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Every Participating Duelist Received a Commemorative Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Game Mat


El Segundo, Calif.  (May 27, 2015) – Large numbers of Duelists from across North America took planes, trains, automobiles or used sneaker power to arrive in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend to wage card battles at the 150th Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) event.  Duelists of every age and playing ability participated in the premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) event, presented by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), and showed off their impressive Dueling skills for the chance to be seen holding the YCS Champion’s hardware. 

Raising his hand in victory after a long day of Dueling, was Terrance Joseph Kinsley from Wallkill, N.Y. who outpaced the field to claim the coveted title and bragging rights of YCS Champion and Nathanael Ross Patton from Hickory, N.C. who took home the Dragon Duel Champion’s title.

YCS events are amazing platforms for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelists wanting to assess the latest big-match strategies and card combinations against their opponents.  Throughout the weekend, many in the field of players showed refined skills and a splash of luck, but it was the elite players that emerged to win top honors.

Kinsley triumphantly battled his way into Sunday’s Single Elimination with his own first-rate Nekroz Deck. Then, after five rounds of Single Elimination, it came down to an exciting playoff with Christopher Michael Pobee-Mensah from Raleigh, NC and his Nekroz Deck.  Kinsley’s combination of precise play and smart risk-taking helped earn him the title of YCS Columbus Champion.

In addition to the title of YCS Champion, Kinsley returned home with a stellar set of prizes that included a 150th YCS Championship Trophy, an Ultra Rare YCS Ascension Sky Dragon Prize Card, an exclusive 150th YCS Top Cut Game Mat, a PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and an invitation and paid travel to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) tournament!

In the Dragon Duel Championship, an event for Duelists born in 2002 or later, Patton used his Sealed Deck then switched to his own Deck in the final matchup to beat Jackson Charles Sayre, from Lindenhurst, Ill., in a head-to-head playoff.  Patton picked up some great prizes too, including a 2015 Regional Game Mat, a Dragon Duel Medal, a Dragon Duel T-Shirt, a Dragon Duel Championship trophy, and an invitation to the 2015 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier tournament to be held during their WCQ.

Duelists can watch all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In addition, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL airs twice on Sundays on Nicktoons. Check local TV listings for upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episodes. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon! For more information on KONAMI, the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.


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 subsidiaries, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at www.konami.com.


Media Contact:
Fernando Bustamante
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

Don Williams
Williams Group Public Relations
(760) 707-4589



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