A New Way to Experience Yu-Gi-Oh!

In 2019, Konami introduced a brand-new format to the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!, called Speed Duel. Speed Duel is sure to provide a specialised play experience for newer players, as well as offering a nostalgic factor for lapsed players who want to see they characters they know and love in action. 

What is Speed Dueling? 

As the name suggests, the format is geared for faster play. This is achieved by using a smaller deck size (20-30 cards) and a life total of 4000 compared to the regular 8000 used in traditional duels. Additionally, the field for Speed Duel features less zones than a regular game of Yu-Gi-Oh! and this allows for simpler game play – perfect for newer players who are developing their understanding of the game. A cool feature that you will come across in Speed Duel is the use of a Skill Card – this allows you to select a well-known character who contribute to your game with their unique skills! 

Comparison to standard Yu-Gi-Oh!

With the introduction of a new format, we now have two ways to duel, Speed Dueling and Master Duelling. Master Dueling is simply the traditional way to play the game, but it is important to distinguish the two, since there are differences: 

• Master Dueling features bigger Decks and a larger Dueling Field, with special Card Zones for additional monster types.

• Master Dueling introduces more advanced types of monster.

• Master Dueling allows players to use cards from over 15 years of Yu-Gi-Oh! history, allowing for more powerful card interactions and strategies.

You can use your Speed Dueling cards in Master Duels, but selected Speed Duel cards cannot be used outside of Speed Duels. These cards feature a special watermark for easy identification:

Getting started with Yu-Gi-Oh!

If you would like to try your hand at Yu-Gi-Oh! on a device before you explore the paper game, then be sure to check out Duel Links. Duel links is available on Google Play, the App Store and Steam and the play style and rule set is similar to the experience in Speed Duel.

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Once you have some cards at your disposal, then why not visit one of our friendly local Official Tournament Stores? OTS venues host weekly and other exclusive events that feature cool prizes only available at selected tournaments. For a list of stores, you can visit the Konami website here. 

For updates on happenings in the local market, please join our community Facebook page, including news about in-store demonstrations where you can try your hand at the paper game. Speed Dueling Products To assist with the launch of a brand-new format, Konami have introduced various format-specific products, including decks, boosters and even a Tournament Pack.

The following products are available now:

Speed Duel Starter Deck
Speed Duel:Arena of Lost Souls
Speed Duel Booster: Attack from the Deep
Speed Duel Tournament Pack 1

These products will go on sale during the second half of the year:

Speed Duel: Scars of Battle (2 August)
Speed Duel Starter Deck Ultimate Predators (2 August)
Speed Duel Tournament Pack 2

Be sure to stop by one of your local hobby stores, as well as Toy Kingdom and selected Musica stores to check out the Yu-Gi-Oh! range of products.

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