18 April 2016

So long and bye bye Intentional Draws!

Dear X-Wingers,

The long awaited (two agonizing days) announcement from Fantasy Flight Games has arrived!

Here are the exact words of our friendly neighborhood regarding the nefarious Intentional Draw!

"A recent update to the tournament regulations for each game supported by Organized Play highlighted intentional draws as a valid outcome to a match that competitors could choose to employ. This inclusion was made in the interest of a fair competitive play environment after seeing the implications of draws as a possible outcome without also including intentional draws as a legal option. The existence of intentional draws levels the playing field for all if draws of any kind are allowed in a game’s tournament play.

However, we have been listening to our communities of players and organizers following a noteworthy instance of intentional draws at a Regional Championship. One sentiment that resonated with many was that tournaments exist to bring people together to play games. We agree wholeheartedly with that goal, and we are charting a path toward achieving it more effectively.

After discussion with game developers and organizers, we have identified viable methods for the removal of draws from the tournament experience for our games which feature single-game Swiss rounds. In our games which feature two-game Swiss rounds (Android: Netrunner™ and Star Wars™: The Card Game), we are not planning any change to the intentional split policy due to the frequency of matches which result in equal tournament points awarded to both players.

This decision was not made lightly. We will be allowing the time necessary for these methods to be examined and fully tested before determining which will be used for resolving matches currently handled as draws. Each game's next Tournament Regulations update in July will include its new method, and it will become effective for tournaments starting August 1st, 2016. Until then, the current Tournament Regulations will remain in effect."

Wait...did I read that correctly? Let's read that again shall we.

After discussion with game developers and organizers, we have identified viable methods for the removal of draws from the tournament experience for our games which feature single-game Swiss rounds.

Come August 1st, it looks like Intentional Draws will be removed from X-Wing as it has a single round of Swiss. Can I get an 'Amen' folks?

No quickly cancel your tournaments, and only fly casual until August 1st for those of you who are unhappy with IDs in higher level play like regionals.

For the entire article from FFG please click here.

Goodbye for now fellow nerds and nerdettes.