The Roundup: March 2012 | The Irish Duelist

The Roundup: March 2012

Here's a brief recap of what happened over the past month in the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! You can catch all of March's articles from The Irish Duelist here.

The 100th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event took place in Long Beach, California last weekend with a World Record 4000+ Duelists in attendance. Duelists from all over the world showed up and even I made the trip over to do some stuff for the European coverage site, in addition to what the American coverage team was providing. It was an amazing experience and I had a lot of fun working with Jason and Mike so that we could provide you at home with the best coverage possible.

In the end it all came down to 64 Duelists who would fight for the title in the biggest TCG event of all time. Many brought Dino Rabbit, many brought Wind-Up. There were plenty of other Decks too but the mighty Grapha reigned supreme as Michael Balan defeated Britain's Simon He in the finals to give Dark World a surprise YCS title. His innovative build will certainly shake the meta up a bit, and "The Big 3" may just have become "The Big 4" because of it, only time will tell.

In other news, Galactic Overlord is almost upon us. The successor to Order of Chaos will go on sale in about a month's time and Konami posted info about the set on their official website. Expect to see some previews of the set's cards over the coming weeks on the Official Strategy Site as we count down the days to the Galactic Overlord Sneak Peek. Galactic Overlord contains new Heiratic Monsters, support for Evols, new Numbers Monsters, Lightrays and much more and should have a big influence on the format just in time for Nationals Season.

Product-wise we saw 2 new releases this month. The Premium Collection tin contains cards from all 4 eras of Yu-Gi-Oh! history, including Elemental HERO The Shining, Void Ogre Dragon and plenty more besides. European Duelists also had the opportunity to pick up Hidden Arsenal 5's Special edition, which contained reprints of Brionac and Gungnir, Dragon of the Ice Barrier.

April sees 4 YCS events take place. YCS Lima has just ended, and Dallas and Toulouse are less than 2 weeks away. YCS Chicago rounds the month off before Europe heads into its "Nationals Season" and The Road to Worlds begins.