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2013 Regional Championships

by James Hoskin, Director of Organized Play

30th January 2013

The road to the 2013 World Championships begins today with the announcement of the Regional Championships. Applications are now being accepted for Regionals, to be held in April, May and June. They'll be followed by the Continental Championships, to be held in July and August; and then the World Championships, to be held in October, which will see the 2013 World Champions crowned. (Details of the Continental and World Championships will be announced at a later date.)

The rules of the Regional Championships are exactly the same as last year. Regional season for First Edition, Second Edition and Tribbles extends over a three month period between March 30th and July 1st. Any player from any region can play in a Regional, and any judge can run a Regional. Subject to player agreement beforehand, judges are also permitted to play in their own Regional. The tournaments will all be flagged as (level 2) 32K events in the tournament system. While deck lists will be mandatory, deck checks will not. Players should hand in their deck lists after the tournament has finished, so that the judge can enter the deck lists along with the tournament results. Players are also encouraged to help their Tournament Director out by adding their own deck list to the tournament results once the event is completed.

We are continuing our deck list policy introduced last year. We require all Championship level deck lists to be entered into our tournament system within a timely manner. Whether the tournament is classified as Regionals, Nationals, Continentals or Worlds; we are expecting every deck list from those events to be entered within two weeks of the tournament ending. Deck lists are an important resource for our design teams, and each player that enters their deck list online is doing their part to help improve the game. Public deck lists are also eligible for achievements and raffle tickets. Failure to comply with this policy will result in applications for such events in 2014 being denied, and may even result in whole Regions being denied participation in future championship events.

First Edition Regional Championships

First Edition World Champions

First Edition Regional Championships may use any sanctioned tournament format listed in section 4 of the Organized Play Guide. Events may be Constructed, Draft or Sealed. The card pool may be Complete, Limited, Traditional, Virtual or Block; and the rules may be Official, Open, X-List, Revised, or Warp Speed. All other details regarding the tournament should follow the guidelines set out in the Organized Play Guide.

The Continuing Committee are providing a FREE First Edition Regional prize kit containing eight copies of the 2013 Regional promo Ferengi Infestation and eight 2013 Regional badges.

On top of the physical prizes, each Regional will also offer a Day One Round One bye into the local First Edition Continental Championships for every ten players in attendance. This means Regionals with between four and ten players (inclusive) will award the top player a bye. Regionals with between eleven and twenty players (inclusive) will award the top two players byes, and so on. Should the recipient have already received a bye, then it will "trickle down" to the next highest player without a bye.

Second Edition Regional Championships

Second Edition World Champions

Second Edition Regional Championships may use any sanctioned tournament format listed in section 4 of the Organized Play Guide. Events may be Constructed, Draft or Sealed. The card pool may be Complete, Limited, Traditional, Virtual or Academy; and the rules may be Standard, or Slipstream. All other details regarding the tournament should follow the guidelines set out in the Organized Play Guide.

The Continuing Committee are providing a FREE Second Edition Regional prize kit containing eight copies of the 2013 Regional promo Back Room Dealings and eight 2013 Regional badges.

On top of the physical prizes, each Regional will also offer a Day One Round One bye into the local Second Edition Continental Championships for every ten players in attendance. This means Regionals with between four and ten players (inclusive) will award the top player a bye. Regionals with between eleven and twenty players (inclusive) will award the top two players byes, and so on. Should the recipient have already received a bye, then it will "trickle down" to the next highest player without a bye.

Tribbles Regional Championships


2012 World Champion - Greg Dillon

2011 World Champion - Will Hoskin

2010 World Champion - Neil Timmons

2009 World Champion - Dan Hamman

Tribbles Regional Championships may use any sanctioned tournament format listed in section 4 of the Organized Play Guide. Events may be Constructed, Draft or Sealed; and the card pool may be Complete, Limited, Traditional or Virtual. All other details regarding the tournament should follow the guidelines set out in the Organized Play Guide.

The Continuing Committee are providing a FREE Tribbles Regional prize kit containing eight copies of the 2013 Regional promo 100 Reverse and eight 2013 Regional badges.

On top of the physical prizes, each Regional will also offer a 100,000 Tribbles head start into the first round of the local Tribbles Continental Championships for every ten players in attendance. This means Regionals with between four and ten players (inclusive) will award the top player a head start. Regionals with between eleven and twenty players (inclusive) will award the top two players head starts, and so on. Should the recipient have already received a head start, then it will "trickle down" to the next highest player without a head start.

How to Apply

The application process is now open. The deadline for all applications is 11:59PM GMT on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20th. All applications are subject to a $25 application fee payable with the application. This fee is fully refundable in the event the tournament can't be scheduled. Regional prize kits for First Edition ($10 S&H), for Second Edition ($10 S&H), and for Tribbles ($5 S&H) will become available once the applications are accepted.

Please Note: The total cost of a First Edition or Second Edition Regional is $35. The total cost of a Tribbles Regional is $30. We are splitting this cost into two (application fee + prize kit), to help reduce the tax burden to our overseas players.

Click here for the 2013 Regional Championship application form.

Successful applications will be announced on Monday, February 25th. This will give our warehouse time to ship the FREE Regional prize kit, and allow enough time for it to be delivered before the tournament starts.

Each applicant may hold up to three Regional Championships: one First Edition, one Second Edition and one Tribbles. There is no limit on the number of Regionals that can be held in a region, but the Department of Organized Play will be working to balance the applications against the needs of the player base. We reserve the right to refuse an application if the majority of deck lists from a previous year's event organized by the applicant have not been entered into our tournament system.

In an effort to publicize individual Regionals more effectively, we will endeavor to spread the applications out over the three-month period. We anticipate that not everyone will be awarded their first choice date, so you are encouraged to apply early to secure the date of your choice.

For more information on the Regional Championship Series, or to ask a question, check out the 2013 Regional Championships forum and join the discussion.

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