Catan Qualifier

The Arizona Game Fair is hosting an official Catan US National Tournament Qualifier. The winner of the Arizona Game Fair Catan qualifier will be invited to attend the Catan United States Championship held at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio. 

Players will face off against all other winners of the qualifier tournaments to become the year’s US Catan Champion. Every two years the US Champions are sent to the Catan World Championship tournament to represent the United States. The 2018 Catan World Championship will be in Germany.

When: March 29 – 31

Prelims: Friday 10am – 2pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm

Semi Final: Sunday 10am

Final: Sunday

Where: Arizona Game Fair, Tournament Tables

WHAT CATAN WILL BE PLAYED: Latest edition, no expansions.

Cost: Free (This does not include badge cost.)

Age requirement: You must be 18+ years of age.

IMPORTANT: As this is a National Championship, you must be a Citizen of the United States to compete.

How to compete
Preliminaries will be held on Friday and Saturday. During the preliminaries, contestants will play 3 games of Catan. The top 16 ranked contestants after the two prelims will continue on to the Semi Final on Sunday. The winners of the semi final game will compete in the final. 

How Does A Catan National Championship Qualifier Work?

As a player, you will be work your way through three groupings: the preliminaries, the semi-finals, and the finals for events with more than 24 players. If the Qualifier has less than 24, you compete in the preliminaries and the final.

The first group in a Catan tournament is called the preliminaries. The preliminaries are a series of three separate games of Catan. The scores that you can earn from preliminaries determine if you will move to the semi-finals. Depending on who is hosting the qualifier, they may run as many as three preliminaries on different dates. If you are unsatisfied with your score in one preliminary you may return to compete in any or all of the other preliminary groups.

After all games in the preliminaries have been completed, your rank will be based on your best score from all the preliminary groups and compared to all other player scores in the qualifier, the top 16 players will move to the next level grouping – the semi-finals.

The 16 semi-finalists are divided into 4 separate tables (4-players per table) an assigned to tables based on ranking, which can be found in the Official Rules. Each table plays 1 game of Catan. If you win in one of these 4 games you advance to the finals.

The four semi-final winners advance to the finals. You play a single game of Catan, and if you are the winner of that final game you are knighted and are guaranteed a spot at the Catan National Championships (location dependent on country host).

How Does The Score Work In The Preliminaries?

You scores points in the preliminaries based on your performance in each game you play. Scores come from the total of three games. Each win determines rank. Ties between players with the same number of wins in the preliminaries is determined by the cumulative points from the three games that the tied players participated in. If need be, the rank between tied players with the same cumulative points is determined by how soundly players have beaten their opponents.

As an example: Margaret has won 2 games (10 points each) and in her third game she scored 7 points so she has a total score of 27. Maxwell has won 2 games and scored 5 points on one of his games so he has a total score of 25. B.J. also won 2 games and 5 points for a total of 25 points, but in both of his games he won quickly before the people playing at his tables could make more than 5 points. Radar won 1 game and scored 9s on his other games for a total score of 28.When ranked Margaret, Maxwell, and B.J. each won 2 games and despite Radar accumulating more points the number of wins matter the most. Margaret has the most points among the tied players. Maxwell and B.J. have tied points, but B.J. had a higher differential between his score and his table’s score. The ranked players are as follows: 1st Margaret, 2nd B.J., 3rd Maxwell, 4th Radar.

What Happens When I Win The Qualifier?

Your Qualifier host will send your name/email when they report the results to us. We will reach out with all the information you need to know and what to expect at the Catan National Championship of your country. You should book your transit and hotel as soon as you can when you receive the confirmation.If you win your country’s Catan National Championship, you will be sent to the Catan World Championship by your country’s Host. The 2019 winner and the 2020 National Champions will compete at the Catan World Championship, location to be announced at a later date.