Speed Duel Sneak Peek FAQ's
for North American Territories
In Effect as of October 31, 2019
PREPARING FOR THE EVENT
AT THE EVENT
Q: What is Speed Dueling?
A: Speed Dueling is a new way to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME.
The standard rules of Speed Dueling are not too different from regular Duels, the summary of the changes are as follows:
Each player has three (3) Main Monster Zones, three (3) Spell and Trap Zones, one (1) Field Zone, one (1) Extra Deck Zone and a Graveyard (GY).
The first player doesn't draw on their first turn, the hand size limit is six (6). Both players can have an active Field Spell Card and a maximum of three (3) copies of any card with the same name in the Main Deck, Side Deck, and the Extra Deck.
Each player will have one (1) Skill Card that they place near the Dueling field at the start of the Duel.
There is no Main Phase 2, so remember to set any Spells or Traps you want to use before you enter your Battle Phase!
You can find out more about Speed Dueling here, including an online tutorial on How to Speed Duel: https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/speedduel/
You can find the Official KDE-US Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy - Speed Duel Addendum here:
Q: What is the Speed Duel Sneak Peek?
A: Speed Duel Sneak Peeks are pre-release events that provide the opportunity to preview an upcoming set at an Official Tournament Store (OTS). Speed Duel Sneak Peeks are primarily non-competitive events that require minimal staffing on behalf of the OTS and a high standard of sportsmanship from the players.
Only Konami OTS are permitted to host a Speed Duel Sneak Peek.
Speed Duel Sneak Peeks are run as casual events, meaning the level of rules enforcement is light to moderate. The primary goal of Speed Duel Sneak Peeks is to encourage all participants to have an enjoyable experience while introducing them to the newest Booster Set release.
Q: Where and when are the Speed Duel Sneak Peeks being held?
A: Speed Duel: Trials of the Kingdom (SBTK) Sneak Peek will be held on Saturday and/or Sunday, November 30th, 2019 – December 1st, 2019. A list of locations for currently scheduled Sneak Peek events can be found online at https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/speedduel/speedduel_event_locations.html. Please contact the OTS for exact date(s) and time(s) for their Sneak Peek.
Sneak Peeks may not start before 8:00AM local time and should not conclude after 8:00PM local time. Midnight Sneak Peeks are not allowed.
Q: How much does it cost to enter a Speed Duel Sneak Peek?
A: The registration fee for a Speed Duel Sneak Peek is $15.00 USD in the United States ($20.00 CAD in Canada), which is the SRP of 10 Speed Duel Booster Packs, no exceptions. All players entering the Speed Duel: Trials of the Kingdom Sneak Peek must receive the following items upon payment:
Sales tax may not be charged on top of the entry fee for the Speed Duel Sneak Peek. If a region requires sales tax to be charged on entry fees, then the current entry fees should be considered to already include the sales tax.
With paid entry into the Speed Duel Sneak Peek event, a Duelist is eligible to participate in Open Dueling and in any Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournaments the store may be hosting at no additional charge.
Q: What is an Achievement Card?
A: Participants will receive a Speed Duel Achievement Card that detail the missions the participants need to complete. Once they complete the missions they will turn in their achievement cards to receive the Ultra Rare Skill Card, Terror from the Deep, used by Mako Tsunami!
Q: What are the prizes for the Speed Duel Sneak Peek?
A: In addition to the items a participant receives upon registering for the Speed Duel Sneak Peek, they are also eligible to win an exclusive Speed Duel: Trials of the Kingdom Sneak Peek half-size Game Mat. Speed Duel Sneak Peek Game Mats can now be distributed via two methods:
Duelists who win a Speed Duel Sneak Peek Game Mat by winning a Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournament are not eligible to win one of the Game Mats as a door prize or drawing. If a player wins a Speed Duel Sneak Peek Game Mat as a door prize or drawing while he/she is currently enrolled in a Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournament, they must drop from the tournament to be eligible for the Speed Duel Sneak Peek Game Mat being awarded as a door prize or drawing.
Speed Duel Sneak peek participants are only eligible to win a maximum of one (1) Speed Duel Sneak Peek Game Mat per location per day.
Q: What is the format for the Speed Duel Sneak Peek?
A: There are two (2) event Speed Duel Sneak Peek formats in North America: Open Dueling (Sealed) & Tournament (Constructed).
The primary format of all Speed Duel Sneak Peek events in North America must be conducted as Sealed Format, Open Dueling events. Any Constructed Tournament Format must always be in addition to the Open Dueling format.
The format details provided here supersede any tournament details found in other official KDE-US policy documents.
Q: What is Open Dueling?
A: An Open Dueling event means there are no appointed pairings, no records of Wins and Losses maintained, and no time limit given on any given match. Players match up against others in the event at their own discretion.
Players should play a Match against five (5) different opponents using the Deck built for the Speed Duel Sneak Peek. A player who enters a Speed Duel Sneak Peek event but does not participate in any Matches, is not eligible to win one of the Game Mats as a door prize.
Once a player has their Deck built, they can Duel as much as they want against the other players in the Speed Duel Sneak Peek. These Duels are for fun and have no bearing on prize distribution.
OTS and staff should be able to assist Duelists that may have difficulties finding other Duelists to Duel against.
Q: What is "Sealed" format for the Speed Duel Sneak Peek Open Dueling?
A: Open Dueling utilizes Sealed Format in regards to Deck construction. In Sealed format events, participants use the ten (10) Booster Packs and the Bonus Card Pack they received at Registration and build a Deck to play with. The Deck must meet the following requirements:
Players may not trade the cards they received in their product with other players until they are done participating in the Speed Duel Sneak Peek.
Players may not add cards they already own to their Speed Duel Sneak Peek Open Dueling Deck. Only the cards from the Bonus Card Pack and the cards pulled from the Booster Packs provided for that player at Registration may be used for Deck building. Using cards not obtained in the product directly given is considered cheating.
Q: Is there a time limit for Open Dueling?
A: There is no specific time limit given for players to complete any given Match during Open Dueling. The OTS may implement a time limit if it is properly advertised prior to the beginning of the Speed Duel Sneak Peek event.
Q: Will there be a tournament run in conjunction with the Speed Duel Sneak Peek?
A: OTS have the option to run a tournament in conjunction with the Open Dueling. This tournament cannot replace the Open Dueling portion of the Speed Duel Sneak Peek.
OTS may offer this additional tournament(s) as part of the Speed Duel Sneak Peek festivities, by advertising it ahead of time. The number of tournaments each store will be allowed to host will vary by store.
Only Duelists who have registered and purchased entry into the Speed Duel Sneak Peek are eligible to participate in a Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournament. No additional entry fee may be charged.
Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournaments may not be run outside of the scheduled Sneak Peek hours.
Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournaments will be run as a Tier 1, Constructed event, and Duelists may incorporate cards from the Sneak Peek booster packs and from the Bonus Card Pack into their Decks.
The Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournament is considered to be Official, but it is not Sanctioned. This means that the tournament will not affect the Duelist's KCGN Ratings & Rankings. The winner of each Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournament will win one (1) Speed Duel Sneak Peek Game Mat.
Decks must be constructed according to the latest Speed Duel Format guidelines. (See here for more information: https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/speedduel/). In addition, cards from the Speed Duel Sneak Peekwill be tournament legal for these Sneak Peek tournaments.
OTS may choose to run the Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournaments in either Swiss or Single-Elimination rounds. OTS may choose to run a Playoff Top Cut, if advertised prior to the start of the Speed Duel Sneak Peek.
While a Duelist may only purchase one (1) Speed Duel Sneak Peek entry per location per day (10 packs of the new set and the Bonus Card Pack), they may compete in multiple Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournaments a day as long as they have not already won a previous Sneak Peek tournament. No additional entry fees may be charged. This is because the Open Dueling and all Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournaments are included as part of the same Speed Duel Sneak Peek entry fee you paid when you purchased your entry into the event.
All Duelists must have a valid CARD GAME ID and be in good standing in order to participate in a Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournament.All Duelists must have purchased entry into the Speed Duel Sneak Peek in order to be eligible to participate in a Sneak Peek tournament.
Q: How long will the Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournament last?
A: Each round will consist of a best 2-out-of-3 game Match, with a 30-minute time limit. The number of rounds is determined by the number of Duelists enrolled in the tournament. Please contact the OTS for additional format details.
The number of rounds is determined by the number of Duelists enrolled in the tournament. If the OTS has chosen to run the event using Swiss Rounds, the following chart must be used:
Number of Participants*
Number of Swiss Rounds
Playoff Top Cut (if advertised)
4 – 8
3 Rounds of Swiss
9 – 16
4 Rounds of Swiss
17 – 32
5 Rounds of Swiss
33 or More
6 Rounds of Swiss
*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. Playoff Top Cut is based on the total number of enrolled participants, which includes any late Registrations.
After registration closes, 32 Duelists have registered for the Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournament. This means that the Speed Duel Sneak Peek 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. If a Playoff Top Cut has been advertised, the Playoff Top Cut will go from Top 4 to Top 8.
Q: What happens if I am not done with my Match after 30 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.
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:
Match Draws cannot occur during Single-Elimination Rounds.
Q: Can I use my own cards in my Speed Duel Sneak Peek Deck – Open Dueling?
A: Only the Bonus Card Pack and the cards pulled from the Booster Packs provided to that Duelist at Registration may be used for Deck-building for Open Dueling. Using cards not obtained in the product directly given is considered cheating.
Q: Can I use my own cards in my Speed Duel Sneak Peek Deck – Sneak Peek Tournament?
A: Decks must be constructed according to the latest Speed Duel Format guidelines. (See here for more information: https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/speedduel/). In addition, cards from the Speed Duel Sneak Peekwill be tournament legal for these Sneak Peek tournaments.
Q: Will I need to complete and turn in a Deck List?
A: Deck lists will not be needed ahead of time for this event. Each location may choose to use a Deck List, which would be completed on site after you have received your product. Please contact the specific OTS location for more information.
Q: Can I play in more than one Speed Duel Sneak Peek?
A: Each player may only purchase entry in the Speed Duel Sneak Peek once per day per location. Purchasing multiple Speed Duel Sneak Peek entries throughout the course of the day at the same location is not allowed. This is to give as many different Duelists a chance to preview the new set.
Once you have received your Speed Duel Sneak Peek items with entry, you are eligible to participate in Open Dueling and in Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournaments, if applicable.
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: What cards are legal for play?
A: Only the cards provided as part of the registration process are legal for the Open Dueling portion of this event.Only cards with the official Speed Duel stamp may be used in the Deck as part of the Speed Duel Sneak Peek Tournament portion of this event.
PREPARING FOR THE EVENT
Duelists who wish to enter a Speed Duel Sneak Peek must meet the following criteria
Have a CARD GAME ID number (obtainable at the event) and be in good standing.
Have read the Speed Duel Tournament Policy – Addendum document found here:
A helpful article regarding the Speed Duel Tournament Policy – can be found here:
More Details on Speed Dueling, including an online Tutorial, can be found on the website:
Any tournament official associated with or working an event cannot play in that specific event. This includes, but is not limited to, the Judge Staff, Scorekeeper, Event Staff, Store Owner, and Tournament Organizer.
Event Staff or Judge Staff who participate in a tournament for which they are listed as staff, will be subject to penalties, up to and including suspension from KDE-US Organized Play.
OTS retain the right to refuse entry to players who have engaged in criminal behavior, such as theft or violent conduct. OTS may contact KDE-US via firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any questions about a player's eligibility to compete.
Duelists who have been suspended from Organized Play by KDE-US are not considered to be in good standing, and may not register for or compete in Official or Sanctioned events. A list of suspended players can be found at https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/suspended.html.
Suspended persons may not enter the venue of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Day event, 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-US Penalty Committee via email@example.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 event?
A: You should bring any Dueling supplies you will need, such as paper and pen to track Life Points, dice or counters, extra sleeves to replace any that become damaged, and so forth. If you have a CARD GAME ID number, you should bring your number in case the OTS will need it. You'll also need the entry fee for the Speed Duel Sneak Peek, as well as money for any incidentals (food, drink, etc.).
Q: What if I lost an item at the event?
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 to register for the event?
A: Duelists wishing to register for a Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournament will be required to complete a registration form at the event. Duelists will be required to present their CARD GAME ID number to register. If you do not have a CARD GAME ID number, you can get one at the event.
Duelists who register or attempt to register under another Duelist's name or CARD GAME ID number will be disqualified from the event, and risk suspension from KDE-US Organized Play events. Duelists are required to register with their legal name, as it appears on their form of ID. Nicknames may not be used when registering for 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 Speed Duel Sneak Peek, what should I expect?
A: Speed Duel Sneak Peeks are Tier 1 tournaments and attract both casual and competitive Duelists who want to share the excitement of this new product.
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:
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.
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 OTS.
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 Infractions and Penalties Policy:
Official KDE-US Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy - Speed Duel Addendum:
Q: I want to judge at a Speed Duel Sneak Peek, instead of competing as a Duelist – how do I request to participate?
Speed Duel Sneak Peeks do not require Official Konami Judges to supervise Open Dueling. Some OTS will opt to have an Official Konami Judge as it provides players with a better event experience.
If you're interested in judging, you should contact the OTS for the Speed Duel Sneak Peek as soon as possible (use the contact number provided in the Speed Duel Sneak Peek Locator listing). Most OTS are always on the lookout for Judge Staff, so be prepared to provide your full name, contact information, including e-mail and phone number, and a description of your previous judging experience.
Q: Whom should I contact for more information about a specific Speed Duel Sneak Peek?
A: Your best resource for answers about a specific Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournament is the contact number listed on the Event Locator. KDE-US 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 OTS directly.
If you have more general questions about Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournaments, you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be as detailed as possible, so we can try to provide you with the answers you're seeking!
AT THE EVENT
Q: How long will the event last?
A: Please contact the OTS for exact date(s) and time(s) for their Speed Duel Sneak Peek.
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. Regardless of the OTS policy, no buying, selling, and trading of cards from the Speed Duel Sneak Peek can occur until after the Open Dueling has concluded.
Q: I would like to provide feedback to KDE-US concerning the event I attended, whom should I contact?
A: If you attended a Speed Duel Sneak Peek tournament and would like to send us feedback, you can e-mail us at email@example.com. Please use the header line "North America Speed Duel Sneak Peek 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 Speed Duel Sneak Peek you attended, including store name, city, and state.