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2011 – Los Angeles, CA

Legendary Six Samurai Bounty Tournament Report!!

January 31st, 2011

I had a lot of fun at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganza! I played in the Bounty Tournament, and I got to be the first person in the United States to play with the new Legendary Six Samurai cards at an event! The big draw of the new Six Samurai Deck is the Synchro Monster Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En. Shi En, along with the other new monsters from Storm of Ragnarok that let you Special Summon add speed and durability that older Six Samurai Decks lacked. With more ways to Summon and more ways to negate or get rid of your opponent’s cards, the new Legendary Six Samurai Deck can take on any Deck!

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Dan “Odin” Posey’s Nordic Bounty Tournament Report

January 25th, 2011

Hello, you might remember me as the guy at the Bounty Tournament who played the new Nordic Deck at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganza this past weekend. Lots of people were excited to see the Aesir in action, so I’m writing this to tell you which new cards I played and how I did. Almost half my Deck was made up of Storm of Ragnarok cards. Here are the ones I used:

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Jerome’s Scrap Deck and Bounty Tournament Report

January 23rd, 2011

Saturday’s final event of the day was a unique experience, to be sure. 7 KDE employees, including myself, entered the fray as Bounty Duelists to give Duelists a chance to win the Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganza Game Mat and some Booster Packs. It’s a fun event to play because literally anything can happen. Most of the time when you’re at a tournament, someone will be on the microphone to tell you when your round will start, etc. Here, he’s on the microphone to spice up your Duels with a series of ever changing rules!

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The 3 VS 3 Team Tournament caps out at 64 teams, 192 Duelists!

January 22nd, 2011

The 3 VS 3 Team Tournament was wildly popular, capping out at 64 teams competing, the max that we could fit in the room! I talked to some of these teams before the event to find out what their strategy for the event was. Would they each bring the Deck they’re best with and hope for favorable matchups, or would they all work hard on perfecting 1 Deck that they would all use to dominate the field. The latter strategy happened to work in the main event of the last YCS in Atlanta, with three friends who all built Gravekeeper’s and took the top 3 spots.

That wouldn’t be the case here, as no one I talked to even considered the possibility. The teams I talked to all had a huge variety of strategies ranging from a combination of Infernity, Elemental Heroes, and Quickdraw Dandywarrior to the odd-couple-plus-one of X-Sabers, a Shooting Star Dragon Deck, and Naturia. With 64 teams in the mix there are bound to be matchups that no one has even tested, let alone encountered in a real tournament, making this one exciting event to watch.

All you need to play is a Deck, and 2 friends who also have Decks, so give it a try at an event near you!

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Introducing Retro Draft!

January 22nd, 2011

Retro Draft is one of the new Public Events that’ll start cropping up at events this year. It’s really easy to play, because all you need is 3 packs of the latest Retro Pack for each player! (Retro Pack 2) Retro Draft is an 8-player event, but you can play it with more or less players if you want to. If you play with more, break the players up into as many equal groups of 8 players or fewer that you can.  Here’s how it works:

  • Sit each group of players down around a table with their 3 Booster Packs.
  • After everyone is seated, everyone opens up one of the Booster Packs, chooses 1 card for their Deck, and passes the rest of them to the player to their left.
  • Repeat until every player has 9 cards for their Deck.
  • Then, open the next pack and repeat the process, except this time, pass the cards that aren’t chosen to the player on your right.
  • After every player has 18 cards for their Deck, open the final Booster Pack and do the exact same thing as you did with the first one.

Once all the cards have been chosen, each player needs to use the cards they picked to make a 20-card minimum Deck. Cards that go in your Extra Deck don’t count towards the 20 cards. Other than needing at least 20 cards in your Main Deck, there ARE NO RULES! There are no Forbidden or Limited or Semi-Limited Cards, and if you choose more than 3 copies of a single

card you can play them ALL. It’s going to lead to some really exciting Duels today! Once everyone has their Deck ready, all the cards they didn’t include become the Side Deck, and its time to shuffle up and Duel.

Here are some tips for when you decide to Retro Draft with your friends. These all apply if you’re using Retro Pack 2.

  • The entire Destiny Board set is in here. The Spirit Message cards are commons and are likely to get picked last, so if you  wind up with the I, N, A, and L and see a Destiny Board floating around, take it, because…
  • There aren’t many cards that can destroy Spells or Traps. Grab every Dust Tornado you see, just in case, and watch out for Jinzo!
  • Don’t neglect monsters! You can grab all the kick-butt Spell and Trap Cards you want, but if you don’t have any monsters you probably won’t win… unless you have the Destiny Board set at the ready!
  • There are a lot of cards that can take care of monsters, but also a lot of cards that can revive monsters. Premature Burial and Call of the Haunted are both available.
  • Gilasaurus is very valuable here. Even if your opponent gets to Summon a monster, if you can Tribute Gilasaurus for something better you can quickly sweep your opponents monster out of the way.
  • Yata-Garasu exists, is a common, and is very upset at being Forbidden for all these years. Look out!
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The 3 VS 3 Team Tournament Returns!

January 22nd, 2011

Today marks the return of one of the most popular Public Events, first seen at YCS Indianapolis: the 3 VS 3 Team Tournament!

Players can sign up in teams of 3 to take on other teams for a chance to win uncut sheets of Duelist Revolution Secret Rares. Here’s how it works:

-Each team designates 1 person as Duelist A, 1 as Duelist B, and 1 as Duelist C. They keep that designation through the entire tournament and cannot change it.
-Each round, your team is paired up against another team. Duelist A from your team will Duel against Duelist A from the other team. Your Duelist B will take on their Duelist B, and your Duelist C will square off with their Duelist C.
-Each pair plays a complete Match.
-The first team to win 2 Matches takes the win for the round!

We’ll check in later to see what strategies teams are using to drive themselves to the top. Will Duelists from the same team all play the same Deck, or will each Duelist play to his own strengths to try and create favorable matchups? We’ll find out!

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Introducing the Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganza!

January 22nd, 2011

The first Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Extravaganza is taking place today in Los Angeles, California! This two day event features a series of miniature tournaments instead of one big tournament like a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event. Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series events feature a huge main event with several different Public Events being run across the the weekend that feed into a playoff for a set of Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series prize cards at the end. Extravaganzas focus entirely on the Public Events, running the same events you know from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series with a few twists! Throughout the weekend we’ll give you the lowdown on all the events happening this weekend including your first look at new Public Events that’ll be appearing at a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series near you!

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