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Remote Duel YCS Very Important Player (VIP) Qualifier FAQ -
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UPDATED: 5/26/2021


BASIC INFORMATION

  • What is a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier?
  • Where and when are the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifiers?
  • What is the attendance capacity for the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier?
  • How much does it cost to enter a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier?
  • What are the prizes for Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifiers?
  • How many Duelists will earn invites at a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier?
  • What is the format for Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier tournaments?
  • Can I get a CARD GAME ID number at the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier tournament, or will I need to have one before I attend the event?
  • Will I need to complete and turn in a Deck List?
  • What cards are legal for play?
  • Can I use OCG cards in my Deck?
  • Can I use foreign language cards in my Constructed Deck?

PREPARING FOR THE TOURNAMENT

  • What will I need to do to prepare for a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier tournament?
  • What do I need to prepare in order to register for the tournament?
  • If I’ve never participated in a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier tournament, what should I expect?
  • I want to judge at a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier, instead of competing as a Duelist – how can I volunteer?
  • Whom should I contact for more information about a specific Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier?

DURING THE TOURNAMENT

  • How long will the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier tournament last?
  • What happens if I am not done with my Match after 50 minutes?
  • Can I buy and sell cards from other participants during the event?
  • I would like to provide feedback to KDE-US concerning the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier I participated in, who should I contact?
  • Will Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier invites “pass down” if someone who has already earned an invite earns another one?
  • How and when will I receive my invite?

 


BASIC INFORMATION

Q: What is a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier?

The Remote Duel YCS Very Important Player (VIP) Qualifier is a tournament which will allow select Official Tournament Stores (OTS) to award special prizes to individuals planning on participating in the upcoming Remote Duel Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (Remote Duel YCS) tournament.

This Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier event is specific to the Remote Duel YCS that is being held on July 10-11, and will only award prizes to that Remote Duel YCS Event.

The Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier is considered to be a Tier 1 tournament.

Only select OTS, in good standing, are permitted to host a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier.

Q: Where and when are the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifiers?

The Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifiers will be scheduled in the weeks prior to the Remote Duel YCS event that it will qualify players for. A list of locations for the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier event can be found online at http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/specialevents.html.

Please contact the OTS for the exact tournament date and start time.

Q: What is the attendance capacity for the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier?

Depending on how comfortable each OTS is in hosting Remote Duel events via Discord, each Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier event’s attendance capacity may vary from location to location. It is advised that you reach out to your OTS early enough to register for the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier so that you can ensure a spot in the event. If you have any additional questions, please contact the OTS directly at the phone number that corresponds with the event in the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier Locator page.

Q: How much does it cost to enter a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier?

The registration fee for the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier is $12.00 USD in the United States ($15.00 CAD in Canada). All players entering the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier event must receive this amount in commensurate prizing in the form of three (3) booster packs.

Sales tax may not be charged on top of the entry fee for the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier. 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.

Q: What are the prizes for Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifiers?

In addition to the booster packs each Duelist receives upon entering the tournament, the 1st place Duelist will be eligible to receive a prize package at the Remote Duel Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (Remote Duel YCS) for which the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier is being held. These prizes are awarded at the qualifying Remote Duel YCS, and include the following:

  • Free Entry into the Remote Duel YCS
    • Must be the Remote Duel YCS in which the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier is qualifying for
    • Prize is non-transferable
    • Duelists will receive all Remote Duel YCS participation prizes they would have been eligible for with regular paid entry (Field Center Card, Participation Packs, Participation Game Mat)
    • Remote Duel VIP Field Center Card (FCC)
  • Two-Round BYE in the Remote Duel YCS
    • Duelists will start the tournament in Round 3 with a 2-0 record (2 Wins and 0 Losses)
  • Brief Duelist Profile on the Remote Duel YCS Coverage Site, https://yugiohblog.konami.com/
    • Profile will also include the name of the OTS in which the Duelist earned the VIP invite

Q: How many Duelists will earn invites at a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier?

Only the winner of each Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier earns an invite to be a VIP at the Remote Duel YCS the Qualifier is held for.

Invites do not pass down and cannot accumulate towards multiple events.

Q: What is the format for Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier tournaments?

All Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier events are Tier 1 events, conducted as Advanced Format, Constructed Deck, Swiss round events. The Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier will play Swiss Rounds with prizes awarded based on standings after the final Swiss round played. The format details provided here supersede any tournament details found in other official KDE-US policy documents.

Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifiers will utilize a Constructed Deck format to play all Swiss rounds.

A minimum of eight (8) Duelists is required to run a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier.

The following chart will show how many Swiss Rounds will be played, based on attendance:

Number of Participants*

Number of Swiss Rounds

8 Minimum

3 Rounds of Swiss

9 – 16

4 Rounds of Swiss

17 – 32

5 Rounds of Swiss

33 – 64

6 Rounds of Swiss

65 or more

7 Rounds of Swiss

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

Examples

After registration closes, 63 Duelists have registered for the tournament. This means that the tournament will have 6 Rounds of Swiss. Two Duelists register late, beginning the tournament with a Round 1 Match Loss. Even though this brings the attendance total to 65, only 6 Rounds of Swiss are played.

Q: Can I get a CARD GAME ID number at the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier tournament, or will I need to have one before I attend the event?

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, you should email the OTS at least five (5) days prior to the event to obtain your correct ID. Duelists should avoid acquiring new CARD GAME IDs if the previous ID can be found.

If you have never signed up for a CARD GAME ID number, you can get one by registering online at https://cardgame-network.konami.net/.

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

Duelists participating in this Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier may have to turn in a completed Deck List in order to participate. Please check with the OTS if they are requiring Deck Lists for their event and for additional information regarding the Deck List collection process.

Duelists can download the official KDE-US Deck List at https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/forms/KDE_DeckList.pdf. This is an editable PDF, so you will be able to type the card names in this form, which should help as your Deck List needs to be legible and complete – write the name of each card in full, and write down how many copies you have in your Deck.

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

Make sure your Deck List exactly matches your Deck.

There is a very helpful article on our strategy site that will help you fill out your Deck List properly. Just follow the link here:

https://www.konami.com/yugioh/articles/?p=3534

Duelists are encouraged to complete their Deck List before registering for the Tournament by using the downloadable KDE-US Deck List and typing out all of the necessary information in the editable fields on the form.

Duelist may also use the Deck List “Save List” feature on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! App Neuron. To do so, please follow these instructions:

To use Neuron:
Select and view your Deck, then scroll down to the “Save List” button. Clicking this button will create a JPG of your Deck List, which you can email/upload to the OTS.

  • Neuron will not fill in all the tournament details, such as your full name, the date, and the name of the event. You will need to rename the file accordingly with the missing information.
  • The JPG is not an editable form.
  • Follow any instructions provided by the OTS regarding their Deck List collection process, if applicable.

Q: What cards are legal for play?

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. Product releases are normally legal for play as of their official release date.

Duelists should read the Remote Duel Best Practices guide, which also includes a list of cards Duelists cannot use during Remote Duel events.

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. The Advanced Format list changes periodically. Duelists can view the most current Advanced Format card list by visiting this link

In additional there are specific cards that are not allowed to be used in a Remote Duel Tournament.

Remote Duel Forbidden List
Certain types of card effects involving Private Knowledge cannot be successfully resolved in Remote Duel, andare considered to be Forbidden in Remote Duel only. Cards Forbidden in Remote Duel are not Forbidden for in-person play, therefore they are not displayed on the Advanced or Traditional Format Forbidden & Limited List: https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/limited/

The cards on this list are Forbidden only for Remote Duel.

Ancient Telescope
Blizzard Warrior
Contact with the Aquamirror
Dark Scorpion - Chick the Yellow
Destiny HERO - Dominance
Diabolos, King of the Abyss
Flower Cardian Peony with Butterfly
Goddess Skuld’s Oracle
Parasite Paracide
Senri Eye
Spell Vanishing
SYPRAL Gear - Drone
Transmission Gear

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 (3) 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 in my Deck?

Cards printed for Asian markets are not legal for play in TCG tournaments.

Q: Can I use foreign language cards in my Constructed Deck?

You can use foreign language copies of legal-for-play cards printed for the TCG market, as long as you can show an official translation of the card, kept outside of your Deck and Deck box, when asked to do so by an opponent or tournament official. If an opponent or tournament official has difficulty reading the card text, make sure to have the full local language card name ready to ensure it can be found quickly in Neuron or the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Database.

 


PREPARING FOR THE TOURNAMENT

Duelists who wish to enter a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier must meet the following criteria

  • Have a Deck that meets the current Advanced Format criteria.
  • Have a CARD GAME ID number (obtainable at the event) and be in good standing.
  • Have read and understood the following documents. These documents can be found at http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/
    • KDE-US Official Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy
    • KDE-US Official Tournament Infractions and Penalties Policy
      • Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Official Rulebook
  • Have read and agree to abide by the Remote Duel Best Practices Guide
  • Have a valid shipping address in the country (United States or Canada) in which the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier event is being held.
  • Have a functional Remote Duel setup

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.

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 Sanctioned or Official events. A list of suspended players can be found at http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/suspended.html.

Suspended persons are required to apply for reinstatement with the KDE-US Penalty Committee via us-penalty@konami.com. Once their applications have been reviewed, and their reinstatement accepted, their name will be removed from the list. Until that time, they are considered to be Suspended Persons.

Q: What will I need to do to prepare for a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier tournament?

You need to have a functional Remote Duel setup and any tournament supplies you will need, such as a tournament legal Advanced Constructed Deck, paper and pen to track Life Points, dice or counters for card effects, extra sleeves to replace any that become damaged, and so forth.

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

Duelists wishing to register for a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier will be required to register with the OTS. Duelists should contact the OTS to determine exactly what they will need in order to register you for 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 Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier. Initials to replace the First or Last Names may not be used when registering for a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier.

Q: If I’ve never participated in a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier tournament, what should I expect?

Read over the list of things you will need for the tournament, and make sure you have everything.

You will need to register for the event in order to play. Duelists should contact their OTS ahead of time to learn how the Remote Duel registration will work.

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

Please enter the Discord server early enough before the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier is scheduled to start, to ensure that you will be properly registered for the tournament. Registration generally closes 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Duelists may register late (assuming event has not reached capacity) for an event and will begin the event with a Round 1 Match Loss.

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 before or during the event, they should check with the OTS.

Before participating in 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 (even if the event is occurring remotely) 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

Tournament Infractions and Penalties Policy:
https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/downloads/penalty_guide/YGOTCG_Policy_v_2_1.pdf

If you observe an issue during the event, all Duelists should ensure they follow the instructions found in Section H of the Tournament Policy covering expectations of Spectators during an event. A helpful guide for how to handle potential issues you observe can be found at https://yugiohblog.konami.com/2021/03/40576/.

When you compete in a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier tournament, you’ll be held to high standards of play and sportsmanship. You should know how the cards in your Deck work. Duelists must pay attention to information from judges and/or tournament staff in order to understand what is going on. Duelists are expected to know and understand the information provided in the above policies and guidelines while at a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier or any other Official or Sanctioned event.

You will need to be familiar with your OTS’ Discord server setup, to ensure you do not miss any announcements and understand how to play your Matches.

Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifiers are excellent places to test your skills, learn more about Deck-building and strategy, and see how well you match up against the other Duelists in your area.

Q: I want to judge at a Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier, instead of competing as a Duelist – how can I volunteer?

If you’re interested in judging, you should contact the OTS for the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier as soon as possible (use the contact number provided in the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier 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 Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier?

Your best resource for answers about a specific Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier event is the contact number listed on the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier Locator. KDE-US won’t be able to answer questions such as “When does the tournament start?,” “How do I submit my Deck List?”, “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 Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifiers, you can send them to us-opsupport@konami.com. Please be as detailed as possible, so we can try to provide you with the answers you’re seeking!

 


AT THE TOURNAMENT

Q: How long will the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier tournament last?

The number of Swiss rounds is determined by the number of Duelists enrolled in the tournament. Rounds in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME are 50 minutes long. Since you can play all rounds in a Swiss tournament, you should expect to be at the event for several hours.

Q: What happens if I am not done with my Match after 50 minutes?

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 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.

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

Each Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier location may have different buying, selling, or trading policies. Duelists should contact the OTS and inquire about that OTS’ policies regarding buying, selling, and trading.

Q: I would like to provide feedback to KDE-US concerning the Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier I attended, who should I contact?

If you attended one of our Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifiers and would like to send us feedback, you can send us an e-mail about your specific event by e-mailing us at us-opsupport@konami.com with the header line “North America Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier Feedback [Store Name]”. All feedback, including comments about the OTS, the judges, or the event itself, will be welcome! All feedback is always kept confidential. Please make sure your e-mail includes which Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier you attended, including store name, city, and state.

Q: Will Remote Duel YCS VIP Qualifier invites “pass down” if someone who has already earned an invite earns another one?

Invites will not pass down if a player has already earned VIP status.

Q: How and when will I receive my invite?

A list of Duelists who have earned VIP status will be available online at http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/specialevents.html.

Please read the FAQ associated with the Remote Duel YCS you to receive additional information regarding VIP Registration.

If you have a question about your invite status, you can email 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.

 


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