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European Championships 2009...The Heat is On!

by Tony Gammell, Director of Public Relations

18th July 2009

It’s that time of year again, when the cream of the European Star Trek CCG community head to sunny Berlin for a weekend of unrelenting Star Trek CCG action from 7-9 August 2009.

The event will be held at Steigenberger Hotel Sanssouci, Allee nach Sanssouci 1, 14471 Potsdam/Berlin, the same hotel as last year.

For most, the Star Trek European Continental Championships is much more than a high-level gaming event. It is a chance to meet old friends, relax over a few drinks and to take in the beautiful surroundings of the Potsdam area. In fact, many view the weekend as a vacation and will spend a few extra days sightseeing in this marvelous city.

So, with about three weeks to go, there are probably many people who have told themselves that it is too late to book their hotel and flights. Nothing could be further from the truth! No matter where you are from, Berlin is easier to get to than you may think!

There are plenty of ways to get to this historic city. Maybe you plan on taking a ridiculously inexpensive flight using one of the many low-fare carriers that are based in the city? Both Ryanair and AirBerlin are now running some fantastic offers on flights. If you are travelling on land, there are many high-speed trains that will get you there in plenty of time. Of course, anyone with an interest in driving will enjoy the journey on the famous Autobahns! Whatever your choice, anyone leaving on Friday morning should get there with time to spare. So what can players expect when they arrive?

First and foremost, we have listened to the comments of our players from EC2008, and our schedule has been shaped with their views in mind. One of the main complaints from last year was the timing of the BierMeister tournament. Many people felt that by running the event on Saturday night, it was too rushed. Also, many players did not participate because Day 2 started at 9 am on Sunday.

With this in mind, The World BierMeister Association Chairman Thomas Vorwerk will be opening the European Championships with the BierMeister event at 19:00 on Friday evening. You have to participate in order to believe how much fun it is, and I know some players travelling to Berlin are looking forward to this more than anything. Thomas has been busy gathering some great prizes for the event, and I for one cannot wait for this!

On Saturday morning, however, the beer is put aside as European Championships Day 1 starts at 10:30 (pre-registration begins at 09:30). Participants will battle each other over seven rounds against the best players in Europe in order to get one of the coveted 16 places in Day 2. Last year, we saw some great upsets on Day 1 and we expect that this year will be no different. Can the Czech, UK and Ireland players continue to do very well against the German players on Day 1? Will the new virtual sets play a major part in determining the Final 16? We will all know the answers to these questions around 19:00 on Saturday evening!

After Day 1 has ended, we will be running the First Edition Continental Championships! This event is one that many players have asked to be added, and we have made sure that everyone gets their wish. The event starts at 20:00 on Saturday evening.

On Sunday morning at 09:00, the Final 16 players will begin European Championships Day 2. The event has been dominated by the Czech players in the last two years, and rumors persist that they may be attempting to complete a trifecta of titles. The talent of the German players is matched only by their national pride, and a 'call to arms' has been issued to all German players to take the title back to Germany. I know the UK/Ireland players have been planning carefully over the last number of weeks. Perhaps the title will find its way off mainland Europe for the first time in Second Edition history. The Dutch players are some of the best out there and I expect a big performance this year. I also hear that the Danish players will be leaving all fun decks at home in order to challenge for the title. With many other nationalities represented, it’s going to be interesting to see which country comes out on top!

As usual, we will be running a second major event at 12:00 which will allow all non-qualified players in attendance, as well as the players knocked out from the first round of Day 2, to compete for some very cool prizes. We have trophies, medals, vouchers, boosters, DVDs, rare foils, models, books, badges, virtual promos, certificates and much more! Speaking of rare foils, anyone need a Serova? Thought so...and we have lots!

This year, I will be taking time out from my holidays in Krakow, Poland to attend. It will be quite a journey, but one that will be well worth it! Looking forward to seeing everybody!

Tony Gammell


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