Konami Digital Entertainment has shared information on the upcoming Savage Strike releases for its Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, as well as revealing more details on Soul Fusion Special Edition.
Savage Strike will be the first booster of 2019, and it will power up Synchro Summoning strategies for duelists playing that type of deck. Synchro Summoning has already made an appearance in the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! anime VRAINS, and now the first Synchro Monsters will debut in this booster. Cards to power up Zombie Synchro and Neos Decks are also included.
The 100-card booster includes 48 Commons, 20 Rares, 14 Super Rares, 10 Ultra Rares, and 8 Secret Rares. Release is planned for February 1.
Savage Strike Special Edition will include 3 Savage Strike Booster Packs as well as 1 of 2 Super Rare variant cards, and 1 of 2 Super Rare preview cards of non-foil cards from an upcoming booster set. Release is set for March 8.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Soul Fusion Special Edition was announced this summer (see “Fusion Summoning Heats Up with New ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ Booster”), and as the December 7 release approaches, the company has announced the two Super Rare variant cards which will be in the package. Players will pull either Summon Sorceress or Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights. The two Super Rare preview cards from the upcoming Savage Strike Booster Set will be Prank-Kids Rocksies and Neo Space Connector.
Konami Digital Entertainment has unveiled images and details for its Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Golden Duelist Collection Accessories releasing on February 15. Each of the products will feature gleaming gold and a unique glittering foil while showcasing the iconic cards from the TCG.
The Golden Duelist Collection Duelist Portfolio will include 10 9-pocket pages, allowing players to display up to 180 cards.
The Golden Duelist Collection Card Case can fit a full Main, Side, and Extra Deck (total 70 sleeved cards) and includes a special divider.
The Golden Duelist Collection Card Sleeves Packs will contain 50 sleeves that meet Yu-Gi-Oh!’s tournament regulation standards.
The Golden Duelist Collection Game mat is a rubber mat that is the same size as the Game Mats used as prizes in various Yu-Gi-Oh! sanctioned events.
At New York Comic Con, ICv2 spoke with Konami Digital Entertainment Vice President, Card Business Yumi Hoashi, who had details on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Speed Dueling format launching in January (see “Speed Dueling Comes to ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG'”), and showed us both the Destiny Master and Duelists of Tomorrow Starter Decks and the three preconstructed character decks each contains.
The Speed Dueling format ties closely to Konami’s successful Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links video game, and is designed as an onramp for new TCG players. “[Speed Dueling] is very similar to how the mobile game Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links plays, Hoashi told us. “Each person has 4,000 life points. You only have three monster zones, and it’s a 20-plus card deck. It’s a simpler way to play; it should be great for entry-level players.”
“Each Speed Dueling card, although it’s the same Yu‑Gi‑Oh! card, will have a logo,” she explained. “It’s like a watermark of the Speed Dueling logo on the card itself. For Speed Duel, you can only use the cards that are geared towards the speed duel. You can also use your Speed Duel cards in your current TCG deck, if you want.”
Konami will support the Speed Dueling format with both boosters and organized play. Additional products are planned through 2019. “The card count per pack will be more similar to our Star pack, which had three cards per pack,” Hoashi said. “It’ll contain cards that’ll help the Starter Decks that have already been released.”
“We’re looking at our first booster pack to come out in March,” she continued. “Then over the course of the year, we’ll be releasing more booster packs, and also more starter decks as well that’ll introduce more character decks. We’ll also support it with organized play at the OTS (Official Tournament Store) level, as well as at the premier event level.”
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Hoashi also shared that the next Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Structure Deck will feature Soulburner, one the characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS animated series. Release is planned for February 15. MSRP is $9.99. Several of Soulburner’s cards debuted in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Soul Fusion Booster set that released this month
Konami has shared the Super Rare variant reprint cards that will be included in the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Cybernetic Horizon Special Edition release.
Konami teased the release in April (see “Konami Plans ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Advent Calendar’”), but only said there were two Super Rare variants of sought-after cards and one of to two Super Rare variant preview cards from the fall booster set.
The Super Rare variants have been revealed to be either Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy, or SPYRAL Super Agent.
The box include 3 Cybernetic Horizon Booster Packs, one of two Super Rare variants, and one of two Super Rare variant preview cards from the fall booster. MSRP is $9.99.
Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Cybernetic Horizon Booster Set releases on July 27 (see “’Yu-Gi-Oh! Cybernetic Horizon’ Booster”) and modernizes may popular Duelist deck themes from the past.
On October 5, Konami will release the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game: Legendary Hero Decks boxed set, which will include three complete pre-constructed decks.
The three decks included in the Legendary Hero Decks set each feature a different theme:
The “Fulfill Your Destiny!” deck is designed after the deck used by the character Aster Phoenix. This Destiny Hero deck features Link Monsters and Fusion Monsters to power through defending monsters.
“Return of the Aesir!” brings Thor, Loki, and Odin back into the game, and includes Team Ragnorok monsters, high attack Synchro Monsters like the Ascension Sky Dragon, and a Link Monster designed to help bring Aesir monsters into play.
The third deck, called “The Phantom Knights Strike Back!” is built around Xyz Summoning and Trap cards, as well as abilities that take effect once cards reach the Graveyard. It also includes a new Phantom Knight Link Monster.
The Legendary Hero Decks boxed set comes with a total of 150 cards. Each deck has 40 cards plus a 10 card Extra Deck, including 5 Ultra Rare and 45 Common cards. MSRP has not yet been announced.
The Legendary Hero Decks will be proceeded by the White Dragon Abyss set by one week (see “‘White Dragon Abyss’ Brings More ‘Legendary Duelists’ to ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’”), which itself will release one week after Konami hosts the 200th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event (see “Three City Blitz for 200th ‘YCS’”).