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Asian-English cards are cards printed in English for distribution in Asia outside of Japan and Korea. They are distinguished from English cards printed for English regions mainly by the Yu-Gi-Oh! logo on the cards' backings and set packaging, and the region identifier "AE" in their set number, though prior to Invasion of Chaos Asian-English cards did not use the region identifier and had the same set numbers as their North American English versions. These cards are only legal in Asia outside of Japan and Korea; they are not legal anywhere else.


The Asian-English logo on a card backing.

Modern Asian-English cards were preceded by two cards (prints of "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" and "Dark Magician") which used translated Japanese names and lores instead of the English TCG names and lores, printed in a fullwidth font. The modern cards are much more similar to their North American English versions, only differing by the aforementioned logo and (starting with Invasion of Chaos) their set numbers; in addition, all Asian-English cards are printed on the same card stock as Japanese cards, making them stiffer than their TGC counterparts.

Aside from the early "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" and "Dark Magician" prints, Asian-English prints have normally been of Booster Packs, with identical contents to the North American English release of the pack. All Booster Packs up to Enemy of Justice, Crimson Crisis, Raging Battle, and the Starter Decks Yugi and Kaiba and Structure Deck: Lord of the Magician, had Asian-English prints. The Duel Monsters International: Worldwide Edition promotional cards were only released in Asian-English, and the Japanese World Championship Qualifier participation cards and World Championship prize cards have normally included an Asian-English card.

List of Asian-English releases

  Asian-English release date Asian-English set and region prefix
Ancient Sanctuary 8 October 2004 AST-AE
Crimson Crisis 16 April 2009 CRMS-AE
Cybernetic Revolution CRV-AE
Dark Crisis 12 May 2004 DCR
Elemental Energy EEN-AE
Enemy of Justice 11 January 2007 EOJ-AE
Flaming Eternity FET-AE
Invasion of Chaos 12 July 2004 IOC-AE
Labyrinth of Nightmare 19 June 2003 LON
Legacy of Darkness 11 September 2003 LOD
Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon 8 August 2002 LOB
Magician's Force 19 January 2004 MFC
Metal Raiders MRD
Pharaoh's Servant 21 April 2003 PSV
Pharaonic Guardian 16 October 2003 PGD
Rise of Destiny RDS-AE
Shadow of Infinity SOI-AE
Soul of the Duelist SOD-AE
Spell Ruler MRL
Starter Deck: Kaiba SDK
Starter Deck: Yugi SDY
Structure Deck: Lord of the Magician 11 June 2009 SD16-AE
The Lost Millennium TLM-AE
World Championship 2015 promotional cards 16 August 2015 2015-JPP
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters International: Worldwide Edition promotional cards 17 April 2003 GBI
Yu-Gi-Oh! Japanese World Championship Qualifier 2012 participation card 7 July 2012 2012-AE
Yu-Gi-Oh! Japanese World Championship Qualifier 2013 participation card 29 June 2013 2013-AE
Yu-Gi-Oh! Japanese World Championship Qualifier 2014 participation card 28 June 2014 2014-AE
Yu-Gi-Oh! Japanese World Championship Qualifier 2015 participation card 27 June 2015 2015-EN
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2003 prize cards 27 June 2003 WCS
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2004 prize cards 25 July 2004 WCS-AE4
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2005 prize cards 7 August 2005 WCS-AE5
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2006 prize cards 2 July 2006 WCPS-AE6
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007 prize cards 28 July 2007 WCPS-AE7
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2008 prize cards 10 August 2008 WCPS-AE8
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2009 prize cards 9 August 2009 WCPS-AE9
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2010 prize cards 15 August 2010 2010-AE
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2011 prize cards 14 August 2011 2011-AE

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