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2014 Regional Championships

by Matthyas Kiraly, Director of Organized Play

30th January 2014

Today marks the beginning of the road to the 2014 World Championships as we announce the opening of applications for 2014 Regional events. Applications are being accepted for Regional events for First Edition, Second Edition, and Tribbles held between Saturday, 22 March 2014 and Sunday, 22 June 2014, inclusive.

There are no changes to rules for Regional events this year over previous years. Any player from any region can play in any and all Regionals, and any judge can run a Regional event. Subject to player agreement prior to the event's start, judges are permitted to play in their own Regional events. Regionals are Level 2 events within our tournament system, and offer higher ratings points that local events. Deck lists are mandatory for these events, but deck checks are left to the discretion of event organizers.

Why do we require deck lists? They are an invaluable resource for our design teams and our organized play department, helping us determine the current state of the meta and shape design of future expansions and the selection of promos. If doing your part to help improve the game isn't enough incentive, remember that adding your deck lists to events make you eligible to earn achievements and win extra raffle tickets. We highly recommend that players use trekcc.org's online deckbuilder software to attach their decks to completed events.

Regional Championship Events
Regional Championship events can be run using any sanctioned tournament format or type, as outlined in section 4 of the current Organized Play Guide. Each event must choose a game, a format, a card pool, and a rule set, as follows:

Game: First Edition, Second Edition, or Tribbles

Format: Constructed, Draft, or Sealed

Card Pool: Academy (2E), Block (1E), Complete, Limited, Traditional, or Virtual

First Edition Rules: Official (OTF), Open, Revised, Warp Speed, or X-List

Second Edition Rules: Slipstream or Standard

Tribbles Rules: Standard or Standard

All other details regarding these events should follow the guidelines outlined in the Organized Play Guide.

Each Regional event organizer will be provided with a physical prize kit that includes eight (8) copies of one of the 2014 Regional promos and eight (8) 2014 Regional Championship buttons. In addition to these physical prizes, Regional events offer either Day 1 - Round 1 byes (for 1E and 2E) or 100,000 head starts (for Tribbles) into the respective 2014 Continental Championship events! Top players (based on attendance) earn one of these precious byes or head starts, as follows:

# of PlayersBye or Head Start Awarded
4-101st Place
11-20Top 2
21-30Top 3

As in previous years, these will "trickle down" if a player wins a bye or head start that had previously earned a bye or head start respectively. For example, if Steve wins a Regional with six (6) players, but had previously earned a bye, Pat (the 2nd place player) will earn the bye instead. This "trickle down" will continue until it reaches the highest placed player without a bye.

How to Apply
The exact details, and the application itself, are in the Regional OP forum and applications are now open. Applications will remain open until 11:59 PM (in your region) on 21 February 2014. Please note that late applications may be considered at the discretion of the Department of Organized Play, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. All applications are subject to a fully refundable fee of US$25 for each application. Once applications are accepted, regional prize kits containing eight (8) foils and eight (8) buttons will be made available for US$10 (US$5 for Tribbles).

The distinction between the application fee and the processing cost of the Regional kits is made on behalf of our oversees players, in order to reduce their tax burden and liability. The total cost of First Edition and Second Edition events are US$35; the total cost of a Tribbles event is US$30.

The Regional schedule will be announced on or near Monday, February 24, 2014. This will give our warehouse enough lead time to ship the Regional prize kits for early events and allow them to be delivered before the scheduled events. In addition, this will give nearly a month of lead time for event organizers to promote their events before the start of Regional season.

Any questions, comments, or concerns about the Regional event application process, rules, or information contained in this article can be posted in our Regional Championship forum.

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