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25th Anniversary Yugioh Reprints and More to Celebrate

The Yugioh Trading Card Game is finally entering the road to hit its 25th anniversary and with this special occasion comes an array of unique and special products, and mayhaps even more importantly, some very familiar ones making a return.

If you’re even somewhat of a yugioh fan let alone someone that’s hardcore, I’m sure you would agree looking at this special Dark Magician card on the right. This is a stainless steel card of Dark Magician that can be obtained through lottery application for 16,500 yen (tax included). The campaign is already underway so if you’re interested visit the official site for more information on this link : Konami.com

Another cool collectable is a full set of palm sized figurines of Pot of Greed and its other cousin pots and jars! Included are also 14 OCG Ultra Rare Paralell holo cards of all these Pot related cards for 17,600 yen. Orders are accepted until the 29th of January 2023.

It’s in Japanese, but this link will take you to the buying page directly: Buy Link

Other products such as 25th anniversary sleeves and new mats will also be released and you can find more about the complete list of products from the official 25th anniversary page. As cool as some of these new products are sometimes the return to the familiar is the best way to celebrate.

Possibly the most important additions to celebrate this 25th anniversary is reprints of the first 4 original starting sets of 2002 and also adding the first iconic and legendary set of 2004 Invasion of Chaos. These packs have indeed been reprinted a few times in the more recent past inside of Legendary Collections and they’ll also be making themselves available in them again; however the biggest difference this time is they’ll be sold as standalone products either through loose packs or possibley even as typical 24 pack booster boxes.

Depending on who you ask, the re-release of these packs comes with big pros and big cons, but I’d say the positives outweigh the negatvives by a long shot. The most obvious positive is the returning availability of these classic packs which means standard pricing and easier access to your every day buyer. As a fan and lover of old school yugioh, this personally excites me as well as with easy availability of these packs means an easy way to revisit classic yugioh formats, old school yugioh drafting events and another chance to collect a lot of iconic and classic cards that are otherwise extremely expensive in their original prints due to their age and rarity.

On the other hand for the hardcore players that invested or just bought their original counterparts for big sums of money this could seem like a slap in the face. However, I do believe Konami made the right steps to mitigate that issue as much as possible. If you note the above images, these new reprint packs feature a 25th anniversary stamp which is already a big differentiator from the original packs. Another difference is the Konami and Yugioh logo on these reprint packs and of course, obviously they’re not 1st Edition. Nevertheless, the existence of these packs will still be a factor in the fluctuating prices of the original unlimited prints.

Another big difference and a big negative personally for me, is that all of the normal monsters from these reprint packs will feature the “normal” text next to their type as part of another difference between new and old cards, a change that I’ve always thought of as ugly and unecessary. With these differences and likely others more to consider, these 25th anniversary reprints will be by no means the definitive versions to have from these sets but rather the most budget option to get access to cards from these sets.

Another negative on a different context, is the omission of 2003 sets getting rerpinted again and jumping straight to 2004 with Invasion of Chaos. This is likely only to make the printing job easier for Konami since these specific 5 sets are getting reprinted in another edition of Legendary Collection too.

In spite of the cons noted, it is still fantastic that these sets are repinted in this manner and there seriously wouldn’t be any other more iconic method to celebrate 25 years of yugioh than with the first 4 original sets and Invasion of Chaos as an extra bonus.

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Check out my book on this link and thanks for reading this article! The Original Yu-Gi-Oh! Era The Ultimate unofficial Guide – Book (Amazon)

WCQ National Championship: Greece 2022 | 1st Place | HERO Deck Profile | Stefanos Fostieris

EVENT INFOS

PLAYER INFOS

Monster Cards | 20

1x Destiny HERO – Plasma
2x Destiny HERO – Malicious
3x Vision HERO Faris
3x Elemental HERO Stratos
1x Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier
2x Elemental HERO Shadow Mist
2x Vision HERO Vyon
1x Destiny HERO – Denier
1x Vision HERO Increase
3x Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
1x Destiny HERO – Dark Angel

Spell Cards | 20

3x A Hero Lives
2x Polymerization
3x Triple Tactics Talent
1x Reinforcement of the Army
1x Miracle Fusion
2x Fusion Destiny
1x Foolish Burial
3x Mask Change
1x Called by the Grave
3x Super Polymerization

Side Deck | 15

1x Change of Heart
1x Harpie’s Feather Duster
3x Dark Ruler No More
3x Twin Twisters
3x Evenly Matched
3x Dimensional Barrier
1x Red Reboot

Extra Deck | 15

1x Elemental HERO Sunrise
1x Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer
1x Destiny HERO – Dystopia
1x Masked HERO Acid
1x Masked HERO Dark Law
1x Masked HERO Blast
1x Elemental HERO Absolute Zero
1x Elemental HERO Escuridao
1x Elemental HERO The Shining
1x Elemental HERO Great Tornado
1x Starving Venom Fusion Dragon
1x Predaplant Dragostapelia
1x Mudragon of the Swamp
2x Xtra HERO Cross Crusader

Interview

Yu-Gi-Oh’s Championship Qualifier National 2022 was successfully completed on June 5 at the President Hotel Athens. Stefanos Fostieris was the big winner of the championship! With his victory, in addition to the prizes he won, he also got a ticket for the big European Yugioh Championship that will take place this summer!

So, on the occasion of his great recent distinction but also the experience of so many years he has on Yugioh, he spoke to Greek Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans for his favorite game!

Did you think that you would be able to win this national championship?
The truth is that I went to this pan-Hellenic mainly to have fun. In the three previous national games that I played from 2017-2019, I only managed to reach the top 32, and all three times playing the best Deck of each Format. So this year I just said to play one of my favorite Deck even if it was not considered Meta.

Which duel against which deck made it most difficult for you?
The most difficult Match-Up was the only Match I lost to Swiss against Dragunity. My side was not very well prepared and I do not know much about Match-Up. Game 3 I did Super Polymerization a Draguinity Knight-Gae Dearg with my Elemetal Hero-Stratos for Elemental Hero-Great Tornado leaving him with only one hand card. Then he just did Normal Summon Draguinity Dux, called almost all of his Extra Deck, and got me OTK.

At what age did you go to your first tournament? What impressed you there and what place did you got?
I first went to Locals in 2012 when I was 14 years old. Within 5 rounds I managed to do 2-3 with a very average Six Samurai Deck. It was the first time I realized how much the game had evolved because until then I was just playing for fun with friends without knowing what Meta is.

When did you start doing Yu-Gi-Oh?
I started playing YuGiOh in 2006 when I first saw the anime on TV. For 6 years I only played casually with friends and from 2012 and after I went to my first Local I deal with the competitive side of the game.

What is your favorite Yu-Gi-Oh card and why?
My favorite card is Valkyrie Brunhilde. When I was little and watching the anime for the first time the archetype that impressed me the most was Valkyries. It was one of the few Deck in Duel Monsters that was an archetype and not a combination of random cards. Many years later when it was announced that Valkyries would be coming out on Shadows in Valhalla I remembered all the nostalgia of my childhood. On the day of the release I bought all the cards and it was a lot of fun playing with Deck at the Locals.

Do you think that Yu-Gi-Oh is really a child’s toy? If not, what would be the answer to those who think they are children?
Those who say that YuGiOh is for kids just have not played the game at all and are the same people who would say that Blue-Eyes White Dragon is the most powerful card in the Game. By the way, the game has now become too complicated for children to learn easily. That’s why Konami released Speed Duels and will soon be doing Rush Duels at TCG to give kids a chance to play a much simpler version of the game.

How much money have you spent on card purchases?
I can not estimate how much money I have spent in so many years but it is definitely too much.

What advice would you give to people who are just starting to play Yu-Gi-Oh?
For new players who want to get into the game I suggest starting with a Deck that teaches you the fundamentals of the game but is also good enough to win. I especially believe that the best Deck to start with is Salamangreat. It is a mid-ranged Deck that is quite easy to learn and teaches you very important concepts of the game such as card advantage and resource management.

Do you think you will be able to beat the European Championship?
I will do my best to do well in the European Championship as well. After all, my dream in this game is to play one day in the world so my goal is to reach the European qualifying final.

Source: GreekYugiohFans.gr

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