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Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) Dallas and San Diego Winners Announcement

Hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) competitors traveled from all over the globe for the first U.S. Championship of the Dueling season, as the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) and Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) returned to the Fort Worth/Dallas area for a weekend of premier-level Dueling.

The atmosphere for the weekend was electric as Duelists pulled out all the stops, and when the dust settled Sunday afternoon there were two final winners: YCS Main Event Champion Mohammed Imran Khan and Dragon Duel Champion Diego Rey Diaz.

Additionally, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) brought two days of intense Championship Dueling to San Diego. At the end of the weekend, two Duelists were left holding title gold: Naperville, Illinois’ Mohammed Faisal Khan in the Main Event, and Bakersfield, California’s Dylan Graves in the Dragon Duel Championship.

YCS Dallas was the first to feature new cards from Circuit Break, and the first opportunity for Duelists to win the new YCS Prize Card, Number 89: Diablosis the Mind Hacker on U.S. soil. While YCS San Diego marked the tournament debut of two new releases: Structure Deck: Cyberse Link, and the Spirit Warriors booster pack.

For the official press releases, please check them out below..

MOHAMMED IMRAN KHAN AND DIEGO REY DIAZ WIN GOLD AT THE Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES IN DALLAS!!

El Segundo, Calif. (November 29, 2017) – Hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) competitors traveled from all over the globe for the first U.S. Championship of the Dueling season, as the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) and Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) returned to the Fort Worth/Dallas area for a weekend of premier-level Dueling!

It was the first YCS to feature new cards from Circuit Break, and the first opportunity for Duelists to win the new YCS Prize Card, Number 89: Diablosis the Mind Hacker on U.S. soil.  As a result, the weekend-long main event tournament saw lots of innovation and creativity, as countless competitors gave it their all to find new strategies in their bid for the YCS Championship.

The atmosphere for the weekend was electric as Duelists pulled out all the stops, and when the dust settled Sunday afternoon there were two final winners: YCS Main Event Champion Mohammed Imran Khan and Dragon Duel Champion Diego Rey Diaz.

ycs dallas champ Mohammed Khan

Hailing from Naperville, Illinois, Imran Khan piloted his SPYRAL Deck with the utmost skill through Round after Round of intense play.  But Naperville, Illinois’s Faisal Khan played his SPYRAL Deck to the hilt, taking Imran Khan to the edge and back in a stellar Finals match. A hard fought 2-0 clash saw Faisal Khan put forth a fierce effort, but Imran Khan would not be denied, and a few clutch decisions won him the title of YCS Dallas Champion.

YCS Prize Card Number 89: Diablosis the Mind Hacker
YCS Prize Card

Imran Khan earned his invitation to compete in the 2018 North America World Championship Qualifier with paid travel and accommodations along with VIP status, where he’ll have a chance to punch his ticket to the 2018 World Championship.  Imran Khan also took home an exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat, a PlayStation® 4 Pro 1TB system, and a coveted Ultra Rare copy of the new YCS Prize Card Number 89: Diablosis the Mind Hacker – the first to be awarded in the United States.

2017 YCS-TopCut-Diablosis_GameMat

The Dragon Duel Championship was hotly contested as well: the youth division is reserved for Duelists born 2005 or later, and we saw Diaz from Las Vegas, Nevada and his opponent from Fort Worth, Texas win the Dragon Duels on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.  They faced off in one last Finals Match Sunday afternoon, and after a fast and furious bout, Diaz’s SPYRAL Deck triumphed over his opponent’s Dark Magician Girl Deck.

Diaz captured the title of YCS Dallas Dragon Duel Champion with a Championship Trophy to commemorate his achievement, and both Duelists are invited to compete in the 2018 North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier.


MOHAMMED FAISAL KHAN AND DYLAN GRAVES CLAIM THEIR CHAMPIONSHIPS AT YCS SAN DIEGO!!

El Segundo, Calif. (November 29, 2017) – With new releases shaking up the competition, hundreds of competitors in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) gathered at the San Diego Convention Center to compete for prizes, bragging rights, and the respect of their fellow Duelists.  The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) and Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) brought two days of intense Championship Dueling to San Diego, and at the end of the weekend two Duelists were left holding title gold: Naperville, Illinois’s Mohammed Faisal Khan in the Main Event, and Bakersfield, California’s Dylan Graves in the Dragon Duel Championship.

Following hot on the heels of YCS Dallas one month ago, YCS San Diego marked the tournament debut of two new releases: Structure Deck: Cyberse Link, and the Spirit Warriors booster pack.  New tests and trials lurked around every corner as Duelists fought to stay ahead of surprising new trends.

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But in the end, Khan and Graves were up to the challenge.  Khan never backed down in his quest for the Championship, playing his SPYRAL Deck to victory after victory in one of the highest-pressure environments a Duelist can imagine.  After an entire weekend of close calls and hard-fought triumphs, Khan arrived in the Finals to take on Jose Osores and his Trickstar Deck.  That last Match truly could have gone either way, but sheer grit carried Khan to the last win of the tournament.   

YCS Prize Card Number 89: Diablosis the Mind Hacker
YCS Prize Card

Champions earn the grandest rewards!  Khan will receive paid travel and accommodations to compete in the 2018 North America World Championship Qualifier.  There, he’ll have VIP status and a chance to earn a seat in the 2018 World Championship.  Khan also won an exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat, a PlayStation®4 Pro 1TB system, and an incredibly limited Ultra Rare copy of the new YCS Prize Card Number 89: Diablosis the Mind Hacker – a card that is currently available only to Championship winners.

2017 YCS-TopCut-Diablosis_GameMat

Meanwhile in the Dragon Duel tournaments, competition was just as fierce as some of the greatest up-and-coming talents in the Dueling world took center stage.  The Dragon Duel youth division is an exclusive tournament series for Duelists born 2005 or later; there are always two separate Dragon Duel tournaments on Saturday and Sunday at a YCS, but the winners of each competition return Sunday afternoon to go head-to-head in one final clash. 

San Diego Dragon Duel Champion Dylan Graves

Saturday’s Dragon Duel winner Dawson Graves and Sunday’s Dragon Duel winner Dylan Graves, both from Bakersfield, California, competed in a brother versus brother Final match.  The Dragon Duel Finals pitted Dawson’s Pendulum Magician Deck against Dylan’s SPYRAL Deck, and when it was over, Dylan hoisted his Dragon Duel Championship Trophy in triumph.  Both competitors are now invited to compete in the 2018 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier, where they could face each other again for even higher stakes.

Duelists can now watch episodes of the exciting new Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, available subtitled on Crunchyroll. The series will be simulcast with a new episode available one hour after it is broadcast in Japan, at 6:25AM EST (Simulcast currently available in the US and Latin America) . Watch here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/yu-gi-oh-vrains!

Additionally, 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.

About KONAMI
KONAMI is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. KONAMI’s software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. KONAMI is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide. The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiaries, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at www.konami.com.

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