Grand Championships

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Grand Championships
Dates:
August 2019 - Present
Frequency:
Once per country each year (in select countries)
Power Levels Awarded:
Winner: Power level 6[1]
No set restrictions
No power level restrictions

Formerly known as National Championships, Grand Championships are high-level Organized Play tournaments that typically take place only once a year per nation or territory. The top 4 players from each Grand Championship receive an invitation to the following World Championship.

At a Grand Championship, players are awarded 20 Æmbershards for participation, along with 10 Æmbershards per win and an additional 150 for the winner. The winner also gets a unique "Grand Champion" KeyForge deck (with a different card back and "Grand Champion" in the name, but otherwise a regular procedurally generated KeyForge deck).

Grand Championships can be run in one of the following formats and variants: Archon Triad, Archon Survival, Sealed Adaptive, Sealed Triad.


Prizes

Grand Champion deck awarded at the UK Grand Championship

As the tier above Prime Championships, Grand Championships offer increased prizes, as well as invitations to the KeyForge World Championship for the Top 4 players. Moreover, if there are enough participating players, the winner receives free travel to the World Championship.

The following Æmbershards are awarded to players based on performance for all variants except Survival:

Round Æmbershards Power level
Participation 20
Per win in Swiss 10
Top 32 20
Top 16 30
Top 8 40 4
Top 4 50
Finalist 75 5
Winner 150 6

For Archon 3-deck Survival, players receive 5 Æmbershards per win and an additional 5 Æmbershards per game played in Swiss. All other Æmbershard and Power Level amounts are the same.

No power levels are awarded in "true" Survival events, although players receive Æmbershards based on the number of games played and final ranking.

The 2019-2020 Grand Championships awarded top performing players with physical prizes unique to the event series. Each Grand Champion received a unique KeyForge Age of Ascension deck with the words "Grand Champion" in the name and a Sir Marrows playmat. Other top ranking players were awarded various prizes such as art sleeves and playmats with artwork from the card Bumblebird.

Results

2019-2020 Season

2019
Aug. 15-18
Germany flag.png Düsseldorf, Germany
Sealed
Adaptive
87
Unknown
Sealed
Adaptive
87
Unknown
Aug. 23-25
Canada.png Toronto, Canada
Archon
Survival
23
Kirk Maijala
Archon
Survival
23
Kirk Maijala
Archon
Triad
48
Phillip McKay
Sealed
Triad
70
Colby Bennardo
Archon
Triad
244
Cristiano Erente
Sep. 28
Greece flag.png Athens, Greece
Archon
Solo
Unknown
Unknown
Archon
Solo
Unknown
Archon
Triad
67
Eddy Audibert
Oct. 19-20
Denmark.png Taastrup, Denmark
Sealed
Adaptive
65
Christiaan Vestergaard
Unknown
Sealed
Adaptive
65
Christiaan Vestergaard
Nov. 9-10
Netherlands flag.png Utrecht, Netherlands
Archon
Survival
114
Erik Courier
Archon
Survival
114
Erik Courier
Final best-of-3, WC not legal due to 11 Days Rule
Nov. 15-17
Spain flag.png Madrid, Spain
Sealed
Adaptive
Alejandro Rosa Calero
Sealed
Adaptive
Alejandro Rosa Calero
Nov. 16-17
Sweden flag.png Stockholm, Sweden
Sealed
Adaptive
Unknown
Unknown
Sealed
Adaptive
Unknown
Nov. 23
Belgium flag2.jpg Saint-Gilles, Belgium
Archon
Survival
Aurore Raccah
Archon
Survival
Aurore Raccah
2-deck "true" survival
Nov. 23-24
Poland.png Gdańsk, Poland
Sealed
Triad
121
Unknown
Unknown
Sealed
Triad
121
Unknown
Open 2 and use 1 deck from each set
Sealed
Triad
178
Rafael Akira
Used Age of Ascension for the event
Nov. 29-Dec. 1
China flag.png Shanghai, China
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Archon
Survival
Unknown
2020
Jan. 18-19
Chile flag.png Santiago, Chile
Sealed
Adaptive
Unknown
Unknown
Sealed
Adaptive
Unknown
Feb. 2
Australia.png Parramatta, NSW, Australia
Archon
Adaptive
16
Alex Forndran
Archon
Adaptive
16
Alex Forndran
Feb. 29-Mar. 1
United kingdom.png Milton Keynes, UK
Archon
Survival
158
Alejandro Rosa Calero
Archon
Survival
158
Alejandro Rosa Calero
Not a true survival, Finals best-of-3, First 2-time GC winner

Upcoming events

2020
Sep. 12-13
Canada.png Montréal, Canada
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD


Further Reading

2019 Grand Championships, 15 July 2019

References

  1. According to the Fantasy Flight article The Key to the Crucible, the winning deck of a Grand Championship should receive power level 6. However, the overwhelming majority of winning decks in the 2019-2020 season have received power levels 5 or below.
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