Konami announces Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel gem giveaway and first tournament

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is off to a flying start, with over 10 million downloads in less than a month. As a thank you, Konami is giving away 1,000 gems to each player to celebrate the early milestone, so now you don’t need Kaiba money to get deck-building. This is good news, because the first official tournament is on the way too. 

It’s no massive surprise to see a Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel gem giveaway as the player base grows, especially for those who enjoy the regular freebies offered in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. As the game’s reach gets bigger, and more cards and tournaments arrive, we can only expect more freebies, and more sweet free gems. Of course, 1,000 gems is a pretty generous amount too, and with that, you’ll be able to buy up to ten Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel secret packs to improve your collection. 

Not only has Konami led the games first mass giveaway, but they’ve also revealed plans for an inaugural online tournament. The XYZ festival begins on February 17, and runs for a full week before ending on the 23rd in the U.S, and the 24th in Europe and the UK. This tournament offers rewards for all players, win or lose, so it’s well worth taking part in for another few extras.

How can I claim the Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel gem giveaway?

You can access your freebie by going to the game’s main menu, and then heading to the missions menu in the top-right corner. All you need to do then is claim the 100 million downloads reward by selecting it from the top of the screen, and the gems are yours. However, you only have until the end of March to claim the reward, so act fast.

When does the Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel XYZ festival take place?

The upcoming XYZ festival goes live on February 17 for a full week. The rules for this tournament are relatively simple in that only XYZ cards are allowed in your extra deck. This means no fusions, no synchros, and no link monsters. It also presents players with their first opportunity to escape the clutches of the current meta, as some of the most popular cards won’t be playable in this tournament’s format.

With the competitive scene just starting to get up and running, be sure to check back with us for all future news on Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel giveaways and tournaments. Once you’ve got your free gems, why not check out our guide to Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel dragon decks to prepare yourself for the coming trials.