Hundreds of duelists participated in the first North American Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series of 2016. Everyone tried their best, but only two duelists earned the coveted YCS Atlanta Champion title: Jose Lagunes in the Main Event and Dawson McGaha in the Dragon Duel tournament.


The event lasted two days duelists of every age group and ability showed off their impressive dueling skills round after round. However, it was Lagunes from Veracruz, Mexico that excelled during the tournament with his Performapal Performages Deck and dueled his way into Sunday’s Single Elimination. Then, after several rounds of Single Elimination, it came down to a nail-biting playoff with Thomas Rowe from Cleveland, Ohio also playing a Performapal Perfomages Deck. Lagunes’ superior strategy and decision-making was just the right combination to earn him the title of YCS Atlanta Champion.

In addition to the title of YCS Champion, Lagunes returned home with a stellar set of prizes that included a YCS Championship Trophy, an Ultra Rare YCS Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn Prize Card, a PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and an invitation and paid travel to his 2016 World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) tournament!

The Dragon Duel Championship, an event for duelists born in 2003 or later, was no less exciting as Mentone, Alabama’s McGaha used his Sealed Deck then switched to his own Monarch Deck in the finals. He had all the right moves to beat his older brother, Dylan McGaha, who also played a Monarch Deck in their head-to-head playoff. Dawson picked up some great prizes too, including a Dragon Duel Championship trophy, a 2016 Regional Game Mat, a Dragon Duel Medal, a Regional Deck Box, a Super Rare set of the YCS Darklord Prize Cards, and an invitation to the 2016 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier tournament to be held during his WCQ.

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

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 KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiaries, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at

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