Rules of the Euro Team Carcassonne Online Championship

Find below the complete rules of this Championship.

Who can play?

Teams will be made by players of the same European countries or regions in which Carcassonne game has been published in their language. Only one team per country or region can register.

Where and when will it be celebrated?

All the games will be played on www.boardgamearena.com 

The expected tournament schedule is as follows (based on a participation of 12 teams):

Group stage – Match 1from the 14th to the 20th of September
Group stage – Match 2from the 21th to the 27th of September
Group stage – Match 3from the 28th to the 4th of October
Knockout stage – Quarterfinalsfrom the 5th to the 11th of October
Knockout stage – Semifinalsfrom the 12th to the 18th of October
Knockout stage – Finalfrom the 19th to the 25th of October

Schedule may evolve depending on the participation. However, the intention is that each team plays one match per week.

How can I register my team?

In order to register your team, you need to fill the following form indicating all the required information:

Registration form.

Deadline for registration is Saturday 10th of September, 14:00 Central European Time (CET)

How teams will be made?

Teams will be formed by a minimum of 5 players and a maximum of 10 players. 

Each team will choose a captain who will be responsible for the communication with the opponent’s team captains and the organization of the tournament. The captain’s task will be to schedule games dates and report results to the organization.

Important: In order to run smoothly the tournament, it’s mandatory that at least half of the players of a team lined up during a match have a Premium BGA account during the celebration of the tournament. Therefore, if your team is made of only 5 players, at least 3 of them must be Premium. For your information, a monthly subscription is worth 4€.

Carcassonne.cat does not gain any advantage from the fact that players would subscribe to a Premium BGA account.

Which tournament format will be used?

All teams will be randomly assigned to different groups, depending on participation. There will be two top seeds in each group, regarding the position in WTCOC 2020.

Matches will be played round robin, which means that each team will play against every other team from its group.

For each match, every team will make a line-up of 5 players assigning each player a rank from 1 to 5. This lineup will be sent by the team’s captain to the organization that will publish the duels to be played on Carcassonne.cat website in a dedicated space created for the event. 
In each match, a team be playing home and the other team away. Home team will have to line-up Premium players in, at least, duels 1, 3 and 5. Away team will have to line-up Premium players in, at least, duels 2 and 4.

All the duels will have to be played at the same time. Date and hour will be arranged by the two teams captains playing in a time frame of one week.

Each duel will be played to the best of 3 games (game is stopped at 2-0)

In case of a tie in a game, the winning player will be the player who was not the initial player. 

The winner of a duel gives 1 point to his team.

Best teams of each group after the group stage will be classified for the knockout stage. The number of teams qualyfied depends of the number of groups in the tournament.

What happens to the alignments of Catalonia?

Catalonia must send their lineup within 36 hours prior to their match to the email of a team in the group that they do not face. This will be able to confirm that the alignment of Catalonia conforms to what has been presented.

Which player creates the games? Starting players and rematches.

Players 1, 3 and 5 from home team (left of table) and players 2 and 4 from away teams will create games. All of these players are Premium players according to the rules.The player creating the first game must push the “rematch” button in order to start the second game. If both players won one of the games and need to play a new third game the player who created the first and second games must push the “rematch” button again to ensure the sequence A-B-A where A is the starting player.

As a captain, when do I have to send my lineup?

Your lineup has to be sent at least 24 hours before the beginning of your match.
Only exception is for Catalonia who will have to send it at least 36 hours before the beginning of the match.

It is mandatory to add the letter P next to the players who are premium

In case one player gets an emergency and cant play his duel, the team will be allowed to replace him by another player.

As a captain, can I modify my lineup as many times as I want?

Yes you can do it until 24 hours before your match.

The line-ups will be published within 24 hours before the match in the line-up section of the web.

Once the lineup of a team has been published, only one modification can be made, that of the affected player.

Games format?

All the games will be played:

– real-time

– 1vs1

– Basic Carcassonne tiles (no expansions) 

Table configuration will be as follows:

What happens if a player exceeds the allowed time?

His opponent is free to press “skip player’s move”. From this moment, the player exceeding time will have 20 extra seconds to come back into the game. If he doesnt return, game will be lost for the player exceeding time.

What happens if a duel is not played?

If a duel cannot be played due to the absence of one of the two players, the team that has not appeared will lose the duel.

Regarding the waiting time of the player who shows up for the duel on time, he is asked to give a margin of between 15 minutes minimum and 30 maximum to the player who has not appeared. After 15 minutes, the player who is waiting can give the duel won in his favor by the result of 2-0

What happens if a match is not played?

If two teams do not reach an agreement to set the day and time of their match, it will be obligatorily played on Sunday of the same week at 21:00 UTC +2.

If any of the teams does not show up, they will lose automatically. In the event that a team does not have 5 players available, it may participate with less, and duels in which it does not have a representative are considered lost.

Whether or not the team is complete, each participating player will do so according to the role established by the previously sent line-up.

If one or both teams do not show up, they will be deemed losers

Reporting results?

Both captains will have to report the complete scores by email to carcassonnecat@gmail.com in order to officialize the results.

It is mandatory to fill in the spreadsheet of the results after the matches

How is made the classification?

Find below an example of how will be made the classification.

Example: Germany wins against Catalonia 4 duels to 1 with 9 games won and 3 games lost

RankCountryVictoriesDuels WonDuels LostGames WonGames Lost
1Germany14193
2Catalonia01439

Teams will be ranked according to the following parameters in the following order:

  • Number of matches won (Victories).
  • Number of duels won.
  • Difference between games won and games lost.

In case of a total draw, the winning team will be the one who won the direct match.

The final ranking (5th – last) will be made as follows:

  1. Round where the team is eliminated
  2. Percent of matches won
  3. Percent of duels won
  4. Percent of games won

Are there any prizes?

The only prize will be to be crowned the best Carcassonne online team of Europe. A badge will be awarded to the best team to remember its accomplishment.

Which tools are allowed?

  • Comunication between all players in the team is allowed. The objective is to make a real team competition, and that all players in the team can participate in all matches.
  • Counting tiles is allowed.
  • Informatic tools are not allowed: neither BGA’s scripts or other external tools.

As organizers, we hope fair play from all the teams.

Control of the fair development of the game?

We, as Carcassonne.cat, will try to cover all the possible misinterpretation and misconducts that could be done with the rules.

Two members of Carcassonne.cat who won’t play the tournament will be designated to rule the possible conflicts and rules misinterpretations in order to assure the highest level  of fairplay. 

In case of a clear misconduct from a player, this player will be expelled from the Championship.

These misconducts can be:

  • Creation by the same player of 2 or more fake accounts in order to play different nicknames
  • Give up on games not finished
  • Disrespect your adversary

Who do I contact if I have any doubts or questions regarding the tournament?

For any question, please contact carcassonnecat@gmail.com who will reply to you as soon as possible.

Anyways, once your participation is confirmed, more specific and complete rules will be sent to you. 

Glossary:

Match: a match refers to the confrontation between two teams. The score of a match will be determined by the result of 5 duels. Possible scores of a match will be : 5-0, 4-1, 3-2 and vice versa. The winner team of a match gives 1 victory to its team.

Duel: a duel refers to the confrontation between 2 players. The score of a duel will be determined by the result  of 2 or 3 games. Possible scores of a duel will be: 2-0, 2-1 and vice versa. The winner of a duel gives 1 point to his team. 

Game: a game refers to a simple game between 2 players.