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The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series FAQ’s

UPDATED: 5/18/2022

COVID-19 Information

  • Are there any COVID-19 restrictions for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series?

YCS Information

  • How do I enter the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series?
  • Are there any pack prizes apart from the five packs that everyone gets?
  • What is the format for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series?
  • How many rounds will the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series have?
  • How many Duelists will advance to Day 2?
  • How many Duelists will advance to the Top Cut?
  • How do I register for a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament?
  • If I registered and can no longer attend, can I get a refund?
  • Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
  • If I wasn’t able to pre-register, can I still attend for Public Events or to spectate?
  • Will I need to check-in if I pre-registered online?
  • What will I need to bring to a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament?
  • If I’ve never been to a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament, what should I expect?
  • Does KDE-US and/or its agents film or take photography at these events?
  • I will be bringing my children to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series. Is there anything I should know?
  • Will the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series have Yu-Gi-Oh! Very Important Players (VIPs) and how do I qualify to be one?
  • Will the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series have the Bounty Feature?
  • Will there be meal breaks during the tournament?
  • What if someone who came with me does not know how to play?
  • What happens if I am not done with my Match when time is called in the round?

Invitations and Prizes

  • Do I need an invitation to participate in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series?
  • If I am not from the United States or Canada and I win the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, do I get to play in the next North American World Championship Qualifier?
  • If I qualified in a Dragon Duel tournament (for Duelists born 2008 or later) can I play in the regular World Championship Qualifier?
  • What are the prizes for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series?
  • What is the Top Cut Game Mat and Prize Card?
  • How and when will I receive my Invite?
  • Is travel or hotel included with my Invite?
  • Is the travel and accommodation just for the winner?

World Qualifying Points

  • If I make the top cut will I earn World Qualifying Points at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series?
  • How do I find more information about World Qualifying Points?

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?

Public Events

  • What are the different types of Public Events?
  • What are the point values for the Public Events?
  • What is a Swiss Round Tournament?
  • What is a Single-Elimination Tournament?
  • What is a Dragon Duel?
  • What is the Format for the Dragon Duel Casual Sealed event?
  • What are the prizes for the Dragon Duel Casual Sealed event?
  • Does the Dragon Duel Casual Sealed event affect the Dragon Duel Championship?
  • What are the prizes for the Dragon Duel?
  • What is the YCS Dragon Duel Championship?
  • What are the rules for Rivalry of Warlords Tournament?
  • What are the rules for 3 vs. 3 Team Duel?
  • What are the rules for Tag Duel?
  • What are the rules for a Rivalry of Warlords Tournament?
  • What are the rules for a Structure Deck Tournament?
  • What are the rules for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Charity Tournament?
  • What are the rules for Speed Duel Constructed Tournaments?
  • What are the rules for Duel Links Tournaments?
  • What are the rules for MASTER DUEL Tournaments?
  • What is the Duelist League and what are the rules?
  • What is the Public Events playoff?
  • What is the Prize Wall?

Miscellaneous

  • I may need assistance to participate at a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series due to a disability or recent injury, what should I do?
  • I want to judge at a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, instead of competing as a Duelist – how can I apply?
  • 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 a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, whom should I contact?
  • Will there be a Fan Content Area?
  • Where can I get food and drinks during the tournament?
  • When will the schedule for other Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournaments be posted?
  • Can I get a CARD GAME ID number at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament, or will I need to have one before I attend the event?
  • Will there be coverage of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series?
  • Are there any items I am not allowed to bring to the tournament?
  • What if I lost an item at the tournament?

COVID-19 Information

Q: Are there any COVID-19 restrictions for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series?

A: Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KDE-US) has adopted a mandatory vaccination policy to protect the safety of its attendees.  Each attendee 5 years and older will be required to show proof of being up to date and fully vaccinated before entry (this requirement may change depending on authorization of vaccines for the under 5 age group. We will update this FAQ as the situation evolves). To be up to date and fully vaccinated, an attendee must have received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, plus their recommended Booster dose if eligible, at least two weeks prior to the event.

Acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination includes:

  • CLEAR Yu-Gi-Oh! Event Health Pass
  • A CDC vaccination card, a WHO vaccination card, or a photo of either card (printed or on an electronic device).  The card must state the name of the vaccinated person, the type of vaccine received, and the date of the last dose.  All players participating in tournaments and any spectators 18 and older must also show a photo ID that matches the identifying information on the vaccination card.
  • Electronic vaccination records provided by a government entity

To assist with the COVID-19 restrictions, KDE-US has partnered with CLEAR Health Pass.   Duelists can sign up for free at https://clear.app.link/YUGIOHEVENTS and then upload their vaccination information with CLEAR to create a Yu-Gi-Oh! Event Pass that can be easily shown on their phone.

Children under the age of 5 will not be required to show proof of vaccination, but instead must show documentation of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of the event.  The test must be a molecular or antigen test with Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Home tests will not be accepted.  The documentation must show the test result, the type of test, the entity issuing the test, and the date of test.

Attendees who are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical condition must instead show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of the event.  In addition to the requirements listed above for showing proof of a negative test, these attendees must provide documentation from a healthcare provider verifying that the attendee has a medical exemption from vaccination.  This verification must state the attendee’s name, the fact that the attendee is medically exempt, and must be signed by a healthcare provider. 

KONAMI will be checking proof of vaccination, proof of negative test results, and medical exemption documentation at the entrance of the event.  KONAMI reserves the right to refuse entry to attendees who do not comply with this policy. 

Face Masks must be worn at all times during the event.

There will not be a dedicated food service area for eating and drinking inside Hall A.  Food and beverages may not be consumed in any area of the event space.

YCS Information

Q: How do I enter the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series?

A: Duelists in the United States will pay the cost of 5 booster packs in the local currency, including any taxes or fees, to receive 5 Booster Packs of the most recent core booster release and registration in the event.

Q: Are there any pack prizes apart from the five packs that everyone gets?

A: 9th – 16th place will receive 24 booster packs of the most recent core booster release.  This is the only product prize, outside of the five (5) participation packs, that will be awarded.

Q: What is the format for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series?

A: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournaments are Constructed events, which means each Duelist must bring his or her own Deck to compete. Decks must be constructed per the latest Advanced Format guidelines. (See here for more information: http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/limited/index.html). The Forbidden & Limited list is updated periodically; refer to the “UPDATED” date on that page to ensure your Deck matches the current format.

Q: How many rounds will the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series have?

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

Number of Participants*Number of Swiss RoundsSwiss Rounds Day 1Swiss Rounds Day 2Playoff Top Cut
129 – 256 Duelists8 Rounds8 RoundsNoneTop 32
257 – 512 Duelists9 Rounds9 RoundsNoneTop 32
513 – 1024 Duelists10 Rounds8 Rounds2 RoundsTop 32
1025 – 2048 Duelists11 Rounds9 Rounds2 RoundsTop 32
2049 or more Duelists12 Rounds9 Rounds3 RoundsTop 64

*For Team events, the “Number of Participants” should be replaced with “Number of Teams”.

Q: How many Duelists will advance to Day 2?

A: If there are 512 Duelists or less registered for the YCS, then the Top 32 will advance to Day 2.

If there are 513 – 1024 Duelists registered for the YCS, 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 YCS, 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 YCS, then the Top 256 Duelists OR all Duelists with a minimum of 19 Points, whichever number is larger, will advance to Day 2.

*For Team events, the number of Duelists should be replaced with “Number of Teams”.

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

A: If there are 2048 or less Duelists, the tournament will cut to Top 32 after all rounds of Swiss are completed.  If the Top Cut is 32 Duelists, prizes will be awarded down to 32nd place.

If there are 2049 or more Duelists, the tournament will cut to Top 64 after all rounds of Swiss are completed. If the Top Cut is 64 Duelists, prizes will be awarded down to 64th place.

*For Team events, the number of Duelists should be replaced with “Number of Teams”.

Q: How do I register for a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament?

A: The primary way to register for a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament is through online registration. You can preregister online at https://yugiohregistration.com. You can find when preregistration opens on the Short FAQ for each event. If space is available at the end of online pre-registration, you will also be able to pre-register on the Friday of the event between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the convention center.  There will not be any on-time registration on the Saturday of the event. If space allows, Duelists will be allowed to register late the Saturday of the event, 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 online, you will need to create an account on the https://ygoregistration.com website if you do not already have one. Once you have registered for an account, you can register for the event here:

You do not need to turn in a Deck List when you register, but you must turn in a Deck List on the registration website before 10:00 AM the Friday of the event. If you do not submit a Deck List on the registration website by the 10:00 AM deadline, you will be automatically dropped from the event. You can create your Deck List on the registration website here:

If on-site registration is possible, you will need a Registration Form, a form of ID, your CARD GAME ID if you have one already, and the registration 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/downloads/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 card – 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.

You will also need a Deck List. A Deck List is required to participate in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament.  You can get a Deck List form at the event when you register, or you can download one to fill out ahead of time by clicking on this link:

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

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

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

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

For both online preregistration and in-person registration, a Deck List that has been submitted can no longer be changed.

Q: If I registered and can no longer attend, can I get a refund?

A: Yes. Please reach out to the contact information found on the Contact Us page of the registration website, https://yugiohregistration.com/Contact.aspx, to request a refund.

Q: Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

A: No. Registration for Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series events are non-transferable.

Q: If I wasn’t able to pre-register, can I still attend for Public Events or to spectate?

A: Space at each Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event is limited. If you were not able to pre-register for the event, please do not purchase travel and hotel accommodations with the intent of participating in Public Events or to spectate. There is no guarantee space will become available once pre-registration sells out. All Public Events are run pending space available in the event hall.

Q: Will I need to check in if I preregistered online?

A: Yes, you will need to check in on the Friday of the event if you registered online. In order to check in, you will need to show a form of photo ID, such as a Driver’s License, State ID card, Passport, or school ID. When you check in, you will receive any entry items that come with your registration, such as Booster Packs. You must check in no later than 6:00 PM on Friday. If you are not able to check in by 6:00 PM on Friday, please reach out to the Tournament Organizer at the contact information found in the event FAQ to arrange for alternate check-in options. Otherwise, your registration will be automatically cancelled to allow for on-site registration, and your fee will be refunded within 7 days of the end of the event.

Q: What will I need to bring to a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament?

A: You should bring a tournament-legal Deck as described under “What is the format for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series?,” 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 should bring a form of personal identification with a picture. You’ll also need the registration fee for the tournament, as well as money for your incidentals (food, drinks, Public Events, etc.).

Q: If I’ve never been to a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament, what should I expect?

A: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series are among the biggest of all Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments and attract Duelists of all ages and skill levels.  Many Duelists travel great distances to attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, so you can expect to meet hundreds of fellow Yu-Gi-Oh! fans from all over.

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.

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-US Tournament Policy and Penalty Guidelines carefully.   These documents tell you what you can and cannot do at an event and give you a good idea of what to expect.  You may find these Guidelines by clicking the following links.

Tournament Policy:

https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/downloads/penalty_guide/Penalty_Guidelines_v_2_1.pdf

Penalty Guidelines:

https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/downloads/penalty_guide/YGOTCG_Policy_v_2_1.pdf

Remember, there is much more to do at a YCS 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.  Public Events will be available as space opens up from the main event. If the YCS has reached capacity there is not a guarantee that any specific pubic event will be available as events will only start as space becomes available. If the venue reaches capacity, additional Duelists will not be allowed to enter the hall.

Q. Does KDE-US and/or its agents film or take photography at these events?

A. Yes by entering the premise of this event you agree to the following:

When you enter a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG or Duel Links event or program, you are entering an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur.  By entering the event premises, you consent to photography, audio recording, interviews, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for promotional purposes, webcasts, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by KDE-US and its affiliates and representatives.  Images, photos and/or videos may be used to promote Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG or KDE-US events in the future, to highlight the event and promote Yu-Gi-Oh! and KDE-US properties. 

You release KDE-US, its employees and representatives, and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication and use of photographs, computer images, video and/or sound recordings. By entering the event premises, you waive any rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use, exhibition, streaming, web casting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such use, exhibiting, broadcasting, web casting, or other publication, irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged.

You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by KDE-US or its agents or representatives.  You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering the event. 

If you do not wish to be recorded or photographed, please do not enter the premises.

Q: I will be bringing my children to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series.  Is there anything I should know?

A: If your child was born in 2008 or later, there is a special tournament each day just for this age group, called a Dragon Duel.  You can find more information about Dragon Duels in the Public Events section of this FAQ.

We will have a Parents’ Area 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 tournament, 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 Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series have Yu-Gi-Oh! Very Important Players (VIPs) and how do I qualify to be one?

A: Yes! We will have VIPs at the YCS. To qualify as a Yu-Gi-Oh! VIP, a Duelist needs to attend and win one of several YCS VIP Qualifier tournaments hosted by OTS before each Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series. You can find information on those qualifiers here; https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/specialevents/

A Duelist who wins a YCS VIP Qualifier or a UDS Invitational Champion who brings their Championship Belt to the YCS earns the following benefits as a VIP:

  • FREE entry to the YCS and any participation prizes normally awarded at the time of registration (participation packs, Attribute Dice*, etc.) if applicable.
  • VIP registration. Let a line control staff member know you are a VIP and you will be escorted to the front of the line.
  • Two-Round Bye at the YCS (VIPs start the tournament in Round 3 with a 2-0 record (2 Wins and 0 losses))
  • Assigned seating throughout the course of the YCS Main Event in a VIP Section
  • Brief Duelist Profile on the YCS Coverage Site, https://yugiohblog.konami.com/

*In order to be eligible for any pre-registration items, VIP must pre-register. If an item requires a Deck List to be submitted at the time of registration in order for it to be awarded, the VIP must submit a valid Deck List while registering to be eligible.

Please note that all VIPs must still register on time and be present on site during the Player Meeting. Their names will not appear on the first and second round pairings.

Q: Will the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series have the Bounty Feature?

A: Yes! We will be including the Bounty Feature forthe Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series. At the start of the tournament, a certain number of Duelists will be selected and tagged with KONAMI lanyards.  Each lanyard will bear a number, from 1 to 10. Each of these Bounty Duelists will begin the tournament with a stack of booster packs (4 packs per round) allotted to him or her.  So, for a 10-round tournament, the total Bounty on each Duelist would be 40 booster packs.

At the start of each round, 4 packs will be removed from each Bounty Duelist’s total and placed in their Bounty Pile. If the Bounty Duelist wins, he or she receives 2 of the packs from the Bounty Pile, leaving the rest in the pile. If the Bounty Duelist loses, the opponent claims all the packs in the Bounty Pile. At the end of each round, both the Bounty Duelist and the opponent must come up to the main stage, so the winner can collect the packs.

The longer a Bounty Duelist goes undefeated, the more packs you can win if you beat him or her. If the Bounty Duelist goes undefeated, he or she will keep all the packs in his or her Bounty. Bounty Duelists are not eliminated by a loss. Once you’ve been tagged, you are a Bounty Duelist for as long as you are participating in the event (Swiss rounds only).  The lanyard is yours to keep.

Bounty Duelists are chosen for a variety of reasons – including past performances at events, running an innovative or exciting Deck, or maybe for wearing an eye-catching hat.  Only Duelists who have pre-registered for the tournament will be selected as a Bounty Duelist. If you are chosen, you don’t have to participate if you would rather not join in.

Q: Will there be meal breaks during the tournament?

A: If there is not any food available in the event hall, a 30 minute meal break will be scheduled into the tournament.

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

A: If someone is attending the YCS that does not know how to play Yu-Gi-Oh! do not worry.  We will have capable staff on site who will be more than happy to teach them how to play.

Q: What happens if I am not done with my Match when time is called in the round?

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.
  • 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.

Invitations and Prizes

Q: Do I need an invitation to participate in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series?

A: You do not need an invitation to participate. This event is open to all Duelists who have pre-registered for the event.

Q: If I am not from the United States or Canada and I win the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, do I get to play in the next North American World Championship Qualifier?

A: No, you will not. If the winner does not reside in the US or Canada, he or she will not be eligible to compete in the North American World Championship Qualifier.  If the winner is from Latin American territories, they will earn an invite to compete in their regions World Championship Qualifier.  If the winner is from a territory outside of North America or Latin America, they would not be eligible to earn invites within these regions, nor within the region in which they reside.

Duelists can earn a WCQ invite through Regional Qualifiers, Dragon Duels, OTS Championships, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Tournaments in any country within North America and Latin America, but you can only compete in the World Championship Qualifier held for your Region and only for the Regions mentioned above.

Examples

If a Duelist from Mexico qualifies in the United States, he or she will still play in the Central American World Championship Qualifier.
If a Duelist who resides outside of North America and Latin America travels to an event outside of North America and Latin America, that Duelist is not eligible to earn an invite.

If a Duelist qualifies in an event outside of their country, the invite will be awarded to the WCQ event in which their region would normally qualify for (North America and Latin America).

Q: If I qualified in a Dragon Duel tournament (for Duelists born in 2008 or later) can I play in the regular World Championship Qualifier?

A: Duelists who were born in 2008 or later are eligible to play in their World Championship Qualifier, in addition to any separate events held specifically for Duelists born in 2008 or later.

Q: What are the prizes for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series?

A:

PlacePrizes
1st**Ultra Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Duel Link Dragon, The Duel Dragon
Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Trophy YCS Branded Premium Messenger Bag Nintendo Switch™ and Custom YCS Switch Case Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution download code Yu-Gi-Oh! RUSH DUEL: Dawn of the Battle Royale!! download code
Invite to and VIP status at the next World Championship Qualifier tournament
Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat
2ndSuper Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Duel Link Dragon, The Duel Dragon
YCS Branded Premium Messenger Bag Nintendo Switch™ and Custom YCS Switch Case Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution download code Yu-Gi-Oh! RUSH DUEL: Dawn of the Battle Royale!! download code Invite to the next World Championship Qualifier tournament
Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat
3rdSuper Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Duel Link Dragon, The Duel Dragon
Nintendo Switch™ and Custom YCS Switch Case
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution download code
Yu-Gi-Oh! RUSH DUEL: Dawn of the Battle Royale!! download code
Invite to the next World Championship Qualifier tournament
Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat
4th-8thNintendo Switch™ and Custom YCS Switch Case
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution download code
Yu-Gi-Oh! RUSH DUEL: Dawn of the Battle Royale!! download code
Invite to the next World Championship Qualifier tournament Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat
9th-16th24 booster packs of the current booster release
Invite to the next World Championship Qualifier tournament Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat
17th – 32ndInvite to the next World Championship Qualifier tournament Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat
  • If attendance is 2049 Duelists or more, Duelists who rank 33rd to 64th will also receive a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat, an invite to the next World Championship Qualifier tournament, and World Qualifying Points.

**In addition to the prizes for 1st place the winner will receive complimentary travel and accommodations to the next World Championship Qualifier in their territory. (North America and Latin America only).

Q: What is the Top Cut Game Mat and Prize Card?

YCS Prize Card
YCS Top Cut Game Mat

Q: How and when will I receive my Invite?

A: The list of Duelists who have earned invites to their World Championship Qualifier will be posted online. You will not receive a physical invitation, or an invitation through e-mail or postal mail – you will be entered in 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.

If you have a question about your Invite status, you can e-mail us-opsupport@konami.com and ask. Please provide your full name, CARD GAME 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.

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

Q: Is travel or hotel included with my Invite?

A: Only the winner of each Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament will receive paid travel and accommodations for their respective next TCG World Championship Qualifier tournament (winners from North, South and Central America only).

Q: Is the travel and accommodation just for the winner?

A: If the first-place winner is 18 or older, the travel and accommodation is just for the individual winner.  If the first-place winner is 17 or younger at the time of the WCQ in their territory, the first-place winner would have to travel with their parent or court-appointed legal guardian.  The parent or court-appointed legal guardian’s travel and accommodation will also be provided.  Please note, if the first-place winner is 17 and under and their parent or court-appointed legal guardian cannot travel with them, then they would not be eligible for the travel or accommodation.

World Qualifying Points

Q: If I make the Top Cut, will I earn World Qualifying Points at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series?

A: World Qualifying Points are not being awarded for in-person events during the 2021-2022 Organized Play season. Only Remote Duel events will award World Qualifying Points for the World Qualifying Points Playoff at the next World Championship Qualifier.

Q: How do I find out more information about World Qualifying Points?

A: Please see the Worlds Qualifying Points Page for the current leader board here and Frequently Asked Questions here.

Card Legality

Q: What cards are legal for play?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: Can I use OCG cards (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, if you can show an official translation of the card when asked to do so by an opponent or tournament official. Translations do not have to be a local language version of the card.  An official translation written down or printed is acceptable.  If you want to use a local language version of the card as your translation, you must keep that card outside of your Deck box.

Public Events

Q: What are the different types of Public Events?

A:

Name# of Participants****FormatParticipation PrizingPrizing***
2022 Regional Qualifiers (16-Duelist Flights) *16Advanced Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)4 Booster Packs1st Place: An invite to the next World Championship Qualifier, Regional Deck Box, and 2022 Regional Game Mat
3 vs. 3 Team Dueling*64 Teams3 vs. 3 Team Dueling Format – Single-Elimination1 Booster Pack per team member1st 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!!*128Advanced Format – Single-Elimination5 Booster Packs1st Place: Oversized Yu-Gi-Oh! Card 2nd–3rd Place: Oversized Yu-Gi-Oh! Card (half the size of 1st place)
Battle City Tournament8Advanced Format – Single-Elimination3 Booster Packs1st Place: Battle City Game Mat, “Battle City” Token 2nd – 4th Place: Battle City Token Card
Dragon Duel Constructed*UnlimitedAdvanced Format – Swiss (No Playoff Cut)Refer to What are the prizes for the Dragon Duel? section for prize information.
Dragon Duel Casual SealedUnlimitedSpeed Duel Sealed Format – Swiss (No Playoff Cut) Refer to What are the prizes for the Dragon Duel? Section for prize information
Duel Links Tournament8Duel Links Format Single-Elimination3 Booster Packs  1st Place: Blue-Eyes White Dragon (chibi) pin and Lion Patch 2nd Place: Ox Patch 3rd & 4th Place: Bear Patch  
MASTER DUEL Tournaments8Master Duel Format Single-Elimination3 Booster Packs1st Place: Master Duel Rescue Rabbit
Mouse Pad
Rivalry of Warlords Tournament8Single-Elimination3 Booster Packs1st Place: Win-A-Mat Game Mat
& Yu-Gi-Oh! Journal
Speed Duel ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!**64Speed Duel Constructed Format – Single Elimination8 Speed Duel Booster Packs1st Place: Oversized Yu-Gi-Oh! Speed Duel Card
2nd-3rd Place: Oversized Yu-Gi-Oh!
Speed Duel Card
(half the size of 1st place)
Speed Duel Constructed Tournament8Speed Duel Constructed Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)4 Speed Duel Booster Packs1st Place: Speed Duel Game Mat, Score Pad and 2 Speed Duel Tournament Packs
2nd Place: 2 Speed Duel Tournament Packs
Structure Deck Tournament8Sealed Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)1 Structure Deck1st Place: Structure Deck Tournament Game Mat
Tag Duel8 TeamsTag Duel Format – Single Elimination (Ongoing)2 Booster Pack per team member1st Place: Each team member will receive a 2×2 uncut sheet
Win-A-Mat8Advanced Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)3 Booster Packs1st Place: Win-A-Mat Game Mat
Yu-Gi-Oh! Charity TournamentUnlimited-Advanced Format Swiss (No Playoff Cut)4 Booster Packs4-0: 16 Booster Packs 3-1: 8 Booster Packs 2-2: 4 Booster Packs 1-3: 2 Booster Packs
Yu-Gi-Oh! Day Tournament**8Advanced Format – Single Elimination (Ongoing)3 Booster Packs1st Place: Yu-Gi-Oh! Day Game Mat
1st – 8th Place: Yu-Gi-Oh! Day Field Center or Token Card
YCS Dragon Duel Championship Playoff*2Advanced Format – One (1) Match 1st Place: YCS Dragon Duel Champion Trophy & a Super Rare set of the Darklord YCS Prize Cards
Public Events Playoff*4 per PlayoffAdvanced Format – Single-Elimination 1st Place: Super Rare copy of the current YCS prize card.

*Deck Lists are required.

**Not all Public Events are scheduled at every YCS. Please refer to the Public Event Schedule for each YCS to see what Public Events are available.

***Prizing is limited and subject to change. Any change in prizing will be announced before registration begins for any event with prizing different than advertised.

****Number of Participants per event subject to change without notice. Any change will be announced.

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

A:

EventParticipation PointsAdditional Points for Winning
3 vs 3 Team Duel33
Dragon Duel Constructed33
Rivalry of Warlords Tournament33
Structure Deck Tournament33
ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!22
Battle City Tournament22
Regional Qualifier Flights22
Speed Duel ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!22
Speed Duel Constructed22
Tag Duel22
Yu-Gi-Oh! Charity Tournament22
Yu-Gi-Oh! Day Tournament22
Win-A-Mat11

No Public Event Points are awarded to the following events:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Main Event
YCS Dragon Duel Championship
Dragon Duel Casual Sealed
Duel Links Tournament
MASTER DUEL Tournament

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: Duelists are paired off based on each Duelist’s win/loss record. Duelists are not eliminated when they lose a Match during Swiss rounds – instead, they will continue to be paired against Duelists 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 Duelist is out of the tournament, while the winner goes on to the next round. This continues until only one Duelist remains, which is then declared the winner.

Q: What is a Dragon Duel?

A: Dragon Duel tournaments are exclusive to Duelists born before a certain calendar year, with the calendar year requirement moving forward after the World Championship each year. The current year requirement is for Duelists born on 2008 or later.

Dragon Duel tournaments are exclusive to Duelists born 2008 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.

Number of Participants*Number of Swiss RoundsPlayoff Top Cut
4 – 83 Rounds of SwissNone
9 – 164 Rounds of SwissNone
17 – 325 Rounds of SwissNone
33 – 646 Rounds of SwissNone
65 – 1287 Rounds of SwissNone

The Dragon Duels at the YCS will offer two formats, a more casual Speed Duel Sealed Tournament and a competitive Advanced Format Constructed Deck Tournament.

There is no registration fee for either Dragon Duel tournament. The sealed Speed Duel product is provided at no cost by KDE-US.

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

Duelists must be born in 2008 or later.

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

Q: What is the Format for the Dragon Duel Casual Sealed event?

A: Each Duelist would receive a Speed Duel Demo Deck.  They would then play a normal best 2 out of 3 game matches following Speed Duel Rules (A how to play guide is available as well). 

  • Each Duelist begins the game with 4000 Life Points
  • Each Duelist begins the game with four cards as their starting hand
  • The Main Deck size is 20 cards
  • Each Duelist has one Skill Card
  • Skill Card effects do not use the chain
  • Each Duelist has three Main Monster Zones, three Spell & Trap Zones, and one Field Zone.
  • The Duelist going first does not draw a card on their opening turn.
  • The hand size limit is six cards.

For more information on Speed Dueling please see https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/speedduel/index.html

Q: What are the prizes for the Dragon Duel Casual Sealed event?

A: All Duelists receive the Speed Duel Demo Deck for the tournament and in addition, the winner will receive a Speed Duel coin.

Q: Does the Dragon Duel Casual Sealed event affect the Dragon Duel Championship Tournament?

A: No, the Casual Sealed Deck tournament does not affect the Dragon Duel Championship and also does not award any invites.

Q: What is the Advanced Format Constructed Dragon Duel?

A: For the Advanced Format Constructed Tournament, Decks must be constructed per the latest Advanced Format guidelines. (See here for more information: http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/limited/index.html). The Forbidden & Limited list is updated periodically; refer to the “UPDATED” date on that page to ensure your Deck matches the current format

A Deck list is required for participation in the Advanced Format Constructed Deck Dragon Duel Tournament. Dragon Duel tournaments are Tier 2 events.

Q: What are the prizes for the Advanced Format Constructed Deck Dragon Duel?

A: Top 4 Duelists in the Advanced Format Constructed Deck Dragon Duel tournament will receive a 2022 Regional Game Mat, a Dragon Duel Medal, and a Dragon Duel T-Shirt.

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

Number of Dragon Duelers# of Invites
4 – 84 Invites
9 – 168 Invites
17 – 3212 Invites
33 – 6416 Invites
65 or more20 Invites

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

The winner of the Saturday Dragon Duel will not be able to participate in the Sunday Dragon Duel, but the winner from the Saturday Dragon Duel and the winner from the Sunday Dragon Duel will compete for the Dragon Duel Trophy on Sunday at 4:30 PM.

The winner from both the Saturday Advanced Constructed Deck Dragon Duel and the Sunday Advanced Constructed Deck Dragon Duel will compete for the title of YCS Dragon Duel Champion and a YCS Dragon Duel Champion Trophy.

Q: What is the YCS Dragon Duel Championship?

A: The YCS Dragon Duel Championship is a way to honor our Dragon Duelists who attend each YCS event.  The Dragon Duelist who places 1st on the Saturday Advanced Constructed Deck Dragon Duel will not be able to compete in the Advanced Constructed Deck Dragon Duel on Sunday. They do instead get a free entry into any other Public Event on that Sunday of the YCS.  At 4:30 PM on Sunday we will take the 1st place winners of the Advanced Constructed Deck Dragon Duels from both Saturday and Sunday and have them play a best 2-out-of-3 Match using their own constructed Deck.  The winner will receive the title of YCS Dragon Duel Champion, a YCS Dragon Duel Championship trophy, and a Super Rare set of the Darklord YCS Prize Cards.

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, Single-Elimination with no Playoff Cut.

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

Duelist A is the Team Captain and is the primary point of contact in regard 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. All members of the team will play a best 2 out of 3 matches.
  4. 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 a Tag Duel Tournament?

A: Besides the 3 vs. 3 Team events, Duelists can also pair up to play cooperatively in Tag Duel!

Tag Duel Tournaments are Advanced constructed, Single-Elimination events with no playoff cut.

Duelists must register using a Team Registration Form. The Duelist listed as Player A will be team captain for 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:

Example of Play

Duelists on the same team sit beside each other, with Duelist A seated to the right of Duelist B.

Team 1 consists of Duelists 1A & 1B and Team 2 consists of Duelists 2A & 2B.

The Turn order starts with Duelist A on the Team that chose to go first and then alternates between teams. See example below with Team 1 going first.

  • Team 1 Duelist 1A
  • Team 2 Duelist 2A
  • Team 1 Duelist 1B
  • Team 2 Duelist 2B
  • Continue until one team wins
  • The first Duelist to start the Duel does not draw at the start of their first turn.
  • Tag Duel Matches are run in Best-of-One Duel Format
  • Tag Duel Matches are 30 minutes in length.
  • Tag Duel Matches utilizes the current End of Match procedure
    • When time is called, the current Duelist will finish their phase and then life points will be calculated

Attacking

The active Duelist can only attack with Attack Position monsters that they control. Duelists may not attack with their teammate’s monsters.

If there is a monster on the opponent’s side of the field (in either Duelist’s Main/Extra Monster Card Zones) then it must be destroyed before attacking the opponent’s life points directly.

The first 3 Duelists of the Duel (see above, Duelists 1A, 2A and 1B) cannot conduct their Battle Phase and cannot attack on their first turns.

Additional Rules and Card Effect interaction examples can be found here on the Alternate Tournament Format Page.

Q: What are the rules for a Rivalry of Warlords Tournament?

A: Rivalry of Warlords Tournaments will use a pre-built Rivalry of Warlords Deck randomly assigned at the beginning of the tournament. No changes to the Deck are allowed.

The Duelists will then be given 10 minutes to look over their cards and read the manual for their assigned Deck before the start of the tournament.

Once the above steps are completed the Duelists then will play against their first-round opponent in a best 2-out of-3 match.

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

A:

  • The eight (8) Duelists are seated across from their first-round opponent.
  • Each Duelist is then given one (1) of the same sealed Structure Deck.
  • The Duelists will then be given 10 minutes to look over their cards and sleeve their main Deck and Extra Deck, should they choose to do so, with tournament-legal sleeves.
  • Once the above steps 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 SizeAll Main Deck Cards
Extra Deck SizeAll Extra Deck Cards
Forbidden/Limited ListThe Advanced Format list does not apply.

Q: What are the rules for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Charity Tournament?

A: A Yu-Gi-Oh! Charity Tournament is a special Advanced Constructed format event with 4 Swiss rounds with no top cut. This is a fun tournament with great prizing to help raise money for charity.

Each Duelist will get 4 Tournament Packs for entering and will earn tournament packs as prizing based on final record. 

  • Duelist with a 4-0 record at the end of Swiss will get 16 Booster Packs as prizing
  • Duelist with a 3-1 record at the end of Swiss will get 8 Booster Packs as prizing
  • Duelist with a 2-2 record at the end of Swiss will get 4 Booster Packs as prizing
  • Duelist with a 1-3 record at the end of Swiss will get 2 Booster Packs as prizing

Please see the main event FAQ for the specific charity for each YCS.

Q: What are the rules for Speed Duel Constructed Tournaments?

A: Duelists can bring their own Speed Duel Deck and play in a Constructed Speed Duel event. Similar to above;

To build your own Constructed Speed Duel Deck, you will need to follow these requirements before entering an event.

Players can review the Speed Duel Policy Document here: https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/downloads/penalty_guide/Speed_Duel_Addendum-Official_KDE-US_YGO_TCG_Policy.pdf

In addition to the Speed Duel Policy Document, Speed Duelists should be aware of Skill Card Text and Skill Card Rules updates. These changes can be reviewed here: https://yugiohblog.konami.com/2021/11/skillcard-update/.

Q: What are the Rules for Duel Links Tournaments?

A:  This event allows you to bring your device and connect to others for a Duel Links format, Single-Elimination event. Test your Deck builds in a Duel using the latest Duel Links Forbidden and Limited restrictions to compete for Duel Links Prize Patches and the new 1st place Pin! (while supplies last)!

  • Rounds will be played best of three (3) Duels.
  • Rounds will be 45 minutes long.

Between each Duel, you may use your Side Deck to alter your Deck for the next Duel.

  • Your Side Deck can consist of between 0 to 12 of the following;
    • Between 0 and 12 cards
    • Between 0 and 3 Legendary Duelists with a Character Skill
      • For example, a Side Deck could be made up of 9 cards and 3 additional Legendary Duelists with a Character Skill or 1 additional Legendary Duelist with 3 different Character Skills
  • Any changes can be made to the Deck between Duels of a Match, including the following:
    • Adding Cards
    • Subtracting Cards
    • Changing Legendary Duelist
    • Changing Character Skill
  • The Deck must be legal for play (appropriate number of cards in the Main and Side Deck, complies with the Forbidden and Limited list available within the Duel Links app).
  • If the Duelist believes there is an error or other issue with their Deck, they should contact a Judge immediately.
  • After you finish preparing your Deck, please notify the judge that you have completed Side Decking and are ready to start your next Duel.
  • Failure to do this by the 3-minute mark may result in appropriate penalties.
    • If there are any issues while Side Decking or connecting to the room after confirming you are ready for your next Duel, please notify a judge immediately.
  • Duelists are required to revert their Deck back to its original Deck prior to the start of each Match in an On-Demand Single-Elimination Public Event. Players must have a Duel Links legal-for-play Deck prior to each played Game/Match.
    • Some Duel Links Events will require Deck Lists, please be sure to check event information regarding Deck lists to confirm.

In case of a disconnect, win/loss will be determined by the result given in-game.  If the app crashes, or both Duelists disconnect simultaneously and a win is not decided, the Duelists will restart that Duel using the same Decks.  Side Decking will not be allowed for that specific Duel.

Instructions on how the competitors can connect to the in-game Tournament Room will be provided once you are seated for the events.

Duelists will need to have the latest Duel Links app installed on their device and reached Stage 4 or higher to participate in Tournaments.  Please check with Event Staff at the YCS for the latest version prior to signing up for a Duel Links event.

Q: What are the rules for MASTER DUEL Tournaments?

A: This event allows you to use your own device and connect to others remotely for a MASTER DUEL format, Single-Elimination event. Test your Deck builds in a Duel using the latest MASTER DUEL Forbidden and Limited restrictions to compete for MASTER DUEL Prizes (while supplies last)!

  • Rounds will be played best of three (3) Duels.
  • Rounds will be 50 minutes long.

Between each Duel, you may use your Side Deck to alter your Deck for the next Duel.

  • Your Side Deck is every card in your collection.
  • Any changes can be made to the Deck between Duels of a Match, including the following:
    • Adding Cards
    • Subtracting Cards
  • The Deck must be legal for play (appropriate number of cards in the Main and Side Deck, complies with the Forbidden and Limited list available within the MASTER DUEL app).
  • If the Duelist believes there is an error or other issue with their Deck, they should contact a Judge immediately.
  • After you finish preparing your Deck, please notify the judge that you have completed Side Decking and are ready to start your next Duel.
  • Failure to do this by the 3-minute mark may result in appropriate penalties.
    • If there are any issues while Side Decking or connecting to the room after confirming you are ready for your next Duel, please notify a judge immediately.
  • Duelists are required to revert their Deck back to its original Deck prior to the start of each Match in an On-Demand Single-Elimination Public Event. Players must have a MASTER DUEL legal-for-play Deck prior to each played Game/Match.
    • Some MASTER DUEL Events will require Deck Lists, please be sure to check event information regarding Deck Lists to confirm.

In case of a disconnect, win/loss will be determined by the result given in-game.  If the app crashes, or both Duelists disconnect simultaneously and a win is not decided, the Duelists will restart that Duel using the same Decks.  Side Decking will not be allowed for that specific Duel.

Instructions on how the competitors can connect to the in-game Tournament Room will be provided once you are seated for the events.

Duelists will need to have the latest MASTER DUEL app installed on their device to participate in Tournaments. The latest version of MASTER DUEL is v1.1.1.

Q: What is the Public Events playoff?

A: The Public Events playoff gives eight (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 (4) 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 tie in total points, the selection will be made by random drawing from the tied competitors.

Playoff 2:  Four (4) names will be drawn at random from all Public Events entrants over the course of the weekend. These four (4) Duelists will then play two rounds of Single-Elimination to determine a winner, who will receive a Super Rare copy of the YCS Prize Card.

Q. What is the Prize Wall?

A: The Prize Wall is an extension of public events! In addition to earning prizes for participating in these tournaments, Duelists will also receive prize tickets. You can spend these prize tickets at the Prize Wall for items offered. These items are subject to change, and to availability.

How do I earn Prize Tickets?
Each time you sign up for a public event* you will receive a prize ticket, and additional prize tickets will be distributed to the top finishers. The number of tickets awarded for doing well depends on the type of tournament.

TournamentMaximum PlayersTickets Awarded
3 vs 3 Team Duel64 Teams1st-2nd Teams: 5 Tickets per Duelist 3rd-4th Teams: 3 Tickets per Duelist
ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!641st-2nd: 15 Tickets 3rd-4th: 9 Tickets 5th-8th: 3 Tickets
Battle City81st-2nd: 3 Tickets 3rd-4th: 1 Ticket
Dragon DuelNo LimitPlace Top 4: 3 Tickets
Duel Links81st-2nd: 3 Tickets 3rd-4th: 1 Ticket
MASTER DUEL81st-2nd: 3 Tickets 3rd-4th: 1 Ticket
Regional Qualifier161st-4th: 3 Tickets 5th-8th: 1 Ticket
Rivalry of Warlords81st-2nd: 9 Tickets 3rd-4th: 3 Tickets Participation: 3 Tickets*
Speed Duel ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!321st-2nd: 8 Tickets 3rd-4th: 5 Tickets 5th-8th: 2 Tickets
Speed Duel Constructed81st-2nd: 3 Tickets 3rd-4th: 1 Ticket
Structure Deck81st-2nd: 3 Tickets 3rd-4th: 1 Ticket
Tag Duel8 Teams1st-2nd Teams: 3 Tickets per Duelist 3rd-4th Teams: 1 Ticket per Duelist
Win-A-Mat81st-2nd: 3 Tickets 3rd-4th: 1 Ticket
Yu-Gi-Oh! Charity TournamentNo Limit4-0: 15 Tickets 3-0-1: 12 Tickets 3-1: 9 Tickets 2-1-1: 6 Tickets 2-0: 3 Tickets
Yu-Gi-Oh! Day81st-2nd: 3 Tickets 3rd-4th: 1 Ticket

*Participation in a Rivalry of Warlords event awards 3 Tickets instead of the normal 1. This is in addition to any Tickets awarded to 1st-4th Place Duelists.

*Duelist League and Dragon Duel Casual Sealed do not award Prize Wall tickets*

Prize tickets can be taken to the Prize Wall, which offers a selection of items similar to what you can win by playing in Public Event tournaments.

Additionally, prize tickets have no monetary value, and are not for sale.

Prize tickets can only be redeemed at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event at which they were earned, they cannot be used at a future event.

Miscellaneous

Q: I may need assistance to participate at a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series due to a disability or recent injury, what should I do?

A: Please refer to the Events Page on the website for the specific YCS location and contact the Event Coordinator or Tournament Organizer to make them aware of your concerns so that between them and the KDE-US Representatives, you can be provided with a comfortable gaming experience.

If you require assigned seating on site, please notify a registration staff member at the time of registration.  

Q: I want to judge at a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, instead of competing as a Duelist – how can I apply?

A: If you’re interested in judging at a Tier 2 or higher event, please visit http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/judges/index.html, for information about how to join the KONAMI Judge Program.

All potential judges must pass the online Rulings Comprehension Level 1 test, and then complete an online application to join the Judge Program.

Please see the KONAMI Judge Program FAQ for answers to most common questions:  https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/judges/judge_FAQ.html

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

A: There will be several vendors present, selling single cards, sealed product, and card supplies such as sleeves and card cases.  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 Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series venues. If you do so, you risk incurring penalties, including being disqualified and removed from the event.

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

Trading is restricted to cards and Yu-Gi-Oh! related items such as playmats and dice – 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 number of cards that can be brought into the venue for trading.

Q: I want to vend at a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, who should I contact?

A: Vending space is available free of charge at Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series venues 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 apply for each event at which they wish to vend.   Keep in mind that KDE handles the applications for vending at Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series events, and not the Tournament Organizer.

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

Anyone buying and/or selling as an unauthorized vendor at a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series venue may also risk incurring penalties, including but not limited to, being disqualified and removed from the event, suspensions from KONAMI Organized Play, and suspension as an Official Tournament Store.

Q: Will there be a Fan Content Area?

A: With the COVID-19 restrictions requiring the wearing of masks there will not be a fan content area.

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

A: There will be food and drinks available either from an onsite vendor or one near the venue. As masks are required to be properly worn at all time, all food and drink must be consumed in the area designated for food and drinks. Participants may not remove their mask anywhere else in the hall, even for food and drinks. This includes, but is not limited to, removing a mask to take a drink of water anywhere in the event hall outside of the area designated for food and drinks.

Q: When will the schedule for other Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournaments be posted?

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

Q: Can I get a CARD GAME ID number at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament, or will I need to have one before I attend the event?

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: Are there any items I am not allowed to bring to the tournament?

Attendees may not bring any items into the tournament venue that are prohibited by law in their area (local, state, or federal). In addition, unlawful items/transactions, weapons of any kind, and substance drugs which may be illegal on a local, state, and/or federal level, are not allowed at Sanctioned/Official events. Attendees who bring any such items to a tournament venue will incur penalties, including Disqualification and removal from the event, and risk suspension from KDE Organized Play.

The use of electronic and/or vapor cigarettes is not permitted on the tournament floor at any Sanctioned/Official events, or in areas designated for tournament attendees.

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

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

The Tournament Organizer is required to keep lost and found items for at least 60 days after the conclusion of the Event. Duelists who lost items should seek the Lost & Found on-site. If the item is not found on-site, Duelists are encouraged to contact the Tournament Organizer within the 60-day period on the chance the lost item has been turned in. Tournament Organizer contact information can be found on the FAQ for the specific YCS event on the website.

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