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’”).
For those of you who wanted these when they appeared in the OCG, this is your chance.
Kaiba Corporation Card Sleeves and Deck Case, available Friday, September 28. Kaiba Corporation Card Sleeves, designed for optimal performance, feature Kaiba Corporation signature circuitry design along with the stunning KC logo on top of a pearl white base with a holographic frame. Kaiba Corporation Deck Case is similarly designed and features a Deck Divider to help Duelists keep organized so they can focus on the Duel at hand. Kaiba Corporation Card Sleeves contains 50 sleeves designed to meet regulation standards, while Kaiba Corporation Deck Case is a slimmer version of previous models, forming the perfect fit for Main, Side and Extra Decks.
Konami has announced a unique holiday product for the 2018 season: the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Advent Calendar. The Advent Calendar contains 24 doors with holiday-themed cards for collecting or play, including Box of Friends, Toy Magician, and more. The 24 cards will include 14 Super Rares and 10 Ultra Rares. It will street Friday, October 26.
The Cybernetic Horizon Special Edition, releasing Friday, September 14, follows up the release of the Cybernetic Horizon Booster in July (see “’Yu-Gi-Oh! Cybernetic Horizon’ Booster”). Each box will contain three Cybernetic Horizon Booster packs, one of two Super Rare variants of sought-after cards, and one of two Super Rare variant preview cards from the fall booster set.