Memories of the Duel King and More

As we know, the deck, Memories of the Duel King was released not too long ago:
In short, it’s a very solid deck, which seems to be based off the deck Yugi’s grandfather handed down to him (hence the five pieces of Exodia). This is the first time a deck’s been put out with Exodia, and I’m glad that they at least did it with Yugi. As it turns out, Electromagnetic Turtle, Slifer the Sky Dragon, a Token, and Voyage to the Kingdom were promotional cards, apart from the deck (like with the Legendary Collections), so you can’t discount the cards that were clearly used after Battle City. Other than that, the only cards that are inaccurate are Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning, Dark Magician Girl, and Detonate. Though both of them are rooted in cards already used by Yugi, so that makes it a little more acceptable (though there already is a copy of the original Black Luster Soldier). With just 40 cards, it gets to the point of what it sets out to do, even if it does leave out some famous Yugi cards (Horn Imp, Magician of Black Chaos, Book of Secret Arts, etc). The set is also awesome because it introduces Electromagnetic Turtle to the game, with an effect very similar to the way Yugi used him. It also uses the classic artworks of Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl. Just awesome. Add in awesome packaging (which includes an inner box designed to look like Yugi’s Millennium Puzzle Box), and a nostalgic pamphlet, and you’ve just properly wished the OCG a happy 15th birthday.

Now, what about a TCG release? All cards in the deck, except Griffore have been released, but it’d be nice to get the same bundle. Well, according to the link, there’s already reports of it being brought overseas… and then two more releases to round out the original series. We’ll have to wait to get more coverage, but it seems the next decks will commemorate Battle City, and then the Ceremonial Battle. What’s exciting about that report is we’ll be getting the long OCG-exclusive Pandora/Arkana Dark Magician (yes!), and the anime-exclusive Dark Renewal, in addition to Buster Blader and the Magnet Warriors. Battle City has probably been my favorite arc, and it looks like this release will live up to it…


Legacy of the Valiant: Deluxe Edition

The Legacy of the Valiant: Deluxe Edition boxes are released today:
I thought this booster deserved a nod, as it expands upon the Gravekeeper’s archetype, and helps make them a more formidable force. Other cards of interest are the long overdue Dark Artist and Swordsman From a Foreign Land… except for some reason, his name’s been changed to Swordsman From a Distant Land (seriously, why?). Anyways, for what it is, it’s a decent expansion, but with more filler than killer cards. Though, I do like that Gravekeeper’s box.

Odds and Ends

I’ve tweaked a few things here and there, added some pictures so everything looks nice. I’ve also got the Starter Deck: Yugi Reloaded review up, so go read that. Also, check out the new ‘Features’ section.

Also, Season 4 of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime has been released for the first time ever as a complete set:

I must say, it’s exciting to know that we’re getting the whole series on DVD. Maybe they can take it to Netflix as well, like Pok√©mon just did. Also, this is more wishful thinking, but I’d love to see them continue the uncut dub 4Kids started around a decade ago.

Big Releases Coming

Konami has had a good year in 2013, but it looks like they’re already looking to top that in 2014. Here’s a sampling of what’s going down:

  • March 28 – release of Premium Gold. Re-release of previous cards (now in Gold rarity), and even some new cards… the Egyptian Gods have already been confirmed, so that’s a good sign.
  • April 25 – release of Dragons of Legend. Much anticipated release. Not much has been confirmed, but some of the Legendary Dragons from the anime have already been confirmed. That alone is reason to be ecstatic.
  • July 11 – release of Battle Pack 3. While I expect it to be much the same as the previous, we could get some new releases here, like the Egyptian Gods’ original artworks in the previous Battle Pack.

Also, the OCG has some more interesting news:

  • March 8 – release of Memories of the Duel King: Duelist Kingdom Arc. Probably one of my most anticipated releases in a while. Originally thought to be a promotional pack, it turns out it’s a pre made deck, which is also cool. Pretty much modeled after the Duelist Kingdom Arc (one of my favorites), we already have one confirmed unreleased card, Electromagnetic Turtle. Although this is a Duelist Kingdom deck, some cards obviously don’t belong (Dark Magician Girl, Electromagnetic Turtle, Slifer the Sky Dragon, etc.), but the setlist is still promising so far. It even comes with sleeves, a Token and the OCG-only Voyage to the Kingdom. I’m hoping for a TCG release. Looking into it, I hope they continue this trend for the other arcs, too (Battle City).
  • May 17 – release of Collector’s Pack: Duelist of Legend Version. In the OCG, this would be the follow-up to Number Hunters. With promises of cards from all eras, what’s not to love? Also, a TCG release is pretty much guaranteed.

In the realm of prediction, I’d expect to see another Legendary Collection put out… possibly Kaiba’s World? Other than that, it seems most of the Special Edition packs have already been announced. Though coming off of the Yugi/Kaiba Reloaded Starter Decks, I’d love to see more pre made Starter Decks hit the shelves. Characters like Bandit Keith, Weevil and Rex could totally make an awesome Starter/Structure Deck.