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El Segundo, CA (April 13, 2012) – Duelists from across the Midwest, eager to test their honed strategies and show off their fine-tuned Decks will get that opportunity April 28th - 29th as the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) comes to Chicagoland. Hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Duelists from the region are expected to participate in this premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG event from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami), to be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont (IL).

The YCS Chicago promises two days of incredible Dueling action, pitting Duelists in rigorous head-to-head competition, each one yearning to earn a spot at Sunday’s decisive Final Round and to ultimately attain the title of Champion.

Duelists will certainly want to come down to the convention center on Friday, April 27th to pre-register for the YCS Chicago Main Event from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. as those players upon pre-registering and submitting a Deck list will receive a series-exclusive YCS Token Card! Registration will begin again promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 28th.  Upon registering for the Main Event, Duelists will receive five Order of Chaos booster packs for participating in Konami’s YCS Dallas.  Round One will start at 10:00 a.m. and the Top 16 or 32 YCS finishers (depending on attendance) will earn invitations to participate in the 2012 World Championship Qualifier.

At YCS Chicago, Konami will once again hold a Dragon Duel for younger players (for Duelists born 1999 or later).  The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive a special Dragon Duel Champion’s Medal, a 2012 Regional Game Mat, a Dragon Duel t-shirt, and an invitation to their 2012 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier, where they can earn an invitation to the inaugural Dragon Duel World Championship to be played at the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship to be held on August 11-12 in Tokyo, Japan.

Event Address:

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
555 N. Rover Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Duelists can also 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!!, Classic Drafts, Dawn of the Xyz Starter Tournaments, Retro Drafts and Win-A-Mats. 

Konami will also have an eight-player, single-elimination Sealed Deck Tournament at YCS Chicago!  This tournament format will feature the recently released Dragons Collide Structure Deck and each Sealed Deck Tournament winner will get an exclusive Dragons Collide Structure Deck Game Mat! For a $10 entry fee, each player will receive a sealed Dragons Collide Structure Deck and is required to use those cards in the box as their Deck for that event. 

The Main Event winner, the two runners-up and winners of Sunday’s two Public Event playoffs will each be awarded a YCS prize card.  The Main Event winner will take home an Ultra Rare version of the Blood Mefist prize card, with the other winners bringing home Super Rare versions.

Prizing Information:

  • 1st place – Ultra Rare Blood Mefist YCS Prize Card; Trophy; Paid travel to their World Championship Qualifier (if underage, then winner and guardian) or a local-market YCS (flight and accommodations) if the Duelist has already won an earlier YCS in the current year; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; 250GB game console; and an invite to their 2012 World Championship Qualifier tournament
  • 2nd place – Super Rare Blood Mefist YCS Prize Card; 32 GB Tablet PC with redemption codes for Konami Mobile games; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2012 World Championship Qualifier
  • 3rd place – Super Rare Blood Mefist YCS Prize Card; 32 GB Touch Screen MP3 Player with redemption codes for Konami Mobile games; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2012 World Championship Qualifier
  • 4th place – 32GB touch-screen MP3 Player; Konami game codes to be used on the touch-screen MP3 player; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2012 World Championship Qualifier
  • 5th – 8th place – Video game console with Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2011 Over the Nexus; YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2012 World Championship Qualifier
  • 9th – 16th place – 24 booster packs of Order of Chaos; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2012 World Championship Qualifier

If attendance exceeds 513 Duelists:

  • 17th – 32nd place – YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2012 World Championship Qualifier

Duelists unable to participate in YCS Chicago can check out live online coverage of the event provided by Konami staff at www.yugioh-card.com/en/events.

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! 5D’s 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! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES,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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