For parents who would like to know more about the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME.
What Is Organized Play?
Organized Play (OP) is the programs developed by Konami to enable collectors and players to come together and play the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Casual local leagues and tournaments of all sizes are hosted worldwide. This variety offers Duelists in many different areas and of all sorts of skill levels the chance to come together and play where they’re most comfortable.
Playing casually at home with friends and family is lots of fun, but there are all kinds of benefits to participating in Organized Play events. Players get the chance to make new friends, find new players to trade with, learn more strategies and game tips, and even win some cool prizes. Kids receive the benefits of a structured environment that teaches them good sporting conduct and helps them develop a sense of accomplishment as they become better players.
Every Konami Official Tournament Store (OTS) periodically hosts one or more Organized Play events. Each Organized Play event that an OTS hosts provides a new opportunity for your child to meet up with other fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. You can find a detailed description of some of the different types of Organized Play events that an OTS can host in the “What Kind of Organized Play Event is Best for My Child?” Section.
Most OTS locations have tables set up for players to meet up and challenge one another at any time. This means that even when no scheduled events are taking place, as long as there’s an OTS nearby, your child will have a place to practice his or her Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME strategies. Click here to find a Konami Official Tournament Store in your area!
How Can My Child Get Started in Organized Play?
Playing in a Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Organized Play event is often as simple as showing up to a tournament and signing up to participate. Official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG tournaments require participants to have a COSSY (Card Game Official Tournament Support System) ID number in order to participate, but any tournament that requires players to have a COSSY ID number will give out free COSSY ID numbers to new tournament players. COSSY is the global ranking system for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. Using your child’s COSSY ID number, you and your child can track your child’s performance in sanctioned tournaments at the official COSSY website. Simply register on the COSSY website and then log in using your child’s COSSY ID number and password. Then, you and your child can see how your child’s ranking compares to the rankings of players around the world. If your child is under the age of 13, you’ll need to fill out a “Parental Consent Form” with your child’s personal information before your child can register on COSSY. Your child will be prompted with this form when he or she tries to register for COSSY and indicates that he or she is under the age of 13. If you have more than one child registering for COSSY, you’ll need to fill out a separate “Parental Consent Form” for each child.
Once you log in to COSSY, you can check out your child’s ranking and look back at your child’s tournament history to see how much your child has improved over time. Each official tournament that your child enters will contribute to his or her COSSY ranking. Every 3 months, the top ranked players are mailed an exclusive prize for their performance. Click here for more information about quarterly COSSY prizes!
Most Duelists like to start out in Organized Play by playing in the more casual events, developing their skills and meeting other Duelists, before taking on some of the more challenging tournaments. There are lots of different Organized Play events all around the world, so you and your child can pick out an event that best suits you.
Dragon Duel events, for instance, are one of the most popular Organized Play events for the younger player. “Dragon Duel” tournaments are special tournaments that only kids born after the year 2001 are able to enter during the 2014 season. At Dragon Duel tournaments, kids compete against other children their own age. This way, they can earn cool prizes in a competitive tournament, without being intimidated by the age and experience of older opponents.
When you’re ready to look for an Organized Play event in your area, you can use the convenient store listings on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website. You can navigate from the Events page to learn more about all of the Organized Play events we offer.
For an overview of the different Organized Play events with a description of what to expect at each type of event, click here.
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