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The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is released by various methods. Below lists the categories of each method and the legality of each.
All sets up to and including Galactic Overlord, Duelist Pack: Crow, Gold Series: Haunted Mine, Turbo Pack: Booster Three, and Hidden Arsenal 5: Steelswarm Invasion are legal. Return of the Duelist will be legal upon release on Aug. 28th 2012, but any Return of the Duelist card obtained through a Sneak Preview will not be legal until then. Most of the cards released in Battle Pack: Epic Dawn are legal, but to be safe check out the current limited/forbidden list located here http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/limited/index.html
Structure & Starter Decks
SHONEN JUMP Promos
Video Game Promos
All Video Game Promotional Cards are legal starting with the official release date of the video game they come packaged with. This includes Fleur Synchron, Chevalier de Fleur, and Liberty at Last! from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 5.
- Since Shooting Star Dragon and Red Nova Dragon become legal through the release of Wave 2 of the 2010 Collectors Tins, copies of these cards pulled via the Starstrike Blast Sneak Preview will also be legal, because they have been officially released through another method.
- DT06-EN016 through DT06-EN033
- DT06-EN035 through DT06-EN040
- DT06-EN043 through DT06-EN045
- DT06-EN048 through DT06-EN050
These cards will become legal with the release of Hidden Arsenal 6: Omega Xyz on July 24.
- July 24, 2012: Hidden Arsenal 6: Omega Xyz
- August 7, 2012: Elemental HERO Escuridao from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Manga vol. 9
- August 14, 2012: Tins Evolzar Dolkka and Heroic Champion - Excalibur
- August 28, 2012: Booster Pack Return of the Duelist
Notes For Playing In Other Countries
Most video games are not released simultaneously across countries, and a game that was released in North America last week might not release in Central America for another month. As such, Video Game Promotional Cards are not legal in other countries if the video game they came packaged with haven't been released there yet.
Shonen Jump Promotional Cards are NOT legal in Europe, Oceania, Central America, or South America, as Shonen Jump Magazine is not officially distributed there. Additionally, all Yu-Gi-Oh!-related Manga Promotional Cards are NOT legal for play in Europe, Oceania, Central America, or South America, unless the Manga carrying that particular card was specifically distributed there. (This is rare.)