Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel (ゆうおう REMOTE DUELリモートデュエル Yū☆Gi☆Ō Rimōto Dyueru) is an alternate, virtual format in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game and Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game. Established in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it is designed for players to play together even while apart.

With virtually every in-person tournament and event in 2020 being delayed or outright cancelled for health and safety concerns, Remote Duel was the major source of organized play throughout the year.


The term "Remote Duel" can also be used to refer to video games with online functionality, such as Duel Links or Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist/Link Evolution, in addition to real world Dueling. See those articles for more information about gameplay/rules.

For real world Remote Dueling, players are required to have their Deck, a playmat with easily distinguished zones, and a way of recording their side of the field to broadcast to their opponent, for example a USB webcam or a smartphone camera attached to a stable surface. The optics device should be positioned so that their field is in full view, and each player's video feed should be adjusted so that their field is oriented correctly to their opponent's viewpoint (i.e. that their Extra Monster Zones are closely aligned).[1]

Players should broadcast their video feed across similar platforms with a stable internet connection. Konami recommends Discord, a free-to-use public forum app with text, speech, and video functionality, as a base. For OTS or other hobby stores wishing to conduct their own Remote Duel tournaments, Konami has also released a guide for setting up a dedicated Discord server.[2]


With the change in how Duels are conducted, Konami has also released a "Best Practices" guide that both players should follow when Remote Dueling, in the interest of fair play.[3]

A non-extensive list of practices:

  • Announce actions and phase changes clearly.
  • Play at a suitable pace, accounting for any screen or video delay on either player's part.
  • Keep both hands in view at all times, and ensure that the Main Deck, Extra Deck, and hand are visible (without revealing their contents).
  • Freeze play if either player's video feed is interrupted, and only resume play once both players are ready.
  • Keep banished cards above the Graveyard so they remain visible.

Konami has also provided a freely printable double-sided "Pause" and "Play" card images, for use as a visual aid when a Duel needs to be halted.[4]

Konami has also amended the Best Practices section to include how spectators of sanctioned Remote Duel matches should behave, and how to respond should one view a possible misplay or outright act of cheating.[5] In general, spectators should:

  • report such acts to a moderator or judge.
  • report exactly what they believed to see.
  • leave final judgments and penalties (if needed) to the moderators or judges.

Spectators should not:

  • repeatedly call for penalization on the offending player.
  • demand immediate action from moderators or judges, and wait for them to review the claim.
  • accuse, attack, or harass players, moderators, or judges, regardless of the final decision.

Forbidden cards[edit]

The following cards are Forbidden during Remote Duel tournament matches, as their effects cannot be properly resolved in a Remote Duel environment. Other cards can also be Forbidden based on a Head Judge's discretion, if a certain card is found unsuitable for the format.

Current list[edit]

As of March 11, 2022, the following cards are not permitted in Remote Duels.[6] This list has remained unchanged since first implemented on March 24, 2021.[7][3]

These include:

  • Any effect that allows looking through an opponent's Deck without the opponent being allowed to look
  • "Parasite Paracide", the only card whose effect places itself into the opponent's Deck (and shuffles it)
  • "Spell Vanishing", which allows looking through an opponent's Deck (even though the Deck is then shuffled afterward)
  • "Transmission Gear", whose effect makes both players play rock-paper-scissors

An update in the March 2021 document takes the existing rule for cards changing control and extends it to accommodate cards in the hand changing possession, allowing cards like "Exchange" etc. to be removed from the list. A judge ruling[citation needed] states that to resolve "Yu-Jo Friendship", the opponent must merely verbally (not physically) accept the handshake, allowing it to also be removed from the list.

Card Card type Status
Ancient Telescope Spell Card Forbidden
Blizzard Warrior Monster Card Forbidden
Contact with the Aquamirror Spell Card Forbidden
Dark Scorpion - Chick the Yellow Monster Card Forbidden
Destiny HERO - Dominance Monster Card Forbidden
Diabolos, King of the Abyss Monster Card Forbidden
Flower Cardian Peony with Butterfly Monster Card Forbidden
Goddess Skuld's Oracle Spell Card Forbidden
Parasite Paracide Monster Card Forbidden
Senri Eye Spell Card Forbidden
Spell Vanishing Trap Card Forbidden
SPYRAL GEAR - Drone Monster Card Forbidden
Transmission Gear Trap Card Forbidden

Previous lists[edit]

October 2020 to March 2021[edit]

From October 8, 2020 to March 23, 2021, the following cards were Forbidden in Remote Duels.[8]

These include:

Card Card type Status
Amazoness Chain Master Monster Card Forbidden
Exchange Spell Card Forbidden
Gift Exchange Spell Card Forbidden
Lullaby of Obedience Spell Card Forbidden
Parasite Paracide Monster Card Forbidden
Transmission Gear Trap Card Forbidden
Yu-Jo Friendship Spell Card Forbidden

External links[edit]


  1. "Remote Duel Set Up Guide" (PDF). Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. Konami.
  2. "Official Tournament Store (OTS) Guide to using Discord for Remote Duel" (PDF). Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. Konami.
  3. a b "Remote Duel Best Practices - Version 1.2" (PDF). Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. Konami.
  4. "Remote Duel Pause / Play card" (PDF). Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. Konami.
  5. "How to Say Something When You See Something". Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Event Coverage. Konami. 10 March 2021.
  6. "Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KDE-US) Official KDE-US Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Tournament Policy Remote Duel Addendum" (PDF). Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. Konami. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  7. "Remote Duel". Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. Konami. 24 March 2021. Archived from the original on 4 June 2021. Remote Duel Best Practice Guide ( updated: 3/24/2021 )
  8. "Remote Duel Best Practices" (PDF). Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. Konami. 8 October 2020. Archived from the original (pdf) on 22 February 2021.