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Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KDE) Official Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy
In Effect as of November 24, 2010 The Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament Policy document exists to explain what is required of tournament attendees, Duelists, judges and spectators at any Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG tournament. Tournament Policy documents help to keep events consistent, so that attendees will always know what toexpect at any Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG event. Everyone who attends a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG tournament is expected to have read, understood, and adhere to all Tournament Policy and Penalty Guideline documents, in addition to this document. Individual tournaments or events may have specific FAQs or policies set in place for that event. In that case, the event specific policies override this document. TournamentPolicy documents are frequently updated. The most current version of the Tournament Policy document can be found here: US - http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/, Europe – http://www.yugioh-card.com/?area=eurp For questions please email us-opsupport@konami.com (North America, Latin America and the Caribbean) or yugioh@konami-europe.net (Europe, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand).

Yu-Gi-Oh!TCG Tournament Policy



Tournament Structure
A. B. C. D. Tournament Tiers Formats Time Limits Number of Duels

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Constructed Deck Information
A. B. C. D. E. F. General Main Deck Side Deck Extra Deck Advanced Format Traditional Format


Sealed Deck Information
A. B. C. D. E. General Sealed Pack Sealed Pack Swap Booster Draft Side Deck & ExtraDeck for Sealed Deck Events

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Card Legality
A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. Forbidden & Limited List Sets Promotional Cards (Excluding SHONEN JUMP and Yu-GI-Oh! Graphic Novel) SHONEN JUMP and Yu-GI-Oh! Graphic Novel Promotional Cards Preview Cards Duel Terminal Cards Reprints Foreign Language Cards OCG Cards Altered CardsV.

Tournament Play
A. B. C. D. E. F. G. Deck Registration Determining Who Goes First Note Taking Public Knowledge Appeals End of Match Procedure – Swiss Rounds End of Match Procedure – Single Elimination Rounds


A. Tie-Breaker Explanation

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Tournament Policy



Tournament Structure

Tournament Tiers

There are two tiers oftournaments in KDE Organized Play: Tier 1 – Casual: This encompasses Hobby Store level events, Pegasus Leagues, and Duelist Leagues. Tier 2 – Competitive: This encompasses Regional Qualifiers, Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, National Championships, World Championship Qualifiers, and World Championships. Tier 1 events are designed for casual play and light to moderate rules enforcement. Tournament Policy andPenalty Guidelines apply at these levels, but the focus is on fostering a friendly and fun atmosphere for Duelists to play in. These events will use the End of Match Procedure for Single-Elimination Rounds (Section V, sub-section G). This means that matches will not have Draws at this level. Tier 2 events are prestigious events, and will have the highest level of rules and penalty enforcement.Dragon Duel events that offer substantial prizes must be run as Tier 2 events. The Swiss Rounds of these events will use the End of Match Procedure for Swiss Rounds (Section V, sub-section F). This means matches during Swiss Rounds can end in a Draw. B.


There are a variety of available formats for sanctioned Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG tournaments. Duelists should make sure they know the format forthe tournament they plan to attend, and ensure they are adequately prepared. Constructed Format Duelists must bring their own tournament-legal Deck in order to play in a Constructed Tournament. Constructed Tournaments are run using either the Advanced or the Traditional card lists. Sealed Deck Format Duelists in Sealed Deck format events will be provided with card product at the event, and they...
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