Konami announces Yu-Gi-Oh! National Championships in place of canceled World Championship

The new "territorial" events include various different formats and an update to the next competitive season.

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Konami might not be hosting its typical global-scale Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship this year, but the company is hosting “territorial championships” so players can still compete at larger, in-person events and test their skills against the best of the best. 

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG National Championships will be held across Europe, North America, Central America, Latin America, South America, and Oceania this Summer. 

“As mentioned on our official social media channels, due to the circumstances surrounding the current global situation, the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2022 will not be held this year,” Konami said. “We apologize to everyone looking forward to the event and appreciate your understanding. In place of the World Championship, each TCG territory will be holding a Championship event to celebrate the accomplishments of all Duelists in 2022.”

For North America, the National Championship will be held on July 16 and 17 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago. Meanwhile, Latin America, Central America, and South America will host something more akin to a unified event series featuring National Championships for each eligible region that will act as qualifiers for a larger Regional Championships later. 

Top-performing duelists at the Latin America, Central America, and South America National Championship events will earn paid travel and accommodations to the territorial Championships of their respective regions, which will be held in Mexico City, Mexico and Santiago, Chile in June. 

The 2022 European Championship doesn’t have a date or location yet, but it will also have players qualify from National Championship events in eligible regions. Details for the Oceania competition and these other events will be shared at a later date on Konami’s official social channels. 

This is the third straight year Konami has had to cancel the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship, which means players have been sitting on and competing for World Qualifying Points (WQP) since the 2019-20 YCS season. As a result, the company is also updating the 2023 WQP Playoff format, expanding the field to 32 Duelists.

At the end of the 2021-22 season, the top 16 players in terms of WQP will earn a spot in the 2023 WQP Playoff. After the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Championship ends this Summer, a new season will begin and the top 16 WQP earners from that 2022-23 season will also earn their spot in the 2023 WQP Playoff.