While it is seldom played in Western countries, due to the English game being discontinued, in Japan it is next to Yu-Gi-Oh! in terms of popularity.
The card game was first released on May 30, 2002, in Japan, and on March 5th, 2004 in America. The game was intended to be discontinued after the Third Expansion but due to the popularity it has received, it continued. In November 2006, the last set of the English Game was released and the game was discontinued. It was later rebooted as Kaijudo in June 2012 but it was again discontinued in September 2014. The Japanese game (also known as the "OCG" (Original Card Game)) is currently the only version in production.
While it's originality is now established, it had many concepts that came from Magic: The Gathering, such as:
On the other hand, there are reverse inspirations, such as Turbo Rush becoming Frenzy. Not all abilities that work in Magic: The Gathering work as well in Duel Masters however, so players should be warned.
Magic Collaboration Cards
Duel Masters features Collaboration Cards: cards designed in collaboration with other non-Duel Masters copyrighted franchises. Each of these cards based on Magic: The Gathering cards have been printed in Duel Masters.:
- Jace, the Mind Sculptor
- Serra Angel
- Nicol Bolas
- Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
- Black Lotus
- Mons's Goblin Raiders
- Lava Coil
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