TCG Rulings

Judge Program Forum Rulings

  • For End of Match procedures, you resolve all appropriate effects before checking Life Point difference. For example, if the final turn of End of Match procedures is also the last turn for the effect of "Final Countdown", the effect of "Final Countdown" would be applied before the End of Match procedures Life Point check.[1][Notes 1]

Previously Official Rulings

  • You count turns for "Final Countdown" like this: Turn 1 is the turn you activate it, Turn 2 is your opponent's turn, Turn 3 is your turn after you activated "Final Countdown", etc.
  • You can activate "Pyro Clock of Destiny" to advance the turn count by 1 for Final Countdown. Final Countdown does not have to be on the field when you use Pyro Clock of Destiny.
  • You win when the 20th turn ends, before the Draw Phase of the 21st turn.
  • When your opponent chains "Imperial Order" to your Final Countdown, the effect of Final Countdown is negated and you cannot start counting turns. But if Final Countdown is activated and resolves, and later Imperial Order is activated, it will have no effect on Final Countdown because it will be in the Graveyard.
  • When you activate Final Countdown, and your opponent activates Final Countdown during his next turn, and then uses Pyro Clock of Destiny to advance his/her Final Countdown by 1, both Final Countdowns win at the same time and the Duel is a Draw.

Mentions in Other Rulings


  1. "End of Match" is a procedure that is applied in official Tournaments when a Duel takes a long time to finish. The Judge announces to the Duelists that the Duel will end in a specific ammount of turns and when the final turn of End of Match procedures finish, whichever Duelist has the most Life Points is declared the winner.
  2. Konami Judge Program Rulings are considered unverified, as their source(s) are not publicly viewable. They are not confirmed as applicable to the TCG until they have been officially published by Konami.


  1. Konami Judge Program Forum: Final Countdown in Time
  2. Konami Judge Program Forum: Individual Email Rulings VS Individual Card Rulings
  3. UDE FAQ: Individual Card Rulings [A-C]
  4. UDE FAQ: Individual Card Rulings [D-E]
  5. UDE FAQ: Individual Card Rulings [F-H]
  6. UDE FAQ: Individual Card Rulings [I-K]
  7. UDE FAQ: Individual Card Rulings [L-O]
  8. UDE FAQ: Individual Card Rulings [P-R]
  9. UDE FAQ: Individual Card Rulings [S-T]
  10. UDE FAQ: Individual Card Rulings [U-Z]

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