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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:03 pm
Star Tournaments Guide and FAQ: How they work and how to enter them

Written for in-Game linking purposes. It is recommended for TMs to forward all questions on ST participation here, but make sure they have a forum account.

Original Author: Elle
Updater: Gin

Hi there. So you've just started playing Duel Monsters Genesis and you see people having all these neat extras, like custom icons, guilds and whatnot. Of course you want to know how to obtain them. That's what this guide is all about.

Star Points: A source of Extra Features

Star Points (or SPs) are imaginary points saved to your BYOND key. This means that you don't need to worry about losing your points when your savefile is erased or when you log onto another computer: as long as you log into BYOND with the same key, your Star Points will be at your disposal.


The Extra Features granted by SPs are unlocked by the amount of them you have on your key. They are currently:
1 Star Point: You can now join a guild.
6 Star Points: You can create a guild[see here]
8 Star Points: Custom Icons become available to you. This guide is a bit outdated but still gives some extra info on how to use them. Please read the rules regarding icons first.

Star Points cannot be expended. They are not a currency, rather something that shows your accomplishments in DMG. Transferring stars to another account is possible, but only under strict conditions: Your SPs belong to you and only you, and any attempt at trying to give your friends SPs or to cheat the system is likely to be shot down by the staff.

Star Tournaments: A source of Star Points

Star Tournaments (STs) are tournaments supported by game staff and announced on the forums - the place that you found this guide in. More specifically, they're announced here. They're often - but not always - hosted by Tournament Moderators.

Usually, being one of the Top 16 players in a Star Tournament means you receive stars. The amount of stars you get depends on the kind of star tournament it was and what place you ended in. The prizes are listed here.

Right now, Tournament Moderators host one tournament every week.

How to sign up for a Star Tournament

You can find Star Tournaments announced in this forum. To register, you will need a forum account or a friend with an account to make your registration for you. I suggest you make an account because even when you're not interested in internet discussion there a lot of things you can do with a forum account to enhance your game experience. An account shows you are interested in the game in a way that extends beyond a mere casual session and is helpful in keeping track of ST participants and generally making tournaments run smoothly.

Always read the entire thread in question so you are aware of the time and place that the Star Tournament is held and of any extra or special rulings. You can usually find a link to the registration thread there, where you can make a post to register. Make sure you do this before registration closes, or you won't be allowed to enter.

Note: Here are some common Star Tournament terms and formats you might not be familiar with:

SE: Single Elimination Format, this is a simple format. Win your match, advance onto the next round. Lose, you are knocked out of the tournament.
Swiss: In this format, you do not lose if you lose a match. Instead, you play a certain number of rounds, and your win/loss record decides if you get into the top 8/16. Do NOT stop playing if you lose a game.

Here are some Star Tournament Sub-Types that are either Swiss or SE (usually, some other formats such as Round Robin and Double Elimination exist.)

Tag: This is, as the name implies, a Star Tournament where you must register with a partner to compete in tag duels. At times, some certain cards or deck styles may be outlawed, so please check the particular tournament thread for more information.
Time Machine: This type of tournament is where you must construct a deck based on a older forbidden list, and is commonly referred to by the period's nickname, I.E. Goats, TeleDAD, ect. It is recommended to do research on the format being used so you can construct your deck in the proper manner.
Sealed Pack: This is a tournament where you are given a pool of cards from which to construct a deck by the tournament moderator and must construct a deck from them. This format generally uses the Battle Pack series of booster packs, however it may vary depending on circumstances. It is HIGHLY Recommended to have a forum account for easy access to your card pool.
Highlander: In this format, you must construct a deck from the normal TCG/OCG Forbidden list. HOWEVER, there is a twist. You can only use ONE copy of a legal card per deck in your main, side, and extra. Meaning you can only have one Mystical Space Typhoon in those three areas combined, for instance.

IMPORTANT: Follow the guidelines for registration to the letter and don't forget to send your decklist via PM if it is asked for. Tournament Moderators will ignore you if you don't!
(Tip: You don't need to type out your entire deck to send it, just right cleck the deck you want to use in the Deck Editor, select 'List' and copy/paste everything!)
Note: It is a good idea to double check and triple check your deck list before sending it in, making sure your side deck and any other edits are finished and finalized so you don't have to send an emergency message to the TM saying you changed something 5 minutes before the ST starts. I recommend you make a back-up copy of the deck and save it in your profile.

After posting your registration in the correct format and sending your decklist, all you have to do is show up on time for the Tournament. Good luck!

Advice & Tips for competing: A source of Victory

[*] Be on the tournament server on time. The tournament is held up for no one, especially when there's more than 50 people waiting. Being late can get you penalised!
[*] Duel only with the deck you registered. Dueling with a different deck will get you disqualified from the tournament, and possibly from later tournaments!
[*] Nobody likes a staller. Play in a timely fashion, so both you and your opponent have a fair game.

[*] At the end of the round, every duel still going goes into the End of Match Procedure (EoMP). Every player takes three more turns, starting with the person whose turn it was when EoMP started. At the end of the last turn, the player with the highest amount of Life Points wins. If LPs are equal at this time, the winner is determined after the end phase of a turn in which life points changed, but before the new turn begins. If the match score is tied after this duel (ie 1-1), you play another duel that starts in EoMP. In EoMP, you cannot side out cards in duels after EoMP is called, meaning if it goes into EoMP during your 2nd game, you can't side for your 3rd game.
Make sure you're prepared for this procedure so the tournament can keep running smoothly!
tl;dr: DO NOT SIDE DECK IF ITS END OF MATCH PROCEDURE

[*] Most STs have a best 2 out of 3 duels format, allowing you to use your Side Deck inbetween duels. If that's the case, make sure you've got a Side Deck prepared to give you an edge!
[*] If you are uncertain as to what to run, it is suggested that you look at the past top 8/16 threads from the past few tournaments for inspiration and to possibly get an idea as to what to side.
[*] It is also suggested that you refresh your knowledge of basic rulings, such as Spell Speed, chain resolution, and other such rulings. Konami has written many helpful guides to this effect, but the rulebook, especially for new or returning players, should be re-read just in case and for a general comprehensive basic guide.

Thank you for reading, we hope to see you compete. Good Luck!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:04 pm
If you have any questions, concerns, or suggested changes, please post them in this thread.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:51 am
Lord Gin wrote:[*] At the end of the round, every duel still going goes into the End of Match Procedure (EoMP). Every player takes three more turns, starting with the person whose turn it was when EoMP started. At the end of the last turn, the player with the highest amount of Life Points wins. If LPs are equal at this time, the winner is determined immeadiately after the first change in LPs. If the match score is tied after this duel (ie 1-1), you play another duel that starts in EoMP.

It's not the first change in LP. LP is checked at the end of each turn and the player with higher LP wins.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:58 pm
Incorrect, please read this thread.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:44 am
Incorrect, please refer to the updated EOMP Rules (February 2013).

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:46 am
We follow DMG tournament procedure in this particular instance, if konami did indeed update their rules then it shall be brought to the attention of the administrators. But for now, these rules remain in place until I am told otherwise.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:50 am
It has been brought to the attention of the administrators and the updated was permitted.

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12930

The only reason we're not following these rules is because whenever someone makes a Star Tournament Guide, they always make the mistake of typing the old EOMP Procedure - which is exactly what I'm trying to fix right now.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:53 am
Of course celtic turned out to be a lazy bastard.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:28 am
Lord Gin wrote:We follow DMG tournament procedure in this particular instance, if konami did indeed update their rules then it shall be brought to the attention of the administrators. But for now, these rules remain in place until I am told otherwise.

DMG tournament procedure is based on Konami tournament procedure so, yeah.
Im a little surprised you weren't already aware of this change, it has been roughly 4 months since it happened, but everyone misses something at one point, i guess.


I feel a mention should be made about Siding, and siding during EOMP. People have been warned/DQed(the latter moreso recently than the former) over this and i don't see it in here(though i may have missed it.)
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:40 pm
ToFeelTheLifeOfOthers wrote:I feel a mention should be made about Siding, and siding during EOMP. People have been warned/DQed(the latter moreso recently than the former) over this and i don't see it in here(though i may have missed it.)


Just put in big bold letters

SIDING DURING EOMP IS NOT ALLOWED OR TOLERATED
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