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Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships set to include Master Duel tournament

The Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships are back with a bang, including individual tournaments for TCG, Duel Links, and Master Duel players.

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The Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships are back for 2023, and for the first time ever, Master Duel players can get involved in the action. Set to take place at Tokyo International Exhibition Center on August 5-6, this is the first event of its nature in three years, bringing duelists from all over the world together to throw down face-downs and do some special summoning.

This year’s event has three different categories, with players able to participate in either the TCG competition or Duel Links and Master Duel equivalents. Qualifying for the first stage Master Duel tournament takes place from May 16-29, with the regional qualifiers from May 26-29. Duel Links follows up later, with first-round qualifying from May 30 to June 12, squeezing in regional qualifiers from June 9-12.

In an interesting twist, Konami has announced that the Master Duels finals are set to consist of a team battle component, with eight teams made up of some of the finest duelists doing battle. Still, before that, players need to get through Europe and Oceania championships, with Konami confirming the prior to take place at the Jaarbeurs Exhibition Centre in Utrecht from 30 June to July 2.

Whoever takes the prize of Master Duel World Champion will have the distinguished honour of being the first to do so. We’re expecting some pretty interesting prizes too, considering it is the year of Yu-Gi-Oh!’s 25th anniversary, so be sure to pick up a deck and take part if you’re one of the many who holds the heart of the cards.

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With that, you’re up to date on the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships including Master Duel for the first time. While you’re here, get up to speed with our picks for the best Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel meta decks.