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KOREY MCDUFFIE AND CLAYTON HILL TO REPRESENT NORTH AMERICA AT THE Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN ITALY
El Segundo, CA (July 15, 2014)
– This past weekend more than 1500 of the top Yu-Gi-Oh!
TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Duelists from North America gathered
in Detroit, Michigan in hopes of achieving the ultimate
title, that of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American Champion.
After two grueling days of back-and-forth Dueling, Korey McDuffie and Clayton Hill were crowned Champions at the North American World Championship Qualifier (WCQ). Hosted by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), this premier-level event provided the opportunity for Duelists to earn the right to represent North America at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship in Rimini, Italy on August 9th – 10th.
The North American WCQ showcased the expert level of play by
the continent’s best Duelists but it was Woodstock,
Georgia’s McDuffie that proved he had the best strategy and
skill and, combined with a powerful Traptrix Hand Artifacts
Deck, the winning combination during Sunday’s Championship
Round against Deon Akridge, from Macon, Georgia also playing
his trusted Traptrix Hand Artifacts Deck. The victory
earned McDuffie the privilege of representing North America
at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship as 2014 North
American WCQ Champion. He won a trip to Rimini, Italy, a
spectacular set of prizes that included complete sets of
Legacy of the Valiant and Primal Origin, a Super
Rare copy of the YCS Prize Card, Number 106: Giant Hand,
a Tablet PC, a personalized Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship
jersey to be awarded at the World Championship, and 18 packs
each of Judgment of the Light, Shadow Specters,
Legacy of the Valiant, and Primal Origin.
McDuffie will be accompanied by Akridge, Tej Trivedi, Jimmy Nquyen, Sean McCabe and Sehabi Kheireddine, the other top finishers, at the WCQ, in Italy.
Hill made his
of Queen Creek, Arizona proud with a spectacular win over
his young peers to earn the coveted title of North American
Dragon Duel Champion during the weekend’s Dragon Duel
tournaments (for Duelists born in 2001 or later). It was a
Geargia Deck, played with great expertise by Hill that
helped him defeat his opponent, to secure an invitation to
the Dragon Duel World Championship on August 9th
- 10th. Hill will be joined in Italy by
Brandon Bird the other top Dragon Duel finisher.
In addition to winning a trip to Italy for him and a
guardian, he also received an amazing prize pack including
complete sets of Legacy of the Valiant and Primal
Origin, a Super Rare YCS Prize Card, Number 106:
Giant Hand, a Tablet PC, a personalized Yu-Gi-Oh! World
Championship jersey to be awarded at the World Championship,
and 12 packs each of Judgment of the Light, Shadow
Specters, Legacy of the Valiant, and Primal
As a special treat, all U.S. Dragon Duelists who earned an
invitation to the 2014 North American Dragon Duel World
Championship Qualifier can take part in the Dragon Duel
Victory Speech video contest. Visit
http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/dragonduel/ for the
official rules and more information.
The 2014 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship will be held at Palacongressi di Rimini (www.riminipalacongressi.it) on August 9th - 10th. The venue will be open to the public, where all attendees can enjoy a spectacular Yu-Gi-Oh! themed occasion and cheer on their favorite Duelists. Throughout the weekend, spectators and players alike can enjoy a host of challenging, fun and free Public Events, and a wide range of activities based on the theme of "A Celebration of ZEXAL."
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