What are State Championships?

State Championships are Tier 3 tournaments in which Duelists compete to earn invites to the 2023 WCQ: European Championship, along with exclusive prizes.

Who can participate in a State Championship tournament?

State Championships are open events that require no prior qualification.

  • State Championships are open to all Duelists whether they are a resident in that country or not.
  • State Championships are open to Duelists who already hold an invitation to the WCQ: European Championship.
  • Duelists who are suspended from official Yu-Gi-Oh! Organized Play cannot participate in State Championships, attend the venue, or apply to staff the event.
  • Duelists may participate in any State Championship of their choice; however, a Duelist may only participate in ONE State Championship per year.

Where are the 2023 State Championships being held?

Bracken Park Community Hall : 229 Hennie Alberts St, Albertsdal, Alberton, 1448

CLICK HERE for Accommodation Near Bracken Park Community Hall.
* There will be security on site for parking.

Event Details:

Date: 27 May 2023

Entrance Fee: R350pp

Format: Advanced – Constructed

Registration Time: 09:00AM

Start Time: 10:00AM

The Tournament will be run as a Swiss Round Event, with Single-Elimination Playoff Rounds (Top Cut).

Each Swiss Round will consist of a best 2-out-of-3 game Match, with a 45-minute time limit.

Each Single-Elimination Playoff Round (Top Cut) will consist of a best 2-out-of-3 game Match, with a 55-minute time limit.  

Decks must be constructed according to the latest Advanced Format guidelines. Please check the “Limited and Forbidden Cards” page (https://www.yugioh-card.com/eu/play/forbidden-and-limited-list/) for more information.

Deck Lists are mandatory.


Preregistration via our online tickets is highly recommended – this will help to speed up the Registration process, so that we can start promptly on the day.

Walk-ins will be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Preregistration closes on Wednesday, 24 May 2023.

Tickets can be purchased via our Online Store, here:


Please email the following to info@ai-fest.co.za, by Wednesday, 24 May 2023.

  • Your Completed Deck List. *
  • Copy of your ID, Passport (preferred), Driver’s License, or similar. **
  • Proof of Payment.

This will also help to speed up the Registration process, so that we can start promptly.

A physical copy of your Deck List, and form of identification can be submitted on the day of the Event, should you not be able to email it in by 24 May 2023.

* Deck Lists can be submitted using either the ‘Save List’ function in the Neuron App, and then emailed to info@ai-fest.co.za, or the Official Deck List Form linked below.

** To Register Duelists must provide a form of legal identification – a copy of your Passport, ID, School ID, Driver’s License, or similar.

Deck List Form:


Neuron Phone App:


Prize Support:

1st Place Travel and accommodation to WCQ: Continentals + Super Rare copy of YCS Prize Card

2nd Place Nintendo switch

3rd-4th Place 24 Booster Packs from recent sets

5th-8th Place 12 Booster Packs from recent sets

Top 4 State Championship Plaque

Top 8 States 2023 Game Mat + Pack of WCQ 2023 Sleeves + Invite to WCQ: Continentals

Participation States Field Center Card* 5 + Cyberstorm Access Booster Packs.

*While Stocks Last.

Food / Snacks / Beverages:

Prego Rolls, and various toasted sandwiches will be available to purchase on the day.

Beverages and Snacks are available to purchase throughout the day.

How to Register for a chance to be a Judge at the Event?

If you would like a chance to be a Judge and this Event, please complete the Google Form linked below.

Google Form: https://forms.gle/NrGtseLRGQUkP8g29

Please Note:

  • We will close Judge Applications on Wednesday, 10 May 2023.
  • Confirmations will be emailed out to all applicants by latest, Thursday, 11 May 2023 – this gives you the opportunity to still pre-register to play at the Event, should you not be chosen to be a Judge.