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Old 08-09-2017, 09:14 AM   #1
Talon87
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VGC 2018 - Schedule and Prizes

Most of the details for VGC 2018 were posted by TPCi a couple of weeks ago, including the dates and locations of all Regional events in North America:
9/2/17 - 9/3/17 Fort Wayne, IN
9/30/17 - 10/1/17 Hartford, CT
10/7/17 - 10/8/17 Daytona Beach, FL
10/14/17 - 10/15/17 Richmond, BC, Canada
11/25/17 - 11/26/17 San Jose, CA
12/16/17 - 12/17/17 Memphis, TN
1/27/18 - 1/28/18 Dallas, TX
2/17/18 - 2/18/18 Collinsville, IL (near St. Louis, MO)
3/3/18 - 3/4/18 Costa Mesa, CA
3/17/18 - 3/18/18 Charlotte, NC
3/24/18 - 3/25/18 Portland, OR
5/5/18 - 5/6/18 Salt Lake City, UT
5/12/18 - 5/13/18 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5/26/18 - 5/27/18 Roanoke, VA
6/2/18 - 6/3/18 Madison, WI
as well as the prizes on offer for various placements per various attendance levels. Trainer Tower has put together an article summarizing most of these changes.

Cutting to the chase: there's big money on the table for regionals this year. In the 2017 season as well as the 2018 season, the cap was $3,000 for 1st place. But in order for 1st place to get it, in 2017 they needed over 500 players to be in attendance for the Masters division. Even at the North American Internationals that Deo and I attended, there were only 250 entrants for Masters-level play. However, for the 2018 season, they've lowered this bar down to over 200 players. That means we're now a lot more likely to see the following cash prizes being handed out at each of these regionals:
1st place: either $3,000 or $2,000
2nd place: either $2,000 or $1,000
3rd and 4th places: either $1,000 or $500
5th thru 8th places: either $500 or $250
This is almost certainly going to go hand-in-hand with a spike in entry fees, but it's hard to complain with cash prizes that extend down to 8th place and don't realistically get any smaller than $250.
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