English | Español
North American World Championship Qualifier 2013
Frequently Asked Questions
UPDATED: 7/10/13
When:
Jul 12 - 14, 2013
Where:

Navy Pier, Festival Hall A
Chicago, IL

WCQ Information

  • What happens at the World Championship Qualifier?
  • When is the North American World Championship Qualifier?
  • Where is the North American World Championship Qualifier?
  • What Security information should I know for the North American World Championship Qualifier?
  • When can I register for the North American World Championship Qualifier?
  • What are the prizes for the North American World Championship Qualifier?
  • How much does it cost to enter the North American World Championship Qualifier?
  • Are there any pack prizes?
  • Is there a participation prize?
  • What is the format for the North American World Championship Qualifier?
  • How many rounds will the North American World Championship Qualifier have?
  • 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 North American World Championship Qualifier?
  • If I’ve never been to a World Championship Qualifier, what should I expect?
  • I will be bringing my children to the North American World Championship Qualifier. Is there anything I should know?
  • Will the North American World Championship Qualifier have the Bounty Feature?
  • Will there be meal breaks during the tournament?
  • 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)
  • Who should I contact if I have questions about the North American World Championship Qualifier?

Dragon Duel WCQ Information

  • What happens at the Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?
  • When is the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?
  • Where is the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?
  • What Security information should I know for the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?
  • When can I register for the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?
  • What are the prizes for the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?
  • How much does it cost to enter the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?
  • Are there any pack prizes?
  • Is there a participation prize?
  • What is the format for the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?
  • How many rounds will the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier have?
  • How many Dragon Duelists will advance to Day 2?
  • How many Dragon Duelists will advance to the Top Cut?
  • What will I need to bring to the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?
  • If I’ve never been to a Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier, what should I expect?
  • I will be bringing my children to the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier. Is there anything I should know?
  • Will the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier have the Bounty Feature?
  • Will there be meal breaks during the tournament?
  • 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)

Registration Information

  • When can I register for the North American World Championship Qualifier?
  • When can I register for the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?
  • What will I need to bring in order to register?
  • When will I receive my participation prizes?

Invitations

  • Do I need an invitation to participate in the North American World Championship Qualifier?
  • If I qualified in a Dragon Duel tournament (for Duelists born 2000 and later) can I play in the regular World Championship Qualifier?
  • How and when will I receive my invite?
  • What should I do if I can’t find my name on KDE’s online invite list?

Public Events

  • What is the Public Events schedule?
  • What are the point values for the Public Events?
  • What is a Swiss Round Tournament?
  • What is a Single-Elimination Tournament?
  • What are the rules for the Last Chance World Championship Qualifiers?
  • What are the rules for the Last Chance Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifiers?
  • What is a Dragon Duel?
  • What are the prizes for the Dragon Duel?
  • What are the rules for the 3 vs. 3 Team Duel?
  • What are the rules for the Super Starter: V for Victory Starter Deck Tournament?
  • What are the rules for the Battle Pack Sealed Pack Tournament?
  • What are the rules for the Battle Pack Booster Draft Tournament?
  •  What is the Ultimate Pegasus Challenge?
  • What is the Public Events playoff?

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 North American World Championship Qualifier?
  • What’s the best way to get to the tournament from the airport?
  • Are there any nearby hotels?

Miscellaneous

  • I want to judge at the World Championship Qualifier, 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 the World Championship Qualifier, whom should I contact?
  • Where can I get food and drinks during the tournament?
  • Will there be Duel Terminals at the North American World Championship Qualifier?
  • Can I get a COSSY ID number at the North American WCQ, or will I need to have one before I attend the event?
  • Will there be coverage of the North American World Championship Qualifier?
  • Will there be any Special Guests at the North American World Championship Qualifier?

 


WCQ Information

Q: What happens at the World Championship Qualifier?

A: The North American World Championship Qualifier is an invite-only tournament, where Duelists will compete for a chance to represent North America at the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship tournament, held in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 10th-11th. The winner of the WCQ will receive paid travel and accommodations, along with a host of other prizes, and the title of “North American Champion 2013.” Runners-up will also receive exciting prizes.

The North American World Championship Qualifier is a 3-day event. On Friday, July 12th, Duelists who have not qualified for the WCQ can play in Last Chance Qualifiers to earn an invite for the WCQ.  The actual WCQ itself will begin on Saturday, July 13th.

In addition to the World Championship Qualifier, there will be numerous Public Events to participate in during all three days.

Q: When is the North American World Championship Qualifier?

A: July 12th - July 14th, 2013

Q: Where is the North American World Championship Qualifier?

A: 
Navy Pier
Festival Hall A
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Q: What Security information should I know for the North American World Championship Qualifier?

A: Everyone that enters the North American WCQ venue hall will receive a wristband with a number and another band for their bag with a number that matches the number on the wristband they are given.  Please note that there is a strict one-bag limit for each Duelist or spectator that enters the premises.

Q: When can I register for the North American World Championship Qualifier?

A:
Friday, July 12th:
12:00pm – 7:00pm

Saturday, July 13th:
7:00am – 9:45am

Q: What are the prizes for the North American World Championship Qualifier?

A:

Place

Prizes

1st-6th

Invite to the World Championship
Travel & Accommodations to the World Championship
Complete set of Cosmo Blazer and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy
Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry
Tablet PC
Personalized Jersey

1st

18 packs each of Return of the Duelist, Abyss Rising, Cosmo Blazer, and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy

2nd

12 packs each of Return of the Duelist, Abyss Rising, Cosmo Blazer, and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy

3rd-4th

9 packs each of Return of the Duelist, Abyss Rising, Cosmo Blazer, and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy

5th-8th

6 packs each of Return of the Duelist, Abyss Rising, Cosmo Blazer, and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy

7th-8th

32GB MP3 Player

Top 8

Trophy

9th-16th

Complete Set of Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy
6 packs each of Return of the Duelist, Abyss Rising, Cosmo Blazer, and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy

Top 32

Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry

Top 64

Top Cut Game Mat

Participation

Pack of World Championship Qualifier 2013 Sleeves
World Championship Qualifier 2013 Game Mat

Q: How much does it cost to enter the North American World Championship Qualifier?

A: There is no entry fee to the North American World Championship Qualifier, as this is an invite-only event.

Q: Are there any pack prizes?

A: The only booster pack prizes are listed above in the prize breakdown. No other booster pack prizes will be awarded.

Q: Is there a participation prize?

A: Yes, all Duelists who register for the North American World Championship Qualifier will receive a World Championship Qualifier Game Mat, and a pack of World Championship Qualifier Card Sleeves. Please keep in mind that these items are participation prizes. You must attend the WCQ and participate in order to be eligible to earn these prizes.

Q: What is the format for the North American World Championship Qualifier?

A: World Championship 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) The Advanced Format changed as of March 1st. You will need to make sure your Deck matches the current format.

Q: How many rounds will the North American World Championship Qualifier have?

A: The total number of Duelists will determine the number of rounds that are played.

Number of Participants

Number of Swiss Rounds

Swiss Rounds Day 1

Swiss Rounds Day 2

Playoff Top Cut

129 – 256 Duelists

8 Rounds

8 Rounds

None

Top 64

257 – 512 Duelists

9 Rounds

9 Rounds

None

Top 64

513 – 1024 Duelists

10 Rounds

8 Rounds

2 Rounds

Top 64

1025 – 2048 Duelists

11 Rounds

9 Rounds

2 Rounds

Top 64

2049 or more Duelists

12 Rounds

9 Rounds

3 Rounds

Top 128

Q: How many Duelists will advance to Day 2?

A:

If there are 129 - 512 Duelists registered for the WCQ, then the Top 64 Duelists will advance to Day 2.

If there are 513 - 1024 Duelists registered for the WCQ, then the Top 128 Duelists OR all Duelists with a minimum of 16 Points, whichever number is larger, will advance to Day 2.

If there are 1025 - 2048 Duelists registered for the WCQ, then the Top 128 Duelists OR all Duelists with a minimum of 19 Points, whichever number is larger, will advance to Day 2.

If there are 2049 or more Duelists registered for the WCQ, then the Top 256 Duelists OR all Duelists with a minimum of 19 Points, whichever number is larger, will advance to Day 2.

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

A:

If there are 129 – 2048 Duelists registered for the World Championship Qualifier Main Event, the tournament will cut to Top 64 after all rounds of Swiss are completed. 

If there are 2049 or more Duelists registered for the World Championship Qualifier Main Event, the tournament will cut to Top 128 after all rounds of Swiss are completed. 

 Q: What will I need to bring to the North American World Championship Qualifier?

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.  You should bring your COSSY ID number and barcode. You must 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 a World Championship Qualifier, what should I expect?

A: The North American World Championship Qualifier is the most prestigious of all North American Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments, and attracts the best Duelists in North America.  Many Duelists travel great distances to attend the North American World Championship Qualifier, so you can expect to meet hundreds of fellow Yu-Gi-Oh! fans from all over North America.

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.  You can register on Friday from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, or you can register on the morning of the event.  If you live in the area or arrive early enough on Friday, you should definitely register then. It will save you a lot of time the following morning.

Your Deck List will be collected at Registration. Make sure your Deck List is ready before you reach the front of the Registration line.

If you need to register on the day of the event, get there early! Registration will open at 7:00 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 ID with a picture, and your COSSY ID, and your completed Deck List.  You can get a Registration form at the event, or you can print one 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 and your Deck List are filled out completely before you reach the registration station. 

You will also need a Deck List. A Deck List is required to participate in the World Championship Qualifier.  You can get a Deck List form at the event before 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 of each card 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.

If you need more space than what is available on the Deck List, simply write a note on the front of the Deck List notifying us that there will be more contents on the back of the Deck List and continue registering your Deck List on the back.

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.

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. 

Remember, there is much more to do at the WCQ 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 North American World Championship Qualifier. Is there anything I should know?

A: 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 if 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 the North American World Championship Qualifier have the Bounty Feature?

A: No, there will be no Bounty Feature at the North American World Championship Qualifier.

Q: Will there be meal breaks during the tournament?

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

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 World Championship Qualifier and the Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier are Tier 2 Events.

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 Public Events are Tier 1 Events.

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about the North American World Championship Qualifier?

A:            E-mail: df46857@konami.com
                Phone: 310-220-8192

 


Dragon Duel WCQ Information

Q: What happens at the Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?

A: The North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier is an invite-only tournament, where Dragon Duelists will compete for a chance to represent North America at the very first Yu-Gi-Oh! Dragon Duel World Championship tournament, held in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 10th-11th. The winner of the Dragon Duel WCQ will receive paid travel and accommodations for himself/herself and a guardian, along with a host of other prizes, and the title of “North American Dragon Duel Champion 2013.” Runners-up will also receive exciting prizes.

The North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier is a 3-day event. On Friday, July 12th, Duelists who have not qualified for the Dragon Duel WCQ can play in a Last Chance Dragon Duel Qualifier to earn an invite for the Dragon Duel WCQ.  The Dragon Duel WCQ itself will begin on Saturday, July 13th.

In addition to the Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier, there will be numerous Public Events to participate in.

Q: When is the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?

A: July 12th-July 14th, 2013

Q: Where is the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?

A: Navy Pier
Festival Hall A
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Q: What Security information should I know for the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?

A: Everyone that enters the North American Dragon Duel WCQ venue hall will receive a wristband with a number and another band for their bag with a number that matches the number on the wristband they are given.  Please note that there is a strict one-bag limit for each Duelist or spectator that enters the premises.

Q: When is registration for the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?

A:           
Friday, July 12, 2013:
12:00pm – 7:00pm

Saturday, July 13 2013:
7:00am – 9:45am  

Q: What are the prizes for the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?

A: 4 to 128 Dragon Duelists:

Place

Prizes

1st & 2nd

Invite to the Dragon Duel World Championship
Travel and accommodations to the Dragon Duel World Championship
Complete set of Cosmo Blazer and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy
Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry
Tablet PC
Personalized Jersey

1st

12 packs each of Return of the Duelist, Abyss Rising, Cosmo Blazer, and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy

2nd

9 packs each of Return of the Duelist, Abyss Rising, Cosmo Blazer, and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy

3rd-4th

Complete set of Cosmo Blazer and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy
6 packs each of Return of the Duelist, Abyss Rising, Cosmo Blazer, and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy

5th-8th

3 packs each of Return of the Duelist, Abyss Rising, Cosmo Blazer, and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy

Top 8

Trophy
Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry

9th-16th

Complete Set of Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy

Top 16

Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier Top Cut Game Mat

Participation

Pack of World Championship Qualifier 2013 Sleeves
Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier 2013 Game Mat

129+ Dragon Duelists:

Place

Prizes

Top 4

Invite to the Dragon Duel World Championship
Travel and accommodations to the Dragon Duel World Championship
Complete set of Cosmo Blazer and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy
Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry
Tablet PC
Personalized Jersey

1st

12 packs each of Return of the Duelist, Abyss Rising, Cosmo Blazer, and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy

2nd

9 packs each of Return of the Duelist, Abyss Rising, Cosmo Blazer, and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy

3rd-4th

Complete set of Cosmo Blazer and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy
6 packs each of Return of the Duelist, Abyss Rising, Cosmo Blazer, and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy

5th-8th

3 packs each of Return of the Duelist, Abyss Rising, Cosmo Blazer, and Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy

Top 8

Trophy
Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry

9th-16th

Complete Set of Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy

Top 16

Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier Top Cut Game Mat

Participation

Pack of World Championship Qualifier 2013 Sleeves
Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier 2013 Game Mat

Q: How much does it cost to enter the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?

A: There is no entry fee to the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier, as this is an invite-only event.

Q: Are there any pack prizes?

A: The only booster pack prizes are listed above in the prize breakdown. No other booster pack prizes will be awarded.

Q: Is there a participation prize?

A: Yes, all Dragon Duelists who register for the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier will receive a Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier Game Mat, and a pack of World Championship Qualifier Card Sleeves. Please keep in mind that these items are participation prizes. You must attend the WCQ and participate in order to be eligible to earn these prizes.

Q: What is the format for the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?

A: Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier tournaments are Constructed events, which means each Dragon 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) The Advanced Format changed as of March 1st. You will need to make sure your Deck matches the current format.

Q: How many rounds will the North American World Dragon Duel Championship Qualifier have?

A: The total number of Duelists will determine the number of rounds that are played.

Number of Participants

Number of Swiss Rounds

Swiss Rounds Day 1

Swiss Rounds Day 2

Playoff Top Cut

33 – 64 Dragon Duelists

6 Rounds

6 Rounds

None

Top 16

65 – 128 Dragon Duelists

7 Rounds

7 Rounds

None

Top 32

129 – 256 Dragon Duelists

8 Rounds

8 Rounds

None

Top 64

257 – 512 Dragon Duelists

9 Rounds

7 Rounds

2 Round

Top 64

Q: How many Dragon Duelists will advance to Day 2?

A:

If there are 33 – 64 Dragon Duelists registered for the Dragon Duel WCQ, then the Top 16 Dragon Duelists will advance to Day 2.

If there are 64 – 128 Dragon Duelists registered for the Dragon Duel WCQ, then the Top 32 Dragon Duelists will advance to Day 2.

If there are 129 – 256 Dragon Duelists registered for the Dragon Duel WCQ, then the Top 64 Dragon Duelists will advance to Day 2.

If there are 257 - 512 Dragon Duelists registered for the Dragon Duel WCQ, then the Top 128 Dragon Duelists OR all Dragon Duelists with a minimum of 13 Points, whichever number is larger, will advance to Day 2.

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

A:

If there are 33 – 64 Duelists registered for the Dragon Duel WCQ, the tournament will cut to Top 16 after all rounds of Swiss are completed. 

If there are 65 – 128 Duelists registered for the Dragon Duel WCQ, the tournament will cut to Top 32 after all rounds of Swiss are completed. 

If there are 129 – 512 Duelists registered for the Dragon Duel WCQ, the tournament will cut to Top 64 after all rounds of Swiss are completed. 

Q: What will I need to bring to the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?

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.  You should bring your COSSY ID number and barcode.  You must 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 a Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier, what should I expect?

A: The North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier is the biggest of all North American Dragon Duel Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments, and attracts the best Dragon Duelists in North America.  Many Dragon Duelists travel great distances to attend the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier, so you can expect to meet hundreds of fellow Yu-Gi-Oh! fans from all over North America.

Dragon Duel tournaments are exclusive to Duelists born before a certain calendar year, with the calendar year requirement moving forward after the World Championship. The current year requirement is 2000 or later – all Duelists must have been born in 2000 or later. Any Dragon Duel qualifying event that would qualify the Duelist for the following year’s WCQ, the year requirement will move forward a year to 2001 or later. This means that after July 12th, 2013, Duelists born in 2000 or later will no longer be eligible for Dragon Duel tournaments.

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.  You can register on Friday from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, or you can register on the morning of the event.  If you live in the area or arrive early enough on Friday, you should definitely register then. It will save you a lot of time the following morning.

Your Deck List will be collected at Registration. Make sure your Deck List is ready before you reach the front of the Registration line.

If you need to register on the day of the event, get there early! Registration will open at 7:00 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 ID showing proof of age, and your COSSY ID, and your completed Deck List.  You can get a Registration form at the event, or you can print one 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 and your Deck List are filled out completely before you reach the registration station. 

You will also need a Deck List. A Deck List is required to participate in the World Championship Qualifier.  You can get a Deck List form at the event, 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.

If you need more space than what is available on the Deck List, simply write a note on the front of the Deck List notifying us that there will be more contents on the back of the Deck List and continue registering your Deck List on the back.

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.

Dragon Duelists are responsible for paying attention to information from judges and/or tournament staff in order to understand what is going on. If Dragon 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 Dragon 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. 

  • KDE Tournament Policy

http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/penalty_guide/YGOTournamentPolicy_v1-3_Jan2013.pdf

  • Penalty Guidelines

http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/penalty_guide/PenaltyGuidelines_v1-3_Jan2013.pdf

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament Policy:

http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/penalty_guide/KDE_TCG_Tournament_Policy_Feb2013.pdf

Remember, there is much more to do at the Dragon Duel WCQ 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 North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier. Is there anything I should know?

A: 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 the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier have the Bounty Feature?

A: No, there will be no Bounty feature at the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier.

Q: Will there be meal breaks during the tournament?

A: Yes there will be a meal break during Day 1 of the Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier.  The meal break will happen after the 3rd round of Swiss. The meal break will last an hour until the start of the 4th round.

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 World Championship Qualifier and the Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier are Tier 2 Events.

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 Public Events are Tier 1 Events.

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?

A:            E-mail: df46857@konami.com
                Phone: 310-220-8192

 


Registration Information

Q: When can I register for the North American World Championship Qualifier?

A: Registration will be open on Friday, July 12th from 12:00pm until 7:00pm, and on Saturday, July 13th, from 7:00am until 9:45am. We strongly recommend that you register on Friday, to make sure you are ready to play on Saturday. If you register on Friday, you do not need to register again on Saturday.

Your Deck List will be collected at Registration. Make sure your Deck List is ready before you reach the front of the Registration line.

Q: When can I register for the North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier?

A: Registration will be open on Friday, July 12th from 12:00pm until 7:00pm, and on Saturday, July 13th, from 7:00am until 9:45am. We strongly recommend that you register on Friday, to make sure you are ready to play on Saturday. If you register on Friday, you do not need to register again on Saturday.

Your Deck List will be collected at Registration. Make sure your Deck List is ready before you reach the front of the Registration line.

Duelists who qualified for the Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier may choose to play in the Main World Championship Qualifier instead of the Dragon Duel WCQ. If a Dragon Duelist does decide to play in the Main WCQ, they will still need to register at the designated Dragon Duel WCQ registration area.  Dragon Duelists may not register and/or participate in both events.  A Dragon Duelist who is caught entering both events will be Disqualified and will not be able to compete in any other event, including Public Events, at the World Championship Qualifier.

Q: What will I need to bring in order to register?

A: Make sure you have all of the following, in order to register for the North American World Championship Qualifier or Dragon Duel WCQ:

  • Your COSSY ID (if you have lost your ID and cannot remember your number, we will be able to look it up on site).
  • A proper form of identification, with your name and photo. A driver’s license, school ID, or passport are all acceptable forms of identification. Since this tournament is invitation-only, it is important that we verify the identity of all participants.

Q: When will I receive my participation prizes?

A: You will receive your participation prizes when you register for the WCQ. Please keep in mind that these items are participation prizes. You must attend the WCQ and participate in order to be eligible to earn these prizes.

 

 


Invitations

Q: Do I need an invitation to participate in the North American World Championship Qualifier?

A: Yes, you must have earned an invite at a Regional Qualifier, Dragon Duel, or Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event in order to participate in the North American World Championship Qualifier.

Q: If I qualified in a Dragon Duel tournament (for Duelists born 2000 and later) can I play in the regular World Championship Qualifier?

A: Duelists who were born in 2000 and later who qualified for the Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier may choose to play in the Main World Championship Qualifier instead of the Dragon Duel WCQ. Dragon Duelists may not register and/or participate in both events.  A Dragon Duelist who is caught entering both events will be Disqualified and will not be able to compete in any other event, including any Public Events, at the World Championship Qualifier.

Q: How and when will I receive my invite?

A: The list of players who have earned invites to their World Championship Qualifier is posted online at www.yugioh-card.com/en/events. You will not receive a physical invitation, or an invitation through email or postal mail – you will be entered into the invite list database.

Information about your World Championship Qualifier will be posted online – it will not be mailed or sent to you. Duelists are responsible to verify that their name appears on the appropriate invite list, and to access posted information about their World Championship Qualifier tournament by checking the www.yugioh-card.com/en/events page for updates.

Q: What should I do if I can’t find my name on KDE’s online invite list?       

A: First, look at the Regional Qualifier list. Events that are highlighted in blue and marked with an asterisk have had their results updated to the invite list.

Check the invite list carefully, to see if you have missed seeing your name. Look at the COSSY ID numbers as well.
If you do not see your name and the event at which you qualified is highlighted in blue, you should email us-opsupport@konami.com and ask. Please provide your full name, COSSY ID number, and the date and location of the event at which you qualified, along with your question, so we can answer you quickly and efficiently.

If you see an error in your name or COSSY ID, you can also report this to us-opsupport@konami.com. Make sure to include your full name, COSSY ID, and the date and location of the event at which you qualified.

 


Public Events

Q: What is the Public Events schedule?

A:

Friday, July 12th

10:00 AM – 4:00PM Last Chance WCQ (16-player flights)      $10.00
10:00 AM – 4:00PM Super Starter: V for Victory Tournament (8-Player Flights)      $13.00
10:00 AM – 4:00PM Battle Pack Sealed Pack Tournament 10 Packs (8-Player Flights)    $20.00
10:00 AM – 4:00PM Battle Pack Sealed Pack Tournament 5 Packs (8-Player Flights)    $10.00
10:00 AM – 4:00PM Battle Pack Booster Draft Tournament (8-Player Flights)       $12.00
12:00 PM – 5:00PM  Win-A-Mat (8-player flights)  $12.00
11:00 AM Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ #1  FREE!!
1:00 PM   ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!   $12.00
2:00 PM   Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ #2    FREE!!

Saturday, July 13th

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM    2014 Regional Qualifiers (16-player Flights)   $12.00   
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM    Super Starter: V for Victory Tournament (8-Player Flights)       $13.00
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM    Battle Pack Sealed Pack Tournament 10 Packs (8-Player Flights)    $20.00
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM    Battle Pack Sealed Pack Tournament 5 Packs (8-Player Flights)  $10.00
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM    Battle Pack Booster Draft Tournament (8-Player Flights)       $12.00
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM    Win-A-Mat (8-Player Flights)     $12.00
3:00 PM  Ultimate Pegasus Challenge       $12.00
4:00 PM ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!       $12.00

Sunday, July 14th

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM     2014 Regional Qualifiers (16-player Flights)     $12.00
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM  Super Starter: V for Victory Tournament (8-Player Flights)  $13.00
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM  Battle Pack Sealed Pack Tournament 10 Packs (8-Player Flights)   $20.00
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM  Battle Pack Sealed Pack Tournament 5 Packs (8-Player Flights)    $10.00
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM  Battle Pack Booster Draft Tournament (8-Player Flights)  $12.00
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM  Win-A-Mat (8-Player Flights)  $12.00
10:00 AM  3 vs. 3 Team Dueling      $30.00/team
11:00 AM   ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!     $12.00
1:00 PM   Dragon Duel Tournament (Born 2001 or later)    $   4.00 
3:45 PM     Cut-off to earn points for Public Events Playoffs  
4:00 PM Public Event Playoffs       

 

Name

Entry Fee

# of Participants

Format

Participation Prizing

Prizing

Last Chance WCQ*

$10

16

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

2 Booster Packs + 1 Battle Pack

1st Place: An invite to the North American WCQ and LTGY Regional Game Mat

16 Player 2014 Regional Qualifiers*

$12 per player

16

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

3 Booster Packs

1st Place: An invite to the 2014 World Championship Qualifier, Regional Deck Box, and LTGY Regional Game Mat

3 vs. 3 Team Dueling*

$10 per player ($30 per team)

64 Teams

3 vs. 3 Team Dueling Format – Swiss (No Playoff Cut)

2 Booster Packs and 1 Battle Pack per team member

1st Place: Each team member will receive an uncut 3 x 3 sheet of Secret Rares
2nd Place: Each team member will receive an uncut 3 x 3 sheet of Ultra Rares
3rd/4th Place: Each team member will receive an uncut 3 x 3 sheet of Super Rares

ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!*

$12 per player

64

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination

3 Booster Packs

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

Battle Pack Sealed Pack Tournament

$20 per player

8

Modified Sealed Pack Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

10 Battle Packs

1st Place: Starfoil Prize Card
2nd Place: Battle Pack Deck Holder

Battle Pack Sealed Pack Tournament

$10 per player

8

Modified Sealed Pack Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

5 Battle Packs

1st Place: Starfoil Prize Card
2nd Place: Battle Pack Deck Holder

Battle Pack Booster Draft Tournament

$12 per player

8

Sealed Pack Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

6 Battle Packs

1st Place: Starfoil Prize Card
2nd Place: Battle Pack Deck Holder

Super Starter: V for Victory Starter Deck Tournament

$13 per player

8

Sealed Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

1 Super Starter: V for Victory Starter Deck

1st Place: Super Starter: V for Victory Starter Deck Tournament Game Mat

Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ *

FREE!!

Unlimited

Advanced Format – Swiss (No Playoff Cut)

Top 8 receive an invite to 2013 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier, LTGY Regional Game Mat, and a Dragon Duel T-Shirt

Dragon Duel*

$4 per player

Unlimited

Advanced Format – Swiss (No Playoff Cut)

1 Booster Pack

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

Win-A-Mat

$12 per player

8

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

3 Booster Packs

1st Place: Win-A-Mat Game Mat

Ultimate Pegasus Challenge

$10 per player

Unlimited

Advanced Format - Swiss (No Playoff Cut)

2 Booster Packs & 1 Battle Pack

4 – 0: 10 Astral Packs
3 – 1: 6 Astral Packs
2 – 2: 3 Astral Packs

Public Events Playoff*

Free

4 per Playoff

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination

 

1st Place: Super Rare copy of the YCS prize card.

*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

3 vs. 3 Team Dueling

2

2

16 Player 2014 Regional Qualifier Flights

2

2

ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!

2

2

Battle Pack Sealed Pack Tournament

2

2

Battle Pack Booster Draft Tournament

2

2

Super Starter: V for Victory Starter Deck Tournament

2

2

Ultimate Pegasus Challenge

2

2

Win-A-Mat

1

1

No Public Event Points are awarded to the following events:

North America World Championship Qualifier Main Event

North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier Main Event

Last Chance World Championship Qualifiers

Last Chance Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier

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 are the rules for the Last Chance World Championship Qualifiers?

A: The Last Chance WCQs are Advanced Format, Constructed, 16-player, Single-Elimination Events, where the winner will earn an invite to the World Championship Qualifier.

There is no age limit for Duelists that can participate in the Last Chance WCQ.

There is no limit on how many Last Chance WCQs a Duelist can enter.

A Deck List is required to participate in a Last Chance WCQ. If you are eliminated from a Last Chance WCQ you may ask the Judge working your event for your Deck List if you plan on using the same Deck List to enter another Last Chance WCQ.

Only Duelists who do not already have an invite to the WCQ may participate in any Last Chance WCQ. Duelists who already have an invite and participate in a Last Chance WCQ will automatically lose their invite and will have to re-earn it to participate in the Main Event.

Q: What are the rules for the Last Chance Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifiers?

A: The Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQs are Advanced Format, Constructed, Swiss Events without a Top Cut playoff, where the Top 8 Duelists will earn an invite to the Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier.

Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQs are exclusive to Duelists born in 2000 or later.

Participants are required to provide proof of age in order to participate in the Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ. Duelists must be born in 2000 or later at the time of the Dragon Duel.

A minimum of (4) Duelists is required to run a Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ.

There is no limit on how many Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQs a Duelist can enter.  We will be holding two Last Chance Qualifiers on Friday, July 12th:
11:00 AM                             Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ #1                                                                           FREE!!
2:00 PM                                Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ #2                                                                           FREE!!

A Deck List is required to participate in a Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ. If you do not place in the Top 8 of the first Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ, you may ask the Judge working your event for your Deck List if you plan on using the same Deck List to enter the second Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ.

Only Duelists who do not already have an invite to the WCQ may participate in any Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ. Duelists who already have an invite and participate in a Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ will automatically lose their invite and will have to re-earn it to participate in the Dragon Duel WCQ.

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 in 2001 or later.

Dragon Duel tournaments are Advanced Format, Constructed events. Dragon Duel tournaments are exclusive to Duelists born in 2001 or later. Dragon Duels give a chance to earn an invite to the Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier. It is run using Swiss Rounds without a Top Cut playoff.

Entry for a Dragon Duel tournament is $4.00 USD.

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 2001 or later.

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

A Deck List is required for participation into a Dragon Duel. 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 2014 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 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 the 3 vs. 3 Team Duel event?

A: The 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling event will be Advanced Format Constructed, with Swiss Rounds with no Playoff Cut and will use the Single-Elimination end of match procedure.

Players must use an uncut KDE Registration Form sheet to register for this event (3 Registration Forms per sheet). The top player is automatically Player A, the middle is Player B, and the bottom is Player C.

Player A is considered to be the Team Captain and is the primary point of contact in regards to administrative purposes.

Each team must register a Team Name. The Team Name must be written on the top of the Registration Form. Team Names may not be offensive or disrespectful in any manner. Event Staff reserve the right to request a new team name if they feel the name may be inappropriate.

Here are the basic rules:

  • When registering for the tournament, each team will designate one Duelist on the team to be Duelist A, one to be Duelist B, and one to be Duelist C.
    Team members must keep their team designation throughout the tournament.
  • At the start of the round, Duelist A will play against Duelist A, Duelist B will play against Duelist B, and Duelist C will play against Duelist C.  Team members play as individuals – they do not share cards, Decks, Life Points, etc.
  • All members of the team will play a best 2 out of 3 match.
  • The team with the most Match wins gets the win for the round.

Example of play:

Team 1 (Duelist A1, Duelist B1, and Duelist C1) and Team 2 (Duelist A2, Duelist B2, and Duelist C2) play each other in Round 1.

  • Duelist A1 sits across from Duelist A2, and they play each other, best 2 out of 3.
  • Duelist B1 sits across from Duelist B2, and they play each other, best 2 out of 3.
  • Duelist C1 sits across from Duelist C2, and they play each other, best 2 out of 3.

At the end of the Round, the teams compare Match wins.

  • Duelist A1 won the Match against Duelist A2.
  • Duelist B1 won the Match against Duelist B2.
  • Duelist C1 lost the Match against Duelist C2.

Since Team 1 has 2 Match wins, Team 1 wins the round.

Q: What are the rules for the Super Starter: V for Victory Starter Deck Tournament?

A:

  • The 8 Duelists are seated across from their first round opponent.
  • Each Duelist is then given 1 sealed Super Starter: V for Victory Starter Deck.
  • The Duelists then need to open the Starter Deck and will then be given 10 minutes to look over their cards, build a 40-card minimum Deck, and sleeve their main 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 (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

 

Q: What are the rules for the Battle Pack Sealed Pack Tournament?

A:
5 Battle Packs

  • The 8 Duelists are seated in a random order at a table.
  • Each Duelist is then given 5 sealed Battle Packs.
  • The Duelists then need to open all of the Battle Packs and separate the Extra Deck cards from the rest of the cards.
  • The Duelists will then be given 20 minutes to look over their cards, build and sleeve their 20 card main Deck, should they choose to sleeve their deck, they must do so with tournament-legal sleeves.
  • 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)

20 non-Extra Deck Cards in Main Deck

Side Deck Size

All non-Extra Deck Cards not in the Main Deck

Extra Deck Size

All Extra Deck Cards

Forbidden/Limited List

No Forbidden & Limited Card List is used

10 Battle Packs

  • The 8 Duelists are seated in a random order at a table.
  • Each Duelist is then given 10 sealed Battle Packs.
  • The Duelists then need to open all of the Battle Packs and separate the Extra Deck cards from the rest of the cards.
  • The Duelists will then be given 20 minutes to look over their cards, build and sleeve their 30 card main Deck, should they choose to sleeve their deck, they must do so with tournament-legal sleeves.
  • 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)

30 non-Extra Deck Cards in Main Deck

Side Deck Size

All non-Extra Deck Cards not in the Main Deck

Extra Deck Size

All Extra Deck Cards

Forbidden/Limited List

No Forbidden & Limited Card List is used

Q: What are the rules for the Battle Pack Booster Draft Tournament?

A:

  • The 8 Duelists are seated in a random order at a table.
  • Each Duelist will open two packs and count the cards face down to ensure there are 5 cards in each pack. If there are more or less than 5 cards in either pack, or there are any damaged cards: the Duelist must call over a Judge  to exchange the defective pack for a new pack.
  • Each Duelist will then pick up the cards from those packs and select one card to keep, placing it face down in front of them; and then passing the remaining cards in the pack face down to the Duelist on their left.
  • Duelists should count out the cards face down after each pick to ensure that the appropriate number of cards remain in the packs.
  • The previous two steps continue until each Duelist has 10 cards in front of them.
  • Each Duelist will then open their next two packs and count the cards face down to ensure there are 5 cards in each pack. If there are more or less than 5 cards in either pack, the Duelist must over a Judge to exchange  the defective pack for a new pack.
  • Each Duelist will then pick up the cards from those pack and select one card to keep, placing it face down in front of them, and then passing the remaining cards in the pack face down to the Duelist on their right.
  • The previous two steps continue until each Duelist has 20 cards in front of them.
  • Each Duelist will then open their last two packs and count the cards face down to ensure there are 5 cards in each pack. If there are more or less than 5 cards in either pack, the Duelist must call over a Judge to exchange  the defective pack for a new pack.
  • Each Duelist will then pick up the  cards from those packs and select one card to keep, placing it face down in front of them, and then pass the remaining cards in the pack face-down to the Duelist on their left.
  • Duelists should count out the cards face down after each pick to ensure that the appropriate number of cards remain in the packs.
  • The previous two steps continue until each Duelist has 30 cards in front of them.
  • The Duelists will then be given 20 minutes to look over their cards, build and sleeve their Main Deck (should they choose to sleeve their Deck, they must do so with tournament-legal sleeves).
  • Duelists then will Duel against their first-round opponent in a best 2-out of-3 match.

Deck Construction Rules

Main Deck Size (Minimum)

20 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

 

Q: What is the Ultimate Pegasus Challenge?

A: The Ultimate Pegasus Challenge is an Advanced Constructed tournament with 4 rounds of Swiss.  Prizes will be awarded at the end of the event based on individual records.  The big twist is that we will have Darren Dunstan, the voice actor of Maximillion Pegasus from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series announce new rules that will affect everyone every couple of minutes.  When Pegasus announces the new rule, that rule will override the previous rule.  The rules can vary with a few examples being “All Monsters switch ATK and DEF points” and “Play with your hand revealed.”

Q: What is the Public Events playoff?

A: The Public Events playoff gives 8 hopeful Duelists a chance to win their very own copy of the coveted YCS Prize Card! There are two different playoffs, each of which awards the YCS Prize Card 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 a Super Rare copy of the YCS Prize Card. 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 a Super Rare copy of the YCS Prize Card.

 


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.

*Number Hunters will NOT be legal for the North American WCQ, North American Dragon Duel WCQ, and all Public Events held at the North American WCQ.

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 local-language translation of the card when asked to do so by an opponent or tournament official. Translations do not have to be an actual local language version of the card.  An official local-language 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 North American World Championship Qualifier?

A: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

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

A:  

Taxis


Taxicab Affiliation Name

Phone Number

American United Cab Association  

773-327-6161

Blue Ribbon Association, Inc.  

773-508-9100

Checker Taxi Association, Inc.

312-243-2537

Chicago Carriage Cab

312-326-2221

Choice Taxi Association

773-338-9503

5 Star Taxi Association, Inc.

773-866-9933

Flash Cab Company

773-561-1444

Globe Taxi Association, Inc.  

773-725-6500

Gold Coast Taxi Association

773-271-0163

King Drive Cab Affiliation

773-488-8000

KOAM Taxi Association

773-973-3535

Royal 3 CCC Chicago Taxi Association

312-326-2221

Service Taxi Association, Inc.  

773-262-2211

Sun Taxi Association, Inc.  

773-736-3883

24 Seven Taxi Affiliation

773-878-8294

Yellow Cab Affiliation, Inc.

773-907-0020

Public Transportation

From Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Take the Blue line "EL" train to the Grand stop and then take the #65 bus to Navy Pier.

From Chicago Midway International Airport – Take the Orange line "EL" train to the State and Lake stop and then take the #29 bus to Navy Pier.

Q: Are there any nearby hotels?

A:

InterContinental Chicago
505 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611 USA
General Inquiries (312) 944-4100
Reservations (800) 628-2112

As a preferred hotel of Navy Pier, receive a special discounted rate by using code NAVY when you book nine rooms or less, now through December. Click here or call 312-944-4100 to book your stay at InterContinental Chicago.

MileNorth, A Chicago Hotel
166 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611
312.787.6000

As a preferred partner of Navy Pier, Book Now to receive your special Navy Pier discounted rate with Promotional Code NAVY. For more information, visit milenorthhotel.com or call 312-787-6000.

 


Miscellaneous

Q: I want to judge at the World Championship Qualifier, instead of competing as a player – how can I volunteer?

A: If you’re interested in judging at the North American World Championship Qualifier, 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.

Potential judges are required to have passed the online Rulings Comprehension Level 1 test and joined the KDE Judge Program in order to be eligible to judge at these prestigious events. 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 the North American World Championship Qualifier. 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 the World Championship Qualifier, whom should I contact?

A: Vending space is available free of charge at the World Championship Qualifier, but is only available to Official Tournament Stores 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.

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

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

A: There are numerous dining opportunities at the convention center and immediately outside the venue.

Q: Will there be Duel Terminals at the North American World Championship Qualifier?

A: Yes, there will be Duel Terminals at the North American World Championship Qualifier. The Duel Terminals will be set up during normal tournament hours in the event hall. The Duel Terminal machines accept single dollar bills only – please bring an adequate amount of dollar bills if you would like to use the Duel Terminals – each Duel Terminal costs $1.00 per play.

Q: Can I get a COSSY ID number at the North American WCQ, 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 North American World Championship Qualifier?

A: There will 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: Will there be any Special Guests at the North American World Championship Qualifier?

A: Darren Dunstan, the voice actor of Maximillion Pegasus on the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series, will be present at the WCQ. He will be available at specific times during the weekend to sign autographs so bring all of your favorite Maximillion Pegasus cards.  Eric Stuart, the voice actor of Seto Kaiba from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series, will also be in attendance.  He will be attending on Sunday and will be available at specific times on  Sunday July 14th to sign autographs so make sure to have all of your favorite Seto Kaiba cards.

Saturday, July 13th

10:00 AM                          Opening Announcements (Pegasus)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM           Autograph signing (Pegasus)
3:00 PM                            Ultimate Pegasus Challenge
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM           Autograph signing (Pegasus)

Sunday, July 14th

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM     Autograph signing (Pegasus & Kaiba)
Approx. 2:30 PM              Live Duel (Pegasus vs. Kaiba)
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM           Autograph signing (Pegasus & Kaiba)

 

Page Top

Back to Events Main