Skirmish Season Three
Following the release of Tales of Aria, we are ready to launch the third season of Skirmish to players around the world. Skirmish is a competitive tournament series designed to bring meaningful and accessible higher level organized play to the community, available in selected stores in all our supported territories. Skirmish is a chance to provide your community an event that will offer the things that make gaming great: great players, great prizes, and 100% great games!
What are Skirmish Events?
Skirmish is a one-off event held by stores. Stores will be assigned either Blitz format event or a Tales of Aria Draft event. Each event is supported by the Skirmish prize kit. Events can be run by selected stores from the 13th November to the 5th December 2021.
Organizers of in person events will receive a prize kit containing the following:
- 2x Razor Reflex Playmats
- 8x Cold Foil Tales of Aria Young Hero cards
- 33 x Invigorate - Rainbow Foil Extended Art (11 of each pitch value)
All events should have a Swiss portion followed by a Top Cut.
For Blitz swiss rounds should be followed by a cut to top 4 or 8. Events need a minimum of 8 players to run.
|Players||Swiss Rounds||Top Cut|
|17 - 32||5||Top 8|
|33 - 64||6||Top 8|
Tales of Aria Draft Events
For the first time Draft becomes a part of the Skirmish series. Players will draft depending on the size of the event. Players will either participate in one or two draft pods before moving to a top cut.
|Players||Swiss Rounds||Top Cut|
|8||3 or 6||None|
|9-16||3 or 6||Top 8|
One Razor Reflex playmat should be given to the winner of the event. The other should be given out as a random prize draw to another participant (First place should be excluded from this draw).
The eight Cold Foil Tales of Aria Young heroes should be given to the top eight players after the Swiss rounds of the event.
Invigorate - Rainbow Foil Extended Art cards should be given out as participation prizes. If you have more than 24 players they could be awarded to the first 24 players to register or as random prizes for players outside of the top eight. You must let players know how you will be distributing these before the start of the event.
In the case of Online events the prizes should be given out as participation prizes and given out to players who are present at the end of swiss rounds.
For Blitz Events stores can charge up to USD20 / EUR20 / GBP20 / CAD30 / AUD30 / NZD30 entry or local currency equivalent for Blitz.
For Draft Events, stores can charge up to USD30 / EUR30 / GBP30 / CAD45 / AUD45 / NZD45
The Skirmish season Does overlap with the end of the Nationals season. Check the link below for a handy list of event dates you may want to avoid.
How do I know what format I’ll be running?
You will be emailed an invite to the event which will state if you have been selected for Blitz or Draft. The event type in GEM will also be listed as either Blitz or Draft. If you have been offered a Draft Event but are unable to run the event in person due to Covid-19 restrictions, you may choose to run an online Blitz event instead.
IN-STORE or ONLINE?
Should my Skirmish event be run in-store or does the event have to be run as a webcam event like last season?
It is our strong preference that all Skirmish Events be run in-store wherever possible. Online events may be run if necessary due to local health and safety guidelines. Please note that Draft Skirmish events must be run in-store only.
Please make sure you make sure events are run in line with state and government guidelines for the pandemic.
My store is only allowed limited numbers in-store. Can I restrict numbers for the event?
It is fine to restrict the numbers for the event if you are not allowed to run at full capacity. However make sure this is announced and noted in all your event advertising so players are aware.
What happens if a change in pandemic control rules stops us from running the event in store?
LSS considers the safety of both players and stores to be a top priority. If restrictions prevent a store from running on its elected date please contact the Organized Play team at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance on rescheduling events or moving the event online.
Can I run this event by webcam play or Tabletop Simulator?
If in-store play is allowed in your area then you should run your Skirmish event in-store. If for any reason in-store play cannot go ahead then the event should be done over webcam and NOT Tabletop Simulator.
My event has to be run Online due to local health and safety guidelines. What happens if a player doesn't show up for their match or has technical difficulties?
If a player doesn't turn up for their match they should be given a game loss for that round the same as an in-person event. If a technical difficulty occurs to a player while playing a round then they should be given at least five minutes to remedy the situation. If they are unable to proceed after this they must forfeit the match.
In either case if a player is unable to return to the event they should be dropped by the TO.
Players from outside my area/country want to join the event. Do I let them?
This is up to the discretion of the TO.
Well marketed online events attracted hundreds of players last season, but it is up to you whether this is appropriate for your event or whether you want to limit it to players from within your country (subject to complying with local laws). You may require that an event be conducted in a specific language(s), so long as you comply with any laws regarding this that affect your country.
We would advise that you make any such restrictions clear on your event details.
We have never run events online, are there resources to assist?
Along with this FAQ we have now published Videos on the use of GEM for online events and using Discord to organize them. Check them out at the link:
Draft events for Skirmish
What other resources are there to assist?
For rules and format support check Rules and Policy Center
Marketing assets are available here, Skirmish Digital Assets
How long should I budget for events?
We advise that both Blitz and Draft events use 30 minute rounds. However you may choose to make rounds longer if necessary based on factors like the experience level of your players and whether you need a small amount of extra time to run an online event.
Draft events require 30 minutes for each draft and 15 minutes for deck building time after each draft.
A four round Blitz event with top eight could be done within 3 ½ hours while a six round Draft including top eight draft can be completed within 7 hours.
How do I get stock for my draft Skirmish event?
Stores will be able to order up to four cases to run their event ( Four cases supports up to sixty players in two drafts plus a Top 8 ) from their chosen GEM distributor. If you believe you will need additional cases to support your event please contact the OP team. Requests need to be sent to the OP team prior to the 29th of October to be considered.
When can I advertise my Skirmish event?
You may do so as soon as you schedule your event.
For Draft events are players required to register their decks or do deck swaps?
The Skirmish series is run at a casual level so these are not required, but this is at the TO’s discretion.
I’ve been selected for a Draft event but I am still under pandemic restrictions, what can I do?
Draft events cannot be run over webcam, so you will need to select a Blitz online event instead. If your Draft event needs to be changed to Blitz (Online) due to local health and safety guidelines.
Stores will be able to select the Online Blitz option when they create the event or change to it if circumstances dictate.
For Blitz events are deck lists required?
The Skirmish series is run at a casual level so they are not required. At your discretion you may require deck lists (for example if you are considering live-streaming play) but you should advise players well in advance if this is going to be a requirement so they can prepare a list.
Deck lists can be useful as it allows us to spotlight the top performing players in your community.
You are required to report which hero the winning player used in Blitz to email@example.com
How do I get the prize packs? Will I have to ship prizes if I’m running an online event?
The prize kits will be available from your distributor. Stores are responsible for distribution of Skirmish prizes. If your event is online and has players from outside of your area you will need to arrange shipping of prizes.
Are online events prizes still distributed as participation prizes?
Yes, prizes should be randomly distributed to players, stores are responsible for allocating these prizes. Prizes should be allocated to players who play to the end of swiss rounds.
Do the top players qualify for any other events?
Skirmish events do not award any invitations to future events. Skirmish events do award XP at a rate of 6XP per win.
Can I add prizes to the prize pool?
TO’s can add whatever additional prizes they see fit to the event. The distribution of these prizes are up to the TO.
RULES ENFORCEMENT / JUDGES
What level of rules enforcement is this event run at?
Skirmish events are run at casual rules enforcement. Please check the Penalty Guidelines for more information.
The purpose of this event is to be an enjoyable community building exercise; if you have to adjudicate on a rules breach, we would encourage you to assume good faith on the part of the players and to treat it as an honest mistake and a learning opportunity.
The intent behind rulings is to restore the game state where possible, and leave the players feeling positive after you have adjudicated the situation.
Do I need a Judge for an event?
You don’t need a judge for the event, however we would recommend that either the TO for the event or a store staff member is familiar with documents found in the Rules and Policy centre.
I ran an amazing event! Is there any way to get my players and their decklists featured?
Similar to the first season of Skirmish, we will be featuring coverage of the week's events including posting decklists. In order for your event to be featured, you will need to email the coverage team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note we cannot feature every store that provides coverage information, but we love getting your photos, decklists and stories about how your event went!
I still need help! Who can I reach out to?
Email the team at email@example.com, we are more than happy to arrange a call to assist if needed.