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EDIT: This is now an official Worlds qualifier!

We are very excited to announce that Heffers Games in Cambridge, UK will be hosting a Qualifier for the $100,000 World Championship for Epic.

In addition to our prizes on the night, we will offer the winner the opportunity to compete in the 2016 Epic Card Game World Championship held in Massachusetts during November.

Join us and help us raise the Dragonsong so loud they can hear it over in Cambridge Massachusetts!


Event on Facebook: Broken Lands #1

TICKETS: http://epicqualifiertournament.eventbrite.co.uk

Ticket sales will cease on Monday 3rd October to allow us time to prepare the tournament for all booked players. If you are interested in participating please secure a ticket before this time.

CARDS: Players will be expected to have their own copy of Epic and all cards from the Tyrants expansion. No promotional cards (except for official alternate arts) will be permitted for use at any stage in the tournament. There may be a limited number of spare cards to share, although sharing will only be permitted between players of a similar playing level. If there are not enough cards to go around, players will be asked to buy a full set (available on the night with 10% off) or withdraw.

This Qualifier tournament will run as a series of Swiss-style single round matches, after which the top players will progress into a high stakes knockout vying for a chance to be in the final.

TIMES: Registration is from 6:30pm and the tournament starts promptly at 7pm as we have a tight schedule to keep to.

Tournament Structure

Preliminary Rounds – “Random 45”

Players will be dealt 45 cards randomly selected from the set of 168 cards in the base set + Tyrants. Of those 45 cards, each player will build a 30 card deck, which they will use for all the preliminary rounds.

Each round, players will be paired with an opponent with the same number of wins. After several rounds of play, the eight players with the best record advance to the playoffs. (The number of preliminary rounds will be based on attendance.)

Playoff Rounds & Grand Final – “Pack Draft”

The remaining rounds are single elimination, based on the pack draft format. Each round will eliminate half the remaining players until the last two meet in the finals. For the pack draft, each of the 8 players will receive three 10-card “packs” of randomly selected cards, which they keep separate.

Each player looks through their first pack, picking one card and passing the remaining 9 to the player on their left. They then take the pack just passed to them and do the same, repeating until all players have drafted a card from the first pack. The second pack is drafted passing to the right, and the third to the left. At the end of this all players will have a 30-card deck, which they will use for all of the playoffs and the grand final.

Grand Prizes

- 1st place player will win their choice of an Epic Card Game "Sea Hydra" limited edition playmat or "Raging T-Rex" card storage box.

- 2nd place wins whichever remains of the playmat & card storage box.

- Top 8 will receive a promotional prize card " New Dawn".

- All players will receive a participation promotional prize card " Necromancer Apprentice".

- All players will receive 20% off Star Realms and Epic playmats stocked by Heffers on the night.

But most importantly, the winning player becomes qualified for the 2016 Epic World Championship, meaning they will win at least $500 at the Championship and have a chance to win $25,000 and become the first Epic World Champion! Only 64 people will qualify for this event and they will battle for a total of $100,000 in cash prizes.

All costs, including travel & accommodation, are the responsibility of the player and are not reimbursed by Heffers, Blackwells, Boardgames at the Bookshop or White Wizard Games.
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Re: Broken Lands #1: Cambridge UK, Sat 8th Oct at 7pm
greylag wrote:
We're getting together in October to run Cambridge's first Epic tournament, which may also be the first Epic tournament in the UK (if not, I'm sad to have missed whatever it was!). Join us and help us raise the Dragonsong so loud they can hear it over in Cambridge Massachusetts!


Oh you think you're so clever here!

(It was pretty good)

I heartily endorse this event. Even with all the weird British rules. Greylag is good people, and an excellent Epic judge.

Ian Taylor
Director of Organized Play
White Wizard Games
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Re: Broken Lands #1: Cambridge UK, Sat 8th Oct at 7pm
I'm very excited to finally be able to say that this tournament is now a qualifier for the Worlds tournament, held near Boston! The winning player gets one of only 64 places at Worlds, with a guaranteed minimum prize (if attending).
 
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There are many different ways to seek peace. Some find it within. Others from a connection with the holy. They who have convened with dragons know a whole other kind of peace; those who make it to our top 8 will find it also.

Two weeks until Broken Lands (and just 1 week until the ticket deadline on the 3rd October), and we have eight copies of alt arts for the base set card Inner Peace for our top 8 players. This was available at Dragoncon, but very few have made their way over here. Definitely my favourite art for this card!

 
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Congratulations to our grand champion, Netta, who won with a powerful drafted Sage deck, splashing Wild for big beaters. She knocked me out in the semifinals, I ran a similar deck (we drafted at different tables) but without the strong champions, meaning she put me under way too much pressure on the board. Decklist forthcoming on Forge!

Netta and the #2 player were unable to travel at short notice for Worlds, so the qualifier spot goes to our #3, Abdul, who will be flying over to represent us all next month.

Both achieved their places in a 10-strong field, some of our players have been playing Epic since the KS, others were new but had a solid TCG background.

Excellent sporting play by everyone, every 30 minute Swiss game went to annihilation (outright victory by reducing opponent to 0 life) as did the 45-minute knockout games.
 
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