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2018 World Qualifying Points - FAQ's
UPDATED: 1/11/2018

In Effect as of Jan 11th, 2018

BASIC INFORMATION

  • What are World Qualifying Points?
  • How and where can I earn World Qualifying Points?
  • Are World Qualifying Points based only on the number of WCQ invites given out?
  • Do 16-Player Regional Qualifier Public Events award World Qualifying Points?
  • Do Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQs) award World Qualifying Points?
  • I already have an invite to the WCQ; can I compete in the LCQs to earn World Qualifying Points?
  • How often will the World Qualifying Points list be updated?
  • What should I do if I think I have earned World Qualifying Points that haven’t been credited?
  • What is the cutoff for earning World Qualifying Points?
  • Will the invite to the World Championship that was earned via World Qualifying Points pass down, if the Duelist with the most points is unable to attend the 2018 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship?
  • What happens if Duelists are tied for the most World Qualifying Points?
  • Are World Qualifying Points also being awarded to compete in the 2018 Dragon Duel World Championship?
  • If a Dragon Duelist wins enough World Qualifying Points via Regionals and Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS), could they be eligible to compete in the 2018 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship?
  • How many Duelists from each territory will receive a 2018 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship invite via World Qualifying Points?
  • Is North America treated as one territory, or will points be awarded separately for Canada and the United States?
  • Is Latin America treated as one territory, or will points be awarded separately for Central and South America?
  • What are the eligibility requirements to represent a territory via World Qualifying Points?
  • Can a Duelist with dual residency for countries in different territories count their World Qualifying Points towards either territory?
  • If a player earns a WCQ invite outside of their own territory, are they still eligible for World Qualifying Points?
  • Can World Qualifying Points be purchased?
  • Can I transfer my World Qualifying Points to a friend or family member?
  • Can I redeem World Qualifying Points for any other kind of prizing?
  • Will unused World Qualifying Points carry over to 2019?
  • Will Suspended Players lose their World Qualifying Points?

 


Q: What are World Qualifying Points?

A: World Qualifying Points are a new way to earn an invite to the 2018 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship. Duelists who earn World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) invites throughout the course of the 2018 Organized Play season, who accurately complete their WCQ Invite forms, will also earn “World Qualifying Points” which award additional invites to the 2018 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship.

World Qualifying Points invites will be awarded to a specific number of Duelists in different territories who have earned the most World Qualifying Points.

World Qualifying Points can only be earned towards invites to the World Championship – the Dragon Duel World Championship will not include invites through World Qualifying Points.

Q: How and where can I earn World Qualifying Points?

A: You can earn World Qualifying Points at any event that awards an invite to the World Championship Qualifier; such as Regional Qualifiers, Dragon Duels, OTS Championships, Nationals in Latin America, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series.

Players that make the Top Cut at the 2018 Central American WCQ, the 2018 South American WCQ, and the 2018 North American WCQ will also earn World Qualifying Points.

The total number of invites awarded at an event will determine how many World Qualifying Points can be earned. For example, at a Regional Qualifier that awards 32 WCQ invites, the Duelist who comes in 1st place will earn 32 points, the 2nd place Duelist will earn 31 points, and so on, down to the 32nd place Duelist who will earn 1 point.

New for 2018, every player that makes the Top Cut at a YCS will also earn 32 World Qualifying Points in addition to the World Qualifying Points awarded to them after that event’s final standings. 

For example, if a YCS awards 32 invites to the WCQ, World Qualifier Points will be earned as follows:

Rank*

World Qualifying Points Earned

1st

64 (32 pts for 1st place + 32 pts for Top Cut)

2nd

63 (31 + 32)

3rd

62 (30 + 32)

4th

61 (29 + 32)

5th

60 (28 + 32)

6th

59 (27 + 32)

7th

58 (26 + 32)

8th

57 (25 + 32)

*This would continue down to 32nd place, which would earn 33 World Qualifying Points.

If you would like to know how many points you can earn at your event, substitute the number of invites for the total above, and follow the same pattern.

World Qualifying Points will be awarded retroactively for any event that qualified Duelists for their 2018 WCQ.

In order to be eligible to earn World Qualifying Points, a player must accurately complete their WCQ Invite Form at the time they earn their WCQ invite. Failure to complete a WCQ Invite Form on site may result in points not being awarded for that event. Note that filling out WCQ Invite Forms to earn World Qualifying Points only applies to events in the Americas.

(These points are separate from any other points earned to qualify for other KONAMI Organized Play events, i.e. Ultimate Duelist Series (UDS) points used to qualify Duelists for the UDS Invitational.)

Q: Are World Qualifying Points based only on the number of WCQ invites given out?

A: Yes. The number of WCQ invites awarded at each event will determine how many World Championship Points are earned for that event.

Q: Do 16-Player Regional Qualifier Public Events award World Qualifying Points?

A: Yes. Any event which awards a WCQ invite will award World Qualifying Points.
Public Event Regionals award one (1) WCQ invite, so they will award one (1) World Qualifying Point to the Duelist who wins the Regional.

Q: Do Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQs) award World Qualifying Points?

A: Yes. LCQs award invites, so they also award World Qualifying Points. If the LCQ awards one (1) WCQ invite, the winner of the LCQ will also receive one World Qualifying Point.

Q: I already have an invite to the WCQ; can I compete in the LCQs to earn World Qualifying Points?

A: No. Please remember that Duelists who already have WCQ invites cannot compete in LCQs – if you have an invite and compete in an LCQ, you will forfeit your WCQ invite.

Q: How often will the World Qualifying Points list be updated?

A: KONAMI will update the World Qualifying Points list periodically prior to the 2018 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship. Please check to view the latest update.

Events will usually take some time to be uploaded into the system and the paperwork processed, so if your point total does not reflect your up-to-the-moment Organized Play history, don’t panic.  It will be updated!

The World Qualifying Points total will usually be consistent with the WCQ Invite list.  If you want to see which events have been processed, visit the WCQ invite list when it becomes available.

Q: What should I do if I think I have earned World Qualifying Points that haven’t been credited?

A: Please check the WCQ invite page, located here, and follow the same instructions provided for questions about WCQ invites.

Q: What is the cutoff for earning World Qualifying Points?

A: The World Qualifying Points invite winner(s) for each territory will be determined after the WCQ(s) for their territory have been completed.

Q: Will the invite to the World Championship that was earned via World Qualifying Points pass down, if the Duelist with the most points is unable to attend the 2018 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship?

A: Each World Championship competitor will be given a pre-determined amount of time to attain all necessary travel documents to attend the World Championship. If within this timeframe a competitor is unable to attend, KONAMI will reach out and make arrangements with the next eligible player.

Q: What happens if Duelists are tied for the most World Qualifying Points?

A: If there is a tie amongst players for an invitation to the World Championship via World Qualifying Points, the player who was ranked the highest at their WCQ based on the final standings will have the tiebreaker for the World Championship Invite.

If there is still a tie after the tiebreaker above, then the player to have earned the most World Qualifying Points via a single qualifying event will have the tiebreaker for the World Championship Invite.

For example, if Duelist A received 24 points at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Atlanta, and Duelist B received 31 points at a Regional Qualifier in Anaheim, CA, then Duelist B will have the tie-breaker for the World Championship Invite.

Q: Are World Qualifying Points also being awarded to compete in the 2018 Dragon Duel World Championship?

A: World Qualifying Points will not be used to earn an invite to the Dragon Duel World Championship. The invite structure for this event is based entirely on invites earned at Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifiers.

Q: If a Dragon Duelist wins enough World Qualifying Points via Regionals and YCS, could they be eligible to compete in the 2018 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship?

A: Yes. If a Dragon Duelist (born in 2005 or later) earns the required number of points in their territory, they will be eligible for an invite to the World Championship rather than the Dragon Duel World Championship.

Q: How many Duelists from each territory will receive a 2018 World Championship invite via World Qualifying Points?

A: The number of invites to the 2018 World Championship awarded to each territory are listed below.

Territory

Number of Invites

Criteria

North America

2

Two (2) Duelists from Canada and the United States with the most points.

Latin America

2

One (1) Duelist from Mexico with the most points.
One (1) Duelist from the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) with the most points.

Q: Is North America treated as one territory, or will points be awarded separately for Canada and the United States?

A: World Qualifying Points will be combined for both Canada and the United States; North America will be treated as one territory.

Q: Is Latin America treated as one territory, or will points be awarded separately for Central and South America?

A: World Qualifying Points will be combined for both Central and South America; Latin America will be treated as one territory except for Mexico, Mexico will be awarded points separately and have their own invite.

Q: What are the eligibility requirements to represent a territory via World Qualifying Points?

A: Duelists must be legal residents of the territory they wish to represent and provide valid proof of residency. The region that the player will be listed under will coincide with the information the player provides via each WCQ Invite Form that is submitted. If a player participates in one of the World Championship Qualifiers, then the player will only be eligible to represent the Region where the WCQ was held.

Q: Can a Duelist with dual residency for countries in different territories count their World Qualifying Points towards either territory?

A: Duelists with dual residency may choose which territory they wish to represent by completing the appropriate information via the WCQ Invite Form they complete at the time they earn their WCQ invite. All Duelists are required to provide valid proof of residency in order to participate at the WCQ and in order to be selected to represent a territory via the World Qualifying Points.

Q: If a player earns a WCQ invite outside of their own territory, are they still eligible for World Qualifying Points?

A: Yes. Invites earned outside a Duelist’s territory will still award World Qualifying Points. Just like an invite, the points count towards the Duelist’s own territory.

Note that filling out WCQ Invite Forms to earn World Qualifying Points only applies to events in the Americas.

Q: Can World Qualifying Points be purchased?

A: No, World Qualifying Points can only be acquired by earning invites to the 2018 WCQ.

Q: Can I transfer my World Qualifying Points to a friend or family member?

A: No, World Qualifying points are non-transferable.

Q: Can I redeem World Qualifying Points for any other kind of prizing?

A: No, World Qualifying Points will only count towards earning an invite to the 2018 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship.

Q: Will unused World Qualifying Points carry over to 2019?

A: No, all World Qualifying Points earned in the 2018 Organized Play season can only be used for the 2018 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship.

Q: Will Suspended Players lose their World Qualifying Points?

A: Suspended Players will not lose their World Qualifying Points but their information will not be listed on the leaderboard as long as they are suspended from Organized Play.


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