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Welcome To The 250th YCS in Los Angeles!

April 1st, 2023

In December of 2004, over 300 Duelists gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The reason? To take part in a landmark event: the very first tournament in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series. 

At the time there was nothing like it: some of the greatest competitors from around the world stood shoulder to shoulder with future stars, aspiring contenders, and fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, all vying for the glory of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG’s first open Championship…And a prize that still remains one of the most sought-after treasures in the world of Dueling: the Ultra Rare Prize Card printing of the legendary monster card, Cyber-Stein.

Fast-forward to today, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series is an international legacy spanning 5 different continents. For almost 20 years, Dueling’s best and Dueling’s most hopeful have gone toe-to-toe to compete for unique prizes, community clout, and the glory of Championship gold. YCS tournaments set the tone for competition in Regional Qualifiers, World Championship Qualifiers, OTS Championships, and even the local tournaments you play at every week. And winning a YCS title? It’s still one of the biggest accolades a competitive Duelist can earn.

The Los Angeles Convention Center, venue for the 250th YCS

What started as one tournament has exploded into hundreds of competitions worldwide, and today the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series reaches its biggest milestone yet: as the Dueling world ramps up to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, the 250th YCS brings the series back to its roots in Southern California, with the 250th YCS in Los Angeles! At the same time, 250th YCS tournaments are taking place in parallel in two more locations this weekend, in Bogota, Colombia and London, England. 

While that first YCS tournament in Anaheim played host to 309 competitors, over 10 times that number have assembled today, in the Los Angeles Convention Center! For 3200 Yu-Gi-Oh! fans here in Los Angeles, it’s a time to gather with friends, a time to celebrate the passion we all share, and most of all…

It’s time, TO DUEL!

Welcome to the latest tournament in the historic Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series. Welcome to the 250th YCS weekend, and YCS Los Angeles!