Yu-Gi-Oh!

10 / 06 / 2015

"Beta Format" Public Events coming to the WCQ: European Championship 2015

The WCQ: European Championship 2015 is fast approaching and Duelists from all over the continent are fine-tuning their Decks for the big weekend. In addition to the main event there will be several Public Events taking place; shorter, smaller tournaments that award winners with unique prizes.

In addition to the usual Public Events that Duelists are accustomed to, a new type of event will be making its European debut, "Beta Format" Win-A-Mat tournaments!



"Beta Format" is a new twist on the typical Advanced Format tournaments that you are used to playing. In this format everything is the same as a typical Duel, except for the rules regarding Special Summoning. To put it simply, the number of Special Summons you can perform in a single turn are reduced, completely changing the pace of your typical Duel!

Further information can be found below and on this KONAMI Strategy Site article. We will be hosting 8 Player knockout tournaments throughout the European Championship weekend, so if you fancy trying out a new way to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG be sure to check it out!


"Beta Format" Rules

Deck Construction will use Advanced Format rules.

Duelists are allowed a maximum of 3 Summons per turn:

  • 1 Normal Summon/Set
  • 1 Special Summon from the Extra Deck
  • 1 "other" Special Summon

In other words, if we break Summons down into 3 categories, Duelists can only perform each Category of Summoning once per turn (so a Duelist can do one each from Categories A, B, and C per turn, or just A & C but not B, etc., but never 2 Summons from the same Category in the same turn):


Category A:

1 Normal Summon or Set (includes Tribute Summons).


Category B:

1 Summon from the Extra Deck (Fusion Summon, Synchro Summon, Xyz Summon, Instant Fusion, Cyber-Stein-style effects, etc.)


Category C:

1 "other" Special Summon. This can be anything that Summons from a place other than the Extra Deck. Examples include Cyber Dragon, Giant Rat, Zombie Master, Tragoedia, Wulf, Lightsworn Beast, Call of the Haunted, D.D. Scout Plane and Embodiment of Apophis.


"Beta Format" - Additional Notes

Performing a Pendulum Summon uses up the Duelist's Special Summon for that turn from Category B AND from Category C, even if the Pendulum Summon only Summoned monsters from just the Extra Deck, or just from the hand.

Any in-game effects or rules that create additional restrictions still apply. If an effect like Vanity's Emptiness prevents any Special Summoning for example, you cannot Special Summon. These rules do not override that.

These rules reduce the number of Summons; they do not create new Summon abilities. You do not gain the ability to Normal Summon during the opponent's turn, or Summon from the Extra Deck without an appropriate ability to do so; you still need a card or effect that would let you do these things.

These restrictions are per turn. If you Summon with Giant Rat during your opponent's turn, it uses your Category C Summon for that turn, but you still get a Category C Summon during your next turn.

Flip Summons remain unrestricted. Effects that return a monster to play without Summoning (such as Interdimensional Matter Transporter) are also unaffected.


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