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Official KDE-US Tournament Infractions and Penalties Policy Ver 2.2

March 6th, 2023

Since Tournament Policy documents require ongoing updates and amendments to keep pace with Organized Play, we are pleased to present you with Version 2.2 of the Official KDE-US Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Infractions and Penalties Policy.

We have made a few changes in this latest version – you will find clarification of existing policy, re-structuring of previous information to make it easier to understand, some new additions and some changes from previous policy.

You will need to know all this information to properly prepare for tournament play, but don’t worry! We have prepared an article about the major changes and what they mean for you.  While it isn’t a list of each and every change, it will explain the more significant changes.  As you read through this article, have a copy of the policy document open too, and refer to it as you go – reading this article by itself instead of reading the policy document won’t provide you with all of the information you need to be ready for tournament play.

Most of the sections in the policy document itself will have example charts that will help you understand how the policy works

Let’s take it section by section!

Some of the previous subsection designations have changed in this new version, so keep that in mind as you go.

Section I.  Philosophy

This section explains the purpose behind the Tournament Infractions and Penalties Policy:

  • Outlines the appropriate code of behavior for persons at a tournament.
  • Instructs judges and tournament officials how to identify infractions and assign correct penalties.
  • Helps ensure a fair and consistent tournament experience, by explaining the various types of infractions along with the penalties assigned to each infraction.

Changes to this section include:

Subsection A. Persons Attending a Tournament

What changed?
We separated Appropriate and Not Appropriate judge calls into separately-labeled sections, to better explain the difference between the two.
We have also provided some newer examples to help clarify.

What does this mean?
Judge calls (these are questions or issues about gameplay or policy which arise during a match) are intended to maintain a fair and consistent tournament. Judge calls should not be used as an exploitative tool to gain an unfair advantage or target another person.

Section II.  Investigation Procedure

This section explains how to investigate issues regarding policy, properly identify infractions, and apply penalties.

Changes to this section include:

Subsection E. Time Extensions

What changed?
We clarified the example table by adding a title for each example, to reiterate each rule and make it easier to retain.
We also added an additional example to clarify when time extensions begin (when the judge arrives at the table).

What does this mean?
There are specific rules for applying Time Extensions, understanding how they work will help you understand the policy.

Subsection F.  Game State

What changed?
We separated Irreparable, Reparable, and Accepted Game States into separate sections, to make the differences easier to understand. 
We added a section to clarify Significant Advantage, which was not a widely understood concept.
We clarified some of the examples in the Misrepresenting the Game State example table.

What does this mean?
It is each Duelist’s responsibility to maintain an accurate Game State, and to call over a judge immediately should any disruption to the Game State occur.

Disruptions to the Game State should be evaluated carefully to determine whether the Game State is Irreparable, Reparable, or Accepted and whether or not the disruption has created Significant Advantage.

Misrepresenting the Game State is a serious offence and can happen in a variety of ways – be aware of this and avoid doing it.

Section III. Penalties

This section covers information about the 4 types of penalties (previously 5) which can be administered.

We have one significant change to this section!
The Caution penalty has been eliminated entirely.
A Warning is now the only penalty that can be given for Minor Infractions.

Changes to this section include:

Subsection E.  Upgrading and Downgrading Penalties

What changed?
We separated the Upgrade and Downgrade examples into separate tables, to make the information easier to process.

What does this mean?
Head Judges should follow correct policy when determining whether or not to upgrade or downgrade a penalty.

Section IV. Infractions

This section covers information about the different types of Infractions that can be committed.

Changes to this section include:

Subsection B. Procedural Error

2. Procedural Error (PE) – Major (Game Loss)

What changed?
We have added a new Procedural Error – Major:  If the Duelist responsible for submitting the Match result for a Match that has concluded has not done so before 5 minutes have passed from the official end of the Round, that Duelist will receive a PE – Major (Game Loss) Penalty.

What does this mean?
Typically, the Duelist who wins the Match is responsible for submitting the Match results. If this Duelist fails to submit the result for a Match that has concluded within 5 minutes after the end of the Round, that Duelist will receive a Game Loss penalty, applied to their next Match. 
This is intended to cut down on delays created by missing Match results in between Rounds.
Matches with Time Extensions must submit their Match result immediately after their Match has concluded.

Which Duelist is responsible for submitting the Match result?
The winning Duelist is responsible for submitting the Match result. 

Subsection G.  Slow Play

What changed?
We clarified there is not a set amount of time for actions.
We added some examples for appropriate upgrades.

What does this mean?
Slow Play is frequently misunderstood, study this section carefully to better understand it.

Subsection H.  Unsporting Conduct

3. Unsporting Conduct (UC) – Severe (Disqualification)

What changed?
We have added some new examples in the example chart, including intentionally misgendering another person, refusing to wear a mask when instructed to do so, submitting fraudulent vaccination information, behaving inappropriately on camera at a Livestreamed event, and anyone other than an official vendor attending a Sanctioned event for the purpose of buying and/or selling.

What does this mean?

Unsporting Conduct – Severe infractions are serious, and it is your responsibility to understand policy and avoid these actions.

4. Unsporting Conduct (UC)  – Cheating (Disqualification)

What changed?
We re-organized the examples, to put similar offenses next to one another.  We also provided clearer scenarios for some of the more vaguely worded examples.

What does this mean?
This information should be easier to understand now.

Section VI. Suspension and Suspended Persons

This section covers information about the process of Suspension from Organized Play, and information regarding Suspended Persons.

Changes to this section include:

Subsection A.  Suspension for Infractions Occurring at Sanctioned Events

What changed?
We added the line “Persons who are suspended from KDE Organized Play will be included on the Suspended Persons list.”

What does this mean?
You should be aware that if you are Suspended from KDE Organized Play, your name and CARD GAME ID number will be included on the Suspended Persons list.

Subsection B. Suspension for Infractions Outside of Sanctioned or Official Events

What changed?
We added the line “Persons who are suspended from KDE Organized Play will be included on the Suspended Persons list.”We have also expanded the examples list.

What does this mean?
You should be aware that if you are Suspended from KDE Organized Play, your name and CARD GAME ID number will be included on the Suspended Persons list.

Unsporting Conduct – Severe/Cheating infractions are serious, and it is your responsibility to understand policy and avoid these actions.

We’re excited about these updates 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 (2.2) before attending an event, regardless of whether it’s an in-person tournament or a Remote Duel tournament!

The Path to the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2023 Continues!

February 15th, 2023

THE 2023 YU-GI-OH! NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN IN MAY, WITH THOUSANDS OF DUELISTS COMPETING ACROSS LATIN AMERICA

The path to the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2023 continues!

Hawthorne, Calif. (February 15, 2023) – Starting in May, thousands of Duelists across Latin America will put their Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) skills to the test in the 2023 Yu-Gi-Oh! National Championships.

The 2022 Latin America Yu-Gi-Oh! National Championships saw more than 4,600 Duelists compete for the title of National Champion. Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) is expecting thousands to compete again this year, as they look to ensure their path towards the highly anticipated Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship, after being on hiatus for the last 3 years, set to take place in Japan this August*.

KONAMI has revealed its plans to hold National Championships between May and June in 16 countries across Latin America. The countries will include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru.

The very best Duelists will compete in person for the right to call themselves National Champions, with special prizes on offer. Confirmed prizing includes Prize Cards along with travel and accommodation to either the 2023 Central or South America Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Qualifier, depending on their country of residence.

Today, the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is available across the globe, with products distributed in more than 80 countries and 9 languages, to be enjoyed by fans of all ages. For all the latest information regarding Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products and events, and all Yu-Gi-Oh! digital card game titles, please visit the following:

*Dates and details subject to change

Announcing the Dragon Duel Championship!

February 7th, 2023

As we return to in-person events in 2022, a lot has changed in the world. We are making changes too as we work to provide the best Organized Play experiences for our Duelists in North and Latin America.
Today, we have some exciting changes to announce for Dragon Duel events!

Dragon Duel events are tournaments run for younger Duelists, available only to Duelists born in and after a certain year, which is updated following each World Championship season.

In the past, Dragon Duel events provided a path to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) World Championship Qualifier (WCQ), where you could then earn invitations to compete in the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship, specifically for these young Duelists. Invites to the WCQ could be won at Regional Qualifiers, Nationals in Latin America, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS).

Dragon Duel tournaments will still be hosted at select Regional Qualifiers, Nationals in Latin America, and YCS. Instead of awarding invites to the Dragon Duel WCQ, these tournaments will instead award invites to the main WCQ, which are open to all Duelists with an invite.

  • Dragon Duelists will continue to compete against one another at the Regional, National, and YCS level.
  • Dragon Duelists will earn invites to the WCQ, instead of a separate Dragon Duel WCQ.

Given these changes, the Dragon Duel WCQ will transform to the Dragon Duel Championship!

Instead of being an invite-only event, the Dragon Duel Championship will be open to all Dragon Duelists. This means that any Duelist meeting the Dragon Duel age restrictions for the current Organized Play season will be able to compete!

  • The Dragon Duel WCQ will change to the Dragon Duel Championship.
  • The Dragon Duel Championship will not require an invite.  Any Dragon Duelist meeting the age requirement for the season can enter.
  • Removing the invite requirement makes the Dragon Duel Championship accessible for many more Dragon Duelists.
  • Any Dragon Duelist that earns an invite to the WCQ can choose to participate in the Dragon Duel Championship instead of the WCQ, but they will not be able to compete in both.

Instead of awarding invites to the World Championship, the winner of the Dragon Duel Championship and a guardian will win a trip to Jump Festa in Japan! Jump Festa is a manga and anime convention celebrating titles from the publisher, Shueisha, Inc., including Yu-Gi-Oh!. Immerse yourself in the many great titles published by Shueisha, and explore the numerous booths dedicated to these great titles. More information can be found at https://www.jumpfesta.com/ (Site is in Japanese).

If Jump Festa is not held for any reason, alternate prizing will be made available to the winner of the Dragon Duel Championship and a guardian instead once it is known Jump Festa will not be held, and will be included in the event FAQ if possible.

These changes will take effect immediately and will be in place for the next WCQ. We look forward to seeing you there!


January 2023 Speed Duel Events-only Limited List

January 4th, 2023

Welcome to the new year, Speed Duelists!

On January 21st we will implement an updated events-only Limited List for all Speed Duel events being held at the January Latin America Remote Duel YCS and the January North America Remote Duel Main Event.

The Limited List is legal on the weekend of January 21st and at future Tier-2 and higher events.
Duelists must comply with the list if they wish to participate in the January Latin America Remote Duel YCS Speed Duel Public Events or the January North America Speed Duel Main Event.  

After the events, Official Tournament Stores will be able to use the list for Time Wizard Speed Duel tournaments.

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More Surprises in Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox

October 7th, 2022

Welcome back to class, Duelists! The Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox Mini Box is just around the corner headed your way today October 7, and we’re giving you one more article that’s chock full of reveals! We already covered the main characters – Jaden Yuki, Syrus Truesdale, Bastion Misawa, and the Paradox Brothers – but there are a couple more familiar faces in Midterm Paradox. In addition to the 10 Skill Cards for those characters, you’ll also find two more: one for Chumley Huffington in his Speed Duel debut and one that pairs Jaden & Syrus together in a single Skill Card!

These two bonus Skills don’t have pre-built Decks in Midterm Paradox, but you will find extra cards both in this set, and the original Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box to build them yourself. There are also more Speed Duel cards that can help you customize your favorite Decks: some to flesh out the characters and give a few nods to key moments in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and some that are going to make an impact on competitive Speed Dueling.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves: the first thing on today’s syllabus is a fan-favorite Duelist with a surprising strategy.

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Two More Characters from Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox

October 5th, 2022

The Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox Mini Box is coming out on October 7, packed with 100 Speed Duel cards and 12 new Skills; some for returning characters from the Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box, and some for Duelists making their Speed Duel debut! Each box even comes with 4 Secret Rares from a set of 12, all paying homage to these iconic heroes and rivals.

In Midterm Paradox 101 last week, we showed you the new Skill Cards for Jaden and Syrus. We talked about how their pre-built Decks work, and how you can build your own Decks for those two characters. But grab your notebook and get ready to study up, because today’s lesson will teach you all about the remaining featured Duelists in Midterm Paradox Bastion Misawa and the Paradox Brothers.

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It’s Time to Head Back to Duel Academy!

September 27th, 2022

The Speed Duel: Battle City Box and the Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box changed the landscape of Speed Dueling.  Two massive boxed sets, both with more than 200 Speed Duel cards, they each offered a ton of value, a great way to jump into Speed Duels, and a one-box experience to bring Yu-Gi-Oh! to your game night. Each one had great Secret Rares too – cards that were popular for historic Time Wizard formats, making them collectible and a blast to open.

Now, for the first time ever, the Speed Duel Box concept is getting a spinoff! The new Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox Mini Box arrives October 6*, loaded with new cards and new Skills for characters that made their Speed Duel debut in the Duel Academy Box. It also introduces new Yu-Gi-Oh! GX characters to Speed Duels, and sneaks in some awesome cards to shake up the competition.

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Skill Card Text Update

September 1st, 2022

We are quickly approaching the release of Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox, the first small box expansion for Speed Duels! Along with Midterm Paradox, Speed Duel Tournament Pack 4 is set to be released towards the end of September.

Last November, we announced that 3 Skill cards would receive text updates. Today we’re announcing the next 6 Skill Cards that will receive card text updates. These Skills are clarified, simplified, or modified to work within the updated rules for Skill Cards introduced with the Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box.

Skill Card Text Update

The following Skill Cards’ text has been updated to the following text.
These changes are effective immediately as of today, September 1st, 2022.

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YCS Niagara Falls Speed Duel Public Events Limited List

August 17th, 2022

Get ready Speed Duelists, on September 10th-11th YCS Niagara Falls will implement an event-only Limited List for all Speed Duel Public Events held at YCS Niagara Falls! 

This Limited List is legal on the weekend of YCS Niagara and only at YCS Niagara. Duelists must comply with the list if they wish to participate in Speed Duel Public Events.  

Copies of the list will be available at the Public Events stage for Duelists to reference. 

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KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT, INC. TO HOST TERRITORIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NORTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND SOUTH AMERICA

April 21st, 2022

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) is thrilled to announce Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Championships for 2022 in the individual territories of North America, Central America, and South America this Summer.

As mentioned on our official social media channels, due to the circumstances surrounding the current global situation, the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2022 will not be held this year. We apologize to everyone looking forward to the event and appreciate your understanding. In place of the World Championship, each TCG territory will be holding a Championship event to celebrate the accomplishments of all Duelists in 2022.

The North America Championship will be held the weekend of July 16-17 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center located in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois.

In Latin America, National Championships will be held throughout the region to determine each country’s National Champion, in addition to awarding invites for the Central and South America Championships to be held in Mexico City, Mexico and Santiago, Chile respectively, in June.  National Champions will earn paid travel and accommodations to the territorial Championships of their region for a shot at their Championship title.

Separately, territorial Championships will also be held in Europe and Oceania.

Each territory will also host a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragon Duel Championship for younger Duelists born in 2008 or later.  

As the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2022 will not be held and Duelists have been competing to earn World Qualifying Points (WQP) starting in the 2019-2020 season, we are making a change to the 2023 WQP Playoff.  We are expanding the 2023 WQP Playoff to 32 Duelists. The top 16 WQP earners at the end of the 2021-22 season will earn a spot in the 2023 WQP Playoff, and then a new season will start after the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Championship this summer and the top 16 WQP earners in the 2022-23 season will earn their spot in the 2023 WQP Playoff as well. A Duelist can only earn one spot in the 2023 WQP Playoff, so if they earn a spot at the end of the 2021-22 season, and finish in the top 16 for the 2022-23 season, their spot for the 2022-23 season would pass down to the next Duelist with the highest WQP total.

Today, the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is available across the globe, with products distributed in more than 80 countries and 9 languages, to be enjoyed by fans of all ages.

For all the latest information regarding Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products and events, please visit the following:

For more information on KONAMI’s extensive Organized Play programs, go to www.yugioh-card.com/en/events.

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