European Challenge Cup 2015 Last year the European Challenge Cup was an International Special Premier Event visited by 408 players from 18 European countries and USA. This year there will be two tournaments, the traditional TCG with improved Championship Points and the ECC 2015 VG Regional Championships (to be announced soon). Location This tournament will be held on Saturday 7 February (Swiss rounds) and Sunday 8 February 2015 (finals) at Sporthal Valkenhuizen, Beukenlaan 15, NL-6823 JM Arnhem, The Netherlands (new location!)* *The venue is just a couple of kilometres from the German border, it's trainstation one of the major stops of international trains coming from the Airports of Cologne (Köln - Germany) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands). There is a public tribune where family and nonplaying friends can watch the games from reasonable distance. A catering service is present at the location. The venue is easily to reach with public transport from the Central Station, where also most of the hotels are located. There are enough possibilities for parking cars in the vicinity of the venue. No food or drinks allowed in the playing area, at the tribunes only drinks in plastic cups. The tournament starts at 10.00 am, but the registration at the venue opens at 08.00 am (till 09.30 am). A total of nearly 900 TCG participants can be accommodated. The size of the divisions are dependent on the number of players. The tournament is open to participants from all over the world. (Pre)registration Preregistration starts at: December, 3th, 2014 (click here) Please add your country code behind your name in the registration form. For example: Danny Player (UK) Tournament structure Participants play with their own decks in the Standard format. That means that the use of cards is limited to certain series. Prior to the tournament, during the player meeting, one has to hand over a decklist and during the tournaments there will be deck checks. Cards present in the series mentioned below are allowed: BW Boundaries Crossed BW Plasma Storm BW Plasma Freeze BW Plasma Blast BW Legendary Treasures Kalos Starter Set XY XY Flashfire XY Furious Fists XY Phantom Forces XY Trainer Kit promo's BW 51+; XY 1+ McDonalds Collection 2014 BEWARE: The cards of XY Primal Clash become tournament legal at 25 February 2015! Participants are divided into 3 divisions, dependent on the year of birth. These divisions are: Junior division: born in 2004 or later; Senior division: born in 2000, 2001, 2002 or 2003; Masters division: born in 1999 or earlier. The tournament will be using double swiss (More information about "double swiss"(click here)). Saturday swiss rounds will be played, with best-of-3 in rounds of 50 minutes + 3 turns. During this part of the tournament each pairing is made randomly by the Tournament Operations Manager program, the results of the competitors will influence the pairings of the next round. The outcome of a match of each player is of importance to one’s rating and thus helps players to earn an invite for the World Championships. The European Challenge Cup 2015 is intended as a higher qualifying tournament and winners will earn Championship points equal to a National Championship and the results will be used for calculated your rating. Subsequently the winner receives enough points to qualify his/her participation for the World Championships 2015 at Boston, Massachusetts, USA (Learn more about Championship points (click here)). Sunday, depending on the number of participants per division, swiss will be played also with best-of-3 in rounds of 50 mintes + 3 turns (max. 32 players). This will result in a max. Top-cut 8 that will play best-of-3 in rounds of 75 minutes + 3 turns Program (preliminary) Saturday 7 February 2015: 8.00 - 9.30 am - Registration players 10.00 am - opening hall to players to check player roster (10.00 a.m.) and pairings (10.15 a.m.) 10.30 am - start first round Swiss. There is no lunch break! Sunday 8 February 2015: 8.15 - 8.30 am - Arrival finalists/pairings 8.30 am - Start first round swisss. 10.15 - 10.45 am - Registration Release Events XY Primal Clash 11.00 am - 16.00 pm Release events XY Primal Clash 17.30 pm - End of last round finalists (MA division) followed by handing out the prizes to the Winners of the ECC 2015 Don’t forget when you participate in this tournament Take care that you have your PlayerID at hand; Read the tournament rules, so you know what to bring to this event; Have your decklist form (see left under the "Registration › decklist” button) filled in completely prior to the tournament; Have your cards at the same follow order as you decklist for deckcheck; Be at the venue on time, as those that arrive too late will receive a “round loss”. Prizes (preliminary) 1st place ECC 2015 Champion Trophy and 72 boosters of XY Primal Clash and 500 Championship Points 2nd place ECC 2015 Finalist Trophy and 72 boosters of XY Primal Clash and 300 Championship Points [Kicker 4] 3rd place ECC 2015 Semi-finalist Trophy and 36 boosters of XY Primal Clash and 150 Championship Points [Kicker 8] 4rd place ECC 2015 Semi-finalist Trophy and 36 boosters of XY Primal Clash and 150 Championship Points [Kicker 8] 5th-8th place 36 boosters of XY Primal Clash and 100 Championship Points [Kicker 32] 9th-12th place 18 boosters of XY Primal Clash and 80 Championship Points [Kicker 64] 13th-16th place 9 boosters (Master division: 18 boosters) of XY Primal Clash and 60 Championship Points [Kicker 64] 17th-24th place 6 boosters (Master division: 9 boosters) of XY Primal Clash and 40 Championship Points [Kicker 128] 25th-32nd place 3 boosters (Master division: 9 boosters) of XY Primal Clash and 40 Championship Points [Kicker 128] 33th-64th place 30 Championship Points [Kicker 256] 65th-128th place 10 Championship Points [Kicker 512] All participants receive a special designed attention, a booster XY Primal Clash and an Arena promo at registration (all while supplies last!). Admission fee € 8,00 Side Events On Sunday there will be a (pre)release event of the new XY Primal Clash set (€ 24,- à person). Mini-VG tournaments (€ TBD) with a Pokémon prize for the winner (TBD).