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North American World Championship Qualifier 2014 and
North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier
Frequently Asked Questions

UPDATED: 06/25/14
When:
Jul 11 - 13, 2014
Where:
Cobo Center
Detroit, MI

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

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 2001 or 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 Tournament?
  • What are the rules for the Realm of Light Structure Deck Tournament?
  • What are the rules for the War of the Giants: Round 2 Draft Tournament?
  •  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?
  • 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?
  • What cool things are there at the North American World Championship Qualifier?
  • Will there be any Special Guests at the North American World Championship Qualifier?

 


North American WCQ and North American Dragon Duel WCQ

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 Rimini, Italy on August 9th & 10th. 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 2014.” Runners-up will also receive exciting prizes.

The North American World Championship Qualifier is a 3-day event. On Friday, July 11th, 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 12th.

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 11th - July 13th, 2014

Q: Where is the North American World Championship Qualifier?

A: 
Cobo Center
Wayne Hall
1 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
http://www.cobocenter.com/

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 11th:
12:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, July 12th:
7:00am – 9:45am

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

A:

Place

Prizes

1st-6th

Invite to World Championship
Travel & Accommodations to World Championship
Complete set of Legacy of the Valiant and Primal Origin
Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 106: Giant Hand
Tablet PC
Personalized Jersey

1st

18 packs each of Judgment of the Light, Shadow Specters, Legacy of the Valiant, and Primal Origin

2nd

12 packs each of Judgment of the Light, Shadow Specters, Legacy of the Valiant, and Primal Origin

3rd-4th

9 packs each of Judgment of the Light, Shadow Specters, Legacy of the Valiant, and Primal Origin

5th-8th

6 packs each of Judgment of the Light, Shadow Specters, Legacy of the Valiant, and Primal Origin

7th-8th

32GB MP3 Player

Top 8

Trophy

9th-16th

Complete Set of Primal Origin
6 packs each of Judgment of the Light, Shadow Specters, Legacy of the Valiant, and Primal Origin

Top 32

Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 106: Giant Hand

Top Cut

Top Cut Game Mat

Participation

Pack of World Championship Qualifier 2014 Sleeves
World Championship Qualifier 2014 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 April 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 from 7:00 AM – 9:45 AM.  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. 

    • KDE Tournament Policy

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

    • Penalty Guidelines

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

    • Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament Policy:

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

Remember, there is much more to do at 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, Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier, Dragon Duel Last Chance Qualifier, and Dragon Duel will use this End of Match Procedure.

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

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

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

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

The 3 vs 3 Team Duel, and all Single-Elimination Public Events will use this End of Match Procedure.

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 Yu-Gi-Oh! Dragon Duel World Championship tournament, held in Rimini, Italy on August 9th & 10th. 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 2014.” Runners-up will also receive exciting prizes.

The North American Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier is a 3-day event. On Friday, July 11th, Duelists who have not qualified for the Dragon Duel WCQ can play in Last Chance Dragon Duel Qualifiers to earn an invite for the Dragon Duel WCQ.  The Dragon Duel WCQ itself will begin on Saturday, July 12th.

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 11th-July 13th, 2014

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

A: 
Cobo Center
Wayne Hall
1 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
http://www.cobocenter.com/

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 11th:
12:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, July 12th:
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 World Championship
Travel and accommodations to the Dragon Duel World Championship
Complete set of Legacy of the Valiant and Primal Origin
Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 106: Giant Hand
Tablet PC
Personalized Jersey

1st

12 packs each of Judgment of the Light, Shadow Specters, Legacy of the Valiant, and Primal Origin

2nd

9 packs each of Judgment of the Light, Shadow Specters, Legacy of the Valiant, and Primal Origin

3rd-4th

Complete set of Legacy of the Valiant and Primal Origin
6 packs each of Judgment of the Light, Shadow Specters, Legacy of the Valiant, and Primal Origin

5th-8th

3 packs each of Judgment of the Light, Shadow Specters, Legacy of the Valiant, and Primal Origin

Top 8

Trophy
Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 106: Giant Hand

9th-16th

Complete Set of Primal Origin

Top Cut

Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier Top Cut Game Mat

Participation

Pack of World Championship Qualifier 2014 Sleeves
Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier 2014 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 Legacy of the Valiant and Primal Origin
Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 106: Giant Hand
Tablet PC
Personalized Jersey

1st

12 packs each of Judgment of the Light, Shadow Specters, Legacy of the Valiant, and Primal Origin

2nd

9 packs each of Judgment of the Light, Shadow Specters, Legacy of the Valiant, and Primal Origin

3rd-4th

Complete set of Legacy of the Valiant and Primal Origin
6 packs each of Judgment of the Light, Shadow Specters, Legacy of the Valiant, and Primal Origin

5th-8th

3 packs each of Judgment of the Light, Shadow Specters, Legacy of the Valiant, and Primal Origin

Top 8

Trophy
Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 106: Giant Hand

9th-16th

Complete Set of Primal Origin

Top Cut

Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier Top Cut Game Mat

Participation

Pack of World Championship Qualifier 2014 Sleeves
Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier 2014 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 April 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 or more 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 Qualifier in your region. The current year requirement is 2001 or later – all Duelists must have been born in 2001 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 2002 or later. This means that after July 11th, 2014, Duelists born in 2001 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 from 7:00 AM – 9:45 AM.  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 (for the Duelist and not the parent or guardian), 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. 

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 approximately an hour until the start of the 4th round. Please listen to the onsite tournament staff for additional instructions and for when to return.

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, Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier, Dragon Duel Last Chance Qualifier, and Dragon Duel will use this End of Match Procedure.

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

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

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

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

The 3 vs 3 Team Duel, and all Single-Elimination Public Events will use this End of Match Procedure.

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 11th from 12:00 PM until 7:00 PM, and on Saturday, July 12th, from 7:00 AM until 9:45 AM. 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 11th from 12:00 PM until 7:00 PM, and on Saturday, July 12th, from 7:00 AM until 9:45 AM. 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.
    • Please note that we require a form of ID for the participating Dragon Duelist and not the parent or guardian.

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, OTS Championship, 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 2001 or later) can I play in the regular World Championship Qualifier?

A: Duelists who were born in 2001 or 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 the following locations:

North American WCQ:
http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/regionals/2014/qualifiers.html

North American WCQ Error List:
http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/regionals/2014/qualifiers_errlist.html

Dragon Duel WCQ:
http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/regionals/2014/qualifiersDD.html

Dragon Duel WCQ Error List:
http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/regionals/2014/qualifiersDD_errlist.html

You will not receive a physical invitation, or an invitation through e-mail 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 at http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/regionals_locations.html. Events that are highlighted in blue have had their results updated to the invite list.

If the event you have qualified at has already been processed, check the invite list and the appropriate error 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 by following the instructions at the top of the Error List page that corresponds to the WCQ you are attending. 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 11th

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Last Chance WCQ (16-player flights)

$10.00

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Battle City Tournament (16-player flights)

$12.00

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

War of the Giants: Round 2 Draft Tournament (8-Player Flights)

$20.00

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Realm of Light Structure Deck Tournament (8-Player Flights)

$10.00

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Super Starter Tournament (8-Player Flights)

$13.00

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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 12th

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

2015 Regional Qualifiers (16-player Flights)

$12.00

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Battle City Tournament (16-player flights)

$12.00

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

War of the Giants: Round 2 Draft Tournament (8-Player Flights)

$20.00

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Realm of Light Structure Deck Tournament (8-Player Flights)

$10.00

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Super Starter Tournament (8-Player Flights)

$13.00

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Win-A-Mat (8-Player Flights)

$12.00

4:00 PM

ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!

$12.00

Sunday, July 13th

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

2015 Regional Qualifiers (16-player Flights)

$12.00

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Battle City Tournament (16-player flights)

$12.00

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Realm of Light Structure Deck Tournament (8-Player Flights)

$10.00

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Super Starter  Tournament (8-Player Flights)

$13.00

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

War of the Giants: Round 2 Draft Tournament (8-Player Flights)

$20.00

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 2002 or later)

$   4.00

3:45 PM

Cut-off to earn points for Public Events Playoffs

 

4:00 PM

Public Event Playoffs

 

*Times subject to change

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 PRIO Regional Game Mat

16 Player 2015 Regional Qualifiers*

$12 per player

16

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

3 Booster Packs

1st Place: An invite to the 2015 World Championship Qualifier, Regional Deck Box, and PRIO 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 City Tournament

$12 per player

16

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination

3 Booster Packs

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

War of the Giants: Round 2 Draft Tournament

$20 per player

8

Sealed Pack Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

1 War of the Giants: Round 2 Draft Kit

1st Place: Starfoil Prize Card & Battle Pack Game Board
2nd Place: Starfoil Prize Card

Super Starter Tournament

$13 per player

8

Sealed Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

1 Super Starter

1st Place: Super Starter Tournament Game Mat

Realm of Light Structure Deck Tournament

$10 per player

8

Sealed Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

1 Realm of Light Structure Deck

1st Place: Realm of Light Structure Deck Tournament Game Mat

Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ *

FREE!!

Unlimited

Advanced Format – Swiss (No Playoff Cut)

Top 8 receive an invite to 2014 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier, PRIO 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

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 2015 Regional Qualifier Flights

2

2

ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!

2

2

Battle City Tournament

2

2

Realm of Light Structure Deck Tournament

2

2

Super Starter  Tournament

2

2

War of the Giants: Round 2 Draft Tournament

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 who are eligible to participate in the Last Chance WCQs.

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.

Duelists who win Last Chance WCQs will be required to register for the World Championship Qualifier in which they qualified for upon completion of the Last Chance WCQ they just won. Duelists are not required to use the same Deck that they won the Last Chance WCQ with, but are required to submit a new Deck List as part of the WCQ Registration process.

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 held the following day.

Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQs are exclusive to Duelists born in 2001 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 2001 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:

Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ #1

11:00 AM

FREE!!

Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ #2

2:00 PM

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.

Dragon Duelists who earn invites at Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQs will be required to register for the Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier upon completion of the Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ they just completed. Dragon Duelists are not required to use the same Deck that they used during the Last Chance Dragon Duel WCQ with, but are required to submit a new Deck List as part of the Dragon Duel WCQ Registration process.

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 2002 or later.

Dragon Duel tournaments are Advanced Format, Constructed events. Dragon Duel tournaments are exclusive to Duelists born in 2002 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 2002 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 complete a copy of the 2015 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 that the Dragon Duel is qualifying for.

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 Tournament?

A:

  • The 8 Duelists are seated across from their first round opponent.
  • Each Duelist is then given 1 sealed Super Starter.
  • 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-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

Q: What are the rules for the Realm of Light Structure Deck Tournament?

A:

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

Deck Construction Rules

Main Deck Size

All 40 Main Deck Cards

Extra Deck Size

All 1 Extra Deck Cards

Forbidden/Limited List

The Advanced Format list does not apply.

Q: What are the rules for the War of the Giants: Round 2 Draft Tournament?

A:

  • The 8 Duelists are seated in a random order at a table.
  • Each Duelist will open three Battle Pack 2 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 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. Duelists should also count out the cards they receive to ensure the appropriate number of cards are being received.
  • The previous two steps continue until each Duelist has 15 cards in front of them.
  • Each Duelist will then open their War of the Giants: Round 2 pack and count the cards face down to ensure there are 15 cards and 1 Ultra Rare in the pack. If there are more or less than 15 cards in the pack, the Duelist must call over a Judge to exchange the defective pack for a new pack.
  • Each Duelist then takes the Ultra Rare card from the War of the Giants: Round 2 pack and sets it aside. The Ultra Rare card will not be used in the draft and is the player’s to keep.
  • Each Duelist will then pick up the remaining 15 cards from the pack and selects 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 step continues until each Duelist has 30 cards in front of them.
  • Each Duelist will then open their last three Battle Pack 2 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. Duelists should also count out the cards they receive to ensure the appropriate number of cards are being received.
  • The previous two steps continue until each Duelist has 45 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)

40 in Main Deck

Side Deck Size

All cards not in the Main Deck

Forbidden/Limited List

No  Forbidden & Limited Card List is used

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/index.html 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.

* SUPER STARTER: SPACE-TIME SHOWDOWN 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:            Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
               
Q: What’s the best way to get to the tournament from the airport?

A:  

Taxis


Taxicab Affiliation Name

Phone Number

Metro Cab 

1-734-997-6500

Metro Cars

1-800-456-1701

 

Q: Are there any nearby hotels?
A:


Atheneum Suite Hotel
1000 Brush Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
1- 800-772-2323


Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront
2 Washington Blvd 
Detroit, MI 48226 
1-877-227-6963

Courtyard Detroit Downtown
333 East Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI  48226
1-313-222-7700

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Dr 
Detroit, MI  48243
1-313-568-8000

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Detroit Downtown - Fort Shelby
525 West Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI  48226
1-313-963-5600

Greektown Casino Hotel
555 E. Lafayette Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
1-313-223-2999

Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown
351 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
1-313-967-0900

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Detroit Downtown
1020 Washington Boulevard 
Detroit, MI  48226
1-888-233-0353

MotorCity Casino Hotel
2901 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
1-866-782-9622

Roberts Riverwalk Hotel
1000 River Place Dr.
Detroit, MI 48207
1-313-259-9500

The Shorecrest Motor Inn
1316 E. Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207
1-800-992-9616

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
1114 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226

1-313-442-1600

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 North American World Championship Qualifier venue, 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.   Keep in mind that KDE handles the applications for vending at the North American World Championship Qualifier, and not the Event Manager.

Cash transactions with anyone other than an approved vendor at an approved location are prohibited at the North American World Championship Qualifier.  Attendees who conduct cash transactions, such as selling of cards or product, to anyone other than an approved vendor at the North American World Championship Qualifier 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: 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.  On Sunday July 13th we will be Live Streaming all feature matches and live Duel between the voice actors.  Go to www.yugioh-card.com on Sunday July 13th to see who will be representing North America at the 2014 Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship and 2014 Yu-Gi-Oh! Dragon Duel World Championship.

Q: What cool things are there at the North American World Championship Qualifier?

A: There are many cool things at the North American World Championship Qualifier this year.  As with past WCQ’s, we have the “Make your own personalized Yu-Gi-Oh! Token card.”  Second is the Giant Sized Duel Area that have 2 Giant Decks and a Giant Game Mat to play on.  Third is a new Yu-Gi-Oh! Video Game Duel Dash that uses the XBox Kinect to interact with it.  We will also be conducting demos all weekend on the new game mechanic, Pendulum Summoning!

Q: Will there be any Special Guests at the North American World Championship Qualifier?

A: Dan Green, the voice actor of Yugi Muto and Yami Yugi/Pharaoh Atem on the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series and Marc Thompson the voice actor of Astral from Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal will be present at the WCQ. They will be available at specific times during the weekend to sign autographs so bring all of your favorite Yugi Muto and Astral cards.  Marc Thompson was also the voice of Rafael, the Duelist who used “Guardian Eatos” & “Guardian Dreadscythe.” Make sure you get your North American WCQ Participation Game Mat autographed!

Friday, July 11th

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM*

Autograph signing (Yugi)

Saturday, July 12th

10:00 AM*

Opening Announcements (Yugi & Astral)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM*

Autograph signing (Astral)

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM*

Autograph signing (Yugi)

Sunday, July 13th

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM*

Autograph signing (Astral)

Approx. 2:30 PM*

Live Duel (Yugi vs. Astral)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM*

Autograph signing (Yugi & Astral)

*Times subject to change


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