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23 / 11 / 2020

Updates and Changes to Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy 2.1

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While it’s certainly important for any Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME player to have a good grasp on all the rules of the game, it’s just as necessary for you to keep yourself up to date on the official Tournament Policy if you’re going to attend one of our exciting events in the future. 

In the latest update, version 2.1 of the KDE-E Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy, we’ve added a number of brand new entries, changed a few of the old policies and clarified some of the sections to make them more easy to understand. Click on the link below to view the full policy, and continue reading this article for our section-by-section explanation of all the major updates!

Official KDE-E Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament

(For Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania)

Going through the changes:

This article will provide you with a reference for the changes and updates being introduced in version 2.1 of the KDE-E Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy. Familiarising yourself with these rules is the best way to ensure you’re well prepared for tournament play.

We recommend that while reading through our explanations, you keep the new policy document open in a separate tab and refer to it as you go. Let’s get started!

 

Section I.  Preparing to Play

Judges

 

This section discusses the roles of various attendees at an event, including what is required and/or expected of them.

 

Changes to this section:

Subsection D.  Floor Judge

What changed?
We have expanded and clarified Floor Judge duties, with particular attention paid to the kinds of questions Floor Judges should or should not answer. Duelists and judges have both wondered what kinds of information judges are ethically able to provide, and this updated section presents solid guidelines.

What does this mean?
Duelists and judges should study this section, to better understand the kinds of questions that can be asked or answered during a tournament.
While judges do need to provide correct information, they should not provide strategic advice. Questions should be asked carefully and answered carefully, to ensure this does not happen.

 

Subsection I. Media

What changed?
The required credentials and responsibilities for media have been clarified and expanded.

What does this mean?
There are specific requirements for media clearance at a tournament – members of the media must ensure they meet them.

 

Section II.  Duelist Responsibilities

Duelist-responsibility

 

This section covers expectations and requirements for Duelists attending an event. We have added some new information to this section, as well as clarifying previous policy.

 

Changes to this section:

Subsection B. Identification

What changed?
This section again references the need to use your full legal name when registering for an event, as it appears on your ID.

We have also clarified what can happen for Duelists who want to register and do not have ID.

What does this mean?
If you have name change issues that are not reflected on your ID, you will need to speak to the Tournament Organiser prior to registering at an event.

If you do not have an ID, the Tournament Organiser is limited on what they can do to accommodate you at an event.

 

Subsection E.  NEURON

What changed?
This is an entirely new section, providing official policy for in-tournament use of Konami’s smartphone app NEURON.  Offline functions that can be used during a Duel are listed and explained.

None of the online functions of NEURON can be used during a Duel at a Sanctioned event.

What does this mean?
NEURON is quite useful and Duelists are encouraged to use it but make certain you understand which functions are allowed during a Duel and which are not. You should also take note of requirements such as a paper record of Life Point changes when using the Life Point application in NEURON.

This is a new section, so read through it carefully.

 

Subsection G. Understand Policy

What changed?
We have updated the list of Tournament Policy documents to include addendums, such as the Official KDE-E TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy Speed Duel Addendum.

What does this mean?
We will occasionally add Addendums to Tournament Policy. They are not complete documents in and of themselves, instead they are shorter documents that cover policy additions or changes that are specific to a particular format (in this instance, Speed Duel).  You will still need to reference the main documents to get a full understanding of policy.

 

Subsection H.  Unacceptable Behaviour

What changed?
We have updated the section for wearing masks or face coverings.

What does this mean?
This change was implemented to accommodate health requirements in different areas.

 

Subsection K.  Proper Attire

What changed?
This is a new section, detailing acceptable standards of clothing for Sanctioned events.

What does this mean?
Duelists need to be properly dressed to participate in Sanctioned events.

 

Section IV.  Tournament Play

Tournament-play

 

This section covers information about registering for a tournament, required items or materials for tournament play, and basic policy for tournament play.

This section structure is new, it has been assembled from several different sections in the previous tournament policy documents. 

Most of the information remains the same, but there have been some clarifications, some additions, and some significant changes!

 

Changes to this section:

Subsection D.  Deck Registration

What changed?
NEURON has been added as a way to register your Deck.

What does this mean?
You can use NEURON to register your Deck for a Sanctioned event, however there are some very specific requirements in order to do this. If you want to register your Deck using NEURON, be certain you read this section and follow the instructions.

 

Subsection G.  Sleeves

What changed?
The change many have been asking for – double sleeving is now allowed!

What does this mean?
Duelists may use one additional clear sleeve, when sleeving their Decks. There are some specific requirements for doing this, so read through the section carefully before you start re-sleeving everything.

 

Subsection H.  Tournament Materials

What changed?
Nothing has changed, we have clarified some points that were previously misunderstood.

Paper records of Life Point changes are still required, even if you are using NEURON.

If counters are used, the number of counters needs to correspond with the number they are counting.

What does this mean?
Paper and pen/pencil MUST be used to keep a written record of the scores for each Duel in the Match. This has always been a requirement and remains a requirement even when using NEURON.

When using counters, you cannot use one item such as a die to represent more than one counter.

 

Subsection J. Note-Taking

What changed?
Note-taking has been amended, to include tracking of effects or actions which are necessary to maintain a legal Game State. This doesn’t mean you can take notes on absolutely everything, and Slow Play penalties will apply if you take too long to write down your notes.

We have also clarified that notes must be written.

What does this mean?
Expanding note-taking to cover information that maintains a legal game state should help keep Duels progressing smoothly.

Remember you must write down your notes, you cannot use dice, counters, tokens, etc. as reminders.

 

Subsection O. Loops

What changed?
This is an entirely new subsection which explains how to handle loops during a Duel. You will want to read through this carefully, as it contains a lot of new information.

What does this mean?
A clear explanation of what to do with a loop helps Duelists avoid problems when building a Deck, and helps judges deal with loops should they arise.

 

Section VII. Constructed Deck Information

Constructed-deck

Changes to this section:

Subsection C. Side Deck

What changed?
Nothing has changed, we have clarified the time limit for siding.

What does this mean?
Duelists misunderstood the time limit for siding to mean they have three minutes in which to side, we have clarified that they must complete siding before three minutes is up. It is a subtle difference, but a significant one.

You cannot take three minutes to side, for the express purpose of just taking three minutes to side.

Section IX. Card Legality

Card-legality

 

This section covers information about everything related to card legality. If it’s about whether or not a card can be used, you’ll find it in this section.

 

Changes to this section:

Subsection G.  Cards with Updated Text or Errata

What changed?
We have reorganised the information and added in NEURON as a source of updated Card Text.

What does this mean?
Cards will sometimes get an errata (a clarification or change to how the card works). Older versions of cards might get their effects rewritten.  If the cards in your Deck do not have the most recent version of their card text, you will need to provide written copies of the most recent text or use the “Camera Search” function of NEURON.

 

Subsection H.  Cards with Updated Text or Errata

What changed?
This is a new section, explaining the policy for cards which have had changes to their text (either an errata or an update).

What does this mean?
Cards will sometimes get an errata (a clarification or change to how the card works). Older versions of cards might get their effects rewritten.  If the cards in your Deck do not have the most recent version of their card text, you will need to provide written copies of the most recent text.
Please check HERE for the most recent text of your cards.

 

Subsection H.  Foreign Language Cards

What changed?
We have added in NEURON as a source of card translations.

What does this mean?
Duelists can use the “Camera Search” function of NEURON to provide card translations

 

Subsection M.  Cards With Translation Errors

What changed?
This is a new section, clarifying that translation errors, if any, do not change how a card will work.

What does this mean?
Duelists should use the English-language text on the Card Database as a basis for a card’s stats or effects, if there is a difference in how the card is worded in a different language.

 

We’re excited about this update to the document, and hope you found this article helpful and informative! Tournament Policy is often overlooked as Duelists focus on card text and rulings, but it’s every bit as important a part of tournament preparedness.

Please make sure to review this current version (2.1) before attending an event!

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