Fire & Ice Collide in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

As the new year ramps up and winter continues to cool, Konami Digital Entertainment B.V.. (KONAMI) is pleased to present 3 new releases for fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG). From booster sets to Structure Decks, veteran Duelists will get to see fresh takes on countless classics this February, and if you’re a newer competitor it’s your chance to check out some of the game’s greatest strategies, back and better than ever! Topping it all off, a brand-new line of accessories features the leading lady of Duel Monsters come March, and competitors across the continents will have more chances to compete in Remote Duels. Here’s how it all breaks down.

First up, February’s coming in hot with Blazing Vortex. The first quarterly core booster of 2021 introduces three monster themes and offers stellar new support for dozens of fan-favourite Decks! Discover cards for time-honoured archetypes like Fabled, Windwitches, Metalfoes, Machina, Dragunity, Skull Servants and Ojamas, as well as modern strategies like Tri-Brigade, Ancient Warriors, Dogmatika, Live☆Twins and Eldlich. Fans of Yu-Gi-Oh GX will find a new spin on Chazz Princeton’s Armed Dragon strategy too, including an all-new version of Chazz’s Armed Dragon LV10 that you can power up to 10,000 ATK!

November’s Phantom Rage set had a whopping 17 World Premieres, cards that were never available anywhere else. But Blazing Vortex ups the ante with a stunning 19 World Premieres! The new cards include a Continuous Trap that interferes with monster effects, a World Premiere that reinvents a classic spell, and the debut of the never-before-seen “War Rock” monsters.

Blazing Vortex also introduces a tremendously powerful Spell Card, the latest in the tradition of Pot of Greed, Pot of Duality, and Pot of Desires. Choose to banish 3 or 6 cards from your Extra Deck, and the new “Pot” spell will let you excavate the same number of cards from the top of your Deck, and choose 1 to add to your hand. It’s an incredible tool to find the card you need the most, and there’s no restriction on what you take so grab whatever you want! This brand-new power spell’s sure to be a huge hit for tournament Duelists.

Blazing Vortex arrives on the 4th of February, with 10 Secret Rares, 14 Ultra Rares, 26 Super Rares, and 50 Commons for a total of 100 new cards. Each pack contains 9 cards: 1 foil card and 8 Commons. SRP: £/€3.99 per pack.

Then get ready for one of the coolest releases this year: Structure Deck: Freezing Chains! For years, Duelists have held Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier and Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier in the highest regard, each a stunningly powerful monster for combo Decks and Synchro strategies. But now, the Ice Barrier theme returns from the chilled abyss of obscurity with additions to their arsenal! New Ice Barrier monsters freeze your opponent in their tracks; when you control two or more Ice Barrier monsters, each of them gains a control effect to do things like stop attacks, ward off Spell Cards, and forbid Tribute Summons. Build your field and your opponent will never overcome your frozen defences.

The Ice Barrier revamp arrives just in time, because a new incarnation of Trishula is ready to cast off its freezing chains! The new Synchro Monster banishes up to 3 opposing cards, and if your opponent destroys it, you’ll Special Summon the original Trishula to take its place! You’ll find all of the “Ice Barrier” Synchros in the Structure Deck, helping you build your Extra Deck and prepare for battle. You’ll also find plenty of rereleases to strengthen any strategy, from Appointer of the Red Lotus and Fiendish Chain, to Heavy Storm Duster and Crackdown.

Structure Deck: Freezing Chains is available from the 18th of February. Each box includes a Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide and 46 cards: a 41-card Main Deck and a 5-card Extra Deck, with 6 Ultra Rares, 3 Super Rares, and 37 Commons. SRP: £/€9.99 per box.

Launching in March, Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight arrives in style with her very own collection of Dueling accessories! Whether it’s on the table or in your binder, Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight Card Sleeves will keep your cards safe. Store your Deck in the Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight Card Case; with enough room for 70 sleeved cards, it can hold your full Main, Side, and Extra Deck, and it comes with a matching divider to keep your Deck organised. When it’s time to throw down, play your Duels on the Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight Card Game Mat to cushion your cards and protect your sleeves from dirt and dings. And finally, display your favourites in the Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight 9-Pocket Duelist Portfolio. Each Portfolio has 10 pages with 9 pockets per page, for a total capacity of 180 cards. The pockets load from the side, keeping your cards from tumbling out the top. All four accessories feature the new artwork of Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight, from Dragons of Legend: The Complete Series.

The entire Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight collection arrives March 5, with four different accessories: Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight Card Sleeves (SRP: £/€3.99), Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight Card Game Mat (SRP: £/€14.99), Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight Card Case (SRP: £/€4.99), and the Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight 9-Pocket Duelist Portfolio (SRP: £/€9.99).

Also in February, top Duelists will compete in the European Remote Duel Qualifiers! Sixteen Duelists will earn an invitation to compete in the next European Remote Duel Qualifier, a star-studded showdown set to take place in March! The Remote Duel Invitational Qualifiers will be among the first competitive events with Genesis Impact and Blazing Vortex, giving us a strong look at their impact on competitive Dueling.

For more information on KONAMI’s Organised Play programs, including opportunities for aspiring Duelists to learn how to play, go to

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 billion cards sold. It is a game of strategy, where players create individual Decks of cards collected from Structure Decks and Booster Packs. Two players engage in a Duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical Spells and surprising Traps. Duelists with well-constructed Decks, dominating monsters, solid strategy and good fortune are the victors in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Konami Digital Entertainment, B.V. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in Europe and Oceania.

About Konami Group

Konami Group was founded in 1973, starting as an amusement machine manufacturer for arcades. Over the years, the company has grown to include different business units across various markets. Currently, KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION includes the Digital Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Gaming & Systems, and Amusement Businesses. The company went public on the Osaka Securities Exchange in 1984, the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1988, and the London Stock Exchange in 1999. For more information, visit:

About Konami Digital Entertainment 

Konami Digital Entertainment, which is the core company of Konami Group, develops entertaining content for mobile, console and card games. The company is known for global franchises such as Pro Evolution Soccer, Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania, and Contra, as well as the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game series.

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