You have heard the rumors. You might actually have heard my thoughts and offered your opinions in helping this event take shape. You might have no idea what I'm talking about. Well, regardless, it's time to pierce the veils of secrecy and reveal the truth once and for all. I've been thinking for a long time how to go about creating a super competitive invitational tournament just for the fun of it (and some friendly trash-talking & ribbing). Also, I wanted an opportunity to offer some more cool prizes and swag. So, with the introduction of the Store Championships, all the pieces fell into place and the Von Innen Invitational was born. So what is it exactly?
Essentially, it is a small private tournament with a twist. Entrance is restricted to the 6 GNRL Store Champions and two people coming from the Chronos Protocol standings. If somebody gets a seed earlier, the spot gets passed to the next person, and so on. The twist, is that in chronological order (starting with the Kaissa Amarousiou winner) the participant gets to choose a faction to hire him (either Corp or Runner) essentially locking it for the rest of the participants. The two Chronos Protocol seeds, thanks to selective mind-mapping, neither lock or are constrained by this.
Clarification: The Lock applies to a specific ID, not a whole faction, otherwise the first three would lock all runners and that's all folks!
The tournament itself will take place sometime near the end of May (date still pending) along with a regular tournament, giving a chance to the rest of the players to aim for those precious top spots, without all these nasty Store Champions stealing their agendas. Given that the whole thing is experiemental, the tournament will also run in an experimental format, which I like to call AC/DC round-robin, meaning that everyone will get to play everyone for one match, playing Corp one game and Runner on the other, with the two top prestige-gathererers facing off in a normal final match.
As for the prizes, every paricipant will get:
The winner, apart from eternal fame & glory, he will also claim:
Will Team BLTG prevail against the challengers? Come to the Von Innen Invitational and find out for yourselves :)
And not to forget, before I sign off, a round of hearty thanks to all the Stores that supported Season III of the GRNL:
Κάισσα Νέας Ερυθραίας
Fantasy Shop Βικτώρια
Fantasy Shop Εξάρχεια
Fantasy Shop Μαρούσι
This House Rules
And of course, big thanks to all the wonderful members of the Greek Netrunner community and the Greek Guild on BoardGameGeek.com