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German National Championship 2009

by Thorsten Wanek, European Organized Play Coordinator

13th June 2009

On the 20th and 21st of May, the most important national tournament will take place again, the German STCCG championship. A Second Edition Standard Format event offering two days of high-quality gaming entertainment in an ideal environment, the CVJM (i.e. YMCA, but in German) building is located one streetcar station (or alternatively approximately five minutes of walking) from the main station of Kassel and is also easily accessible by car. The three-star Kassel “Stadthotel” is on the same block and offers a comfortable double room including breakfast for a mere 89 Euros. As culinary distractions in addition to the traditional Saturday dinner at the Italian restaurant there are several fast food joints, coffee shops and the likes sprinkled in a diameter of 50 meters around the gaming location. And for those of you who don’t know Kassel, it’s pretty much in the center of Germany, easily accessible via the Autobahn A7 or the ICE train station Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe.

During the two-day tournament, the first day is the qualification day for all those not yet in posession of a Day 2 bye from the “Deutsche Landesmeisterschaften” (German federal state championships). The top 16 players of Day 1 will proceed to Day 2. Day 1 is open to all players, even those already qualified often use it to give their decks a last test run or to check out the competition and maybe change some details (or the whole deck) for the Sunday. To make the German national more interesting for international guests (which are always welcome), 25% of the Day 2 byes will be distributed under non-German players. This means apart from the already qualified “honorary German” Tyler Fultz four more international players have the chance to make it to Day 2. So to make it to the final day, you have to be one of the top 16 players not-yet-qualified-but-German or the top 4 players not-yet-qualified-but-non-German. Check out the pre-registered players and the qualified ones and you will know about the odds to make it to the final 32.

In detail, the final 32 are the following:

Additionally, the best placed participant of the “German State League” was awarded a special bye for round 1 on the final day, i.e. without an actual game this round will count as full win with maximum possible opposition total (3 resp. 18 points). Because of a shared ranking, the Day 2 Round 1 bye has been awarded to two players this year.

If you arrive for Day 1 or pre-qualified for the final day, you should know about the following rules: This year the use of proxies is allowed, i.e. printed or copied card-sized sheets of paper. All proxies must be clearly readable and indistinguishable from “real” cards if seen face-down, for which non-transparent card sleeves should be the best solution. If you’re using proxies or virtual cards, playing without card sleeves is generally not allowed.

All vitual cards released by The Continuing Committee are tournament legal; you will find an overview of the virtual sets on trekcc.org.

Also indispensible is the deck list, which should at least be readable (!), but preferably either in electronic form (USB stick) or as a print-out. Every card must be put down with the full title including subtitles, and all proxies must be marked (P) to allow the head judge a quick but thorough investigation of these cards.

What else do you need to know? The German National is a high-class tournament, but even more important is the fun factor. That’s why “fair play” is a prerequisite, and all misunderstandings should be dealt with using the help of our veteran head judge. With a friendly atmosphere and rule-abiding gaming, every game is a special event per se. And the best opportunity to test your playing prowess for the European championship - and see some new tricks you haven’t thought of so far!

Tournament details: German championship 2009
Date: 20th & 21st of June
Location: CVJM e.V. Kassel, Wolfsschlucht 21, 34117 Kassel
Register time: 10:30 a.m. on both days
Tournament start: 11:00 a.m.
Format: 2nd Edition Standard Constructed (virtual cards and proxies are allowed) Tournament fee: 12 EUR / 10 EUR if you pre-register before 19th of June on openCards
TDs / head judges: Jens Petritzki (Day 1), Carsten Weller (Day 2)
Telephone: +49-177-7091930

So go ahead and save those 2 Euros by pre-registering on openCards before the 19th (please register separately for both days, even if you have yet to qualify for the final day).

A small checklist for the DM 2009:

‘nuff said, have fun in Kassel!

Thorsten Wanek
European Organized Play Coordinator


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