Rules

Find below the complete rules o the Euro Team Carcassonne Online Championship

Who can play?

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

Where and when will it be held?

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

The expected tournament schedule is as follows (based on a participation of 14 teams):

Group stage – Match 1from the 25th to the 28th of October
Group stage – Match 2from the 28th to the 31th of October
Group stage – Match 3from the 1th to the 4th of November
Knockout stage – Quarterfinalsfrom the 4th to the 7th of November
Knockout stage – Semifinalsfrom the 8th to the 14th of November
Knockout stage – Finalfrom the 15th to the 21th of November
Schedules may evolve depending on the participation.

How can I register my team?

In order to register your team, firstly you need to send an e-mail to carcassonnecat@gmail.com. Once you receive authorization from the organizers, then you must fill in the following form with all the required information:

Registration form

Registration will open on October 11th, 10:00 Central European Time (CET)
Registration deadline is friday 22th of October, 14:00 Central European Time (CET)

Team composition and organization

The teams will be made up of a minimum of 8 players and a maximum of 10. Each player must play at least 1 duel during the group stage. In case of breaking this rule, the team will lose one point in the final classification of the group stage.

Each team will designate a captain who will be responsible for the communication between the opposing team captains and the tournament organizers.

Once the competition has started, the teams that need it will be able to add players to their team if necessary. Changes will only be allowed during the group stage.

Important: In order to ensure the smooth-running of the tournament, it is mandatory that at least half of the players of a team lined up during a match have a Premium BGA account during the tournament. For your information, a monthly subscription costs 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 the number of participants. There will be 4 seeds that will not play against each other in the first phase, according to the results of WTCOC 2021 and EURO 2020.

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

For each match, every team will make a lineup of 5 players assigning each player a rank from 1 to 5. This lineup will be sent by the team’s captain to the organizers who will publish the duels to be played on the Carcassonne.cat website in a dedicated event page. 

In each match, there will be a home team and an away team.The home team will have to line up Premium players in, at least, duels 1, 3 and 5. The away team will have to line up Premium players in, at least, duels 2 and 4.

All the duels will have to be played simultaneously. Date and hour will be arranged by the two teams captains.

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 player who did not start the game will be designated the winner.

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 qualified depends on the number of groups in the tournament.

Which player creates the games? Starting players and rematches.

Players 1, 3 and 5 from the 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 “propose 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 “propose rematch” button again to ensure the sequence A-B-A where A is the starting player.

Which are the captains tasks?

  • Ensure that all team members are aware of the rules.
  • Communicate with other captains and the tournament organizers.
  • Communicate with other captains about match scheduling.
  • Ensure that their team has enough BGA premium players to play each match.
  • Notify and update the results of their team in the shared grid with the organizers.

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.

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

*Only exception is for Catalonia, that will have to send their lineup within 36 hours before their match to a different group team captain. This captain will be able to confirm that the alignment of Catalonia conforms to what has been presented.

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 lineups will be published within 24 hours before the match in the lineup section of the web.

Once the lineup of a team has been published, only one modification can be made, that of the affected player (due to unforeseen major events).

In case one player gets an emergency and is not able to play his duel, the team will be allowed to replace him with another player.

Games format

All the games will be played:

– real-time

– 1vs1

– Basic Carcassonne tiles (no expansions) 

Table configuration will be as follows:

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What happens if the game starts with the wrong settings?

The game must be cancelled and restarted.

What happens if a player exceeds the allowed time?

The player who runs out of time will have to concede the game, unless his/her opponent accepts that this circumstance occurred due to reasons out of their rival’s control (lack of internet connection, major unforeseen events…), in which case they can continue playing. We ask for the utmost honesty from all participants in this regard. 

Note that the player who does not exceed the time limit should not expel the other player but if the opponent does not concede the game he must remind him to do so.

For fair play reasons, we request that all games should be finished except in the case described above.

What happens If the captains of two teams do not reach an agreement on the schedule?

These matches must be played on thursday and sunday (respectively) of the current week at 20:00 CET.

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 player that has not shown up 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 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 than 5 players, and duels in which it does not have a player are counted as lost.

In order to win a match, the team has to win 3 duels. This means that if both teams have 4 players available and the result is 2 duels to 2, both teams will be considered to have lost.

Whether or not the team is complete, each player will participate according to the role established by the previously sent lineup.

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 winning team will get a commemorative medal for each of its members.

Are third-party tools allowed?

  • For fair play reasons and the nature of the game itself, the help of any kind of tool is not allowed (scripts, computer applications, taking notes on paper…).
  • Help through hints or in any other way from team members or other people during the match is also forbidden. All players have to play their games on their own.

Fair development of the game?

The possibility of any incident or situation not accounted for in the rules, involves the interpretation and regulation of the same at the discretion of the organizers, respecting the ethical and fair play spirit of the competition.

The organizers reserve the right to take action against those teams or players who are caught up in unfair or anti-regulatory attitudes.

To communicate any incident, please send an e-mail to dispute.arbitration.zone@gmail.com and carcassonnecat@gmail.com.

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

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

Once your participation is confirmed, more specific and complete rules will be sent out to team captains. 

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.

The organization reserves the right to take action against those teams or players who are caught up in unsportsmanlike or anti-regulatory attitudes

Carcassonne.cat would like to thank Nicolas Basty for his help in drafting these rules in English