Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2010 Day 1 Recaps

The tournament of the year is here. This year’s World Championship is held at the Long Beach Convention Center, just as it had been for the past few years. Aside from the actual world championship that’s going on on the main stage of the ball room, there is a ton of other stuff to do at the convention center.

Since 10am, the downstairs meeting room has been hosting a game of King of the Hill. The rules are simple, winner stays and loser leaves and get back in line and wait to be seated again. Single elimination for this game and players gets a participation stamp, while the winner gets an extra stamp for winning on the card they passed out earlier. With each 8 stamps for participating, the players can redeem it at the retail store for a tournament pack, which includes old but rare cards. Winning 3 in a row will also earn the player a tournament pack.

Also, Konami has decided to demo the all of the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! official video games. The games include: Yu-Gi-Oh! Online 3: Duel Accelerator for the PC, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s: Duel Transer for the Wii, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels for the XBOX live Arcade, and the long awaited Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 5. All of the games play similar to each other, with the display’s setup, in-game animation style, and character sprites all very closely resembling each other. Nevertheless, we are still excited for them being released, and can not wait to get our hands on it.

On top of all of these actions, the Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th anniversary movie is being previewed at another room with the voice actor doing signatures at the end of the session. Also, each attendee can get their own, personalized, one-of-a-kind token card made just for the person next to all of the games. Last but not lease the kind staffs at Konami decided to open up a Duel Terminal machine for free for the attendee to try out and get some free cards.

There are three different types of tournaments running simultaneously. The Win-A-Mat tournament, which starts every time there are 16 participants signed up for it, will reward the winner of the 16 with one of the 4 possible exclusive Konami play mat they have made available.
The Dragon duel is basically a Tournament for young kids under the age of 12, I personally don’t know much, since I am too old to actually enter, but I am sure that it is just like a regular duel and the winner will either get a mat or some exclusive booster pack for their achievement.

At noon, the World Championship kicked off with 25 participants dueling in the best out of 5 rounds rule with 1 hour on the clock with a little over half of the players playing with their own cards, while the rest is on the Nintendo DS version of World Championship 2010. Through the 5 rounds, each player will receive 3 points for winning, 1 point for having a draw game, and 0 point for losing, and by the end of the day, even after the surprising draw in round 4 between the two Japanese players, the 8 players with the most amount of point at the end of the 5th round will be moving on to the semi final, and possibly finals on sunday. the list is as follows:

1. Kei Kuwano (Japan – 13 points)
2. Hideki Kawai (Japan – 13 points)
3. Aaron Noel (Canada – 12 points)
4. She Wei Hao (Taiwan – 12 points)
5. Galileo De Obaldia (Panama – 12 points)
6. Vincent Paglia (USA – 9 points)
7. Tae Woo Kim (South Korea – 9 points)
8. Stefano Sluis (Netherlands – 9 points)
Check back later for coverage on the top 8 games.

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