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How Do I Find New People To Duel With?

September 20th, 2011

One of the greatest things about the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is that with hundreds of thousands of players world-wide, it’s easy to find someone to Duel.  If you’re new to the game, you might not realize how many resources are at your fingertips: there’s all kinds of Dueling action on offer, from casual events for younger Duelists to Championship-level competition.

What Is An Official Konami Tournament Store?

Official Konami Tournament Stores are local game shops that sell cards and host sanctioned events.  They run weekly tournaments, and they’re a great place to meet other Duelists like yourself.  Tournament Stores are the number one place to find official tournaments, and they’re the best place to earn Turbo Packs: three-card Booster Packs that are only available to Duelists participating in tournaments.  Turbo Packs reprint lots of popular cards, and sometimes those reprints are all-new Super Rare, Ultra Rare, or Ultimate Rare upgrades.  They’re a great way to get new cards for your Deck.

Local level tournaments draw all sorts of Duelists: from serious competitors, to people who just love Dueling and new players.  If you sign up for a tournament, be ready to Duel a variety of people.  You can always just go to hang out, too: it’s a great chance to meet other Duelists, and get in some Duels.  You can find a listing of Tournament Stores in North America and Latin America over on the Events page.  In addition to local tournaments, Official Konami Tournament Stores can offer two more ways to Duel.

Duelist League:

If you’re 14 or younger, then you can play in the Duelist League.  League sessions are just two hours long, so they’re easy to fit into your day.  League players win exclusive promo cards that can only be earned through Duelist League: the promos come in different colors, giving you a chance to customize the look of your Deck!  Duelist League is all about showing up and having fun: you get a promo card whether you win or lose, so it’s a great chance to play whatever you want.  Since Duelist League is only open to Duelists 14 or younger, it’s an awesome opportunity to meet Duelists your own age.  Click here to find a Duelist League in your area.

Pegasus Challenge:

Pegasus Challenge is Dueling with a twist!  Each week, your Tournament Store chooses from a list of challenges.  That challenge has special rules for how you’ll build your Deck. Want some examples? “Back from the Forbidden!” brings back classic powerhouses like Raigeki and Chaos Emperor Dragon – Envoy of the End, while “Double Deck” challenges you to build a 100 card Main Deck.  “Caste Party” requires every card in your Main Deck, Side Deck, and Extra Deck to be the same rarity, and in “Air, Earth, Fire and Water,” you have to build your Deck with at least four monsters from each of those four Attributes.

Prizes include exclusive single-card binders only available through Pegasus Challenges, plus Turbo Packs.  Pegasus Challenge is a great way to switch things up and have some fun, because it challenges you to build Decks you wouldn’t see anywhere else.  Find out more about the individual challenges here, and find a Tournament Store hosting Pegasus Challenge tournaments here.

Sneak Peeks:

Sneak Peeks celebrate the release of new Booster Packs: they’re your first chance to get a taste of a new set before it’s on store shelves.  Register for a Sneak Peek at your local Tournament Store, and you’ll receive five boosters of the new set; an exclusive promo card that’s only for the Sneak Peek; and other goodies like checklists and stickers.  You’ll even be entered in a raffle to win an exclusive Game Mat with monsters from the featured Booster Pack.  Sneak Peeks are great events for Duelists of any experience level, because they give you a shot at new, sought-after cards before you can buy them in stores.  Some shops will even host casual or tournament play, where you’ll get to build a 20-card Deck from the cards in your new packs.  The Photon Shockwave Sneak Peek is happening on November 5th and 6th, and if you’ve never been to any kind of Yu-Gi-Oh! event before, it’s a great first event to attend!

Regional Qualifiers And The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series:

Once you’ve got some local tournaments under your belt, you may want to try your hand at a Regional Qualifier.  Regionals offer all sorts of prizes, like exclusive Game Mats and binders you won’t find anywhere else.  But the real prize is an invite to your World Championship Qualifier: big, country and continent-wide tournaments that decide who gets to Duel at the World Championship each year.  Everybody gets Booster Packs for entering the main event, so even if you’re not a veteran competitor, it’s a risk-free chance to try your hand against some of Dueling’s best.  Regional Qualifiers also feature lots of Public Events on the side, giving you more chances to win exclusive prizes.  Click here to find Regional Qualifiers near you in North America, or here for Regional Qualifiers in Latin America.

Finally, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series is a weekend-long Dueling extravaganza!  YCS events are held about once a month, and hundreds of Duelists journey for miles to compete and hang out with other Duelists.  Finalists in the main event score exclusive prize cards that can only be won at Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournaments, and the winner even gets paid travel and accommodations to attend his or her World Championship Qualifier in style!  But the main event is just the beginning: YCS weekends feature countless Public Events as well, offering team Dueling; giant-sized cards; more exclusive Game Mats; and countless other unique ways to Duel.  You’ll even find Dragon Duels: exciting tournaments for Duelists aged 12 and under.  The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship series is the biggest Yu-Gi-Oh! party on the planet, and you can find details about upcoming events here.

Remember that you don’t have to go to a tournament or a big event to find someone to Duel.  With so many Duelists across the globe, anybody you meet could be a Duelist.  Talk about your hobby with new friends; keep a Deck with you; and you’ll be surprised at how many people you’ll get to play.  Duels can happen in the most unexpected places, so be ready at all times!

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