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2019 Regionals Championships - Apply Within

by Kris Sonsteby, Director of Organized Play

11th January 2019

Applications are now open for the 2019 Regional Championship season. Regionals are the first step on the Road to Worlds 2019 in Vienna, Austria, and are a great excuse to get together with your STCCG buddies at your friendly local game store. These are Level 2 (L2) events within our tournament system that offer higher ratings points than local level tournaments, such as leagues and casual gigs. Any player from any region can play in a Regional Championship and any registered tournament director (TD) can run one. The only caveat is these tournaments must be held between the dates of Saturday, March 30th, 2019 and Sunday June 30th, 2019. Deck lists are also mandatory, but deck checks are left to the discretion of the organizers. Players are therefore highly encouraged to link their deck lists to the event after it has been processed, to limit the number of decks the TD has to input after the fact.It should also be noted that TD's are permitted to play in their own Regional Championship events, so long as all participants are in agreement.

We do ask that TD's keep in mind there may be other high-level events happening during Regional season, such as various Masters Championships and National Championships, so we implore them to be cognizant of the greater Organized Play schedule. Please also work with the TD's in your neighboring states / play groups during the scheduling process, in an effort to ensure maximum participation across all of the respective Regional Championship events happening during 2019. Lastly, Regionals may be run using any sanctioned tournament format currently supported by The Continuing Committee. For reference, these are outlined as follows:

Game: First Edition, Second Edition or Tribbles

Format: Constructed, Draft or Sealed

First Edition Card Pool: Complete, Block, Limited, Traditional or Virtual;

Second Edition Card Pool: Complete, Academy, Excelsior, Hall of Fame, Limited, Traditional or Virtual

First Edition Rules: Official (OTF), Open, or Warp Speed

Second Edition Rules: Standard or Slipstream

Tribbles Rules: Standard or ...With Troubles

All other details regarding these events should follow the parameters outlined in the Organized Play Guide. Please be advised this document is presently under going revisions, and it is therefore advised TD's make sure their guide is up to date prior to the start of the tournament.

Each Regional Championship event organizer will be provided with a physical prize kit that includes eight (8) copies of one of the 2019 Regional promos and eight (8) 2019 Regional Championship buttons. In addition to these physical prizes, Regional events also offer Byes or Head Starts for 2019 Continental Championship events. Top players in First Edition and Second Edition will get a Round 1 Bye for Day 1 of these tournaments. Conversely, top Tribbles finishers will earn a 100,000 Tribbles Head Start. Please note that Regional Byes are no longer Continent-specific, and may therefore be used to play in any of the forthcoming Continental Championships. Thus, you may use a Regional Bye earned in Europe at North American or Australian Continentals and vice-versa. Top players (based on attendance) earn one of these Byes or Head Starts as follows:

 # of Players 

 Bye or Head Start Awarded 

4-10

1st Place

11-20

Top 2

21-30

Top 3

If the top player or players have previously earned a Bye or a Head Start for the next Continental Championship, then the Bye(s) or Head Start(s) will trickle down to lower placing players whom do not also already have Byes.

How to Apply
Regional applications are now open and will close at 11:59 PM (in your region) on Monday March 17th, 2019. Please note that late applications may be considered at the discretion of your Organized Play Continental Coordinator, but applicants are encouraged to apply early. To start the application process, you will need to pay the Regional application fee of $20 (all values are in U.S. dollars) for each Regional that you wish to host. These are paid through the Promenade, and will provide the purchaser with a requisition number to be included as part of the application. Additionally, TD's whom find the application fee to be burdensome on their players can request a fee waiver. We have a limited number of these waivers available to us, and they will therefore be applied on a first come, first served basis.

Once you purchase the Regional application fee, please send the following information to your Organized Play Continental Coordinator. Please send a separate application for each game you wish to host.

Application fee requisition #:

Organizer's Name:

Organizer's Trekcc.org Forum Name:

Organizer's Email Address:

Organizer's Phone:

Organizer's Mailing Address:

 

(Judge's information required only if different from organizer's information above.)

Judge's Name:

Judge's Trekcc.org Forum Name:

Judge's Email Address:

Judge's Phone:

 

Venue's Name:

Venue's Street Address:

Venue's Phone:

Venue's Email Address:

 

Game:

Format:

Card Pool:

Rules:

 

First Choice Event Date / Time:

Alternate Event Date / Time:

 

Are you unsure whom your Continental Coordinator is? Well, this should help you out:

Finally, once your Regional appliciation has been approved, you will be able to buy the prize kit. The kits for First Edition and Second Edition each cost $10 and a Tribbles prize kit costs $5. The application fee and the kit costs are divided to help lower the customs burden for our event organizers outside of the United States. The total cost of First Edition and Second Edition events is therefore $30; the total cost of a Tribbles event is thus $25.

That’s it! The full Regional schedule will be announced on Monday, March 17th, 2019. We will try to keep a running list of approved applications in the Regional Championships Forum so that people can start planning their trips to various Regionals as they get anounced. It is especially important to apply early if you plan to host an event in April, so this information can get out to a wider audience as soon as possible. The sooner you apply, the sooner we can ship your kits. Oh, and speaking of the kits, my sources tell me the Art Department has outdone itself once again with this year's promos. So, if you don't attend a Regional Championship this year, your efforts to acquire one elsewhere may be futile.


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