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The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (often abbreviated to "TCG") is the part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game manufactured by Konami, and is the best-selling card game of all time according to Guinness World Records, with over 22 billion cards sold as of August 2009. The TCG is played worldwide, but mostly in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Australia.

You can purchase Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products at local hobby stores, as well as mass market retail store.


The game is a trading card game in which players draw cards from their respective decks and take turns playing cards onto "the field." Each player uses a deck containing forty to sixty cards, and an optional "Extra Deck" of up to fifteen cards. There is also a fifteen card side deck, which allows players to swap cards from their main deck and/or extra deck between games. Players are restricted to three of each card per deck and must follow the Forbidden/Limited card list, which restricts selected cards by Konami to be limited to two, one, or zero. Each player starts with 8,000 (2,000 to 4,000 in the manga and anime) "Life Points", with the main aim of the game to use attacks and spells to reduce the opponent's Life Points. The game ends upon reaching one of the following conditions:[1]

  • A player loses if their Life Points reaches zero. If both players reach zero Life Points at the same time, the game ends in a draw.
  • If the player is required to draw, but has no more cards to draw in the Main Deck, they will automatically lose.
  • Certain cards have special effects which trigger an automatic win or loss when its conditions are met.
  • If the player feels they cannot win, they can surrender by placing their hand on top of their deck.



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