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North America Holiday Charity Event 2023

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Updated: 11/6/2023

North America Holiday Charity Event 2023

Have fun and Duel for a good cause! Bring 5 non-perishable food items* to a participating Official Tournament Store and receive entry to the Holiday Charity Event. Duelists will stake 1 item of food per round against their opponent, and at the end of the tournament trade their food items for the same amount of packs!

* In order to register for the Holiday Charity Event, Duelists will need to bring at least five (5) non-perishable food items. Each food item should weigh at least 10.5 oz and expire no earlier than March 1, 2024.

 


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Updated: 11/6/2023


 

 
Date & Location

December 1 - December 17

North America

Locations

LOCATIONS


Q: Where and when is the Holiday Charity Event 2023?

Please contact the location directly for more information.

In order to register for the Holiday Charity Event, Duelists will need to bring at least five (5) non-perishable food items. Each food item should weigh at least 10.5 oz and expire no earlier than March 1, 2024.

Duelists are allowed and encouraged to bring more than five (5) non-perishable food items. However, these additional food items will not affect prizing for the event. They will be used solely as additional donations to help those in need in your local community.

North America Holiday Charity Event 2023 FAQ

North America Holiday Charity Event 2023 FAQs


In Effect as of December 1st, 2023

BASIC INFORMATION

  • What is the Holiday Charity Event?
  • Where and when are the Holiday Charity Event?
  • What is the attendance capacity for the Holiday Charity Event?
  • How do I enter the Holiday Charity Event?
  • What do I need to know regarding a Holiday Charity Event?
  • What are the prizes for the Holiday Charity Event?
  • What is the format for the Holiday Charity Event?
  • What is the time limit for each Round for the Holiday Charity Event?
  • Can I get a CARD GAME ID number at the Holiday Charity Event, or will I need to have one before I attend the event?
  • Will I need to complete and turn in a Deck List?
  • What cards are legal for play?
  • Can I use OCG cards in my Deck?
  • Can I use foreign language cards in my Deck?

PREPARING FOR THE EVENT

  • What will I need to bring to the Holiday Charity Event?
  • If I’ve never been to a Holiday Charity Event, what should I expect?
  • I want to judge at a Holiday Charity Event, instead of competing as a Duelist – how can I apply?
  • What if I lost an item at the Holiday Charity Event?
  • Whom should I contact for more information about a specific Holiday Charity Event?

AT THE EVENT

  • How long will the Holiday Charity Event last?
  • What happens if I am not done with my Match after 45 minutes?
  • I would like to provide feedback to KDE-US concerning the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Holiday Charity Event I attended, who should I contact?

 


BASIC INFORMATION

Q: What is the Holiday Charity Event?

The Holiday Charity Event is a local level event held at participating Official Tournament Stores (OTS) which attract both casual and competitive Duelists to help reduce food insecurity among their local communities. Duelists bring non-perishable food items to donate in place of a cost of registration. Each OTS donates the collected food items to a local charity to help reduce food insecurity. Holiday Charity Events are primarily non-competitive events.

Only KONAMI OTS are permitted to host Holiday Charity Events.

Holiday Charity Events are usually run as casual events, meaning the level of rules enforcement is light to moderate. The primary goal of the Holiday Charity Event is to provide an opportunity for OTS and Duelists to help out their community while enjoying the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG.

 

Q: Where and when are the Holiday Charity Event?

A list of Participating OTS can be found on the Official Yu-Gi-Oh! Store Locator Page using the Holiday Charity Event search tab.

Click here to find an OTS near you running the Holiday Charity Event.

 

Q: What is the attendance capacity for the Holiday Charity Event?

Due to safety, fire regulations and venue limitations, attendance capacity will vary from location to location. It is advised that you arrive early enough to register or contact the OTS directly to ensure a spot in the Holiday Charity Event. If you have any additional questions, please contact the hosting OTS directly using their available contact details under the Holiday Charity Event Store Listing.

 

Q: How do I enter the Holiday Charity Event?

In order to register for the Holiday Charity Event, Duelists will need to bring at least five (5) non-perishable food items. Each food item should weigh at least 10.5 oz and expire no earlier than March 1, 2024.

Duelists are allowed and encouraged to bring more than five (5) non-perishable food items. However, these additional food items will not affect prizing for the event. They will be used solely as additional donations to help those in need in your local community.

 

Q: What do I need to know regarding a Holiday Charity Event?

Duelists will turn in their food items for a postcard with 5 Star Chips. Duelists will stake one (1) Star Chip each Round of the Holiday Charity Event. The winner of each Match will collect the Star Chips at stake. If a Match ends in a Draw, both Duelists collect the Star Chip they staked for that Round.

At the end of the tournament, Duelists will redeem their Star Chips for booster prize packs.

 

Q: What are the prizes for the Holiday Charity Event?

At the end of all Rounds of the Holiday Charity Event, Duelists will turn in all collected Star Chips for booster prize packs. Each collected Star Chip, up to a maximum of nine (9) Star Chip, can be turned in for prize packs.

Duelists that win all four (4) Rounds of the Holiday Charity Event will be able to redeem their collected Star Chips for nine (9) booster prize packs. This is the original five (5) Star Chips the Duelist entered the tournament with and the four (4) additional Star Chips won during the tournament.

Duelists that win three (3) Rounds of the Holiday Charity Event will be able to redeem their collected Star Chips for seven (7) booster prize packs. This is the original five (5) Star Chips the Duelist entered the tournament with, less the one (1) Star Chip for the Round that the Duelist lost, plus the three (3) additional Star Chips won during the tournament.

Duelists that win two (2) Rounds of the Holiday Charity Event will be able to redeem their collected Star Chips for five (5) prize packs. This is the original five (5) Star Chips the Duelist entered the tournament with, less the two (2) Star Chips for the Rounds the Duelist lost, plus the two (2) additional Star Chips won during the tournament.

Duelists that win one (1) Round of the Holiday Charity Event will be able to redeem their collected Star Chips for three (3) prize packs. This is the original five (5) Star Chips the Duelist entered the tournament with, less the three (3) Star Chip lost the Rounds the Duelist lost, plus the one (1) additional Star Chip won during the tournament.

Duelists that win zero (0) Rounds of the Holiday Charity Event will be able to redeem their Star Chip for one (1) prize packs. This is the original five (5) Star Chips the Duelist entered the tournament with, less the four (4) Star Chips lost the Rounds the Duelist lost.

Any Match that ends in a Draw will result in the number of Prize Packs varying from the amounts set above. Please see the table below to determine the Prize Packs awarded based on final record.

 

Final Record Prize Packs
4 W – 0 L – 0 D 9
3 W – 0 L – 1 D 8
3 W – 1 L – 0 D

2 W – 0 L – 2 D

7
2 W – 1 L – 1 D

1 W – 0 L – 3 D

6
2 W – 2 L – 0 D

1 W – 1 L – 2 D

0 W – 0 L – 4 D

5
1 W – 2 L – 1 D

0 W – 1 L – 3 D

4
1 W – 3 L – 0 D
0 W – 2 L – 2 D
3
0 W – 3 L – 1 D 2
0 W – 4 L – 0 D 1

 

 

Q: What is the format for the Holiday Charity Event?

The Holiday Charity Event is a Tier 1 event, conducted as Constructed – Advanced Format, Swiss Round events. The event will have exactly four (4) Rounds, regardless of the number of Duelists participating in the event. The format details provided here supersede any tournament details found in other official KDE-US policy documents.

 

Number of Participants* Number of Swiss Rounds Playoff Top Cut
4 – 8 4 Rounds of Swiss None
9 – 16 4 Rounds of Swiss None
17 – 32 4 Rounds of Swiss None
33 – 64 4 Rounds of Swiss None
65 – 128 4 Rounds of Swiss None
129 or more 4 Rounds of Swiss None

 

Q: What is the time limit for each Round for the Holiday Charity Event?

Each Holiday Charity Event TCG Swiss round will consist of a best 2-out-of-3 game Match, with a 45-minute time limit.

 

Q: Can I get a CARD GAME ID number at the Holiday Charity Event or will I need to have one before I attend the event?

If you previously had a COSSY ID, that same number will carry over as your CARD GAME ID. You will still need to register online at https://cardgame-network.konami.net/.

If you do not remember your previous 10-digit ID, you should email the OTS at least five (5) days prior to the event to obtain your correct ID. Duelists should avoid acquiring new CARD GAME IDs if the previous ID can be found.

If you have never signed up for a CARD GAME ID or a COSSY number before, you can get one by registering online at https://cardgame-network.konami.net/.

 

Q: Will I need to complete and turn in a Deck List?

Duelists participating in the Holiday Charity Event may have to turn in a completed Deck List in order to participate. Please check with the OTS if they are requiring Deck Lists for their event and for additional information regarding the Deck List collection process.

Duelists can download the official KDE-US Deck List at https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/downloads/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 CARD GAME 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:

https://www.konami.com/yugioh/articles/?p=3534

Duelists are encouraged to complete their Deck List before registering for the Tournament by using the downloadable KDE-US Deck List and typing out all of the necessary information in the editable fields on the form.

Make sure your name and CARD GAME ID are on your Deck List.

Duelists may also use the Deck List “Save List” feature on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! NEURON (NEURON). To do so, please follow these instructions:

To use NEURON:

Select and view your Deck, then scroll down to the “Save List” button. Clicking this button will create a JPG of your Deck List, which you can email/upload to the OTS.

  • NEURON will not fill in all the tournament details, such as your full name, the date, and the name of the event. You will need to rename the file accordingly with the missing information.
  • The JPG is not an editable form.
  • Follow any instructions provided by the OTS regarding their Deck List collection process, if applicable.

 

Q: What cards are legal for play?

Please check the “Products” page online at https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/products/ for an updated look at the legality dates of Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME product releases, prior to preparing your Deck for the event.

Advanced Format tournaments use a specific list of playable cards. Some cards are forbidden from use, or limited to a set number in the Deck, in order to better balance tournament play. The Advanced Format list changes periodically. Duelists can view the most current Advanced Format card list by visiting this link: https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/limited/

Constructed Decks for Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG tournaments must meet specific guidelines for use in the event. Duelists must ensure that their Decks meet these requirements before entering an event. A Duelist’s Deck includes their Main Deck and may include a Side Deck and/or an Extra Deck.

A Duelist may not have more than three (3) copies of any card included in their Main Deck, Side Deck, and Extra Deck combined.

Cards that have been altered from their original appearance with surface decoration may be used for play only if the alterations do not obscure any portion of the card text, make the illustration difficult to recognize, or make the card distinguishable from other cards in the Deck while it is face-down.

If a card’s surface decoration renders the card unrecognizable at first glance, then the card is not allowed for tournament play.

The Head Judge of the event has final arbitration on whether or not altered cards may be used at the tournament. Duelists are responsible for determining whether or not their altered cards are acceptable for use before the start of the tournament.

 

Q: Can I use OCG cards in my Deck?

No. Cards printed for Asian markets are not legal for play in TCG tournaments.

 

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

You can 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, kept outside of your Deck and Deck box, when asked to do so by an opponent or tournament official. If an opponent or tournament official has difficulty reading the card text, make sure to have the full local language card name ready to ensure it can be found quickly in NEURON or the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Database.

 


PREPARING FOR THE TOURNAMENT

Duelists who wish to enter a Holiday Charity Event must meet the following criteria

Any tournament official associated with or working an event cannot play in that specific event. This includes, but is not limited to, the Judge Staff, Scorekeeper, Event Staff, Store Owner, and Tournament Organizer.

Event Staff or Judge Staff who participate in a tournament for which they are listed as staff will be subject to penalties, up to and including suspension from KDE-US Organized Play.

Duelists who have been suspended from Organized Play by KDE-US are not considered to be in good standing and may not register for or compete in Official or Sanctioned events. A list of suspended players can be found at https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/suspended/

Suspended persons are required to apply for reinstatement with the KDE-US Penalty Committee via us-penalty@konami.com. Once their applications have been reviewed, and their reinstatement accepted, their name will be removed from the list. Until that time, they are considered to be Suspended Persons.

 

Q: What will I need to bring to the Holiday Charity Event?

First, you should make sure you bring your five (5) (or more!) food items needed to enter the tournament with you. Each food item should weigh at least 10.5 oz and expire no earlier than March 1, 2024.

You will be required to complete a registration form at the event. You will be required to present their CARD GAME ID number along with a form of ID in order to register for the event. Acceptable forms of ID include current-year School ID cards, driver’s licenses, passports, or other government-issued identification documents.

If you are under the age of 16, you can bring in a copy of your birth certificate as proof of ID. Duelists under the age of 16 are required to have a parent or guardian read and sign the registration form in order to be eligible to participate in a Holiday Charity Event. Registration forms can be downloaded and filled out prior to the event from here:

https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/downloads/forms/KDE_RegistrationSheet.pdf

Duelists who register or attempt to register under another Duelist’s name or CARD GAME ID number will be disqualified from the event, and risk suspension from KDE-US Organized Play events. Duelists are required to register with their legal name, as it appears on their form of ID. Nicknames may not be used when registering for the Holiday Charity Event. Initials to replace the First or Last Names may not be used when registering for a Holiday Charity Event.

 

Q: If I’ve never been to a Holiday Charity Event, what should I expect?

Holiday Charity Events are Tier 1 tournaments and attract both casual and competitive Duelists who wish to help their community while playing the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG.Read over the list of things you will need for the tournament, and make sure you have everything.

You will need to register for the event in order to play. Duelists should contact their OTS ahead of time to learn how to register.

If you have a CARD GAME ID and have lost or forgotten it, you can ask the OTS to look it up for you. If you’ve played in a previous event, they may be able to retrieve your number.

Please arrive at the OTS early enough before the Holiday Charity Event is scheduled to start, to ensure that you will be properly registered for the tournament. Registration generally closes 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Duelists may register late (assuming event has not reached capacity) for an event and will begin the event with a Round 1 Match Loss.

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 before or during the event, they should check with the OTS.

Before participating in the event, all Duelists should read over the KDE-US 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:

https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/downloads/penalty_guide/YGOTCG_Policy_v_2_2.pdf

Tournament Infractions and Penalties Policy:

https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/downloads/penalty_guide/Penalty_Guidelines_v_2_2.pdf

If you observe an issue during the event, all Duelists should ensure they follow the instructions found in Section H of the Tournament Policy covering expectations of Spectators during an event. A helpful guide for how to handle potential issues you observe can be found at https://yugiohblog.konami.com/2021/03/40576/.

When you compete in a Holiday Charity Event, you will be held to high standards of play and sportsmanship. You should know how the cards in your Deck work. Duelists must pay attention to information from judges and/or tournament staff in order to understand what is going on. Duelists are expected to know and understand the information provided in the above policies and guidelines while at a Holiday Charity Event or any other Official or Sanctioned event.

 

Q: I want to judge at a Holiday Charity Event, instead of competing as a Duelist – how can I apply?

If you are interested in judging, you should contact the OTS for the Holiday Charity Event as soon as possible (use the contact number provided in the Holiday Charity Event Locator listing). Most OTS are always on the lookout for Judge Staff, so be prepared to provide your full name, contact information (including e-mail and phone number), and a description of your previous judging experience.

 

Q: What if I lost an item at the Holiday Charity Event?

You are responsible for looking after your own belongings at the event. KDE-US, Tournament Organizers, Staff, and Judges bear no responsibility for, and cannot be held liable for, any loss, theft or damage to the person or personal property of any attendee.

If you have lost items, you should seek the Lost & Found on-site. If the item is not found on-site, you are encouraged to contact the OTS within a 60-day period on the chance the lost item has been turned in.

 

Q: Who should I contact for more information about a specific Holiday Charity Event?

Your best source for answers about a specific Holiday Charity Event is the contact number listed on the Holiday Charity Event Locator. KDE-US won’t be able to answer questions such as “When does registration start?,” and so forth. For questions such as these, you will need to contact the OTS directly.

If you have more general questions about the Holiday Charity Event, you can send them to us-opsupport@konami.com. Please be as detailed as possible, so we can try to provide you with the answers you’re seeking!

 


AT THE EVENT

Q: How long will the Holiday Charity Event last?

Each Holiday Charity Event will have four (4) Swiss Rounds. Tournament Rounds for this event will be 45 minutes long. Since you can play all rounds in a Swiss tournament, you should expect to be at the event for several hours.

 

Q: What happens if I am not done with my Match after 45 minutes?

Sometimes a Match will not be finished when the time ends for a round. If this happens, it is both Duelists’ responsibility to note whose turn it is when time is called. Duelists who require assistance with the End of Match procedures should call 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 procedures.

End of Match procedures should follow these three (3) rules:

Rule #1: If time is called while Duelists are in the middle of a Game, the current Game must have a decision (Win, Loss, or Draw)

Rule #2: Once the current Game has concluded with a decision, determine the winner of the Match by determining the number of Game Wins (or Game Losses) each Duelist has for the current Match. The Duelist with the most Game Wins will win the Match.

Swiss Rounds: If both Duelists have the same number of Game Wins, or if time was called in between games of a Match when both Duelists had the same number of Game Wins, then the Match is a Draw.

Single-Elimination Rounds: If both Duelists have the same number of Game Wins, or if time is called in between Games of a Match while both Duelists have the same number of Game Wins, they will begin a new Duel with specific guidelines.

  • Neither Duelist may use his or her Side Deck. If time was called in between Games of a Match and at least one Duelist has already accessed his or her Side Deck, then both Duelists may use their 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 four (4) turns, two (2) turns for each Duelist, unless a Duelist manages to win the Duel before the four (4) turns have concluded.
    • A “turn” is defined as the start of the Draw Phase until the end of the End Phase for a single Duelist.
  • Once the four (4) 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 four (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.

Rule #3: If a win condition occurs during End of Match Procedures, that Duelist wins the current Game.

Keeping these three (3) rules in mind, please follow these instructions when proceeding to End of Match procedures:

  • Continue with the current Phase of the Game. Once the Phase is over, stop the game.
  • Determine a Game Winner at this point, with the Duelist with the most Life Points winning the Game.
    • During Swiss Rounds, if both Duelists’ Life Points are the same, the Game is a Draw. Compare Game Wins with the Duelist with the most Game Wins winning the Match. If the Game Win totals are the same, the Match is a Draw.
    • During Single-Elimination, if both Duelists’ Life Points are the same at the end of the current Phase (Step 1 above), finish the current turn. If both Duelists’ Life Points are the same at the end of the turn, 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.
  • Match Draws cannot occur during Single-Elimination Rounds.

 

Q: I would like to provide feedback to KDE-US concerning the Holiday Charity Event I attended, who should I contact?

If you participated in one of the Holiday Charity Event and would like to send us feedback, you can send us an e-mail about your specific event by e-mailing us at us-opsupport@konami.com, with the header line “North America Holiday Charity Event Feedback [Store Name, City, & State]”. All feedback, including comments about the OTS, the Judges, or the event itself, will be welcome! All feedback is always kept confidential. Please make sure your e-mail includes which Holiday Charity Event you attended, including store name, city, and state.