Catan Masters Invitational

Catan Studio appreciates all our players who have made the Catan Tournaments so enjoyable and exciting. The Catan Masters Invitational Tournament is a special Qualifier tournament for the Catan Master player.  To qualify for the Masters Invitational Tournament, you must have placed in the Top 16 at any previous year’s National Championship. The four finalists of the Invitational tournament will have a seat at that season’s Nationals Championship. 

How it works:

The Catan Studio Organized Play team will send an email to everyone on the Masters Player list, and the first 64 to respond will be selected for the next Masters Invitational. We created a point system to track our eligible players’ standings. Click here to see the current rankings. Emails will be sent out to the highest ranking players first, and we will work our way down the list. There is also a list for people we do not have emails for, so you can contact us to update your contact information.

Invitations to the Master Invitational go out in blocks based on a player’s Master Ranking Score. Players who have earned the most points, through the ranking system, get the first invitations to the Masters Tournament. If those players don’t respond by a certain date, then open seats are offered to the next block of players, and so on until the seats are filled.

Later submissions will be placed on a waiting list.

This is a new system, and while we want to be inclusive of classic Catan players, sadly we don’t have all the history of our tournament systems in a database. The starting date began with the 2016 World Championship in Durango, Colorado. From that date, the points below are added to each player’s total score. This score will be cumulative.

Masters Ranking Score:

  • 1 pt. = Your name is on the Masters list as of 2016 Worlds., when Catan Studio took over the program.
  • 1 pt. = Every time you have attended a Catan National Championship
  • 1 pt. = Every time you made it to the semi-final table at a Catan US National Championship
  • 1 pt. = Every time you made it to the final table at a Catan US National Championship
  • 2 pt. = Every time you have attended the Catan World Championship
  • 2 pt. = Every time you have made it to the final table at a Catan World National Championship
  • 4 pt. = Every time you win the Catan World Championship
  • 1 pt. = Every time you place 1-4 in the Masters program

Participants will receive a lovely bag of Catan goodies and a Catan Masters T-Shirt. The top 4 Finalists will all win a guaranteed spot at the player’s Catan National Championship in 2020. If the 4 finalists have already Qualified for the 2020 National Championships or 2020 World Championship, the next person in the list will take their place. 

The Games:

Players will play 3 games as seen below, and the third is a secret! The Catan Masters Tournament will feature expansions, helpers, and scenarios because we’re looking for true Masters of Catan! Here are the 2020 Masters Invitational games:

Game 1: Catan: Rise of the Inkas
Game 2: Catan: Explorers & Pirates, Scenario 5.
Game 3: Surprise! You will know when you arrive!

Scoring & Prizes

We will have Catan Masters t-shirts for everyone, along with a lovely bag of Catan special Masters goodies. We will also be hosting a dinner for you at Brewcadia

The four Finalists of the 2020 Masters Tournament will get a seat at the 2020 Catan National Championship on Saturday, June 20th. You will play alongside all the other regional Qualifier Champions. If the Masters Invitational top 4 have already secured a space at the 2020 National Championship or the 2020 World Champions, we’ll take the next highest scores in their place on Saturday. 


You must be 18+ to participate in the Catan Masters Invitational. If you quit in the middle of the tournament or are a no-show, you will be removed from the Catan Masters program. If you have an emergency, we won’t remove you from the program if you let us know during the tournament or once you are available to contact us.

Have questions? Email Donna Prior, Catan Community Director: [email protected]