How you can participate in the Catan US National Championship Tournaments?
There are a number of different entry points to join into the Catan US Championship Tournament community. These tournaments are called qualifiers. These qualifiers are hosted at either a convention or at a retail store. If you want to join a qualifier, consult our handy listing to see what is still available near you on our map. You will need to contact the hosts directly to see how you can participate with them.
Each of these qualifying tournaments allow for you to compete against the best players in your region, and ultimately to see who will make it to the Catan US Championship.
The winner of each qualifier will be sent to the Catan US Championship at Origins Game Fair, each year in June. Catan players will face off against all other winners of the qualifier tournaments to become the year’s Catan United States Champion. Every two years, the US Champions are sent to the Catan World Championship tournament to represent the United States.
*Note* You must be 18+ years of age and a US Citizen to compete in any Catan National Championship event, even at the store/convention level.
How Does a Catan US Championship Qualifier Work?
As a player, you will be work your way through three groupings: the preliminaries, the semi-finals, and the finals.
The first group in a Catan tournament is called the preliminaries. The preliminaries are a series of at least three separate games of Catan. The scores that you can earn from preliminaries determine if you will move to the semi-finals.
Depending on who is hosting the qualifier, they may run as many as four preliminaries. If you are unsatisfied with your score in one preliminary you may return to compete in any or all of the other preliminary groups.
After all games in the preliminaries have been completed, your rank will be based on your best score from all the preliminary groups and compared to all other player scores in the qualifier, the top 16 players will move to the next level grouping – the semi-finals.
If you are in a qualifier with 28 or more unique players, each of the 16 semi-finalists will play 1 game to determine who advances. The 16 semi-finalists are divided into 4 separate tables (4-players per table). Each table plays 1 game of Catan. If you win in one of these 4 games you advance to the finals.
If you are in a qualifier with fewer than 28 unique players, each of the 16 semi-finalists will play 1 game to determine who advances. This semi-final game is played, scored, and ranked in the same way as in the preliminaries. If you are one of the top 4 players in the semi-finals, you advance to the finals.
In either case, the 4 semi-final winners advance to the finals. You play a single game of Catan, and if you are the winner of that final game you are knighted and get sent to the 20187 Catan US National Championshpi held at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio.
How Does the Score work in the Preliminaries?
You scores points in the preliminaries based on your performance in each game you play. Scores come from the total of three games. Each win determines rank. Ties between players with the same number of wins in the preliminaries is determined by the cumulative points from the three games that the tied players participated in. If need be, the rank between tied players with the same cumulative points is determined by how soundly players have beaten their opponents. All ranking will be aided with the software that is provided.
As an example: Margaret has won 2 games (10 points each) and in her third game she scored 7 points so she has a total score of 27. Maxwell has won 2 games and scored 5 points on one of his games so he has a total score of 25. B.J. also won 2 games and 5 points for a total of 25 points, but in both of his games he won quickly before the people playing at his tables could make more than 5 points. Radar won 1 game and scored 9s on his other games for a total score of 28.
When ranked Margaret, Maxwell, and B.J. each won 2 games and despite Radar accumulating more points the number of wins matter the most. Margaret has the most points among the tied players. Maxwell and B.J. have tied points, but B.J. had a higher differential between his score and his table’s score. The ranked players are as follows: 1st Margaret, 2nd B.J., 3rd Maxwell, 4th Radar.
What Happens when I win the Qualifier
If you win the qualifier, your host will supply a trip to Origins for the CUSC. We will provide the hotel room, convention registration, along with a celebratory dinner for you and the rest of the Qualifiers. If you win the CUSC then you will be sent to the Catan World Championship. The 2017 winner and the 2018 National Champions will compete at the Worlds in Germany, 2018.