More info for the 2012 European Championship | The Irish Duelist

More info for the 2012 European Championship



Konami updated their site last week with additional info for this year's European Championship, due to be held in Milan next weekend.

Source: Konami

The World Championship Qualifiers are reaching their climax with the World Championship Qualifier: European Championship. At stake are invitations to the World Championship, promo cards, exclusive gamemats, trophies and many other cool items.

Date
July 6-8, 2012

Location
Superstudio PiĆ¹
Via Tortona, 27
20144 Milano
Italy

Who can participate in the European Championship?

The European Championships are open to the following players:
Players who earned a qualification at a WCQ: Regionals event;
Players who earned a qualification at a WCQ: National Championship event;
Top4 players of last year’s WCQ: European Championship;
Top32 players of YCS Brighton, YCS Leipzig, and YCS Toulouse.

The European Dragon Duel Championships are open to the following players:

Players who earned a qualification at a WCQ: National Dragon Duel Championship event;
Players who earned a qualification at a Dragon Duel event at YCS Brighton, Leipzig or Toulouse.

List of Qualified Players for the 2012 WCQ: European Championship

Prizes and Entry Fee


The main event of the European Championship and the Dragon Duel Championship are free of charge for qualified players. Every participant receives 1 WCQ: European Championship gamemat and a set of WCQ card sleeves as participation prize.

Main Event Structure

The European Championship will be Advanced Constructed format.
The Yu-Gi-Oh! European Championship will consist of a number of Swiss-style rounds, followed by two cuts, as follows:
513 – 1024 Duelists – 8 Rounds of Swiss on Saturday, 2 Rounds of Swiss (open to Top256 AND everyone with 18 points or more) on Sunday, then Top 64 single elimination
1025 – 2048 Duelists – 9 Rounds of Swiss on Saturday, 2 Rounds of Swiss (open to Top256 AND everyone with 21 points or more) on Sunday, then Top 64 single elimination
There will be a playoff match for 3rd place.
The time limit for each round is 40 minutes. For semifinals, finals and playoff for 3rd place, it is 60 minutes.


Dragon Duel Structure

The Yu-Gi-Oh! European Dragon Duel Championship will be Advanced Constructed format.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! European Dragon Duel Championship will consist of a number of Swiss-style rounds, followed by a Top8 cut, as follows:
0 – 32 Duelists – 4 Rounds of Swiss on Saturday, Top 8 single elimination immediately afterwards
33 – 64 Duelists – 5 Rounds of Swiss on Saturday, Top 8 single eliminationon on Sunday
65 – 128 Duelists – 6 Rounds of Swiss on Saturday, Top 8 single elimination on Sunday
129 – 256 Duelists – 7 Rounds of Swiss on Saturday, Top 8 single elimination on Sunday
There will be a playoff match for 3rd place.
The time limit for each round is 40 minutes. For semifinals, finals and playoff for 3rd place, it is 60 minutes.


Schedule

Friday
14:00 Hall opens, Public Events and Last Chance Qualifiers begin
14:00 Early Registration for main event and Dragon Duel begins
17:00 Last Chance Qualifier Registration ends
18:00 Win-a-Mat / Sealed Pack Registration ends
20:45 Early Registration ends
21:00 Venue closes

21:15 Judge dinner begins
23:00 Judge dinner ends

Saturday
08:00 Venue opens; registration begins
10:00 Registration ends
10:10 R1 pairings posted; player meeting
11:00 R1 begins
22:30 Venue closes

Sunday
08:00 Venue opens
09:00 R9 begins
14:45 Top8 begin
18:00 Awards ceremony
19:00 Hall closes

Public Events
KONAMI offers many exciting activities during those two days, namely a feature match area where you can watch the top Duels of the main event, and a wide selection of Public Events, ranging from casual to highly-competive events.

With all those attractions, attending the Yu-Gi-Oh! European Championship will be a thrilling experience for everyone!



Coverage


There will be round-by-round online coverage of this event, including feature matches, a photo gallery, deck analysis and more – even if you’re unable to make it to the event, you can still be part of the action as the coverage page is updated with live content from the tournament site.

Look for coverage at http://tcg.konami-europe.net/coverage/, and follow the event as it progresses.


Preparing for this event

At registration, you will be asked to present your COSSY ID, along with a form of photo ID (e.g. school ID, passport, or driver’s licence). If you cannot provide a photo ID at registration, staff might deny you entry into the tournament!

You will also need to fill out a Deck List. You will fill this out by listing all of the cards included in the Deck you want to use. You can get a Deck List at the registration area or here.

IMPORTANT: Unlike at previous events, you will already need to submit this Deck List when you register, or on Saturday at 09:55 latest.

Please be aware that ambiguous abbreviations of card names on your Deck List can lead to penalties. You should therefore make sure to write the full card names of all your cards on your Deck List. More information on this topic can be found here: "Filling Out Your Deck List, The Right Way"

You should bring an Advanced-Format Deck, along with any tournament supplies you will need: 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. Players participating in these events are expected to be familiar with KONAMI’s tournament policies. These can be found in the “Gameplay” section.

Early registration on Friday

You can – and you should! – register at the venue on Friday (14:00 - 21:00) already. Once you are registered, you are officially entered into the tournament and will not need to register again on Saturday. Save yourself a few hours of sleep on Saturday morning, and take advantage of early registration! You can pick up a copy of the Deck List form when you register.

If sleeping in isn’t reason enough for you to register on Friday, maybe this is: All players who register on Friday and already turn in their Deck List at that point will will be awarded a special promotional item! (while supplies last)


Buying and Selling of cards at the event


There will be a number of vendors present, selling single cards, sealed product, and card supplies such as sleeves and deck boxes. Vendors will also be buying cards on site. Duelists are not allowed to buy or sell from one another at the venue. If you do so, you risk incurring penalties, including being disqualified and removed from the event.

For parents

You are not required to stay on site, but we strongly recommend that you do, especially if your children are young or this is their first event. Please know that the tournament staff cannot be responsible for looking after your children, or their possessions. Always make sure your child has a way to contact you, and is provided with any necessities such as food, drink, or extra money if you do not wish to remain in the tournament area.

When your child is preparing for the event, encourage him or her to leave any bulky or expensive possessions at home. Electronics and large collections of cards are hard to keep track of during a big tournament – your child will have a much easier day without having to worry about these kinds of items.

Trading cards is a big attraction at large tournaments, but if you are concerned about your child trading away valuable cards, talk to him or her before the event and set some guidelines. You can always have your child check with you before making a trade.