Tyler Tabman Wins North American Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game World Championship Qualifier

Jul 3rd 2012
El Segundo, CA (June 28, 2012)– The Buckeye State's Discovery City hosted more than 1,600 elite Duelists, from all over the United States and Canada, who converged at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio with anticipation and a determination to win. The Duelists made the journey to Columbus with the sole ambition of Dueling for top honors at the invite-only North American World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG), hosted by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami). After a weekend of many arduous battles it was Tyler Tabman, age 17, from Overland Park, Kansas who emerged triumphant at the premier Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG event.

After an exciting weekend of first-rate Duels from the best North America had to offer, Tabman defeated Robert Lewis, Jr. from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky to earn the title of North American Champion. Tabman and Lewis outmaneuvered their opponents round after round to reach the finals. Lewis tenaciously strategized attacks with his Wind-Up Deck, in hopes of hindering Tabman's approach with his Wind-Up Deck with Instant Fusion. But, at the Final Round Table Tabman bested Lewis's Deck with his Dark Hole, Wind-Up Hunter, Wind-Up Shark as the fundamental cards that turned the tide to his benefit and catapulted him to be named the 2012 North American Champion. Tyler Tabman will be representing North America at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship in Tokyo, Japan August 11-12 and also collects many additional outstanding prizes.

The weekend also saw another exceptional Duelist win the right to represent North America in Tokyo. Tyler Nilson, from North Port, Florida, won the North American Dragon Duel Championship (for Duelists born 1999 or later) skillfully ousting his Dragon Duel opponents with his Dino Rabbit Deck to acquire one of the coveted invitations to the first ever Dragon Duel World Championship. Along with a tremendous opportunity to travel to Tokyo he took home an amazing prize pack that includes a complete set of Galactic Overlord and a Super Rare Blood Mefist Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card.

Making the voyage to Tokyo for the 2012 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship Tournament will be Tyler Tabman accompanied by North American WCQ Top Ranking Players, Robert Lewis, Jr, Jarel Winston, Kevin Rubio, Adrian Shakir, Michael Steinman; and for the Dragon Duel World Championship, Tyler Nilson and Runner Up, Zachary Leverette.
Every Saturday morning, Duelists can watch the all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal animated series as well as classic Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes on TheCW4Kids programming block, the leading Saturday morning kids broadcast network in the United States. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's every Friday and Saturday on YTV! Fans can also view their favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes at www.CW4Kids.com

For more information on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Hidden Arsenal 6: Omega Xyz booster set, or Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630.


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, Inc. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America and Latin America.

About KONAMI
KONAMI is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. KONAMI's software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. KONAMI is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide. The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at www.konami.com.

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