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Major Changes in 2019 to Organized Play

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You can read it here: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2019/1/30/the-future-of-organized-play/

We are still figuring out how this impacts L5R Organized Play, but the big changes that I can parse:

  1. In Store Support is going from tournaments to "Casual Play" model
  2. The In Store Support package is only for 8 players for 3 months
  3. Premium In Store Support packages will be available for certain games (presuming L5R is one of them)
  4. Worlds Championships are going to Invite Only
  5. Prime Championships provide 1 Invite; Grand Championships provide Top 4 Invites; Continental Championships (likely GenCon and European Championships) provide Top 8 Invites
  6. No word on what the retroactive Hatamoto titles given out to Top of Clans in previous Grand Kotei will be given or if they still have an invitations to the Worlds
  7. Kotei are NOT within this structure, but are instead an "Open Event", which may or may not be included with these events on a case by case basis

The biggest change is that the local tournament scene is going to twice a year per store, and World's Championships are going to strictly Invite Only. No word as of yet if the Worlds will allow people in the door who are not competing in the main tournaments, but it is likely that if they do? This is the start of FFG moving in the direction of turning their World Championships in November into more of a mini-convention.

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20 hours ago, sndwurks said:

Kotei are NOT within this structure, but are instead an "Open Event", which may or may not be included with these events on a case by case basis

I think this is the most important point to L5R. It means we'd be getting at least one more level of OP tournaments.

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On 1/30/2019 at 4:31 PM, sndwurks said:

You can read it here: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2019/1/30/the-future-of-organized-play/

2. The In Store Support package is only for 8 players for 3 months

That actually isn't much of a change from the current support package - it just makes the default weekly leagues instead of monthly conflict tournaments and streamlines the contents to only cards (which they print in-house and don't have to deal with outsourcing which should definitely help keep them on schedule).  I'm assuming that the "Premium" support packages will be the stuff that would be included for the quarterly Stronghold Tournament (like the Harness the Elements or Rise of the Mantis) with the playmats, wooden cards, honor tokens, etc.

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