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AKIKAZU SAITO NAMED Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME WORLD CHAMPION IN TOKYO, JAPAN

The top 26 Duelists from around the world met in Tokyo, Japan, to face off against each other for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be named Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) World Champion.

In the event’s 10th Anniversary, it was 26-year-old Japan’s Akikazu Saito who reigned supreme, earning the highest honor awarded to a Duelist. Akikazu was joined by Yu Hao Liou, age 12, from Taiwan who was crowned as the inaugural Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragon Duel World Champion. Next year, the Dragon Duel World Championship will feature the top Duelists born in 2000 or later. Both Akikazu and Yu Hao return to their respective countries with the title of World Champion.
In the main event, Saito successfully defeated opponent after opponent with his Inzektor Deck. In the end, he faced off in the final match against 25-year-old Stefano Memoli from Italy, who also played an Inzektor Deck. Stefano presented Akikazu with challenge after challenge but was unable to overturn the final Duel, as Akikazu deftly controlled his Deck to ensure he was crowned 2012 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Champion.
In the Dragon Duel World Championship, Yu Hao played a Dino Rabbit Deck with enormous skill for such a young Duelist. As he navigated the field of 12 Dragon Duel finalists to arrive at the final table against Japan’s Toya Minami, age 11. Toya emerged triumphant with his Inzektor Deck. Fortunately for Yu Hao, his Dino Rabbit Deck came through against Toya’s Deck and Yu Hao emerged victorious after an exciting match to be named the first-ever Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragon Duel World Champion.


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