Today marks the release of Duelist Pack: Rivals of the Pharaoh, which follows in the footsteps of Duelist Pack: Battle City and the Millennium Pack. For me, this is the release I’ve been awaiting the most recently, even more so than the tins and Dragons of Legend: Unleashed.
To start, the tins and Dragons of Legend were a little underwhelming and didn’t live up to their potential. But being the next in line after Duelist Pack: Battle City and the Millennium Pack is something to be excited about. Those two packs were nearly perfect, and a complete shock to see such fan-oriented releases that actually delivered all the way through. We were treated to anime-exclusives released for the first time, along with solid classics from the golden era of Yu-Gi-Oh!, usually in dire need of a re-release. And the beauty of these packs is no filler; even the commons remain interesting cards.
I’ve been looking into Rivals of the Pharaoh for months, with only the five cards from Konami’s advertisement being publicly known. Even up until a few days before, I noticed there were no leaks. So at this point, I figured I’d go into it with no spoilers. For the first time in a very long time, I’m going into a Yu-Gi-Oh! purchase completely blind. It’s this weird feeling that I’ve actually gained trust in Konami again.