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1 Eligibility
1.1 Definition
An Arena Cup participant is a player that is participating in any Belong Arena Cup. Any member of an Arena Cup team is a participant of that team and locked to it regardless of whether or not the person has played for the said team. With their participation, the participant states that they understand and accept all rules.

1.2 Player Eligibility
Players must be aged 13 years or older in order to play in this tournament.

1.3 Additional Eligibility
The Yu-Gi-oh! Master Duel Arena Cup tournament will take place on PC.

Players must use their own personal accounts and decks for the duration of the tournament. Arena accounts will not be provided.

Players may not share Accounts.

3 Tournament Format

3.1 Overview
3.1.1 General
Yu-Gi-oh! Master Duel Arena Cups will run as two individual tournaments across 4 separate dates. Players can attend any number of these tournaments.

Cup 1 Groups – 4th March
Cup 1 Playoffs – 11th March

Cup 2 Groups – 18th March
Cup 2 Playoffs – 25th March

3.1.2 Format
Groups will run in a Bo1 Swiss format.
Playoffs and the Final will run as a Bo3 Single Elimination format.

3.1.3 Prizing Overview
The top sixteen players will be awarded prizes. 16th – 5th place prizes will be accumulative, meaning that players finishing between 5th and 16th place will additionally receive all listed prizes from the positions below as well as their own.

1. Nintendo Switch OLED + Rescue Rabbit Plush
2. Razer BlackWidow V3 - Mechanical Gaming Keyboard(PC) + Razer Deathadder V2 X HyperSpeed Mouse + Rescue Rabbit Plush
3. Razer BlackWidow V3 - Mechanical Gaming Keyboard(PC) + Rescue Rabbit Plush
4. RAZER Ornata V3 Keyboard - UK Layout + Rescue Rabbit Plush

Accumulative prizes below:
5. Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Magnificent Mavens
6. Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 2022 Tin of the Pharaoh's Gods
7. Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dark Magician Girl Game Mat
8. Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dark Magician Girl 9-Pocket Duelist Portfolio
9-16. Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Structure Deck – Players Choice

3.1.4 Swiss Bracket
The beginning stages of each Cup will take place as a Swiss style tournament. Depending on turnout, the following breakdowns will be used.

Players Groups Rounds
16 1 3
32 2 3
48 4 5
64 2 4
80 4 6
96 4 6
112 2 5
128 2 5

3.1.5 Playoffs
The top 8 players will advance to the Playoffs, which will become a single elimination bracket.

3.1 Score Reporting
3.2.1 Score Reporting
Each player should keep a record of the match score. The winning player from each match will be responsible for reporting scores on Battlefy and the losing player will be required to verify the score has been reported correctly.
In the event that the score has been reported incorrectly, players will be required to raise the issue to the Arena Admin immediately and provide evidence of the correct score.

4 Match Setup
In a Bo3, going first or second the 1st game of a match will be decided by the in-game coin flip. From the 2nd game onwards, the loser of the previous game will decide if they would like to go first or second, regardless of in-game coin flip result.  If the losing Duelist of the previous game does not win the in-game coin flip, the Duelist can communicate to the opposing Duelist if they would like to go first or second.

Duelists will be able to swap decks in-between each game during both Swiss rounds and top-cut, but decks must have been created before the start of the tournament day.

4.1 Online Game Procedure

Players will register for the tournament via Battlefy. Once the tournament has started, players will be presented with their opponents on Battlefy and will have to add each other in order to play each match.

4.2 Settings / Restrictions

4.2.1 Konami Account Linking
If players normally play on a platform that is not PC, they will be required to have set up account linking prior to the tournament, so that they are able to access their decks on the PC version of the game.

4.2.2 Deck Restrictions
All deck restrictions will automatically be enforced within Master Duel, following the below definitions:
• Forbidden: A card is not allowed to be used in a player’s Main Deck, Extra Deck, or Side Deck.
• Limited: Only one copy of a card is allowed to be used in a player’s Main Deck, Extra Deck, or Side Deck.
• Semi-Limited: Only two copies of a card are allowed to be used in a player’s Main Deck, Extra Deck, or Side Deck.

4.3 Equipment
Players are provided with a full setup of hardware and peripherals to use during the tournament.

Players have the option of using their own peripherals during each match. Player-owned equipment must be compatible with Belong-provided competition equipment. Belong is not responsible for ensuring Player-owned equipment is in working condition. Belong
reserves the right to inspect all Player-Owned equipment to ensure compliance with rules.

5 Bugs and Glitches
It is up to the tournament administration discretion whether the use of said bugs had an effect on the match, and what penalty they will incur. Admins should pause the game and report these to the representative as soon as possible.

6 Title Specific Infractions

6.1 Harassing or Distracting Opponents
Any players found to be intentionally attempting to harass or distract any other player in the tournament to gain advantage will forfeit their current match. Repeated instances will lead to disqualification.

6.2 Unlisted Punishments
If an admin or player believes a rule has been broken and there is no assigned punishment for it, they must contact the representative as soon as possible with details and evidence. The representative will judge the case and assign a punishment if required