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Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME
2018-2019 Season World Qualifying Points FAQ
For North, Central, and South American Territories
UPDATED: 12/4/2018

In Effect as of Nov 29th, 2018

BASIC INFORMATION

  • What are World Qualifying Points?
  • What is the World Qualifying Points Playoff?
  • How many Duelists from each territory will receive a 2019 World Championship invite via the World Qualifying Points Playoff?
  • 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?
  • Do I win anything for competing in the Playoff?
  • 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 also award World Qualifying Points?
  • Do Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQs) award 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 Playoff pass down, if the Duelist is unable to attend the 2019 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship?
  • What happens if Duelists are tied for the most World Qualifying Points to compete in the Playoff?
  • Will there be a World Qualifying Points Playoff for the 2019 Dragon Duel World Championship?
  • If a Dragon Duelist earns enough World Qualifying Points via Regionals and YCS, can they participate in the World Qualifying Points Playoff? 
  • 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 travels outside of their own territory (the Americas vs Europe), are they still eligible to earn a WCQ invite and 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 the 2019-2020 Season?
  • 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 2019 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) World Championship. Duelists who earn World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) invites throughout the course of the 2018-2019 Organized Play season will also earn "World Qualifying Points" which award additional invites to the 2019 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship through a World Qualifying Points Playoff.

World Qualifying Points invites will be awarded to a specific number of Duelists in different territories who have earned enough World Qualifying Points in the 2018-2019 Season to compete in the World Qualifying Points Playoff.

Q: What is the World Qualifying Points Playoff?

A: Top performing Duelists during the 2018-2019 Season will be invited to a Playoff on the Friday of the WCQ, to earn an invite to the 2019 World Championship. The World Qualifying Points Playoff is a Single-Elimination, Advanced Constructed tournament. The number of Duelists competing in the Playoff will depend on the number of Duelists in their region. See the charts below for the breakdown.

North America

Number of Invites to the Playoff – 16 spots

Canada / United States

16

 

Central America

Number of Invites to the Playoff – 8 spots

Costa Rica / Panama

1

Guatemala / El Salvador

1

Honduras / Nicaragua

1

Jamaica / Dominican Republic

1

Mexico

4

 

South America

Number of Invites to the Playoff – 8 spots

Argentina

1

Brazil

1

Chile

1

Colombia

1

Ecuador

1

Peru

1

Trinidad

1

Bolivia / Venezuela / Paraguay / Uruguay

1

Please note that each invite to the Playoff will be given to that number of eligible Duelists who are present at that respective WCQ.

Examples

In North America, the top 16 World Qualifying Points Duelists that are present at the North America World Championship Qualifier at the time of the World Qualifying Points Playoff, will be eligible for the Playoff. This means that if one of the Top 16 ranked players are not present, the Playoff spot will be awarded to the 17th ranked player, and so on.

Q: How many Duelists from each territory will receive a 2019 World Championship invite via the World Qualifying Points Playoff?

A: The number of invites to the 2019 World Championship awarded to each territory are listed below.

Territory

Invites to the World Championship

Criteria

North America

2

The top two (2) Duelists from Canada and the United States in the World Qualifying Points Playoffs.

Central America

1

The top Duelist from Central America in the World Qualifying Points Playoffs.

South America

1

The top Duelist from South America in the World Qualifying Points Playoffs.

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 awarded separately for Central and South America.

Q: Do I win anything for competing in the Playoff?

A: Yes! All participants in the Playoff will receive:

  • VIP Status in the WCQ (2-round bye, assigned seating), regardless of their final record in the Playoff.
  • A Super Rare copy of the YCS Prize card for that Season.

Participants who did not earn one of the invites to the World Championship via the Playoff can still play in the WCQ to earn an invite via the WCQ.

The winners of the Playoffs can also compete in the WCQ for additional prizing.

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.

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.

In addition, 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 2019 WCQ.

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 Qualifying Points are earned for that event.

Q: Do 16-Player Regional Qualifier Public Events also 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: No. Even though LCQs award invites, these are scheduled to occur on the same day as the World Qualifying Points Playoffs, so any invites earned will not impact the Playoff.

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

A: KONAMI will update the World Qualifying Points list periodically prior to the 2019 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship. Please check [link to list] 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 [link to WCQ invite list].

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: [link to invite page] and follow the same instructions provided for questions about WCQ invites.

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

A: The last day World Qualifying Points can be earned will be determined by the last event awarding invites to that WCQ.

Be sure to check the official Events schedule page for tournaments in North and Latin America here:
https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/index.html

The World Qualifying Points invite winner(s) for each territory will be determined after the Playoff for their territory has been completed.

Q: Will the invite to the World Championship that was earned via World Qualifying Points Playoff pass down, if the Duelist is unable to attend the 2019 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 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 to compete in the Playoff?

A: If there is a tie amongst players for an invitation to the World Qualifying Points Playoff, the players who are tied will compete in a tie-breaker match earlier in the day, to determine who advances to the Playoff.

Q: Will there be a World Qualifying Points Playoff for the 2019 Dragon Duel World Championship?

A: There is no separate World Qualifying Points Playoff to earn an invite to the 2019 Dragon Duel World Championship.

Q: If a Dragon Duelist earns enough World Qualifying Points via Regionals and YCS, can they participate in the World Qualifying Points Playoff?  

A: Yes. If a Dragon Duelist (born in 2006 or later) earns the required number of points in their territory, they will be eligible to compete in the World Qualifying Points Playoff.  If they earn an invite to the World Championship, the Dragon Duelist will play in the 2019 Dragon Duel World Championship.

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 (both residencies must be in North and Latin American locations) may choose which territory they wish to represent by completing the appropriate information via the first WCQ Invite Form they complete at the time they earn their first WCQ invite. Once they have provided a location via their first WCQ invite, that location cannot be changed. All Duelists are required to provide valid proof of residency to participate at the WCQ and to be selected to represent a territory via the World Qualifying Points.

Q: If a player travels outside of their own territory (the Americas vs Europe), are they still eligible to earn a WCQ invite and World Qualifying Points?

A: No. Invites awarded in North America and Latin America are only valid for WCQs within those regions. Duelists from outside these regions, such as Europe, are not eligible to earn invites within the Americas, therefore no World Qualifying Points are awarded to these players.

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 2019 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 2019 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship Playoff.

Q: Will unused World Qualifying Points carry over to the 2019-2020 Season?

A: No, all World Qualifying Points earned in the 2018-2019 Organized Play season can only be used for the 2019 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship Playoff.

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 if they are suspended from Organized Play.


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