2023 Yu-Gi-Oh! National Championships Starting in May For Latin America

Duelists across Latin America are coming together in May for an intense competition amongst the some of the best players in the world. The 2023 Yu-Gi-Oh! National Championships will be held within 16 LatAm countries this year, with winners from each culminating into participation at an upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Qualifier.

2023 Yu-Gi-Oh! National Championships

Konami is bringing a heavy slate of prizes for winners as well, including rare Prize Cards and travel / accomodations to either the 2023 Central or South America Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Qualifier.

The full press release is shown below as well as the prize details:

THE 2023 YU-GI-OH! NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN IN MAY, WITH THOUSANDS OF DUELISTS COMPETING ACROSS LATIN AMERICA

The path to the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2023 continues!

Hawthorne, Calif. (February 15, 2023) – Starting in May, thousands of Duelists across Latin America will put their Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) skills to the test in the 2023 Yu-Gi-Oh! National Championships.

The 2022 Latin America Yu-Gi-Oh! National Championships saw more than 4,600 Duelists compete for the title of National Champion. Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) is expecting thousands to compete again this year, as they look to ensure their path towards the highly anticipated Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship, after being on hiatus for the last 3 years, set to take place in Japan this August*.

KONAMI has revealed its plans to hold National Championships between May and June in 16 countries across Latin America. The countries will include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru.

The very best Duelists will compete in person for the right to call themselves National Champions, with special prizes on offer. Confirmed prizing includes Prize Cards along with travel and accommodation to either the 2023 Central or South America Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Qualifier, depending on their country of residence.

Today, the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is available across the globe, with products distributed in more than 80 countries and 9 languages, to be enjoyed by fans of all ages.

Latin American 2023 Yu-Gi-Oh! National Championships are your chance to be crowned the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) National Champion! Duelists within each eligible Latin American country compete to become their nation’s Champion and represent their nation at either the Central America or South America Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship!  Top finishers from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Qualifier – Nationals will be invited to either the Central or South America Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship, based on their country of residence.

All Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Qualifier – Nationals will be Open to all Duelists.  If you have previously earned an invite to the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Qualifier (WCQ), the cost to enter the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Qualifier – Nationals is waived. Duelists will not receive the participation packs but will have the opportunity to become the 2022 Champion of that Nation. Duelists may also elect to purchase the packs and registration in the event.  If you have yet to earn an invite, Duelists can pay the equivalent of $15.00 USD in local currency to receive the equivalent in booster packs from our latest booster release Dimension Force (DIFO) and registration in the event.

Duelists must be a resident of that country to participate in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Qualifier – Nationals, if one is being held in your country.  If your country does not have a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Qualifier – Nationals, you are welcome to participate in any of the Yu-Gi-Oh!  Championship Qualifier – Nationals in Latin America or the Regional Qualifiers in the United States to earn your invite to the 2022 Central America (CA) or South America (SA) Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship. Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Qualifier – Nationals will take place throughout Latin America during the dates of May 21st – June 5th, 2022.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Qualifier – Nationals have been broken down into three groups (A, B, and C); each group has its own prize pool.  Groups are assigned based on the 2019 WCQ – Nationals’ attendance.  Help make your country obtain a Group A classification in 2023 by participating this year! To reach a higher classification next year, your Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Qualifier – Nationals must have a minimum of the following attendance this year:

Group A – 301 players
Group B – 151 players
Group C – 65 players

Congratulations to the countries that moved up to a higher group as we get ready for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Qualifier – Nationals!

Peru is now in Group A.

El Salvador and Honduras are now in Group B.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Qualifier – Nationals will give Duelists the unique opportunity to get their hands on WCQ – National 2022 branded prizing that was originally created for the WCQ- Nationals 2022 before we made the difficult decision of cancelling the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2022. Prizes such as the National Championship Plaques, WCQ: Nationals 2022 Game Mat and WCQ – Nationals Field Center Cards* will all be branded with the WCQ – National 2022 logo. In addition to all these great prizes, the Top participants will receive WCQ 2022 Sleeves.

*Exclusive to Group A Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Qualifier – Nationals.

Groups and prizing info for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Qualifier – Nationals:

Group A

Country OTS Venue Name City Address Date Venue Cap
Argentina Dima Game Eventos PALAIS ROUGE  – Salon Versalles CABA J. Salguero 1141 primer piso  June 4th & 5th 450
Brazil Devir Brazil Salão Nobre Tenis Clube Paulista São Paulo R. Gualaxo, 285 – Aclimação, São Paulo June 4th & 5th 550
Chile Konoha Store Centro de Convenciones Gran Palace Santiago Huerfanos 1178, Santiago, Región Metropolitana May 28th and 29th 480
Mexico Battle City Coatzacoalcos Hotel Galeria Plaza Veracruz Veracruz Puerto Bv. Adolfo Ruiz Contines #3495, Col. Mocambo, 94294 May 28th and 29th 800
Peru Carloncho Store Cámara de Comercio de Lima Lima Av. Giuseppe Garibaldi 396, Jesús María 15072 May 28th and 29th 360
Trinidad & Tobago Media & Variety Emporium Centre Point Mall Main Auditorium Hall Chaguanas Ramsaran Street, Chaguanas June 4th & 5th 800

Prizing Group A

1st Place Travel and accommodations to the Latin America (South or Central depending on location of Nationals) Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Championship  
Super Rare copy of YCS Prize Card – Duel Link Dragon the Duel Dragon
2nd Place Nintendo Switch™ and custom Switch case Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution download code & Yu-Gi-Oh! RUSH DUEL: Dawn of the Battle Royale!! download code Super Rare copy of YCS Prize Card – Duel Link Dragon the Duel Dragon
3rd-4th Place 96 Booster Packs from recent sets
5th-8th Place 72 Booster Packs from recent sets
9th-16th Place 48 Booster Packs from recent sets
17th-32nd Place 24 Booster Packs from recent sets
   
Top 4 National Championship Plaque
Top 32 Additional WCQ 2022 Sleeves
Top 128 WCQ: Nationals 2022 Game Mat WCQ 2022 Sleeves Invite to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship
Participation Current Booster Packs equivalent to entry fee WCQ Nationals Field Center Card
2022 National Top Cut Mat Image
2022 National Top Cut Mat Image

Group B

Country OTS Venue Name City Address Date Venue Cap
Bolivia Last Trick Salon de Eventos Terra Center Cochabamba Calle Calama Entre Av. Ayacucho y Calle Nataniel Aguirre May 21st 160
Colombia Duelist Kingdom Eventos Calima Cali Carrera 1 #44-71 June 5th 200
Costa Rica OMEGA Card Game Store Hotel Best Western Irazu San José San José Km 3 Autopista General Canas, Edificio Sur, 10107, La Uruca June 5th 350
El Salvador The Freaky Store Hotel Real InterContinental San Salvador Boulevard de Los Héroes y Avenida Los Sisimiles frente a Centro Comercial Metrocentro May 22nd 150
Honduras TCG Store Museo de Niños de Honduras “CHIMINIKE” Tegucigalpa Museo de Niños de Honduras “CHIMINIKE”, Centro Cívico Gubernamental, Bulevar Fuerzas Armadas, contiguo a Corte Suprema de Justicia June 5th 250
Ecuador Duelist Place Centro de Convenciones de Guayaquil, Salón de los Presidentes Guayaquil Avenida de las Américas, antiguo aeropuerto de Guayaquil May 21st 300

Prizing Group B

1st Place Travel and accommodations to the Latin America (South or Central depending on location of Nationals) Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Championship
Super Rare copy of YCS Prize Card – Duel Link Dragon the Duel Dragon
2nd Place Nintendo Switch™ system and custom Switch case
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution download code & Yu-Gi-Oh! RUSH DUEL: Dawn of the Battle Royale!! download code
3rd-4th Place 72 Booster Packs from recent sets
5th-8th Place 36 Booster Packs from recent sets
9th-16th Place 24 Booster Packs from recent sets
   
Top 4 National Championship Plaque
Top 16 Additional WCQ 2022 Sleeves
Top 64 WCQ: Nationals 2022 Game Mat WCQ 2022 Sleeves
Invite to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship
Participation Current Booster Packs equivalent to entry fee
2022 WCQ: Nationals FCC Image

Group C

Country OTS Venue Name City Address Date Venue Cap
Dominican Republic The Dragon’s Nest Bella Vista Mall Santo Domingo Avenida Sarasota 62, Bella Vista June 5th 70
Guatemala Madhouse33 Tikal Futura Guatemala Calzada Roosevelt 22-43, Zona 11 Centro Comercial Tikal Futura Guatemala May 29th 200
Panama Nación Geek Princess Hotel Panamá Panamá Marbella, calle 53, Ciudad de Panamá May 29th 120
Venezuela Hobbie’s Place CC Metropolis Valencia Valencia Autopista Regional del Centro, Municipio San Diego, (Referencia, a 100 metros del distribuidor Firestone) May 28th 500

Prizing Group C

1st Place Travel and accommodations to the Latin America (South or Central depending on location of Nationals) Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Championship
Super Rare copy of YCS Prize Card – Duel Link Dragon the Duel Dragon
2nd Place Nintendo Switch™ system and custom Switch case
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution download code & Yu-Gi-Oh! RUSH DUEL: Dawn of the Battle Royale!! download code
3rd-4th Place 48 Booster Packs from recent sets
5th-8th Place 24 Booster Packs from recent sets
   
Top 4 National Championship Plaque
Top 32 WCQ: Nationals 2022 Game Mat WCQ 2022 Sleeves
Invite to  the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship
Participation Current Booster Packs equivalent to entry fee

In addition to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Championship Qualifier – Nationals, each of the above countries will be hosting a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Championship Qualifier Dragon Duel National on the same day. Participants are required to provide proof of age to participate in a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Championship Qualifier Dragon Duel National. Duelists must be born in 2008 or later.  This event is open to the public and is free of charge.

Prizing Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Championship Qualifier Dragon Duel National (4-20 Duelists)

1st Place Travel and accommodations to the Latin America (South or Central depending on location of Nationals) Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragon Duel Championship
Dragon Duel National Championship Plaque
2nd Place 24 Boosters from recent sets
3rd-4th Place 12 Boosters from recent sets
   
Top 4 Dragon Duel WCQ: Nationals 2022 Game Mat
Top Cut Invite to the 2022 the Yu-Gi-Oh! Dragon Duel Championship
Participation WCQ 2022 Sleeves

Prizing Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Championship Qualifier Dragon Duel National (21 + Duelists)

1st Place & 2nd Place Travel and accommodations to the Latin America (South or Central depending on location of Nationals) Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragon Duel Championship
Dragon Duel National Championship Plaque
1st Place 48 Booster packs from recent sets
2nd Place 24 Booster Packs from recent sets
3rd-4th Place 12 Booster packs from recent sets
   
Top 4 Dragon Duel WCQ: Nationals 2022 Game Mat
Top Cut Invite to the 2022 the Yu-Gi-Oh! Dragon Duel Championship
Participation WCQ 2022 Sleeves
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