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YCS Very Important Player (VIP) Qualifier FAQ - Latin America
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Q: What is a YCS VIP Qualifier?
The YCS Very Important Player (VIP) Qualifier is a tournament which will allow select Top Performing Official Tournament Stores (OTS) to award special prizes to individuals planning on attending an upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) tournament in Latin America.
YCS VIP Qualifier events will always be YCS-specific, and will always award prizes to a single upcoming YCS Event.
The YCS VIP Qualifier is considered to be a Tier 2 tournament.
Only select Top Performing OTS, in good standing, are permitted to host a YCS VIP Qualifier.
Only OTS who currently have access to Official KDE Judges are eligible to host YCS VIP Qualifiers.
Q: Where and when are the YCS VIP Qualifiers?
The YCS VIP Qualifiers will be scheduled approximately eight (8) weeks prior to the YCS event that it will qualify players for. A list of locations for the 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 start time.
Q: What is the attendance capacity for the YCS VIP Qualifier?
Due to safety and fire regulations, each YCS VIP Qualifier has a seating capacity and it may vary from location to location. It is advised that you arrive early enough to register for the 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 YCS VIP Qualifier Locator page.
Q: How much does it cost to enter a YCS VIP Qualifier?
The registration fee for the YCS VIP Qualifier is equivalent to the price of one (1) booster pack in your country. All players entering the YCS VIP Qualifier event must receive this amount in commensurate prizing.
Sales tax may not be charged on top of the entry fee for the 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 YCS VIP Qualifiers?
In addition to the booster packs each Duelist receives upon entering the tournament, the Top four (4) Duelists after the final round is played will win the following prizes:
YCS VIP Qualifier Prizes
1st Place after final Round of Swiss
Battle City Game Mat
2nd-4th Place after the final Round of Swiss
Each Duelist will receive a Battle City Token Card, with 2nd Place picking first, followed by 3rd Place, then 4th Place.
The Duelist to have shown the best Sportsmanship during the tournament will receive the “Battle City Logo” Token Card (Card # TKN4-EN014).
In addition to these prizes, the 1st place Duelist will be eligible to receive a prize package at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) for which the YCS VIP Qualifier is being held. These prizes must be collected at the qualifying YCS, and include the following:
Q: How many Duelists will earn invites at a YCS VIP Qualifier?
Only the winner of each YCS VIP Qualifier earns an invite to be a VIP at the YCS the Qualifier is held for.
Invites do not pass down and cannot accumulate towards multiple events.
Q: What is the format for YCS VIP Qualifier tournaments?
All YCS VIP Qualifier events are Tier 2 events, conducted as Advanced Format, Constructed Deck, Swiss round events. The YCS VIP Qualifier will play Swiss Rounds, followed by a Top 8 Playoff top cut, with prizes awarded at the end of the final playoff round played. The format details provided here supersede any tournament details found in other official KDE policy documents.
YCS VIP Qualifiers will utilize a Constructed Deck format to play all Swiss and Playoff rounds.
A minimum of eight (8) Duelists is required to run a YCS VIP Qualifier.
On the rare occurrence that the YCS VIP Qualifier begins with more than eight (8) Duelists, but has less than eight (8) Duelists at the end of the last Swiss Round, the tournament will proceed with the Playoff Rounds with the remaining Duelists. KTS will pair each Duelist accordingly, based off of their Standings after the final round of Swiss.
The following chart will show how many Swiss Rounds will be played, based on attendance:
Number of Participants*
Number of Swiss Rounds
Playoff Top Cut
None (Use Single-Elimination)
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.
After registration closes, 63 Duelists have registered for the tournament. This means that the tournament will have 6 Rounds of Swiss, followed by a Top 8 Playoff cut. 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.
These events are Tier 2 events and will use the appropriate End of Match Procedures for a Tier 2 event during Swiss Rounds.
Q: Can I get a COSSY ID number at the YCS VIP Qualifier tournament, or will I need to have one before I attend the event?
If you do not have a COSSY ID number, you can get one at the event. If you already have a COSSY ID number but do not remember the 10-digit ID, a registration staff member on-site should be able to assist in finding your correct ID. Duelists should avoid acquiring new COSSY IDs if the previous ID can be found.
Duelists are not required to have their actual COSSY ID card to participate as long as the COSSY ID number is provided, though it is encouraged.
Q: Will I need to complete and turn in a Deck List?
All Duelists participating in a YCS VIP Qualifier must turn in a completed Deck List in order to participate. Please check with the OTS for additional information in regards to the Deck List collection process.
Duelists can download the official KDE Deck List at 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 that your name and COSSY ID are on your Deck List.
Make sure that 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:
Duelists are encouraged to complete their Deck List before arriving at the Tournament by using the downloadable KDE Deck List and typing out all of the necessary information in the editable fields on the form.
Q: What cards are legal for play?
Please check the “Products” page online at http://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.
Also check this link for the current legality of all promotional cards http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/cardlegality.html.
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. Duelists can view the most current Advanced Format card list by visiting this link: http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/limited/
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.
Duelists who wish to enter a YCS VIP Qualifier must meet the following criteria
Duelists who have been suspended from Organized Play by KDE 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.
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.
Suspended persons may not enter the venue of a YCS VIP Qualifier tournament, no exceptions. If a suspended person is discovered at the venue, they may be charged with offenses including but not limited to trespassing, as well as an extension of their suspension.
Q: What will I need to bring to a YCS VIP Qualifier tournament?
You should bring a tournament-legal Deck as described above, 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 COSSY ID number, you should bring your number and barcode. You’ll also need the entry fee for the tournament, as well as money for any incidentals (food, drink, etc.).
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. In addition, unlawful items, weapons, and illegal drugs 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 a YCS VIP Qualifier tournament?
Duelists are responsible for looking after their own belongings at the event. Konami Digital Entertainment, OTS, 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.
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 OTS within a 60-day period on the chance the lost item has been turned in.
Q: What will I need to bring in order to register for the tournament?
Duelists wishing to register for a YCS VIP Qualifier will be required to complete a registration form at the event. Duelists will be required to present their COSSY ID number along with a form of ID in order to register for the event. Acceptable forms of ID include current-year School ID cards, driver’s licenses, passports, or other government-issued identification documents.
If you are under the age of 16, you can bring in a copy of your birth certificate as proof of ID. Duelists under the age of 16 are required to have a parent or guardian read and sign the registration form in order to be eligible to participate in a YCS VIP Qualifier. Registration forms can be downloaded and filled out prior to the event from here:
Duelists who register or attempt to register under another Duelist’s name or COSSY ID number will be disqualified from the event, and risk suspension from KDE 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 YCS VIP Qualifier. Initials to replace the First or Last Names may not be used when registering for a YCS VIP Qualifier.
Q: If I’ve never been to a YCS VIP Qualifier tournament, what should I expect?
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.
To register, you’ll need a Registration form, a form of ID, your COSSY ID if you have one already, and the entry fee for the tournament. 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:
Make sure your Registration form is filled out completely before you reach the registration station.
You will also need a COSSY ID number – 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 COSSY 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 COSSY ID, you can register for the tournament.
Please arrive early enough before the YCS VIP Qualifier is scheduled to start to ensure you will be properly registered for the tournament. Registration generally closes 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Duelists may register late for an event and will begin the event with a Round 1 Match Loss. Space is always limited based on the capacity of the venue, so please arrive and register early.
You will also need a Deck List. A Deck List is required to participate in the YCS VIP Qualifier. 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.
Please check with the Head Judge for additional instructions on the Deck List collection process.
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 OTS.
Before heading to the event, all Duelists should read over the KDE Tournament Policy, Yu-Gi-Oh! 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.
KDE Tournament Policy: http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/penalty_guide/KDE%20TCG%20Tournament%20Policy%20v1.4%202013November14.pdf
Penalty Guidelines: http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/penalty_guide/Penalty%20Guidelines%20v1.4%202013November14.pdf
Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament Policy: http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/penalty_guide/Yu-Gi-Oh!%20Tournament%20Policy%20v1.4%202013November14.pdf
When you compete in a 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, and should take great care to prepare your Deck, sleeves, and Deck List. 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 YCS VIP Qualifier or any Sanctioned or Official event.
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 YCS VIP Qualifier, instead of competing as a Duelist – how can I volunteer?
In order to judge at a YCS VIP Qualifier, judges must be registered in the KDE Judge Program.
Judges must first pass the online Level 1 Rulings Comprehension test available at http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/judges/index.html. Following their successful completion of the test, they must then follow the instructions in their confirmation e-mail, and send in a completed application to join the KDE Judge Program. All judges are required to hold Level 1 Rulings Comprehension certification and be enrolled in the KDE Judge Program in order to be eligible to judge at a YCS VIP Qualifier.
If you’re interested in judging, you should contact the OTS for the YCS VIP Qualifier as soon as possible (use the contact number provided in the 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 YCS VIP Qualifier?
Your best resource for answers about a specific YCS VIP Qualifier event is the contact number listed on the YCS VIP Qualifier Locator. KDE won’t be able to answer questions such as “How do I get to the venue?,” “Where should I park?,” “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 YCS VIP Qualifiers, you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be as detailed as possible, so we can try to provide you with the answers you’re seeking!
Q: Will the YCS VIP Qualifier award any Ultimate Duelist Series (UDS) Points?
The YCS VIP Qualifier will not award any points towards the UDS Invitational.
For additional information regarding the Ultimate Duelist Series, please go to http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/ultimateduelist/.
Q: How long will the 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 40 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 40 minutes? (Swiss Rounds – Tier 2 Events)
Sometimes a Match will not be finished when the time ends for a round. If this happens, the Duelist should note whose turn it is when time is called, and raise their hands 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 procedure.
Please follow these instructions when proceeding to End of Match procedures during the Swiss portion of the tournament:
Match Draws may only occur during the Swiss portion of a tournament and only during End of Match procedures. Duelists may not intentionally end a Match in a Draw. Intentionally ending a Match in a Draw, or stalling to have a Match end in a Draw, is against tournament policy and could result in a Disqualification.
YCS VIP Qualifiers are Tier 2 Events.
Q: What happens if I am not done with my Match after 40 minutes? (Single-Elimination)
During Single-Elimination rounds, if Duelists have not completed their matches during their allotted time limit, proceed to End of Match procedures. Please follow these instructions when proceeding to End of Match procedures during the Single-Elimination portion of the tournament:
Draws cannot occur during Single-Elimination. There must always be a winner.
Q: Can I buy and sell cards from other participants at the event?
Each 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 concerning the YCS VIP Qualifier I attended, who should I contact?
If you attended one of our 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 email@example.com. With the header line “Latin America 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 YCS VIP Qualifier you attended, including store name, city, and state.
Q: Will 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 on site at the YCS at the VIP Registration Station. VIP Duelists will still be required to provide all required items for registration in order to register for the YCS.
In addition, a list of VIP Duelists will be posted online at http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/specialevents.html.
Please read the FAQ associated with the YCS you qualified for to receive additional information regarding VIP Registration.
If you have a question about your invite status, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask. Please provide your full name, COSSY 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.
Q: Is travel or hotel included with my invite?
Travel and/or lodging are not included with invites earned at a YCS VIP Qualifier – the expenses incurred in attending a YCS tournament will be the responsibility of the Duelist.