I'm the lead for Armada events at NOVA Open this year. We've got a full schedule, which you can sign up for starting March 1st. Full info on signup is in the latest NOVA Open newsletter. Details for all events are in the primers available here (if that link does not work, go to the 15 February newsletter and click the primer link there).Here's what we have planned:
US Grand Championship
Our premier event will be the 2019 US Grand Championship for Star Wars Armada. In addition to a wide variety of other prizes that will be announced at a later date, players who do well in a Grand Championship have the opportunity to win the following: The Top 4 players will all receive an invite to the next Star Wars: Armada World Championships. Starting in 2020, all FFG OP World Championships will be invitation-only for competitors, which means this prize will be heavily sought-after! The winner of the Grand Championship will also receive a free flight to Worlds.
There will be two heats: Heat 1 is Thursday, August 29th. Heat 2 is Friday, August 30th. The top two from each heat and the next four finishers from both days by tournament points will qualify for the finals on Saturday, August 31st. These eight finalists will play three swiss rounds to determine the champion.
The Armada Team Tournament is an alternative to the standard Armada tournament. It is played two on two, with 800 points on each side. This is your chance to break out an Executor-class Super Star Destroyer, fly multiple fully equipped Imperial Star Destroyers, or allow Admiral Ackbar to command multiple MC80 cruisers. This event will run on Saturday, August 31st, at the same time as the Finals. Each player will need to sign up as an individual. If you don't have a teammate, don't worry--I will help match players up at the event (just bring both factions unless you've already found a teammate). There will be three swiss rounds of 150 minutes each.
Games of this scale require adjusted fleet building rules. When building your fleet with your teammate, you can choose one of two templates:
* Super Star Destroyer: You are required to field one Executor-class Super Star Destroyer. You are limited to one fleet commander, but that commander’s ability applies to all ships in the fleet. Only three flotillas may be included. Squadron allocation is limited to 200 points.
* MLU (Multiple Large Units): Each player builds a 400 point fleet. Each fleet must have a commander, and that commander’s ability applies ONLY to ships in that fleet. Each fleet MUST field at least one large-base ship and is limited to two flotillas. Squadron allocation for each fleet is capped at 100 points.
The Battle of Jakku is won. The Galactic Civil War is over. The Empire is no more. The Rebel Alliance is now the New Republic, and is demobilizing. For some, this means peace and prosperity, taking time to heal and rebuild, and building a new and just government that respects the rights of all sentient beings. For others, especially in the Outer Rim, this means CHEAP WEAPONS! Imperial depots are being emptied by corrupt quartermasters, Rebel ships are auctioned off...for all the new aspiring pirates, it’s never been a better time to outfit a small fleet!
Our final event will be a new format we're calling Pirate Furball. Here are the basics:
Fleet Points: 300
Ship Restrictions: No unique upgrades (including titles), no faction limited upgrades, only one upgrade per ship. Only small or medium base ships allowed. Flotillas are allowed, but limited to two.
Squadrons: No unique squadrons
Factions: Players may build fleets with ships and squadrons from both factions.
Objectives: objectives will be provided by the TO
Play area: 3x3
Time: 90 minute rounds, 4 rounds
That's all the basics. Please feel free to ask questions. Seats are limited, so make sure you sign up for the NOVA Open newsletter for the latest news on registration. I hope to see a lot of you there!