CARDS: YU-GI-OH! Tournament Guide pt.2


Sometimes it takes more than cards to play Yu-Gi-Oh! Depending on your style, you may want to pack a little extra gear, especially for the big leagues. Sounds like an extra hassle? It isn’t. You can find most of what you need around the house, so take some time to show your opponents just how ready you are!

Do the Math
Tournaments provide pens and paper to keep score, but bringing a calculator to save time never hurts. Also check out some of the available calculator apps for your phone.

Token of Our Esteem
Tokens and Counters are everywhere, so always come supplied. These shouldn’t be fancy—paperclips, pennies, anything you can switch to Attack or Defense works fine. Bring as many as you need, and maybe a few extra just in case your opponent’s not as ready as you are.

The Dice, You Say?
If you’ve got coin flip or dice roll cards in your Deck, then bring a coin for tossing and dice for rolling. You don’t want to stop the game just to hunt down someone else’s gear, right?

Returning Customers
The sweet COSSY ranking system keeps track of your tournament status. Every win bumps you a little closer to the Top 1000. Also remember that you’ll need your ID at some events just to get in the door. Bring it with you to every tournament to prove just how awesome you are!

Switching Gears

If you’re ready to get serious about Dueling, here are some items that’ll help keep your cards safe and clean… and maybe give your Deck a more personal touch.

Something Up Your Card Sleeves
Sleeves keep cards safe against the elements (and soft-drinks), along with covering up existing damage. Many even sport a unique backing design to set your cards apart!

Deck-Boxing Match
When your pocket isn’t good enough, a Deck Box can keep your Deck protected. These also have unique designs, so find one that’s right for you.

Laying Out The Field
Game Mats display the Field’s geography and come in a lot of styles. If nothing else, try a paper mat from a store-bought Deck.

Now that you've got the basics down, go out there, find a local tournament, and DUEL!

Related Links:
Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Official Site

by Chris Turner

About Chris Turner
A casual duelist and former Viz Media intern, Chris has ascended the ranks and now writes for us as a freelancer.


Submitted by foxroano9T on Sat, 03/24/2012 - 22:15

This review is pretty basic, I haven;t played since 2003 yet i could have given the same advice. The game has changed a lot since my day. A good tip check the latest ban list. You don;t want to get disqualified for using a card you didn't know was banned or had a limit on.

Submitted by fullmetalalchemist75 on Tue, 03/27/2012 - 07:22

I am never entering a yugi-oh card tournament in my life. For a couple of reasons:
1) I never learned to play had the cards because I thought they were pretty, but never learned to play. Had a friend who could play try to teach me and i turned into Dee-Dee from Dexter's Labatory. by going "What does this card do."
2) I seriously doubt that the judges are going to want me looking at them and asking as I show my hand to them "Un does this card look like a good card to play if I want to counter that?"
And lastly:
3)I seriously don't think anyone would want to play with because I would be the first person to show the other guy my hand saying "Um hey you does this hand look good to you?"

Submitted by CeoleMizurai on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 19:57

Actually, you can practice with a few of your friends every now and again to see what cards are good for you and how some cards combo together. And here are a few responses to your points:
1) Like stated, just practice with your friends regularly, and find out which cards are popular and useful at the time.
2) The judges will be understanding of your questions. That's what they're there for. You have questions, they should have the answers.
3) That's what the practicing is for. You play out your deck, see how the cards work, and play against your opponent's plays.
I know I repeated myself a bit, but I hope this was helpful.

Submitted by John Bae on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 16:46

Good stuff CeoleMizurai! Did you enter any recent tournaments? If so, how did you do?

Submitted by CeoleMizurai on Tue, 04/17/2012 - 21:10

Well, I frequent tournaments, but because of where I live, I have to make big plans and trips to make it there. But the last one I entered, I did fairly well (But people can also make the argument that I was running one of "the big 3", consisting of dino-rabbit, inzektors and wind-ups, and I was running the latter). We had a decent turnout that day, with a range of deck types and various player skill levels. Some were just beginners, others veterans. We had judge calls going all day, and with only 3 judges to run the event, it was kind of hectic. All in all, it was a very decent day for almost everyone there.
To all of those players scared to enter tournaments, the best thing to do is jump right in and play for fun, learning along the way!

Submitted by vraptorsteel on Sun, 04/22/2012 - 06:05

one of my friends have a tournament-legal "ultimate deck". I need to know where to go to know the semi-limited, limited, and banned cards, for I have a hunch that the Jashin (wicked gods) are banned.

Submitted by KentaYuki on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 17:12

I can play the game, I just don't have a lot of cards so I can't really make my deck.
I play with my friend, but he's to slow. Hey! Urian, if you're listening, can I duel you (at a con)?

Submitted by vraptorsteel on Sun, 04/22/2012 - 06:00

I feel your pain. I have to choose whether to face my little brother, who always loses, or to face my friends. I call this the pain the pain of the middle class.

Submitted by vraptorsteel on Sun, 04/22/2012 - 06:01

oh, and my friends one-turn me frequently, just to amuse them.