When I was deciding between which events to attend this year for FFTCG, I faced a dilemma that I think a lot of players have debated on. There are only so many events you can attend, between price and time off from work, can you choose to go to a non-qualifying event over something like a Crystal Cup? There have been multiple non-qualifying events to choose from in the last few months. Reunion II, The Summoning, and Fan Fair were all on my list of potential travels. In the end I decided that I had to go to Reunion, one of the biggest motivations being that I wanted to meet all my Cards of Ivalice teammates in person and support James Lockwood’s event. So here I am back from Reunion and I’ll tell you straight off the bat, I don’t regret going for a second. The great news is, there are more and more fan made events cropping up this year, so let’s talk about what made Reunion so great and why you might consider traveling for these types of events (Reunion III next year for example).
The event was held at Campus Cards and Games 2, a fantastic venue. As you walked in there was a massive set up for tabletop games of the Star Wars and Warhammer variety. We walked through the store to find another huge room in the back where Reunion would take place. There was plenty of room for everyone, but the room did get quite hot with all the players in there at once. Thankfully the store had the back door open, and it was easy to get out and catch the breeze in-between rounds.
James had an area of the store set up with bulk cards from a bunch of different Opus’s that was fully accessible to everyone. The cards were literally FREE, and you could take as many as you wanted. Needed to fill out your own collection? Great take some cards. Want to grab a bunch to give to a friend to get them started? Sweet, James has you covered. It was a very nice touch and I think a lot of people took advantage of it. At the end of the event I believe the cards went to Campus Cards and Games, so hopefully they can get them into the hands of some new players. Speaking of which, we had lots of new players at Reunion and we even had lots of traffic from the other side of the store asking about the game.
The neat thing about these community events, is that they can appeal to casual players, and they provide more opportunity for the game to be visible and enticing to communities. This is one reason why I like the Summoner’s Cup model that Square Enix NA is piloting.
The event itself consisted of 76 players and we played 8 rounds of Best of One swiss, before cutting to a Top 16. The Top 16 played Best of Three and received AMAZING custom art Beatrix playmats.
1st - $1,000 + Reunion Champion Trophy, Promo Foils (3) + Playmat
2nd - $250 + Promo Foils (3) + Playmat
3rd/4th - 1 Opus X Booster Box, Promo Foils (3) + Playmat
5th/6th/7th/8th - 12 Opus X Booster Packs, Promo Foils (3) + Playmat
You can see the Top 16 deck lists here.
In general, we saw a LOT of WoFF and Wind/Water at this event. There was also a healthy amount of Ranperre. I would say some sort of Ice variant was fairly present as well. Besides that we had lots of different decks show up in smaller numbers. Some of the more interesting decks we saw were:
All of which made the Top 16 and can be found at the link above. One other thing I noticed, was how prepared everyone (including myself) was for WoFF. Lots of people were talking about how their deck or card tech selection would combat WoFF and I definitely heard a few people that just didn’t happen to run into WoFF in their draw talk about how unlucky they were.
I want to shout out James, Jared, Jacob, Jason, and Kayla (ok come on man, way too many “J” names) for all the work they put into the event. Besides a few re-pairings, the event went pretty smoothly.
I met so many players, some for the first time and some that I have seen online in the Facebook groups. I want to thank Myles Tyler for his generosity giving every player UFS booster packs for FREE as well as giving FFTCG full art box toppers to all the new players that did not have them yet. Go look up the FFTCG Open he will be hosting in April at Legendary Wolf Games, if you don't make Day 2 of the open, he is throwing a 1k tournament as a side event!
And of course I need to shout out all my Cards of Ivalice teamates: Sam, Serina, Ynez, Bailey, Jamie, Chad, Jacob, Jen, Jessie, and Mohammad.
To finish off this article I want to put it in plain terms why you should attend Reunion III next year:
1. James runs an amazing event with great staff, more than you would expect from a community run event.
2. The players that attend Reunion are top notch in both skill and personality.
3. It happens right in the FFTCG dead season. Not only is it an oasis in the desert of FFTCG withdrawal, MAN does it get you pumped up for the next competitive season.
4. $1000 first place prize.
5. Custom playmats, raffles, big prize support, side games, and much more.
6. I’ll be there.
Another note I’d like to mention is that throughout all this James has been very humble is constantly looking at improving the event. Based on this year, next year’s Reunion III may even be a two-day event! So if you are having to make hard choices about which events to go to, or if you should go to a non-qualifying event, let me make it a little easier for you. Go to Reunion III next year, you will not regret it!
Until next time Mysidians,
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Alex is a FFTCG player from Vancouver, Canada. His favourite Final Fantasy is IV and his favourite Elements are Earth and Ice, although he has a soft spot for fire.