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Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017 – FAQ
UPDATED: 1/24/17
When:
March 18 - 19, 2017
Where:
Alexis Park All Suites Resort (Apollo Ballroom)
375 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Are You The Ultimate Duelist?

It’s time to find out – the Ultimate Duelist Series will test your worth against all other contenders.  Earn Ultimate Duelist Series Points so you can take your place in the Ultimate Duelist Invitational, where only one Duelist will emerge as the Ultimate Duelist!


UDS Invitational Information

  • What happens at an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational event?
  • When is the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?
  • Where is the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?
  • When do I turn in my Deck list for the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?
  • When can I register for the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?
  • What time does Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017 start?
  • What are the prizes for the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?
  • Tell me more about the Ultimate Duelist Series Championship Belt!
  • Are there any participation prizes?
  • How much does it cost to enter the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?
  • Are there any pack prizes?
  • What is the format for the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?
  • How many rounds will the Ultimate Duelist Series Summer Invitational - Winter 2017?
  • How many Duelists will advance to Day 2?
  • How many Duelists will advance to the Top Cut?
  • What will I need to bring to the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitation - Winter 2017?
  • If I’ve never been to an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational tournament, what should I expect?
  • I will be bringing my children to the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017.  Is there anything I should know?
  • Will there be meal breaks during the tournament?
  • What if someone who came with me does not know how to play?
  • What happens if I am not done with my Match after 40 minutes? (Swiss Rounds – Tier 2 Events)
  • What happens if I am not done with my Match after 40 minutes? (Swiss Rounds – Tier 1 Events and Single-Elimination)

Public Events

  • Will there be Public Events?
  • What is a Swiss Round Tournament?
  • What is a Single-Elimination Tournament?
  • What is the Generation Duel Tournament and what are the rules?
  • What is a Dragon Duel?
  • What are the prizes for the Dragon Duel?
  • What are the rules for a Structure Deck Tournament?
UDS Points and the UDS Invitational

  • Do I need an invitation to participate in the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?
  • What are UDS Points?
  • How do I earn UDS Points?
  • How many UDS Points do I need to earn in order to enter the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?
  • Are UDS Points transferable?
  • Do UDS Points expire?
  • If I am not from North or Latin America, can I compete in the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?
  • If I am from North or Latin America, can I compete in Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational in both North and Latin America?
  • How and when will I receive my UDS Points?
  • Is travel or hotel included with the Invitational?
  • Can I bring someone with me if I win the trip?

Card Legality

  • What cards are legal for play?
  • Can I use OCG cards (cards printed for use in Japan and other Asian territories) in my Deck?
  • Can I use foreign language cards in my Deck?

Travel

  • What is the closest airport to the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?
  • What’s the best way to get to the tournament from the airports?
  • Are there any nearby hotels?

Miscellaneous

  • I want to judge at an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, instead of competing as a player – how can I volunteer?
  • Will there be vendors on site so I can buy single cards and supplies and sell my cards?
  • Can I buy and sell from other people at the event?
  • I want to vend at an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, whom should I contact?
  • Where can I get food and drinks during the tournament?
  • When will the schedule for other Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational tournaments be posted?
  • Can I get a COSSY ID number at the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, or will I need to have one before I attend the event?
  • Will there be coverage of the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?
  • Who should I contact if I have questions about the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?

 


Ultimate Duelist Series - Summer 2016 Information

Q: What happens at an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational event?

A: The Ultimate Duelist Series (UDS) Invitational is a tournament open only to qualified Duelists who have earned a minimum requirement of UDS Points. They are exciting 2-day events that take place from Saturday to Sunday.  Duelists from all over will attend these events to compete for exclusive prizes, and spend the weekend Dueling, trading, and hanging out with hundreds of other Yu-Gi-Oh! fans.

In addition to the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, there are numerous Public Events that are open to all Duelists, including tournaments specifically for Duelists born in 2004 or later, and Regional Qualifier tournaments.  Competitive or casual, there is something for everyone at an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational weekend.

Q: When is the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational – Winter 2017?

A:           

UDS Invitational Day 1

March 18th 2017

UDS Invitational Day 2

March 19th 2017

Q: Where is the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational – Winter 2017?

A:

Alexis Park All Suites Resort
375 E Harmon Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Apollo Ballroom

Q: What Security information should I know for Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?

A: There will be security personnel and local police onsite at the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational – Winter 2017.

Q: When do I turn in my Deck list for the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?

A: At the UDS Invitational we will be collecting your Deck list at registration.  This means that you must have a completed Deck list ready to hand in when you register for the event.  Once a Deck list has been submitted it can no longer be changed.

You can find a copy of the official Konami Deck list located here:
http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/forms/KDE_DeckList.pdf

This Deck list can be downloaded and filled out on your computer and printed out at home for your convenience.    

There is a very helpful article on our strategy site that will help you fill out your Deck list properly.  Just follow the link here:
http://www.konami.com/yugioh/articles/?p=3534

Q: When can I register for the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?

A:  Duelists can register for the UDS Invitational - Winter 2017 on Saturday, March 18th 2017 from 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM. The Player Meeting will occur while players are seated for the 1st Round of play, before play begins.

If you are not in line to register by 9:45 AM, you will be enrolled in the tournament with a Round 1 loss, in order to ensure that the event begins on time.

Q: What time does the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational – Winter 2017 start?

A:

March 18th  
8:00 AM – 9:45 AM:         Registration for the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017
10:00 AM:                        Start of Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017 - Day 1

March 19th  
9:00 AM:                          Start of Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017 - Day 2

Q: What are the prizes for the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?

A:

Place

Prizes

1st

Ultimate Duelist Championship Belt
Travel and Accommodations to Winner’s next Season Invitational to defend their title
SJC Ultra Rare Prize Card – Dark End Dragon
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Game Mat
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Top Cut Pin
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Winner Pin
100 UDS Points (awarded for next Season)

2nd

SJC Ultra Rare Prize Card – Dark End Dragon
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Game Mat
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Top Cut Pin
50 UDS Points (awarded for next Season)

3rd-4th

 SJC Ultra Rare Prize Card – Dark End Dragon
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Game Mat
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Top Cut Pin
30 UDS Points (awarded for next Season)

5th -8th

SJC Ultra Rare Prize Card – Dark End Dragon
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Game Mat
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Top Cut Pin
20 UDS Points (awarded for next Season)

All Day 2

Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Day 2 Pin
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Day 2 Medal for Lanyard
20 UDS Points (awarded for next Season)

Redemption Tier – 100 UDS Points

Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Lanyard
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Pin
10 UDS points (awarded for next Season)

Redemption Tier – 150 UDS Points

Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Lanyard
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Pin
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Medal for Lanyard
10 UDS points (awarded for next Season)

Redemption Tier – 200 UDS Points

Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Lanyard
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Pin
Ultimate Duelist Series  Invitational Medal for Lanyard
1st round BYE
10 UDS Points (awarded for next Season)

  • If attendance is 257 - 512 Duelists, Duelists who rank 9th to 16th will also receive an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Top Cut Game Mat.
  • If attendance is 513 Duelists or more, Duelists who rank 17rd to 32nd will also receive an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Top Cut Game Mat.

Q: Tell me more about the Ultimate Duelist Series Championship Belt!

A: It is a full-size title belt, featuring the Ultimate Duelist Series logo.  Each winner of an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational will receive one of these Championship Belts, which is theirs to keep.

Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational winners can bring their Championship Belt with them to Regionals and YCS in order to receive free entry to the event (no participation packs will be given with free entry).  At a YCS, Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational winners will also receive VIP treatment with preferred seating and a 2 round BYE for the YCS.

Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Winners must bring their Championship Belt with them to the next Invitational, if they wish to receive paid travel and accommodations.

These benefits apply only to Ultimate Duelist Series Champions who have their belts. The benefits are not  transferrable to another person.

Q: Are there any Participation Prizes?

A: Yes. Each Duelist who registers for the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017 will receive one UDS Invitational Lanyard, and one UDS Invitational Pin (while supplies last).

Duelists are also eligible to receive additional prizes, such as a UDS Invitational Lanyard Medal and/or 1st Round BYE , if they redeem the requisite amount of UDS Points at registration.

Participation prizing will be given at registration, once the Duelist has submitted their registration form, picture ID, and Deck list.

Q: How much does it cost to enter the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?

A: There is no entry fee for the UDS Invitational - Winter 2017. This tournament is free of charge for eligible Duelists.

Q: Are there any pack prizes?

A: No, there will not be any pack prizes awarded at an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational.

Q: What is the format for the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?

A: UDS Invitational tournaments are Constructed events, which means each Duelist must bring his or her own Deck in order to compete. Decks must be constructed according to the latest Advanced Format guidelines. (See here for more information: http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/limited/#limited_adv).

Q: How many rounds will there be in the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?

A: The number of Duelists enrolled at the start of the tournament will determine the number of rounds that are played.
Day 2 Swiss Rounds are played as a continuation from Day 1.

Number of Participants

Swiss Rounds Day 1

Swiss Rounds Day 2

128 or fewer Duelists

7 Rounds

3 Rounds

129 – 256 Duelists

8 Rounds

4 Rounds

257 – 512 Duelists

9 Rounds

4 Rounds

513 or more Duelists

10 Rounds

4 Rounds

Q: How many Duelists will advance to Day 2?

A: The total number of Duelists enrolled in the tournament will determine the number of Duelists who advance to Day 2.


Number of Participants

Day 2 Participants

256 or fewer Duelists

Top 32 after Day 1 Swiss Rounds

257 or more Duelists

Top 64 after Day 1 Swiss Rounds

Q: How many Duelists will advance to the Top Cut?

A: The total number of Duelists enrolled in the tournament will determine the number of Duelists who advance to the Top Cut.


Number of Participants

Playoff Top Cut

256 or fewer  Duelists

Top 8

257 – 512 Duelists

Top 16

513 or more Duelists

Top 32

Q: What will I need to bring to the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?

A: You should bring a tournament-legal Deck as described above, along with any tournament supplies you will need;  such as paper and pen to track Life Points, dice or counters if you are using cards which require them, extra sleeves to replace any that become damaged, and so forth.  If you have a COSSY ID number, you should bring your number. You should bring a form of personal identification with a picture. You’ll also need money for your incidentals (food, drinks, Public Events, etc.).

Q: If I’ve never been to an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, what should I expect?

A: At the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, you will Duel for the chance to be crowned The Ultimate Duelist. Duelists of all ages and skill levels who have earned enough UDS Points will also be there, trying for that title.  Duelists will travel great distances to attend the UDS Invitational, so you can expect to meet hundreds of fellow Yu-Gi-Oh! fans from all over.

If you did not manage to earn enough UDS Points to qualify for the Invitational, there will still be a lot to do at the event. We will be running a full schedule of Public Events, including ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Regional Qualifiers, UDS Qualifiers, Dragon Duels, and Battle City tournaments - so make plans to attend and take full advantage of these Organized Play offerings!

There are a lot of things you should do to make sure you are prepared before heading to the tournament.

Read over the list of things you will need for the tournament, and make sure you have everything.

You’ll have a better time at the event if you don’t have too many bulky or heavy possessions to carry around, as it can get crowded there on the floor.  Think ahead while you are planning what to bring with you.

When you get to the event, you will need to register in order to play. Get there early! Registration will open at 8:00 AM, and there will already be a line of people waiting. You’ll need to be in line by 9:45 AM, or you will not be able to enter the tournament when it begins. We will have to start without you, to make sure the event begins on time – you’ll still be able to play, but you will not be able to enter the tournament until the second round begins and you will start with a Round One match loss.

To register, you’ll need a Registration form, a form of photo ID, your COSSY ID.  You can get a Registration form at the event, or you can get one to print at home before the tournament by clicking on this link:

http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/forms/KDE_RegistrationSheet.pdf

Make sure your Registration form is filled out completely before you reach the registration station. 

You will also need a COSSY ID – this is the ID number used to track you in the tournament. If this is your first event and you want to participate in the Public Events, you will be able to get one at the tournament. Look for the COSSY ID station and get a card before you try to register.

Once you have a completed Registration form and a COSSY ID, you can register for the tournament.

You will also need a Deck list. A Deck list is required to participate in the UDS Invitational - Winter 2017.  You can get a Deck list form at the event when you register, or you can download one to fill out ahead of time by clicking on this link:

http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/forms/KDE_DeckList.pdf

This is an editable PDF, so you will be able to type the card names in this form, which should help as your Deck list needs to be legible and complete – write the name of each card in full, and write down how many copies you have in your Deck.

Make sure your name and COSSY ID are on your Deck list.

Make sure your Deck list exactly matches your Deck.

There is a very helpful article on our strategy site that will help you fill out your Deck list properly.  Just follow the link here:
http://www.konami.com/yugioh/articles/?p=3534

Your Deck list will be collected at Registration. Make sure your Deck list is ready before you reach the front of the Registration line. Once a Deck list has been submitted it can no longer be changed.

Duelists are responsible for paying attention to information from judges and/or tournament staff in order to understand what is going on. If Duelists have questions about the event either beforehand or while they are there, they should check with the Event Manager.  

Before heading to the event, all Duelists should read over the KDE Tournament Policy and Penalty Guidelines carefully.   These documents tell you what you can and cannot do at an event, and give you a good idea of what to expect.  You may find these Guidelines by clicking the following links. 

Tournament Policy:
http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/penalty_guide/Yu-Gi-Oh!%20Tournament%20Policy%20v1.4%202013November14.pdf

Penalty Guidelines:
http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/penalty_guide/Penalty%20Guidelines%20v1.4%202013November14.pdf

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Policy:
http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/penalty_guide/Yu-Gi-Oh!%20Tournament%20Policy%20v1.4%202013November14.pdf

Remember, there is much more to do at a UDS Invitational than just compete in the main tournament.  There are lots of Public Events, vendors buying and selling cards, and other Duelists to trade with. Read over the FAQ carefully, and you’ll be off to a great start.

Q: I will be bringing my children to the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017.  Is there anything I should know?

A: If your child was born in 2004 or later, there is a special tournament each day just for this age group, called a Dragon Duel.  You can find more information about Dragon Duels in the Public Events section of this FAQ.

We will have a Parents’ Lounge available, where parents can relax while their children are occupied in the tournament.  This area is open only to parents and their children. You are not required to stay on site, but we strongly recommend that you do, especially if your children are young or this is their first event.  Please know that the tournament staff cannot be responsible for looking after your children, or their possessions. Always make sure your child has a way to contact you, and is provided with any necessities such as food, drink, or extra money if you do not wish to remain in the tournament area.

When your child is preparing for the event, encourage him or her to leave any bulky or expensive possessions at home. Electronics and large collections of cards are hard to keep track of during a big tournament – your child will have a much easier day without having to worry about these kinds of items.

Trading cards is a big attraction at large tournaments, but if you are concerned about your child trading away valuable cards, talk to him or her before the event and set some guidelines. You can always have your child check with you before making a trade.

Q: Will there be meal breaks during the tournament?

A: There will not be any meal breaks scheduled into the tournament.

Q:  What if someone who came with me does not know how to play?

A: If someone is attending the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational who does not know how to play Yu-Gi-Oh!, do not worry.  We will have capable volunteers on site who will be more than happy to teach them how to play.

Q: What happens if I am not done with my Match after 40 minutes? (Swiss Rounds – Tier 2 Events)

A: Sometimes a Match will not be finished when the time ends for a round. If this happens, the Duelist should note whose turn it is when time is called, and raise their hands for a judge. The judge should be notified that the Match is ongoing and whose turn it is. The judge may or may not stay to supervise the End of Match procedure, but should ensure that both Duelists understand the following procedure.

Please follow these instructions when proceeding to End of Match procedures during the Swiss portion of the tournament:

  • Continue until the end of the current turn.
  • If the Duel is not over at the end of the turn, go to “Extra Turns.”
  • Extra Turns = Conduct (5) additional turns starting from the opponent’s turn.
  • If a win condition (a Duelist’s Life Points is reduced to 0 or an instant win condition such as the effect of Exodia the Forbidden One or Final Countdown) occurs within these (5) turns, the Duel ends as normal.
  • If a win condition does NOT occur within these (5) turns, the Duelist who has higher Life Points after the “Extra Turns” (5 turns) wins.
  • If both Duelists’ Life Points are the same after the “Extra Turns” are completed, the Duel is considered a Draw.
    • After the Duel is concluded, the Duelist who has won the most Duels is declared the winner of the Match. If both Duelists now have the same number of Duel wins, the Match is a Draw.
    • If both Duelists won one Duel and the third Duel ends in a Draw, the Match is considered to be a Draw.
    • If time is called before a Duel begins (during Side Decking, before drawing their opening Hands), and both Duelists have won the same number of Duels, the Match is considered to be a Draw.
    • If time is called before a Duel begins (during Side Decking, before drawing their opening Hands), and one Duelist has won more Duels, the Duelist with more wins is declared the winner of the Match.
    • Duelists may not choose to intentionally end a match in a Draw. Intentionally ending a Match in a Draw, or stalling to have a Match end in a Draw, is against tournament policy and could result in a Disqualification.

Match Draws may only occur during the Swiss portion of a tournament and only during End of Match procedures. Duelists may not intentionally end a Match in a Draw. Intentionally ending a Match in a Draw, or stalling to have a Match end in a Draw, is against tournament policy and could result in a Disqualification.

The Swiss rounds of the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational and the Dragon Duels will use this End of Match Procedure.

Q: What happens if I am not done with my Match after 40 minutes? (Swiss Rounds – Tier 1 Events and Single-Elimination)

A: During Single-Elimination rounds, if Duelists have not completed their matches during their allotted time limit, proceed to End of Match procedures. Please follow these instructions when proceeding to End of Match procedures during the Single-Elimination portion of the tournament:

  • Continue until the end of the current turn.
  • If the Duel did not end at the end of the turn, go to “Extra Turns.”
    • Extra Turns = Conduct (3) additional turns starting from the opponent’s turn.
  • If a win condition (a Duelist is reduced to 0 Life Points or an instant win condition such as the effect of Exodia the Forbidden One or Final Countdown) occurs within these (3) turns, the Duel ends as normal.
  • If a win condition does NOT occur within these (3) turns, the Duelist who has higher Life Points after the “Extra Turns” wins.
  • If both Duelists’ Life Points are the same after the “Extra Turns” are completed, then play will continue on a turn-by-turn basis, with the Duelist with the most Life Points at the end of a turn being declared the winner of that Game.
    • Life Points are checked after the turn has completed but before the opponent’s turn begins.
    • If a Duelist’s Life Points reach 0 or if a win condition occurs during the turn, normal game play rules apply.
  • Once the winner has been determined for the current Duel, the Match winner is determined.
    • If a Duelist has more wins than his or her opponent, that Duelist wins the Match.
    • If both Duelists have the same number of Duel wins, or if time is called in between Games of a Match, they will begin a new Duel with specific guidelines.
      • Neither Duelist may use his or her Side Deck.
      • Duelists must use a random method (die roll, coin flip, etc.) to determine who will go first.
      • The Duel will continue for a total of (4) turns, two turns for each Duelist, unless a Duelist manages to win the Duel before the (4) turns are up.
      • Once the four turns are completed, Life Point totals are compared and the Duelist with the highest Life Point total wins the Match.
      • If both Duelists’ Life Points are the same after the (4) turns are completed, then play will continue on a turn-by-turn basis, with the Duelist with the most Life Points at the end of a turn being declared the winner of that Game. Please use the same criteria listed above (Step 5).

Draws cannot occur during Single-Elimination. There must always be a winner.

All Single-Elimination Public Events and the Generation Duel will use this End of Match Procedure.

 


Public Events

Q: Will there be Public Events?

A:
Saturday, September 17th

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Battle City Tournament (16-player flights)

$12.00

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Starter Deck Tournament (8-Player Flights)

$10.00

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Structure Deck Tournament (8-Player Flights)

$10.00

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Win-A-Mat (8-Player Flights)

$12.00

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Yu-Gi-Oh! Day Tournament (8-Player Flights)

$12.00

12:00 PM

Dragon Duel Tournament (Born 2004 or later) 

FREE!!

1:00 PM

ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!

$12.00

2:00 PM

Generation Duel

$12.00

                 
Sunday, September 18th     


9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

2017 Regional Qualifiers (16-player Flights)

$12.00

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Battle City Tournament (16-player flights)

$12.00

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Starter Deck Tournament (8-Player Flights)

$10.00

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Structure Deck Tournament (8-Player Flights)

$10.00

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

UDS Qualifiers (8 player Flights)

$12.00

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Win-A-Mat (8-Player Flights)

$12.00

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Yu-Gi-Oh! Day Tournament (8-Player Flights)

$12.00

10:00 AM

Generation Duel

           $12.00

12:00 PM

ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!

$12.00

1:00 PM

Dragon Duel Tournament (Born 2004 or later)

FREE!!

3:45 PM

Cut-off to earn points for Public Events Playoffs

 

4:00 PM

Public Event Playoffs

 

Registration for ongoing Public Events begins at the event’s start time. Registration for all non-ongoing Public Events begins approximately one hour before the event is scheduled to begin.

Name

Entry Fee**

# of Participants

Format

Participation Prizing

Prizing

16 Player 2017 Regional Qualifiers*

$12 per player

16

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

3 Booster Packs

1st Place: An invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier, Regional Deck Box, and 2017 Regional Game Mat

ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!*

$12 per player

32

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination

3 Booster Packs

1st Place: Oversized Yu-Gi-Oh! Card

Battle City Tournament

$12 per player

16

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination

3 Booster Packs

1st Place: Battle City Game Mat
2nd – 4th Place: Battle City Token Card

Dragon Duel*

FREE!!

Unlimited

Advanced Format – Swiss (No Playoff Cut)

 

Refer to What are the prizes for the Dragon Duel? section for prize information.

Generation Duel
Tournament*

$12 per player

64

Modified Advanced Format-Swiss
(No Playoff Cut)

3 Booster Packs

1st-4th Place: Generation Duel Game Mat that corresponds to the era of the deck they played

Starter Deck Tournament

$10

8

Sealed Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

1 Starter Deck

1st Place: Starter Deck Tournament Game Mat

Structure Deck Tournament

$10

8

Sealed Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

1 Structure Deck

1st Place: Structure Deck Tournament Game Mat

UDS Qualifiers

$12 per player

8

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

3 Booster Packs
UDS Qualifier Lanyard

UDS Qualifier Winner Pin
20 UDS Points

Win-A-Mat

$12 per player

8

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

3 Booster Packs

1st Place: Win-A-Mat Game Mat

Yu-Gi-Oh! Day Tournament

$12 per player

16

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination

3 Booster Packs

1st Place: Yu-Gi-Oh! Day  Game Mat
1st-8th Place: Yu-Gi-Oh! Day Token Card

Public Events Playoff*

Free

4

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination

None

UDS Invitational Top Cut Game Mat

*Deck lists are required.

 

Q: What are the point values for the Public Events?

A:

Event

Participation Points

Additional Points for Winning

Dragon Duel

3

3

Generation Duel

3

3

2017 Regional Qualifier Flights

2

2

ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!

2

2

Battle City Tournament

2

2

Starter Deck Tournament

2

2

Structure Deck Tournament

2

2

UDS Qualifier Flights

2

2

Yu-Gi-Oh! Day Tournament

2

2

Win-A-Mat

1

1

Duelists must be present for the start of the first round of each event for which they register, in order to receive the entry points.  You cannot register in more than one event at a time. If you register for an event while you are still enrolled in a previous event, you will forfeit all Public Event points for all events in which you are simultaneously registered. 

Q: What is a Swiss Round Tournament?

A: Players are paired off based on each player’s win/loss record. Players are not eliminated when they lose a match during Swiss tournaments – instead, they will continue to be paired against players with similar records for all remaining rounds of the event.

Q: What is a Single-Elimination Tournament?

A: Half of the tournament is eliminated after each round – the losing player is out of the tournament, while the winner goes on to the next round. This continues until only one player remains, who is then declared the winner.

Q: What is the Generation Duel Tournament and what are the rules?

A: The Generation Duel Tournament is a new event where Duelists can play a Deck based off of one of the five different anime series (eras) of Yu-Gi-Oh!  Each era has its own Forbidden & Limited List. Click to find out each restriction.

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ClassicPlay the most powerful Monsters, Spells, and Traps from the first few years of Yu-Gi-Oh!  Cards from this era only are played with their Original Text. Dark Magician of Chaos, Sinister Serpent, Ring of Destruction, etc.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:  Play with cards like Elemental HERO Stratos and Destiny HERO - Disc Commander, from an era focused on Fusion Summoning.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’sPlay with cards like Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier & Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier that come from an era that focuses on Synchro Summoning.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL:  Play with cards like Number 16: Shock Master & Lavalval Chain, from an era focused on Xyz Summoning.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-VTest your skill with the current Forbidden & Limited List against the other eras of Yu-Gi-Oh!.

The Generation Duel Tournament is a Modified Advanced Format, Constructed event. The Number of players will determine the number of rounds that are played.

Number of Participants

Number of Swiss Rounds

5 – 8 Duelists

3 Rounds

9 – 16 Duelists

4 Rounds

17 – 32 Duelists

5 Rounds

33 – 64 Duelists

6 Rounds

At the end of the rounds of Swiss the Duelist that are ranked  1st–4th place will receive the Generation Game Mat that corresponds to the era of their deck. 

Q: What is a Dragon Duel?

A: Dragon Duel tournaments are exclusive to Duelists born before a certain calendar year, with the calendar year requirement moving forward after the World Championship each year. The current year requirement is for Duelists born on 2004 or later.

The Dragon Duels at the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017 will be Sealed Play using Battle Pack: Epic Dawn.  Here are the rules for the Dragon Duel Sealed Play:

  • Each Dragon Duelist is given 10 sealed Battle Packs.
  • The Dragon Duelists then need to open all of the Battle Packs and separate the Xyz monsters from the rest of the cards.
  • The Dragon Duelists will then be given 20 minutes to look over their cards, build and sleeve their 40 card main Deck, should they choose to sleeve their deck, they must do so with tournament-legal sleeves.  All Dragon Duelists will receive a pack of WCQ Sleeves. You do not need to use these sleeves in the event.
  • Once steps 2 thru 4 are completed the Duelists then will play against their first round opponent in a best 2-out of-3 match. 

Deck Construction Rules

Main Deck Size (Minimum)

40 non-Xyz Monster Cards in Main Deck

Side Deck Size

All non-XYZ Monster Cards not in the Main Deck

Extra Deck Size

All Xyz Monster Cards

Forbidden/Limited List

No  Forbidden & Limited Card List is used

There is no entry fee for this Dragon Duel tournament. The Battle Pack participation product is provided at no cost by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

Participants are required to provide proof of age in order to participate in a Dragon Duel (Copy of Birth Certificate, Passport, etc).

Duelists must be born in 2004 or later.

A minimum of four (4) Duelists is required to run a Dragon Duel tournament.

A Deck list is required for participation into a Dragon Duel, this will be provided at the event. Dragon Duel tournaments are considered to be Tier 2 events.

All Duelists who earn an invite to the Dragon Duel WCQ or their guardian must fill out a copy the 2017 WCQ Invite Form prior to receiving their prizes.  A valid e-mail address must be provided for either the Duelist or the guardian.

Q: What are the prizes for the Dragon Duel?

A: Top 4 Duelists in a Dragon Duel tournament will receive a 2017 Regional Game Mat, a Dragon Duel Medal, and a Dragon Duel T-Shirt.

In addition to the prizes listed above, Invites awarded in the Dragon Duel for the Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier are based off of attendance, with the top ranking Duelists after the final round of Swiss earning an invite to the Dragon Duel WCQ.

Number of Dragon Duelers

# of Invites

4 – 8

4 Invites

9 – 16

8 Invites

17 – 32

12 Invites

33 – 64

16 Invites

65 +

20 Invites

Duelists are required to complete and submit a WCQ Invite form on site. Prizes are not awarded until after the WCQ Invite forms have been completed and properly submitted.

Q:What are the rules for a Starter Deck Tournament?

A:

  • The 8 Duelists are seated across from their first round opponent.
  • Each Duelist is then given 1 of the sealed Starter Deck.
  • The Duelists will then be given 10 minutes to look over their cards and sleeve their main Deck and Extra Deck, should they choose to do so, with tournament-legal sleeves.
  • Once steps 2 and 3 are completed the Duelists then will play against their first round opponent in a best 2-out of-3 match. 

Deck Construction Rules

Main Deck Size

All Main Deck Cards

Extra Deck Size

All Extra Deck Cards

Forbidden/Limited List

The Advanced Format list does not apply.

Q: What are the rules for a Structure Deck Tournament?

A:

  • The 8 Duelists are seated across from their first round opponent.
  • Each Duelist is then given 1 of the same sealed Structure Deck.
  • The Duelists will then be given 10 minutes to look over their cards and sleeve their main Deck and Extra Deck, should they choose to do so, with tournament-legal sleeves.
  • Once steps 2 and 3 are completed the Duelists then will play against their first round opponent in a best 2-out of-3 match. 

Deck Construction Rules

Main Deck Size

All Main Deck Cards

Extra Deck Size

All Extra Deck Cards

Forbidden/Limited List

The Advanced Format list does not apply.

Q: What is the Public Events playoff?

A: The Public Events playoff gives 8 hopeful Duelists a chance to win an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Top Cut Game Mat. There are two different playoffs, each of which awards an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Top Cut Game Mat to the winner.

Playoff 1: The four Duelists who have accumulated the highest number of Public Event points will play two rounds of Single-Elimination to determine a winner, who will receive an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Top Cut Game Mat. In case of a points total tie, the selection will be made by random drawing from the tied competitors.

Playoff 2:  Four names will be drawn at random from all Public Events entrants over the course of the weekend. These four competitors will then play two rounds of Single-Elimination to determine a winner, who will receive an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Top Cut Game Mat.

 


UDS Points and the UDS Invitational

Q: Do I need an invitation to participate in the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?

A: The Invitational portion is not an open-to-all event.  Only Duelists who have earned at least 100 UDS Points may enter the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017 and they do so by redeeming the points at Registration.

Q: What are UDS Points?

A: UDS Points are the qualifying units you must earn in order to participate in an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational.
UDS Points are awarded based on participation and/or final standings, and judging; in Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, and at most Tier 2 events, such as Regionals, Dragon Duels, OTS Championships, Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, and World Championship Qualifiers.

UDS Points are linked to your COSSY ID number. You must make sure that your COSSY ID has been properly registered http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/cossy.html  in order to be eligible to participate in an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational. If you have never registered your COSSY ID, you must register your COSSY ID no later than four (4) business days prior to the UDS Invitational.

Q: How do I earn UDS Points?

A: UDS Points are awarded based on participation and/or final standings, and judging in the following Organized Play programs:


Criteria

Category

Points Awarded

Pin Awarded

Participate in a regular Regional, OTS Championship, or Dragon Duel

Participation

5 UDS Points

 

Participate in YCS or YCS Dragon Duel

5 UDS points

 

Participate in UDS Qualifier (8-Player Public Event at Tier 2 Events)

5 UDS points

 

Participate in a National Championship or WCQ

10 UDS Points

 

Participate in UDS Qualifier (OTS)

10 UDS Points

 

 

Top Cut National Championship or WCQ

Top Cut

20 UDS Points

 

Finish 2nd-8th Place in UDS Qualifier (OTS)

20 UDS Points

Yes

Top Cut at Worlds

100 UDS Points

 

 

Win UDS Qualifier (8-Player Public Event at Tier 2 Events)

Winner

20 UDS Points

Yes

Win YCS or YCS Dragon Duel Championship

30 UDS Points

 

Win UDS Qualifier (OTS)

40 UDS Points

Yes

Win Nationals (Latin America) or Finalist for Worlds at WCQ

50 UDS Points

 

 

Rank high enough to earn WCQ Invite at any Tier 2 Event offering WCQ Invite

Invite

10 UDS Points

 

Accurately complete WCQ invite paperwork at any Tier 2 Event offering WCQ Invite

5 UDS Points*

 

 

Judge at a Regional, Dragon Duel, OTS Championship, or OTS UDS Qualifier

Judge

10 UDS Points

 

Judge at a YCS, National, WCQ, or Worlds

20 UDS points

 

*Points awarded after the WCQ of that year has concluded

Q: How many UDS Points do I need to earn in order to enter the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?

A: You will need a minimum of 100 UDS Points in order to enter the UDS Invitational.  Participation prizing varies based on the number of UDS Points you redeem.

Redemption Tier – 100 UDS Points

Entry into an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Lanyard
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Pin
10 UDS points (awarded for next Season)

Redemption Tier – 150 UDS Points

Entry into an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Lanyard
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Pin
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Medal for Lanyard
10 UDS points (awarded for next Season)

Redemption Tier – 200 UDS Points

Entry into an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Lanyard
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Pin
Ultimate Duelist Series  Invitational Medal for Lanyard
1st round BYE
10 UDS Points (awarded for next Season)


In order to participate in an Invitational, a Duelist is required to “redeem” the required amount of UDS Points. Once they have entered the event, they no longer carry those points on their total.

Q: Are UDS Points transferable?

A: UDS Points are not transferrable from one Duelist to another.

Q: Do UDS Points expire?

A: No. UDS Points do not expire.

Q: If I am not from North or Latin America, can I compete in the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?

A: Currently, only Duelists participating in select North or Latin American Tier 2 events are able to compete in Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational tournaments.

Q: If I am from North or Latin America, can I compete in Ultimate Duelist Series Invitationals in both Latin and North America?

A: Yes, Duelists from North or Latin America can participate in Ultimate Duelist Series Invitationals in either territory.

Q: How and when will I receive my UDS Points?

A: The Ultimate Duelist Series Leaderboard will list the names and point totals of Duelists who have accumulated 75 or more UDS Points. This list will be updated frequently throughout the year, and will be posted at http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/ultimateduelist/udsrankings.html (You will not receive any sort of physical representation of your UDS Points and you will not be notified via mail or email – your name and COSSY ID will be entered on the Leaderboard posted online.

Duelists can find a complete UDS Points Leaderboard PDF at https://yugiohblog.konami.com/?p=22622.  All Duelists who have earned points can find their totals here, even if they do not appear on the online Leaderboard (75 points or higher)
The UDS Leaderboard is ranked by point total, then sorted alphabetically by each Duelist’s first name.

Duelists are responsible to verify that their COSSY ID numbers are properly registered, and that their registration information is correct.

Remember that Leaderboard information isn’t automatically or instantly updated, so you should allow some time for results to be posted from your tournament – it can take several weeks for the data to be entered into the system, and posted online. 

Q: Is travel or hotel included with the Invitational?

A: Only the first place winner of each UDS Invitational tournament will receive paid travel and accommodations for the next UDS Invitational in their territory.

Winners from North America will receive travel and accommodations to the next Invitational in North America, and Latin American winners will receive travel and accommodations to the next Invitational in Latin America.

Paid travel and accommodations are non-transferable and will only be awarded for the next UDS Invitational in the winner’s region.

Q: Can I bring someone with me if I win the trip?

A: If you are 17 or younger, you will also receive travel and accommodations for a parent or guardian.  If you are 18 or older, you will win travel and accommodation for yourself only.

 


Card Legality

Q: What cards are legal for play?

A: Please check the “Products” page online at http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/products/ for at the most current legality dates of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG product releases, prior to preparing your Deck for the event.

Also check this link for the current legality of all promotional cards http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/cardlegality.html.

Q: Can I use OCG cards (cards printed for use in Japan and other Asian territories) in my Deck?

A: No, cards printed for Asian markets are not legal for play in TCG tournaments, even if you have a translation available.

Q: Can I use foreign language cards in my Deck?

A: You may use foreign-language copies of legal-for-play cards printed for the TCG market, as long as you can show an official translation of the card when asked to do so by an opponent or tournament official. Translations do not have to be a local language version of the card.  An official translation written down or printed is acceptable.  If you want to use a local language version of the card as your translation, you must keep that card outside of your Deck box.

 


Travel

Q: What is the closest airport to the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?

A: McCarran International Airport (LAS) - 2.6 miles from venue

Q: What’s the best way to get to the tournament from the airport?

A:  
The two easiest ways are Taxi or Shuttle services.
The list of Taxi services at McCarran International Airport (LAS) can be found here:
https://www.mccarran.com/Go/Taxis.aspx

The list of Shuttle services at McCarran International Airport (LAS) can be found here:
https://www.mccarran.com/Go/Shuttles.aspx

Q: Are there any nearby hotels?

A: There are no special room rates for the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017, but here are some hotels in the area.

Hyatt Place Las Vegas
4520 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 369-3366

Red Roof Inn Las Vegas
4350 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 938-2000

Embassy Suites by Hilton Las Vegas
4315 Swenson St
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 795-2800

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4455 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 693-5000

 


Miscellaneous

Q: I want to judge at Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017, instead of competing as a player – how can I volunteer?

A: If you’re interested in judging at the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017, please email KDE’s Judge Manager at us-judgesupport@konami.com.  We are always on the lookout for judges – please provide your full name, contact information including email and phone number, and a description of your previous judging experience. UDS Invitational Event Managers are not responsible for organizing the judge staff, so you will need to contact KDE directly if you want to judge.

Potential judges are required to hold RC-1 certification and be registered as judges in the KDE Judge Program in order to judge at a UDS Invitational.  All potential judges must pass the online Rulings Comprehension Level 1 test, and then send in a completed application to join the Judge Program. You can find information about the test, and a link to take it, here:  http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/judges/index.html

Q: Will there be vendors on site so I can buy single cards and supplies and sell my cards?

A: There will be a number of vendors present, selling single cards, sealed product, and card supplies such as sleeves and deck boxes.  Vendors will also be buying cards on site.

Q: Can I buy and sell from other people at the event?

A: Duelists are not allowed to buy or sell from one another at Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational venues. If you do so, you risk incurring penalties, including being disqualified and removed from the event.

Buying and selling includes all items, not just cards or gaming supplies.  

Trading is restricted to cards – attendees may not bring other merchandise or items to the venue for trading.

Attendees may not solicit business, hand out flyers, etc. while at the venue.

The Tournament Organizer reserves the right to limit the amount of cards that can be brought into the venue for trading.

Q: I want to vend at an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, whom should I contact?

A: Vending space is available free of charge at Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational venues, but is only available to Official Tournament Stores (OTS) in good standing. Vendors must meet certain requirements and agree to abide by set guidelines. Interested vendors should email us-opsupport@konami.com with the header “Request to Vend at [name and location of event].”  Vendors will be required to complete and submit an application for each event at which they wish to vend.   Keep in mind that KDE handles the applications for vending at Ultimate Duelist Series Invitationals and not the Event Manager.

Cash transactions with anyone other than an approved vendor at an approved location are prohibited at Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational events.  Attendees who conduct cash transactions, such as selling of cards or product, to anyone other than an approved vendor at an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational event risk penalties including disqualification and expulsion from the venue.

Anyone buying and/or selling as an unauthorized vendor at an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational venue may also risk incurring penalties, including but not limited to, being disqualified and removed from the event, suspensions from Konami Organized Play, and suspension as an Official Tournament Store.

Q: Where can I get food and drinks during the tournament?

A: There will be concessions at the venue, but there are many options within walking distance of the venue.

Q: When will the schedule for other Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational tournaments be posted?

A: For updated information on this event and other events as they become finalized, keep checking www.yugioh-card.com/en/events . There is no set time frame for these announcements; they will be made as the information becomes available.

Q: Can I get a COSSY ID number at the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017 tournament, or will I need to have one before I attend the event?

A: If you do not have a COSSY ID number, you can get one at the event.

Q: Will there be coverage of the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?

A: There will be a live stream of feature matches and Top Cut matches on Saturday, March 18th from 10:00AM PST and Sunday, March 19th from 9:00AM PST.  The stream will be available on our official Twitch & YouTube channels:

There will also be round-by-round online coverage of this event, including feature matches, a photo gallery, Deck analysis and more at www.yugioh-card.com/en/events. Even if you’re unable to make it to the event, you can still be part of the action as the coverage page is updated with live content from the tournament site.

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2017?

A:

E-mail: info@shadowrealmgamesllc.com
Phone: (317) 600-2889