Traviis Massengale Bests Field of Nearly 900 to Win Orlando's Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series

May 25th 2011
EL SEGUNDO, CA (May 25, 2011) – Weeks of preparation, a fine-tuned Deck and a sound strategy proved to be the perfect combination for Traviis Massengale as he emerged victorious at this past weekend's Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. More than 850 Duelists traveled from all over the country to participate in Konami Digital Entertainment's (Konami) premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) event.

As the crowds converged Saturday morning for Round One, 22-year-old Traviis Massengale from Topeka, KS was double-checking his Zombie Deck and preparing for an intense two days of head-to-head competition. And so was his 22-year-old Final Round opponent, Juan Morales of Orlando, FL, who was also prepared to go the distance, spent the final minutes before Round One honing his Tengu Synchro Deck.

With Saturday's Preliminary Rounds behind them, both Massengale and Morales were geared up for Sunday's Duels and their strategies paid off big as they both found themselves on center stage, facing each other in the Final Match.

After many handshakes, fist bumps and laughs they focused for the Match at hand. At the climax of the Match, Massengale Summoned Scrap Dragon to try to finish Morales off. When Morales responded with Bottomless Trap Hole to try and remove Scrap Dragon, Massengale had Solemn Judgment to negate it. With Scrap Dragon on the field, Morales soon lost his defenses, his Life Points, and the Match!

Traviis Massengale's win earned him a fantastic prize package that included a set of Ultra Rare YCS Prize Cards, an exclusive YCS Game Mat, a netbook computer, a paid trip to his 2011 World Championship Qualifier, and more!

Each Saturday morning in the United States Duelists can catch TV episodes of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series, along with the new Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's series, on TheCW4Kids block. For more information on Konami, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, 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 22 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 22 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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