Featured Official Tournament Store (OTS)
2410 E. Broadway Blvd
Welcome to the new year! The enchantment of the holidays brought many children around the world, moments of discovery and amazement, which is fitting since January's Featured Official Tournament Store (OTS) is Amazing Discoveries in Tucson, Arizona! The holiday season may have come and gone, but the season of Dueling continues on!
First opened as a sports cards store in 1998, Amazing Discoveries began selling Trading Card Game packs alongside the sports cards. When gaming became more of a focus than sports cards, the store was sold to the current owner, Dustin Ochoa. Amazing Discoveries has been running Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) tournaments since 2002. "The last 5 or 6 years have been really good," says Dustin.
Dustin understands the importance of acquiring new players! So, in addition to offering local tournaments, Amazing Discoveries attends local conventions like comic and gaming conventions where they teach people how to play the game, since it is a good way to bring in new or lapsed players! They are also involved with their local schools. They work with after school gaming clubs and help to introduce new players to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG by donating cards and sleeves. "We usually have 3 to 8 clubs that we're trying to support at any given time," explained Dustin.
"Becoming an OTS has been a huge benefit…we've been able to run more events that people enjoy to come to."
- Dustin Ochoa , owner
Amazing Discoveries always encourages parental involvement in their kid's Yu-Gi-Oh! activities. Dustin explained that "they like to learn more about what's going on so they can better relate to their children that love the game," and they "do have some parents that actively play in their tournaments." But Dustin has noted a new trend over the last couple of years; some of their older players "are now parents and now have kids who are getting into the game as well." With Yu-Gi-Oh! first appearing on television in 2001, it's no surprise that the kids who watched the animated series on Saturday mornings and started playing the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG early on, are now parents themselves! They are as eager to continue playing as they are to share their passion for the TCG with their kids!
When asked if he has any advice for other Official Tournament Stores, Dustin says "do as much as you can (as an OTS) and be a part of the community (as an owner or as an employee)." This advice is a common thread among other Featured OTS. Particularly the call to take advantage of all the unique offerings that stores can participate in as an OTS, like Sneak Peeks, Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, OTS Championships, and having OTS Tournament Packs available for players who enter tournaments! Dustin adds, "becoming an OTS has been a huge benefit…we've been able to run more events that people enjoy to come to." He goes on to say that "we are a store that cares deeply about our card game communities. There is not a single employee at our store that is not a gamer, and we are always looking to grow and prove to the community that we are the best store in Arizona."
We would like to welcome in the New Year by congratulating the first Featured Official Tournament Store of 2019: January's - Amazing Discoveries!