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Are you new to the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

Yu-Gi-Oh! is an exciting universe based on a card game played with Monsters, Spells, and Traps. The Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise includes manga series, television series, several video games, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, and more! This short guide will help you familiarize yourself with some of what Yu-Gi-Oh! has to offer.

New to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME allows kids, teenagers, and adults to relive the exciting Duels that take place in the animated Yu-Gi-Oh! series. In the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, players use the cards they’ve collected to construct Decks consisting of 40 or more cards. Then, they use their Decks to face  off against opponents in a game of strategy, luck, and skill. Click here to learn the rules of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME!

You can purchase Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products at local hobby stores, as well as mass market retail store.  For a list of hobby stores that sell Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products, click here.

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New to Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Booster Packs

The most common way that players of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME get cards is from Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG booster packs. These booster packs contain nine randomly assorted cards. Each pack contains common cards, which are easy to get, and rarer cards, which are harder to get. There are a number of different rarities—Common, Rare, Super Rare, Ultra Rare, Ultimate Rare, Secret Rare, Ghost Rare, Starfoil Rare, and Mosaic Rare —which all feature a different look to the cards. Many of the rarer cards have foil and holographic treatments that make them look flashy and cool. Here are some of the key characteristics of the different rarities:

Common cards are the most basic rarity in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME and have no foil embellishment on them.

Rare cards have an embossed silver foil card name, but regular card art that lacks the holographic finish characteristic of cards with higher rarities.

Super Rare cards have no foil on the name of the card, but a holographic finish on the card art.

Ultra Rare cards have a gold foil on the card name, as well as a holographic finish on the card art.

Ultimate Rare cards have a gold foil on the card name, as well as embossed foil accents on the card art, card border, and other parts of the card.

Secret Rare cards have a rainbow-colored foil on the card name, and a sparkling holographic finish on the card art.

Ghost Rare cards have a rainbow-colored foil on the card name and a unique three-dimensional hologram that makes up the card art.

Starfoil Rare cards have starburst-patterned foiling scattered across the entire front of the card.

Mosaic Rare cards have several blocks of foiling scattered across the entire front of the card.

Duelist League promo cards have card names that are printed in colors that are not available in for-sale products and can only be obtained by participating in a Duelist League.  

Since there are so many different cards of different rarities, wondering what’s inside the pack you’re about to open is part of the fun!

Every authentic Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card has a numerical password on the bottom left corner of the card and a security foil on the bottom right corner of the card. The security foil on First Edition (or first printing) and Limited Edition cards is gold, while the security foil on Unlimited Edition cards (when products are printed again) is silver.  The security foil has images of the “Millennium Eye” as well as the text YU-GI-OH! on it.

New types of booster packs are released every few months, adding new and interesting card effects to the card pool of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. The constant updates to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME card pool assures that the game is constantly evolving and never gets dull for its players. Click here for more information about the different Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME booster packs!

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New to Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Products

Booster packs aren’t the only way to get Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products. There are also lots of other products that help Duelists get the cards they want. Below is a guide about the different types of Yu-Gi-OhTCG products that you can buy to supplement the cards you pull in booster packs.

Booster Set Special Edition Boxes / Deluxe Edition Boxes

Sometimes, shortly after a booster set is released, a Special Edition product is released for that booster set. Each Booster Set Special Edition contains 3 packs of the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME booster set, as well as 1 of 2 variant cards. These variant cards are often reprints of cards that are highly sought-after by tournament players.

Booster Set Special Editions are a great value for purchasers. While individual booster packs of the latest set generally have a retail price of $3.99, the Special Edition for that set usually includes 3 booster packs of that set plus a promotional card for a total MSRP of $9.99. Booster Set Special Editions are generally popular among casual and tournament players alike.

Similar to a Special Edition Box, Deluxe Edition Boxes include packs of the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME booster set and special promotional cards. Deluxe Edition Boxes are a lot bigger than Special Edition Boxes. Deluxe Edition Boxes include 9 packs of the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME set, multiple promotional cards, a pack of 50 sleeves for protecting your cards, and a Beginner’s Guide for new Duelists at an MSRP of $29.99. Deluxe Edition Boxes are the perfect way for new Duelists to start up a collection and begin building a Deck of their own.

For more information about Booster Set Special Edition Boxes and Deluxe Edition Boxes, click here!

Starter Decks

Starter Decks contain everything you need to start playing the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. Each Starter Deck with the same name contains the exact same cards, so you always know what you’re getting when you purchase a Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Starter Deck. Starter Decks generally contain cards that work well together, but are nevertheless easy to use. That makes them perfect for young Duelists who are beginning to learn the rules of the game, and starting to figure out basic strategies. In addition to a full Deck of at least 40 cards, each Starter Deck also includes a Beginner’s Guide and a paper Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME mat.

For more information about Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Starter Decks, click here!

Structure Decks

Like Starter Decks, Structure Decks contain everything you need to start playing the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, and each Structure Deck with the same name contains the exact same cards. But unlike Starter Decks, Structure Decks are designed for more advanced Duelists. The cards in Structure Decks usually have more complicated effects than the cards you would find in a Starter Deck, and the synergies between the cards found in a Structure Deck are usually much more complex than the synergies among cards found in a Starter Deck.

Structure Decks give intermediate and expert Duelists a new way to experience the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. In addition to a full Deck of at least 40 cards, each Structure Deck also includes a Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Rulebook, a Dueling Guide, and a paper Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME mat.  Starting to customize a Structure Deck by swapping some cards with others is a great way to learn about Deck-building strategies!

For more information about Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Structure Decks, click here!

Collectible Tins

Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Collectible Tins include booster packs of recent Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME booster sets, plus special promotional cards. These promotional cards are frequently reprints of cards that are used in high-level competitive play, making Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Collectible Tins extremely popular among tournament players. While there are some differences among different collectible tins, most collectible tins include five booster packs from recent Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME booster sets, plus five holographic promotional cards that are reprints of popular and highly sought-after cards.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Collectible Tins are most popular among intermediate and experienced players, as well as newer players seeking to become more competitive. Because of their slick packaging, Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Collectible Tins also make a great gift!

For more information about Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tins, click here!

Duelist Packs

Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Duelist Packs contain a random assortment of cards used by a specific character in the Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series. These Duelist packs allow players to emulate their favorite characters by replicating those characters’ Decks and reliving those characters’ fiercest Duels. Duelist Packs are designed for fans of the animated Yu-Gi-Oh! series, who want to collect and play with all of their favorite cards from the TV show.

For more information about Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Duelist Packs, click here!

Accessories

Official Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME accessories help Duelists protect their cards in style with binders, card sleeves, and Deck cases featuring their favorite characters and monsters. Duelists of all levels of experience understand the importance of keeping their cards organized and protecting them from damage, so official Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME accessories are popular among players of various skill levels.

For more information about official Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME accessories, click here!

Other Products

Sometimes special Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME products are released that include an assortment of different cards. Each of these products is unique, and these products are designed to appeal to a wide range of Yu-Gi-Oh! fans and players.

For more information about some of the other Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME products available for purchase, and to find one that interests you, click here!

 

 

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