When Star Wars Unlimited comes onto the market next year, then Fantasy FLight Games and Asmodee will accompany the trading card game with an organized play program: C3OP. The makers have now published some concrete information about this.
C3OP is based on Star Wars' C-3PO, but the C3 primarily stands for Ccollect, Cconnect, Compede and therefore for the core ideas behind it Star Wars Unlimited: It's about collecting, about the community and about competitions. Fantasy Flight Games has now published some concrete explanations, especially regarding the last one, so that players can see what is to come if they Star Wars Unlimited not only for fun at home, but also as part of the Organized Play program.
Tournament circuit: Casual and competitive
First of all, there is a repeating cycle for the casual area, which consists of a pre-release of a set, a weekly game program and the so-called store showdowns as final events. There will also be some events for casual players to take part in.
Things get much more interesting when you look at the planned structure of competitive gaming for rankings. Ultimately, the aim here is to collect not only prizes but also tournament points, which you receive by participating in qualified competitive tier events - the number depends on the final placement. These ratings are linked to a personal player account, which can be viewed online at any time. This special feature of the Star Wars Unlimited website is scheduled to be unlocked before the star of the first organized play season.
The idea: Anyone who has collected enough tournament points in the current season will receive an invitation to take part in the Galactic Championship for the respective season. Exactly how many points you have to have for this is not yet officially known. Fantasy Flight Games plans to reveal information about this later.
Basically, the path to the Galactic Championship leads from two directions: Via “Planetary Qualifier” in local game stores. According to the FFG, these are one-day events in which prizes are awarded for placement and participation. “Players who place well will receive tournament points based on their final ranking,” the publisher said. The highlight: The winner receives exactly as many points as are necessary to qualify for the championship tournament. This means: Whoever wins the “Planetary Qualifier” will be at the big event.
The casual circle initially consists of the prerelease phase. Fantasy Flight Games explains: “Each of these events includes a simple sealed tournament. Four rounds are played and players are given the opportunity to get hold of cards from the new set early on. Because the booster packs are only distributed to participants and the winners of each round can receive even more, the Prerelease events are a fun and relaxed way to dive into a new set and try out what the new cards have to offer.” This is followed by the weekly games in the stores, which are free in format and supported by a special organized play kit. The main focus here is on the players coming together. The Store Showdowns are ultimately real tournaments at the local level, with prizes awarded for participation and placement. However, FFG clarifies that the “focus is still on having fun and learning the game.” It's a first step into the tournament scene.
The starting signal for the “Planetary Qualifier” format comes with the second set of the trading card game Star Wars Unlimited. The tournaments will take place at selected retailers around the world. It is very likely that the events in this country will primarily be organized by the flagship stores, each at different locations. According to Fantasy Flight Games, there will be a separate series of Planetary Qualifiers and the selected stores that host them will change with each set. “This means you will have many opportunities to compete in Planetary Qualifiers throughout the season,” it said.
“Sector Qualifier” and “Regional Qualifier” come from the other direction. These are independent events related to Star Wars Unlimited and they can basically take place anywhere in the world. The tournaments are not tied to conventions. There are fewer events of both formats than the Planetary Qualifier events. They should take place on a “larger scale” and last two days. Of course, there are special rewards and points here too, sometimes on a large scale: “For a good placement in a regional qualifier, you can also receive more tournament points than in other qualifiers,” explains Fantasy Flight Games.
The grand finale is ultimately the Galactic Championship – the biggest event in the competitive play circuit. The event serves as the end of the season and runs over three days. Participation is only possible by invitation, i.e. by achieving the required tournament points.
And: If you are particularly good, you can even skip the first day and start directly in the second round. Because the rule is: out is out. If you don't deliver on the first day, you won't get anywhere. And participation and success are worth it: in addition to prizes, there will also be tournament points. “As far as tournament points go, anyone who makes it to Day 2 and beyond will receive tournament points for the next season of Competitive Organized Play,” FFG said. There will also be side events, which applies to all three larger events in the tournament circuit.
Overall, the Star Wars Unlimited competition is based on a sophisticated, multi-stage program that is intended to strengthen the community. This is also clear from the fact that all players can take part in the side events, not just the invited tournament participants. Fantasy Flight Games has set itself the goal of establishing a lively tournament scene around the trading card game as a basis for the success of the trading card game. That's exactly what failed with Star Wars Destiny. The consequences are known.
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