Destiny, the 2019 Gold Sarcophagus Tin plus many more will be available for purchase, all while supplies last!
  • Game Demos for New Players: Curious about Dueling? Attendees are invited to pull up a chair and learn how to play in a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG or Yu-Gi-Oh! Speed Duel demonstration! Learn from one of our dedicated experts and you’ll get to score a show exclusive coupon good for a free gift with purchase, just for completing your demo!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links: With over 90 million downloads, the blockbuster Yu-Gi-Oh! gaming app has become a worldwide phenomenon on iOS, Android and PC Steam. Show attendees will get to try out new gameplay from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, a brand-new game world! And every participant gets a special Token to redeem for a chance at one of dozens of different Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed prizes!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution: Visitors to the booth can experience the smash hit Yu-Gi-Oh! game for the Nintendo Switch™, featuring more than 9000 cards and countless moments from the animated series. All participants receive a special Token to redeem for one of many Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed prizes!

Attendees looking for some friendly competition can find public event tournaments right in the KONAMI booth! Drop by Thursday to Sunday for 2020 Regional Qualifiers, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! tournaments (Friday & Saturday only), Speed Duel Starter and Constructed Deck tournaments, Duel Links tournaments, Win-A-Mat and Structure Deck tournaments, and even a chance to Duel the Master, where you can take on one of our Master Duelists for a chance to win exclusive tournament packs!  Dragon Duel Tournaments for children born 2006 or later will take place on Saturday and Sunday. The best part? Entry is free for all NYCC attendees, so make sure to bring your best constructed Deck! Check out the FAQs for more information.

Dark Horse to Publish an Ultimate Collection of “Metal Gear Solid”

Dark Horse and Konami present a collection twenty years in the making, translated into English for the first time: The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV!

The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV contains two historic volumes of concept and key art from Yoji Shinkawa, art director and illustrator behind Metal Gear Solid, MGS2: Sons of Liberty, MGS3: Snake Eater, MGS4: Guns of the Patriots, and MGS: Peace Walker. This definitive chronicle of characters, vehicles, and weapons is the ultimate companion to the tactical espionage and future warfare of Hideo Kojima’s celebrated Metal Gear universe, translated to English for the first time ever while leaving the original Japanese handwriting intact. Japanese publisher, Shinkigensha, is the original publisher of The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV.

The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV is a two-book set packaged in a gorgeous collectible slipcase. The collection includes The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV and Peace Walker Gallery Works and Studio Works. Totaling 800 pages, The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV retails for $79.99, and is the perfect companion to Dark Horse’s The Art of Metal Gear Solid V.

The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV goes on sale May 8, 2018.

Review: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)

MGSV_The_Phantom_Pain_boxartGuns, ninjas, giant robots, weird goth themed psychic characters, and lots of military soldiers. I don’t know who in Japan ever thought it was a good idea to combine all of these elements together, but someone at Konami gave this the go ahead and it led to a franchise that blew people’s minds. Since then, The Metal Gear Solid series has stood up there with the very best of games to deliver fans a title that could bring home the bacon. From the hidden genius of Hideo Kojima comes a masterpiece that has revolutionized the gaming industry as we know it.

Since it’s critical success on the Playstation 1 with Kojima’s first project (because let’s be honest, how many of you have actually played the previous titles?), the franchise has become such a huge hit that even people who don’t play games seem to reference these titles in some form or another. Be it the iconic alert sound that’s used in almost everything, or the large exclamation mark over someone’s head, the Metal Gear series is definitely a title that is known by plenty across the planet.

With titles spanning over several consoles, Hideo Kojima and Konami teamed up once again to deliver one last game to quell the hunger fans have had since the last installment that came out, which was nearly a decade ago (Who feels old now? I know I do…). While we’ve had a spin-off series that proved to be somewhat of a decent title, fans weren’t given a real Metal Gear game for quite some time, and it pained plenty of people (myself included) to wait this long for a new game that could satisfy us. I preordered the game the moment I heard it was available over the PSN, and have been patiently waiting for the countdown timer to finally hit zero, so I could tear this bad boy apart. Needless to say, I was left pretty speechless…

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain continues where MGSV: Ground Zeroes left off. For those of you unaware, Kojima released a prologue back in early 2014 that set up the story of The Phantom Pain. One of the biggest things I was against was the fact that Konami and Kojima had essentially broke off the intro to this game and charged $40 for it. With this being nothing more than a glorified demo, I was hesitant about even playing Ground Zeroes altogether. In fact, one of the only reasons I actually did play it was because Sony allowed Playstation Plus members to download the game for free back in July. While I enjoyed Ground Zeroes, I definitely would have regretted purchasing the game as it wasn’t worth the money, despite all the extra side missions.

I’ve never been one to care too much for the story of Metal Gear so much as the gameplay, as Kojima tends to go a bit overboard on writing the overall story. Most of the Metal Gear titles tend to be convoluted, feature way too many references to government, military, and historical figures that more often than not make me hover over the skip button during cutscenes. Some of the cutscenes are just so brutally long that I’ve actually fallen asleep through them. All this usually keeps my expectations pretty low for the plot simply because I just don’t care about the content very much. Metal Gear Solid 5 has a better grasp on the overall story. With a heavy emphasis on foreshadowing, this title serving as a prequel, fans of the series tend to have a general idea what’s going to happen to our lovable Snake (voiced by the lovely Jack Bauer Keifer Sutherland) simply because we know the fate of Big Boss already. Sort of… Wait, do we?

Either way, as I’ve said, I don’t play these games so much for the story as I do the gameplay and graphics, and boy oh boy (or girl, depending on the reader…) do these games truly know how to entertain. While the Metal Gear games have been known to be pretty linear, in terms of plot and content, the amount of possibilities to go through the game are pretty varied. While there is always the standard murder-everything-in-sight-because-nobody-will-see-you-if-they’re-dead method (Which I’ve been known to dabble in this style during moments of pure rage and frustration…) the player can also go through the game like a silent ninja, avoiding all confrontation and relying solely on stealth and tranquilizers to subdue your enemy rather than kill them, you know, hard mode. Mmmmm nothing beats that final moment when you’ve reached the end of the game and have that clean record (Well, I wouldn’t know. I’m still working on it…).

Metal Gear Solid 5‘s core gameplay is truly amazing. Kojima boasted about his the Fox Engine back at E3 of 2013, and it doesn’t disappoint. The game is as smooth as a baby’s bottom, as beautiful as that fake model girlfriend you lied to your friends about, and as efficient as the Borg from Star Trek. The powerhouse combination of those 3 elements aims to give players a fantastic experience in being either the ultimate assassin or a silent fart in the wind. Needless to say, I’m very pleased with it.

While I’ve always known the Metal Gear series to be riddled with fun Easter Eggs, I’ve never been one to play the series again immediately after beating as it’s a lot to take in. With how linear the game is, I usually need a break before diving back into the game. Metal Gear Solid 5, on the other hand, changes the dynamic of the game altogether by allowing you to free roam your maps to do plenty of side quests. There are so many side quests in this game, that I’m pretty sure you’ll be spending more time doing those than the actual story campaign. The side quests, while a bit repetitive at times, are both unlocked through main scenario campaigns or through interrogating enemy officers who will disclose extra locations on your map. This gives players a near endless amount of content to go through as they’re forced to interrogate every enemy soldier if they want that sweet 100% completion achievement.

I don’t know who decided adding a Sims-like system into this game was a good idea, but it’s been one of my absolute favorite features so far. Players are given a Mother Base they can upgrade over the course of the game. This allows the development of new and more powerful weapons that can really give you an edge on the field. Be it simply upgrading your tranq gun like I’m using it for, or giving yourself a bazooka to blow up bases and tanks, the list of weapons is also pretty enormous.

While I’ve yet to dive into it, MGS5 also has two online modes (one getting released in October) that allows players to combat one another. The current one that’s up now, involves you sneaking into another player’s mother base in order to steal their supplies, or simply wreak havoc and be the worst person in the world, ever.

Seeing as how I’ve only given decent to negative reviews for the previous titles I’ve posted on here, it pleases me very much to finally review a title seriously worth recommending to other gamers out there. While I’m sure the sales for this title are already off the charts and many of you probably already own this game, I highly recommend Metal Gear Solid 5 to add to your arsenal, if you haven’t yet. It’s the very definition of what a gaming experience can be. While it breaks my heart to see that Kojima will no longer be working on future titles, I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and know he’s got a bright future ahead of him. You know, so long as he doesn’t use vagina bombs again…

Story: 8 Gameplay: 10 Side Quests: 9 Re-Playability: 9 Overall Score: 9

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! We’re already running previews of the new releases, but we’ll have some early reviews up today.

Around the Tubes

Comics Alliance – Comic Book Creators Guild Asked For Rates In 1978 That People Still Don’t Get Today – Some great comic history.

Gizmodo – You need 10,000 pieces to build a Minifig-scale Lego Millennium Falcon – That’s a lot of Lego.

GamePolitics – Konami files copyright claim against critical YouTube video – Further proof the DMCA is broken.

Bleeding Cool – Some Comic Stores Boycott Archie Over Kickstarter, As Archie Signs Deal With Target/Wal-Mart – Hope these same retailers boycott all the other comics that went from Kickstarter to being released through traditional channels.
Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Broken World #1

CBR- Convergence: The Question #2

CBR – Descender #3

Bleeding Cool – Giant Days #3

CBR – Guardians Team-Up #5

CBR – Spider-Gwen #4

CBR – The Wicked + The Divine #10

Collect, Roll, Evolve and Battle with Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters

71159_YuGiOh_Pgk2WizKids Games, in partnership with Konami Digital Entertainment‘s 4K Media, have announced the retail release of Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters, a Dice Building Game based on the immensely popular monster battling franchise. Available now for a suggested retail of $14.99 USD, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters 2-Player Starter Set includes 44 dice, 22 cards, two dice bags and a rulebook. Everything two duelists need to play Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters Starter Set is available at friendly local retailers in North America starting today with Gravity Feeds and Play Mats following, and will be available January 31 in Europe.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! phenomenon swept the US and global markets in 2001 and continues to captivate players with its best-selling games, animated television series and motion picture releases.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Artwork Licensed for the First Time

4K Media Inc., the newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it is making available for license, for the first time, artwork from its world record setting trading card game. NECA is the first licensee to take advantage of this newest opportunity for the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand.  Under the agreement, NECA will produce action figures, headknockers, collectible replicas, puzzles, jewelry, posters, calendars and accessories utilizing artwork from the ever popular Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game.

This is a worldwide exclusive deal, not including Asia. This deal is to expand 4K media’s properties in the older collector fanbase. The products are expected to launch during San Diego Comic-Con 2013.


Konami Announces Fan Events at Comic-Con 2011

Official Press Release

KONAMI Cos-Play Event Lets Fans Compete and Celebrate Their Favorite Franchises

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced their fan appreciation events during Comic-Con 2011 at the San Diego Convention center.  Taking place July 21-24, this year’s Comic-Con will give KONAMI fans numerous opportunities to come and celebrate decades of legendary franchises by hosting both a fan signing event with key members of Kojima Productions, including Hideo Kojima, famed METAL GEAR SOLID series creator. In addition to the Kojima Productions signing event, KONAMI will also host a cos-play competition for fans, with prizes and awards for the taking.

Event: Kojima Productions Signing Event

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30pm

Location: San Diego Convention Center Meeting rooms 16 AB

**No line ups before 11am **

Hideo Kojima, Executive Vice President of Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd., Director of Kojima Productions and creator of the METAL GEAR SOLID franchise, will be on hand to sign autographs for fans attending Comic- Con 2011. Mr. Kojima will not be alone, as fans will be able to meet and greet Yoji Shinkawa, Art Director of Kojima Productions and Yumi Kikuchi, the popular Japanese actress and the voice of Raging Raven (METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS) and Strangelove (METAL GEAR SOLD: PEACE WALKER).

Event: KONAMI Cos-Play Event

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2011

Time: Line up starts at 11:00 am. Judging from 12 pm to 2pm.

Location: San Diego Convention Center Meeting rooms 16 AB

KONAMI will host a Cos-Play competition for attendees at Comic-Con 2011. Fans can dress up like their favorite characters from decades of legendary franchises, including Contra, Frogger, Castlevania and Metal Gear Solid. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes!

KONAMI has other surprises in store during Comic-Con 2011, so be on the lookout for updates and more announcements!

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