Building the Battle Pack – Part 3: Starfoil Cards & Sealed Pack Tournaments
Let’s talk about Starfoil Cards!
Starfoils are a special type of card, similar to the shiny cards that come from Duel Terminal machines. But while Duel Terminal cards have a ‘broken glass’ sparkle pattern on them, Starfoil Cards have a sparkling cascade of starbursts – like a bird’s eye view of the galactic core.
For a variety of reasons, Duel Terminal machines are only available in the United States and Japan. And many parts of the U.S. are far away from a Duel Terminal. We’ve wanted for a long time to give everybody a way to get these dazzling cards, and the Battle Pack was the perfect place to do it.
Each pack of Battle Pack: Epic Dawn will contain 1 Starfoil Card. But their rarity system is different from other types of booster packs.
Let’s compare to Gagaga Girl from Order of Chaos as an example. She’s a Secret Rare card. That’s her only rarity in the set. You won’t find her as an Ultra, Super, Rare, or Common. Likewise, Gogogo Giant is a Rare Card, and only exists as a rare. And so on.
However, no card in Battle Pack: Epic Dawn exists in the set just as a Starfoil Card. Every Battle Pack card is a Rare or a Common, as its primary rarity. But every single card in the set can also appear as a Starfoil Card.
So the set breakdown is:
- 55 Rare Cards
- 165 Common Cards
- PLUS every card is also available as a Starfoil Card. This makes the set size 220, plus 220 Starfoil versions of those cards.
As we’ve explained before, each card in every Battle Pack fills a specific purpose:
One card is either an Xyz Monster or a top-end, game-changing card.
One card is something that eliminates another card, or changes the result of a battle. (Most of these are Spells and Traps.)
One card is a high ATK monster.
One card is a low-ATK monster with a cool effect.
But the fifth card, the Starfoil Card, is a true wild card. Since a Starfoil can be ANY card in the set, the fifth card in your pack could be filling ANY of these roles. So you might get 2 Xyz Monsters in a pack. Or 2 high-ATK monsters. Or 2 “eliminator” Spell/Trap Cards.
This throws a little unpredictability into your Sealed Pack Duels. You’ll always have a rough idea of how many cards from each slot your opponent will have. But because of these wild cards, you’ll never know exactly how many high-ATK cards they’re packing.
It’s even possible (though very rare) to get 2 copies of the SAME card in the same pack: one at its normal rarity, and another as a Starfoil. You won’t see a lot of repeat cards during Sealed Pack Duels, so a second copy of something like Harpie’s Feather Duster or Scapegoat from the Starfoil slot can really throw your opponent for a loop.
The Problem with Starfoils
Starfoil Cards are really cool, and finally give everyone who doesn’t live near a Duel Terminal the chance to get some sparkly cards.
There’s just one problem.
A lot of cards aren’t appropriate for Sealed Pack Play, so we can’t include them in a Battle Pack. So… how do we create Starfoil versions of those cards?
Simple: We turn them into special Starfoil tournament prizes!
At the same time we release Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, we will also produce a set of 20 Starfoil Battle Pack Tournament Prize Cards. These will be popular cards that will look great with some razzle-dazzle, but wouldn’t work in Sealed Pack Play. Cards like Icarus Attack, Chimeratech Fortress Dragon, Blackwing Armor Master, Spirit Reaper, Superancient Deepsea King Coelacanth, and a shiny Mystical Shine Ball!
With Battle Pack Tournament Prizes, we can make sparkly versions of these cards, but keep them out of the Sealed Pack play environment. It’s a win-win.
The Battle Pack Prize set is split into two parts:
Cards 1-12 are available at Top-Performing Official Tournament Stores. (Those are stores recognized for their outstanding performance in running events. Ask your store if they’re a Top-Performing OTS. If they’re not, they can contact Konami for information on what they have to do to become one.)
Cards 13-20 are available only at top-end events run directly by Konami, like the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series.
In all cases, you can ONLY get these prizes by playing in Sealed Pack Tournaments using Battle Packs.
We’ll also be producing a special Battle Pack Card Box (like the one we created for Storm of Ragnarok).
To summarize, here’s the current prize plan for Battle Pack Tournaments (North America only – details may vary in other regions):
- At Battle Pack Tournaments run at any Official Tournament Store: You can win the Battle Pack Card Box.
- At Battle Pack Tournaments run at Top-Performing Official Tournament Stores, Regional Qualifiers, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganzas: You can win the Battle Pack Card Box and cards 1-12 of the Battle Pack Tournament Prize set.
- At Battle Pack Tournaments run at Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, World Championship Qualifiers, and related top-level events: You can win the Battle Pack Card Box and cards 13-20 of the Battle Pack Tournament Prize set.
That’s all we have for this week. Keep checking back as we tell you more about Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, leading up to its release on May 29, 2012!