Kevin Twart – Mistakes were made (Tour Guide)

Hello my Nurlings!

To all of you that play Yu Gi Oh, you’re probably aware of the big no no from Kevin, he stated inaccurate rules on his Facebook and it was quickly taken in as ”fact” with many players. The rule – XYZ material monsters get their “leave the battlefield” triggers. This created a huge hype around the card “Tour Guide from the Underworld” and it’s combination with the card “Sangan” the price on Tour Guide even went up to around 500 dollars for a set (3 cards).

It was insane, at the same time, me and a few other stated that the OCG rules clearly made this an invalid play. XYZ material creatures are not on the field, they are physically under the card on the board but they are not on the battlefield according to the rules. A lot of people defended Kevin’s theory by stating that the TCG rules will probably be different like so many times in the past. I doubted they would make such a huge difference in rules between areas with cards that would clearly see a lot of play.

Here is the message from Julia Hedberg explaining the situation.

Hello judges!

I’m emailing you to let you know that a new version of the rulebook has been posted to You will find it under the Gameplay section of your country’s official site.
The notable change in this version – which is version 8.0 – deals with Xyz Monsters and Materials.
You will find this information on Page 45, under “Xyz Materials”.

“Xyz Materials”
Monsters that are used to Xyz Summon are called ‘Xyx Materials’, and are placed underneath the Xyz Monster, to show that they are attached to it. Monsters that have become Xyz Materials are not treated as cards on the field. When an Xyz Monster leaves the field, all of the Xyz Materials attached to it are sent to the Graveyard. If an Xyz Monster is flipped face-down, or becomes controlled by the opponent, the Xyz Materials are not sent to the Graveyard. They remain attached to the Xyz Monster.

Leaves The Field
Some monsters have effects that activate when they ‘leave the field’. For example, these effects activate when the monster is sent to the Graveyard, or is banished, or is returned to the hand or Extra Deck. When a monster on the field is shuffled into the Main Deck, or becomes an Xyz Material, it is no longer a card on the field, however its effects that activate when it ‘leaves the field’ will not activate.”

Please take the time to review the new rulebook, and alert the players in your area about this new version.
Judges should also read the article that was just posted on the Konami Strategy Site, which discusses Xyz Monsters and Materials – it will answer other questions you may have about Xyz. You can find it by clicking this link:

Thank you for your patience as we worked on the many translations and dealt with the other logistics involved in bringing you this update.
Remember that the correct email to use for rulings questions is

I still do not have any reliable updates about the status of the Judge Forum – I know we would all like to have it back online and available. I hope it will be soon.

Thank you again for all your efforts, they are appreciated as always!


Julia Hedberg
Judge Manager, Card Business
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

Well until next time, don’t get those expensive cards because of one persons thoughts on rulings.
Cya soon!


Posted on 3 September, 2011, in Card Games, Rules, Thoughts, Yu Gi Oh TCG and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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