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January Speed Duel Events-only Limited List

January 4th, 2023

Welcome to the new year, Speed Duelists!

On January 21st we will implement an updated events-only Limited List for all Speed Duel events being held at the January Latin America Remote Duel YCS and the January North America Remote Duel Main Event.

The Limited List is legal on the weekend of January 21st and at future Tier-2 and higher events.
Duelists must comply with the list if they wish to participate in the January Latin America Remote Duel YCS Speed Duel Public Events or the January North America Speed Duel Main Event.  

After the events, Official Tournament Stores will be able to use the list for Time Wizard Speed Duel tournaments.

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More Surprises in Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox

October 7th, 2022

Welcome back to class, Duelists! The Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox Mini Box is just around the corner headed your way today October 7, and we’re giving you one more article that’s chock full of reveals! We already covered the main characters – Jaden Yuki, Syrus Truesdale, Bastion Misawa, and the Paradox Brothers – but there are a couple more familiar faces in Midterm Paradox. In addition to the 10 Skill Cards for those characters, you’ll also find two more: one for Chumley Huffington in his Speed Duel debut and one that pairs Jaden & Syrus together in a single Skill Card!

These two bonus Skills don’t have pre-built Decks in Midterm Paradox, but you will find extra cards both in this set, and the original Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box to build them yourself. There are also more Speed Duel cards that can help you customize your favorite Decks: some to flesh out the characters and give a few nods to key moments in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and some that are going to make an impact on competitive Speed Dueling.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves: the first thing on today’s syllabus is a fan-favorite Duelist with a surprising strategy.

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Two More Characters from Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox

October 5th, 2022

The Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox Mini Box is coming out on October 7, packed with 100 Speed Duel cards and 12 new Skills; some for returning characters from the Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box, and some for Duelists making their Speed Duel debut! Each box even comes with 4 Secret Rares from a set of 12, all paying homage to these iconic heroes and rivals.

In Midterm Paradox 101 last week, we showed you the new Skill Cards for Jaden and Syrus. We talked about how their pre-built Decks work, and how you can build your own Decks for those two characters. But grab your notebook and get ready to study up, because today’s lesson will teach you all about the remaining featured Duelists in Midterm Paradox Bastion Misawa and the Paradox Brothers.

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It’s Time to Head Back to Duel Academy!

September 27th, 2022

The Speed Duel: Battle City Box and the Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box changed the landscape of Speed Dueling.  Two massive boxed sets, both with more than 200 Speed Duel cards, they each offered a ton of value, a great way to jump into Speed Duels, and a one-box experience to bring Yu-Gi-Oh! to your game night. Each one had great Secret Rares too – cards that were popular for historic Time Wizard formats, making them collectible and a blast to open.

Now, for the first time ever, the Speed Duel Box concept is getting a spinoff! The new Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox Mini Box arrives October 6*, loaded with new cards and new Skills for characters that made their Speed Duel debut in the Duel Academy Box. It also introduces new Yu-Gi-Oh! GX characters to Speed Duels, and sneaks in some awesome cards to shake up the competition.

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Skill Card Text Update

September 1st, 2022

We are quickly approaching the release of Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox, the first small box expansion for Speed Duels! Along with Midterm Paradox, Speed Duel Tournament Pack 4 is set to be released towards the end of September.

Last November, we announced that 3 Skill cards would receive text updates. Today we’re announcing the next 6 Skill Cards that will receive card text updates. These Skills are clarified, simplified, or modified to work within the updated rules for Skill Cards introduced with the Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box.

Skill Card Text Update

The following Skill Cards’ text has been updated to the following text.
These changes are effective immediately as of today, September 1st, 2022.

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YCS Niagara Falls Speed Duel Public Events Limited List

August 17th, 2022

Get ready Speed Duelists, on September 10th-11th YCS Niagara Falls will implement an event-only Limited List for all Speed Duel Public Events held at YCS Niagara Falls! 

This Limited List is legal on the weekend of YCS Niagara and only at YCS Niagara. Duelists must comply with the list if they wish to participate in Speed Duel Public Events.  

Copies of the list will be available at the Public Events stage for Duelists to reference. 

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April 21st, 2022

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) is thrilled to announce Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Championships for 2022 in the individual territories of North America, Central America, and South America this Summer.

As mentioned on our official social media channels, due to the circumstances surrounding the current global situation, the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2022 will not be held this year. We apologize to everyone looking forward to the event and appreciate your understanding. In place of the World Championship, each TCG territory will be holding a Championship event to celebrate the accomplishments of all Duelists in 2022.

The North America Championship will be held the weekend of July 16-17 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center located in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois.

In Latin America, National Championships will be held throughout the region to determine each country’s National Champion, in addition to awarding invites for the Central and South America Championships to be held in Mexico City, Mexico and Santiago, Chile respectively, in June.  National Champions will earn paid travel and accommodations to the territorial Championships of their region for a shot at their Championship title.

Separately, territorial Championships will also be held in Europe and Oceania.

Each territory will also host a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragon Duel Championship for younger Duelists born in 2008 or later.  

As the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2022 will not be held and Duelists have been competing to earn World Qualifying Points (WQP) starting in the 2019-2020 season, we are making a change to the 2023 WQP Playoff.  We are expanding the 2023 WQP Playoff to 32 Duelists. The top 16 WQP earners at the end of the 2021-22 season will earn a spot in the 2023 WQP Playoff, and then a new season will start after the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Championship this summer and the top 16 WQP earners in the 2022-23 season will earn their spot in the 2023 WQP Playoff as well. A Duelist can only earn one spot in the 2023 WQP Playoff, so if they earn a spot at the end of the 2021-22 season, and finish in the top 16 for the 2022-23 season, their spot for the 2022-23 season would pass down to the next Duelist with the highest WQP total.

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.

For all the latest information regarding Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products and events, please visit the following:

For more information on KONAMI’s extensive Organized Play programs, go to

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New Addendums to KDE-US Tournament Policy

April 20th, 2022

Two brand-new addendums and one updated addendum to KDE-US Tournament Policy have recently been posted, and we’d like to give you a quick introduction to each one.  In this article, we will explain what each one is for, and outline the basic information you can expect to find in each document

The new documents are the Official KDE-US Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy: COVID-19 Addendum and the Official KDE-US Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy:  Remote Duel Addendum. The updated addendum is the Official KDE-US Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy: Speed Duel Addendum.

Remember, reading through this article isn’t a substitute for reading the addendums themselves! You will want to have a look at all three of these documents to ensure you understand them clearly. We recommend having a copy of the addendum open so you can refer to it, while looking through this article.

What’s the point of Tournament Policy, anyway?

Tournament Policy documents help keep events consistent, so that attendees will always know what to expect at any KDE-US Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) event. Everyone who attends a KDE-US Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG tournament is expected to read, understand, and adhere to all Tournament Policy and Penalty Guideline documents. For a complete understanding of tournament policies, please read the main documents:

And these addendums:

Why addendums? Why don’t you just add this information in to the main documents?

Putting more specialized information – for alternate formats, or specific circumstances – into a shorter, separate document makes it easier to access the information that is different; and keeps us from having to repeat the information that is the same.  While you may still need to refer to the longer documents for complete, general information, the addendum gets the specialized information to you quickly.

In instances where the addendum policy and general policy appear to conflict, the addendum policy will supersede the general policy.

Let’s start with the first new addendum!

Official KDE-US Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy: COVID-19 Addendum

Some tournament locations will need to adapt policy somewhat to better accommodate changes necessary due to COVID-19.   This document explains how to adapt in-person events to comply with improved health and hygiene practices.

This document is broken up into three sections as follows:

  • I. Duelist Responsibilities
  • II. Tournament Play
  • III. Reporting Match Results

What is new about this document?

There are some specific instructions about hygiene, social distancing, and personal protective equipment for events occurring during a pandemic.  Some tournament actions, such as shuffling and reporting Match results, can be handled differently as a result. The addendum explains how to address these concerns.

There is also expanded information on the uses of Yu-Gi-Oh! NEURON (NEURON) during tournament play.

What does this mean?

You should read through the addendum before heading to any Tier 1 or 2 events now that in-person play is returning. Always talk to the Tournament Organizer or the Head Judge for the event if you have any questions.

Now, let’s take a look at the next addendum!

Official KDE-US Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy:  Remote Duel Addendum

If you have participated in Remote Duel or read through the Remote Duel Best Practice Guide, you will already be familiar with most of the contents of this addendum.  There are quite a lot of changes to be made when playing in Remote Duel vs. in-person events, and the Remote Duel Addendum will guide you through them. This addendum covers both TCG and Yu-Gi-Oh! DUEL LINKS (Duel Links) Remote Duel events.

  • This document is broken up into seven sections as follows:
  • I. Tournament Information TCG
  • II. Tournament Play – TCG
  • III. Tournament Information – Duel Links
  • IV. Tournament Play – Duel Links
  • V. Card Legality – TCG
  • VI. Infractions and Penalties
  • VII. Contact Information

What is new about this document?

This document covers similar information as the Best Practice Guide, with a focus on policy-specific instructions. It is separated into policies for TCG tournaments and for Duel Links tournaments, as there are some differences

What does this mean?

Actions that may have previously been viewed as “suggested” or “recommended” are now arranged in an official addendum to Tournament Policy.  You will need to read through this addendum carefully before you participate in Remote Duel tournaments.

And finally, an update to a previous addendum!

Official KDE-US Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy: Speed Duel Addendum

This document will explain in detail what to expect from Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Speed Duel (Speed Duel) events as well as what you’ll need to keep in mind to have a smooth tournament experience. It has been updated slightly from the previous version.

This document is broken up into five sections as follows:

  • I. Tournament Information
  • II. Tournament Play
  • III. Constructed Deck Information
  • IV. Sealed Deck Information
  • V. Card Legality

Section I.
Subsection B: Time Limi

What changed?

Speed Duel rounds are now 40 minutes in length.

What does this mean?

Speed Duel rounds were 30 minutes previously, so you now have an additional ten minutes per round.

Section II.
Subsection B: Skill Cards

What changed?

Rules for Skill Cards have expanded since the previous document. The new document provides additional clarification on how Skill Cards should work.

What does this mean?

Some of the rules you may have used previously for Skill Cards will be explained more clearly, and other rules are different. Make sure to read through this section carefully before participating in your next Speed Duel.

Section IV. Sealed Deck Information
Subsection A: General

What changed?

There is now a maximum Main Deck size of 30 cards for Sealed play.

What does this mean?

You can’t use every card you pull in your Deck. You will have to choose carefully

Section V. Card Legality
Subsection B: Forbidden & Limited List

What changed?

While there is no general Forbidden & Limited List for Speed Duel, however, at certain Tier 2 or higher events there may be an event-specific Forbidden & Limited List.

What does this mean?

KDE-US may decide to implement a Forbidden & Limited List for specific Speed Duel events (Tier 2 or higher). If this is the case, the list will be included in any related event FAQs or Operations Documents.
It does not mean that the Tournament Organizer or Head Judge can implement their own Forbidden & Limited List, and it does not mean that there will always be a Forbidden & Limited List for a Tier 2 or higher Speed Duel event.

Any list provided for an event will apply to that event only and should not be treated as applying to any other event.

There’s a lot to take in here for Tournament Policy with all these new addendums, so please take your time to go over them carefully to ensure you know what to expect at your next event. Tournament Policy is often overlooked as Duelists focus on card text and rulings, but it’s every bit as important a part of tournament preparedness.

We hope you found this article helpful and informative!

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Bonus Characters in The Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box!

March 24th, 2022

We are less than 1 week away from the April 1st release of the Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box, each packed with 200 Speed Duel cards, 20 all-new Skill Cards, and 8 collectible Secret Rares.

Over the last two weeks we’ve looked at all eight of the starring-role characters:  Jaden Yuki, Aster Phoenix, Chazz Princeton, Jesse Anderson, Zane Truesdale, Alexis Rhodes, Dr.Vellian Crowler, and Axel Brodie. The Duel Academy Box has two Skill Cards and a complete Speed Duel Deck that’s ready to go for each of them!

But what would the adventures at Duel Academy be without a supporting cast? In addition to those eight central characters, you’ll find four more Skill Cards for completely different characters. And while they don’t have ready-to-play Decks, the Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box includes some of their signature cards to help you build your own strategies, and they’re just getting started! Some of these characters will return in September* – in time for back-to-school season – in the Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox Mini Box. Check ’em out.

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Four More Characters from Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box

March 17th, 2022

The Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box is arriving on Arpil 1st, with a whopping 200 Speed Duel cards, 20 all-new Skill Cards, and 8 collectible Secret Rares per box. Last time around we showed you four characters making their Speed Duel debuts – Jaden, Aster, Chazz, and Jesse. We showed you their Skills, and what their Speed Duel Decks are all about.

This time we’re looking at four more characters featured in the Duel Academy Box, each with two unique Skills and an entire Deck of their own. Square off against your friends in sealed play, pick and choose the cards you want to work with to build your own Speed Duel Deck, or get in some draft Duels! Whatever you want to do, the Duel Academy Box makes it easy, and these four Duel Academy icons are going to play starring roles.

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