Final Fantasy TCG Opus 2 Prerelease Events and Tournament Rules & Structure

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Final Fantasy TCG Opus 2 Prerelease Events and Tournament Rules & Structure

Final Fantasy TCG Opus 2 Prerelease Events and Tournament Rules & Structure

Final Fantasy TCG Opus 2 Prerelease Events: 18th and 19th March 2017!

The Final Fantasy TCG Opus 2 prerelease events will be held around the country on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March 2017. Here are the details.

Each kit supports 16 players, contains the following:

The event must be a Draft event which works as follows:

  • Players will be split into PODs of 4 and given 4 boosters each
  • Players will then draft each booster, alternating direction each time a new pack is opened
  • Players will then build a deck and play 1 game against each other player in their POD.
  • The following rules are in effect for the draft games:
    • Decks must contain at least 40 cards
    • Victory is attained by inflicting 6 points of damage as opposed to 7
    • Unlike a normal constructed tournament, players can make changes to their deck between games.
  • 1st Place and 2nd place in each POD will receive 1 booster as a prize.

(Please note, although not stated in the tournament rules at this time, players must always present their deck to their opponent for a shuffle/cut before each game)

Thank you for supporting the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game, we are very excited to take you through this first step of our Organized Play Program and will now introduce the key features and applicable rules to run your events. Please note that player ranking is currently scheduled for the release of Opus II.

Find Final Fantasy TCG games, trade and discuss here: Final Fantasy TCG Players Community UK [Manaleak.com Birmingham]

Final Fantasy TCG Tournament Rules & Structure

Organized Play – Opus I – Starting December 2016

Definition of an event

An event is defined as “a planned public or social occasion”. With regards to the Final Fantasy TCG this can mean anything from a demonstration of the game, to a formal competition between players with prizes, to any number of players playing the game casually.

Participant Roles

Within an event/tournament there are a number of different roles which participants can take on:

  • Player – a player is defined as a participant who is attending in order to play matches of the Final Fantasy TCG.
  • Referee – shops can have several levels from Base Referee to Head Referee depending on their knowledge of the FF TCG rules and the level of the competition. In case of a dispute the end decision falls to the Head Referee or the Tournament Organizer if necessary.
  • Tournament Organiser (TO) – The TO is responsible for the overall organisation of the event. This may include, but is not limited to finding and training a referee team, hiring space, ensuring enough tables are provided and allocate prizes for the event. Any player who wishes to escalate a dispute past the Head Referee level, should speak to the TO. The Head Referee should have perfect knowledge of the game rules. (A comprehensive rule guide is in the works and will be forwarded to you upon completion. In the meantime, if there are any questions unanswered, please consult the FAQ section on the official website sqex.to/FFTCG or contact your local distributor.)

Structure of a single match

A “Match” of Final Fantasy TCG should consist of 1 Swiss tournament round or 1 game in 2-4 player or single elimination format. The time limit for players to complete their match is 30 minutes; in case of a draw, the first player to inflict another point of damage to their opponent wins the match. The following steps should be performed at the start of each match:

  • Players determine who the “lead player” is. This should be done by flipping a coin or via another random process.
  • The “lead player” should decide whether they would like to go first or second.
  • The player who has been chosen to be going first is now referred to as the “lead player”.

Tournament Format (Applicable to standard and limited game types)

The Final Fantasy TCG uses the Swiss tournament format and two different tiers:

  • Tier 1 – Tier 1 events are designed to be casual events to encourage player participation. Less emphasis should be given to top heavy prizing and more to a flat prize structure. In a Tier 1 event, deck lists are not required and all participants defined within the “Participant Roles” section of this document may take part as a player in the event, as well as any other assigned roles. A good example of a Tier 1 event would be a release event, or weekly tournament in store.
  • Tier 2 – Tier 2 events are designed as the first step on the competitive ladder. These events require a deck list. Referees and TOs cannot participate in the player role. Tier 2 events should offer higher prize incentives (premium promo cards…).

Swiss Tournament Structure

Final Fantasy TCG Swiss Tournament Structure
Final Fantasy TCG Swiss Tournament Structure

* Single Elimination is optional. Match maximum duration = 30min. In case of an odd number of players, one player in each round receives a “bye” (free victory). A player cannot receive more than one “bye” per tournament.

Types of Games

Pre-built

  • Players must bring their own 50-card deck (no sideboard allowed).
  • Players must inflict 7 points of damage or deplete their opponent’s deck to win a match.

Limited

Special rules for all limited formats

  • Decks must contain at least 40 cards (40 to 41 cards recommended).
  • Victory is attained by inflicting 6 points of damage instead of the usual 7.

Draft

This limited format is the most popular and recommended for the Final Fantasy TCG.

  • Requires 4 booster packs per player and 4 players per table.
  • Flow of the game:
    1. Each player should open their first booster pack.
    2. Each player should pick the card they wish and add it to their “card pool”.
    3. They should then pass the remainder of the pack in the designated direction.

      Final Fantasy TCG Draft Tournament Structure

      4. Each player should then repeat step 2-3 until there are no cards left in their booster pack.

      5. Each player should then open the next pack and repeat steps 2-5 until they have no more packs to open.

      6. Players should then build a limited deck using only the cards in their “card pool”.

      7. Players should then play 1 game against each other player in their draft pod of 4 to find an overall winner.*

      * Draft can also be used in a small scale Swiss tournament with 8 players and 3 rounds.

Sealed

This limited format is recommended for pre-releases and the weeks following a new Opus launch. Aimed at experienced players.

  • 9 boosters per player (this is to allow sufficient options for deck building).
  • Flow of the game:
    1. Each player should open their 9 boosters to create their “card pool”.
    2. They should then build a deck using only the cards in their “card pool”.
    3. Players should then participate in the tournament using the decks they have built.

Simplified Sealed – (This format is currently being tested)

This limited format can be used for pre-release events and weeks following a new Opus launch. It is aimed at less experienced players and the rules are altered as follows:

  • 6 boosters per player
  • Backups can be played using CP of any colour (Unless if there is a specific colour required in the card’s instructions. Forwards must still have at least 1 CP of their element paid as part of their cost).
  • Flow of the game:
    1. Each player should open their 6 boosters to create their “card pool”.
    2. They should then build a deck using only the cards in their “card pool”.
    3. Players should then participate in the tournament using the decks they have built.

Prizes

Prizes between Opus 1 and Opus 2 will be playable and collectible promotional cards.

There will be 3 popular Final Fantasy characters available in 2 versions, standard and premium “foil”.

The promotional card release schedule is as follows:

  • Mid-December/January – Character 1
  • February/March – Character 2
  • April/May – Character 3

All cards are originals created to celebrate the release of the Final Fantasy TCG and will be authorised in tournaments. These cards are for promotional/event use only and not meant for resale.

We will send an updated version of this document closer to the release of Opus II to present the next stage of our OP program.

Find Final Fantasy TCG games, trade and discuss here: Final Fantasy TCG Players Community UK [Manaleak.com Birmingham]

Final Fantasy TCG Opus 2 Prerelease Events and Tournament Rules & Structure
The Final Fantasy TCG Opus 2 prerelease events will be held around the country on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March 2017. Here are the details.

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