Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Konami Needs To Step Up Its Game

Konami is not known for being the best company in trading card games. It has a bad relationship with its players. The company is very lucky to have a very popular trading card game that lives off of its charm and originality. Konami's biggest problems are bad special editions, meaningless tournaments, and its lack of interaction with players. These problems have put a sour taste in many players' mouths. It is time for these old problems to be resolved for the game's future.

Improve Special Editions

Special editions' quality has been on the decline. Konami's choices for the reprints in recent years have left more to be desired. Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction was a joke of a reprint in Return of the Duelist's special edition. Players want good cards instead of mediocre cards that nobody will play in competitive decks. Cards such as High Priestess of Prophecy, Ritual Beast Ulti-Apelio and El Shaddoll Construct should be reprints in special editions. This problem can easily be resolved by allowing players to vote for the promo cards. Players would choose the best and most popular cards in the game. We could finally get the cards that we want to play in our decks.

Cash Prizes

There are not many incentives to attend an YCS. The prizes are very lackluster. A large card and trophy are not much to offer players for winning an YCS. Prize support has been a joke for years. Prizes are less valuable than planet tickets to get to and from events.  It is time for Konami is start giving cash prices to players. The recently revived Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game is giving away cash prizes from the opening gate. If a new game can give cash prizes, then surely Konami can do the same for Yu-Gi-Oh! Champions. More players would attend events if Konami offered cash prizes. It would be a Yugi revolution.

Allow Players To Comment on YouTube Videos

Viewers do not have permission to comment on the videos from the official Yu-Gi-Oh! channel on YouTube. Konami is clearly afraid of the negative comments that players will leave on their videos. It just shows us how little Konami thinks about its players. If Konami was doing a better job, then they would have little to worry about in the comments section. Magic the Gathering allows viewers to comment on their videos. This is how Magic builds a good community on its YouTube channel. It encourages players to interact with each other.

The Final Word

There is no hype in this game outside of popular releases. The cards are keeping the game alive at a very popular level. However, Yu-Gi-Oh! can be so much more if Konami puts any effort into building a strong competitive scene. It is time for Konami to step up its game. These problems have been around since the early days. Konami listen to the players and fix the game's problems instead of turning a blind eye.