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Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Celebration 2019 - FAQ's
For North American Territories
UPDATED: 7/30/2019
When:
Aug 10 - 11, 2019
Where:
OTS Celebration Locations

BASIC INFORMATION

  • What is the World Championship 2019 Celebration Event?
  • Where and when are the World Championship 2019 Celebration Event tournaments?
  • I don't see my local OTS on the list – can they still apply to run a World Championship 2019 Celebration Event tournament?
  • How much does it cost to enter a World Championship 2019 Celebration Event?
  • What are the prizes for the World Championship 2019 Celebration Event?
  • What is the format for a World Championship 2019 Celebration Event?
  • What is the attendance capacity for the World Championship 2019 Celebration Event?
  • Can I get a CARD GAME ID number at the World Championship 2019 Celebration Event or will I need to have one before I attend?
  • Will I need to complete and turn in a Deck list?
  • What cards are legal for play?
  • Can I use OCG cards in my Deck?
  • Can I use foreign Language cards in my Deck?
  • Is there anything else I need to know about the event?

PREPARING FOR THE TOURNAMENT

  • What will I need to bring to the tournament?
  • What if I lost an item at the tournament?
  • What will I need in order to register for the tournament?
  • If I've never been to a tournament, what should I expect?
  • I want to judge at a tournament instead of playing, how can I apply?
  • Whom should I contact for more information about a specific event?

AT THE TOURNAMENT

  • How long will the tournament last?
  • What happens if I am not done with my Match after 40 minutes? (Swiss Rounds – Tier 1 events)
  • Can I buy and sell cards from other participants at the event?
  • I would like to provide feedback to KDE concerning the event I attended, whom should I contact?

 


BASIC INFORMATION

Q: What is the World Championship 2019 Celebration Event?

A: It is an opportunity for Duelists across the world to be part of the World Championship weekend – you may be able to Duel using the World Championship Forbidden and Limited List, and win exclusive prize items; all at a nearby Konami Official Tournament Store (OTS).  This year, stores will be able to choose whether they want to host an event using the current Advanced Format List or the World Championship 2019 Forbidden and Limited List.

Q: Where and when are the World Championship 2019 Celebration Events?

A: World Championship 2019 Celebration Events will be held on August 10th and/or 11th, 2019 in select Konami Official Tournament Stores (OTS), located in the Americas. Exclusive prizes only for this event will be available!

https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/specialevents/WC_OTS_Celebration_info.html 

Q: I don't see my local OTS on the list – can they still apply to run this event?

A:  Please ask your store to contact us-opsupport@konami.com and ask if kits are still available.

Q: How much does it cost to enter?

A: The registration fee for the World Championship 2019 Celebration Event is $10.00 USD in the United States ($10.00 CDN in Canada). All Duelists entering the World Championship 2019 Celebration Event must receive this amount in commensurate prizing. For example, it could be two OTS packs, or two regular boosters and a Legendary Duelist Pack, etc.

Q: What are the prizes?

A: In addition to the product each Duelist receives upon registering for the tournament, prize distribution will be as follows:

Qty per Kit*

Item Name

Instructions

2

World Championship 2019 Celebration Event exclusivefull-size Game Mat

One (1) of these Game Mats is to be distributed as a prize to the 1st place winner of each World Championship 2019 Celebration Event tournament (16 Player Flights).

If running a single tournament, one (1) Game Mat should be given to the 1st place winner, after the conclusion of the last round of Swiss. OTS reserve the right to cut the tournament to Playoff Top Cut, if they advertise it prior to the start of the event. If a Playoff is held, then the Game Mat may be awarded to the 1st place winner after the last round played.

All other Game Mats should be given as door prizes to players who enrolled in the event.

2

World Championship 2019 Celebration Event Promo Card Envelopes

One (1) of the envelopes of the World Championship 2019 Celebration Event Promo Cards (2 cards per envelope), featuring Red-Eyes B. Dragon and Monster Reborn, is to be distributed as a prize to the 1st place winner of each World Championship 2019 Celebration Event tournament (16 Player Flights).

If running a single tournament, one (1) Promo Card Envelope should be given to the 1st place winner, after the conclusion of the last round of Swiss. OTS reserve the right to cut the tournament to Playoff Top Cut, if they advertise it prior to the start of the event. If a Playoff is held, then the Promo Card Envelope may be awarded to the 1st place winner after the last round played.

All other Promo Card Envelopes should be given as door prizes to players who enrolled in the event.

16

World Championship 2019 Celebration Event Field Center Cards

The World Championship 2019 Celebration Event Field Center Cards are to be distributed as a participation prize to all participants, to be given out during the first round of the event. This is in addition to their commensurate prizing. If more are enrolled than available items, this item should be randomly given to those who are actively participating in the tournament during the first round.

16

Yu-Gi-Oh! Score Pad

The World Championship 2019 Celebration Event score pads are to be distributed as a participation prize to all participants, to be given out during the first round of the event. This is in addition to their commensurate prizing. If more are enrolled than available items, this item should be randomly given to those who are actively participating in the tournament during the first round.

*Number of kits each OTS receives varies per OTS location.

Q: What is the format?

All World Championship 2019 Celebration Event are Tier 1, Advanced Constructed Events; run using either the current Advanced List or the World Championship 2019 Forbidden and Limited List. Please contact your local participating OTS to inquire which list they plan on using for the event.

In order to participate, each Duelist will need his or her own Deck.

Current Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Forbidden and Limited list:
https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/limited/index.html

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship 2019 Forbidden and Limited list:
https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/specialevents/WC_OTS_Celebration_FL_List.html

OTS have the option to run the event in one of two ways: 16-Player Tournament or No Maximum Player Capacity.

16-Player Tournament

  • Sixteen (16) player, Swiss Round flights, with the 1st ranked player at the end of the event winning one (1) exclusive Game Mat and one (1) envelope with the Promo Cards. This will allow for each participant in the tournament to receive one (1) Field Center Card and one (1) Score Pad for participating in the event.
  • The second Game Mat and envelope with the Promo Cards would be given out as a random door prize to players who enrolled in the event.
  • If the OTS is eligible to receive multiple kits, they would be able to run a single 16-player tournament per kit received, with the same conditions listed above.

No Maximum Player Capacity

  • The OTS has the option of not setting a maximum player capacity.
  • Swiss Round flights, with the 1st ranked player at the end of the event winning one (1) exclusive Game Mat and one (1) envelope with the Promo Cards. Since this may exceed the number of available prizes for the kit, all Field Center Cards and Score Pads would be given out as a random door prize to players who enrolled in the event.
  • The second Game Mat and envelope with the Promo Cards would be given out as a random door prize to players who enrolled in the event.
  • If the OTS is eligible to receive multiple kits, they would be able to run one (1) additional tournaments per kit received, with the same conditions listed above.
    • This format allows for more players to be enrolled than available prizing. If the OTS has one (1) kit but more than sixteen (16) players wanting to participate, it still gives those additional players the opportunity to play and win the Game Mat and Promo Cards.

Number of Rounds

Number of Participants*

Number of Swiss Rounds

Playoff Top Cut (Optional)

4 – 8

3 Rounds of Swiss

None

9 – 16

4 Rounds of Swiss

4

17 – 32

5 Rounds of Swiss

8

33 – 64

6 Rounds of Swiss

8

65 or more

7 Rounds of Swiss

8

*The Number of Participants is based on how many total participants are enrolled in the tournament once Registration closes. All Duelists added to the event after registration closes should not affect the number of Swiss Rounds.

Examples

After registration closes, 32 Duelists have registered for the tournament. This means that the tournament will have 5 Rounds of Swiss. Two Duelists register late, beginning the tournament with a Round 1 Match Loss. Even though this brings the attendance total to 34, only 5 Rounds of Swiss are played.

These events will use the current End of Match Procedures, which is different than the End of Match Procedures being used at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship 2019.

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

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

If you do not remember your previous 10-digit ID, a registration staff member on-site should be able to assist in finding your correct ID. Duelists should avoid acquiring new CARD GAME IDs if the previous ID can be found.

If you do not have a CARD GAME ID number, you can get one by registering online at https://cardgame-network.konami.net/.

Duelists are not required to have their actual CARD GAME ID card to participate, though it is encouraged.

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

A: Duelists participating in a World Championship 2019 Celebration Event may have to turn in a completed Deck List in order to participate. Please check with the OTS to learn if they are requiring Deck Lists for their event, and for additional information about Deck List collection.

Q: What cards are legal for play?

A: All World Championship 2019 Celebration Event are Tier 1, Advanced Constructed Events; run using either the current Advanced Format Forbidden and Limited List or the World Championship 2019 Forbidden and Limited List. Please contact your local participating OTS to inquire which list they plan on using for the event.

A link to World Championship Forbidden and Limited List can be found here:

https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/specialevents/WC_OTS_Celebration_FL_List.html

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

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

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

The Head Judge of the event has final arbitration on whether or not altered cards meet the above guidelines. Duelists are responsible for determining whether or not their altered cards are acceptable for use before the start of the tournament.

Q: Can I use OCG cards in my Deck?

A: Cards printed for the Asian version of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG (which is called the "Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game" or "OCG") are usually printed in Japanese or Korean, will be legal for play at this event. While OCG cards are sometimes available in other languages, including English, they are not normally legal for Sanctioned play in TCG territories (such as North America, Central America, South America, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia). An exception has been made for this event since the 2019 Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship competitors will be able to use both OCG and TCG cards in their Decks.

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

A: You can use foreign-language copies of legal-for-play cards printed for the TCG market, as long as you can show an official translation of the card, kept outside of your Deck and Deck box, when asked to do so by an opponent or tournament official.

Q: What is the attendance capacity for the World Championship 2019 Celebration Event?

A: Due to safety and fire regulations, each World Championship 2019 Celebration Event has a seating capacity and it may vary from location to location. It is advised that you arrive early enough to register for the World Championship 2019 Celebration Event for the best chance to secure a spot in the event.

You can contact the individual OTS for more information about attendance capacity, using the phone number corresponding to the event in the World Championship 2019 Celebration Event Locator page.

Q: Is there anything else I need to know about the event?

A: OTS are encouraged to share the excitement of the World Championship weekend by showing the World Championship Live Stream, when available.

There will be a live stream of feature matches and Top Cut matches on Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th. The stream will be available on our official channels:

YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialYuGiOhTCG

Twitch
https://www.twitch.tv/officialyugiohchannel

Check with your OTS to learn if they will be able to show the Live Stream!

 


PREPARING FOR THE TOURNAMENT

Duelists who wish to enter a World Championship 2019 Celebration Event tournament must meet the following criteria

  • Have a Deck that meets the criteria that the tournament is being played with (either the Advanced Format Forbidden and Limited List or the World Championship 2019 Forbidden and Limited List).
  • Have a CARD GAME ID number (obtainable at the event) and be in good standing.
  • Have read and understood the following documents. These documents can be found at https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/index.html
      • KDE Official Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy
      • KDE Official TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy
      • KDE Official Penalty Guidelines
      • Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Official Rulebook

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

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

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

Suspended persons may not enter the venue of a World Championship 2019 Celebration Event tournament, no exceptions. If a suspended person is discovered at the venue, they may be charged with offenses including but not limited to trespassing, as well as an extension of their suspension.

If a Suspended Duelist's name appears on the Suspended Player list, they are not allowed to be on the premises, even if they have reached their date of eligibility for reinstatement. Suspended Duelists are required to apply for reinstatement with the KDE Penalty Committee via us-penalty@konami.com. Once their applications have been reviewed, and their reinstatement accepted, their name will be removed from the list. Until that time, they are considered to be Suspended Players.

Q: What will I need to bring to the tournament?

A: You should bring a tournament-legal Deck as described above, along with any tournament   supplies you will need, such as paper and pen to track Life Points, dice or counters if you are using cards which require them, extra sleeves to replace any that become damaged, and so forth. If you have a CARD GAME ID number, you should bring your number. You'll also need the entry fee for the tournament, as well as money for your incidentals (food, drink, Public Events, etc.).

Q: What if I lost an item at the tournament?

A: Duelists are responsible for looking after their own belongings at the event. Konami Digital Entertainment, Official Tournament Stores, Staff, and Judges bear no responsibility for, and cannot be held liable for, any loss, theft or damage to the person or personal property of any attendee.

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

Q: What will I need in order to register for the tournament?

A: Duelist wishing to register for a World Championship 2019 Celebration Event tournament will be required to complete a registration form at the event. Duelists will be required to present their CARD GAME ID number along with a form of ID in order to register for the event. Acceptable forms of ID include current-year School ID cards, driver's licenses, passports, or other government-issued identification documents.

If you are under the age of 16, you can bring in a copy of your birth certificate as proof of ID. Duelists under the age of 16 are required to have a parent or guardian read and sign the registration form in order to be eligible to participate in a World Championship 2019 Celebration Event tournament.

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

Q: If I've never been to a World Championship 2019 Celebration Event tournament, what should I expect?

A: World Championship 2019 Celebration Events are Tier 1 tournaments, and attract both casual and competitive Duelists who want to share the excitement of the World Championship.

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. 

To register, you'll need a Registration form, a form of ID, your CARD GAME ID if you have one already, and the entry fee for the tournament.  You can get a Registration form at the event, or you can get one to print at home before the tournament by clicking on this link:

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

Make sure your Registration form is filled out completely before you reach the registration station. 
You will also need a CARD GAME ID number – this is the ID number used to track you in the tournament. If you don't already have one, you will be able to get one at the tournament.

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

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

Please arrive early enough before the Regional Qualifier is scheduled to start to ensure you will be properly registered for the tournament. Registration generally closes 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Duelists may register late for an event and will begin the event with a Round 1 Match Loss. Space is always limited based on the capacity of the venue.

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 Tournament Organizer. 

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

Tournament Policy:
https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/penalty_guide/Official_KDE-US_YGO_TCG_Tournament_Policy_v2.pdf

Tournament Infractions and Penalties Policy:
https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/penalty_guide/Penalty_Guidelines_v_2019June4.pdf

When you compete in a World Championship 2019 Celebration Event, you'll be held to high standards of play and sportsmanship. You should know how the cards in your Deck work, and should take great care to prepare your Deck, sleeves, and Deck List. Duelists must pay attention to information from judges and/or tournament staff in order to understand what is going on. Duelists are expected to know and understand the information provided in the above policies and guidelines while at any Sanctioned event.

Q: I want to judge at a World Championship 2019 Celebration Event tournament instead of playing, how can I apply?

A: If you're interested in judging, you should contact the OTS as soon as possible (use the contact number provided in the Locator listing). Be prepared to provide your full name and contact information; including e-mail and phone number, and a description of your previous judging experience.

Q: Whom should I contact for more information about a specific World Championship 2019 Celebration Event tournament?

A: Your best resource for answers about a specific World Championship 2019 Celebration Event tournament is the contact number listed on the Event Locator. KDE won't be able to answer questions such as "How do I get to the venue?," "Where should I park?," "When does registration start?," and so forth. For questions such as these, you will need to contact the Tournament Organizer directly.

If you have more general questions about World Championship 2019 Celebration Event tournaments, you can send them to us-opsupport@konami.com. Please be as detailed as possible, so we can try to provide you with the answers you're seeking!



AT THE TOURNAMENT

Q: How long will the tournament last?

A: The number of Swiss rounds is determined by the number of Duelists enrolled in the tournament. Rounds in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME are 40 minutes long. Since you can play all rounds in a Swiss tournament, you should expect to be at the event for several hours.

Q: What happens if I am not done with my Match after 40 minutes?

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

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

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

Rule #2: Once the current Game has concluded with a decision, determine the winner of the Match by determining the number of Game Wins (or Game Losses) each Duelist has for the current Match. The Duelist with the most Game Wins will win the Match.
Swiss Rounds: If both Duelists have the same number of Game Wins, or if time was called in between games of a Match when both Duelists had the same number of Game Wins, then the Match is a Draw.
Single-Elimination Rounds: If both Duelists have the same number of Game Wins, or if time is called in between Games of a Match while both Duelists have the same number of Game Wins, they will begin a new Duel with specific guidelines.

      • Neither Duelist may use his or her Side Deck. If time was called in between Games of a Match and at least one Duelist has already accessed his or her Side Deck, then both Duelists may use their Side Deck.
      • Duelists must use a random method (die roll, coin flip, etc.) to determine who will go first.
      • The Duel will continue for a total of four (4) turns, two (2) turns for each Duelist, unless a Duelist manages to win the Duel before the four (4) turns have concluded.
        • A "turn" is defined as the start of the Draw Phase until the end of the End Phase for a single Duelist.
      • Once the four (4) turns are completed, Life Point totals are compared and the Duelist with the highest Life Point total wins the Match.
      • If both Duelists' Life Points are the same after the four (4) turns are completed, then play will continue on a turn-by-turn basis, with the Duelist with the most Life Points at the end of a turn being declared the winner of that Game.

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

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

  • Continue with the current Phase of the Game. Once the Phase is over, stop the game.
  • Determine a Game Winner at this point, with the Duelist with the most Life Points winning the Game.
    • During Swiss Rounds, if both Duelists' Life Points are the same, the Game is a Draw. Compare Game Wins with the Duelist with the most Game Wins winning the Match. If the Game Win totals are the same, the Match is a Draw.
    • During Single-Elimination, if both Duelists' Life Points are the same at the end of the current Phase (Step 1 above), finish the current turn. If both Duelists' Life Points are the same at the end of the turn, then play will continue on a turn-by-turn basis, with the Duelist with the most Life Points at the end of a turn being declared the winner of that Game.

Match Draws cannot occur during Single-Elimination Rounds.

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

A: Each OTS location may have different buying, selling, or trading policies. Duelists should contact the OTS and inquire about that store's policies regarding buying, selling, and trading.

Q: I would like to provide feedback to KDE concerning the event I attended, whom should I contact?

A: If you attended a World Championship 2019 Celebration Event tournament and would like to send us feedback, you can e-mail us at us-opsupport@konami.com.  Please use the header line "North America World Championship 2019 Celebration Event Feedback [Store Name, City, & State]". All feedback, including comments about the OTS, judges, or the event itself will be welcome! All feedback is always kept confidential. Please make sure your e-mail includes which World Championship 2019 Celebration Event you attended, including store name, city, and state.

 


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