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High-Level Tournament Cancellations

by Kris Sonsteby, Director of Organized Play

4th June 2020

As many of you know, COVID-19 has impacted nearly every aspect of daily life worldwide. School closures, working from home, social distancing... things that did not exist or even seem plausible as recently as last Fall are commonplace now, less than eight months later. With so much in turmoil, the Organized Play team remains both adaptive and responsive as we continue with the ongoing competitive season. We serve in support of our player community, and we do that best when we listen to your concerns. With that said, we are saddened to announce that the Continental Championships and Word Championships for the 2020 competitive season are being cancelled.

The decision to cancel our four annual signature tournaments was not taken lightly, and was done so only after exploring all available options and alternatives. But with government madated shelter in place orders just now being lifted, international travel bans still in place, and a general uneasiness regarding gathering in large numbers, we simply do not feel comfortable putting our players at risk. The COVID-19 pandemic is bigger than all of us, and the global impact of this virus will likely be felt for years to come. However, this unfortunate turn of events is not without a few bright spots, namely that all sucessful bids for the 2020 competitive season will be honored in 2021 and that the Organized Play team will be hosting a substitute tournament series online from July through November.

First and foremost, I want to thank all of the tournament directors and volunteers on the ground for their work in promoting and organizing what would have been North American Continentals in Atlanta, European Contientals in Vienna, Australian Continentals in Burwood, and the World Championships in Chicago. While we wish we were not required to take such extreme measures, we appreciate your efforts and want you to know that we will do everything we can to make your events in 2021 bigger and better than they could have been in 2020. If there is anything I can personally do to that end, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Secondly, we cordially invite everyone in the community to continue celebrating the games we love by taking over the airwaves and participating in the Subspace Championship Series, which will begin on the 4th of July and end (approximately) on Thanksgiving. Beginning one month from today on Indepedence Day (U.S.) with the recently relocated United States National Championships, players from all three games will have the opportunity to compete for a bevy of prizes all summer long. These will include but are not limited to Masters foils, repurposed Continental and World Championship promos, and the ever popular janky prize support you have come to know and love from your resident Director of Organized Play. Upon conclusion of the United States National Championships, combatants will the have the opportunity to test their mettle in a variety of different formats over the following months, from OTF to Infinite Diversity draft and Hall of Fame to Warp Speed. And finally, we will close out our very first Subspace Championship Series with the ever popular Masters of the Universe III running right through November and into the holiday season. In this unique tournament series, the more you play, the more prizes you can win as I will be keeping a running tally of victory points earned over the five month long gauntlet. So, bring your A game and see how you measure up against the best players the online community has to offer! Links to the United States National Championships for all three games are already up on the tournament page, and stay tuned for additional tournaments as they get added.

In closing, while I know the Subspace Championship Series can in no way replace the joy we all experience from seeing one another at our four biggest events of the year, we hope you will participate in as many of these online events as you can. While we remain isolated from each other due to COVID-19, no member of this great community is ever alone. Stay safe, everyone. We are all in this together, after all.

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