COVID-19 pandemic

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Coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 is a contagious disease which became a global pandemic, after being first identified in December 2019. The pandemic has been attributed to large-scale infections and deaths worldwide, as well as major social and economic disruption. Impacts on the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise are detailed below.

Tournament cancellations[edit]

The following tournaments were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2021[1]
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2020[2]
  • 2020 World Championship Qualifiers
    • European World Championship Qualifier[2]
    • Oceanic World Championship Qualifier[2]
    • South America World Championship Qualifier[3]
    • Central America World Championship Qualifier[3]
    • North America World Championship Qualifier[3]
  • 2020 World Championship Qualifiers - Latin America National Championships[4]
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Rio de Janeiro 2020[5]
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Minneapolis 2020[4]
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Japan Osaka 2020[6]

The following tournaments were postponed indefinitely.

  • 2020 World Championship Qualifiers - European National Championships[2]
  • 2020 World Championship Qualifiers - State Championships[2]
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Charlotte 2020[7]
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Hartford 2020[8]
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Pasadena 2020[9]

Release delays[edit]

Although the pandemic has not been officially acknowledged as the reason, the following sets have had their Japanese releases delayed during the pandemic.

Set Initially announced date Actual release date
Duelist Pack: Duelists of Gloom May 16, 2020 May 30, 2020[10]
Phantom Rage July 18, 2020 August 8, 2020[10]
Token Pack Vol.3 May 15, 2021 June 26, 2021[11]

"Pestilence" limitation status[edit]

The card "Pestilence" was Forbidden from February 20, 2021 until March 31, 2021, "with the wish of getting rid of the [COVID-19] pandemic".[12]

"Amabie" introduction[edit]

Amabie is a yokai, which was trending in the Japanese-language on Twitter during the pandemic, due to its mythological power to predict both abundant harvests and epidemics. During this time, the card "Amabie" was introduced into the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game, Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links.

Merchandise[edit]

Branded face masks were sold on the official merchandise website and others distributed at promotional events.

References[edit]

  1. "Regarding "Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2021"". Konami. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  2. a b c d e "Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2020 Cancelled". Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. 7 April 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  3. a b c "To the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME community". Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. 7 April 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  4. a b "To the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME community". Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. 30 June 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  5. "Konami Presents: The 225th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series! Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – FAQ". Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  6. "YCSJ OSAKA 2020中止のお知らせ". Konami (in Japanese). Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  7. "Konami Presents: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Charlotte 2020". Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  8. "Konami Presents: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Hartford 2020". Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  9. "Konami Presents: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Pasadena 2020". Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. 7 April 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  10. a b "『遊戯王オフィシャルカードゲーム デュエルモンスターズ』、『遊戯王ラッシュデュエル』商品の発売日変更のご案内" [Information on changing release dates of Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel products]. yu-gi-oh.jp. April 15, 2020.
  11. "遊戯王OCG関連イベント一時中止のお知らせ". yugioh-card.com (in Japanese). April 23, 2021. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  12. "「あまびえさん」プレゼントキャンペーンの開始日が決定!" [Start date for the "Amabie" gift campaign has been decided!]. yu-gi-oh.jp. February 15, 2021.

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