The ARG Circuit Series is an entire weekend of premiere players competing in their favorite trading card games with amazing $2,500.00 prize pool for the main event on Saturday. Saturday's Circuit Series takes place each Circuit at 10:00am with swiss rounds with Top Cut players returning Sunday for the Top Cut playoff. Then return every Sunday 10:30AM for a 1k Circuit Qualifier which comes with Top 8 players earning invites and $1,000 in prizes.
YGO Invitational invite list
Click above to see if your name is on the invitational list from past events this season. Check to see if you earned byes for the Invitational from your top place wins.
Endless side events
Endless Side events are a big hit at the Circuit Series. FREE for everyone with entry to the Circuit Series these win-a-mat side events start round 3 on Saturday, so if you scrub out stop up at the scorer's table and sign into a side event! If you win a side event you will you will an Invite to the 2017 Summer Invitational in Philadelphia and have you choice of one of many different playmats we have on site. Full details available at the event.
YGO circuit series FAQ's
Print out your deck list and other forms before you come to an event and save time.
Whats the main difference rules wise between ARG and Official Tournaments ?
-Players MAY take notes on what a duelist searches out of their deck, keep track of mandatory effects, and contents of a duelist’s hand.
-Players MAY screenshot foreign card translations and may only use their phone to go directly to those photo's if opponent or judge requires a translation
-Higher Seed player has the choice to go first or second. Through the entire Top Cut playoff.
-Best 3 out 5 Grand Finals.
-Players should not enter into a Gentleman's Agreement. Enter into an agreement at your own risk, both players risk disqualification.
How many rounds?
The number of rounds played in a ARG Circuit Series tournament is based on the total number of players enrolled in the event.
What is your prize distribution policy?
Players winning prizes at AlteRealityGames.com events you will be required to fill out the appropriate tax form in order to receive your prize. The following information will also be required.
I’ve Made the Top 4, when will I get my Check?
We here at ARG have taken the next step by providing feature matches with streamed live video along with recordings that get posted the following days after the event. So to protect the integrity of the game and the tournament any player that makes the top 4 of any ARG Circuit Series will have their check mailed 14 days after the event after the posting of the videos to make sure all plays were legal, and no forms of cheating had occurred during those matches, and any other feature match that the player may have had during the swiss rounds of the tournament. Any player found to have cheated, will be subject to having their prize money revoked and subsequently donated to a charity of ARG’s choosing.
Time has run out in the round, and I’m still playing what do I do? (Swiss Rounds)
There is going to be times in the tournament where time has run out in the round and you are still going to be playing your match. When this situation happens the duelists should note who’s turn it is and call a judge over. The judge will then come over and explain our end of match procedures, the judge may or may not stay to watch the match but will make sure both players understand the following procedure:
-Play will continue until the of the current duelists turn.
-If that duelist does NOT win the match during that turn the match will then go into “Extra Turns.”
-Extra Turns, The two duelists will then play Five (5) more turns starting on the next turn.
-If either duelist’s life points are reduced to zero (0) during the five turns the duel ends as normal.
-If neither an automatic win condition or a duelist’s life points are reduced to zero then the duelist with the highest life point total at the conclusion of the fifth turn will be declared the winner of that game.
-At the conclusion of the duel the duelist who has won more games will be declared the winner of the match.
-If both duelists have won exactly one game the match will be considered a draw.
- If time is called before a duel begins (Still side-decking or BEFORE opening hands have been drawn) the duelist with the more duel wins will be considered to have won the match, if each duelist has won a duel during match will be considered a draw.
-In our top cut portion of the tournament, our rounds will be UNTIMED, so there is no end of match procedure for that part of our tournament, play will continue until an automatic win condition has been met or a duelists life points have reached zero (0).
How do I sign up for an event, do you have preregistration?
Registering for our events is made easy. You can simply show up before registration ends and sign in at the registration area. If you like to guarantee a spot and not stand in line you can simply visit our website for a link to pay with a credit card, pay pal or store credit. Unfortunately Side events are not eligible for preregistration. There is no limit on the number of players who can preregister. The latest you can preregister for an event is 11:59PM EDT on the preceding Thursday.
Should I keep track of my score?
Players in premier YGO tournaments MUST keep a record of both players’ Life Points (8000) for each game. In the case of a discrepancy, judges will be more likely to side with the player who has the more reliable record for the game. It is a player's responsibility to provide a pen and paper to track this information. ARG Pens and ARG score pads are usually available at Alter Reality events for $1.00 while supplies last.
If have a rules question or problem during my match what should I do?
Raise your hand and yell "Judge". Keep your hand raised and call for a judge till you make contact with one do not depend on your opponent or anyone else to answer your question.
If you do not agree with the “Floor Judge’s,” ruling the duelist has the right to appeal the ruling, in that case the “Head Judge,” or “Assistant Head Judge,” will then come over and their ruling will be final at that point and an appropriate time extension will be awarded.
I'm going to lose, can I offer my opponent something to concede?
No. Offering your opponent anything (money, cards, gifts, etc.) in exchange for a concession is considered bribery and is against tournament policy. If a player accepts a bribe in exchange for a concession, deliberately losing a Match, falsifying a Match Result Slip, misrepresenting the game state, etc. Players found to be offering or accepting bribes will be disqualified from the event, and any prize they may have won will be donated to a charity of ARG’s (Alter Reality Games) choice.
when can i concede the game or match?
A player may concede a game at any time, provided he or she has not been offered or has accepted any sort of compensation for doing so. Players who concede in exchange for cash, prizes, or other incentives are guilty of Bribery and Collusion, which will result in disqualification from the tournament and subject to further penalties.
Will there be side events?
Yes, all weekend long. Checkout our Endless Side events on Saturday FREE with your admission. Also, our gigantic Sunday Circuit Qualifier 1k tournament is just $20 and loaded with ARG Points, Invites and $1,000 Prize Credit.
Does ARG publish tournament info?
ARG reserves the right to publish event information such as a player’s Deck List, photographs, interviews
or video reproduction of any Alter Reality Games event or tournament.