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Welcome to ATCG League Series 2024-25

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LOCAL STORES PARTICIPATE

Yu-Gi-Oh! has always been a game of strategy, skill, and friendship, attracting players from every corner to its captivating universe of dueling monsters and enchanting magic. In the realm of competitive play, the ATCG League Series, offering passionate duelists the chance to display their skills on a local level.

What’s the ATCG League Series All About?

Think of an alternative way to play Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments! These tournaments happen every week at local OTS stores. You get to duel and show off your skills, and have a blast. But wait, there’s more!

How Does It Work?

Getting in on the action is super easy. Every time you join a weekly tournament, you earn points. These points add up based on how well you do and how often you play. So the more you duel, the more points you rack up!

Big Moments: Seasonal Tournaments and the Grand Finale

Every three months, things get even more exciting with Seasonal Tournaments. Anyone can join, but if you’ve been playing regularly in the ATCG League Series, you could score some sweet bonus prizes. And then, there’s the Grand Tournament – the ultimate showdown! Only eight (8) players from each area get invited. It’s where legends are made!

Winning Rewards and Recognition

What’s a tournament without prizes, right? There are cool rewards waiting for you at every turn in the ATCG League Series Tournaments. Whether it’s booster packs, exclusive products, or unique gifts rights, you’ll find plenty to aim for!

Ready to Duel?

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, the ATCG League Series welcomes everyone. It’s not just about winning; it’s about having fun, meeting new friends, and becoming the best duelist you can be!

Join the Adventure!

So what are you waiting for? Grab your deck, head to a local OTS store joined ATCG League Series program, and get ready to duel your heart out in the ATCG League Series. It’s time to make some epic memories and show the world what you’re made of!

How to Earn Points in the ATCG League Series

Earning points in the ATCG League Series is straightforward and rewarding. Here’s how you can do it:

    • Participation: Simply showing up to the weekly tournaments at your local OTS store earns you points. The more events you attend, the more points you can accumulate.
    • Performance: Your performance in these tournaments also matters. Winning matches, achieving high scores, and demonstrating your dueling prowess will all contribute to your point total.
    • Consistency: Regularly participating in events is key. The ATCG League Series rewards consistency, so making an effort to attend tournaments frequently will help you rack up points over time.

By combining participation, performance, and consistency, you can steadily build up your points tally in the ATCG League Series and climb the ranks to become a top contender. So, gather your deck, sharpen your skills, and get ready to embark on your journey to dueling greatness!

Participation

  • Local Events: 2 points
  • Regionals: 3 points
  • OTS Championship: 3 points

Performance

  • Win: 3 Points
  • Draw: 1 Point
  • Lose: 0 Points

Winners of any tournament will receive an additional 3 points

Regional and OTS Championship winners, as well as runners-up, will receive an additional 6 and 3 points, respectively.

Consistency

For consecutive tournament participations, players will earn an additional 1 point for each successive event attended, up to a maximum of 5 points per participation. For instance:

  • 1st tournament: 2 points
  • 2nd consecutive tournament: 3 points
  • 3rd consecutive tournament: 4 points

Maximum of 4 points for subsequent consecutive participations (OTS Championships & Regionals are not included). 

About the Tournament & Prizes

In the ATCG League Series, content creation takes center stage, with local shops responsible to cover with videos every event. videos such as (Deck Profiles, Duels, Interviews & More). Here’s how the rewards are structured:

Deck Profile Rewards (1.5 Additional Booster Packs).

  • 0 Deck Profiles: Events with fewer than 6 players yield no deck profiles.
  • Up to 2 Deck Profiles: Tournaments with 6-12 players can generate up to 2 deck profiles.
  • Up to 4 Deck Profiles: Events with 13-21 players offer the potential for up to 4 deck profiles.
  • Up to 4 Deck Profiles: Regionals, OTS Championships, and win-a-box tournaments also provide the opportunity for up to 4 deck profiles.

Regionals & OTS Championship Finals Coverage (2 Additional Booster Packs).

Interviews (Additional Booster Packs based on the interviews).

ATCG LEAGUE Series Seasonal Tournament

  • Each deck profile submitted earns an additional booster pack (with a maximum of 48 booster packs).
    • For example: if 48 deck profiles will be recorded during the season, there will be an additional 48 booster packs in the tournament prize pull.
  • Winners and runners-up of the ATCG League Series Seasonal Tournament receive an exclusive stamped playmat.

ATCG LEAGUE Series Grand Finals!

The top 4 players based on points, the 3 seasonal tournament champions, and the ATCG League Series Champion of the previous season compete in the finals. (8 Players – Single elimination tournament).

Prizes for Finals:

    • 1st Place: Receives an ATCG League Series Champion Playmat and 0.3x booster packs based on the total deck profiles taken in one season (e.g., 200 deck profiles = 60 booster packs).
    • 2nd Place: Earns an ATCG League Series Runner-Up Playmat and 0.2x booster packs based on the total deck profiles taken in one season (e.g., 200 deck profiles = 40 booster packs).

Additional Prizes may awarded based on sponshorships

Points & Examples

Regular Tournament: Score 3-1-1 equals to 12 Points (3 Points for every win = 9 Points), 1 Point for the draw & 2 Points for the participation

Regionals/OTS Championship: Score: 6-0-1 equals to 21 Points (3 Points for every win = 18 Points), 0 Points for the lose & 3 Points for the participation. In case of 1st or second place there are additional points.

How To Join ATCG LEAGUE Series (For Stores)

For every local store interested in joining the ATCG League Series, feel free to send an email to coverage@alphatradingcardgames.com. We will reply to you with all the criteria within 72 hours.

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.

If you’re interested in these classic sets in terms of cards and how they staggeringly shaped every format from 2002-2003 The Original Yugioh Era is the yugioh book for you. From decks, strategy notes and analysis this is the most comprehensive method to endulge yourself and learn everything about old school yugioh.

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)

Tournament Pack Rewards Returning In the Form of Play! Pokemon Prize Packs

Just like the old POP series packs from older eras the new Play! Pokemon Prize Packs are going to replace Play! Pokemon promos at local game stores. This type of product is sort of similar to the old POP Series packs in that it’s an actual booster pack but with 6 cards instead of 2. For now cards included are chosen from a fixed card pool of 200 cards that are legal from the standard format. Popular cards like Rayquaza VMAX and Charizard VMAX are included in this pool so this pack will still act as an outlet for reprints. Unlike POP Series packs though it would appear that no new original cards are included, at least so far.

Written below is news post from the official pokemon site:

In-store events are making their return, and we’re excited to introduce Prize Packs to Play! Pokémon retail locations worldwide. Qualified Play! Pokémon retailers have begun receiving promotional Prize Packs to support in-store Play! Pokémon events such as Leagues, League Challenges, League Cups, and more while supplies last. These brand-new Prize Packs will replace the Play! Pokémon promos that were previously distributed by local game stores at Play! Pokémon events, giving Trainers much more to enjoy than ever before.

Each Prize Pack contains six cards taken from a pool of about 200—all of which are legal in the Standard format, including everything from popular Pokémon to exclusive foil upgrades of tournament mainstays, all featuring the special Play! Pokémon logo. Here’s just some of what you can expect to find in Series One:

  1. Fan-favorite Pokémon like Charizard VMAX, Rayquaza VMAX, and Pikachu VMAX
  2. Exclusive foil versions of tournament-defining cards like Scoop Up Net and Path to the Peak
  3. Exclusive non-foil versions of powerhouse Pokémon like Oranguru and Snorlax
  4. Both foil and non-foil basic Energy cards

Prize Pack Series One will have a limited duration to catch up with our recent break from in-store events, with a new series dropping every six months starting in February. You can expect Series Two in February 2023, Series Three in August 2023, Series Four in February 2024, and so on.

For competitive and casual Trainers alike, the Prize Packs offer an exclusive way to build your collection while having fun at Play! Pokémon events at your local game store. How Prize Packs are distributed will vary from location to location, depending on what works best for your store. The more active your events are, the more Prize Packs will be available, so spread the word and bring a friend to support your local community!

Price Increases for Pokemon TCG Products in Japan

The Pokemon Company has confirmed that prices for pokemon tcg products in Japan will go up starting with the Scarlet and Violet era. This is to cover rising manufacturing and distribution costs although we don’t know if this means more and better holo card ratios in boosters for example as a specific reason for the price increases in booster packs. Prices for tcg products from the Sword and Shield era won’t change.

The chart below showcases updated prices on average. More and more people outside of Japan are into buying and collecting original Japanese pokemon tcg products so these changes should be taken into consideration. Price increases have already taken effect in Europe and North America so perhaps this only Japan catching up.

Japanese Pokemon
Product

Booster Pack

Preconstructed Deck

Deck Sleeves

Deck Sleeves

Deck Box

Deck Box

Playmat

Playmat

Binder Album

Binder Page

Card Carrying Case

Card Frame

Acrylic Damage Counters

Current Prices
(SWSH Era)

165 yen

1,711 yen

792 yen

913 yen

398 yen

1,527 yen

2,750 yen

5,500 yen

1,705 yen

656 yen

1,466 yen

1,200 yen

605 yen

Upcoming Prices
(SCVI Era)

180 yen

1,800 yen

889 yen

990 yen

500 yen

1,600 yen

2,970 yen

5,940 yen

1,980 yen

700 yen

1,650 yen

1,490 yen

660 yen

Video Of How Pokemon Cards Are Printed Gets Posted On Youtube

Pokebeach shares a leaked video showing the process of pokemon card production in North America. The sets and cards shown in the video are from the Sun and Moon era so it is assumed the video was filmed during that time. It even highlights the different weight of code cards in packs to help deal with people that try to weigh them. The video was never posted on any official pokemon channel or the official site so it is believed it was only meant to be shown to employees.

We can imagine the process is similar for the printing of current cards in the Sword and Shield era but since cards from older periods had a different quality of texture and cardboard we can’t be sure if this how pokemon cards were always printed.

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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