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A YCS History Lesson

30.11.2013 | 15:00 |

In the 11 years that the [ygotcg] has been around, there have been 125 YCS-level events for Duelists to compete in. Let’s take a brief look back at the past decade and relive some of the highlights!

John Umali, the first ever SJC winner!


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[b]It begins: SHONEN JUMP Championship Anaheim (2004)[/b]

“Back in the day”, the [ycs] was known by a different name: the SHONEN JUMP Championship Series. These events were as large as National and Continental Championships, but didn’t require Duelists to qualify for them. In addition, the winner would recieve a powerful, exclusive prize card that could not be obtained in any other way! Over 300 Duelists competed in the first SJC, before John Umali emerged victorious and got himself the first ever TCG copy of [stein]!
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A very special prize for a very special event!


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[b]Nifty at fifty: SHONEN JUMP Championship Costa Mesa (2008, 50th SJC)[/b]

4 years on from that first event, the 50th SJC was upon us! A record 1056 Duelists from all over the globe (including many of Europe’s finest) headed to Costa Mesa to compete for some of the biggest prizes a TCG tournament had ever seen! This was the era of [dad] Return and Diamond Dude Turbo, where Duelists were confronted with some of the fastest and most powerful Decks in the history of the game. Although Europe did have 1 representative in the Top 8 (Stefano Memoli from Italy) it was Canada’s Lazaro Bellido that was declared the victor!
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The first Champion from Europe: Rodrigo Togores!


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[b]Victory for Europe: SHONEN JUMP Championship Orlando (2009)[/b]

Europe’s top Duelists had been travelling to America to compete in these events for quite a while, but it wasn’t until 2009 that one of the continent’s Duelists went all the way to the Finals. Spain’s Rodrigo Togores took an innovative Blackwing Deck with him to Orlando, and returned as a Champion. It’s rare for a European to win a YCS/SJC in America, so much so that only 2 other Duelists have done so in the history of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG.
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Vincent Ralambomiadana scores another European victory!


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[b]Europe wins again: SHONEN JUMP CHAMPIONSHIP Columbus (2009)[/b]

2 months after Togores scored Europe’s first SJC victory, there was another victor from Europe! Vincent Ralambomiadana had constructed a new type of Lightsworn Deck that utilised DARK and Chaos monsters, and was testing it for several months with his friends before unleashing it on the biggest stage. His “French Twilight” Deck became one of the sensations of that format, with Duelists the world over trying it out at their local and Regional events.
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Jeff Jones defeated a record number of Duelists!


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[b]End of an Era: SHONEN JUMP Championship Edison (2010, 75th SJC)[/b]

2010 saw the SHONEN JUMP Championship series as it was known come to a close, with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series following on. Before that happened though, there was the small matter of the 75th event, the first ever Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG tournament to exceed 2000 Duelists! Victory went to Jeff Jones, who used his Quickdraw Plant Deck to defeat all that stood against him!
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Europe's first YCS was a hugely successful one!


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[b]The European Debut: [ycs] Bochum (2010)[/b]

Up until the 75th SJC, Yu-Gi-Oh!’s top level Dueling Series had only taken place in North America. In 2010 that all changed though as Europe hosted its first ever YCS! Duelists from far and wide descended on Bochum, Germany to compete in this landmark event, with over 1200 taking part! The finals were broadcast on 2 huge screens, as hundreds of Duelists cheers on the remaining Duelists. In the end, it was a home victory for Germany as Michel Grüner took home the top prize!
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South America has a passion for Dueling too!


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[b]South America’s Turn: [ycs] Guyaquil (2011)[/b]

2011 saw the introduction of Xyz Monsters to the game, and they made their top-level debut on a new continent: South America! Guyaquil in Ecuador was the first South American city to host a YCS event, highlighting just how popular the [ygotcg] was around the world. Galo Orbea was the winner, with his T.G. Agent Deck going all the way to the top!
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The largest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG event of all time!


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[b]The Record Breaker: [ycs] Long Beach (2012, 100th YCS)[/b]

Last year was a very special one for the [ygotcg], as it celebrated its 10th anniversary. One of the highlights of the year was the 100th YCS, which took place in Long Beach, California. Many Duelists were expected to show up, but nobody predicted a whopping 4,400 would arrive! This feat was officially recognised as a Guinness World Record showing just how popular the game had become.
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Peter Gross won the first Sealed Pack Play YCS!


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[b]Sealed Pack Sensation: [ycs] Sheffield (2012)[/b]

2012 also saw the introduction of a new format: Sealed Pack Play. Instead of using a constructed Deck like in most events, they would instead open 10 packs of [bped] and compete against Duelists that did the same. [ycs] Sheffield was the first YCS to use this Sealed Pack Play format, and Austria’s Peter Gross was the winner!
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YCS London had something for everyone!


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[b]Europe’s largest: [ycs] London (2013)[/b]

2013 was a largely successful year for Yu-Gi-Oh! in Europe, as attendance records were broken multiple times. YCS Bochum broke its previous attendance record, and the 2013 WCQ in Frankfurt was the largest European Championship ever done. YCS London went one further, breaking Bochum’s record for the largest ever [ygo] TCG event in Europe. In addition to the YCS, Duelists could take part in many special Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed activities, such as Number Monster Bingo, Giant Duels and more. The event took place alongside the London MCM ComicCon, and as a result over 10,000 people attended the YCS hall over the course of the weekend, with 1,466 of them competing in the main event!
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And that brings us to today, the 125th YCS. I’m sure you’ll all agree that it has been an incredible journey!
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