FIRST SOUTH AMERICAN Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES OF THE NEW DUELING SEASON TO BE HELD IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Top Three Finishers will Receive New Exclusive Prize Card – Number 93: Utopia Kaiser
Weekend’s Events Include Dragon Duel Tournament for Younger Players
El Segundo, Calif. (November 7, 2016) – Though the Olympic flame has been extinguished in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, competitors of a different kind will head there next month when Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) launches the new South American Dueling season for its premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) November 12-13. This ultra-competitive weekend-long tournament gives hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Duelists throughout Brazil and South America their first chance of the season to compete with their peers and show off their Deck-building skills and strategies.
YCS Rio Duelists will be competing for a brand-new exclusive YCS prize card for the weekend’s top finishers – Number 93: Utopia Kaiser, making its South American debut at YCS Rio de Janeiro. Different from the regular cards found in booster packs and other Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products, Number 93: Utopia Kaiser can only be obtained by finishing in the top three spots at a Main Event of a YCS, or by winning a special Public Events playoff tournament. This makes Number 93: Utopia Kaiser highly coveted by the mass of Duelists around the world that will participate in the high-level competitive YCS events during the course of the season.
Pre-registration for YCS Rio de Janeiro will run from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, November 11 and registration will continue promptly at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 12 and Round One will start at 10 a.m. Upon registering, Duelists will receive four of the recently released Invasion: Vengeance booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Rio de Janeiro. Players will use their constructed Decks all the way to the final match. The top-ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in their 2017 World Championship Qualifier. Duelists can find the answers to many of their questions here: YCS Rio de Janeiro FAQ.
Accompanying the YCS Rio Main Event, KONAMI will also be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2004 or later). The Dragon Duel tournaments on both Saturday and Sunday will feature constructed Deck Dueling. The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive a Dragon Duel Medal, a Regional Deck Box, and a 2017 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also earn an invitation to their 2017 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier.
The two victors from the Saturday and Sunday tournaments will face off in a best 2-out-of-3 match using their own pre-constructed Decks in the Advanced Constructed format, to determine the weekend’s overall winner and a chance at the ultimate prize: to hoist the Dragon Duel Champion’s trophy and the coveted title of YCS Rio de Janeiro Dragon Duel Champion! In addition, the Dragon Duel Champion will also receive a Super Rare set of the Darklord YCS prize cards. Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.
At YCS Rio KONAMI will also hold a new tournament, the OTS Tournament Series, which is designed specifically for OTS (Official Tournament Store) teams. OTS teams will be comprised of 3 players and will Duel side-by-side while representing their local OTS. The winning team of the OTS Tournament Series will be awarded 12 booster packs and a 4 X 4 Secret Rare uncut sheet for each team member, along with a plaque presented to their OTS in commemoration of their team’s victory! 2nd place will take home 9 booster packs and a 4 X 4 Super Rare uncut sheet with 3rd place taking home 6 booster packs and a 4 X 4 Super Rare uncut sheet for each team member.
Additionally, a full range of Public Events such as 2017 Regional Qualifiers, Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, Sealed Starter Deck and Structure Deck, Duelist League, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Day will be held through the weekend for attendees. Another brand-new event, the Generation Duel Tournament, in which players can play a Deck based off of one of the five different anime series (eras) of Yu-Gi-Oh!, will be held on Saturday.
Prizing Information for YCS Rio:
- 1st place – Ultra Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Trophy; Paid travel and accommodations to the winner’s 2017 World Championship Qualifier; Invite to and VIP Status at the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; PlayStation©4 system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 20 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.
- 2nd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; PlayStation©4 system; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.
- 3rd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; Xbox One console; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.
- 4th place – Xbox One console; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.
- 5th–8th place – Nintendo 3DS XL Console; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.
- 9th– 16th place – 24 booster packs of the current booster release; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.
For those unable to attend YCS Rio De Janeiro, Duelists can follow blog-type online coverage of the event at www.yugioh-card.com/en/events.
Duelists can watch a new episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V every Sunday 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.com in 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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