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DN Tournaments Rules

Date added: 01 November 2012 - 12:21 PM
Date updated: 27 April 2016 - 11:46 PM

Official Tournaments and Competitions
Rules & Regulations

I: Official Tournament Regulations

  • Players and Tournament Organizers must follow the KDE OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT DOCUMENTS found here and all DN rules and policies.
  • Tournament Organizers must follow all of the above rules as closely as possible for all Official Tournaments and Events, except when exceptions must apply.

II: During a Tournament

  • Any of the following rules MAY be overridden by the Rules section of a tournament; however, these are the default if no conflicting rules are specified.
  • All matches must be held in the Advanced Unrated or Unlimited Unrated section of DN as applicable, with watchers allowed, without password.
  • All participants are required to submit Side-Decking screenshots as well as Victory Screenshots after each round to the Tournament Organizer in charge of the tournament.
    • Refusal to comply may result in a disqualification or nullification of the match results.
  • Tournament Organizers reserve the right to deny your deck for applicable reasons, even if your deck is legal by the current Forbidden Limited list and using cards from the correct card pool.

III: Inactivity and Disqualifications

  • Inactivity is treated as being offline for at least 36 consecutive hours for all General Tournaments with no attempt made to contact the opponent within a reasonable time.
  • During a Live, a Gameloss is enforced for each 10 minutes of offline time.
  • Dodging will not be tolerated. If proof can be provided of continuous dodging, then the opposing player will be disqualified from the tournament.
  • If a player is inactive multiple rounds in the same Tournament without informing their opponents or a Tournament Organizer, a Disqualification will occur.
  • If a participant decides to play another match during a Live, unrelated to the Live itself, he or she may be disqualified for stalling the tournament.
  • If a participant is permanently banned on Dueling Network OR Dueling Network Forums while participating in any Official Tournament, they are disqualified.
  • If a participant is temporarily banned, normal inactivity rules apply:
    • No participants may evade a ban applied during a tournament to continue participating in that tournament.

IV: Disputes

  • If a player has to go during a duel, they forfeit it upon leaving. If a player has to go in between duels of a match (during siding), it may continue later, except during a DNLive.
  • If a situation cannot be resolved between you and your opponent, you should contact a Tournament Organizer. Please be patient when waiting and explain the situation carefully.
  • Tournament Organizers MAY request deck checks for Locked OR Unlocked tournaments at their discretion.‚Äč

Deck Error

General Tournaments

  • R1 - The Player with a Deck Error receives a Game Loss and must restart the match with a legal deck. In a Locked Tournament, if the deck used is not the one the participant original registered with, it becomes their deck for the extent of the tournament.
  • R2 and on - The Player with a Deck Error receives a Game loss and must restart the match with a Legal deck. Cheating will be considered for extreme circumstances.

Locked DNLive Specific Rules

  • R1 - The player is forced to continue with the deck they used during the round, and a verbal warning is given for misconduct. Future verbal warnings of this nature will be accompanied by a disqualification.
  • R2 and on - If the player enters with the wrong deck and completes the match, then they are DQ'd from the current Live.
  • Repeated issues of this nature within a limited timeframe will result in a 6 month Tournament ban.

V: Disconnections

  • The consequence for a player leaving a duel for whatever reason is a a game loss, except in extreme circumstances.
  • The following cases result in an exception of the nullification of the game:
    • It can be determined, based on public knowledge, that the player who disconnected was going to win DURING that turn or the turn directly following.
    • Advantage was favoring the disconnecting player to the point where 2 perfect draws in a row could not prevent the disconnecting player's victory. 
  • If the disconnection occurs during siding, the match resumes from the point at which the disconnection occurred.

VI: Tournament Bans

  • Tournament bans may be issued by the Tournament Organization team for improper conduct.
  • A tournament ban will prevent entry to both Official and Unofficial Tournaments hosted on the forums.
  • The following are inexcusable conduct during Tournaments, and may result in a Tournament Ban
    • Modifying your deck by pre-siding or changing the main, side or extra deck in any fashion during a deck-lock for the purpose of completely anti-siding the opponent.
    • Lying - Submitting false Tournament Match results such as by forging screens.
    • Cheating - Attempting to deceive opponents or Tournament Organizers about match situations.
    • Coaching - Requesting assistance from an outside duelist during a Tournament Match.
    • Impersonation - Acting as the Tournament Organizer with malicious intent
    • Having an alternate account that was previously Permanently Banned on DNF.
    • Any other applicable action found improper by the Tournament Organizer team.
  • Tournament Bans last for anywhere from 3 to 6 months, determined by the end of Format(s) unless otherwise mandated by a Tournament Organizer.
  • Evading a Tournament or Events Ban will result in Warning Points and permanent removal from Tournament sections.
  • If you attempt to join a tournament on 2 or more accounts, all those accounts will be Tournament Banned. If you believe that people are sharing your IP/location and you want to attend a tournament, it is your responsibility to let the host know beforehand. In that case, if you are found sharing the same IP with another user, the host will have the final say on whether both players can join or not. Failure to inform the TO will result in a tournament ban.
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