Changes to Dragon Duel WCQ
Enter the Dragon Duel Championship.
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!
Source. Also a very similar post at the EU Official site.