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Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - FAQ
UPDATED: 2/19/2019

Are You The Ultimate Duelist?

It’s time to find out – the Ultimate Duelist Series will test your worth against all other contenders.  Earn Ultimate Duelist Series Points so you can take your place in the Ultimate Duelist Invitational, where only one Duelist will emerge as the Ultimate Duelist!


UDS Invitational Information

  • How much does it cost to enter the Ultimate Duelist invitational?
  • Are there any pack prizes?
  • What is the format for the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational?
  • How many rounds will the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational have?
  • How many Duelists will advance to Day 2?
  • How many Duelists will advance to the Top Cut?
  • What will I need to bring to a Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational?
  • If I've never been to a Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational , what should I expect?
  • I will be bringing my children to the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational. Is there anything I should know?
  • 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 after 40 minutes? Updated June 01, 2018

                                                                                                                                                            
UDS Points and the UDS Invitational

  • Do I need an invitation to participate in the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational?
  • What are UDS Points?
  • How do I earn UDS Points?
  • How many UDS Points do I need to enter the Ultimate Duelist Invitational?
  • Are UDS Points transferable?
  • Do UDS Points expire?
  • Am I able to redeem my UDS Points for anything else besides entry into the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational?
  • If I am not from North or Latin America, can I compete in the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational?
  • If I am from North or Latin America, can I compete in the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational in both North and Latin America?
  • How and when will I receive my UDS Points?
  • I do not have enough UDS Points to participate. Will I be able to earn any UDS Points on site before the start of the event?
  • Is travel or hotel included with the Invitational?
  • Can I bring someone with me if I win the trip?

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 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 Casual Sealed deck Dragon Duel?
  • What are the prizes for the Casual Sealed deck Dragon Duel
  • What is the Advanced Constructed format Dragon Duel?
  • What are the prizes for the Advanced Constructed format Dragon Duel?
  • What are the rules for a Starter Deck Tournament?
  • What are the rules for a Structure Deck Tournament?
  • What are the rules for Speed Duel?
  • What are the rules for Duel Links Tournaments?
  • What is the Duelist League and what are the rules?
  • What is the Public Events playoff?

Miscellaneous

  • I may need assistance to participate at a Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational due to a disability or recent injury, what should I do?
  • I want to judge at a Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, 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 Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, whom should I contact?
  • What is a Fan Content Area?
  • What are the rules of using the Fan Content Area?
  • Where can I get food and drinks during the tournament?
  • When will the schedule for other Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational tournaments be posted?
  • Can I get a CARD GAME ID (previously COSSY ID) number at the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, or will I need to have one before I attend the event?
  • Are there any items I am not allowed to bring to the tournament?
  • What if I lost an item at the tournament?

 


Ultimate Duelist Series -  Information

Q: How much does it cost to enter the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational?
A: There is no entry fee to the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, as this is an invite-only event.

Q: Are there any pack prizes?
A: No, there will not be any pack prizes awarded at an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational.

Q: What is the format for the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational?
A: Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational 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 Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational have?
A: The total number of Duelists at the start of Round 1 (before late entries) will determine the number of rounds that are played. Day 2 Swiss Rounds are played as a continuation from Day 1.

Number of Participants*

Number of Swiss Rounds

Swiss Rounds Day 1

Swiss Rounds Day 2

128 or fewer Duelists

10 Rounds

7 Rounds

3 Rounds

129 - 256 Duelists

12 Rounds

8 Rounds

4 Rounds

257 - 512 Duelists

13 Rounds

9 Rounds

4 Rounds

513 or more Duelists

14 Rounds

10 Rounds

4 Rounds

Q: How many Duelists will advance to Day 2?
A: The number of Duelists enrolled at the start of the of the tournament (including late entries) will determine the number of Duelists who advance to Day 2.

Number of Participants

Day 2 Participants

256 or fewer Duelists

Top 32 after Day 1 Swiss Rounds

257 or more Duelists

Top 64 after Day 1 Swiss Rounds

Q: How many Duelists will advance to the Top Cut?
A: The total number of Duelists enrolled in the tournament (including late entries) will determine the number of Duelists who advance to the Top Cut.

Number of Participants

Playoff Top Cut

256 or fewer Duelists

Top 8

257 – 512 Duelists

Top 16

513 or more Duelists

Top 32

Q: What will I need to bring to the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational?
A: You should bring a tournament-legal Deck as described under "What is the format for the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational?," 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 (formerly known as COSSY ID), you should bring your number. You should bring a form of personal identification with a picture. You'll also need money for your incidentals (food, drinks, Public Events, etc.).

Q: If I've never been to a Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, what should I expect?
A: At the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, you will Duel for the chance to be crowned The Ultimate Duelist. Duelists of all ages and skill levels who have earned enough UDS Points will also be there, trying for that title.  Duelists will travel great distances to attend the UDS Invitational, so you can expect to meet hundreds of fellow Yu-Gi-Oh! fans from all over.

If you did not manage to earn enough UDS Points to qualify for the Invitational, there will still be a lot to do at the event. We will be running a full schedule of Public Events, including ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Regional Qualifiers, UDS Qualifiers, Dragon Duels, and Battle City tournaments - so make plans to attend and take full advantage of these Organized Play offerings!

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. Get there early! Registration will open at 8:00 AM, and there will already be a line of people waiting. You'll need to be in line by 9:45 AM, or you will not be able to enter the tournament when it begins. We will start without you, to make sure the event begins on time – you'll still be able to play, 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, you'll need a Registration form, a form of ID, your CARD GAME ID if you have one already, and a minimum of 100 UDS Points.  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:

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

Make sure your Registration form is filled out completely before you reach the registration station. 

You will also need a CARD GAME ID 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 Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational.  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:

http://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.

Your Deck list will be collected at Registration. Make sure your Deck list is ready before you reach the front of the Registration line. Once a Deck list has been submitted it can no longer be changed.

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/gameplay/penalty_guide/KDE-US_TCG_Tournament_Policy_v2018June01.pdf

Penalty Guidelines:
https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/penalty_guide/Penalty_Guidelines_v_2018June01.pdf

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Policy:
https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/penalty_guide/YGO_Tournament_Policy_v_2018June01.pdf

Remember, there is much more to do at a UDS Invitational 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.

Q: I will be bringing my children to the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational.  Is there anything I should know?
A: If your child was born in 2006 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 tournaments, 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 there be meal breaks during the tournament?
A: There will not be any meal breaks scheduled into the tournament.

Q:  What if someone who came with me does not know how to play?
A: If someone who is attending the UDS Invitational 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 after 40 minutes? Updated Jun 01, 2018
A: Sometimes a Match will not be finished when the time ends for a round. If this happens, it is both Duelists' responsibility to note whose turn it is when time is called. Duelists who require assistance with the End of Match procedures should raise their hand and call for a judge. The judge should be notified that the Match is ongoing and whose turn it is. The judge may or may not stay to supervise the End of Match procedure but should ensure that both Duelists understand the following procedures.

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

Rule #1: If time is called while Duelists are in the middle of a Game, the current Game must have a decision (Win, Loss, or Draw)
Rule #2: Once the current Game has concluded with a decision, determine the winner of the Match by determining the number of Game Wins (or Game Losses) each Duelist has for the current Match. The Duelist with the most Game Wins will win the Match.
Swiss Rounds: If both Duelists have the same number of Game Wins, or if time was called in between games of a Match when both Duelists had the same number of Game Wins, then the Match is a Draw.
Single-Elimination Rounds: If both Duelists have the same number of Game Wins, or if time is called in between Games of a Match while both Duelists have the same number of Game Wins, they will begin a new Duel with specific guidelines.

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

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

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

  • Continue with the current Phase of the Game. Once the Phase is over, stop the game.
  • Determine a Game Winner at this point, with the Duelist with the most Life Points winning the Game.
    • During Swiss Rounds, if both Duelists' Life Points are the same, the Game is a Draw. Compare Game Wins with the Duelist with the most Game Wins winning the Match. If the Game Win totals are the same, the Match is a Draw.
    • During Single-Elimination, if both Duelists' Life Points are the same at the end of the current Phase (Step 1 above), finish the current turn. If both Duelists' Life Points are the same at the end of the turn, then play will continue on a turn-by-turn basis, with the Duelist with the most Life Points at the end of a turn being declared the winner of that Game.
  • Match Draws cannot occur during Single-Elimination Rounds.

 


UDS Points and the UDS Invitational

Q: Do I need an invitation to participate in the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational?
A: The Invitational portion is not an open-to-all event.  Only Duelists who have earned at least 100 UDS Points may enter the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - Winter 2019 by redeeming the points at Registration.

Q: What are UDS Points?
A: UDS Points are the qualifying units you must earn to participate in an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational.

UDS Points are awarded based on participation and/or final standings or judging in Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, and at most Tier 2 events such as Regionals, Dragon Duels, OTS Championships, Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, and World Championship Qualifiers.

UDS Points are linked to your CARD GAME ID number. Duelists should make sure that their CARD GAME ID (formerly COSSY ID) has been properly registered in the Konami Card Game Network (KCGN). Please go to https://cardgame-network.konami.net to register your CARD GAME ID.

Q: How do I earn UDS Points?

A: UDS Points are awarded based on participation and/or final standings, or judging in the following Organized Play programs:

Criteria

Category

Points Awarded

Pin Awarded

Participate in a regular Regional, OTS Championship, or Dragon Duel

Participation

5 UDS Points

Participate in YCS or YCS Dragon Duel

5 UDS points

Participate in UDS Qualifier (8-Player Public Event at Tier 2 Events)

5 UDS points

Participate in a National Championship or WCQ

10 UDS Points

Participate in UDS Qualifier (OTS)

10 UDS Points

Top Cut National Championship or WCQ

Top Cut

20 UDS Points

Finish 2nd-8th Place in UDS Qualifier (OTS)

20 UDS Points

Yes

Top Cut at Worlds

100 UDS Points

Win UDS Qualifier (8-Player Public Event at Tier 2 Events)

Winner

20 UDS Points

Yes

Win YCS or YCS Dragon Duel Championship

30 UDS Points

Win UDS Qualifier (OTS)

40 UDS Points

Yes

Win Nationals (Latin America) or Finalist for Worlds at WCQ

50 UDS Points

Rank high enough to earn WCQ Invite at any Tier 2 Event offering WCQ Invite

Invite

10 UDS Points

Accurately complete WCQ invite paperwork at any Tier 2 Event offering WCQ Invite

5 UDS Points*

Judge at a Regional, Dragon Duel, OTS Championship, or OTS UDS Qualifier

Judge

10 UDS Points

Judge at a YCS, National, WCQ, or Worlds

20 UDS points

*Points awarded after the WCQ of that year has concluded

Q: How many UDS Points do I need to earn to enter the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - ?
A: You will need a minimum of 100 UDS Points to enter the UDS Invitational.  Participation prizing varies based on the number of UDS Points you redeem.

Redemption Tier –
100 UDS Points

Entry into an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Lanyard
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Pin
10 UDS points (awarded for next Season)

Redemption Tier –
150 UDS Points

Entry into an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Lanyard
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Pin
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Medal for Lanyard
10 UDS points (awarded for next Season)

Redemption Tier –
200 UDS Points

Entry into an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Lanyard
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Pin
Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Medal for Lanyard
1st round BYE
10 UDS Points (awarded for next Season)


In order to participate in an Invitational, a Duelist is required to "redeem" the required amount of UDS Points. Once they have entered the event, they no longer carry those points on their total.

Duelists redeeming 200 UDS Points for the 1st round BYE must still register on time and be present during the player meeting.

Q: Are UDS Points transferable?
A: UDS Points are not transferrable from one Duelist to another.

Q: Do UDS Points expire?
A: No. UDS Points do not expire.

Q: Am I able to redeem my UDS Points for anything else besides entry into the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational?
A: Duelists with excess UDS Points may choose to redeem points at the Public Events stage for previous season's UDS prizes.

Item

Points

UDS Qualifier Lanyard (Previous Seasons)

20 UDS Points
(Limit of 1 per Lanyard)

UDS Invitational Lanyard (Previous Seasons)

20 UDS Points
(Limit of 1 per Lanyard)

UDS Invitational Participation Pin (Previous Season)

30 UDS Points
(Limit of 1 per Pin)

UDS Invitational Participation Medal (Previous Season)

50 UDS Points
(Limit of 1 per Medal)

UDS Invitational Redemption Pins (Exclusive to Redemption)

100 UDS Points
(Limit of 1 per pin)

*All redemption items are while supplies last.
*All limits are on a per event basis.
*Players cannot redeem any points for previous or current Day 2, Top Cut, or Winner Prizes.

Q: If I am not from North or Latin America, can I compete in the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational - ?
A: Yes, if a Duelist not from North or Latin America has earned enough UDS Points to enter a UDS Invitational, they may attend and enter a UDS Invitational. Please note however, that if a player not from North or Latin America wins the coveted Ultimate Duelist Series Championship Belt, the benefits the belt bestows will only be honored at YCS events in North or Latin America. Also, if a player not from North or Latin America wins the title as the current Ultimate Duelist, they will not be eligible for Travel and Hotel to defend their title at the next Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational.

 Q: If I am from North or Latin America, can I compete in Ultimate Duelist Series Invitationals in both Latin and North America?
A: Yes, Duelists from North or Latin America can participate in Ultimate Duelist Series Invitationals in either territory.

Q: How and when will I receive my UDS Points?
A: The Ultimate Duelist Series Leaderboard will list the names and point totals of Duelists who are eligible (accumulated 100 or more UDS Points). This list will be updated frequently throughout the year, and will be posted at http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/ultimateduelist/udsrankings.html (You will not receive any sort of physical representation of your UDS Points and you will not be notified via mail or email – your name and CARD GAME ID will be entered on the Leaderboard posted online.

Duelists can find a complete UDS Points Leaderboard PDF at https://yugiohblog.konami.com/?p=22622.  All Duelists who have earned points can find their totals here, even if they do not appear on the online Leaderboard (100 points or higher).

The UDS Leaderboard is ranked by point total, then sorted alphabetically by each Duelist's first name.

Duelists are responsible to verify that their CARD GAME ID numbers are properly registered, and that their registration information is correct.

Remember that Leaderboard 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: I do not have enough UDS Points to participate. Will I be able to earn any UDS Points on site before the start of the event?
A: There will not be any events awarding UDS Points on the morning of the event. Players can earn points by participating in Tier 2 Events in North and Latin America up to the weekend before the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational. Please note that points earned the weekend prior to the scheduled Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational may not be reflected on the online leaderboards until a couple of days before the scheduled event and only if that event has been properly reported on time.

Q: Is travel or hotel included with the Invitational?
A: Only the first place winner of each UDS Invitational tournament will receive paid travel and accommodations for the next UDS Invitational in their territory (for winners from North, Central, and South America only).

Winners from North America will receive travel and accommodations to the next Invitational in North America, and Latin American winners will receive travel and accommodations to the next Invitational in their Latin American territory (Central or South America).

If a player from Latin America wins a UDS Invitational in North America, or vice versa, that player will earn the travel to play and defend their title in the territory (Central or South America) where they reside.

Paid travel and accommodations are non-transferable and will only be awarded for the next UDS Invitational in the winner's region.

Q: Can I bring someone with me if I win the trip?
A: If you are 17 or younger, you will also receive travel and accommodations for a parent or guardian.  If you are 18 or older, you will win travel and accommodation for yourself only.

 


Card Legality

Q: What cards are legal for play?
A: Please check the "Products" page online at https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/products.html for at the most current legality dates of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG product releases, prior to preparing your Deck for the event.

Cards obtained as subscription promos* for Weekly SHONEN JUMP Magazine are legal one week after the Expected Delivery Date for the promo, which can be found on VIZ's website: https://www.viz.com/wsj-promo.

(Note the two dates for each card on the website, make sure you are looking at the Expected Delivery Day). Subscription promo cards cannot be used in Sanctioned events prior to the legality date as described above, even if they are received early.

*These subscription promos are only available if you are a resident of the US or Canada, and tournament legal dates apply only to sanctioned North American events.

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: Will there be Public Events?!
A: At the UDS there will be several Public Events for Duelists to take part in. See Public Events Schedule for details.                                                                                


Name

# of Participants

Format

Participation Prizing

Prizing

2019 Regional Qualifiers (16-Duelist Flights)*

16

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

4 Booster Packs

1st Place: An invite to the 2019 World Championship Qualifier, Regional Deck Box, and 2019 Regional Game Mat

ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!*

64

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination

5 Booster Packs

1st Place: Oversized Yu-Gi-Oh! Card
2nd–3rd Place: Oversized
Yu-Gi-Oh! Card (half the size of 1st place)

Battle City Tournament

8

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination

2 Booster Packs

1st Place: Battle City Game Mat, "Battle City" Token
2nd – 4th Place: Battle City Token Card

Dragon Duel Constructed*

Unlimited

Advanced Format – Swiss (No Playoff Cut)

Refer to What are the prizes for the Dragon Duel? section for prize information.

Dragon Duel Sealed*

Unlimited

Speed Duel Sealed – Swiss (No Playoff Cut)

Speed Duel Starter Deck

Refer to What are the prizes for the Dragon Duel? section for prize information.

Duelist League

8

Advanced Format – Swiss (No Playoff Cut)

1 Duelist Pack

1st Place: 2 Duelist League Rare Cards
2nd – 8th Place: 1 Duelist League Rare Card

Duel Links Tournament

8

Duel Links Format
Single-Elimination

1 Booster Pack

1st Place: Lion Pin
2nd Place: Ox Pin
3rd & 4th Place: Bear Pin

Starter Deck Tournament

8

Sealed Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

1 Starter Deck

1st Place: Starter Deck Tournament Game Mat

Structure Deck Tournament

8

Sealed Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

1 Structure Deck

1st Place: Structure Deck Tournament Game Mat

Ultimate Duelist Series (UDS) Qualifier

8

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

2 Booster Packs, 1 Duelist Pack, UDS Qualifier Lanyard, & 5 UDS Points

1st Place: UDS Qualifier Winner Pin &
20 UDS Points

Win-A-Mat

8

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination (Ongoing)

3 Booster Packs

1st Place: Win-A-Mat Game Mat

Speed Duel

4

Speed Duel Format
Single-Elimination

Speed
Duel Starter Deck

1st Place: Duel Links Coin

Public Events Playoff*

4 per Playoff

Advanced Format – Single-Elimination

 

1st Place: Super Rare copy of the current YCS prize card.

*Deck lists are required.

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

Event

Participation Points

Additional Points for Winning

Dragon Duel Constructed

3

3

Starter Deck Tournament

3

3

Structure Deck Tournament

3

3

ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!

2

2

Battle City Tournament

2

2

Regional Qualifier Flights

2

2

Speed Duel Tournament

2

2

Duel Links Tournament

2

2

UDS Qualifier

2

2

Win-A-Mat

1

1

No Public Event Points are awarded to the following events:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Main Event

Dragon Duel Casual Sealed

Duelist League

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 2006 or later.

Dragon Duel tournaments are exclusive to Duelists born 2006 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 Rounds

Playoff Top Cut

4 – 8

3 Rounds of Swiss

None

9 – 16

4 Rounds of Swiss

None

17 – 32

5 Rounds of Swiss

None

33 – 64

6 Rounds of Swiss

None

65 – 128

7 Rounds of Swiss

None

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 entry fee for either Dragon Duel tournament. The sealed Speed Duel product is provided at no cost by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

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 2006 or later.

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

Q: What is the Format for the Casual Sealed Deck Dragon Duel?
A: Each Duelist would randomly receive one of the two new Speed Duel Starter Decks.  They would then play a normal best 2 out of 3 game matches following Speed Duel Rules (A how to play guide is included in each Starter Deck).  The Starter Decks each contain 3 different Hero Decks, so the Duelist would switch Decks for each new game. 

  • 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 to 30 cards
  • The Extra Deck may have a maximum of five 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.
  • Each Duelist may have an active Field Spell Card.
  • Each Duelist may have a maximum of three copies of any card with the same name, in both the Main Deck and the Extra Deck.

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

Q: What are the prizes for the Casual Sealed Deck Dragon Duel?
A: All Duelists receive the Speed Duel Starter Deck for the tournament and in addition, the winner will receive a Speed Duel coin.

Q: What is the Advanced Format Constructed Format 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 2019 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 – 8

4 Invites

9 – 16

8 Invites

17 – 32

12 Invites

33 – 64

16 Invites

65 or more

20 Invites

All Duelists who earn an invite to the Dragon Duel WCQ or their guardian must fill out a copy of the 2019 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 are the rules for a Starter Deck Tournament?
A:

  • The eight (8) Duelists are seated across from their first round opponent.
  • Each Duelist is then given one (1) sealed Starter 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 Size

All Main Deck Cards

Extra Deck Size

All Extra Deck Cards

Forbidden/Limited List

The Advanced Format list does not apply.

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 Size

All Main Deck Cards

Extra Deck Size

All Extra Deck Cards

Forbidden/Limited List

The Advanced Format list does not apply.

Q: What is the format for Speed Duel?
A: Each Duelist will be seated for the tournament and receive one of the two new Speed Duel Starter Decks.  Each Starter Deck contains 3 different hero decks. The Duelist will then play best two of three game matches using the Speed Duel rules (a how to play guide is included in each starter deck). After each game the duelist will switch the hero deck they are using so if the match goes to game three each duelist will have used all 3 of their hero decks.

  • 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 to 30 cards
  • The Extra Deck may have a maximum of five 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.
  • Each Duelist may have an active Field Spell Card.
  • Each Duelist may have a maximum of three copies of any card with the same name, in both the Main Deck and the Extra Deck.

 

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

Q: What are the Rules for Duel Links Tournaments?
A: This event allows you to bring your device and connect to others on site 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 a Duel Links Game Mat.
Instructions on how the competitors can connect to the in-game Tournament Room will be provided once you are seated for the events.

Q: What is the Duelist League and what are the rules?
A: The Duelist League is intended for younger Duelists or Duelists that are not familiar with Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments.  The Duelist League gives them a chance to experience tournament play without all the pressures found in higher level tournaments.

The Duelist League is an Advanced Format, Constructed event only playing 3 Rounds of Swiss with no Top Cut. At the end of the rounds of Swiss the Duelist ranked in 1st place will get to choose 2 Duelist League Rare cards from a random assortment.  Then from order of 2nd to 8th place those Duelists will get to choose 1 Duelist League Rare card.

Q: What is the Public Events playoff?
A:
The Public Events playoff gives 8 hopeful Duelists a chance to win an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Top Cut Game Mat. There are two different playoffs, each of which awards an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Top Cut Game Mat to the winner.

Playoff 1: The four 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 an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Top Cut Game Mat. In case of a points total tie, the selection will be made by random drawing from the tied competitors.

Playoff 2:  Four names will be drawn at random from all Public Events entrants over the course of the weekend. These four competitors will then play two rounds of Single-Elimination to determine a winner, who will receive an Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Top Cut Game Mat.

 


Miscellaneous

Q: I may need assistance to participate at a Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational due to a disability or recent injury, what should I do?
A: Please refer to the Events Page on the website for the specific UDS location and contact the Event Coordinator or Tournament Organizer to make them aware of your concerns so that between them and the Konami 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 Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, instead of competing as a Duelist – how can I apply?
A: If you're interested in judging at the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, please email KDE-US's Judge Manager at us-judgesupport@konami.com.  We are always on the lookout for judges – please provide your full name, contact information including email and phone number, and a description of your previous judging experience. UDS Event Managers are not responsible for organizing the judge staff, so you will need to contact KDE-US directly if you want to judge.

Potential judges are required to hold RC-1 certification and be registered as judges in the Konami Judge Program to judge at a UDS.  All potential judges must pass the online Rulings Comprehension Level 1 test, and then complete an online application to join the Judge Program. You can find information about the test, and a link to take it, here:  http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/judges/index.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 deck boxes.  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 Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational 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 item 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 Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, who should I contact?
A: Vending space is available free of charge at Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational 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 Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational events, and not the Tournament Organizer.

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

Anyone buying and/or selling as an unauthorized vendor at a Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational 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: What is a Fan Content Area?
A: For those of you who enjoy posting your own photos and videos on Social Media, we're setting up a special Fan Content Area at the UDS. Want to make a video about your experience? A Deck Profile video with someone in the Top Cut or who has an interesting deck? Interview other players? There will be a dedicated space for you to do just that at the YCS. Table space and backdrops are provided for those wishing to use the Fan Content Area.

Q: What are the rules of using the Fan Content Area?
A: Those wishing to make use of the Fan Content Area will be required to review the posted guidelines and sign up to use the area onsite. Sessions in the Fan Content Area are 15 minutes long, and you can come back several times throughout the weekend. People are not to film their own content within the Hall except by using the Fan Content Area. Full details will be available at the event!

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.

Q: When will the schedule for other Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational 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 (previously COSSY ID) number at the Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational, 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 are 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. Konami Digital Entertainment, 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.