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2011 Regional Championships

by James Hoskin, Director of Organized Play

26th January 2011

This year's World Championships are returning to Gen Con Indianapolis, held from August 4th to 7th. Before we can even think about crowning new World Champions though, we have the small matter of the Regional and Continental Championships to consider. We'll be announcing the Continental Championships at a later date, so let's begin with the 2011 Regional Championships.

This year, alongside our traditional First Edition and Second Edition Regional Championships, we are introducing Tribbles Regional Championships. A lot of the rules surrounding Regional Championships are the same as last year, but there are one or two differences. Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with them:

Regional season for all three games extends over a three month period between April 2nd and June 27th. Any player from any region can play in a Regional, and any judge can run a Regional. Subject to player agreement beforehand (as determined by the soon-to-be-released updated Organized Play Guide), 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 required, deck checks will not. Players should hand in their deck lists after the tournament has finished, so that the judge can enter the top decks along with the tournament results.

Like last year, the Continuing Committee are providing a FREE Regional prize kit for all three games. The exact contents of these prize kits has not been finalised at this time. However, the contents will be comparable to (or better than) the contents of last year's Regional prize kits; which included eight Decipher foils and eight edition-specific participation promos, as well as a number of virtual tournament promos, Regional badges, skill badges and raffle tickets.

First Edition Regional Championships

First Edition Regional Championships may use any of the following formats: Official, Standard, Open, Revised, Sealed or Draft. All other details regarding the tournament should follow the guidelines set out in the Organized Play Guide.

On top of the physical prizes, each Regional will also offer a Day One Round One bye into the 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 Regional Championships may use any of the following formats: Traditional, Standard, Virtual, Academy, Sealed or Draft. All other details regarding the tournament should follow the guidelines set out in the Organized Play Guide.

On top of the physical prizes, each Regional will also offer a Day One Round One bye into the 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

Tribbles Regional Championships must use the Tribbles format. All other details regarding the tournament should follow the guidelines set out in the Organized Play Guide.

On top of the physical prizes, each Regional will also offer a 100,000 Tribbles head start into the first round of the 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 MIDNIGHT GMT on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20th. All First Edition and Second Edition applications are subject to a $25 application fee, and all Tribbles applications are subject to a $20 application fee. These fees are fully refundable in the event that the tournament can't be scheduled.

Click here for the 2011 Regional Championship application form.

Successful applications will be announced on or before Sunday, February 27th. 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.

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 avoid disappointment.

For more information on the Regional Championship Series, or to ask a question, check out the 2011 Regional Championships forum and join the discussion.

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