El Segundo, CA (June 28, 2012) – After months of qualifying play, it will come down to the weekend of June 29 - July 1 for one Duelist to walk away with the title of Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) North American Champion at the North American World Championship Qualifier (WCQ). Hosted by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami), this invite-only tournament is expected to draw well over one thousand enthusiastic Duelists from across the United States and Canada to the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The winner will earn the right to represent the region at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship in Tokyo, Japan August 11 – 12.
The weekend will be filled with a ton of Dueling as players who have not yet earned an invite can play in Last Chance Qualifying events on Friday, June 29. In the Main Event WCQ, starting on Saturday June 30, the preeminent Duelists in North America will be playing intense head-to-head Duels, mindful that one misplay can eliminate them from the top prize. Duelists that display the most skill will make it to the second day of WCQ Single-Elimination Rounds on Sunday. Ultimately every Duelist hopes to make it to the Final Round table for the opportunity to play, and to win the coveted title of North American Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Champion.
Konami is proud to also host, for the first time ever, the North American Dragon Duel Championship, open to Duelists born 1999 or later to be held during the North American WCQ. The winning Dragon Duelist and runner-up will also win a trip to Tokyo to play against the top Dragon Duelists around the world in the inaugural Dragon Duel World Championship.
Additionally, Duelists can participate in a wide variety of fun and challenging Public Events to push their Dueling skills to the limit! Konami will be conducting a host of events such as Regional Qualifiers, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mats, Classic Drafts, Retro Drafts, and the newest Sealed Pack Tournaments for Battle Pack: Epic Dawn featuring exclusive Starfoil prize cards only available at premier events.
And this year, attendees can create their own exclusive one-of-a-kind Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card through the use of green screen technology. They can choose from five different card backgrounds with characters, including favorites like Yusei Fudo, Kaiba Seto and Yuma Tsukumo, to create their own personalized Token Card – suitable for use during Duels! Duelists can also create their own COSSY ID card needed for tournament play.
In addition, Konami is bringing a special treat for attendees, in what is sure to be an autograph seekers’ dream come true! Greg Abbey the voice actor of Yusei Fudo from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Tristan Taylor from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series will be lending his autographs to fans’ Stardust Dragon cards throughout the event. Also for the first time ever at a Yu-Gi-Oh! event, Eric Stuart the voice actor of Seto Kaiba (original Yu-Gi-Oh! series) will also be signing autographs. Rounding out the star studded cast of fan favorites, Wayne Grayson who voiced Joey Wheeler (Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!) and Syrus Truesdale (GX) will be on hand to meet his fans and sign their Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Battelle Grand Ballroom (Main Event)
Terrace Ballroom 4&5 (Dragon Duel WCQ & Public Events)
400 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
North American WCQ Prize Information:
In addition to the prizes listed above, the top finishers will also receive these prizes:
North American Dragon Duel Championship Prize Information:
Additionally, the top finishers will also receive these prizes:
Every Saturday morning, Duelists can watch the all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL animated series as well as classic Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes on TheCW4Kids programming block, the leading Saturday morning kids broadcast network in the United States. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL every Friday and Saturday on YTV! Fans can also view their favorite Yu-Gi-Oh!episodes at www.CW4Kids.com.
For more information on Konami or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship Qualifier,please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630.
About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 billion cards sold. It is a game of strategy, where players create individual Decks of cards collected from Structure Decks and Booster Packs. Two players engage in a Duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical Spells and surprising Traps. Duelists with well-constructed Decks, dominating monsters, solid strategy and good fortune are the victors in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America and Latin America.
KONAMI is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. KONAMI's software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. KONAMI is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide. The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at www.konami.com.
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