In case you weren’t already aware, 2022 was going to be a comeback year for Konami’s in-person gaming tournaments. Duelists everywhere were prepared to do battle at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) event that was set to go down in Las Vegas this February. However, due to the uncertain circumstances surrounding the latest variant of COVID-19, there’s been a major change in plans.
Konami recently made this announcement via social media, which let everyone know that the in-person YCS event in Vegas has been canceled indefinitely. This is unfortunate since there were so many duelists out there who were looking forward to doing battle face to face and under the bright lights of the Vegas strip. However, all is not totally lost for those who still wish to participate in the championship tournament.
Sure, the whole point of this YCS event was to get players/duelists back where they belong: in the presence and directly across from their opponents. In fact, this would have been the first regional in-person event in close to two years. But, we continue to improvise, adapt, and overcome every challenge that comes up on our journey. That’s why Konami has also announced that the YCS tournament will go on as planned, but remotely.
Just as the in-person event was scheduled, this remote tournament, now known officially as Remote Duel, will be a two-day event that will run from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27. Registration for Remote Duel is open right now, so any duelist who is currently in the U.S. (and only in the U.S.) may register. Konami is also offering refunds to those who signed up for the in-person YCS tournament and do not wish to participate in the remote one. Any US-based duelist who still wishes to participate in the remote tournament must re-register.
Konami has also let it be known that there other scheduled in-person events, like the regional qualifiers for the Battle of Chaos, will be taking place remotely as well. So, this shift goes beyond the YCS Vegas event.
What’s most important to remember is that Konami only canceled their in-person event because are concerned for the health and safety of their players and would never wish to put them in harm's way. With that said, they also let it be known that they will closely follow the tracks of the pandemic, and if things start to ease back to the normal side, they will look to re-introduce their in-person events before May, when Battle of Chaos season closes. I know I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed all through the winter and spring.
If you wish to learn more and get the full details of the new Remote Duel tournament, I suggest that you check out the page that Konami dedicated to it via Yugioh-card.com, which you can view by clicking HERE. They also give further info on how the event will work, prizes, equipment requirements, and setup guides to ensure that you have the best experience possible.
I’ll keep an eye on this story and check back if anything new develops. I hope that you’ll do the same.