The YU-GI-OH! Trading Card Game had many large-scale tournaments in North America since its release in North America in 2002. The 75th YU-GI-OH! Championship Series (YCS, which was known as Shonen Jump Championship then) tournament was in Edison, New Jersey in April 2010. Over 2100 players were in attendance for SJC Edison 2010. The 100th YCS tournament was in Long Beach California in March 2012. Over 4300 players were in attendance for YCS Long Beach 2012.
The second tier 2 tournament in the east coast 3 tier 2 ‘YU-GI-OH!’ tournaments in North America in May 2015 was YCS Columbus 2015. On Saturday, May 23, 2015 and Sunday, May 24, 2015, the 150th YCS tournament was in Columbus, Ohio at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Pre-registration for the YCS took place in the afternoon on Friday, May 22, 2015 and regular registration for the YCS took place in the morning on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Each player who pre-registered or registered for the YCS received a commemorative 150th YCS participation mat in addition to receiving 5 Crossed Souls booster packs.
At YCS Columbus 2015, voice actor Eric Stuart made a special appearance on Saturday, May 23, 2015 and Sunday, May 24, 2015. Stuart was the voice of Seto Kaiba in the YU-GI-OH! animated television series and was the voice of Brock and James in the Pokemon animated series.
There were many variants of decks in the tournament. The decks that saw the most play in YCS Columbus 2015 were Nekroz, Qliphort, Shaddoll, Burning Abyss, and Ritual Beast.
Entering round 1 of YCS Columbus 2015, there were 1752 players, with 11 rounds of non-elimination play, with a cut to top 32. On Saturday, May 23, 2015, there were 9 rounds of non-elimination play. All of the players who finished day 1 with 19 points or more qualified for day 2 of YCS Columbus 2015. Each round consisted of best 2-out-of-3 match play. The player who won 2 games in a round won the match. However, if game 1 went into time after time was up in the 40 minute round, the player who won game 1 won the match.
Day 2 of YCS Columbus 2015 began around 9:00am on Sunday, May 24, 2015. Approximately 150 players remained in the tournament to play round 10 and round 11. After round 11, the tournament cut to the top 32 players of non-elimination.
The final match was between Terrance Kinsley and Christopher Pobee-Mensah. Both players were using Nekroz decks. Although Kinsley lost game 1, Kinsley won game 2 and game 3 to become the winner of YCS Columbus 2015. Kinsley was 1 of a few players to not lose a match in a YCS tournament, the last being Nizar Zarhan at a YCS in Texas in 2012.
The previous YCS tournament in Columbus, Ohio was in October 2011. There were 1095 players who played in YCS Columbus 2011. The decks that saw the most play in that tournament were Tengu Plant, Agent, and Dark World. The player who won YCS Columbus 2015 was Billy Brake, who used Tengu Plant in the tournament.
The third tier 2 tournament in the east coast 3 tier 2 ‘YU-GI-OH!’ tournaments in North America in May 2015 will be at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday, May 30, 2015.