Next English Yu-Gi-Oh! Game to include Booster Draft and Deck-Swapping modes

An update on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG site in early June added more details on the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! title, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist for the Playstation 4 and XBox One due for a Summer 2015 release. The game is the debut of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise in the above-mentioned consoles and will feature majority of the cards in the physical TCG, at a card count of 6’600, and 90 characters from the 5 series of the anime: Duel Monsters, GX, 5D’s, ZEXAL and Arc-V. LotD sells for an MSRP of USD19.90.

One of the two novel features this game appears to sell on is the inclusion of a Sealed Format mode in the game. To the TCG initiate, a Sealed Format or Booster Draft is a tournament type played in large groups at shops. Players purchase and open several booster packs on the spot, keeping desired cards and passing the remainder around to the others to form a deck on the spot to duel. In most TCGs, this can be a cheaper alternative and a test of a player’s deck-building skill, instead of spending to amass a card pool from which a pre-constructed deck is built.

Included in this version of the game are the Battle Packs Epic Dawn and War of the Giants I & II, sets created in such a way that cards are categorized according to their card type and stats. This arrangement maximizes the likelihood of players pulling useful cards in the pack that can work in synergy with the subsequent pulls. The inclusion of such a mode enables players to experience the game in this format with against an AI opponent in the comfort of their home without having to gather players at his local store and spending on a new set each time they want to play a Sealed Format game. Below are how the physical booster packs for both sets look like.

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Next is the Reverse Duel. Upon defeating certain AI-controlled characters from the anime as the protagonist, players can swap decks with the AI, testing the player’s familiarity with both decks to defeat the very deck he built himself. The game will expand through its promises of DLC, especially those concerning the currently-airing Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V anime. The DLC will cover the later parts of the Arc-V anime and carry new characters, avatars and cards.

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Visual of the main characters of Arc-V by moralltechnology

The Yu-Gi-Oh! video games are an alternative to playing the physical TCG against human opponents. Most games are faithful to the rules of the physical game with elements from the fantastical elements in the anime or RPG-like features. Several games, especially those for the PC, have been developed specifically for an English-speaking audience, such as this title, and thus do not have a Japanese translation thus far.

Below are pre-release screenshots of the game from the announcement.

The interface of a Duel

The in-game interface of a Duel

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Yugi Muto’s signature monster, Dark Magician attacks

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Interface of a conversation, depicting Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba from Duel Monsters

– Mikeru

Source: Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Official Website, The Organization

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