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The Arizona Game Fair is hosting an official Catan US National Tournament Qualifier. The winner of the Arizona Game Fair Catan qualifier will be sent to the Catan United States Championship held June 13-17 at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio. The trip will be sponsored by the Arizona Game Fair and Catan Studio.

That’s right. The winner gets a free trip to Origins 2018. 

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 represend the United States. The 2018 Catan World Championship will be in Germany.

When: Feb 9, 10, 11.

Prelims: Friday, Saturday

Semi Final: Sunday

Final: Sunday

Where: Arizona Game Fair, Scheduled Gaming B

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

Cost: $10 (This does not include badge cost. Tournament finalists will receive a refund on 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
To compete in the Catan Qualifier you must first purchase a preliminary ticket. Tickets will be limited. Preliminaries will be held on Friday and Saturday. During the preliminaries, contestants will play 3 games of Catan. The top 16 contestants will continue on to the Semi Final on Sunday.


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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.

The first group in a Catan tournament is called the preliminaries. The preliminaries are a series of at least three separate games of Catan. The scores that you can earn from preliminaries determine if you will move to the semi-finals. 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.

If you are in a qualifier with 28 or more unique players, each of the 16 semi-finalists will play 1 game to determine who advances. The 16 semi-finalists are divided into 4 separate tables (4-players per table). Each table plays 1 game of Catan. If you win in one of these 4 games you advance to the finals. If you are in a qualifier with fewer than 28 unique players, each of the 16 semi-finalists will play 1 game to determine who advances. This semi-final game is played, scored, and ranked in the same way as in the preliminaries. If you are one of the top 4 players in the semi-finals, you advance to the finals. In either case, the 4 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 get sent to the Catan United States Championships.

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. All ranking will be aided with the software that is provided.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?

If you win the qualifier, your host will supply a trip to your Catan National Championship. For the US-based Qualifier Winners, we will provide the hotel room, convention registration, along with a celebratory dinner for you and the rest of the Qualifiers. If you win your Catan National Championship, you will be sent to the Catan World Championship by your country’s Host.. The 2017 winner and the 2018 National Champions will compete at the Worlds in Germany, 2018.