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How Konami Decides Which Old Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Cards To Revive

How Konami Decides Which Old Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Cards To Revive

Since beginning in the 1990s, the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game has gone through a multitude of changes. New cards types are introduced regularly, and a card’s viability can vary from month to month as game-redefining sets are introduced and ban lists are updated. Robert Boyajian has experienced many of those changes firsthand– both as a professional Yu-Gi-Oh! player with multiple tournament wins under his belt and more recently, as Konami’s TCG Marketing Specialist. He takes us through his favorite things about the TCG and how his relationship with the popular card game has changed since joining Konami’s staff.

Just Lunning: Do you have any favorite TCG exclusive card(s)?

Robert Boyajian: For cards that were initially TCG-exclusive but have been released worldwide since, my favorite is Tour Guide from the Underworld. This card really defined the era that I began seeing competitive success, so it’s hard for me not to be fond of it. For recently released cards that are still TCG-exclusive, Danger!? Tsuchinoko? is my number one. The “Danger!” theme has a ton of awesome lore behind the cryptids it’s themed after, and Tsuchinoko is not only one of their best cards but also the cutest in my opinion.

JL: What is the thought process behind choosing host cities for YCS and other premier events?

RB: We do our best to hold premier events in specific regions to ensure that everyone gets at least one event per year that is relatively local to them. In addition, if we have held an event somewhere that had high attendance in the past, we will likely hold it there again because it was a popular location.

JL: What was your favorite set to work on?

RB: Code of the Duelist was an awesome set because it marked the advent of Link Monsters and a lot of big changes for the TCG. It is also rare that we get to see themes used by main characters in the show be such strong contenders in the physical TCG, so having “Gouki” and “Trickstar” from Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS see so much competitive play was great. I was also a big fan of Dark Saviors because of the “Sky Striker” theme.

JL: How did you get into Yu-Gi-Oh!?

RB: My first intro to Yu-Gi-Oh! was the Dark Duel Stories videogame, and then I was lucky enough to get Starter Deck: Kaiba as a birthday gift shortly after its release. From there, I became obsessed with the anime, the manga, as well as the TCG and haven’t looked back.

How Konami Decides Which Old Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Cards To Revive

 

JL: How important is the Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime series when it comes to marketing specific cards? 

RB: The Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series will always play a big role in the physical TCG. Being able to Duel just like your favorite character from the show is a big driver for many of our fans, and right now with Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS simulcasting on Crunchyroll, it’s a great time to be watching the anime.

JL: When marketing a new set which is to be released, what determines which cards are to be teased for the set?

RB: Strength and perceived popularity are the primary factors. If a card is strong, we are very likely to show it off because it’s exciting for our core competitive users. If we expect a card to be popular because it revives a fan favorite theme, it is related to something from the show, or even because it’s unique, we are likely to tease those as well.

JL: How does it feel to go from being a player to then working directly with Yu-Gi-Oh! and Konami?

RB: It’s awesome to be able to work directly with a brand that I’ve been a fan of since I was a kid. It’s a bit daunting to look back on all of the events that had to happen for me to wind up here, but I can’t say I’m not thankful. I was really lucky to have a sort of transition phase where I stopped competing as much and began doing tournament coverage as a contractor to ease myself in. The only downside is that I miss competing in tournaments and winning all of those cool prizes!

How Konami Decides Which Old Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Cards To Revive

JL: On that same note, has working directly with the Yu-Gi-Oh! team affected how you view or play the game?

RB: There’s definitely a different type of emotional investment now than there was before. Prior I would say it was related to how well I played, but now it’s more involved with the state of the brand and game itself. I’ve grown up loving Yu-Gi-Oh! for so long that I want to make sure everyone else loves it too!

JL: How big of an impact do you think Link Monsters (and Master Rule 4 in general) has had on the game?

RB: The most recent update to the game rules definitely had a large impact on the game. It allowed us to revamp the landscape and slow things down to make way for Link Monsters. It also gave us room to create new Link Monsters for older themes to make sure everyone got to bring their favorite strategies into the new era.

JL: How much behind the scenes anticipation was there from the team when Master Rule 4 was being revealed? Was the team anxious that the new changes may not have positively been received?

RB: There wasn’t much concern about the new changes, we thought that everyone would be excited for something new. Link Monsters introduced a ton of new strategic elements into the game by making where you place your monsters matter, and the general revamp to the landscape I described before knocking out some older strategies to make room for new ones made us especially excited.

JL: How often are old cards looked at for a possible re-train?

RB: Yu-Gi-Oh! Has a huge pool of cards but most of the older sets just don’t hold up to the modern sets. For instance, cards like Gate Guardian, with it’s extremely hard summoning conditions with little pay-off could benefit hugely from a re-train.

We often release new cards to give a modern twist to older cards and themes. Many of our recent Structure Decks such as Structure Deck: Wave of LightStructure Deck: Lair of Darkness, and Structure Deck: Zombie Horde are all re-trains of previously released Structure Decks. Our newest booster set Soul Fusion releases new cards for “Gravekeepers” and the previous set Cybernetic Horizon also gave some love to Demise, King of Armageddon and Ruin, Queen of Oblivion. Our next all-foil booster set Hidden Summoners also gives Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys a completely new Ritual-based theme all for itself. Players love it when we release new cards for their favorite themes from the past and I doubt we’ll stop anytime soon!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Competitive Champion Barred From Tournaments For Cheating

A Yu-Gi-Oh! competitive champion was discovered to have cheated during a Hatti Grand Championship tournament, the largest Yu-Gi-Oh! the tournament in Japan.

The tournament's blog posted the results of their investigation on Tuesday, stating that a player named "Hitsuji" was found to have:

       - manipulated the order of the cards in his deck

       - not shuffled his deck properly throughout the match

       - drawn cards without shuffling

As a result of these misdemeanours, Hitsuji has been barred indefinitely from participating in the Hatti Grand Championship and in any tournaments related to the Hatti Championships.

A video was posted on Twitter showing Hitsuji performing a false shuffle:

 

Hitsuji, whose real name is Ryosuke Tsujimura, previously won the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships in 2017.

Source: Hatti Championship official blog via Yara-on!

'Yu-Gi-Oh!' Shares Yami Yugi Nendoroid Update

Yu-Gi-Oh! officially turned 20 years old this year, so fans have started seeing a bit more merchandise from the original iteration of the series popping up recently.

One of the cool new additions is a Nendoroid figure based off of Yami Yugi, and fans were provided with an update as to the figure that you can see below.

Duelists! A Nendoroid of Yami Yugi from "Yu-Gi-Oh!" is coming soon! Stay tuned for more details! Trust in the heart of the Nendoroids!#yugioh #nendoroid #yamiyugi #goodsmile #goodsmilecompany pic.twitter.com/bDsG5a1Psm

As such, the Yami Yugi Nendoroid comes ready to duel as he's drawing a card from his duel disk. Anime fans often make comparisons between Nendoroid and Funko Pop collectable figures due to their size, but the smaller additions to the figure certainly make up for the difference in expense. Though no release details have been revealed, Good Smile is sure to update fans as it gets closer to the Nendoroid's release.

Yu-Gi-Oh! was originally created by Kazuki Takahashi for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, and ran from September 1996 to March 2004. The series follows Yugi Mutou, a young boy who solves an ancient puzzle and is possessed by the spirit of the Egyptian pharaoh. Being skilled at deadly games, the Pharoah goes on to create and solve problems for Yugi based on deadly games of chance.

Two anime adaptations were created for the series, but the one most fans will recognize is Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. Duel Monsters was the first arc in the story to focus on the "Duel Monsters" card game and was the first season licensed for an English language release by 4Kids Entertainment. The first season of the series, which fans often dub as "Season 0," has such deadly games of chance with horrible consequences that fans could not believe it was a part of this series at first.

With the series currently celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, it's now more popular than ever. Collectors have made the merchandise even more valuable than ever as a result, and now some of the rarest cards in the trading card game are selling for ridiculous amounts.

Source: comicbook

This 'Yu-Gi-Oh!' Fan-Cast is Tearing Anime Fans Apart

Live-action anime adaptations are increasing in quantity and popularity as studios realize just how big these properties are, and that means these films will eventually feature actors and actress that fans may not agree with.

One fan has proposed casting for a live-action Yu-Gi-Oh! project, and it's tearing fans of the series completely apart. 

Internet creator and personality Little Kuriboh, proposed two actors for a live-action Yugi and Kaiba and fans don't know how to feel. Proposing the idea that two American actors would get the role, Little Kuriboh suggests Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, IT) as Yugi Moto and Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, A Cure for Wellness) as Seto Kaiba.

This has naturally rubbed some fans the wrong way as the suggests seem ridiculous for such roles (as it brings up such issues as Whitewashing among other things), but there's an even greater majority of fans who support the idea. Both Wolfhard and DeHaan have proven themselves to be strong actors, and Yu-Gi-Oh! is kind of a series with ridiculous elements that they can handle.

Little Kuriboh knows all about Yu-Gi-Oh!'s ridiculousness as he's the creator of the Internet series, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series. Parodying the more hilarious and off-the-wall elements of the series, while showing a great reverence, it's a big hit with fans.

Yu-Gi-Oh! was originally created by Kazuki Takahashi for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, and ran from September 1996 to March 2004. The series follows Yugi Mutou, a young boy who solves an ancient puzzle and is possessed by the spirit of the Egyptian pharaoh. Being skilled at deadly games, the Pharoah goes on to create and solve problems for Yugi based on deadly games of chance.

Two anime adaptations were created for the series, but the one most fans will recognize is Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. Duel Monsters was the first arc in the story to focus on the "Duel Monsters" card game and was the first season licensed for an English language release by 4Kids Entertainment. The first season of the series, which fans often dub as "Season 0," has such deadly games of chance with horrible consequences that fans could not believe it was a part of this series at first.

With the series currently celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, it's now more popular than ever. Collectors have made the merchandise even more valuable than ever as a result, and now some of the rarest cards in the trading card game are selling for ridiculous amounts.

Source: comicbook

Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Duel Monsters Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary with Memorial DVD/Blu-ray

Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game (OCG) Duel Monsters will celebrate its 20th anniversary in February 2019, while its sixth TV anime Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS has been aired since May 2017. As a part of the anniversary project, a 100-minute special DVD/Blu-ray "Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelists & Monsters Memorial Disc" to introduce 30 popular monsters/duelists from the six TV series will be released on March 20, 2019.

The monsters/duelists are chosen by fans' votes, five from each series. Its regular edition comes with "Soundtrack Collection CD" as a bonus, and the first limited edition also includes a 20-page booklet and a special OCG card (Black Magician Girl 20th secret rare ver.). Is your favourite one on the list below?  

From "Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters" (2000-2004) 

 1. Black Magician Girl

 2. The Sky Dragon of Osiris

 3. Blue-Eyes White Dragon

 4. Black Magician

 5.  Red-Eyes Black Dragon

 From "Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX" (2004-2008)

 1. Yubel

 2. Elemental Hero Flame Wingman

 3. Cyber End Dragon

 4. Elemental HERO Neos

 5. Elemental HERO God Neos

 From "Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's" (2008-2011)

 1. Black Rose Dragon

 2. Stardust Dragon

 3. Shooting Quasar Dragon

 4. Junk Warrior

 5. Shooting Star Dragon

From "Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal" (2010-2015)

1. Gagaga Girl

2. Number 107: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon

3. Number 39: Kibou-ou Hope (Utopia)

4. Number 62: Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon

5. Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon

From "Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V" (2014-2017)

1. Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon

2. Clear Wing Synchro Dragon

3. Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon

4. Starving Venom Fusion Dragon

5. Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon

 From "Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS" (2017-)

1. Firewall Dragon

2. Decode Talker

3. Varel Road Dragon

4. Gouki The Great Ogre

5. Trickstar Holly Angel

Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Duel Monsters Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary with Memorial DVD/Blu-ray

Source: Marvelous press release

What are the best Fusion Monsters in your opinion?

El Shaddoll Construct

What are the best Fusion Monsters in your opinion?

This card did everything for Shaddolls

  • Was a light target, arguable the best in the game
  • Offered some form of removal for getting big monsters
  • Mills a Shaddoll monster of your choice

Not to mention how much lore she has, she basically soloed the Gem-Knights, Yang Zing, Stellarknights and Ritual Beasts (along with a few irrelevant ones). Eventually the GOD OF CREATION had to got sick of her and went nuclear.

She came back merged with some ice dragons that caused the last ice age and some hellspawn. Long story, but she is a big player in the Duel Terminal story.

Naturia Exterio

What are the best Fusion Monsters in your opinion?

Basically

  • Mills cards,
  • Banishes cards
  • Negates Spell and Trap cards
  • Not a once per turn

This card does so much and you basically have to rely on monster effects and counter traps to get rid of it. Granted it’s not nearly as strong as it used to be but it’s still a pain to deal with

Then some honorable mentions:

Elder Entity Norden: Easy Rank 4 and conductive to loops with great typing

Thousand-Eyes Restrict: How was this card released in 2004?

Gem-Knight Seraphinite: The cornerstone of the brilliant fusion engine.

Source: Shane Neary

What are the best Synchro Monsters in Yugioh?

Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon

What are the best Synchro Monsters in Yugioh?

It’s pretty good and reasonably generic, but what really pushes it over the edge is the 1 card Windwitch - Ice Bell combo that him out with using your normal summon, only 2 cards in your extra deck and make him immune to destruction by your opponent's card effects.

Yeah, good luck getting him off the field at that point

Shooting Quasar Dragon

What are the best Synchro Monsters in Yugioh?

This guy can win a game on it’s own. It can attack twice with it’s beefy 4000ATK body so with an open field he can swing for game by himself.

Then he can negate any effect and when he dies you can summon Shooting Star Dragon which is a pain in the ass to deal with as well

He’s basically an OTK machine

Beelze of the Diabolic Dragons

What are the best Synchro Monsters in Yugioh?

An out to so many cards and decks. He comes in and out of formats depending on how effective he is against the dominant deck.

He can be destroyed and gains attack every time you take damage so he can become massive, he’s just so bloody hard to kill.

Honorable mentions

Black Rose Dragon - When in doubt, Go Nuclear!

Denglong, First of the Yang Zing - Why, why is he generic, just why?

Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier - When “I got Trished” is a popular term in Yugioh, you know you have something

Source: Shane Neary

 

What is a good deck to teach beginners to play Yu-Gi-Oh?

Probably Blue-Eye no doubt

  • You can spam out huge 3000ATK beaters really easily (so you learn quickly that means jack shit in today’s game)
  • Kaiba
  • You can do make a even bigger 4500ATK fusion monster that can attack 3 times (So you can realize how not to put all your eggs in one basket and how important protection is)
  • Kaiba
  • You can make a contact fusion for getting out of tricky situations (So you can learn the benefits of not having to use a fusion spell)
  • Kaiba
  • You can make some of the best Xyz monsters in the game (So you can learn the mechanic that your Blue-eyes isn’t in the grave for White Stones or Revival effects)
  • Kaiba
  • You can make synchro monsters (so you can learn that mechanic as well and balance putting a 2500/3000 monster in attack to close out games or defense because it’s higher)
  • Kaiba
  • You can ritual summon Blue-Eye Chaos Max Dragon that will end games single handily (So you can realize how important consistency is and drop it to win even more games)
  • Did I say Kaiba?

Basically, include all the mechanics besides Links and is on the simpler end of decks. Also has a lot of cards that you can run but not too many it feels overwhelming

Also Kaiba

Source: Shane Neary

What are Yu-Gi-Oh dragons?

There are a lot, and i mean a lot, of dragons in yugioh

If you wanted an answer about “The Yugioh Dragons” i can think of a few that meet the bill

What are Yu-Gi-Oh dragons?

It’s very interesting Dynamic, where Red-eyes represents potential and blue-eye represents power, they are also one of the first Dragons introduced and have a sizable following

  • Signer Dragons

Consist of Stardust Dragon, Red Dragon Archfiend, Black Rose Dragon, Ancient Fairy Dragon, Black-Winged Dragon, and Life Stream Dragon and their evolved forms

What are Yu-Gi-Oh dragons?

There were used by the main cast of the Yu-Gi-Oh 5Ds and are all pretty good, (except the Blackwing one) and see some fringe play even today

  • The Dimension Dragons

What are Yu-Gi-Oh dragons?

Which includes Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, Clear Wing Synchro Dragon, and Starving Venom Fusion Dragon

They all utilize a different summoning mechanic and have much more significance in the show but they are all really sound monsters in the TCG

What are Yu-Gi-Oh dragons?

The most iconic set of dragon that exists only in the physical game. when these guys were released they torn the game a new one

In a format where Spellbooks have the infamous Spellbook of Judgment and the next best deck being evilswarm that hard counters them with Evilswarm Ophion, they still dominated the game.

Years of power creep since their release have only served to make them even stronger as they have more cards that can keep up with their ludicrous speed rather than having to pull the entire deck with them.

To bring these guy back, several cards would need to be banned just so they wouldn’t dominate the game, and even then they are already really powerful on their own.

I would love to play them but I joined too late and every single one of them is banned

 Source: Shane Neary

What are the best ranked 10 Xyz monsters (Yu-Gi-Oh!)?

What are the best ranked 10 Xyz monsters (Yu-Gi-Oh!)?

 

It’s not much of a contest, there are only 3 Rank 10s with higher attack, none of which are worth mentioning for their own reasons and this card effect, It’s immune to everything. None of your card effects will do anything to this guy, making him extremely troublesome to deal with since that amount of protection is usually not paired with that much ATK

He saw a bit of play with Waking the Dragon which can summon any monster (that aren’t required to be properly summoned)

To rephrase that: When given the opportunity to summon any monster from the entire pool of the main deck and extra deck boss monsters, people chose to summon this guy

Source: Shane Neary

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