I am Philip Torres with Shenanigans Gaming here to get you up to speed with what is needed to play the Yu-Gi-Oh!! Trading Card Game. Many of you may be familiar with the Yu-Gi-Oh!! animated series and have seen the characters play on extravagant playing fields with holograms and “duel disks” to interact with their cards. I am sad to say that the Yu-Gi-Oh!! Trading Card Game does not require these items to play, but you do have a wide range of accessories to choose from! Some items are necessary to adhere by tournament rules while others are used to protect your cards or keep your life point total. These accessories can also be used to show some personality as well. Items that are necessary to play the game include card sleeves and a pen and paper or calculator to keep your life point total. There are many other items that can be used to play with such as playmats, dice, and game tokens, but we’ll get to those later.
First we will cover the necessities. According to the official tournament rules the player’s cards in his or her deck must be uniform. That means cards can’t have noticeable damage or markings of any kind. Many cards can become damaged during regular play or handling, which can make them decipherable when sitting on the playing table. Knowing your cards by damage can be viewed as marking your cards, which may be an unfair advantage.
To avoid getting a penalty in an official tournament, it is best to make your deck uniform and protect your cards using card sleeves. There are many card sleeves to choose from, but only Japanese size sleeves have the correct fit your Yu-Gi-Oh!! cards. For major events like regional or Yu-Gi-Oh!! Championship Series tournaments, it is recommended that you buy a brand new pack of sleeves for your deck and also keep a few extra sleeves with you in case a sleeve tears or breaks a seal. Damaged sleeves may also bring a warning or penalty from the judges at these major events. Card sleeves come in many different colors; choose whichever suits you best. Other items you may need include coins, dice, counters, and monster tokens. Some cards require these items to resolve their effects, keep track of an effect, or represent a monster on the playing field.
Keeping track of life totals is an important aspect of any game. A pen and paper is best and is recommended by tournament judges. If there are any discrepancies between players during a duel, the information written down will help explain the scenario. A pen and paper will always outweigh a calculator for information during a match if a dispute between players occurs. That being said, along with your pen and paper, it is helpful to carry a calculator to help make the correct calculations. Yu-Gi-Oh! does not require a high degree of mathematics, but starting at an 8000 life point total is no joke. You want to be precise, especially when you are planning a huge swing turn where you can potentially defeat your opponent.
Whether you’re going to your local game shop or a major event, you should keep your cards safe. This includes your deck and any cards that you have brought to trade. It is helpful to store your trading cards in sleeves and/or in binders so that others may view your collection easily and that your cards are kept in good condition. Binders come in many varieties, sizes, and can easily be personalized with art and stickers, for example. Your binder can also display your love for certain cards and may contain the best cards in your collection to share with others.
The easiest way to store and keep your deck safe is with a deck box. This is a specially designed box that is fitted to hold a deck or two perfectly. Again, these boxes come in an array of designs and colors. Choose one that fits your needs and your personality.
Another way to protect your cards and sleeves is playing your matches on a playmat. There are many types of playmats that vary in size, material, designs and colors. Many Yu-Gi-Oh! event prizes include rubber mats with an official gameplay design and are highly coveted. Many young duelists set the goal to obtain one of these mats by performing well in a tournament.
Yu-Gi-Oh! accessories can protect your cards, show your personality and be helpful during gameplay. They can also be a necessity for gameplay at major events. There are many ways to accessorize and show off your cards. As my final note, I will say the most important thing to do is to carry your items in a bag and keep it close at all times.
Until next time duelists!
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