The 2018 Coruscant Invitational
The Climactic Conclusion of the 2018 X-Wing™ System Open Series
"What did you have in mind for your next move?"
–Leia Organa, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
The time has come for the world's greatest X-Wing™ aces to plan their next moves.
For nearly half a year, the game's top bounty hunters and squadron leaders have been flying to battle in the 2018 System Open Series, looking to claim both prizes and fame. We've seen fantastic starfighter duels waged everywhere from PAX Unplugged to Portland and from Kraków to Birmingham. We've seen players adapting to the ever-evolving metagame. And as much as we've seen some truly top-level competition, we've also seen these events turn into fantastic celebrations of all the different things that make X-Wing such a great game: the detailed miniature starships, the intuitive maneuvering, fast-paced combat, and—above all—the enthusiastic and welcoming player community.
Now, as the 2018 System Open Series draws toward a close with the event in Seattle, we look forward to the culmination of these tournaments at the 2018 Coruscant Invitational.
Scheduled for the weekend of October 5th – 7th in Roseville, MN, the 2018 Coruscant Invitational will be not only the culmination of the 2018 System Open Series; it will be the first major competitive event for X-Wing Second Edition!
Open only to those players who qualified through the 2018 System Open Series, the 2018 Coruscant Invitational will serve as a thrilling transition to the game's second edition. As such, the event will feature everything that makes the second edition such an exciting prospect—refined gameplay, a renewed emphasis on maneuvering, reinforced faction identities, the game's new app, and the integration of the Force and Force powers!
The main event will begin on Saturday the 6th and feature six rounds of Swiss. Everyone with four wins will qualify for Day 2 on Sunday the 7th, which will jump straight into single elimination play. Byes will be awarded to the top players from Day 1, and the end of the day will see the crowning of a new Coruscant Invitational Champion!
There will be a number of side events, as well. Before they launch into the second edition fighter battles of the main event, players will enjoy one final, massive battle. A Team Epic tournament on Friday the 5th presents an opportunity to field all manner of first edition starfighters—as well as a huge ship or two. Then on Sunday the 7th, there will be a special side tournament for all those players who were eliminated on Day 1, as well as those who are eliminated during the earlier rounds of Day 2.
Importantly, although the physical event is invite-only, we are once again inviting everyone to participate in the 2018 Coruscant Invitational. Building upon the tradition of community involvement that has become such a central component of the whole System Open Series, we plan to offer everyone a few different ways to get involved:
- We'll stream featured matches throughout the weekend—hosting them on our Twitch channel and aiming toward a wide range of different ships and squad builds.
- We'll build toward the event with a series of articles that will help newer players learn from our veterans and better understand what they'll later see on the stream.
- And we will once again invite everyone to participate in a series of Twitter polls that will help to shape the event itself… Even if you can't attend, you can help steer the fate of your favorite faction.
Of course, there will be prizes, too! All the squadron leaders and bounty hunters who fought their way toward qualification during the 2018 System Open Series will find themselves rewarded with a cascading cache of prizes that keeps coming throughout the tournament—round by round.
Naturally, these prizes will keep with the year's focus on the Scum and Villainy faction, even as they feature some of the newer and cleaner designs from the game's second edition.
The side events will have prizes, too, as the players in Sunday's side tournament will have their chance to to claim the same prizes that the Day 2 competitors can win through the first three rounds of elimination play. And the players in the Team Epic event will each walk away with an alternate art Jabba the Hutt crew card.
But the prizes don't stop there!
As part of our celebration of X-Wing Second Edition and the fantastic X-Wing community, we'll be giving away a handful of second edition prizes over the course of the weekend—everything from single ship expansions and conversion kits to complete copies of the X-Wing Second Edition Core Set intended to welcome new players to the party. The details of these giveaways won't be broadcast until we go live during the event, so be sure to follow our Twitch coverage and to follow us on Twitter @FFGOP!
Join the Celebration
The 2018 Coruscant Invitational is coming to the Fantasy Flight Games Center this October 5th – 7th, and it promises to be one truly epic celebration of X-Wing Second Edition!
If you've qualified through the 2018 System Open Series, head to our registration page now. The main event is completely free, and we hope you'll attend to help us usher in the new edition in style.
If you haven't qualified, be sure to check our 2018 System Open Series page for the details of our last qualifying event. Then, be sure to stay tuned as we share more event details, including the way you'll be able to influence the shape of the event and improve the chances of your favorite faction. Along the way, we'll take a look at some of the coversion kit upgrades that are brand new to X-Wing Second Edition!