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 tournament structure just for those who qualify as a Master Catan 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 48 to respond will be selected for the next Masters Invitational. We created a point system to track our eligible players’ standings, which is outlined below. Emails will be sent out to the highest ranking players first, and we will work our way down the list.

Invitations to the Masters go out in blocks based on a player’s Master Ranking Score. Players who have earned the most points, through the system listed below, 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 system in a database. We are setting the starting date to begin with the last World Championship in Durango, 2016. 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 August 2017
  • 1 pt. = Every time you have attended a Catan National Championship starting in 2017
  • 1 pt. = Every time you made it to the semi-final table at a Catan US National Championship starting in 2017
  • 1 pt. = Every time you made it to the final table at a Catan US National Championship starting in 2017
  • 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 Catan National Championship at their country’s event. 


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 do understand, but please let us know as soon as possible so we don’t remove you.

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!

If you are the winner of the Masters Invitational Tournament will get your name immortalized on the Catan Masters Trophy! 

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